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For all the talk about today’s NFL being governed by quarterback play, the surest way to consistently compete for the Lombardi Trophy is to field an elite defense that smothers opponents and creates scoring chances off turnovers. This has long been the philosophy of Super Bowl winners, but it took the Seattle Seahawks’ dismantling of the league’s No. 1 offense in February to reaffirm the importance of defensive dominance to the casual fan.

via NFL’s top defensive division? NFC West in a league of its own –



Most of the time, preseason power rankings are the ugly union of last season’s inertia and this year’s guesswork. We take everything that happened last year, modify it slightly by what occurred in the offseason…and there you go.The problem is, the NFL doesn’t work like that.Every season, playoff teams from the year before fail to make the postseason. Every season, hot contenders collapse. Every season, presumed nobodies rise up and challenge for division titles.

via NFL Power Rankings: Checking in at Start of Training Camps | Bleacher Report.


When a team goes 4-12 like the Atlanta Falcons did in 2013, there are quite a few areas of concern. But the biggest ones are what normally stand out. The top areas of concern are the ones that would lead to fans saying, “If this was better, the team would win way more often.”

via 5 Biggest Areas of Concern for the Atlanta Falcons Heading into Training Camp.

via 5 Biggest Areas of Concern for the Atlanta Falcons Heading into Training Camp.

The third and final day of the NFL draft is typically what separates hardcore NFL fans from casual NFL observers.

At this point in the proceedings, most of the prospects whose names don’t require a Google search when they’re called from the podium have found their NFL homes.

Even still, top-tier NFL talent evaluators consistently find core players for their teams in Rounds 4-7 of the draft.

In his five years in Atlanta, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has had mixed success with his late-round draft picks.  Players like Jacquizz Rodgers (fifth round, 2011) and Kroy Biermann (fifth Round, 2008) were hits, while William Middleton (fifth round, 2009) and Wilrey Fontenot (seventh round, 2008) were not.

Generally, teams are looking for special teams players and backups in the later rounds of the draft, so the risk associated with drafting a player between Rounds 4 and 7 is far less tangible than it is for a player being taken during the first three rounds.

Atlanta has 11 total picks in the 2013 draft, and eight of them will be used on the draft’s final day.

Let’s get acquainted with eight late-round prospects who are good fits for the Falcons and analyze how each prospect could fit into Atlanta’s plans in 2013.

via 8 Late-Round Prospects That Would Be a Perfect Match for the Atlanta Falcons | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report.

For every Kurt Warner (1994) or Tony Romo (2003), there are far more Doug Johnsons (2000) and John Parker Wilsons (2009).

The Falcons’ Dominique Davis is trying to be that rare undrafted quarterback who not only lands a roster spot, but defies the odds to earn one of the 32 prestigious starting jobs in the NFL and also has a measure of lasting success.

Davis is far from landing the starting job — not with Matt Ryan taking snaps. But with the release of Wilson on Sunday, the Falcons signaled that Davis, out of East Carolina, will likely be on the roster when final cuts are made on Friday.

via Once humbled, Falcons’ Davis beating the odds.

Video Updates: Pre-Season

Posted: August 19, 2012 in Pre-Season, Video

The No-Falcons, No-Football deadzone is in full swing, but we’re barely 3 weeks away from training camp and the blessed season will return. With many Cage Family members taking vacations, taking time to be with loved ones, or just taking it easy, Football talk has slowed to a crawl. So with that, a chance for you the fans to offer up and answer some of your most burning questions as football season is drawing ever so closely…

via Atlanta Falcons: Fans Biggest Questions | Atlanta Falcons: Bird Cage.

NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew has three straight 1,300-yard seasons to his name, the most recent of which came just last season, when he finished the year as the league leader in carries and rushing yards after running the ball 343 times for 1,606 yards.

Today an established veteran in the league, it wasn’t so long ago that Jones-Drew was believed to be just a change-of-pace back whose biggest chance to make a name for himself probably would come on special teams. Selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft, his ability to become an every-down back in the league was heavily doubted with him standing at just 5’7” and 208 pounds.

Sound familiar?

Entering the 2010 NFL draft, 5’6”, 196-pound running back Jacquizz Rodgers faced similar doubts. Despite carrying the ball nearly 800 times and recording over 150 receptions in his three-year career at Oregon State, scouts questioned his durability. When the Falcons selected him with their fifth-round draft pick that year, many concluded Atlanta got a great change-of-pace back with above-average pass-catching skills, but one who didn’t have the frame to take on a starting role.

via Jacquizz Rodgers: Can He Become the Atlanta Falcons’ Running Back of the Future? | Bleacher Report.


In an effort to improve their secondary, the Atlanta Falcons shipped merely a seventh-round pick to the Eagles for cornerbackAsante Samuel. So far, it looks like the Falcons pulled off the kind of steal for which the Eagles had become notorious.

According to Dave Campbell of the Associated Press, Samuel made a real impression in the Falcons’ first full-squad practice of the 2012 off-season.

via Samuel Creates Stir in First Practice with Falcons.