Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 4 Recap

Lots of players were reprimanded in the third episode of Hard Knocks. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Lots of players were reprimanded in the third episode of Hard Knocks. (John Bazemore)

Let me get this out the way: The fourth episode of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was, by far, the series’ best up to this point. 

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 3 Recap

Jake Matthews was told immediately he'd be the left tackle following Sam Bakers injury. (John Bazemore)

Jake Matthews was told immediately he’d be the left tackle following Sam Baker’s season-ending injury. (John Bazemore)

Another episode of Hard Knocks means we’re that much closer to the regular season.

The first few minutes of the third episode of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was a first in the show’s history as we’re taken inside the operating room to witness rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill’s ACL surgery.

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 2 Recap

Rookie linebacker Prince Shembo looks primed to contribute this season. (John Bazemore)

Rookie linebacker Prince Shembo looks primed to contribute this season. (John Bazemore)

The second episode of Hard Knocks opens with a cut: undrafted rookie fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones is released from the team. Cuts are probably the worst part of being a coach.

Before the joint practice with the Tennessee Titans, Mike Smith warns anyone who fights will be thrown out. We’re then given a nice foreshadow when the camera briefly pans to center Joe Hawley.

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 1 Recap

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Last night’s premiere of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was a doozy. After just one episode, I’m now convinced bringing the cameras to training camp was a good decision.

The show on its own is brilliant as it’s always nice to get a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team’s training camp. Of course, Hard Knocks’ brilliance was amplified by the fact it’s featuring the Falcons.

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Falcons Sign Safety Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson brings depth and five years of NFL experience to the team. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Tyrell Johnson brings depth and five years of NFL experience to the team. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Atlanta Falcons have signed free safety Tyrell Johnson in light of Dwight Lowery’s uncertain status after suffering a concussion during Friday’s scrimmage.

Johnson was drafted in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He started 27 games for them over four years, and last appeared in four games with the Detroit Lions in 2012. For his career, he’s totaled 126 tackles and two interceptions.

To make room for Johnson, the Falcons waived fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones.

The free safety position is now officially a concern for the Falcons.

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