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By D. Orlando Ledbetter - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Posted: 12:37 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

FLOWERY BRANCH —

Falcons running back Antone Smith has quietly gone about his business of being a special teams star.

Over the past two seasons, when the Falcons have asked him to run the ball from scrimmage, he has been electric.

After another fine showing against the Miami Dolphins in the exhibition opener Friday, the Falcons are now planning to get Smith more involved in the offense.

With Steven Jackson out with a left hamstring injury, Smith stole the show with two dazzling plays against the Dolphins in the 16-10 victory at the Georgia Dome.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said that Smith’s role in the offense must expand after he caught a check-down pass, eluded a linebacker and raced up the field for 34 yards.

Later, he made a decisive cut in the open field to make a defender miss. He wasn’t done. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Smith set-up the safety with a move and then darted past him on his way to an apparent 76-yard touchdown run.

“It is a start,” Antone Smith said. “I mean, it is a first impression. That is the biggest thing from the first game. It was my first impression, so I think my first impression was very good.”

However, both explosive plays were nullified by penalty.

“I mean, it is frustrating, but we know it is the first (exhibition) game for a lot of people out there, so a lot of stuff is changing,” Antone Smith said. “We expect a lot of penalties.”

Also, with the retirement of Jason Snelling, the Falcons need someone to step forward in the backfield. The Falcons want to improve their rushing attack, which was ranked 32nd in the league last season at 77.9 yards yards per game.

“We feel like, when you look at somebody like Antone Smith, who made some big plays for us and gives us some more explosiveness, we want to make sure that we see him do that again,” running backs coach Gerald Brown said. “Snelling was a playmaker. … that’s what we are looking for.”

In spot duty last season, Smith averaged 29 yards per carry. He never did earn regular playing time even though the Falcons were sliding to a 4-12 finish.

On Smith’s 34-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter Falcons veteran wide receiver Harry Douglas was lined up illegally. A holding penalty on right tackle Jake Matthews nullified Smith’s 76-yard run in the second quarter.

Antone Smith is ready to take on a bigger role in the offense.

“I want the guys to have confidence in me,” he said.

Brown said that Smith has improved his blocking as a pass-protector and that should not be a factor that would limit his playing time.

“The guy who has really stepped up and actually, so far, is Smith,” Brown said. “He’s shown that he understands protection and he backs it up with physical protection.”

Quarterback Matt Ryan was impressed with Smith’s big plays.

“He showed the explosiveness that he has and the speed,” Ryan said. “He can change a game on any given play. That was fun to watch.”

The Falcons signed Smith as a free agent in 2009. He had a solid career at Florida State after being tabbed the No. 1 all-purpose back in the nation in 2005 by rivals.com.

After going undrafted, Detroit gave him a tryout. He was added to the roster and then released. He had brief stints at Minnesota and Houston.

He was signed by the Falcons after they released quarterback D.J. Shockley in Oct. 2009.

Smith has found his niche as a special teams star. Before last season Smith had just one carry in his previous three seasons with the Falcons.

“Antone’s a guy that can do some things when we get the ball in his hands,” Mike Smith said. “I would imagine we would want to make sure to help him get some touches, put him in an advantageous situation.”

For two plays that didn’t count, Antone Smith has created a major buzz.

“It’s really always about your first impression,” Mike Smith said.

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I don 't get it...this is not his FIRST dazzling display. He's been doing this the last couple of pre-seasons. I keep hearing the reason they don't play him at RB is because of his pass blocking deficiencies, well it's going on three yrs and if he hadn't learned how to do that by now cut him or PLAY HIM.

This ish is getting annoying seeing him do this and then when the season starts we don't see him anymore.

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I don 't get it...this is not his FIRST dazzling display. He's been doing this the last couple of pre-seasons. I keep hearing the reason they don't play him at RB is because of his pass blocking deficiencies, well it's going on three yrs and if he hadn't learned how to do that by now cut him or PLAY HIM.

This ish is getting annoying seeing him do this and then when the season starts we don't see him anymore.

He's our ST ace gunner, but yea, lets cut him. Great plan.

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ok so lets not play the best runner on the team,wut? 9 in the box then you audible to another play lol at your simple mind

You can't audible to another play because if you audible to a pass Smith is going to get blown the F up. That is what happens when you throw a 1 dimensional RB back there.

So many football fans don't even understand the basics. Play Madden at least.

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You can't audible to another play because if you audible to a pass Smith is going to get blown the F up. That is what happens when you throw a 1 dimensional RB back there.

So many football fans don't even understand the basics. Play Madden at least.

I keep hearing this nonsense. The coach already said his blocking has improved. But let's just say it hasn't. Put him in the game and hand off to him. If they stack the box hit him on swings, screens and angle routes. Or fake to him on play action and throw a bomb to Julio or Reedy on a stacked box. Yall need to stop with this one dimensional stacked box bush it. Anyone who is thinking like this on the coaching staff needs to be fired.
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I keep hearing this nonsense. The coach already said his blocking has improved. But let's just say it hasn't. Put him in the game and hand off to him. If they stack the box hit him on swings, screens and angle routes. Or fake to him on play action and throw a bomb to Julio or Reedy on a stacked box. Yall need to stop with this one dimensional stacked box bush it. Anyone who is thinking like this on the coaching staff needs to be fired.

You do know the RB's primary job on a play action pass is to block, right? You also know that he isn't a very good receiver, right? Of course not. You also know that when he was asked to pass block during the game that he allowed the only sack of the entire game, right? Looked 'much improved'

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You do know the RB's primary job on a play action pass is to block, right? You also know that he isn't a very good receiver, right? Of course not. You also know that when he was asked to pass block during the game that he allowed the only sack of the entire game, right? Looked 'much improved'

You do know that many times the RB goes out on a pattern after a play action fake right? You do know it's OK if a FB or TE pass blocks right? You do know he had a 34 yard reception Friday night before Dougle stepped on his weenie right? You do know he caught two of his three targets last year right? You do know if the coach said his blocking has improved he probably knows better than you right? Any questions?
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You do know that many times the RB goes out on a pattern after a play action fake right? You do know it's OK if a FB or TE pass blocks right? You do know he had a 34 yard reception Friday night before Dougle stepped on his weenie right? You do know he caught two of his three targets last year right? You do know if the coach said his blocking has improved he probably knows better than you right? Any questions?

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If THAT is 'much improved' how can you even question how he wasn't getting on the field before???????????????????

It's also quite funny how the 'Mike Smith knows better than you' line only works when it's a situation in your favor. You've thought you were right and Mike Smith was wrong on this entire situation, but now that Mike Smith said his pass blocking was 'much improved' you're all over what he's saying. LOL

You do know that if Smith isn't putting him in the game that he probably knows better than you, right??????????/

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If THAT is 'much improved' how can you even question how he wasn't getting on the field before???????????????????

It's also quite funny how the 'Mike Smith knows better than you' line only works when it's a situation in your favor. You've thought you were right and Mike Smith was wrong on this entire situation, but now that Mike Smith said his pass blocking was 'much improved' you're all over what he's saying. LOL

You do know that if Smith isn't putting him in the game that he probably knows better than you, right??????????/

It didn't help that Ryan slid right on that play. That gave the backer way better leverage. Also a swing pass left on that play with blitzing LBs like that and he will probably house it. Now he pass blocked on four other plays. You gonna GIF them up for us? Didn't think so.
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It didn't help that Ryan slid right on that play. That gave the backer way better leverage. Also a swing pass left on that play with blitzing LBs like that and he will probably house it. Now he pass blocked on four other plays. You gonna GIF them up for us? Didn't think so.

Don't wanna touch on Mike Smith knowing better than you? You literally think you're smarter than the coaches and Ryan slid to the right because of immediate pressure up the middle allowed by Smith.

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Don't wanna touch on Mike Smith knowing better than you? You literally think you're smarter than the coaches and Ryan slid to the right because of immediate pressure up the middle allowed by Smith.

How can someone call another person a Homer and then turn around and use literally EVERY excuse known to man on antone.

Absolutely nothing is AS fault.

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How can someone call another person a Homer and then turn around and use literally EVERY excuse known to man on antone.

Absolutely nothing is AS fault.

The same reason he can say that he knows better than Smitty about Antone and then turn around and say that if Smitty says Antones blocking is better that maybe he knows better than us. He's a freakin hypocrite in every sense of the word.

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34b1c307f4da475ddef550bb61f1ce49.gif

If THAT is 'much improved' how can you even question how he wasn't getting on the field before???????????????????

It's also quite funny how the 'Mike Smith knows better than you' line only works when it's a situation in your favor. You've thought you were right and Mike Smith was wrong on this entire situation, but now that Mike Smith said his pass blocking was 'much improved' you're all over what he's saying. LOL

You do know that if Smith isn't putting him in the game that he probably knows better than you, right??????????/

Lol that **** is edited

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