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RB Jason Snelling to Retire

The Falcons will miss Jason Snelling's versatility. (John David Mercer)

The Falcons will miss Jason Snelling’s versatility. (John David Mercer)

The Atlanta Falcons have announced running back Jason Snelling will retire.

Snelling was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. During his seven-year career, he totaled 1,256 rushing yards, 1,033 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns (8 rushing, 6 receiving).

Last season, Snelling carried the ball 44 times for 164 yards and a touchdown. In the passing game, he caught 29 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

Snelling saw the most action in 2009 after Michael Turner was injured. During that season, he had 142 carries for 613 yards and four touchdowns, adding 30 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown.

What made Snelling valuable was his versatility: he could play both fullback with running back. He was the ultimate team guy, sticking with the Falcons even after they drafted Jacquizz Rodgers in 2011 and signed Steven Jackson last season.

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Douglas, Ryan Keep Bucs Winless

Harry Douglas had a career day as the number one option. (Curtis Compton)

Harry Douglas had a career day as the number one option. (Curtis Compton)

The Atlanta Falcons’ 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended a three-game skid, including two consecutive home losses.

The Falcons had to lean heavily on Matt Ryan, and with wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White ailing, it was up to Harry Douglas to take on the role as the number one option in the passing game.

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Falcons Lose 30-28 to Jets, Drop Third Straight

The Falcons had immense trouble keeping the New York Jets' front seven at bay. (Jason Braverman)

Matt Ryan lost back-to-back home games for the first time in his career. (Jason Braverman)

For the first time since the tumultuous 2007 season, the Atlanta Falcons have lost three straight games.

Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets was the Falcons’ second consecutive loss at home. It was the first time in Matt Ryan’s career he’s lost back-to-back home games.

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Baker, Dent, Jackson Ruled Out For Jets Game

Add Akeem Dent to the list of Falcons injured this season. (John Bazemore)

Add Akeem Dent to the list of Falcons injured this season. (John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons have ruled out three starters for Monday night’s game versus the New York Jets.

Left tackle Sam Baker (knee), middle linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle), and running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) will all miss the game.

Second-year player Lamar Holmes, who lost his starting right tackle spot to Jeremy Trueblood, will start at left tackle for Baker.

Omar Gaither, who was signed just three weeks ago, will fill in for Dent.

As has been the case since Jackson was injured in Week 2, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will look to fill the running back void.

Luckily, the Falcons have the bye week after Monday night’s game, so there’s a chance to get healthy for the rest of the season.

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Falcons Blow Lead, Lose 27-23 to Dolphins

Osi Umenyiora's chipped in with two sacks, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Miami Dolphins. (Wilfredo Lee)

Osi Umenyiora chipped in with two sacks, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Miami Dolphins. (Wilfredo Lee)

In what has been a common denominator for the past five games dating back to the postseason, the Atlanta Falcons allowed an opponent back into the game after jumping out to a double-digit lead.

The Falcons fell 27-23 to the Miami Dolphins after going up 10-0 and later leading 20-10.

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Steven Jackson and the Falcons Passing Game

Expect Steven Jackson to be featured heavily in Atlanta's passing game. (David Tullis)

Expect Steven Jackson to be featured heavily in Atlanta’s passing game. (David Tullis)

Back in February – before the Atlanta Falcons officially signed Steven Jackson – I speculated what the running back would bring to Falcons passing game.

Recently, during organized team activities, head coach Mike Smith had this to say to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“He’s a big strong running back that catches the ball extremely well. He creates issues for defenses. He’s just another weapon that we have in our offensive arsenal. He’s a guy who had close to 100 catches in a season, so he’s a guy that we can use in the passing game. He’s not just a running back, he’s a receiving back as well.”

While Michael Turner was a monster for the majority of his time in Atlanta, he was woefully inept as a pass catcher. In his five seasons with the Falcons, Turner totaled 59 receptions for 457 yards and one touchdown. Over the same five-season span, Jackson caught 217 passes for 1,738 yards and two touchdowns.

Whether you want to look at Smith’s quote, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s penchant for using screen plays, or Jackson’s involvement with the passing game during his tenure with the St. Louis Rams, this much is certain: Steven Jackson will be featured heavily in the passing game with Atlanta. Pair Jackson with Jacquizz Rodgers and you’ve got a couple of running backs who should pose several problems out of the backfield for defenses, particularly when you factor in Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, and Roddy White.

 

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Steven Jackson to the Falcons?

Steven Jackson to the Falcons makes a lot of sense. (Duane Burleson)

Steven Jackson to the Falcons makes a lot of sense. (Duane Burleson)

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will void the final deal of his contract, and the Atlanta Falcons look like a perfect landing spot for him.

Atlanta will likely release running back Michael Turner, so they’re in the market for a veteran running back to pair with Jacquizz Rodgers.

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Championship Round Preview: Atlanta Falcons Vs. San Francisco 49ers

It’s the first time the Atlanta Falcons will host an NFC Championship Game, and it’s the second consecutive year the San Francisco 49ers will appear in said game.

Last year, the 49ers hosted the championship game and lost 20-17 to the New York Giants. There’s little doubt San Francisco (12-4-1) will look for that extra nudge to get over the hump and earn themselves a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

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Falcons Finally Win in Playoffs, Defeat Seahawks 30-28

Matt Bryant's game-winning field goal gave the Falcons their first playoff victory since 2004. (Daniel Shirey)

Matt Bryant’s 49-yard field goal gave the Falcons their first playoff win since 2004. (Daniel Shirey)

It’s not an Atlanta Falcons game if it doesn’t give you a heart attack and shave several years off your life.

Thanks to a 49-yard Matt Bryant field goal with eight seconds remaining, the Falcons (14-3) defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in thrilling fashion to win their first playoff game in eight years.

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