The Atlanta stood in the 2nd of the 2015 NFL draft with a choice. Draft a to fill a ‘need’. Help to shore up their defensive backfield especially at the safety position. A reasonable, conservative approach by a franchise STILL haunted by the departure 8 years ago of Michael Vick to a dog fighting scandal. Or they could take a risk. Use the pick to take a calculated risk to make their team suddenly one to be feared defensively. Randy Gregory, LB/DE of Nebraska was still on the board. Gregory, who by many pundits was rated HIGHER than Falcons 1st round pick Vic Bealsey. Gregory was available because of testing positive for marijuana. Imagine offensive nightmares that could be created by having 2 lightning quick pass rushers on both sides of the field! Atlanta chose Jalen Collins, S, LSU with that pick. Seemingly a safe, conservative pick.
We find out later however that Collins had his own off the field issues, AND had an injury which he needed surgery on before camp. So why not take a chance on Gregory?
Former Pro bowler Adrian Clayborn who looked done in Tampa Bay, seems rejuvenated in ATL. Paired on the same side of the field as Vic Beasley, these two already seem to be making things tough on opponents. Imagine having a pass rusher like Gregory on the other side.
This choice may determine whether the Atlanta Falcons will be simply playoff contenders, or lost an opportunity to be Super Bowl caliber team for years to come. Time will tell (As of this writing Gregory has 2 sacks, Collins has often looked a bit lost so far)
Atlanta Falcon head coach Dan Quinn makes it official today announcing that Rex Grossman has been signed by the team. Citing his quick release and veteran presence as he spoke to the local media at Falcons camp earlier today. (Click HERE to view announcement)
Falcons back up QBs have not done as well as hoped, especially hometown hero T.J. Yates. Yates who grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, GA was thought to be right pick to back up starter Matt Ryan. However he has been ineffective in his 2 preseason stints causing the Falcons to search for veteran help.
Grossman is familiar with the Falcons offense since his last regular season appearance came with the Redskins while Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan was in the same role in DC
Not a good look for Mr. Carter. Interesting though the timing. Why did it take 14 months for this to come out? The NFL, and possibly ESPN knew about this (since it was on the NFL website all this time. Click on link below to read blog by Pro Football Talk from nbcsports.com
Cris Carter apologizes for 14-month old video.
Maybe it was the temperature being a little cooler due some welcome crowd cover. Or it could the big crowds of the weekend were gone. It might have been the ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage. Whatever the reason Falcons had more dropped passes and fumbles that were not there previously. Timing was slightly off. A few players looked like they may have been nicked or a little banged up. Stay tuned for injury updates. Minister Jonathan Simmons (@MinisterJSimm) on the scene at Falcons HQ in Flowery Branch. For more photos and videos go to www.realtalksports.net
The Atlanta Falcons officially launched their training camp on July 31. But today parents grabbed their kids and packed the Falcons Flowery Branch HQ on a beautiful Sunday.
The team does a great job each year of connecting fans through the free and open training camp. Players like 1st round pick Vic Beasley take time to get up close and personal. For more #Sports coverage check out our show every Mon 6-7pm on WIGO 1570, online at www.realtalksports.net Also on your mobile via Tunein Radio app. Follow us on Social Media @talksportsatl
Reports from Yardbarker.com indicate that former Philadelphia 76er 1st round pick Joel Embiid needs more surgery on his foot. Click picture or HERE to find out more. Picture from Yardbarker.com by Getty photos