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Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins Preview

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons are banged up.

Two players are lost for the season: defensive end Kroy Biermann with a torn Achilles and fullback Bradie Ewing with a separated shoulder. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be out eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury.

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Falcons Place Weatherspoon on IR-Designated to Return; Jackson Possibly Out 2-4 Weeks

Sean Weatherspoon missing significant time is a huge blow to the Falcons defense. (Daniel Shirey)

Sean Weatherspoon missing significant time is a huge blow to the Falcons defense. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons have placed linebacker Sean Weatherspoon in injured reserved-designated to return. He’ll be out for at least eight weeks.

Weatherspoon left Sunday’s victory over the St. Louis Rams with an apparent foot sprain and failed to return.

Unfortunately, the injury turned out to be much worse:

And more bad news: Running back Steven Jackson could miss up to four weeks. He left Sunday’s game versus the Rams with a thigh bruise, and like Weatherspoon, he failed to return.

The injuries are piling up for the Falcons. Defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing were both placed on injured reserve yesterday. Atlanta now has three open roster spots to fill.

With Jackson missing some time, expect Matt Ryan to air it out even more. With Roddy White limited with a high ankle sprain, it’ll be up to Julio Jones to carry the load and if his 11-reception, 182-yard performance against the Rams was any indication, he is certainly capable of doing so.

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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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Biermann, Ewing Out For Season

The Atlanta Falcons have announced defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing are out for the season.

Biermann tore his Achilles, and Ewing has a separated shoulder in yesterday’s win over the St. Louis Rams.

Although he’s listed as defensive end on the roster, Biermann played multiple roles. He was defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s do-it-all player,  playing linebacker and even dropping back as a safety in certain packages.

Biermann’s versatility will be sorely missed by the Falcons. He had seven tackles on the season.

For Ewing, it’s the second consecutive year he’s been placed on injured reserve. The fullback missed all of his rookie season last year after getting injured in preseason. On the season, he notched two receptions for 29 yards.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams Preview

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

The Atlanta Falcons look to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2007 as they play hosts to the St. Louis Rams in the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta looks to rebound after losing last week’s season opener to the New Orleans Saints. Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 20-3 in games after a loss.

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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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2013 NFL Draft: Falcons Select CB Desmond Trufant With First Pick

Desmond Trufant should be an immediate starter opposite Asante Samuel. (John Green)

Desmond Trufant should be an immediate starter opposite Asante Samuel. (John Green)

With their first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Falcons selected cornerback Desmond Trufant out of Washington.

The Falcons traded with the St. Louis Rams to select Trufant with the 22nd overall pick. To move from 30, the Falcons gave up a third round and sixth round draft pick.

Atlanta had a need at cornerback, and they addressed it with one of the top cornerbacks in the draft. He should be able to come in and start immediately opposite Asante Samuel.

I’ve had a feeling Trufant would be the Falcons’ pick for a while, and I’m not well-versed with players in the draft. I singled him out in a post written in March.

Trufant was a four-year starter at Washington. He had six interceptions and 38 passes defended during his career.

With one need down, I’m guessing the Falcons add a pass rusher with their second round pick.

Check out his draft profile here.

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Falcons Agree to Terms with RB Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson is a huge addition to the Falcons offense. (Bill Greenblatt)

Steven Jackson is a huge addition to the Falcons offense. (Bill Greenblatt)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with running back Steven Jackson on Thursday.

The Falcons had a hole at the running back position after they released Michael Turner. Even so, the running game was largely ineffective in 2012.

The move to sign Jackson changes that. Although the running back will be 30 years old once the season starts, he’s a perfect fit for Atlanta’s offense with his ability to catch the ball.

Jackson voided the last year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams to become an unrestricted free agent. He wanted to play for a contender, and he got his wish.

With Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Roddy White, and now Jackson, the Falcons offense is set and could potentially be the best in the league.

Now it’s time to address the defense.

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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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Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins Preview

Matt Ryan looking for a call from the referees versus Carolina. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons are 4-0 for just the third time in franchise history.

The last time the Falcons rattled off four consecutive wins to start the season was in 2004. Incidentally, 2004 was the last time the Falcons won a playoff game (advancing to the NFC Championship).

The Falcons have already built a large lead over the rest of the NFC South after beating the Carolina Panthers last week. Both the Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are  sitting at 1-3, while the New Orleans Saints have yet to win a game at 0-4.

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