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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 New York Giants Preview

The Falcons have to find a way to win on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Falcons have to find a way to win outdoors on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t won an outdoors road game since defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 on November 25, 2012.

That losing streak was extended with last Sunday’s 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

This Sunday, the Falcons (2-2) go on the road once again to face the New York Giants, a team that has won two games in a row.

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Falcons Lose Hawley, Holmes for Year; Moore Placed on Short-Term IR

Joe Hawley's absence will be felt. (Michael Conroy)

Joe Hawley’s absence will be felt. (Michael Conroy)

After losing Sam Baker in preseason, the Atlanta Falcons lose two more starting offensive linemen: center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes.

Additionally, William Moore was placed on short-term injured reserve.

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Falcons Bring Back DT Babineaux, C Hawley

Jonathan Babineaux's ability to get into the backfield is key for the Falcons. (John Froschauer)

Jonathan Babineaux’s ability to get into the backfield is key for the Falcons. (John Froschauer)

With the 4:00 p.m. EST free agency start time looming, the Atlanta Falcons brought a couple of their free agents back.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux agreed to a three-year extension a couple of hours ago:

And center Joe Hawley agreed to a two-year deal:

Both are good signings for Atlanta. Babineaux has spent his entire career with the Falcons and has been an underrated, disruptive tackle.

Hawley played well once he usurped the starting gig from Peter Konz. The two centers will compete for the starting spot with Hawley the likely winner.

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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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Garrett Reynolds Re-Signed for Two Years

Garrett Reynolds is likely to be the favorite for the right guard spot. (Geoff Burke)

Garrett Reynolds is likely to be the favorite for the right guard spot. (Geoff Burke)

Along with re-signing strong safety William Moore yesterday, the Atlanta Falcons also re-signed right guard Garrett Reynolds.

Reynolds opened last season as the starter at right guard before being placed on injured reserve with a lower back injury. Rookie Peter Konz then took over at right guard.

Before going down, Reynolds played well. I would assume his re-signing means the Falcons are indeed moving Konz to his natural position at center. Last season’s starter at center and long-time Falcon Todd McClure will be a backup if he’s re-signed.

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A Rant About the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons

I understand the Atlanta Falcons are 11-2, have already won the NFC South, and are still in the driver’s seat for the top playoff seed.

I understand they’re a good, albeit flawed, team. But for this rant, I’m throwing perspective out the window.

As it stands, there are several areas of this team I’m worried about.

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Falcons Place Right Guard Garrett Reynolds on Injured Reserve

Garrett Reynolds played well this season. (Paul Abell)

The Atlanta Falcons have placed right guard Garrett Reynolds on injured reserve with a lower back injury.

After playing poorly last season, Reynolds showed much improvement through the first six games of this season. He was able to beat out rookie Peter Konz for the starting job.

Konz has started the last two games in place of Reynolds, and he will be the starter for the remainder of the season.

The Falcons also signed guard Phillipkeith Manley to the active roster from the practice squad.

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Garrett Reynolds Listed As Starting Right Guard

The Falcons released their unofficial depth chart on Tuesday, and Garrett Reynolds is listed as the starting right guard. Also of note: Luke McCown is listed as the backup quarterback to Matt Ryan, and Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson are the starting cornerbacks.

It should be noted this depth chart is unofficial; head coach Mike Smith has gone on record to say the starters won’t be decided until Sunday.

With all that said, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Reynolds back in the starting lineup. During the preseason, he played like a guy who’d lost his job last year. He shored up his pass blocking, proving players can get better. Rookie Peter Konz played well, too.

I’m a little miffed by McCown usurping the immediate backup spot to Ryan from Dominique Davis. I figured Davis’ play in the preseason would supplant him as the backup, but the coaching staff is apparently more comfortable with a veteran in that position. The fact McCown has spent a few years with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter certainly helped.

I wouldn’t read much into Robinson being listed as the starting right cornerback; he’s a much better tackler than Asante Samuel, making him a more plausible candidate for running downs. Also, the Falcons will be in the nickel defense a lot; essentially, all three cornerbacks qualify as “starters.”

Robinson allegedly had a great training camp. In both 2010 and 2011, he injured his hamstring. This year, he was healthy for the entire offseason.

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