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The Falcoholic Jun 23, 2016

Is Matt Schaub locked in as the backup quarterback for Atlanta?

D. Orlando Ledbetter took a lengthy look recently, and the answer is a resounding maybe. When the Falcons signed Matt Schaub, the once and former Atlanta quarterback who the team traded to Houston many moons ago, we all more or less decided that he'd be the backup quarterback this year on the spot. His competition is Sean Renfree and Matt Simms, more or less, and neither one of those guys has shown enough to beat out a Kyle Shanahan favorite with enough experience to be a teacher on offense. D. Orlando Ledbetter at the AJC ecently took a look at the quarterback position, and while you come...
The Falcoholic Jun 23, 2016

Is this the year Jake Matthews makes the leap?

The tackle was extremely good in 2015, but is this the year he becomes (in all caps) AN ELITE TACKLE? Jake Matthews was very good in 2015, as expected, but he was arguably overshadowed by former UDFA Ryan Schraeder, who mans the right tackle position for Atlanta. That's kind of been the story thus far for Matthews, a top ten pick with a tremendous pedigree and obvious skill who has not been considered the top lineman on this Falcons team the last two years. That could very well change in 2016, for no other reason than that Matthews is far too talented to play second fiddle to anyone for...
The Falcoholic Jun 23, 2016

Nate Burleson thinks Mohamed Sanu will be great

Not everyone is down on Atlanta's newest offensive weapon. When many expected the Falcons to add a speedy wide receiver in the offseason, the team drew a pretty disappointed response when they signed Mohamed Sanu. He was considered more of a possession wide receiver, but struggled with securing the football and fell down the Cincinnati Bengals' depth chart last season. He then received a 5-year, $32.5 million deal that has been called one of the worst moves of the offseason by multiple websites. I'm not sure if we ever considered this possibility, but what if Sanu ended up being really...
The Falcoholic Jun 13, 2016

A look at Ledbetter's top position battles for the Falcons

Where are the top position battles? One of the team's most plugged-in reporters, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, broke out his five most interesting position battles for Atlanta's upcoming minicamp. The Matt Ryan v. Matt Schaub battle oddly just missed the list. What should be the most noteworthy out of Ledbetter's list? Right cornerback: The Falcons have two strong cornerbacks in Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. But in today’s NFL where teams play nickel defenses (five defensive backs) more than 60 percent of the time, teams need three good ...

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