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Sept. 22, 2011 4:43 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons injury report for Thursday

Thursday’s injury report -- Did not participate: DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and CB Kelvin Hayden (hamstring); Limited: DE John Abraham (thigh), C Todd McClure (knee), QB Matt Ryan (knee), DE Ray Edwards (foot), and WR Roddy White (thigh); Full: DT Corey Peters (back) and S Shann Schillinger (neck). Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 22, 2011 3:56 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Close games require frequent rotation of players

Coach Mike Smith said about 55 percent of NFL games last season were decided by one score or less and that keeping his defensive line fresh leads to playing effectively and efficiently in the fourth quarter: “That’s why you see across this league that everybody is into the rotation and keeping defensive linemen fresh.” Falcons RapidReports

Sept. 22, 2011 3:41 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Smith: Collapsing pocket important against Freeman

Coach Mike Smith on containing Tampa QB Josh Freeman: “It’s going to be very important that we don’t give him a whole lot of room and we’ve got to do a good job in collapsing the pocket and not letting him extend plays.” Falcons RapidReports

Sept. 22, 2011 3:26 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Multiple players will take turns countering Bucs' OT Penn

It won’t just be one defensive end that always has to deal with Tampa OT Donald Penn. Atlanta DEs John Abraham and Ray Edwards will switch sides regularly, said head coach Mike Smith. “We’re going to move our rushers around like we have in the first two ball games," he said. Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 22, 2011 3:22 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Smith knows Freeman is tough to bring down

Coach Mike Smith said Tampa QB Josh Freeman can throw with defenders draped on him and is excellent at keeping plays alive: “He may be one of the most difficult guys (in the NFL) to get down.” Buccaneers RapidReports


Sept. 22, 2011 3:21 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Smith: Bucs' OT Penn is great QB protector

Coach Mike Smith said that Tampa OT Donald Penn does a very good job of keeping his quarterback clean: “He’s an outstanding offensive tackle. He’s a big, athletic guy who when he gets his hands on you can be very disruptive.” Falcons RapidReports

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I think so too. It's not good when a player misses the two most important practice days; Wedn. and Thurs. Hammy injuries can be very difficult to get over, unless it is very minor.

Yep. I don't think since Smitty's been here there's been a player who played in a game if he didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Well Crisp Owens....you've got yet another opportunity to save your job!

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Didn't we sign hayden to the vet min? Defense just felt totally diff with him out there. I don't get why people didn't want him when were paying the min.

The guy is full of talent, but is always hurting. Even when he's in the game, he's out a lot. That's why the Colts were in constant pursuit of CB's even after they got him. Serious game changer in every way and built like a freaking pitbull, but he gets hurt a lot.

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Didn't we sign hayden to the vet min? Defense just felt totally diff with him out there. I don't get why people didn't want him when were paying the min.

Yes, Atlanta signed Hayden for vet minimum.

"Atlanta veteran DBs weren't expensive

September, 6, 2011

By Pat Yasinskas

A lot of Atlanta Falcons fans are talking like recently-signed safety James Sanders could end up in the starting lineup before long. Those same people are also saying Kelvin Hayden, who was signed right about the same time, could be the nickel back.

It could happen, but that’s not the Falcons’ intent, if you put any stock into contracts. In the case of both veteran defensive backs, the Falcons paid relatively little money. You could call it backup money or less.

I just got a look at the details of both one-year contracts and they’re minimal. Hayden has a $685,000 base salary and got a $50,000 signing bonus. Since he signed for the veteran minimum, the Falcons get a salary-cap break. Instead of costing $735,000 against the cap, Hayden will only take up $575,000 worth of cap space.

The Falcons didn’t use the veteran minimum benefit on Sanders, but he didn’t get much more than that. Sanders got no signing bonus and is scheduled to make $1.3 million in base salary, which also is his salary-cap figure.

If Sanders ends up starting or Hayden ends up as the nickel back, the Falcons got them at bargain prices."

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