Monthly Archives: June 2012

Falcons Agree To Terms With Safety Chris Hope

The Falcons gained valuable depth by agreeing to terms with veteran safety Chris Hope.

Hope was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a member of the 2005 Steelers team that won Super Bowl XL. Following the 2005 season, Hope was signed as a free agent by the Tennessee Titans.

In Hope’s 10-year NFL career, he has notched 758 tackles to go along with 20 interceptions and four sacks. In 2008, Hope was selected to his first Pro Bowl.

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Five Things We Can Take Away From Falcons Minicamp

This post is written with a caveat: anything coaches and players say about a minicamp session should be positive. Also, because I was unable to attend any of the public sessions, I’ve compiled these five points using articles from those who’ve actually attended the sessions.

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Minicamp Dates Set

The Falcons have announced the dates for their 2012 minicamp: 

Tuesday, June 19

– Walkthrough 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (Closed to the public)

– Practice 3:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. (Open to the public; Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 20

– Walkthrough 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (Closed to the public)

– Practice 3:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. (Open to the public; Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 21

– Practice 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (Open to the public; Gates open at 9:30 a.m.) 

The minicamp will be held at Flowery Branch.

The player I’m most excited to read about is Julio Jones. I believe he’ll have a monster season.

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The Unjust Disrespect For the Atlanta Falcons

I’ve been putting this entry off for a while now, and it’s time to get it off my chest.

The Atlanta Falcons are being unjustly disrespected heading into the 2012 NFL season. Both Warren Sapp and Vegas expect the Falcons to miss the playoffs this year, and a couple of Falcons players are mysteriously absent from the Top 100 Players of 2012 list.

Now, I know the thing fresh in everyone’s minds is the 24-2 shellacking at the hands of the New York Giants in the wildcard round of this past season’s playoffs.

And before that, the thing fresh in everyone’s minds was the 48-21 beatdown they received from the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the 2010 playoffs.

And I know the Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs since the current regime took over in 2008.

I’m not trying to justify the Falcons’ seemingly inability to win a playoff game; instead, I want to shed a little perspective.

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Falcons Sign Jonathan Massaquoi

The Falcons have signed defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi. The Falcons’ 2012 draft class is now under contract.

Massaquoi was selected in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played his collegiate career at Troy.

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