Falcons miss chance to have dominant Defense by not drafting Randy Gregory

24 Aug

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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)

#RiseUp #AtlantaFalcons sign Rex Grossman Coach Dan Quinn announces today

26 Aug

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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

Cris Carter apologizes for 14-month old video

24 Aug

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.

Joe Thomas compares NFL to WWE, Goodell to Vince McMahon-Great article

24 Aug

Joe Thomas compares NFL to WWE, Goodell to Vince McMahon.

#Falcons seemed to lose sharpness on Day 5 of #NFLTrainingCamp

6 Aug

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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

Family, Fun, and Football at #Falcons #NFLTrainingCamp on a Sunday morning

2 Aug

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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

#76ers Joel Embiid #NBA future in doubt. Needs more surgery

13 Jul

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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

FSU’s Dalvin Cook cited last year for chaining three puppies together

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What are these guys thinking? More allegations surface about #FSUFootball players

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And the P.R. hits keep on a coming for the Florida State football program.

Shortly after FSU announced that true freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson had been dismissed from the team for punching a woman in the face at a bar, reports surfaced that teammate Dalvin Cook had been arrested and charged after punching a woman in the face at a bar, prompting head coach Jimbo Fisher to reportedly ban his Seminole players from frequenting drinking establishments.  As it turns out, this isn’t Cook’s first distasteful brush with the law during his brief time in Tallahassee.

Andy Staples of SI.com has uncovered an official document that shows Cook was cited by the City of Tallahassee Animal Services in July of last year.  From Staples’ report, as well as a redacted copy of the citation Cook was issued:

Meanwhile, on July 25, 2014, Cook was cited for violating two…

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Academic leaders question Oregon’s football budget

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In College Football there’s money for everyone except the players.

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We all have come to a pretty general understanding that sports drives revenue for universities, with football bringing the most money into the university. No athletic program generates as much income as Oregon (thanks Nike!), but academic leaders in Eugene would like to see more of that money be put to academic uses.

“Our administration needs to take more responsibility to fully exploit the opportunity that our athletic department provides — on behalf of our students, our faculty and our institution,”former business school dean Dennis Howard said Friday, per The Register-Guard. He was not alone in challenging Oregon officials to think hard about how the budget will be formed.

“It would be really good if we were all in this together and the athletic department was trying to help the rest of the university,”Oregon economics professor Bill Harbaugh said.

Oregon football really cashed in this past year with an…

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Report: Notre Dame, Navy to play in Jacksonville in 2016

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#NotreDame playing more games in South to bolster recruiting efforts, and keep return to CFB relevance going.

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Navy and Notre Dame do not typically make too many trips to the state of Florida during the course of a football season, but each will be playing in the state in 2016. In fact, they’ll even be playing each other in the state in November 2016.

According to a report Friday by ND Insider, Notre Dame and Navy will play their 2016 game in Jacksonville, Florida on November 5, 2016. The game will be played in EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and recently undergoing upgrades to the stadium in hopes of keeping the Jaguars in town. Attracting some noteworthy college football game son the side is a nice perk too, and it seems to have worked.

Navy typically serves as host to Notre Dame in even-numbered years in the series, but tends to hold the game in a larger venue instead of its home stadium. The…

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