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  1. You are going way back in time with some of these names. I believe that BigBaloo had the man crush on Auburn RB Ronnie Brown. He posted almost every day about how the Falcons should trade away all of their draft picks in the 2005 draft in order to draft Brown, similar to what the Saints did to draft RB Ricky Williams. BigBallo's crush on Brown was almost as great as DaddyKnowsBest crush on T.J. Duckett. Iowa Horse was great at posting timely Falcons articles, like Goober does now. ClownOrg was very witty and entertaining. I think he was smashed most of the time when posting. Speaking of witty and entertaining posters, whatever happened to Emmitt?
  2. Offense finally got active: first TD of the 2021 season.
  3. Senat's a ghost, so even if he is on the Inactive List, you can't see him!
  4. Agree, that he why he is inactive this week. Next man up, Ta'Quon Graham, will now get the opportunity to actually make a play.
  5. Not only is Mayfield active, but he will probably start the game. "Smith said early in the week that he isn't the type to "jerk the wheel" when something doesn't work the first time. He said he's always been someone who tries to give guys an opportunity to correct their mistakes. That's why Jalen Mayfield will still be the Falcons starting left guard against Tampa."
  6. Cominsky has hustle, and puts himself in good position to make the play. However, for some reason, he just can't seem to actually make the play.
  7. Cominsky had the worst PFF rating for the Falcons last week, even slightly lower than Mayfield's PFF rating for week 1.
  8. Five things to watch in Week 2 contest vs. Tampa Bay Sep 18, 2021 at 12:35 PM Tori McElhaney Falcons Beat Reporter/Analyst ATLANTA -- The goal every single weekend is to come out 1-0. It's one of the main cliches of this sport. Treat every week like the fresh start it can be. But, if you're the Falcons going up against the reigning Super Bowl champions after losing to the Eagles 32-6 the week before... Is that goal too lofty? Would it be enough to just show obvious improvements in certain areas? Sure, that first goal is there. But if we're being realistic, the Falcons have a lot to clean up from Week 1 to Week 2. Players know it. Coaches know it. This isn't a secret. So, what areas are the most important areas to improve upon in Week 2? Here are five to think about heading into Sunday's game. 1. Limiting penalties The Falcons need to run a cleaner operation. Arthur Smith said he can accept break downs in technique and fundamentals at times, but it's the pre-snap penalties that keep him up at night. And that was a problem for Atlanta last week, with too many penalties coming from false starts and an illegal formation. "If you make the mistakes we made," Smith said, "you deserve to lose." There is something to be said about the timeliness of these penalties, too. There were many that cost the Falcons a few much-needed first downs. It's imperative that Atlanta moves past Sunday's loss by leaving these penalties behind. 2. Offensive line upgrade Smith said early in the week that he isn't the type to "jerk the wheel" when something doesn't work the first time. He said he's always been someone who tries to give guys an opportunity to correct their mistakes. That's why Jalen Mayfield will still be the Falcons starting left guard against Tampa. "He did enough this week to justify getting another opportunity," Smith said of Mayfield on Friday. The Falcons did bring in a couple veteran guards this week, but for the time being, it's still Mayfield's spot with Josh Andrews on IR. And though there are many who will be watching the rookie lineman, the entire group needs to be kept in check, too. Perhaps Matt Hennessy and Kaleb McGary do not need as significant of an improvement in Week 2 as Mayfield, but they need to limit mistakes just as much. If the Week 1 problems of the Falcons offensive line carry over into Week 2 against Tampa, it'll be a long day for Matt Ryan. This is a better defensive front than what the Eagles had. The challenge for this offensive line doesn't go away. It intensifies. 3. Dante Fowler, defensive ends need to contain the pocket Defensive coordinator Dean Pees made an interesting point following the opening day loss. From his perspective, he felt as thought the Falcons had good pressure at times, getting Jalen Hurts off his spot. But where the Falcons missed the mark was on the opposite side of the rush. "(The quarterback is) not going to escape from the side the pressure is coming from," Pees said. "... We got what we wanted. We got the escape, but the (defensive end) didn't keep the edge on the other side as much as he needed." A lot of this is on Fowler, Steven Means and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner to hold their designated edge. Now, this specific point probably won't be as big of a factor this week as it was last week. Tom Brady and Jalen Hurts are two completely different quarterbacks after all. But that doesn't mean this development isn't important. It will be vital down the road as the Falcons face more quarterbacks who can change the game with their legs. Perhaps Brady isn't going to take off on a 15- to 20-yard run on Sunday, but someone will down the road. So, the Falcons need to meet this improvement head on sooner rather than later. 4. More targets for Kyle Pitts and Russell Gage Two of the main questions fans had after Sunday was: 1) Where was Russell Gage? and 2) Where was Kyle Pitts in the red zone? Smith addressed both questions throughout the week. For starters, he said he needed to do a better job getting playmakers (i.e. Gage and Pitts) more involved early. Smith particularly felt that Gage - who had two targets and zero catches - could benefit from targets early. As for Pitts in the red zone, Smith said the intent is always to get the best player the ball, "but if something happens, the next guy has to do it." Perhaps the Eagles weren't giving the Falcons the look they wanted to throw Pitts out there inside the 10-yard line, but regardless, this is one of the reasons the Falcons took Pitts as the No. 4 pick in the draft, because he's a threat in the red zone. Something to watch will be how the Falcons capitalize more in that area moving forward, with both Pitts and Gage. 5. Speaking of the red zone... The Falcons didn't score a touchdown on Sunday. You probably didn't need that reminder but here it is anyways. The excuse for the Falcons limited success in the red zone in the preseason could have been that we weren't seeing the starting offense. Surely the starting offense would get into the endzone with more ease. But they didn't when the regular season arrived. The entire unit - and Smith, too - knows this needs to change and change quickly. The was a major narrative of the 2020 Falcons that has to be squashed in 2021. A team cannot be fed living off field goals alone. And if the Falcons want to be competitive against the reigning Super Bowl champions this Sunday, field goals won't cut it. Brady is going to get his touchdowns no matter how well the defense plays. A defense can only take a team so far. Georgia beating Clemson without an offensive touchdown two weekends ago was the exception to the rule. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/five-things-to-watch-in-week-2-contest-vs-tampa-bay
  9. Falcons release inactives for Week 2 matchup with Tampa Bay Wayne Gallman, John Cominsky healthy scratches for the Falcons Sep 19, 2021 at 02:32 PM TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- For the second week in a row the Falcons have chosen to carry only two running backs, Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson, on game day. This marks the second time Wayne Gallman has been a healthy scratch. The Falcons do have Keith Smith as an option in the backfield if the worst should happen to Davis or Patterson. But by not carrying Gallman, the Falcons coaching staff continues to show absolute confidence in the duo of Davis and Patterson to hold up the run game. Atlanta also keeps Josh Rosen as the backup quarterback, listing Feleipe Franks as inactive on Sunday, too. The Falcons two rookie additions on the inactives list - Darren Hall and Frank Darby - do not come as a surprise. Darby was ruled out on Friday with a calf injury, and Hall was on the list in Week 1. However, John Cominsky has been listed as an inactive this week, and that is a bit more surprising. The reasoning here is that the Falcons have chosen to give rookie defensive lineman Ta'Quon Graham more opportunities against Tampa Bay. He'll play behind Jonathan Bullard and Tyeler Davison in the rotation. It seems Cominsky is the trade off here as he is a healthy scratch against the Buccaneers. One more note to make about this list is that the Falcons can have five players on the inactives list. Among a few new league rules is that any team can carry an extra offensive lineman beyond the original eight, bringing their active number one above the standard. Here's the full list of the Falcons inactives: QB Feleipe Franks RB Wayne Gallman CB Darren Hall DL John Cominsky WR Frank Darby https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-release-inactives-for-week-2-matchup-with-tampa-bay
  10. Senat is on IR. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/team/players-roster/
  11. That is correct: come Thursday, Sept 9, all players on the 53-man roster + Practice squad players + Players on IR + players on the PUP list, will all count against the Salary Cap. "Do all player count against their team’s Salary Cap? Yes, once the season has started, all players – whether on the 53-man roster, Injured Reserve (IR), Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) or the Practice Squad (PS) – count against the team’s Salary Cap. The only players that do not count against the Salary Cap are players who are on one of the NFL’s exempt lists." https://russellstreetreport.com/salarycap/nfl-salary-cap-faqs/
  12. Practice Squad players do count against the Salary Cap. "Salary Practice squad players make $9,200 per week or $165,600 for 18 weeks. Veteran players with over two years of experience will make $14,000 per week or $252,000 for 18 weeks. Teams are allowed to pay a player a higher salary than the minimum, and this often happens if another team comes sniffing around a player. All practice squad salaries are counted under the team’s salary cap." https://dknation.draftkings.com/nfl/2021/9/1/22651355/2021-nfl-practice-squad-salary-rules-eligibility-size-roster-cuts-covid-19-coronavirus
  13. Tomorrow The sun'll come out tomorrow Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow There'll be sun Just thinkin' about tomorrow Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow 'Til there's none When I'm stuck a with day that's gray and lonely I just stick out my chin and grin, and say, oh The sun'll come out tomorrow So you gotta hang on 'til tomorrow Come what may Tomorrow, tomorrow I love ya tomorrow You're always a day away When I'm stuck a with day that's gray and lonely I just stick out my chin and grin, and say, oh The sun'll come out tomorrow So you gotta hang on 'til tomorrow Come what may Tomorrow, tomorrow I love ya tomorrow You're always a day away Tomorrow, tomorrow I love ya tomorrow You're always a day away
  14. Does anyone have an opinion on Jordan? From the Bengals website: A 2019 fourth-round pick of the Bengals, the 6-6, 315-pound Jordan is just 23 years old and enters 2021 with 27 games played and 19 starts (all at LG) ... Played in 13 games (nine starts) in 2020, seeing time both as a starter and reserve ... Credited by coaches during the 2021 offseason program for reshaping his body after the '20 season ... Bengals executed a rare draft-day trade-up to select him in 2019, moving up 13 spots in the fourth round ... Played RG for his first two seasons at OSU, before switching to C as a junior; has played only at G with the Bengals. Jordan had a 2020 PFF rating of 55, vs Josh Andrews 41.
  15. In the Josh Andrews signing topic thread this spring, I did try to temper some of the optimism in that thread. I pointed out that PFF had Andrews as the lowest rated Guard in pass protection, and the third worst guard overall with a final rating grade of 41.2 for the 2020 season.
  16. I've been a Falcons fan since the inception of the team back in 1966. I remember being elated when the Falcons drafted Tommy Nobis with the first overall selection in the 1966 NFL Draft, which was held in November of 1965 btw. There have been some good years being a Falcons fan, but overshadowed by many more disappointing years. And even Atlanta's best seasons turned into bitter disappointments in the end. My wife and I were at the bitterly cold divisional play-off game with Dallas in January 1981. We blew a 24 to 10 lead in the 4th quarter as Dallas scored 20 points, including two late TD passes to Drew Pearson. That game ripped my heart out, because I think that 1980 Falcons team was their most talented one of all and coulda/shoulda gone to and won the Super Bowl that year. I don't even want to talk about the 2017 Super Bowl, as I have never really gotten over that particular gut-wrenching loss. But I'm still a Falcons fan, and always will be! Hope reigns eternal.
  17. The majority of my posts are still other peoples' articles just to help keep the message board informed. However, Goober has been doing a very good job lately of posting pertinent articles on the board that my need to do so has been greatly decreased. In the past, I have posted my own opinion on things like projected comp picks, and available salary-cap, but OvertheCap is doing such a good job with these issues now that I no longer need to do so. Good grief, I think that I have become marginalized.
  18. Never got banned, but Shiney issued me a Warning back in 2009. Not quite sure why I got warned, but it still remains on my Profile to this day.
  19. Packers sign QB Kurt Benkert during rookie minicamp tryout Michael David Smith Sat, May 15, 2021, 2:56 PM For the second time this week, the Packers have signed a quarterback. Kurt Benkert, who was brought in for a tryout during this weekend’s rookie minicamp, has signed with the team, he announced on Twitter. Benkert spent the last three years in Atlanta, mostly on the practice squad, and has never played in a regular-season NFL game. He played in college at both East Carolina and Virginia. Quarterback Blake Bortles signed with the Packers this week. The Packers also brought quarterback Chad Kelly in for a tryout at this weekend’s rookie minicamp, but there has been no word about him signing. The real question at quarterback for the Packers, of course, is whether disgruntled NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers will retire or try to force a trade. Jordan Love, last year’s first-round draft pick, would be the presumed heir apparent if Rodgers is not the quarterback in Green Bay this year. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/packers-sign-qb-kurt-benkert-185633494.html
  20. Although McCarron's cap-hit is $987,500 for 2021, his total contract amount is $1,212,500, composed of $$1,075,000 Base Salary and $137,500 Bonus. The reason that his cap-hit is lower than his total contract amount is due to the Qualifying Vet Minimum Rule. Under this special rule, vet players with expired or terminated contracts, who have 4 or more years experience, and sign a one-year contract at vet minimum + no more than $137,500 bonus, are considered "Qualifying Players" and receive special cap treatment. The cap-hit for a "Qualifying Player" = the Vet Minimum for a 2-year player ($850,000 for 2021) + any Bonus.
  21. Katherine Webb McCarron and her sister, Laurie Webb.
  22. We hope and pray that's all he has to do.
  23. According to OvertheCap, the Falcons are now $602,351 under the cap, after McCarron's contract. With a projected cap-hit amount of $6,489,368 needed to sign the Rookie class, it appears that the Falcons will need to come up with additional cap-space of at least $5,887,017, assuming that OvertheCap's amounts are correct. https://overthecap.com/salary-cap/atlanta-falcons/
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