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The phrase "size matters" applies to the nine Atlanta Falcons defensive ends currently listed on the roster. From the returning players to the veteran additions, as well as the rookies like Ra’Shede Hageman, Falcons fans can’t help but to be excited for a noticeably bigger and stronger DE group for the 2014 season.

RETURNING PLAYERS

Kroy Biermann:

Biermann is coming off an Achilles injury that claimed most of his 2013 season. Known for his versatility at DE and LB, his role on the Falcons defense can’t be overstated. He’s worked vigorously to return in 2014, with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan anxiously awaiting the opportunity to maximize every one of Biermann’s many abilities.

Osi Umenyiora:

Umenyiora is coming off of a 2013 season, his first with the team, that included 16 games (13 starts), 47 tackles, 7.5 sacks, three PBUs, one pick-six and three forced fumbles. He may see more one-on-one matchups to exploit in 2014, especially with the extra size and strength the team added to this year’s defensive line.

Malliciah Goodman:

Goodman enters his second year with the Falcons, following a rookie campaign that included 14 games (one start), eight tackles and two fumble recoveries. You won’t find many people with hands the size of Goodman’s (11 inches), which, combined with his long arms (36 & 3/8’’), help him create a ton of separation against opposing blockers.

Stansly Maponga:

Maponga enters his second season with the Falcons. The pass-rush specialist is extremely quick off the edge and shows great versatility, able to play DE and LB. Maponga expects to make more strides in 2014, following his rookie year that included 12 games and five tackles.

Jonathan Massaquoi:

Massaquoi had a breakout season in 2013, including 16 games (four starts), 46 tackles, four sacks and one PBU. He figures pretty heavily in the starting rotation in 2014.

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Matthews enters his fourth season with the Falcons, following a 2013 season that included 15 games and 13 tackles. He’s listed as a defensive end, but has played a lot inside, cross training as a DT.

VETERAN ADDITIONS

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Jackson signed with the Falcons in the offseason, following a five-year campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s been better than advertised in the offseason and while not being asked to be a stat guy, the linebackers behind him will appreciate all that Jackson brings to the field in 2014 and beyond.

ROOKIES

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Eguae joins the Falcons after a four-year career at Auburn, where he started 43 games and totaled 105 tackles (65 solo), with 21 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He was a key defensive cog for the Tigers, helping them advance to the BCS title game in 2013.

Ra’Shede Hageman:

Hageman enters his rookie season with huge expectations. He played defensive tackle at the University of Minnesota and will move to defensive end, likely behind Jackson. The rookie has already had an impressive offseason, showcasing his strength and toughness up-front. The sky is truly the limit for the 6-6, 318-pound Hageman.

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Hageman, Jackson, Massaquoi, Biermann, and Umenyiora and the other 4 fight for one spot

Now they could save $3.5 mill if those two 2nd year guys ball out and we release Umenyiora ( boy that would be popular ) not saying they will but his money is hi-profile

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First I've heard of eguahe

Me either, but right off the bat I'll tell you he's captain of the football team where he went to school, was an honorable mention Academic All American, has never missed a Sunday School class and has no arrest record, but an extensive rap sheet of serious recurring injury issues. But cutting through the obvious personal background, I'm thinking he's mostly a camp body.

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Hageman, Jackson, Massaquoi, Biermann, and Umenyiora and the other 4 fight for one spot

Now they could save $3.5 mill if those two 2nd year guys ball out and we release Umenyiora ( boy that would be popular ) not saying they will but his money is hi-profile

I think it is pretty unlikely Osi gets cut unless he becomes a poor teammate in the locker room ala Ray Edwards. Maponga is intriguing, but he is a little one dimensional from what I have read. I wonder if he or Goodman get the nod, or if they would carry 7. Maybe stash the one who doesn't make in on the PS. No idea who the other rookie is though.

Also, why the sudden bold type and big font?

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I think it is pretty unlikely Osi gets cut unless he becomes a poor teammate in the locker room ala Ray Edwards. Maponga is intriguing, but he is a little one dimensional from what I have read. I wonder if he or Goodman get the nod, or if they would carry 7. Maybe stash the one who doesn't make in on the PS. No idea who the other rookie is though.

Also, why the sudden bold type and big font?

well he was asked to take a pay cut but refused and sometimes if their's a way to release you they do. Part time player with age and over value contrct, you just never know is the point I was making.

those 2 still have PS time available??

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7.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, a pick 6, and 47 tackles... That's a lot of production for 3.5 million.

Seriously. We continue to bash Uminyoria on these message boards and yet he managed 7.5 sacks and produced plenty on a team with negative interior push on the D-Line. I'm here thinking that Maponga or Matthews is on the outside looking in. Not Osi....sheesh.

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well he was asked to take a pay cut but refused and sometimes if their's a way to release you they do. Part time player with age and over value contrct, you just never know is the point I was making.

those 2 still have PS time available??

I'm not a guru when it comes to that stuff, but I believe a player can be on a practice squad only up until they are on the 45 man active roster for 9 games. I don't know if Maponga or Goodman were on the gameday roster that much last year, but they could be eligible.

Who knows though, I will admit that last season has been kind of repressed in my mind.

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Me either, but right off the bat I'll tell you he's captain of the football team where he went to school, was an honorable mention Academic All American, has never missed a Sunday School class and has no arrest record, but an extensive rap sheet of serious recurring injury issues. But cutting through the obvious personal background, I'm thinking he's mostly a camp body.

Funny enough that doesn't work anymore. He could be a guy rumored to taking plays off or even a guy accused of rape now. We've come a long way.

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Seriously. We continue to bash Uminyoria on these message boards and yet he managed 7.5 sacks and produced plenty on a team with negative interior push on the D-Line. I'm here thinking that Maponga or Matthews is on the outside looking in. Not Osi....sheesh.

This has been my thinking for a while. Osi got way to much flak this off-season. Osi is still the best pass rusher we've got and the likelihood is if others improve due to more solid play across the board so will he which will still mean he's our best pass rusher.

People hoping that a rook will start playing to Osi's level are hopefull but, those professing he'll be vastly outplayed by anyone on our team may be in for a big disappointment, not because the others are bad but, because Osi's good.

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This has been my thinking for a while. Osi got way to much flak this off-season. Osi is still the best pass rusher we've got and the likelihood is if others improve due to more solid play across the board so will he which will still mean he's our best pass rusher.

People hoping that a rook will start playing to Osi's level are hopefull but, those professing he'll be vastly outplayed by anyone on our team may be in for a big disappointment, not because the others are bad but, because Osi's good.

It's easy to pick on a guy brought in to replace a legend. But in the end, the whole team played like shlt.

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