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Falcons Release LB Nicholas, CB Samuel

 

Releasing Stephen Nicholas and Asante Samuel gives the Falcons even more cap flexibility.  (Kevin C. Cox)

Releasing Stephen Nicholas and Asante Samuel were necessary roster moves. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons have parted ways with linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel, saving $6.5 million in the process.

These were cuts that had to be made; both players had lost their starting positions in the Falcons’ youth movement last season and simply were too expensive to keep as backups.

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Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins Preview

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons are banged up.

Two players are lost for the season: defensive end Kroy Biermann with a torn Achilles and fullback Bradie Ewing with a separated shoulder. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be out eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury.

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Falcons Ride Jones, Ryan to 31-24 Victory Over Rams

Julio Jones proved to be too much for the St. Louis Rams. (John Bazemore)

Julio Jones proved to be too much for the St. Louis Rams. (John Bazemore)

With several Atlanta Falcons being forced to leave the game with injuries, it was up to Julio Jones and Matt Ryan to lead the team to victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Jones matched a career-high in yards with 182 – a total he matched in last season’s NFC Championship game – on 11 receptions, including an 81-yard touchdown; Ryan threw for 374 yards and two touchdowns on 31/41 passing.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams Preview

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

The Atlanta Falcons look to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2007 as they play hosts to the St. Louis Rams in the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta looks to rebound after losing last week’s season opener to the New Orleans Saints. Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 20-3 in games after a loss.

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Falcons Fall to Saints in Season Opener

The final pass intended for Tony Gonzalez was tipped and intercepted. (Bill Haber)

The final pass intended for Tony Gonzalez was tipped and intercepted. (Bill Haber)

The Atlanta Falcons were unable to spoil New Orleans head coach Sean Payton’s welcome back party, as the Saints held on to beat the Falcons 23-17 in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome.

Matt Ryan drove the Falcons (0-1) down to the Saints’ three-yard line in the final three minutes, but the Falcons were unable to score.

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Roddy White Active, Asante Samuel Inactive Against Saints

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (ankle) is active for today’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In what will be a big blow to the secondary, cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) is inactive.

Also on the inactive list for the Falcons: guard Harland Gunn, safety Kemal Ishmael, defensive end Stansly Maponga, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tackle Jeremy Trueblood, and running back Josh Vaughn.

Samuel being inactive means the Falcons will be starting two rookie cornerbacks in Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant when the defense is in nickel packages, which will be often against Drew Brees and the Saints passing attack. Robert McClain will get the start in Samuel’s spot.

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Preseason Week 3: Falcons Look Flat in Loss Against Titans

Matt Ryan was pressured and sacked often. (Jim Brown)

Matt Ryan was pressured and sacked often. (Jim Brown)

The Atlanta Falcons’ starters looked nothing like they should’ve looked in Saturday’s 27-16 loss against the Tennessee Titans.

If there’s a preseason game to put stock in, it’s the third preseason game because it serves as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. The starters play the first half (and a little into the second half), and it’s the first game coaches actually gameplan for.

The Falcons are expected to be a Super Bowl contender, but Saturday’s game provided nothing but evidence to the contrary.

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Preseason Week 1: Falcons Get Rolled by Bengals

Steven Jackson didn't find much running room against the Bengals. (David Goldman)

Steven Jackson didn’t find much running room against the Bengals. (David Goldman)

In what seems to be a common theme in preseason for the current regime, the Atlanta Falcons were blown out 34-10 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the Georgia Dome.

Before I delve into the positives and negatives of the game, let’s address two points:

1) It’s only preseason. Last preseason, the Falcons went 1-3 and finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.

2) The Falcons rarely win in preseason. It’s the status quo.

Also of note: Julio Jones and Sean Weatherspoon both sat out. Jones is nursing a sore hamstring and Weatherspoon has a badly disclocated finger.

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Falcons Open Training Camp Today

There are plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp begins. (Kevin C. Cox)

There are plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp begins. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons open training camp today, and the road to the Super Bowl XLVIII begins.

There is one off-the-field issue the Falcons must address soon: the contract situation of Matt Ryan. The franchise quarterback  is entering the last year of his rookie deal.

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Falcons and First-Round Pick Desmond Trufant Agree to Terms

Desmond Trufant is expected to come in start immediately.(Elaine Thompson)

Desmond Trufant is expected to come in start immediately. (Elaine Thompson)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with Desmond Trufant, their first selection of the 2013 NFL Draft. The news comes just in time for the start of training camp.

There was a report that the two sides were apparently in a contract squabble, but evidently that isn’t the case any longer.

The Falcons expect Trufant to come in and start immediately opposite from Asante Samuel.

Atlanta also agreed with terms with seventh-round pick Sean Renfree.

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