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Falcons Sign CB Josh Wilson, S Dwight Lowery

Josh Wilson provides depth in Atlanta's secondary. (Scott Cunningham)

Josh Wilson provides depth in Atlanta’s secondary. (Scott Cunningham)

The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their secondary depth a bit, signing cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Dwight Lowery.

Wilson spent last season with the Washington Redskins. He started all 16 games, amassing 93 tackles, two sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles.

He also was on the receiving end of a Steven Jackson touchdown run in Week 15.

Second-year players Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are locked in as the starting cornerbacks, so Wilson will likely compete with Robert McClain for the nickelback spot.

After releasing Thomas DeCoud, the Falcons had a gaping hole at free safety. An attempt to sign the New Orleans Saints’ restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush failed after the Saints matched the Falcons’ offer.

Lowery isn’t the answer at free safety, but he provides veteran depth. He spent last season on injured reserve after appearing in three games with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then was released on November 4.

Expect the Falcons to draft a safety in the draft.

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Roddy White Active, Asante Samuel Inactive Against Saints

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (ankle) is active for today’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In what will be a big blow to the secondary, cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) is inactive.

Also on the inactive list for the Falcons: guard Harland Gunn, safety Kemal Ishmael, defensive end Stansly Maponga, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tackle Jeremy Trueblood, and running back Josh Vaughn.

Samuel being inactive means the Falcons will be starting two rookie cornerbacks in Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant when the defense is in nickel packages, which will be often against Drew Brees and the Saints passing attack. Robert McClain will get the start in Samuel’s spot.

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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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Falcons Sign Second-Round Pick Robert Alford

There's a chance Robert Alford could be the Falcons' starting nickelback this season.(John Amis)

There’s a chance Robert Alford could be the Falcons’ starting nickelback this season.(John Amis)

The Atlanta Falcons have signed cornerback Robert Alford, who was their second-round pick (60th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Alford played college football at Southeastern Louisiana. While there, he totaled 10 interceptions and 21 pass deflections.

He’s expected to compete with Robert McClain for the starting nickel spot. There’s also a chance he could be placed on punt return duty to take advantage of his speed.

The Falcons currently have two unsigned draft picks: cornerback Desmond Trufant (first round; 22nd overall) and quarterback Sean Renfree (seventh round; 249th overall).

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Brent Grimes Signs With Dolphins; Falcons in Market for Cornerback

Brent Grimes' departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Brent Grimes’ departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal is worth $5.5 million, and quite frankly, that’s a nice deal for Grimes.

Grimes will be 30 years old in July and he’s coming off an Achilles injury he suffered in the season opener last year. When healthy, he’s undoubtedly one of the best cornerbacks in the league. However, it’s a risky investment considering his age and injury.

The Falcons likely set an amount they were willing to pay Grimes, and he felt he could get a better deal elsewhere. The amount the Dolphins gave to Grimes was clearly out of the Falcons’ range, especially after the recent signing of defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Grimes’ departure means the current starters at cornerback are Asante Samuel and Robert McClain. Dunta Robinson was released before free agency began, and Chris Owens signed with the Cleveland Browns. Unless the Falcons believe McClain will play the outside as well as he’s played inside when on the field, the void at cornerback will likely be addressed through the upcoming draft.

Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant is the name I’ve seen often falling to the Falcons in mock drafts. He also visited with the Falcons yesterday, so he’s clearly on their radar.

As a undrafted, undersized free agent out of Shippensburg, Grimes had to prove himself to NFL teams. He got his chance with the Falcons, and it’s good to see him get money he worked hard for. He’ll be a fine addition to the Dolphins’ secondary.

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Falcons Intercept Manning Three Times, Win 27-21

Let’s address what needs to be addressed: the replacement officials are absolutely abysmal, and the NFL needs to get the original officials back immediately. The replacements are doing the best they can; their best just isn’t good enough. While they are at fault, the NFL deserves a large amount of blame as well. Something needs to be done quickly because these games are quickly becoming unwatchable. Both teams were screwed several times by abysmal calls; if the NFL cares about the integrity of the game, the original officials will be back in Week 3.

For God’s sake, the first quarter lasted for ONE HOUR.

Now, the game recap:

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