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  1. W2W4: Saints vs. Falcons September, 7, 2014 8:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com Sunday will mark yet another chapter in the storied rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Last season, the Saints won both meetings by a total of 10 points. The Falcons lead the all-time series, 46-43, but the Saints are 13-3 since 2006 and have won six of the past seven meetings. Here is what to look for Sunday: MATCHUP TO WATCH: Falcons right tackle Lamar Holmes vs. Saints pass-rusher Cameron Jordan. Holmes is more likely to face Jordan when the Falcons go with 11 personnel -- one runnin
  2. Saturday special: Cliff Matthews September, 6, 2014 8:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com Every Saturday during the 2014 season, we will highlight a member of the Atlanta Falcons' special teams. We start with Cliff Matthews, a fourth-year defensive lineman who was on the bubble going into final cuts. Cliff Matthews by no means thought his job was secure. The Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman managed to hang around the last three seasons after joining the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of South Carolina. He made a few cameo appearances on defense last season, but not nearly enough to
  3. http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/7904/saturday-special-cliff-matthews Every Saturday during the 2014 season, we will highlight a member of the Atlanta Falcons' special teams. We start with Cliff Matthews, a fourth-year defensive lineman who was on the bubble going into final cuts. Cliff Matthews by no means thought his job was secure. The Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman managed to hang around the last three seasons after joining the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of South Carolina. He made a few cameo appearances on defense last season, but not nearly enough to say
  4. Falcons' Umenyiora tired of losing to Brees Sep 3 8:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons veteran pass-rusher Osi Umenyiora has dropped his share of games against New Orleans Saints gunslinger Drew Brees. When Umenyiora first encountered Brees in 2005, his New York Giants lost to Brees' San Diego Chargers, 45-23. Then the next season, when Brees left San Diego for New Orleans, he guided the Saints to a 30-7 win against Umenyiora and the Giants. In fact, Umenyiora lost his first four games against Brees and is 1-6 all-time against him, including 0-2 upon
  5. In reality, Kroy Biermann not distracted Sep 4 6:10PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Many folks wondered initially about HBO's "Hard Knocks" being a distraction for an Atlanta Falcons team coming off a 4-12 season. Such didn't appear to be the case as the show concluded this week. "It was good," said outside linebacker/defensive end Kroy Biermann, who was featured at home during the documentary. "I think they portrayed the team very well. It added some very competitive elements to camp. And I think, overall, it went pretty well." For Biermann, being followed by camera
  6. Falcons don't want to come up short Sep 4 7:45AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson made it look so easy during the last matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Facing a third-and-goal on his team's initial drive, Jackson took a handoff from Matt Ryan and vaulted his 6-foot-2, 240-pound body over the top of the pile for a score. If only it could be that simple on every short-yardage play. "Goal-line situations are honestly harder than (typical) short-yardage because of the amount of field the defense has to cover," Jackson said. "S
  7. WRs have Matt Ryan ready to set tempo Sep 3 2:45PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- There were times last season when Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan couldn't accomplish everything he wanted to offensively, without his full allotment of receivers. Such won't be the case going into Sunday's season opener against the New Orleans Saints, with Julio Jones and Roddy White healthy and Harry Douglas back off a great season. Sprinkle in elusive newcomer Devin Hester, and Ryan has even more explosiveness to work with. It should allow Ryan to set the offensive tempo. "When y
  8. Corey Peters' status unknown Sep 1 5:00PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Defensive tackle Corey Peters was on the practice field Monday for the Atlanta Falcons, but his status for Sunday's season opener against the rival New Orleans Saints remains unclear. Peters didn't play in any preseason games as he continued to recover from last December's Achilles tear, suffered against the San Francisco 49ers. Peters expressed hope about being able to return to game action this week, but coach Mike Smith wouldn't commit to such just yet. "We're not set on what we're going to do
  9. Observation Deck: Atlanta Falcons Aug 28 9:20PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com T.J. Yates made the Atlanta Falcons' backup quarterback spot that much more interesting. Yates, who struggled miserably in his previous preseason outings, played like a savvy veteran in Thursday night's 24-14 preseason win at the Jacksonville Jaguars. While starting for a resting Matt Ryan and playing just the first half, Yates completed 15 of 20 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. After a series with Sean Renfree to start the game, Yates got into a rhythm behind the first-team offensi
  10. Falcons' Schraeder has MMA fight in him Aug 28 8:35AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com It's clear Ryan Schraeder has a lot of fight in him. That was evident when the Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle put a punch combination on teammate Jacques Smith during training camp. The quickness of hands the 6-foot-7-inch, 300-pound Schraeder displayed that day was no accident. He worked on it earlier this year. "I did a little MMA this offseason,'' Schraeder said of his mixed martial arts training. "Not a lot because once we started back lifting weights, I had to kind of calm down on it because it exerts
  11. Rookie Hageman shaping up for Falcons Aug 27 8:15AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com If you based Ra'Shede Hageman's progress on some of the scenes in HBO's "Hard Knocks," you might think the Atlanta Falcons' rookie was on the roster bubble. In reality, defensive line coach Bryan Cox sees the potential in the second-round pick from Minnesota, which is why Cox continues to ride Hageman about his conditioning and motivation. Some of the results of Cox's tough love were evident during last Saturday's preseason game against Tennessee. Hageman showed flashes of his unique ability with his first sac
  12. Falcons practice report: eye on nickel Aug 26 7:45PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- All three of the Atlanta Falcons' candidates for the nickelback role were on the field for special teams at the start of Tuesday's practice. The battle between Robert McClain, Javier Arenas, and Josh Wilson remains unsettled, according to coach Mike Smith. But McClain, also a standout on special teams, would appear to have a decisive advantage. Whatever the case, the trio will get one more chance to compete in Thursday night's final preseason game at Jacksonville. Smith refused to r
  13. Falcons' Tice speaks on right tackle battle Aug 26 8:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- While most of the attention remains on rookie Jake Matthews' switch to left tackle, the competition continues to determine which player will be the Atlanta Falcons' starting right tackle for the Sept. 7 season opener against New Orleans. "It's wide open, man," offensive line coach Mike Tice said. Lamar Holmes, Gabe Carimi, and Ryan Schraeder all have a shot, although Holmes was the guy called upon first when starting left tackle Sam Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury and Ma
  14. Falcons get tough with chippy Titans Aug 24 12:25AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com ATLANTA -- Roddy White couldn't help but laugh as he reflected on all the confrontations on the field Saturday night. The Atlanta Falcons receiver can talk trash with the best of them, but even White didn't understand what was going with the opponent in the Titans' 24-17 preseason win over the Falcons. Much of the heated conversation occurred in the first half, when White and the first-team offense jumped out to a 17-3 lead. Jones and the Atlanta offense burned Tennessee's chippy defense for 17 first-half poin
  15. http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/7526/practice-report-asamoah-sidelined Falcons practice report: Asamoah sidelined August, 25, 2014 Aug 25 7:35 PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.comFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As the Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Monday, one significant starter watched from the sideline. Right guard Jon Asamoah, one of the team's top acquisitions this offseason, was held out of practice with an unspecified injury. Asamoah exited Saturday's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans earlier than the rest of the starting offensive line. He was replaced by Harla
  16. Atlanta Falcons' projected roster Aug 25 8:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com Examining the Atlanta Falcons' roster: QUARTERBACKS (2) Matt Ryan Sean Renfree Renfree hasn't looked too bad this preseason and has a good grasp of the offense. T.J. Yates? Well, he's looked terrible, so Renfree should have the backup job secured. RUNNING BACKS (5) Steven Jackson Devonta Freeman Jacquizz Rodgers Antone Smith Patrick DiMarco (fullback) Rodgers is making a strong push to get his share of touches despite how excited the organization is about Freeman. And Rodgers continues to be solid in blitz picku
  17. Falcons' offense shows explosive ability Aug 24 1:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com ATLANTA -- Saturday was just a taste of how explosive the Atlanta Falcons' offense can be this season. Catch-and-run touchdowns of 30-plus yards by both Julio Jones and Devin Hester were the highlights in the Falcons' 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Hester started the scoring with a 31-yard touchdown off a short pass from Matt Ryan. It was his second touchdown of the preseason, and both included plenty of yards after the catch. "He did an unbelievable job for us tonight," Ryan said of Hester. "That's so
  18. Falcons' Trufant asborbs big-play blame Aug 24 9:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com ATLANTA -- Give Desmond Trufant credit. Even if the Atlanta Falcons second-year cornerback wasn't fully responsible for a 63-yard touchdown given up to Tennessee receiver Nate Washington on Saturday night, Trufant certainly took ownership for the blunder. ``I'm definitely going to take the blame,'' Trufant said. `It's my responsibility. I've got to be over the top. And I can't get beat by width, either. I've just got to play better.'' It's fair to wonder if a safety should have rotated back to the middle of
  19. Observation Deck: Atlanta Falcons August, 23, 2014 10:20PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com ATLANTA -- There should be no doubt about Julio Jones' right foot now. The Atlanta Falcons star receiver, back in action following last year's season-ending foot surgery, scored on a 52-yard catch-and-run during Saturday's 24-17 preseason loss to the Tennessee Titans. Jones took the pass, made a quick spin, then utilized a tremendous block from Harry Douglas and exploded all the way to the end zone. Jones' practice workload just increased recently following a cautious start to training camp. The plan al
  20. Hard Knocks Part 3: Ryan not playing August, 20, 2014 7:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com The third episode of HBO's Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons aired Tuesday evening, and one of the interesting aspects was the X-rated language used by quarterback Matt Ryan. Obviously, Ryan was extremely bothered by the team's performance in last Saturday's 32-7 exhibition loss to the Houston Texans. In the locker room afterward, Ryan asked in a not so subtle way for each player to get their "mind right so we can go out there and have a good week of work and go play the way we're capable of." Ryan
  21. Osi Umenyiora in a rush to add to game August, 21, 2014 6:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Not a week goes by without Osi Umenyiora connecting with his Hall of Fame friend and former New York Giants teammate Michael Strahan. The two talk two or three times a week. Their latest conversation had much to do with Umenyiora trying to find ways to reinvent his game so he can be an effective designated pass-rusher for the Atlanta Falcons this season. [+] Enlarge Todd Kirkland/Icon SMIOsi Umenyiora admits he wore down as the season progressed. "Two days ago, I was talking
  22. Practice report: Jones' final day of rest? August, 19, 2014 6:25 PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As the Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Tuesday, top receiver Julio Jones was a spectator in a fishing hat. It was his scheduled day off after a day on, but coach Mike Smith said both Jones and outside linebacker Kroy Biermann are set to return to a normal practice routine after being limited throughout training camp. "We're going to start increasing all of these guys as we get closer to the opening game of the regular season; the Saints game," Smith said. "It's impor
  23. vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 · 2h Falcons back on field in pads and shorts. No Carimi with offensive line. Dobbins out in baseball cap. Both with ankle injuries vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 · 2h Lowery, Angerer and Terren Jones all with helmets on coming off concussions vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 · 1h Roddy back practicing vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 · 52m Looks like Steven Jackson working with medical staff on side field vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 · 43m Mike Smith not liking body language at start of team drills vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23
  24. Smith liked tackling, hated penalties August, 10, 2014 7:00AM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- One of the points of emphasis for the Atlanta Falcons going into this season was improving tackling. In fact, coach Mike Smith said new tackling drills were introduced this offseason to get the matter corrected. But a tackling dummy doesn't compare to live action. Smith gave his assessment of how his team tackled in Friday's 16-10 preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins. "I thought that there were some very good examples of good tackling," Smith said following Saturday's pra
  25. Falcons Camp Report: Day 11 August, 6, 2014 9:45PM ET By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A daily review of the hot topics from Atlanta Falcons training camp: Wide receiver Julio Jones, who practiced sparingly Wednesday, said he doesn't know if he'll play in Friday night's exhibition against the Miami Dolphins. Coach Mike Smith said the team was going to make the decision Tuesday but a final determination has yet to be made. Based on Smith's history, the starters typically play just the first series in the initial preseason game. So it seems unlikely for Jones to suit up. Of c
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