Archive for the ‘Atlanta Falcons’ Category

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The Falcons are lucky to have a bye week. After heartbreaking news that star wide receiver Julio Jones is out for the year with a foot injury, they’re going to need that valuable time to reconfigure their offense, which will certainly change without him.

So how exactly will it change?

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Can you imagine what the Falcons’ offense will look like with a respectable running game? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

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Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is one of the best in the business at acquiring talent, as he’s proven on several occasions since taking over the head job in the Falcons’ front office in 2008. This offseason he made another great move, signing former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson to a three-year, $12 million deal.

It was another bargain signing.

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The Falcons are in a rather unfortunate position.

The good? They won the NFC South again this past season, shaking their greasy playoff monkey while then moving on to finish a meager few points away from a Super Bowl appearance. They also have Tony Gonzalez — one of most productive tight ends in league history, and also maybe one of the most productive vegans in league history — coming back for one more season.

The bad? Well, that bit about Gonzo likely and almost definitely being done after 2013, and needing to replace his historical production. Oh, there’s also the departures of Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, two key cornerbacks for a team in a division where stopping Drew Brees and Cam Newton is something that has to happen four times a year.

The problem? The NFL does this funny thing where losers are given a chance to improve themselves in a timely manner with a high draft pick. Conversely, winners have far lower draft picks, and with the Falcons at 30th overall, the truly elite prospects at either cornerback or tight end could be long gone by that point.

Brace for it. I can hear the trade rumors rumbling in the distance.

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Philadelphia Eagles v New York Giants

The Atlanta Falcons have had one huge issue on defence for the past few seasons – their inept pass rush. GM Thomas Dimitroff has now addressed that by signing DE Osi Umenyiora to a 2-year contract reportedly worth $8.5M…

Last season, the 31-year old Umenyiora played in all 16 games with four starts for the New York Giants and had 55 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble.

The Falcons registered just 29 sacks last season, which ranked 28th in the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles v New York Giants

The Atlanta Falcons are set to replace John Abraham with a younger pass rusher and an equally impressive resume.

According to Mike Florio, Osi Umenyiora is expected to sign with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday or Monday, at the latest.

Umenyiora became a full time starter with the Giants in 2005, but by last season, he had become a role player for Tom Coughlin. Though he appeared in every game for the G-Men, Umenyiora only started four.

Last season the London, England native compiled six sacks, one forced fumble and 42 total tackles.

 

St. Louis Rams v Seattle Seahawks

The Atlanta Falcons have come to an agreement with free agent running back Steven Jackson, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The now former Ram has put up more than 1,000 yards rushing in each season since 2005, with his best year coming in 2006 when he had 1,528 yards on 346 carries to go along with 13 TDs. Last year, Jackson ran for 1,042 yards on 257 carries to go along with four touchdowns. He also caught 38 passes for 321 yards.

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