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Falcons Routed 29-7 by Ravens

Mike Smith's time in Atlanta is coming to an end.  (Gail Burton)

Mike Smith’s tenure as head coach in Atlanta is coming to an end. (Gail Burton)

Matt Bryant’s 57-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter bounced off the crossbar with a doink as if to signify the end of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 season.

The Falcons extended their losing streak to four after coming up short 29-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta is now 2-5 with an 0-4 record on the road.

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Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens Preview

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

After losing a key home game to the Chicago Bears last week, the Atlanta Falcons – riding a three-game losing streak – hit the road again to take on the Baltimore Ravens.

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Roddy White Suffers Ankle Injury in Loss to Ravens

Roddy White will be ready for the first game of the regular season. (Kevin C. Cox)

Roddy White will be ready for the first game of the regular season. (Kevin C. Cox)

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White injured his ankle in last week’s 27-23 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Falcons are officially calling it a “minor ankle sprain.”

The receiver left the game in the first quarter and did not return. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and should be ready for Week 1.

White has never missed a game due to injury in his nine-year career.

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Atlanta Falcons 2013 Preseason Schedule

The NFL has released the preseason schedule for the 2013 season.

The Atlanta Falcons’ preseason schedule:

Week 1: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN)

Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens

Week 3: at Tennessee Titans

Week 4: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the exception of the Titans, the Falcons faced these opponents in preseason last year. As expected, the Falcons take on both the Jaguars and Ravens.

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Falcons Are Super Bowl Frauds

At least, according to NFL.com’s Adam Schein.

In Schein’s latest column, he lists the Super Bowl contenders and frauds. Joining Atlanta as frauds are Baltimore, Chicago, and Houston.

He had this to say about Atlanta:

“I credit corner Dunta Robinson for telling us on the SiriusXM Blitz that he understood the skepticism and the doubters. The Falcons knows they need to win in January to silence the haters. I just don’t think they are capable. The Carolina Panthers debacle was alarming. A game like that was a long time coming. San Francisco, Green Bay, and the Giants would suffocate Atlanta in the postseason. I think the Seattle Seahawks, with their great defense, power run game and wise-beyond-his-years quarterback, also could win in the Georgia Dome. No matter who they play in the playoffs, the Falcons will fall short in key matchup areas of quarterback play, defense, head coach and confidence.”

After the loss to Carolina, Tony Gonzalez said he could hear people getting off the bandwagon.

Apparently, Schein was one of those people.

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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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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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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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Preseason Observations Week 1: Falcons vs. Ravens

Although the Atlanta Falcons fell to the Baltimore Ravens 31-17, the first-teamers looked sharp. It was everything Falcons fans have wanted to see from this team: an aggressive offense that picks up yardage in chunks and stifling defense that gives the opposing offense nothing.

Now, I know it’s only preseason, but these games do matter; they just don’t count. And thank goodness they don’t count, because the Falcons backups are mighty close to being abysmal. Their horrific performance would have cost the Falcons a win in the regular season.

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