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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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Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 Preseason Schedule

The NFL has released the preseason schedule for the 2014 NFL season.

Here are the Atlanta Falcons’ opponents:

Week 1: Miami Dolphins

Week 2: at Houston Texans

Week 3: Tennessee Titans

Week 4: at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Falcons have played the Jaguars every year since 2008 when Mike Smith became head coach, with 2009 being the lone exception.

The Dolphins have also consistently been preseason opponents.

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Falcons Release Three Big-Name Veterans

The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson, and running back Michael Turner.

The Falcons traded with the New York Jets for Abraham in 2006. He was originally selected by the Jets with the 13th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. The defensive end played seven seasons with Atlanta, and he notched 68.5 sacks. He had a career-high of 16.5 sacks in 2008. Last season, he had 10 sacks.

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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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There is Something Special Brewing with the 2012 Atlanta Falcons

The 2012 NFL season is only three weeks old, but already the Falcons look like they’re poised for something big. Something really big. I mean Super Bowl aspirations big.

The Falcons are 3-0 and one of three undefeated teams (Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans). Two weeks ago, the Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos 27-21 in a huge Monday night showdown. The game lasted ridiculously long due to the multiple stoppages and overall ineptitude of the officials. On a short week, the Falcons headed out west to San Diego to face the Chargers, and they responded extremely well, winning 27-3.

Great teams are able to win decidedly on the road on a short week.

Great teams also have great coaches, and the Falcons hit a home run with their two new coordinators.

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Falcons Dominate Chargers, Win 27-3

The Atlanta Falcons improve to 3-0 after defeating the San Diego Chargers (2-1) in Qualcomm Stadium, They are now 6-0 when heading to the West Coast under head coach Mike Smith and 8-1 all-time versus the Chargers.

On the first play of the game, Matt Ryan delivered a 19-yard strike to Julio Jones. However, Jones was injured after taking a big hit from Eric Weddle and would sit out for a couple of drives with a hand injury. The drive was capped off with an eight-yard touchdown reception for Jacquizz Rodgers.

Ryan tossed two more touchdowns – a seven-yarder to Tony Gonzalez and a nine-yarder to Jones – to bring his total to three in the first half. In the first half alone, Ryan was 22/29 for 208 yards and three touchdowns.

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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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Confirmed: Robinson Moving Inside

After the Falcons traded for Asante Samuel, I speculated Dunta Robinson was the likely candidate to move inside to play nickelback since Brent Grimes and Samuel are better suited for the outside.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff confirmed Robinson is indeed moving inside while on SiriusXM’s Late Hits. Dimitroff also said Robinson wanted to move inside, as he did when he was with the Houston Texans.

Again, Robinson moving inside makes the most sense. He’s easily the most aggressive of the three cornerbacks, and he doesn’t mind coming in and putting his head down to play the run.

This should be a formidable secondary.

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