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Falcons Awarded Three Compensatory Picks

The Falcons have three extra draft picks to work with. (Gary A. Vasquez)

The Falcons have three extra draft picks to work with. (Gary A. Vasquez)

The Atlanta Falcons were awarded three compensatory draft picks for the 2014 NFL Draft: a fourth-rounder and two seventh-rounders.

The Falcons were given the extra draft picks based on last season’s free agent loses: cornerbacks Brent Grimes (Miami Dolphins) and Chris Owens (Cleveland Browns), tackle Will Svitek (New England Patriots), and defensive tackle Vance Walker (Oakland Raiders).

As it stands now, the Falcons have 10 picks in the upcoming draft.

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Atlanta’s 2013 Free Agents

With a limited amount of cap space, the Atlanta Falcons are going to be forced to make several decisions in keeping their own.

Leading the list of free agents for the Falcons are tackle Sam Baker, tight end Tony Gonzalez, cornerback Brent Grimes, and safety William Moore.

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Falcons Trim Roster to 77, Place Will Svitek on Injured Reserve

The Falcons have released eight players and reached injury settlements with three other players.

Tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, wide receiver Kenny Stafford, and tight end Aron White were released.

Left tackle Will Svitek was placed on injured reserve after suffering an upper arm injury. The team also reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls.

The Falcons will need to cut down the roster to 75 players by 4 p.m. on Monday. By August 31, the Falcons must have its 53-man roster, and starting September 1, the team will be allowed to place eight players on the practice squad.

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Falcons Lose Will Svitek For Season

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith has announced left tackle Will Svitek will miss the remainder of the season with an upper arm injury. He suffered the injury in practice yesterday.

Svitek took over for the injured Sam Baker in 2011, starting 10 games. Smith has repeatedly said all positions on the offensive line were open; Svitek’s injury makes it easier for Baker to reclaim his starting left tackle job.

The loss of Svitek also presents a depth issue. The Falcons may look to sign another left tackle or depend on rookie tackle Lamar Holmes to be the primary backup.

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Falcons 2012 Schedule Analysis

The NFL has officially released the regular season schedule for the 2012 season.

The Falcons have notched four primetime games. They have two matchups on Monday Night Football. The first matchup comes in Week 2, as the Falcons play host to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. Their second MNF appearance is actually on Saturday night in a Week 16 road matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Dallas Cowboys visit the Georgia Dome in Week 9 for Sunday Night Football. In Week 13, the Falcons host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.

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Offseason Needs

Defensive End – The Falcons won’t give in to John Abraham’s demands to be paid as an elite defensive end.  Abraham will be 34 years old at the start of the 2012 season.  At this point in his career, he’s better suited as a pass rush specialist; the elite defensive ends in the league are capable of playing both the pass and the run well.  Also working in Abraham’s favor is the fact he was on a snap count for the regular season.

Many analysts think the Falcons will pursue Mario Williams.  Jason La Canfora expects the Falcons to make a “strong play” for Williams.  Williams would certainly fit the bill well as the new right defensive end for the Falcons.

Ray Edwards is expected to be back at full health for this upcoming season.  We’ll see how he performs.

Kroy Biermann was re-signed and will provide solid depth as usual.

Tight End – Tony Gonzalez has gone on record to say this will be his last year.  It will be difficult to find a tight end who can come close to matching the Hall of Famer’s production.  The Falcons re-signed Michael Palmer, and although they like him, he’s not the answer.  Look for the Falcons to find a successor to Gonzalez in the Draft.

Left Tackle – Will Svitek was serviceable in taking over for Sam Baker, but the Falcons need an upper echelon left tackle to protect Matt Ryan.  Also notable (veering on the side of disturbing, actually) is the vote of confidence Baker received from head coach Mike Smith.  I can’t help but to think this is just Smith being classy.  With the $2.6 million the Falcons can save by cutting Baker, there’s no way he’s on the team this upcoming season.  Marcus McNeil is a speculated target for the Falcons.

Right Guard – Who knew losing their meanest, nastiest lineman would result in the protection issues the Falcons experienced throughout the season?  Harvey Dahl’s departure was huge; the falcons thought the lineman they had drafted – Garrett Reynolds, Mike Johnson, and Joe Hawley – would be able to step right in and be competent.  Reynolds and Johnson were set for a training camp battle, but Johnson was injured and Reynolds was given the reigns.  Reynolds struggled mightily, and the position proved to be a revolving door.  Hawley was inserted in and struggled.  Even Sam Baker was inserted in at one point.  He immediately gave up a safety.

The Falcons did sign Vince Manuwai.  If Manuwai can return to form, it would be a great signing. However, this has to be nothing more than a depth signing.

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