Previewing the 2014 Atlanta Falcons Schedule Release

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The Atlanta Falcons fell off the map in 2014, dropping down from a team that was a fourth down play away from a trip to the Super Bowl, to a 4-12 team searching for answers. Injuries and poor line play on both sides of the ball contributed heavily, though, and the proper adjustments (and good health) should have the Falcons rebounding in a big way in 2014.

 

Atlanta will need to be sure to protect their house better than they did a year ago, however. Usually a tough out in their dome, the Falcons were just 3-5 on their home field last year and will have to go through the Bears, Lions, Cardinals, Browns, Steelers and the NFC South to get it done.

 

The Atlanta Falcons schedule away from home isn’t a picnic, either, as they’ll head to Green Bay, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati and New York to take on the Giants. The Falcons were even worse on the road in 2013 (1-7), so they’ll need to really step up their game to post a winning mark in 2014.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Falcons Sign Three; Asamoah, Jackson, Soliai All Agree To Terms

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The Atlanta Falcons did not wait long to take the chance to improve the organization. The Falcons reached deals with three players since the free agency period began at 4:00 PM ET. Guard Jon Asamoah, defensive end Tyson Jackson and defensive tackle Paul Soliai will all be wearing red and black in 2014. The Falcons are clearly taking the chance to add some veteranship to the defense, along with a guy who can help protect Matt Ryan.

Both Asanoah and Hackson played for the Chiefs, while Soliai is coming over from the Dolphins. Expect heavy packages of the 3-4 defense by the Falcons in 2014, the team already re-signed defensive lineman Corey Peters last week.

We will continue to monitor all of the things the Falcons do during free agency so make sure to spread the word!

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Faclons Ink DT Corey Peters To One-Year Deal

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Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters agreed to terms on a one-year deal on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Peters was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Monday. He suffered a torn Achilles late last season and elected to stay put for a year and test the market next season.

Peters, 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, appeared primed to help put some teeth back into the run defense over last offseason.

In 2013, Peters started all 15 games in which he played while tallying 48 tackles (35 solo) with a career-high five sacks and two passes defensed. Additionally, Peters was named the Atlanta Falcons 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Peters was drafted in the third-round (83rd overall) in the 2010 NFL draft.

He has played in 56 career games, including 53 starts in four seasons in Atlanta. Peters has recorded 140 tackles (107 solo) with nine sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defensed.

Video: Will The Falcons Trade Up For Jadeveon Clowney?

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Doug Gottlieb makes a bold prediction about where Jadeveon Clowney will end up as the 2014 NFL Draft approaches.

Jadeveon Clowney Wants Falcons To Trade For Him

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It is Combine week in Indianapolis and Jadeveon Clowney is in attendance. This is a time that scouts from every team in the NFL will be paying close attention to each and every draft prospect. One of the most highly regarded prospects in this year’s draft is South Carolina’s Clowney. Clowney measured in at 6’5″ and 270 pounds.

On Sunday, Clowney told the press that he would like the Falcons to trade up to draft him. Clowney then spoke his interest of the Falcons.

“I hope I don’t fall to No. 6. I like Atlanta — a lot,” Clowney said.  “They’re pretty good.  They’ve got some guys from South Carolina on the team, also.  And it’s close to home.”

Clowney is hoping to be the first overall pick in the draft and has expressed that he deserves to because “defense wins championships.” Will the Falcons look into Clowney?

Obviously the defense struggled heavily during the 2013 season as the Flacons ended with just a 4-12 record. So, the Falcons will weight their options but will either address the defense or take a lineman to help protect quarterback Matt Ryan.

General manager, Thomas Dimitroff, has traded up in the draft before. In fact, the Falcons traded up to No.6 three years ago to draft Julio Jones. Now, the Falcons own the N0. 6 pick and they could trade up again.

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Falcons Ink Former Bears First-Round Pick OT Gabe Carimi

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The Falcons have signed offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who has been with two teams already, the Bears and the Buccaneers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Carimi, 6-7, 316 pounds, was drafted by the Bears in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Carimi, who played with Falcons center/right guard Peter Konz at Wisconsin, spent two seasons in Chicago. He played in 18 games and made 16 starts before being traded to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick before the 2013 season.

In 2011, he played in two games at right tackle. In 2012, he played right tackle and right guard.

He played line 14 games and made two starts at left guard for the Bucs last season. He played 218 snaps. He had 127 run block snaps and 91 pass block snaps, according to profootballfocus.com.

He had negative grades for overall blocking, passing blocking and run blocking. However, he gave up just one sack, no quarterback hits and just one hurry.

Falcons To Chat With Free Agent Safety Louis Delmas Post Combine

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Former Lions safety Louis Delmas was in Pittsburgh Monday to chat with the Steelers, but according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Delmas is gathering more interest.

Delmas will be lining up more visits after the combine, and one of those visits will include the Falcons. La Canfora says he will also talk with the AFC Champion Denver Broncos.

The Lions dumped the 26-year-old Delmas last week, this despite his starting 16 games last season and recording three picks with two sacks.

Delmas inked a deal before last season that was to pay him $9.5 mil over two years.

Detroit has stated they would like to bring back Delmas, but there’s nothing to say the Falcons can’t steal him away before that.

The Falcons have to make sure that Delmas is healthy, as he’s battled knee issues, and he wasn’t able to practice much last season.

Prisco: Falcons To Take Auburn T Greg Robinson With 6th Pick

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CBS Football Insider Pete Prisco is out with his first mock draft, and he has the Falcons taking Auburn T Greg Robinson with the 6th pick.

6. Atlanta Falcons — Auburn T Greg Robinson: They have to get help for Matt Ryan up front. He took way too many shots last season.

To see the entire mock draft – click HERE

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