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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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Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots Preview

The Falcons will need another big day from Osi Umenyiora. (Wilfredo Lee)

Another big day from Osi Umenyiora will help the Falcons immensely. (Wilfredo Lee)

The Atlanta Falcons have to learn how to finish games. In each of the three games this season, the Falcons have held a double-digit lead. In two of those games, including last week against the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons lost.

And thus, the team sits at 1-2, and is preparing to face a 3-0 New England Patriots team.

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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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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 at New Orleans Saints Preview

Mike Smith is just 2-6 against the Sean Payton-led Saints. (John Bazemore)

Mike Smith is just 2-6 against the Sean Payton-led Saints. (John Bazemore)

For the fourth consecutive season, the Atlanta Falcons open the season on the road, and there’s no better way to get the season started than to face the Falcons’ most hated rival in the New Orleans Saints.

The emotion will be high in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the return of head coach Sean Payton, who was notoriously suspended for the entire 2012 season. Since Payton became head coach in 2006, the Saints have posted an 10-2 record against the Falcons.

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Umenyiora Now Wears No. 50

New Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora changed his jersey number from 90 to 50.

Umenyiora held a poll via Twitter to decide what his new number would be:

Linebacker Pat Schiller, who used to wear 50, now wears 90.

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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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Atlanta’s Can’t-Lose Player for 2013

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan would have to get really creative if the Falcons were to lose Osi Umenyiora for the season. (Steve Mitchell)

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan would have to get really creative if the Falcons were to lose Osi Umenyiora for the season. (Steve Mitchell)

ESPN’s NFC South Blog recently published an article highlighting the can’t-lose players for the teams in the division. As expected, quarterbacks are excluded from the discussion.

According to the author, Matt Williamson, the Atlanta Falcons’ can’t-lose player is Steven Jackson.

I can definitely see the reasoning for selecting Steven Jackson; the Falcons’ struggles to run the ball last season are well-documented. Michael Turner’s decline was sharp and sudden. As Williamson points out, Jackson is an upgrade over Turner in every regard; he still has tread left, and he’s perfectly capable of catching the ball – something Turner couldn’t do. The addition of Jackson provides the Atlanta offense with another dimension, and makes the passing game much deadlier.

However, with that said, the Falcons still boasted one of the league’s best offenses thanks to their dynamic passing attack.

Jackson is a solid choice, and while I understand the selection, it’s not a choice I particularly agree with. Instead, I have to look to the other side of the ball and select Osi Umenyiora.

Last season, the Falcons had 29 sacks as a team – that total was good for 28th in the league. With John Abraham gone, the Falcons are looking to Umenyiora to fill his shoes.

If Umenyiora were to get injured, the Falcons would have no semblance of a pass rush unless Kroy Biermann, Cliff Matthews, Jonathan Massaquoi, and rookies Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga can all step up in a huge way.

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Falcons Looking to Trade Up in Draft

According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Atlanta Falcons are looking to trade up from the 30th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggested the Falcons would trade up for one of the draft’s top cornerbacks. For the Falcons to draft Alabama’s Dee Milliner, it would likely take a blockbuster trade in the same vein as the trade for Julio Jones a couple of years ago. Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes or Washington’s Desmond Trufant are likely candidates.

Although drafting a cornerback would make sense because the Falcons have a glaring need with both Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson gone, they could also look to  draft a defensive end to pair with newly acquired Osi Umenyiora to help offset the loss of John Abraham.

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft starts April 25 at 8 p.m. EST. It’ll be interesting to see what moves general manager Thomas Dimitroff will make.

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