Monthly Archives: August 2012

Falcons Release Chris Redman, Sign Luke McCown

The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterback Chris Redman and signed quarterback Luke McCown.

Redman was originally selected in the third round (75th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 NFL Draft. He was out of football for four years before the Falcons signed him in 2007. Redman spent five seasons with the Falcons as Matt Ryan’s backup. Over his nine-year career, Redman has completed 286 of 500 passes for 3,179 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

McCown was selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting two games. He was cut by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday after being signed as a free agent. McCown has spent eight years in the league, completing 184 of 316 passes for 2,035 yards, nine touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

The release of Redman gives Dominique Davis a great chance at becoming the immediate backup to Ryan. Davis has been having a great preseason, and he was able to beat out John Parker Wilson for the third string quarterback spot.

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Falcons Waive John Parker Wilson, Place Corey Peters on PUP

The Falcons have waived quarterback John Parker Wilson and placed defensive tackle Corey Peters on reserved/non-football injury list on Sunday.

With how Wilson performed in preseason, it’s not surprising to see the Falcons let him go. However, the loss of Peters through Week 6 is a huge blow to the Falcons defense; he was able to usurp the starting spot from first-round draft pick Peria Jerry after being drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Jerry will need to step up and play like he was drafted in the first round.

With these two roster moves, the Falcons have cut the roster down to the mandatory 75-player limit.

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Falcons Trim Roster to 77, Place Will Svitek on Injured Reserve

The Falcons have released eight players and reached injury settlements with three other players.

Tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, wide receiver Kenny Stafford, and tight end Aron White were released.

Left tackle Will Svitek was placed on injured reserve after suffering an upper arm injury. The team also reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls.

The Falcons will need to cut down the roster to 75 players by 4 p.m. on Monday. By August 31, the Falcons must have its 53-man roster, and starting September 1, the team will be allowed to place eight players on the practice squad.

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Preseason Observations Week 3: Falcons at Dolphins

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Miami Dolphins Friday night by a score of 23-6. The win marked the first preseason victory for the Falcons since 2010.

The third preseason game usually features the starters playing a bit into the second half, so it’s as close to a regular season game as you’ll get. Final score aside, how did the Falcons fare against a bad Dolphins team?

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Falcons Lose Will Svitek For Season

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith has announced left tackle Will Svitek will miss the remainder of the season with an upper arm injury. He suffered the injury in practice yesterday.

Svitek took over for the injured Sam Baker in 2011, starting 10 games. Smith has repeatedly said all positions on the offensive line were open; Svitek’s injury makes it easier for Baker to reclaim his starting left tackle job.

The loss of Svitek also presents a depth issue. The Falcons may look to sign another left tackle or depend on rookie tackle Lamar Holmes to be the primary backup.

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Akeem Dent Returns to Contact Practice, Set to Start Friday

The Falcons second-year middle linebacker Akeem Dent was cleared to return to contact practice Sunday. Dent suffered a concussion in the first preseason game versus the Baltimore Ravens on a special teams play. He will start Friday when the Falcons visit the Miami Dolphins.

Abiding by the league’s strict protocol in dealing with concussions, Dent was held out the second preseason game versus the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday.

Dent was moved to first on the depth chart after Lofa Tatupu suffered a pectoral injury, effectively ending his season. The Falcons are looking to replace the middle linebacker void left by Curtis Lofton, who opted to become the New Orleans Saints’ middle linebacker.

Because he’s only a second-year player and a first-year starter, Dent needs all the reps he can get. The concussion undoubtedly set him back again; expect to see him on the field a lot in the next two preseason games.

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Preseason Observations Week 2: Falcons vs. Bengals

The Atlanta Falcons came up short 24-19 against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night. This loss marks the Falcons’ sixth consecutive preseason loss dating back to last preseason.

Continuing the theme from last game, the Falcons (offensive) starters looked great, and the backups looked not-so-great.

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Peter King: 5,000 Passing Yards for Matt Ryan “Very Realistic”

Taken from Peter King’s blog on

Handcuffs are off Matt Ryan. He’ll have the ability to throw for some ridiculous numbers (5,000 yards is very realistic) with new coordinator Dirk Koetter sending Julio Jones flying deep.

As a guy who enjoys watching high-powered offenses go back and forth, I’d be slightly annoyed if Ryan managed to throw for 5,000 yards. Last year was a bit of an anomaly because of the lockout; offenses were otherworldly for much of the season. Three quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Matt Stafford) managed to pass for 5,000 yards, and Eli Manning came 67 yards shy of the 5,000 mark. Prior to last season, there were only two quarterbacks who had passed for over 5,000 yards: Drew Brees and Dan Marino.

I doubt offenses are going to go crazy this year. Defenses will be more stout. However, Ryan certainly has the weapons to help him go over 5,000 yards. King already highlighted Jones, but factor him along with Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and Harry Douglas, and you’ve got some of the best weapons in the league. It wouldn’t be overly surprising if Ryan managed to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark.

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Falcons Sign TE Chase Coffman and FB Lousaka Polite

The Falcons have signed tight end Chase Coffman and fullback Lousaka Polite on Saturday.

Coffman, a Missouri product, was selected in the third round (98th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent last season the Bengals practice squad. Coffman has totaled three receptions for 30 yards while appearing in six games, all in 2010. In the 2009, he suffered a season-ending ankle injury. While at Missouri, Coffman set an NCAA record for most catches by a tight end at 247. In 2008, he won the John Mackey Award for being the nation’s best tight end.

Polite played his college football at Pittsburgh. He was an undrafted free agent following the 2004 NFL Draft and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. He spent a total three seasons with the Cowboys. Polite had a short five-game stint with the Chicago Bears in 2007 before spending the next three years with the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in one game with the New England Patriots last year. For his career, Polite has 95 rushing attempts for 296 yards and a touchdown to go along with 41 receptions for 233 yards and one touchdown.

The Falcons have also officially placed rookie fullback Bradie Ewing on injured reserve. Ewing tore his ACL on a special teams play versus the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night.

The team also waived tight end Adam Nissley and punter Dawson Zimmerman.

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Rookie Fullback Bradie Ewing Out For Season

The Atlanta Falcons have announced rookie fullback Bradie Ewing is out for the season after tearing his ACL versus the Baltimore Ravens in Thursday night’s preseason game.

With how long Ewing was down, I feared the injury was serious. He was injured on a special teams play in the first half after his foot was caught in the turf. When he was unable to put any weight on his left knee and eventually carted off to the locker room, I knew there was an extremely small chance that the injury would be minor.

Ewing was competing with veteran fullback Mike Cox for the starting job. The Falcons drafted Ewing in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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