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  1. For those needing a few more giggles: CHILI JUDGING CONTEST: A Texas Chili Contest - The notes are from an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Canada. Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted". Here are the scorecards from the event: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 1 Mike's Maniac Mobster Monster Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick. Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor.. Very mild. Judge # 3 -- (Frank) Holy ****, what the **** is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 2 Arthur's Afterburner Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang. Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously. Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 3 Fred's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick. Needs more beans. Judge # 2 -- A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers. Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting ****-faced from all of the beer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 4 Bubba's Black Magic ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing. Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili. Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out tastebuds? Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-lb. ***** is starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 5 Linda's Legal Lip Remover ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive. Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement. Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw those rednecks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 6 Vera's Very Vegetarian Variety ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers. Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb. Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I **** myself when I farted and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that slut Sally. She must be kinkier than I thought. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my *** with a snow cone. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 7 Susan's Screaming Sensation Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers. Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably. Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava like **** to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing, it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 8 Tommy's Toe-Nail Curling Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence. Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balance chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge # 3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor fella, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili.
  2. More humor definitely needed. Here you go: CHILI JUDGING CONTEST: A Texas Chili Contest - The notes are from an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Canada. Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted". Here are the scorecards from the event: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 1 Mike's Maniac Mobster Monster Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick. Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor.. Very mild. Judge # 3 -- (Frank) Holy ****, what the **** is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 2 Arthur's Afterburner Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang. Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously. Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 3 Fred's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick. Needs more beans. Judge # 2 -- A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers. Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting ****-faced from all of the beer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 4 Bubba's Black Magic ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing. Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili. Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out tastebuds? Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-lb. ***** is starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 5 Linda's Legal Lip Remover ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive. Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement. Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw those rednecks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 6 Vera's Very Vegetarian Variety ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers. Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb. Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I **** myself when I farted and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that slut Sally. She must be kinkier than I thought. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my *** with a snow cone. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 7 Susan's Screaming Sensation Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers. Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably. Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava like **** to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing, it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chili # 8 Tommy's Toe-Nail Curling Chili ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence. Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balance chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge # 3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor fella, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili.
  3. Refocused, NFL Week 2: Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 24 By PFF Analysis Team • Sep 16, 2018 The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers, 31-24 continuing the second full week of action in the NFL. PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more. FINAL SCORE Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 24 Analyst Takeaways After his shaky opener, this was a Matt Ryan we’re more used to. His interception came as a result of being hit while throwing, and he never looked like putting the ball in danger for the rest of the game. A much needed, reassuring effort though it should be noted the team still, while successful in the red zone, didn’t get their deep passing attack working. Much of the talk will rightfully be about what Calvin Ridley can do for this offense, but it was interesting to see Austin Hooper make such a significant contribution. The offense looked a lot better with Ryan spreading the ball out instead of zeroing in on Julio Jones. It didn’t start well for Duke Riley as he ate up the snaps left by Deion Jones injury, and it rarely got better. It’s hard to replace a difference-maker like Jones, and so it proved with Riley struggling against the run and unable to make much of an impact in coverage. Ultimately, he needs to get better if Atlanta is going to contend. One safety was out injured; his was replacement ejected. Things could have been much worse in the Atlanta secondary, but the steady play of Ricardo Allen continues to hold them together. He was gifted an interception but showed his range early in the game with a wonderful pass break up that almost became a one-handed pick. — a man fully deserving of his extension. It was a bad day for the team’s run defense, as they struggled to move laterally against the Falcons’ outside zone heavy attack. Players like Kawann Short are using to wrecking plays no matter what you call, but Atlanta got bodies on him and kept the stud defensive tackle quiet for large parts of the game. He started like a house on fire, looking like he was going to take the game over on defense. But as the game wore on, Luke Kuechly had to take his share of responsibility for the team’s defensive woes with the perennial All-Pro missing multiple tackles in an uncharacteristic display. It was not a great day for Cam Newton, who earned his bad interception luck with two dropped interceptions coming as a result of careless throws. That inaccuracy and decision-making helped put the Panthers in comeback mode, and while he valiantly tried to rally, it was too little too late ultimately. We got a glimpse of what D.J. Moore is capable of when he caught a ball in innocuous fashion over the middle before stiffing Riley away and racing away for a touchdown. The more he gets involved the better. Keys to the game Atlanta: Impressive efficiency in the red zone and a commitment to running the ball wore the Panthers down. Carolina: Inability to convert on key downs left the team with too much of a hole to make up. https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-refocused-nfl-week-2-atlanta-falcons-31-carolina-panthers-24
  4. Who then played Strong Safety after Neal's injury last night, if not Kazee?
  5. Falcons just signed last year's draft pick, RB Brian Hill, to the Practice Squad. Prior to Hill's signing, Atlanta had no RB on the PS. Atlanta's Practice squad currently does not have a LB, which is a position they normally carry on the PS.
  6. NFL Roster Cuts: Most Notable Players Released Emily Caron , Sports Illustrated•August 31, 2018 NFL teams face a pressure-filled weekend as they cut their rosters down from 90 to 53 before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Now that the preseason is over, final cuts must be made before the regular season begins. 1,184 NFL players will hit the free agent market by the time Saturday's deadline arrives. Most of those players will be undrafted free agents but a few names you may recognize will also be cut. Check out the list below as we track the most notable players left looking for jobs. • P Shane Lechler, Texans • QB Christian Hackenberg, Eagles • QB Joe Callahan, Eagles • WR Braxton Miller, Texans • TE Alec Bloom, Cardinals • OL David Quessenberry, Texans • DE Kony Ealy, Cowboys • RB Joe Williams, 49ers • QB Brogan Roback, Browns • S T.J. Green, Colts • TE Gavin Escobar, Dolphins • WR Michael Floyd, Saints
  7. Kendall Reyes, Kevin Minter among Jets cuts Josh Alper,ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports Word of cuts by the Jets started going public on Friday morning and the Jets announced 18 moves in total on Friday afternoon. The list of players let go includes defensive lineman Kendall Reyes and linebacker Kevin Minter. Both veterans were brought in this offseason, but neither Reyes nor Minter, both of whom entered the league as second-round picks, showed enough to stick with their new team. The Jets also released linebacker David Bass, who had 3.5 sacks for them last season, and waived safety Kacy Rodgers II. Rodgers’ father Kacy is the Jets’ defensive coordinator, so that may have been a stickier notification than some of the others on the list. Quarterback John Wolford, running back George Atkinson, guard Alex Balducci, guard Dakoda Shepley, defensive lineman Mych Thomas, cornerback Xavier Coleman and cornerback Terrell Sinkfield were also placed on waivers. The Jets have 18 more moves to make. Moving wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and cornerback Rashard Robinson to the suspended list will likely take care of three of them. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/kendall-reyes-kevin-minter-among-203952584.html
  8. vaughn mcclure‏ @vxmcclure23 15h15 hours ago More Falcons ST coach Keith Armstrong on Calvin Ridley: "He's a good returner, obviously. He's got vision. He's got a feel. He's a natural returner. He's not a guy that pats his feet. He can make a good decision. ... The hole still opens and closes quick, and he'll hit it."
  9. Appears that Returners are much less likely to get injured than Offensive or Defensive players. Some injury stats compiled from years 2000 thru 2014 by Football Outsiders as follows: "There seem to be three tiers of positions when it comes to injury risk: First are what I'll call the "mobile" positions. Defensive backs, linebackers, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends have about a 65 to 70 percent risk of landing on the injury report, a 40 percent chance of missing at least a game, and a 15 to 20 percent chance of missing four or more games in a given season. In the second tier are quarterbacks and linemen on both sides, with about a 60 percent (linemen) or 55 percent chance (quarterbacks) of ending up on the injury report, a 35 percent chance of missing at least a week, and a 15 percent chance of missing four or more games in a given season. All on their own in relative safety are the special-teams specialists. They only have a 25 percent chance of hitting the injury report, a 10 percent chance of missing time, and a 5 percent chance of missing four or more weeks. Maybe with the longer PATs this year we'll get a few more players like Bill Gramatica to even things out. However, we should note that only punters, kickers, long-snappers, and a handful of return specialists are tagged "special teams" in the data, so this doesn't mean that there are actually fewer injuries on special teams plays. But when gunners or blockers are injured, they get coded by their normal position on offense or defense." https://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2015/nfl-injuries-part-iv-variation-position
  10. I believe that Quinn agrees with you. From the second article posted on page 1 of this topic thread: "Based off what Ridley’s value in the offense is expected to be, it begs the question: Are the Falcons willing to have him return kicks knowing that? Quinn said he recognizes the question, but at the end of the day, if Ridley is the player who gives the Falcons the best shot at good starting field position, he’s all for it. “He’s definitely going to a have significant role on offense,” Quinn said. “But his role also is to create explosive plays and if that’s either way, we would certainly consider that.” My note: I would say that Ridley may very well be the Falcons primary kick-off returner. However, I would doubt that the Falcons would use Ridley as the primary punt returner too. So that begs the question of who will be Atlanta's primary PUNT returner? Out of Oliver, Marvin Hall, and Justin Hardy, I thought Hardy looked the best, albeit that is based upon only one punt return for Hardy this preseason. I know that Russell Gage is a Gunner, by I wonder why he isn't being tried at Punt Returner? He definitely has great speed, and it appears that he also has good hands.
  11. PFF: Calvin Ridley, Brian Poole standouts from Chiefs vs. Falcons 4 The note about the pass rush piques our interest, though. By Cory Woodroof@CoryWoodroof47 Aug 20, 2018 So the good folks at Pro Football Focus have divvied out their ratings for the week, and the usual suspects from our most recent Atlanta Falcons preseason conversation line up in fine fashion. As it says, rookie WR Calvin Ridley and slot corner Brian Poole both showed out, and WR Russell Gage got close to scoring an 80, which in PFFWorld, ain’t half bad for a rook. Poole only allowing eight yards on two targets, which might show his coverage skills are trending upward. Look at DT Justin Zimmer, a pre-draft addition, scoring 78.4, hinting that he might be a guy to keep an eye on as the preseason dwindles, and LB Jonathan Celestin nabbing a 75.4, suggesting that his surprise push to make the 53-man roster might not be as far-fetched as you might think. Though — and yes, there is a though — there’s the note about the pass rush only getting nine pressures on 36 drop backs. Now, that doesn’t mean the sky is falling, but the team might still be working on ways to generate consistent pressures. Neither Vic Beasley nor Takk McKinley played a ton in this, so don’t think that means either of these guys are having poor Augusts. Their play, like the rest of the starters, will begin to take full form come regular season. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2018/8/20/17758052/pff-atlanta-falcons-calvin-ridley-brian-poole-standouts-from-chiefs-game The embedded video in the above link revealed the Falcons 5 highest PFF graded players from the Chiefs game as follows: OFFENSE: Ridley 90, Gage 79, Schaub 73, Schweitzer 71, and Reggie Davis 67 DEFENSE: Poole 89, Alford 81, Zimmer 78, Celestin 75, and Blidi Wrey-Wilson 74
  12. Dan Quinn says he’ll consider Calvin Ridley being the Falcons’ starting kick returner Kelsey Conway ATLANTAFALCONS.COM REPORTER FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons drafted Calvin Ridley for what he can bring to the offense, but after two preseason games, it’s not out of realm to think that in addition to his role at receiver, he could very well be the Atlanta’s No. 1 option at kick returner. And Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he would consider it. Ridley returned two kicks for 52 yards in the Falcons’ second preseason game. Throughout training camp, Ridley was one of the players who got reps as a returner during the special teams portion of practice. Based off what Ridley’s value in the offense is expected to be, it begs the question: Are the Falcons willing to have him return kicks knowing that? The question comes from the common thought that if a player is back returning kicks every time, could he be more susceptible to injuries than if he just stayed playing offense or defense. Quinn said he recognizes the question, but at the end of the day, if Ridley is the player who gives the Falcons the best shot at good starting field position, he’s all for it. “He’s definitely going to a have significant role on offense,” Quinn said. “But his role also is to create explosive plays and if that’s either way, we would certainly consider that.” Special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong said they’ll take it through all four games before making a decision and Ridley is someone coach Quinn said will get another crack at it on Saturday night in Jacksonville. The Falcons finished last in the league in average starting field position according to Pro Footabll Reference. On average, the Falcons began each drive at their 25-yard line. So if Ridley can help in that regard, it’s no wonder Quinn is seriously considering it. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/dan-quinn-says-he-ll-consider-calvin-ridley-being-the-falcons-starting-kicker-re
  13. Falcons rookie Calvin Ridley on kickoff returns: 'I want to get the ball' Vaughn McClure FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Calvin Ridleywasn't initially expected to become an immediate contributor on special teams, but he's more than willing to fulfill the need if asked. Falcons coach Dan Quinn mentioned during the offseason how Ridley could get a look at kickoff returner along with Justin Hardy, Marvin Hall and fellow rookie Ito Smith. Such a scenario came to life in last Friday's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, when Ridley returned the opening kickoff 34 yards to help set up a touchdown. His pair of returns for 52 yards earned him another shot at returning in this Saturday's third preseason game at Jacksonville (7 p.m. ET). So is Ridley ready to become the team's full-time kickoff returner? "I'm trying to help the team the best I can," Ridley said Sunday. "Any possible way. It doesn't matter. I want to get the ball. That's another way for me to get it, another opportunity to showcase my ability. So if coach wants me back there and he trusts me enough to do that, I'll do whatever it takes." It's only natural to wonder if using Ridley in the return game is a wise move, considering the injury risk. He is expected to play an integral role on offense, possibly as Matt Ryan's No. 2 target behind Julio Jones. Coach Dan Quinn isn't overly concerned about such risk, citing the change in kickoff rules aimed to reduce collisions, the number of touchbacks expected and the possible use of multiple kickoff returners as reasons why it wouldn't compromise Ridley's health. "If I felt that was the case, I certainly wouldn't put a player in a spot to do that," Quinn said. "He's definitely going to have a significant role on offense. But his role also is to create explosive plays. And if that's either way, we'd certainly consider that." Ridley isn't worried about potential injury, either. "I've just got to protect myself," he said. "And I trust my teammates to go out there and block and help me set up stuff so we can be efficient and help the team look good and win." Ridley, who ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, has the speed and change of direction to be an effective return specialist. The last first-round wide receiver who had a significant role as a returner as a rookie was fellow Alabama product Amari Cooper, who returned eight punts for the Oakland Raiders in 2015. Of the eight wide receivers who had 20-plus kickoff returns last season, only one of them -- Tyler Lockett of Seattle -- had a significant role on offense. Lockett, who was second in the league with 37 kickoff returns and averaged 25.6 yards per return, had 45 receptions for 455 yards and 2 touchdowns. None of the other seven wide receiver/kickoff returners had more than 13 receptions. Former Falcon Andre Roberts led the league with 38 kickoff returns last season for an average of 22.6 yards, which ranked ninth best among regular returners. But that wasn't necessarily a good thing, considering touchbacks land the ball at the 25-yard line. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Falcons' average offensive field position after kickoff last season was the 24.6-yard line, which ranked 26th in the league. Their average overall field position was at 25.9 yards, which ranked second-to-last in the league, just above the Houston Texans (25.2). The Falcons haven't had a "feared" kickoff returner since Devin Hester in 2014-15, and Hester's probably the greatest return man of all time. However, as the return game unfolds for the Falcons leading into the season, they definitely could use a boost. And Ridley could provide it. "He is dynamic with the ball in his hands," Quinn said. http://tv5.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/32637/falcons-rookie-calvin-ridley-on-kickoff-returns-i-want-to-get-the-ball
  14. PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs 28, Atlanta Falcons 14 The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night, 28-14 continuing the second full week of preseason action in the NFL. PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more. ATLANTA FALCONS The offensive line did an excellent job of sealing defenders off the back side of outside zone plays. Their ability to execute reaches quickly enough to also get on top of the Chiefs’ linebackers gave Falcons running backs multiple shots at the third level. First-round pick, wide receiver Calvin Ridley showed glimpses of what made him such a dynamic threat at Alabama, as he found a number of ways to flash open and make big plays against Kansas City’s secondary. He made an explosive double-move on a post route that resulted in a big reception. He then settled down in front of two defenders just short of the goal line, and was able to protect the ball and finish off the play for a score. Falcons CB Brian Poole showed off his athleticism covering Kansas City’s speedy wide receiver Hill. He was able to limit Hill’s yards after the catch, including an impressive tackle short of the sticks on a third-down crossing route to Hill. On the other hand, CB Desmond Trufant didn’t have his sharpest game allowing two catches that went for first downs on the Chiefs’ second drive of the game. One of which was on a 3rd & 11 where Travis Kelce beat him near the right sideline. KEY TO THE GAME Kansas City: Two deep-passing connections ended up being the difference in the game for the Kansas City Chiefs as both Gehrig Dieter and Hill got behind the Falcons secondary for long touchdowns. Atlanta: The first half belonged to Atlanta’s offensive line, which dominated on both run- and pass-blocks. https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-refocused-2018-chiefs-28-falcons-14
  15. 3 winners, 3 losers from Falcons vs. Chiefs 32 The Falcons got some great performances on offense, but watched backups scuffle. By Dave Choate As I wrote last night and this morning, the Falcons got a lot out of their starters, and that was deeply encouraging. Their night was not without its struggles and stars, and we’ll run down three players who fit the bill for each category right here. Winners WR Calvin Ridley Ridley was great, full stop. He looked slippery on the opening kickoff and threw a very effective stiff arm, and then shortly after, he caught a 36 yard pass from Matt Ryan that saw him get loose down the field and stay focused on the ball. Ridley finished as the team’s leading receiver, and there’s no question he’s as advanced and quick as he was advertised to be. S/CB Damontae Kazee I don’t know if Kazee will steal some nickel cornerback snaps away from Brian Poole (who looked great himself) or if he’ll be the third safety, but the Falcons have to get him on the field. He was only in the game for a handful (perhaps even only one?) snap, yet had a terrific interception of Patrick Mahomes that showed just how aggressive and ballhawkish he can be, and Kazee’s sound tackling a week ago against the Jets also showcased his reliability. We’ll have to see if it translates over into the regular season, but right now, it’s hard to imagine him rotting away on the bench. FB Ricky Ortiz You could justifiably go for Brandon Fusco or Matt Ryan or even Tevin Coleman here, if you wanted, but those guys are all veterans who are expected to play well. Very little was expected of Ortiz, and he’s exceeded those modest projections by a mile. Right now, Ortiz looks like the easy favorite to win the fullback job. He blocked well throughout the Chiefs game after blocking well during the Jets game, and he even reeled in two catches for 19 yards against Kansas City. He’s not the most physical blocker in the game, but he’s got good instincts, good technique and is a quality athlete, and that’s probably more than enough to push him past Luke McNitt at this point. Losers QB Kurt Benkert Benkert was victimized, repeatedly, by his offensive line. But that doesn’t diminish the fact that his throws were off-target and he simply wasn’t as poised and confident as he looked against the Jets, and that’s going to put a damper on his bid to win the backup job, however much of a longshot that might have been in the first place. Benkert should wind up on the practice squad, but he’ll need to continue to show a quality arm and good decision-making to be part of this team’s long-term planning. He didn’t last night. RB Ito Smith Smith busted off a handful of good runs against the Chiefs, and he’s a virtual lock to make the roster in these eyes. Yet he still didn’t have a very good night. First of all, Smith severely damaged his chances of becoming this team’s kick returner when he muffed not one but two kickoffs. While Marvin Hall hasn’t lit the world on fire to this point, Smithisn’t making the most of his opportunities, and that’s a shame given his obvious speed and playmaking ability. Couple that with several pedestrian runs and you have a night that wasn’t all that memorable for the rookie. Thankfully, he should have plenty of those ahead of him. CB Isaiah Oliver It wasn’t a truly tough night for Oliver—he showed some flashes on defense, and had a nice special teams tackle—but for a promising second round pick, he continues to have a quiet summer. He just plain messed up against Gehrig Dieter, missing his opportunity to jam the Chiefs receiver and getting burned as a result, and obviously needs a little work in coverage in general before he’s a high-end asset. That said, as good as Kazee and Brian Poole are, Oliver has length and talent to beat them both out for a job. I’m confident that sooner than later, we’ll see that come through, even if it’s not in preseason. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2018/8/18/17718474/3-standouts-3-struggling-players-from-falcons-vs-chiefs