Atlanta Falcons

NFC South

2013 Schedule

  • Week 1

    ATL (17) @ NO (23)

    09/08/13

  • Week 2

    STL (24) @ ATL (31)

    09/15/13

  • Week 3

    ATL (23) @ MIA (27)

    09/22/13

  • Week 4

    NE (30) @ ATL (23)

    09/29/13

  • Week 5

    NYJ (30) @ ATL (28)

    10/07/13

  • Week 6

    bye

  • Week 7

    TB (23) @ ATL (31)

    10/20/13

  • Week 8

    ATL (13) @ ARI (27)

    10/27/13

  • Week 9

    ATL (10) @ CAR (34)

    11/03/13

  • Week 10

    SEA (33) @ ATL (10)

    11/10/13

  • Week 11

    ATL (28) @ TB (41)

    11/17/13

  • Week 12

    ATL (13) @ NO (17)

    11/21/13

  • Week 13

    ATL (34) @ BUF (31)

    12/01/13

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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The Dirty Birds

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There have not been that many great teams in the history of the Atlanta Falcons, but the best team had to be The Dirty Birds.  The Dirty Birds were the 1998 Atlanta Falcons who were coached by Dan Reeves.  The Falcons had gone 7-9 in 1997 and were looking for their identity and an edge in 1998.  The answer to both came in the form of Jamal Anderson.   


Jamal Anderson had his best season in 1998.  Anderson rushed the ball 410 times for 1,846 yards with 14 TD’s.  He also added 27 receptions for 319 yards and 2 more TD’s.  Anderson was the glue that held that team together and is also credited for starting the Dirty Bird dance.  He would bounce back and forth pump his arm up and sideways and them flap his wings like a bird, with all his teammates around him joining in the celebration. 


The Falcons also had Chris Chandler, who was known for not being able to finish most seasons, but played in 14 games and went 13-1 as a starter that year.  The other dynamic part of the offense was the M&M boys of Tony Martin and Terance Mathis.  Martin and Mathis were deep threat receivers and thrived in the play action with the running of Anderson.  All of these players would do their version of the Dirty Bird when they scored, whether at home or on the road.  The team finished 14-2 and would advance to Super Bowl XXXIII where they would lose to the Denver Broncos.  The biggest win of the year came in the NFC Championship game over the Minnesota Vikings, who went 15-1 during the regular season. 


The Falcons were double digit underdogs to the Vikings, but they just kept fighting the whole game.  The Falcons scored first, but the Vikings responded with 20 straight points and had the ball with a 27-20 lead in the 4th quarter and Gary Anderson looking to kick the game clinching field goal.  Gary Anderson had not missed a FG attempt all year…until his attempt to ice the game.  The Falcons responded and drove down the field and scored a TD to tie the game at 27-27 and send it to Overtime.  In the OT Morton Anderson the Falcons kicker kicked a 38 yard FG to win the game and shock the world as the Dirty Birds upset the Minnesota Vikings. 


 








 


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The Grits Blitz

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There have been many great defenses in the history of the NFL like the Steel Curtain, Purple People Eaters, Monsters of the Midway, the No-Name Defense and the Doomsday Defense.  When the greatest defenses of all time are discussed there is always one that seems to get left of the list, but the Grits Blitz of the 1977 Atlanta Falcons was one of the greatest defenses of all time. 

In 1976 the Atlanta Falcons were coming off a 4-10 season and decided to clean house.  The Falcons brought in Leeman Bennett, who was an assistant under Chuck Knox with the Rams.  At 39 he was the youngest coach in the NFL.  The other major change in the coaching staff was that Bennett brought along Jerry Glanville who provided the spark the team needed on defense.   

The year before the Falcons best stat on defense was turnovers where they were ranked 7th in the league with 38.  Bennett and Glanville knew that they did not have the talent on the defense, as they had basically the same players as the year before, so they would need a new scheme in order to create an advantage for themselves.  The idea behind the defense was to blitz, blitz and keep blitzing.  The other key to the defense was that you were not blitzing one or two guys in most cases the Falcons were bringing 8 or 9 guys with regularity.  In many ways the Grits Blitz was the precursor to the Bears 46 Defense. 

The defense was so confounding to opposing offenses that the defense became the best defense in the game that year.  The Falcons lead the league in: First Downs Allowed (192), Passing Yards Allowed (1384), Turnovers Forced (48), Turnover Ratio (+23), Rushing TD’s Allowed (5) and the least amount of points given up in a season in the NFL at 129 points. 

Then when you see all these stats that the defense had you have to ask why this team is not mentioned in the greatest defenses of all time.  The answer to that is because they had absolutely no help from their offense.  The offense ranked 26th out of 28 teams and shot the defense in the foot all season long.  When you consider that the team only gave up 129 points during the season and the team finished 7-7 should give only more strength to the argument for the Grits Blitz.  If that defense had an offense that could control the clock and score points there is a good chance the Grits Blitz would be mentioned with the Steel Curtain and the Bears 46 defense.


 







 


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Michael Vick's Dog Fighting Scandal

Mike Vick has two areas where he will forever be remembered by fans of the Falcons.  The first was how he resurrected the franchise after poor performances following the 1998 Super Bowl loss and second for the dog fighting scandal that Vick was involved in and spent 21 months in prison for.  The latter is the one that will stick in the minds of Falcons fans. 

Vick had his best season as a Falcon in 2004 when he led the team to a 11-4 record when he was the starter.  The following 2 years leading up to his incarceration he was 16-16 as a starter.  I am not going to go into the details of the case, but Vick bred dogs to fight on his property for money and was involved in executing dogs that lost or were injured. 
Vick was celebrated in Atlanta before this happened and was the face of the city.  Around the country there were positives feelings everywhere for Vick as an amazing athlete, even if some questioned his skill as a true elite quarterback.  Vick let so many people down with his actions: the Atlanta Falcons, the Falcons fans, the NFL, the city of Atlanta and all of his fans around the world.  This is the legacy that he left and will remain, no matter what he does in the future. 

The Falcons were able to rebound as a franchise when they drafted Matt Ryan and the city was quick to rally around him and the franchise to distance them from Vick.  Mike Vick had everything going for him, but he thought he was above things and made a real poor decision that hurt his personal life, but he also let down all the people who looked up to him, another reason why sports figures don’t make the best role models.  His legacy in Atlanta will always be connected to the dog fighting scandal and a reminder to Vick for the rest of his life what could have been if he had thought first.


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Eugene Robinson, Hoe's before Bros

Eugene Robinson at Super Bowl


Eugene Robinson was a long time veteran in the NFL before he signed on with the Falcons before the 1998 season.  Eugene Robinson was in his 14th season and was named to his third Pro-Bowl while playing for the Super Bowl bound Dirty Bird Falcons in 1998.  Everything was going right for Robinson going into the Super Bowl, including receiving the Bart Starr Award for leadership in home, on the field and in the community.  All of this came crashing down for Robinson the night before Super Bowl XXXIII.

Robinson was arrested after he tried to solicit sex from an undercover officer in an area north of downtown that was frequented by prostitutes.  Apparently Robinson was not the only one who was heading to that area.  ''Guys had been going there all week,'' a Falcon starter said. ''It's just that Eugene was the only one who got caught.''  It was estimated that at least 5 other players, some of which were starters, had been going there during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

The next day the Falcons got worked over by the Broncos and it might be fair to say that this incident had a major impact on the game.  Unfortunately, for a player who had a nice career and found glory at the end of his career will be remembered for his biggest blunder over a $40 blow job.  His quote after the game did not help his cause either.  "I really believe I will be found innocent," Robinson said after the game. "However, I am not righteous in the deal.”

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Rankin M. Smith

The Atlanta Falcons, and moreover the entire southeast of the United States owes a debt of gratitude to Rankin M. Smith who founded the Atlanta Falcons and brought the NFL to the South.   This was a bold move for a young insurance executive. 

Smith all along wanted to bring the major sports to Atlanta and the NFL was his #1 target.  Smith and his partners formed “Major Sports, Inc.” with the intentions of bringing professional sports franchises to Atlanta.  They were responsible for getting Atlanta Stadium built in 1965, which was more remembered as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.  That same year Smith made a deal with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to bring a franchise to Atlanta, for $8.5 Million which was the highest price ever paid for a franchise, at the time. 

The Falcons, despite their poor record drew a ton of fans to see their games.  The South was ecstatic to have a pro team.  The success of the team in the early years led to the expansion to Florida.  Rankin M. Smith was not content with just the Falcons and had some other major accomplishments.  He was responsible for helping to get the Georgia Dome built to host its first Super Bowl in 1994 and also for getting the Olympics to Atlanta in 1996.   Smith left a large footprint in the sports scene in the Atlanta area and will always be remembered fondly in Atlanta. 


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Julia Elliot names the Falcons

When the Atlanta Falcons were founded in 1965 they were not known as the Falcons.  The team owner Rankin M. Smith held a contest for fans to suggest the name for the team.  The winning entry was submitted by Julia Elliott, who was a high school teacher from Griffin Georgia.  There were 40 other contestants who also submitted the name of the Falcons, but as only a high school teacher would she also wrote an essay about the name.  The selling point in the essay was her description of the falcon.  “The falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight.  It never drops its prey.  It’s deadly and has a great sporting tradition.”  That sure sounds like a winner to me.    


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White arrested for tinted windows

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested in Gwinnett County early Tuesday on a failure to appear warrant, jail records show.

White, whose full name is Sharod Lamar White, was arrested by Gwinnett County police and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail just before 4:30 a.m. He was released about 90 minutes later on $168 bond, according to jail records.

White allegedly failed to appear in court on a traffic charge. The Gwinnett sheriff’s website shows an outstanding warrant for White on a charge of “non-transparent material on windows.”

Pyro's take: This is not the start to the off-season Roddy was looking for. The good news is he is already being targeted in 2014. I also think it would be wise for White to take a lesson from RUN-DMC's "It's Tricky".

"Tinted windows don't mean nothin' (we) know who's inside." -Rev Run



02/18/14, 08:43 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Julio Jones is on target with his recovery

"He's well on his way," Mike Smith said of Jones following Monday's Senior Bowl practices. "He's met all the marks that they've set for him in terms of the timetable. So we're pleased with what he's done up to this point.

"He's been spending a lot of time back in Atlanta and in Flowery Branch through the middle parts of the week with our athletic performance department. And he is on schedule to be back in the spring."


Pyro's take: Julio is my favorite player in the league, and it was a crushing blow when he went down in week 5 of last season (especially given the catch he made at the time of the injury). He was on fire, 2nd for WRs in targets (Cecil Shorts III has 62 to JJ's 60), while leading WRs in catches, yards and fantasy points at the time of his injury.

F!! It's great to hear that he is on target, but Julio is a risk moving forward, his broken foot happened because of a screw that he had inserted into his foot before the NFL draft in 2011... if this happens again, it could be career threatening.

I'm sending positive vibes The Sphinx's way, heaven knows I want that guy to have a long and fruitful career. We as NFL fans, deserve a guy like him playing 16 regular season games per year.

01/27/14, 01:38 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: espn.go.com

We owe Tony many thanks!

Gonzalez was emphatic that he would remain retired after 17 years in the league, the last five with the Falcons.

“At this point, I am totally at peace with my decision,” Gonzalez said. “I’m looking forward to it, seeing the next chapter in life. I’m excited about it.”

Pyro's take: The first basketball turned TE, ushered in a new Golden Era of Tight Ends. Tony changed a position like few before him have, Lawrence Taylor comes to mind, but his contributions to the changing guard of the NFL are huge. Always a class act that put up numbers consistently at the tight end position that hadn't been seen before.

When you look at his career season stat logs, you aren't blown away - but he produced every season. He had 4 1,000 yard season for Chiefs, and surpirsingly none while playing for the Falcons. But, #88 had 800 yards receiving or more 13 times in his 17 NFL season, which no other tight end even comes close to that type of continued type of production.

Anyway, I'm sure he'll be on TV next season, and giving his Hall of Fame speech 5 Augusts from now... thanks Tony, you are an inspiration to many and a Legend of the game.

01/27/14, 01:21 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: www.ajc.com

Gonzo has three games left to make memories

After saying last season would be his final year, Gonzalez changed his mind in the offseason and came back for a 17th season and continues to post stats that find their way into the record books. This season, he has 65 catches for 678 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. His three-catch game last week against the Packers extends his consecutive games with a catch streak to 208, the second longest in NFL history.

While everyone in Falcons nation would love to see Gonzalez return for another season, he’s made it clear that’s very unlikely. As he winds down this season and plays in his final three games, he will continue to remember every minute he can from his days as a Falcon and an NFL player.

“I’m really just taking every experience with the fellas on the team, sitting in the meeting rooms trying to enjoy them as much as I can,” he said. “As much as I hate them, I’m trying to enjoy them. That’s what you’ve got to do, I think. It’s the NFL, Not For Long, and I’ve been able to play 17 years so nobody ever needs to feel sorry for me. I’ve gotten everything I’ve wanted out of this league, but it’s that time of the year for me and I’m going to enjoy it.”

Pyro's take: Gonzo has a chance to make some nice memories in this game, as the Redskins rank 30th against tight ends on the season. The reemergence of Roddy White and the improved play of Harry Douglas should free Gonzalez up in this game.

The future Hall-of-Fame tight end has caught a touchdown in each of his last two games, although he has only topped 100-yards once this season back in week 4. Since the Falcons are out it I expect Ryan to make this game a Gonzo game. Get him in your lineup.

12/14/13, 06:34 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blogs.atlantafalcons.com

White has banged up knee, but ready to roll

Roddy White, who has battled injuries all season, seemed unconcerned after a knee issue surfaced this week.

White said he simply bruised his left knee in last Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. It caused him to be limited in practice this week.

"I fell the other day. Well, I didn't fall … I got pushed out of bounds and I landed right on it," White explained. "And it swelled up a little bit. But I'm good to go. I'm fine."

White said the knee shouldn't hold him back as he prepares to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

"No, no, it's not going to," White said. "Yeah, I'll be able to play (fast). No doubt about it."

Pyro's take: White has a tasty match-up with the Redskins this week, and I expect him to take advantage of it.

Over the past two weeks Roddy has begun to look more like his old self with 24 targets for 18 catches and 217 yards. He will be just fine this week, and has a good chance to find the endzone for the first time in four weeks.

12/13/13, 05:47 PM CST by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

SJAX unimpressive in return

Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who was returning from a hamstring injury, was held in check in the 27-13 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Jackson, the leading active rusher in the NFL, was held to six yards on 11 carries.

“It was some tough sledding today,” Jackson said. “The Arizona defense came out there and did a really good job against the run. It was definitely not the production that I wanted to see out of myself.”

Pyro's take: We saw this poor outing coming a mile away. When asked last week if he was 100% Jackson had said he was as good as he was going to be. That was the first tip off that he was not 100%, but going to give it a go anyway. Then there was the fact that the Cardinals are one stout defense against the run.

Jackson should be able to find more openings next week against the Panthers, but he would greatly benefit from Roddy White making his return, but there is no guarantee that will be any time soon.

10/28/13, 05:36 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Jackson to return this week

Falcons running back Steven Jackson met with the media today for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury on Sept. 15.

He returned to practice on Wednesday and plans to play against Arizona on Sunday.

Here’s what he had to say:

ON HOW HE FEELS: “Good. Going to get out there this afternoon and see how it feels and just go from there, being mindful that the game is Sunday and now Wednesday.. Looking forward to it.”

ENCOURAGED: “The leg is feeling a lot better. I've seen the doctor more times than I'd like to and finally he and I are on the same page. It's been encouraging enough, the progress that I've made, to give it a go.”

HOW CLOSE TO 100 PERCENT: “I don't think any time after Week 1 you are 100 percent. But I feeling up to this point well enough to give it a go and be out there and be effective like Day One.”

Pyro's take: Hooray, finally SJAX is going to get back on the field. Those of you who have been holding onto him will finally get to reap some rewards with him back in your lineup.

There is no doubt that with Julio Jones gone for the season, and Roddy White still unable to return, Jackson is going to play a prominent role in the Falcons offense. Get him in your lineup.

10/23/13, 06:03 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Tony G saying he is happy in Atlanta...yeah right

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said he’s not asked for a trade and doesn’t play to “jump ship” as the team has gotten off to a 1-4 start.

“This is what I signed up for,” said Gonzalez on Thursday. “I don’t have any regrets. I’m still as happy as I can be to be a Falcon. I saw the trade rumors out there.

“I didn’t ask for a trade. That wasn’t me. I signed up and this is the team that I came back to play with these guys on this team. I’m enjoying myself, win, lose or draw. Obviously, I’d rather win. That makes it a lot more fun.

“There is no way that I would think about jumping ship because I love playing for this team and I love playing for this city. Like I said, we still have a chance. If I start thinking like that, that means I don’t think we have chance. We’re not there yet. Not, even close.”


Pyro's take: Tony G is saying all the right things while he is still in Atlanta. If the Falcons drop another game it would be in the best interest of the organization to shop Gonzalez around to see if they can get a windfall for the future Hall-of-Famer.

The fact is that Gonzo came back to win a Super Bowl, and no matter what he says, it is not going to happen for him if he stays in Atlanta. The NFL did a smart thing by moving the trade deadline back to week 8, but trades (like that of Trent Richardson this season) of big time players are a rarity. The difference here is that this is likely the last season, maybe one more, for Gonzalez and there are definitely teams out there that could use his services to make a Super Bowl run.

10/17/13, 06:26 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Roddy could miss extended time

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) was injured in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 5. The Falcons have a bye in Week 6, but it is possible that White could miss games in the weeks after that, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.



Pyro's take: The best way to describe what is happening in Atlanta right now would be in the words of Col. Sanders from Spaceballs: "She has gone from suck to blow!"

Julio Jones is out for the season and now Roddy White has injured himself again, and now could miss the next few games following their bye this week. So what does this mean in terms of fantasy? It means OY VEY!!!

Matt Ryan has just lost 2 pro bowl receivers on the same day. So when the Falcons do hit the field again it will be Harry Douglas lining up as the #1 and Drew Davis lining up as the #2. Needless to say Ryan is not going to give owners the points they need with his top 2 weapons gone.

This could be good news for Steven Jackson, if he ever returns, as the Falcons should try to lean on the running game while White is out.

10/09/13, 06:53 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Julio Jones IS out for the rest of the season

According to Chris Mortensen Julio Jones is now confirmed out for the year. The news came through his twitter account @mortreport stating "Julio Jones will have surgery next week after Dr. Robert Anderson confirmed his fractured foot."

Pyro's take: This is the same foot Jones had surgery on in 2011, by Dr. Anderson. Harry Douglas should be considered in all leagues as he will be filling in for Julio Jones.


-Vaaal-verde

10/09/13, 05:27 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: twitter.com

The Sphinx is hurt.

“Julio injured his foot last night. He saw our doctors this morning. He is going to have a second opinion tomorrow over in Charlotte, North Carolina. The first reports were not encouraging, but we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as.” -Coach Mike Smith

Pyro's take: First off... F!!!

Second off... I hate that new turf these stadiums are using now (both indoor and outdoor), it's killing these players feet.

Third off... F!!!

I have him in all 4 of my leagues, and he's been a beast. It's an impossible void to fill, but like any owners out there, ya can't sulk - ya gotta figure it out.

This should help Roddy White and Harry Douglas bigtime fantasy points wise, as Julio has more catches than any other WR and is 2nd only to Jimmy Graham. I hope he can make it back this year, and it's nothing too serious. Love Julio as a person and a player.

10/08/13, 07:11 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: blogs.atlantafalcons.com

Steven Jackson out for week 5

Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson has been ruled out for Monday's game against the New York Jets because of a hamstring injury, coach Mike Smith said Saturday.

Smith held out hope that Jackson might recover in time to suit up. But the veteran running back was simply an observer at practice throughout the entire week.

Pyro's take: Well now it looks like you can peg week 7 after the Falcons bye for Jackson's return. This will give Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers another week to split the carries. Jackson had better come back with a vengeance when he returns to help ease the pain he has caused fantasy owners this season.

10/05/13, 01:29 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Roddy White still not 100%

In his quest to become 100 percent healthy from a high right ankle sprain, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White suffered a set back after playing extensively against New England.

He played his most action of the season against New England. He played 74 of 76 (97 percent) of the offensive snaps.

“Yeah, and I learned a very valuable lesson from that,” White said. “I ain’t where I need to be yet.”

Asked if he was 100 percent, White said, “I don’t know. I’ll tell you after the bye week.”

Pyro's take: This is troubling news for White owners as they would rather him just miss a game or two and come back 100%, instead of gutting it out and hurting his fantasy production. It looks like this may be another tough week for Roddy and that is just not the news we were looking for.

10/05/13, 12:49 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Roddy White to gut it out

Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that White said Friday that he still isn’t where he wants to be in his recovery from the injury, but will once again “gut it out” against the Patriots on Sunday night. McClure adds that White also said that he’ll rest up during the team’s bye week, which comes after they host the Jets in Week Five.

Pyro's take: Roddy has been dealing with a high ankle sprain and he has not been able to be the player we are used to seeing. White has been used mainly as a decoy so far this season, and the fact that he is admitting he is still not fully recovered from his injury makes him a risky start this week. If you do end up starting him you can take heart in the fact that they should be in a high scoring game against the Patriots.

09/28/13, 03:44 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Steven Jackson might be out till week 7

Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson could be out longer than originally anticipated because of a lingering hamstring injury, ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure reported Monday.

According to the report, Jackson will be out another 2-3 weeks — which could keep him on the sidelines until Week 7. He will likely miss this week’s game against the New England Patriots, as well as the following week’s matchup against the New York Jets. The Falcons have a bye in Week 6.

Pyro's take: This is not the news we were looking to hear on Jackson's injury. The good news is if your team is able to survive until his return he should be 100% healthy and ready to use those fresh legs to his advantage in the second half of the season.

09/24/13, 06:19 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: tracking.si.com

Steven Jackson has a thigh injury

Falcons running back Steven Jackson left Sunday's game against the Rams with a first-quarter thigh injury. Jackson apparently was injured when he scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan in the first quarter. Jackson was escorted to the locker room during the ensuing kickoff.

Pyro's take: So much for Jackson's revenge as it turned into Montezuma's revenge for him leaving with a thigh injury. This is the same type of injury that happened to him in 2011 and caused him to miss 2 weeks. It will be important to see if he can practice this week, but you should have a backup plan if he is inactive.

Jacquizz Rodgers would step into the starting role, and could give you a decent 1 week replacement, but he will not come close to putting up the fantasy points that Jackson will in this offense.

09/16/13, 05:47 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Steven Jackson eager to face the Rams in week 2

“I mean, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to get the win. Of course I want to get the win, but I have to come out there and just remain in the zone, in my focus and not get too up. When you allow emotions to take over, your wind becomes shorter, you are not even thinking, you’re not on your A-game, so I have to remind myself to stay in control, have the intensity that I normally play with and dial in and treat this game as (any other) I have done over the years.”


Pyro's take: This should be the game that Jackson had circled on schedule as soon as it came out. Jackson was sent out of St. Louis with the coaching staff wanting him to accept a committee role in the running game. Jackson is now the workhorse back for the Falcons and had 77 yards on 11 carries in week 1, including a 50-yard run. Jackson should see a lot more carries this week as his new team looks to help him exact some revenge on his old team.

09/12/13, 09:09 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.rantsports.com

Julio Jones did not practice Wednesday

Julio Jones didn’t practice. Jones has a knee injury, according to the practice report.

Pyro's take: Jones should be fine, and it seems like the Falcons are just getting him some rest to be sure he is ready to go on Sunday. There is nothing to worry about at this point as they are saying he will be ready to play on Sunday. If he continues to be held out of practice all week then this could become a concern.

09/11/13, 09:53 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Roddy White still dealing with a high ankle sprain

Roddy White concedes that he’s not the guy he normally is because of a high ankle sprain suffered during the preseason.

“They wanted me in certain areas to do certain things so that they couldn’t just bracket guys,” White tells D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...“That’s what we did.”

White was in some respects a decoy. He was on the field, but he was impaired in comparison to what he otherwise can do.

“It’s hard to cut,” White said. “It’s hard to do just about everything at the position.”

Pyro's take: This is rough news for fantasy owners who selected White, and who heard all week long that he was 100% to go against the Saints. White obviously felt bad, and now has come out and said that it is a high ankle sprain he is dealing with.

These are nagging injuries and can sometimes take up to 8 weeks before it is feeling back to normal. This makes starting Roddy White in week 2 a major question mark at this point. We will be closely monitoring his participation in practices this week to determine his value for fantasy owners in week 2, but at this point plan on benching him this week.

09/10/13, 07:19 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Roddy White should be ready for week 1

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday he hopes White would be ready for the season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 8, and coach Mike Smith went a step further. Smith said White will, indeed, be ready for Week 1 and denied whispers that the receiver suffered a dreaded high ankle sprain, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

That lines up with a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who was told by a source earlier this month that White is dealing with a (less-dreaded) low ankle sprain.

Pyro's take: This is no surprise to us as Roddy is going to be just fine and will have had over 3 weeks to recover from the ankle sprain. White is a pro and knows what it will take to be ready for the Saints and will have a chance to put up big numbers against an improved, but still poor defense.

08/29/13, 06:27 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com

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