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  1. Workhorse role again for Rainey?

    Tom Carpenter

    When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sat Doug Martin for Week 2 due to a knee injury, the buzz was that rather than trying to have him pack in two games in five days, they'd rest him with the hope that he would play in Week 3's Thursday Night Football game....

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  2. How bad is A.J. Green's injury?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Cincinnati Bengals may have won 24-10 against the Atlanta Falcons, but they lost their best player when WR A.J. Green hobbled off of the field early in the first half. The Bengals announced that he had aggravated the "foot" injury that had him...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  3. Should we be concerned about Foles?

    Tom Carpenter

    It was the worst of times, it was the best of times. No, I'm not paraphrasing Charles Dickens here, I'm talking about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and his performance during Sunday's tilt with the Jacksonville Jaguars It was the wors...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  4. McClain likely nickel CB for ATL?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Atlanta Falcons have had Javier Arenas and Josh Wilson battling Robert McClain all preseason for the starting nickel cornerback role. Is coach Mike Smith prepared to dub the winner prior to their exhibition finale? "To me, this is the one t...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  5. LT Baker: torn patella tendon?

    Tom Carpenter

    Last season, Atlanta Falcons LT Sam Baker missed a dozen games with a torn patella tendon in his left knee. He exited Saturday's preseason game with the Houston Texans, and it appears that it may be a repeat of the same injury -- only to his other kn...

    Blog | August 17, 2014
  6. What role will Devonta Freeman have?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Atlanta Falcons hope that Steven Jackson can stay healthy this year and lead their backfield after he posted a career-low 3.5 YPC during an injury-riddled first season with the team. Nonetheless, they also looked to the future by drafting Devont...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  7. MVP upside in Matt Ryan?

    Tom Carpenter

    Only Ryan Tannehill and Joe Flacco were sacked more often than Matt Ryan last season, and no one was pressured more often. With that in mind, the Atlanta Falcons made some significant changes to their O-line this offseason in order to keep him uprigh...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  8. Will Mike Evans be healthy for camp?

    Tom Carpenter

    Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans pulled a hamstring on the first day of voluntary minicamp back in May and missed the next month of workouts. However, he got in some limited sessions during mandatory minicamp late last month and expects to be full spe...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  9. How will ATL generate a pass rush?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Atlanta Falcons D couldn't generate an effective pass-rush last season, ranking as one of the worst in the league in that regard. GM Thomas Dimitroff tried to boost their talent level this offseason by adding defensive end Tyson Jackson and defen...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  10. Two NFL franchises in London?

    Tom Carpenter

    The NFL has played at least one regular-season game in London, England, since the 2007 season. Last year, they expanded to two contests. This year, the NFL will play thrice in London. It appears that the league will continue to expand the number of g...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  11. Is Freeman a legit backfield pass-catcher?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Atlanta Falcons sported the worst rushing attack in the NFL last season, averaging a paltry 77.9 yards per game. They hope to turn things around in 2014 by keeping Steven Jackson healthy after he was limited to just a dozen games in '13 and by dr...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  12. When will owners vote on playoffs?

    Tom Carpenter

    There appeared to be at least a chance that NFL owners would vote on expanding the playoffs for the 2014 campaign during their meeting earlier this week, but they opted against doing so. "More than anything, a handful of owners wanted to take a wa...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  13. How will Falcons use rookie RB Freeman?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Atlanta Falcons drafted nine players this year, and it sounds like they hit well on their mid-round picks, including fourth-rounders Devonta Freeman and Prince Shembo. After watching their rookie camp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journ...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  14. Post-Gonzo TE plans for Falcons

    Tom Carpenter

    Prior to the final six rounds of the draft, ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure noted that the Falcons weren't aiming to replace the retired Tony Gonzalez with a similar pass-catching tight end in the draft. "In terms of a tight end, gene...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  15. What HOU could charge for No. 1 pick

    Tom Carpenter

    We are two days away from the start of the NFL draft, and smokescreens, rumors and disinformation abound. No one knows who will be taken first overall or even which team will be drafting when the clock winds down to the No. 1 pick. By all accounts...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  16. Receiving key to RB Hill's stock?

    Tom Carpenter

    UPDATE: As noted below, RB Jeremy Hill could be a good fit for the Patriots. Furthermore, DraftInsider.net's Tony Pauline suggests that the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons also are "hot after Hill." --- LSU running back Jerem...

    Blog | May 06, 2014