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ATLANTA FALCONS
  2011 SEASON IN REVIEW
                      2011 WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE

                                2011 ATLANTA FALCONS
                                  SEASON IN REVIEW
                                     10-6 NFC WILD CARD

                   SEASON IN REVIEW                                                      2011 SCHEDULE
        The Atlanta Falcons concluded the 2011 season with a                      Falcons 2011 Season Schedule
 10-6 record, marking the first time in franchise history that
 the team has recorded back-to-back seasons with at least           Regular Season (10-6)
 10 wins and third time in the last four seasons. The Falcons       Date          Opponent                     Time Network
 captured the fifth seed in the NFC, notching consecutive            September 11 at Chicago                    1 p.m.     L, 30-12
 playoff berths for the first time in franchise history.             September 18 PHILADELPHIA                8:20 p.m. W, 35-31
     The Falcons also clinched a playoff berth for the third        September 25 at Tampa Bay                4:15 p.m. L, 16-13
 time in the last four seasons. Under Head Coach Mike               October 2     at Seattle                   4 p.m. W, 30-28
 Smith, the Falcons are the only NFC team to post winning           October 9     GREEN BAY                  8:20 p.m. L, 25-14
 records in each of the last four seasons (2008-11).                October 16    CAROLINA                     1 p.m. W, 31-17
     Smith has posted a four-year record of 43-21, which is         October 23    at Detroit                   1 p.m. W, 23-16
 not only the best four-year mark in team history, but ranks        October 30    BYE                             -               -
 among the best records in NFL history for first-time head           November 6 at Indianapolis                 1 p.m.     W, 31-7
 coaches. Smith is tied with Bill Cowher (Pittsburgh – ’92-         November 13 NEW ORLEANS                    1 p.m. L, 26-23 (OT)
 95), Mike Martz (St. Louis – ‘00-03), Mike Sherman (Green          November 20 TENNESSEE                    4:15 p.m. W, 23-17
 Bay – ’00-03), and Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh – ‘07-10) for           November 27 MINNESOTA                     1 p.m.* W, 24-14
 the fourth-best four-year record among first-time head              December 4 at Houston                     1 p.m.*      L, 17-10
 coaches.                                                           December 11 at Carolina                   1 p.m.* W, 31-23
     The Birds wrapped up the 2011 campaign in record-              December 15 JACKSONVILLE                 8:20 p.m. W, 41-14
 setting fashion, as QB Matt Ryan, RB Michael Turner and            December 26 at New Orleans               8:30 p.m. L, 45-16
 WR Roddy White all established new franchise bests. Ryan           January 1     TAMPA BAY                  4:15 p.m. W, 45-24
 broke the franchise record for passing yards in a single-
 season after eclipsing QB Jeff George’s club record of 4,143       Postseason (0-1)
 yards set in 1995. Ryan finished the 2011 season with 4,177         Date          Opponent                     Time Network
 passing yards, 29 touchdown passes and a 92.9 quarter-             January 8     at New York Giants         1:00 p.m. L, 24-2
 back rating, all career highs. White became the Falcons
 all-time leading receiver with 7,364 career receiving yards,
 breaking Terance Mathis’ franchise record of 7,349 yards                              WINNING CULTURE
 set between 1994 and 2001. The seventh year receiver out
 of UAB also finished the season with 100 receptions and             Under Head Coach Mike Smith, the          10-WIN SEASONS
 became the first player in team history to record multiple          Falcons have posted 10-or-more           Coach        Seasons
 100-catch seasons. Turner also got in on the action, break-        wins and earned playoff berths in        Mike Smith         3
 ing Gerald Riggs’ franchise record of 48 rushing touch-            three of the last four seasons. Smith    Leemen Bennett     1
 downs set between 1982 and 1988. “The Burner” led the              is the first coach in franchise history   Jerry Glanville    1
 NFC in rushing yards with 1,340 yards and added 11 touch-          to post multiple 10-win seasons and      Dan Reeves         1
 downs on the season.                                               his 43-21 overall record is the best     Jim Mora           1
     In addition, TE Tony Gonzalez continued his ascension          four-year mark in club history.
 in the NFL record books, becoming the NFL’s second all-
 time leading receiver with his 1,149 career receptions and
                                                                                   DIGITAL MEDIA GUIDE
 climbed to 11th in League annals with his 13,338 career re-
 ceiving yards and was named to his 12th Pro Bowl.                  In 2011, the Atlanta Falcons introduced a digital media
     Defensively, the Falcons enjoyed a breakout season             guide that provides media members with the most up-to-
 from LB Sean Weatherspoon, who finished the season with             date information about the club.
 a career-high 127 tackles (86 solo) and four sacks. LB Curtis
 Lofton led the team in tackles for the third consecutive year      The Atlanta Falcons Digital Media Guide can be accessed
 with 167 tackles (101 solo) and added two interceptions. DE        at http://media.atlantafalcons.com or via USB thumb
 John Abraham continued to wreak havoc on opposing quar-            drive. The DMG was updated weekly in coordination with
 terbacks, notching 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.              each game. Users can find updated bios, records and sta-
                                                                    tistics in an easy-to-use PDF format.


REGGIE ROBERTS                                BRIAN CEARNS
Vice President of Football Communica ons      Football Communica ons Coordinator
RRoberts@Falcons.NFL.com - 770.965.2761       BCearns@Falcons.NFL.com - 770.965.4318

FRANK KLEHA                                   MATT HALEY
Senior Director of Media Rela ons             Football Communica ons Coordinator
FKleha@Falcons.NFL.com - 770.965.2763         MHaley@Falcons.NFL.com - 770.965.4350
                                                                                                      WING TIPS
                  2011 SEASON RANKINGS                                                            2012 OPPONENTS

             2011 Regular Season Statistics                                In 2012, the Falcons will face their customary NFC South
                  Falcons (NFL Rank)                                       rivals, Carolina, New Orleans and Tampa Bay both at home
 Points/Game                                25.1 (7)                       and on the road. Atlanta will also battle the NFC East in
 Total Offense                            376.6 (10)                       intra-conference play as well as the AFC West in inter-
 Net Rushing Yards/Game                    114.6 (17)                      conference play. The Birds will also host the NFC West
 Net Passing Yards/Game                    262.0 (8)                       runner-up Arizona Cardinals and travel to Detroit for the
 Possession Average                        32:05 (3)                       second consecutive season to play the NFC North runner-
 Opponent Points/Game                       21.9 (18)                      up Lions. Atlanta has totaled 161 wins against its 2012 op-
 Opponent Total Offense                   333.6 (12)                       ponents and since the NFL realigned its divisions in 2002,
 Opp. Rushing Yards/Game                    97.0 (6)                       the Falcons are 30-30 against the NFC South. Under Head
 Opp. Passing yards/Game                  236.6 (20)                       Coach Mike Smith, the Falcons have posted a 43-21 (.672)
 Turnover Differential                       +8 (5t)                       overall record. Since 2008, Atlanta owns a 22-16 record
                                                                           against its 2012 opponents.
                   2011 SEASON LEADERS
                                                                           Home                  2011 Record       Last Meeting Result
 Team Leaders                                                              Carolina                 6-10              12/11/11   W, 31-23
 Passing               Cmp. Att. Yards TDs INTs Rate                       New Orleans*             13-3             12/26/11     L, 45-16
 Matt Ryan             347 566 4,177 29     12  92.2                       Tampa Bay                4-12               1/1/12  W, 45-24
                                                                           Dallas                    8-8            10/25/09      L, 37-21
 Rushing                         Att. Yards Avg. Long TDs                  NY Giants*                9-7             11/22/09 L, 34-31 OT
 Michael Turner                  301 1,340 4.5 81t     11                  Arizona                   8-8              9/19/10     W, 41-7
 Jacquizz Rodgers*               57    205 3.6    13    1                  Denver*                   8-8             11/16/08    L, 24-20
                                                                           Oakland                   8-8              11/2/08    W, 24-0
 Receiving                       Rec. Yards Avg. Long TDs
 Roddy White                     100 1,296 13.0 43     8                   Road                  2011 Record       Last Meeting Result
 Tony Gonzalez                    80   875 10.9 30     7                   Carolina                 6-10              12/11/11 W, 31-23
 Julio Jones*                     54   959 17.8 80t    8                   New Orleans*             13-3             12/26/11   L, 45-16
                                                                           Tampa Bay                4-12               1/1/12  W, 45-24
 * - Rookie                                                                Philadelphia              8-8              9/18/11  W, 35-31
                                                                           Washington                5-11             11/8/09  W, 31-17
                                                                           Detroit*                 10-6             10/23/11 W, 23-16
                     2011 NFC STANDINGS                                    Kansas City               7-9              9/21/08 W, 38-14
                                                                           San Diego                 8-8             11/30/08 W, 22-16
 Team                   W    L   T    Pct.   Conf.    Div.
 1 - Green Bay          15   1   0   .938    12-0     6-0                  * - Denotes playoff team in 2011
 2- San Francisco       13   3   0    .813   10-2     5-1
 3 - New Orleans        13   3   0    .813    9-3     5-1
 4- NY Giants            9   7   0   .563     5-7     3-3                                          2012 NFL DRAFT
 5 - Atlanta            10   6   0   .625     7-5     3-3
 6 - Detroit            10   6   0   .625     6-6     3-3                  The 2012 NFL Draft will once again be held
                                                                           at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
                                                                           The Draft will be broadcast in primetime
                   OFFSEASON SCHEDULE                                      in 2012, with the first round taking place
                                                                           Thursday, April 26, followed by the second
 Feb. 22-28            NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)                 and third rounds on Friday, April 27. Rounds four through
 April 26-28           2012 NFL Draft (New York City)                      seven will be held Saturday, April 28. The Draft will be tele-
 May                   OTAs/Rookie Mini Camp                               vised by the NFL Network and ESPN.
 July                  Training Camp Opens
                                                                           The Falcons do not have a first round pick in 2012, as their
                       COACH SPEAK                                         first round selection was packaged with other picks in 2011
“We are all disappointed in the outcome of the game yester-                to acquire WR Julio Jones. Atlanta holds its own selection
day. We didn’t play up to our capabilities; that was obvious.              in rounds two, three, five, six and seven and is slated to pick
We are disappointed, extremely disappointed, in the way that               22nd in each round.
we played as a football team. Our goal is to do everything in
our power not to have that happen again. We’ve got a busy                                   DIMITROFF’S PLAN
calendar coming up, in terms of what we need to get done                  “It doesn’t matter where we are in the Draft, it doesn’t matter
as a team. It’s not the offseason; it’s the non-playing game              where our needs may be. I really want to have a firm grasp.
season for our organization. We’re not playing games, but                 You never know where you’re going to see those players later.
we’re working very hard. The first thing that we have to do is             It could be in free agency, it could be because of a cut early.
we have to evaluate our roster from top to bottom and have                Who knows, so I make sure I’m looking at everyone.”
meetings in terms of the evaluations of our players from this
season. We’ve got a lot of decisions to make in regards to                - Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on his approach to the 2012
players that are reaching free agency.”                                   draft.

- Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith on Atlanta’s playoff loss and offseason
plan.
                                                         WELCOME TO ATLANTA
                        OC DIRK KOETTER                                                            DC MIKE NOLAN

                     The Falcons hired Dirk Koetter as of-                                     The Falcons hired Mike Nolan as defen-
                     fensive coordinator on January 15,                                        sive coordinator on January 17, 2012.
                     2012. Known for his expertise in the                                      Nolan is one of the most experienced
                     passing game, Koetter has 30 years                                        defensive coordinators in the NFL, hav-
                     of coaching experience, including five                                     ing served in that capacity for over 14
                     seasons in the NFL as he served as                                        seasons. Nolan spent the last two sea-
 the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator from 2007                  sons as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator. In 2011,
 to 2011. Last Season, Koetter led an offense that saw RB                  the Dolphins boasted the third best run defense in the NFL,
 Maurice Jones-Drew lead the NFL in rushing with 1,606                     allowing just 95.6 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry.
 rushing yards on 343 carries. In five seasons in Jackson-                  His defense also produced 41 sacks, which ranked tied for
 ville, Koetter coached four different players to six Pro Bowl             10th in the League and allowed the sixth fewest points per
 selections, including Jones-Drew who has earned three                     game at 19.6. The Dolphins also ranked seventh in third-
 trips to the Pro Bowl.                                                    down percentage (33.8) and sixth in red zone defense.

 Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, Koetter led Arizona State              In 2010, Nolan’s defense ranked among the League’s top
 to four bowl games in his six seasons as head coach and                   ten in overall defense, pass defense and run defense, and
 finished with a 40-34 record. He also served as offensive                  was one of just five units in the League to accomplish that
 coordinator and helped the Sun Devils average nearly                      feat. Nolan joined Miami after spending the 2009 season
 30 points per game over six seasons, and the team was                     as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. Under
 ranked in the top 20 in the nation in passing offense in five              his tutelage, Denver’s defense improved to seventh in the
 of his six seasons.                                                       NFL in total defense after finishing 29th in 2008.

 Koetter also spent three seasons as head coach at Boise                   Nolan served as the San Francisco 49ers’ head coach from
 State University where he compiled a 26-10 mark and                       2005 to 2008. He also spent four seasons with the Balti-
 two consecutive bowl victories. He was a two-time Big                     more Ravens, including three as defensive coordinator. The
 West Coach of the Year honoree and two-time conference                    New York Giants made him the NFL’s youngest defensive
 champion.                                                                 coordinator in 1993 at the age of 34.

                        COACH SPEAK                                                              COACH SPEAK
“I am very pleased to add Coach Koetter as our offensive coor-            “Mike Nolan is an established coordinator in this League. He
dinator. Dirk is a veteran offensive coach who will bring years           brings more than 25 years of NFL experience to our team and
of NFL experience as an offensive coordinator. I look forward             has been a coordinator at this level for 14 years. Mike has a
to working with Dirk and have tremendous confidence that he                history of developing physically intimidating defensive units,
will be a great addition to our team and our coaching staff.”             and we are fortunate to have him join our staff.”

- Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith on offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.    - Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith on defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.


                                 PAT HILL                                                              JOE DANNA

                    Pat Hill will serve as the Falcons offen-                                 Joe Danna will serve as the Falcons
                    sive line in 2012. Hill spent 15 seasons                                  defensive backs coach in 2012. Danna
                    as the head coach at Fresno State Uni-                                    served as an assistant defensive backs
                    versity where he led the Bulldogs to a                                    coach with the Miami Dolphins for the
                    112-80 overall record and went to 11                                      last two seasons where he worked un-
                    bowl games. Hill led Fresno State to 15                                   der Falcons defensive coordinator Mike
 wins over BCS teams during the last decade, which is the                  Nolan. In 2010, the Dolphins secondary ranked eighth in
 highest win total of any non-BCS team in the nation. Hill                 the NFL against the pass. Prior to joining the Dolphins,
 has coached a number of NFL players including Falcons                     Danna spent two seasons in Atlanta as a defensive assis-
 safety James Sanders and guard Andrew Jackson.                            tant (2008-09).

                        COACH SPEAK                                                              COACH SPEAK
“Pat is a distinguished coach that brings a wealth of coaching            “Joe is an experienced coach that has worked with our staff
experience to our club. He has a history of producing tough               in the past. He has spent the last two seasons working
and physical offensive lines and we are pleased to have him               with Coach Nolan in Miami, so he has a familiarity with our
join our staff.”                                                          scheme and verbiage.”

- Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith on offensive line coach Pat Hill.         - Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith on defensive backs coach Joe Danna.


                                                                    STAFF CHANGES

 The Falcons also promoted Glenn Thomas to quarterbacks coach, Andrew Weidinger to offensive assistant, Dave Caldwell to
 Director of Player Personnel and DeJuan Polk to Director of Pro Scouting.

 Thomas served as an offensive assistant for the past four seasons, while Weidinger spent the last four seasons as assistant
 to the head coach/offense. Caldwell has spent the last four seasons as the Falcons’ Director of College Scouting, overseeing
 Atlanta’s college area and regional scouts. Polk has spent the last six seasons in the Falcons scouting department, including
 the last four as a pro scout.
                                     2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
          NFL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH                                        REWRITING THE RECORDS

WR JULIO JONES                                                TEAM RECORDS
Jones caught 24 passes for 461 yards and six                  in 2011, the Falcons set a franchise       TOTAL NET YARDS
touchdowns in the final five games of the regular               record for most total net yards gained     Year         Yards
season. The rookie out of Alabama caught eight                in a season with 6,026 yards. Atlanta      2011         6,026
touchdowns last season, six of which came in De-              broke the record that was set by the       2008         5,779
cember/January. He caught a touchdown in each                 2008 squad, which posted 5,779 total       1981          5,661
of the final four games.                                       yards.

• Despite missing three games because of injury, Jones        MATT RYAN
  posted the best season by a Falcons rookie receiver         QB Matt Ryan broke the franchise PASSING RECORDS
  after notching 54 receptions for 959 yards and eight        record for passing yards in a single Passing Yards
  touchdowns.                                                 season when he hit WR Julio Jones Player            Yards
                                                              for a 48-yard touchdown in the first Matt Ryan       4,177
                                                              quarter of Atlanta’s Week 17 win Jeff George        4,143
     DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK                             over Tampa Bay. Ryan eclipsed QB 300-Yard Games
                                                              Jeff George’s club record of 4,143 Player           Yards
DE JOHN ABRAHAM
                                                              yards set in 1995. Ryan finished Matt Ryan                6
Abraham had one of his best games as a Falcon in
                                                              the 2011 season with 4,177 passing Jeff George           4
Atlanta’s 41-14 win over Jacksonville in Week 15,
                                                              yards and is just the second quar-
sacking Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert 3.5 times for
                                                              terback in franchise history to throw for 4,000 yards in a
a loss of 35.5 yards.
                                                              season. Ryan also set a franchise mark for 300-yard pass-
                                                              ing games in a season with six.
• Abraham has won the award four times in his 12 year
  career and his second as a Falcon (Week 1, 2006).
                                                              RODDY WHITE
                                                                              WR Roddy White became the Falcons
     DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK                                             all-time leading receiver when he hauled
                                                                              in a 16-yard pass from QB Chris Redman
LB CURTIS LOFTON                                                              in the second half vs. Tampa Bay. White,
Lofton recorded his first career touchdown and                                 who now has 7,374 career receiving yards,
added 14 tackles (eight solo) with one tackle for                             broke WR Terance Mathis’ franchise re-
loss in Atlanta’s Week 17 win over the Tampa Bay              cord of 7,349 receiving yards set between 1994 and 2001.
Buccaneers. He intercepted QB Josh Freeman and returned
the pick 26 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.      • White finsihed the season with 100 receptions for 1,296
                                                                yards and became the first player in team history to re-
• Lofton anchored one of the NFL’s best run defenses, as        cord multiple 100-catch seasons.
  the Falcons ranked sixth in the NFL holding opponents
  to 97.0 yards per game on the ground.                       MICHAEL TURNER
                                                              RB Michael Turner broke the franchise re-
                                                              cord for career rushing touchdowns when
     OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK                             he punched in a one-yard touchdown on a
                                                              fourth-and-goal play in Atlanta’s Week 17
QB MATT RYAN                                                  win over Tampa Bay. The touchdown was
Ryan completed 22 of 38 passes for 320 yards and tied         Turner’s 49th score as a Falcon and topped
a career-high with four touchdown passes in the Falcons       RB Gerald Riggs’ record of 48 set between
Week 14 win over Carolina. He tossed three touchdowns         1982 and 1988.
in the second half and led the Falcons to 24 un-
answered points in the final 30 minutes to record              • Turner added an 81-yard            TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS
the fourth-largest comeback in team history (16                 touchdown later in the game
points).                                                                                           Player             TDs
                                                                to give him 50 touchdowns          Terance Mathis      57
                                                                as a Falcon. Turner is just the    Andre Rison         56
• The award was Ryan’s second Player of the Week selec-         third player in franchise histo-
  tion of his career. He also won the award in Week 9 of                                           Michael Turner      50
                                                                ry to post 50-or-more overall      *Falcons History
  the 2008 season.                                              touchdowns.


                    FOUR IN A ROW                                               MAKE IT A DOZEN

               WR Roddy White finished the season                              All-Pro Bowl TE Tony Gonzalez was
               with 100 catches for 1,296 yards and eight                     named to his 12th Pro Bowl after posting
               touchdowns. He led the NFC in receptions                       80 catches for 875 yards and seven touch-
               for the second straight season and became                      downs last season. He became the NFL’s
               just the eighth player in NFL history to re-                   second all-time leading receiver with his
               cord five consecutive seasons with at least                     1,149 career receptions and ranks 11th in
               80 catches and 1,000 yards.                                    League annals with 13,338 receiving yards.
                   WHITE IN 2011                                               GONZALEZ IN 2011
                Rec. Yds. Avg. TDs                                            Rec. Yds. Avg. TDs
                100 1,296 12.9  8                                              80 875 10.9 7
                                                                  STARTING LINEUP
                                                 PROBABLE STARTERS

                         OFFENSE                                                           DEFENSE
WR Roddy White - Set a new franchise record with 7,374 ca-        RE John Abraham - Posted 9.5 sacks and forced four fumbles
reer receiving yards after catching 100 passes for 1,296 yards.   in 2012, including a season-high 3.5 sacks and two forced
He also became the eighth player in NFL history to record five     fumbles against Jacksonville (12/5). Ran his career sack total
straight seasons with at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards.        to 112.0, which ranks 16th in NFL history.

LT Will Svitek - Started 10 games and blocked for QB Matt DT Jonathan Babineaux - Notched 25 tackles (14 solo) with
Ryan who set a franchise single-season record with 4,177 one sack in 2011.
yards.
                                                                 DT Corey Peters - Recovered a fumble and returned it 13 yards
LG Justin Blalock - Started at left guard, blocked for a Falcons for his first career touchdown against Jacksonville (12/15).
rushing attack that notched a season-high 251 yards and 6.6
yards per carry vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).                             LE Ray Edwards - Recorded 33 tackles (24 solo) with 3.5 sacks
                                                                 and two fumble recoveries in his first season in Atlanta.
C Todd McClure – Part of an offensive line that allowed QB
Matt Ryan to throw for a franchise record 4,177 yards in 2011. OLB Sean Weatherspoon - Had a breakout season in 2011
                                                                 with a career-high 127 tackles (86 solo) with four sacks, one
RG Joe Hawley - Made his first career start at right guard and fumble recovery and eight passes defensed.
helped pave the way for a rushing atttack that produced 163
yards on the ground at Indianapolis (11/6).                      MLB Curtis Lofton - Scored his first career touchdown when
                                                                 he intercepted QB Josh Freeman and returned it 26 yards for a
RT Tyson Clabo - Part of an offensive line that helped pro- touchdown vs. Tampa Bay (1/1). Posted double digit tackles 10
duce a season-high 481 yards of total offense vs. New Orleans times in 2011, leading the team with a career-high 167 tackles
(11/13).                                                         (101 solo).

TE Tony Gonzalez - Was named to his 12th Pro Bowl after OLB Stephen Nicholas - Totaled 28 tackles in 2011, including
catching 80 passes for 875 yards with seven touchdowns. Be- a key stop on special teams against Philadelphia (9/18) drag-
came the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver with his 1,149 ging down WR DeSean Jackson on a late game punt return.
career receptions.
                                                               RCB Dunta Robinson - Posted 58 tackles (46 solo) with two
WR Julio Jones - Posted six touchdowns in the final four interceptions and nine passes defensed in his second season
games of the regular season and set a franchise record with with the Falcons.
eight touchdown receptions as a rookie.
                                                               LCB Brent Grimes - Collared 44 tackles (36 solo) with one in-
QB Matt Ryan - Set a franchise record, throwing for 4,177 terception, one forced fumble and 14 passes defensed in 2011.
yards last season. Also set career highs with 29 touchdowns
and a 92.2 passer rating.                                      S William Moore - Recorded 62 tackles (37 solo) with one half
                                                               sack, two interceptions and nine passes defensed in 2011.
RB Michael Turner - Ran for a season-high 172 yards on 17
carries with two touchdowns vs. Tampa Bay (1/1). Broke Ger- S Thomas DeCoud - Picked off four passes last season, includ-
ald Riggs’ franchise record for career rushing touchdowns with ing three which came in the endzone, at Tampa Bay (9/25), at
50.                                                            Seattle (10/2), and vs. Carolina (10/16). Posted double-digit
                                                               tackles four times and ranked third on the team with
FB Mike Cox - Saw action at fullback, blocking for a rushing
attack that totaled 251 yards vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).


                                               HOMEGROWN STARTERS

14 of the Falcons 22 starters were either drafted or signed by the team as a rookie free agent - shown in bold

                                            S William Moore             S Thomas DeCoud
                                               ‘09 Draft                    ‘08 Draft
    CB Brent Grimes                                                                                        CB Dunta Robinson
     ‘06 Rookie FA                                                                                        ‘10 Free Agent (Hou)
                          LB Sean Weatherspoon         LB Curtis Lofton        LB Stephen Nicholas
                                 ‘10 Draft                ‘08 Draft                  ‘07 Draft
                DE John Abraham        DT Jonathan Babineaux        DT Corey Peters            DE Ray Edwards
                 ‘06 Trade (NYJ)             ‘05 Draft                  ‘10 Draft           ‘11 Free Agent (Min)

TE Tony Gonzalez LT Will Svitek LG Justin Blalock         C Todd McClure    RG Joe Hawley          RT Tyson Clabo
‘09 Trade (KC) ‘09 Free Agent (KC) ‘07 Draft                  ‘99 Draft        ‘10 Draft           ‘05 Free Agent
  WR Julio Jones                                           QB Matt Ryan                                       WR Roddy White
     ‘11 Draft                                                ‘08 Draft                                           ‘05 Draft
                                                            FB Mike Cox
                                                           ‘11 Free Agent
                                                         RB Michael Turner
                                                        ‘08 Free Agent (SD)
                               OUTSTANDING OWNERSHIP
           MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN                                              BLANK’S COMMITMENT

Since acquiring the Falcons in 2002,                             At the start of his tenure, Blank made a three-point com-
Owner & Chairman Arthur M. Blank                                 mitment to Falcons fans which he maintains today as the
has raised the bar and level of expec-                           leader of the franchise.
tations for the Falcons in constructing
a talented and creative team to lead                             Put a perennially-winning product on the field.
his club both on and off the field. In                                             Under Blank, the Falcons have earned
2008, Blank looked to a rookie trio to                                            four postseason berths, including a trip
help rebuild his franchise hiring Patriots                                        to the NFC Championship Game in 2004.
Director of College Scouting Thomas                                               In 2010, the Falcons posted an NFC-best
Dimitroff as his new General Manager, Arthur M. Blank                             13-3 record and clinched their first NFC
Jaguars’ Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith as his Head            South title since 2004.
Coach and approving the selection of Boston College quar-
terback Matt Ryan with the third overall pick in the draft.      Provide a great game day experience.
                                                                                 The Falcons and the Georgia World Con-
In the four seasons since WINNING PCT. SINCE ‘08                                 gress Center invested $53 million into
bringing in Dimitroff, Smith Team                W-L Pct.                        enhancements inside and outside of the
and Ryan, the Falcons have New England 48-16 .750                                Georgia Dome, including new HD video
gone 43-21, which is the New Orleans 45-19 .703                                  boards, suite and club seat renovations,
fifth-best record in the NFL. Pittsburgh         45-19 .703       and red and black paint to give the Dome the look and feel
Atlanta has also posted Baltimore               44-20 .688       of the home of the Falcons.
four consecutive winning Atlanta                43-21 .672
seasons and earned back-                                         Have a winning team off the field and in the community.
to-back playoff berths for the first time in franchise history.                   One of the hallmarks of Blank’s philosophy
                                                                                 is giving back to the community. The Fal-
Under Blank, the Falcons FALCONS UNDER BLANK                                     cons’ community outreach efforts are led
have posted a 87-72-1 re- Years             W-L     Pct.                         by the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
cord and a .547 winning per- 2002-11 87-72-1 .547                                (AFYF), the largest team-funded founda-
cenage, better than the .394 1966-01 212-327-5 .394              tion in the NFL. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded
winning percentage that the                                      more than $16 million in grants to more than 700 non-
franchise posted in the 35 years prior to Blank’s purchase       profit organizations.
of the team.

                                                                                    SELLOUT CROWD
                    RECORD SETTER                                Since Blank purchased the team in 2002, the Falcons have
                                                                 sold out 78 of their last 80 home games, including 32 in-
The Atlanta Falcons hosted a world-record breaking physi-
                                                                 a-row from 2008-2011, and from 2002 to 2007, the Fal-
cal education class at the Georgia Dome in 2010.
                                                                 cons sold out 43 straight games. The incredible support
                                                                 that fans have shown the team during Blank’s tenure has
A total of 2,288 elementary and middle school-aged chil-
                                                                 helped the Falcons to a 50-30 record at the Georgia Dome
dren from across the state of Georgia who are part of the
                                                                 and Atlanta’s .625 winning percentage at home ranks tied
Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation’s Falcons Fitness Zones
                                                                 for eighth in the NFL during that time.
and the Atlanta Falcons First Down for Fitness Program
participated in the event to set a Guiness Book World Re-
cord.
                                                                                        THE SEASON

                NO PLACE LIKE DOME                               Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank was fea-
                                                                 tured on an episode of NFL Films’ The NFL
Since 2008, the Falcons have a 26-6 record at the Georgia        Season: A Biography. Episode 10 of the show,
Dome. Currently, the Falcons only trail the New England          entitled Blank’s Commitment, highlights the
Patriots and Baltimore Ravens for the NFL’s best home re-        story of the man responsible for the transfor-
cord over the last four seasons.                                 mation of the Atlanta Falcons franchise.

28 wins - New England                                            The NFL Season offers an unprecedented panoramic view
27 wins - Baltimore                                              of the NFL season from the first kickoff to the final whistle;
26 wins - Atlanta                                                the fifty-yard line to the upper deck; and the training room
25 wins - New Orleans and Green Bay                              to the board room. More information on The NFL Season
24 wins - Pittsburgh                                             and a glimpse of the Blank’s Commitment episode can be
                                                                 found online.
                                                                 http://www.nfl.com/more/theseason/episode-10
                                             GM THOMAS DIMITROFF
                 BUILDING A WINNER                                                      WINNER’S CIRCLE

               Over the course of his four seasons in At-         The Falcons have nine players on their current roster that
               lanta, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff            have played in a collegiate national championship game,
               has laid the foundation to accomplish his          and six of those nine players won a national title while in
               goal of making the Falcons a relevant and          college. Atlanta’s commitment to building a team with
               sustainable franchise. His ability to lead an      players that have come from winning programs and proven
               organization and his astute football knowl-        to be leaders is shown in the fact that of the nine Falcons
 edge garnered him Sporting News Executive of the Year for        that have played for a national title, eight were drafted or
 the second time in three seasons in 2010, after a roster         signed as free agents under Dimitroff.
 which he and his staff have carefully crafted since 2008
 produced four All-Pro players and a franchise record nine         PLAYERS REACHING NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
 Pro Bowlers.                                                     FBS/D-1A                         FCS/D-1AA
                                                                  Player (year)           School   Player (year)           School
                                                                  *^Mike Peterson (96) Florida     ^Kroy Biermann (04)Montana
 Dimitroff’s philosophy is centered on the belief that the
                                                                  *^Sam Baker (04-05)       USC    *^L. Sidbury (08) Richmond
 NFL Draft is the major building block to establish a team’s      *Justin Blalock (05)     Texas   ^S. Schillinger (08-09)Montana
 foundation for the future. This strategy, combined with his      ^D. Franks (08)      Oklahoma    * - player that won national title
 targeting of key veteran players to shore up various posi-       *^Mike Johnson (09) Alabama      ^ - player drafted or signed by Dimitroff
 tions, has been the catalyst for the Falcons emergence           *^Julio Jones (09) Alabama
 since 2008.
  2011 PROJECTED STARTERS DRAFTED BY ATLANTA
          OFFENSE                         DEFENSE
Pos. Player       How Acq.      Pos. Player        How Acq.                              DEEP DRAFTS
WR Roddy White ‘07 Draft        DT J. Babineaux     ‘05 Draft
LT Sam Baker      ‘08 Draft     DT Corey Peters ‘10 Draft         Under Dimitroff, the Falcons have
LG Justin Blalock ‘07 Draft     LB S. Weatherspoon ‘10 Draft      had a successful history of selecting
C Todd McClure ‘99 Draft        LB Curtis Lofton ‘08 Draft        players deep in the draft who be-
RG Joe Hawley ‘10 Draft         LB Stephen Nicholas ‘07 Draft     came key contributors to the team.
WR Julio Jones     ‘11 Draft    S Thomas DeCoud ‘08 Draft         In the last four drafts, Atlanta has
QB Matt Ryan      ‘08 Draft     S William Moore ‘09 Draft         selected six players in the second
                                Bold names drafted by Dimitroff
                                                                  round or later that have gone on to
                                                                  become starters.

                 BUILDING A WINNER                                Second Round:
                                                                  2009 - S William Moore*                    S William Moore, a second
 In three seasons as the Falcons General Manager, Thomas          2008 - LB Curtis Lofton*                   round selec on, ed for the
 Dimitroff re-worked the roster to feature 19 new start-                                                     team lead with five intercep-
 ers from the 2007 campaign. With the Draft being a key                                                       ons in 2010.
                                                                  Third Round:
 to his philosophy, it comes as no surprise that 24 of the        2010 - DT Corey Peters*
 31 players Dimitroff selected between 2008-10 have               2009 - CB Christopher Owens
 seen game action and 16 have started games. In all,              2008 - CB Chevis Jackson
 27 rookies have been active on game day since 2008.              2008 - WR Harry Douglas
                                                                  2008 - S Thomas DeCoud*
        FALCONS ROSTER BUILT THROUGH THE DRAFT
  2011                       2008
                                                                  Fourth Round:
  Players            Round Players                 Round
                                                                  2010 - C Joe Hawley*
  *Julio Jones          1st *QB Matt Ryan                1st
                                                                  2009 - DE Lawrence Sidbury
  Akeem Dent           3rd *LT Sam Baker                 1st
  Jacquizz Rodgers     5th *LB Curtis Lofton           2nd
                                                                  Fifth Round:                               DT Corey Peters, a third-
  Matt Bosher          6th *WR Harry Douglas 3rd
                                                                  2010 - CB Dominique Franks                 round dra selec on in 2010,
  Cliff Matthews       7th *S Thomas DeCoud 3rd                                                              started 15 games as a rookie.
                                                                  2009 - T Garrett Reynolds
  2010                       *DE Kroy Biermann          5th
                                                                  2008 - DE Kroy Biermann
  *Sean Weatherspoon 1st 2007
  *Corey Peters        3rd *G Justin Blalock           2nd
                                                                  Sixth Round:
  Mike Johnson         3rd *LB Stephen Nicholas 4th
                                                                  2010 - S Shann Schillinger
  *Joe Hawley          4th 2005
                                                                  2009 - LB Spencer Adkins
  *Dominique Franks    5th *WR Roddy White               1st
  Shann Schillinger    6th *DT J. Babineaux            2nd
                                                                  Seventh Round:
  2009                       1999
                                                                  2011 - DE Cliff Matthews
  *DT Peria Jerry       1st *C Todd McClure             7th
                                                                  2011 - OL Andrew Jackson
  *S William Moore     2nd *Denotes player that has started
                             at least one game.                   2009 - DT Vance Walker
  *CB Chris Owens      3rd
                                                                  2008 - TE Keith Zinger
  DE Lawrence Sidbury 4th
  *T Garrett Reynolds 5th
                                                                  * - Regular Starter
  LB Spencer Adkins    6th
  *DT Vance Walker     7th
                                                       HEAD COACH MIKE SMITH
               ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS                                                                          IMPRESSIVE RESUME

Since being named the 14th head coach in Falcons history                                         Since 2008, Smith has racked up an impressive list of ac-
in 2008, Smith has recorded four consecutive winning sea-                                        complishments and accolades while leading the Falcons to
sons, back-to-back playoff berths – both firsts for the club                                      four consecutive winning seasons and three playoff berths.
– and a collective 43-21 record, easily the best four-year
coaching mark in franchise history.                                                              Smith’s Accomplishments
                                                                                                 • Sporting News Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010.
Smith’s impressive track over his first four seasons as a                                         • KC 101 Club NFC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010.
head coach is not only the best in Falcons annals, but ranks                                     • Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year in 2008.
among the best four seasons of any first-time head coach                                          • .672 winning percentage - highest in club history through
in NFL history. Smith ranks tied for fourth in League history                                    four seasons.
in terms of first time coaching records.                                                          • 43 wins - most wins in first four seasons by a Falcons
                                                                                                 coach.
                WINS IN FIRST FOUR SEASONS
                                                                                                 • Second best home record in NFL history in his first three
         Coach              Team         Yrs    W-L
                                                                                                 seasons as a head coach.
         George Seifert San Francisco ‘89-92 52-12
                                                                                                 • Second most wins in team history in a single season (13).
         Chuck Knox       LA Rams      ‘73-76 44-11-1
                                                                                                 • Under coach Smith, the Falcons are the only NFC team
         John Harbaugh* Baltimore      ‘08-11 44-20
                                                                                                 to post winning records in each of the last four seasons
         Mike Smith*       Atlanta     ‘08-11 43-21
                                                                                                 (2008-11).
         Bill Cowher     Pittsburgh ‘92-95 43-21
         Mike Martz       St. Louis   ‘00-03 43-21
         Mike Sherman Green Bay ‘00-03 43-21                                                               START FAST, FINSH STRONG
         Mike Tomlin     Pittsburgh ‘07-10 43-21
         *Currently in fourth season                                                             Starting fast and finishing POINTS ON 1ST OFFENSIVE
                                                                                                 strong has been a staple of         POSSESSION, 2008-11
                                                                                                 Smith’s teams during his Team                    Pts Avg/G
                 Smith’s Record When...                                                          time in Atlanta. This zoom Atlanta               173      2.7
                                                                                                 focus has seen the Falcons New Orleans 171                2.7
                       REGULAR
                      (REGULAR SEASON ONLY
                                      ONLY)                                                      post a 34-9 record in games New England 163               2.5
                                                                                                 where they score first. At- Miami                 161      2.5
Overall Record ................................................................. 43-21           lanta also owns a 33-1 mark Philadelphia 159              2.5
vs. the NFC ........................................................................ 30-17       in games where the Birds
                                                                                                 hold the lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Since 2008,
vs. the AFC ........................................................................... 13-4
                                                                                                 the Falcons lead the League in points scored on their first
vs. the NFC South .............................................................14-10             offensive possession. Atlanta has totaled 173 points in 64
Home .................................................................................... 26-6   games, including 51 points in 2011.
Away.....................................................................................17-15
Day Games (1 p.m. ET) .................................................. 30-14                   While the Falcons have been TWO-MINUTE OFFENSE
                                                                                                 one of the fastest starting              SINCE 2008
Afternoon Games (4 p.m. ET) ........................................10-3                         teams in the NFL over the last Team             Pos. Pts.
Night Games (8 p.m. ET) .................................................. 4-4                   three seasons, they have also Philadelphia 97 109
Indoors ................................................................................ 30-11   been among the League’s best New Orleans 74 105
Outdoors............................................................................. 13-10      in closing out the first half and Indianapolis 80 104
                                                                                                 the game. Since 2008, the Fal- NY Giants         89    93
Atlanta scores first............................................................34-9
                                                                                                 cons rank sixth in the NFL with Tampa Bay        81    81
Atlanta leads at halftime ................................................. 36-2                 80 points on 77 possessions in Atlanta           77   80
Atlanta leads going into the 4th Qtr. ............................ 33-1                          the final two minutes of either
Atlanta leads in time of possession ............................... 31-7                         half, including 19 points in 24 possessions in two-minute
Gains 300+ yards............................................................ 34-12               situations in 2011.
Holds opponent under 300 yards ...................................19-1
                                                                                                 Despite struggling in two-min- TWO-MINUTE DEFENSE
Atlanta has a 300-yard passer .........................................5-6                       ute situations in 2008, the Fal-        SINCE 2009
Atlanta has a 100-yard rusher ........................................ 14-3                      cons defense has been impres- Team              Pos. Pts.
Atlanta has a 100-yard receiver ....................................17-10                        sive in closing out halves and St. Louis         54    16
                                                                                                 games in the last three seasons. Atlanta         53    17
Atlanta wins the turnover battle ................................... 28-2
                                                                                                 The Birds rank second in the Kansas City 56            29
Atlanta is penalized five or fewer times .....................29-13                               League, allowing just 17 points Green Bay        51    30
                                                                                                 in 53 possessions, beginning in Two teams tied with 32
                                       LOCK IT UP                                                the final two minutes of either
                                                                                                 half during that time span. In 2011, Atlanta allowed just
As Head Coach of the Fal-                               NFC POINTS ALLOWED                       three points inside two minutes. The three points allowed
cons, Mike Smith has led one                                 SINCE 2008                          in Week 11 were the first points the Birds allowed since
of the top teams in the NFC in                       Team                            Pts/G       Week 13 of 2010 in two minute situations.
terms of points allowed and                          San Francisco                     19.3
point differential. In 2011, the                     Green Bay                         19.9
Falcons outscored opponents                          Atlanta                           20.1
402-350.
                                                                                        WING TIPS
               MOVING THE CHAINS                                             2011 NFL RANKINGS

In 2011, the Falcons were                                     Offensive Rankings - 2011 week by week
                               NFC 3RD CONVERSIONS
among the NFC’s best                                                               Total Rush Pass NFC               NFL
                              Team         Att. Conv. Eff.    Week 1 (after Chi.) 386.0 110.0 276.0 8-5-8          9-10-10
teams in terms of third-      New Orleans 208 118 56.7
down conversions. Atlanta                                     Week 2 (after Phi.) 352.0 124.0 228.0 9-4-12         17-10-21
                              Green Bay 189 91 48.1           Week 3 (after TB) 343.0 92.7 250.3 9-9-9            19-19-18
converted 44.2 percent        Atlanta      224 99 44.2
of its third downs, which                                     Week 4 (after Sea.) 360.3 99.8 260.5 7-7-7           12-19-11
                              Philadelphia 205 85 41.5        Week 5 (after GB.) 338.4 98.8 239.6 10-11-8         19-23-14
ranked sixth in the NFL and   Carolina     185 75 40.5
third in the NFC.                                             Week 6 (after Car.) 336.2 110.0 226.2 11-6-11       20-16-20
                                                              Week 7 (after Det.) 335.0 112.7 222.3 10-13-11       17-17-18
The Falcons were successful in           FIRST DOWNS          Week 8 (after BYE) 335.0 112.7 222.3 10-13-11        17-17-18
moving the chains, notching 349                               Week 9 (after Ind.) 347.1 119.0 228.1 8-8-10        14-13t-17
                                      Team       1st Downs
first downs, including 100 on the                              Week 10 (after NO) 362.0 121.1 240.9 7-6-8           12-12-12
                                      New Orleans      416
ground, 215 through the air and                               Week 11 (after Ten.) 369.0 120.6 248.4 7-6-7         12-11-10
                                      New England      399
34 by penalty. The Birds’ 21.8 first                           Week 12 (after Min.)365.9 117.7 248.2 8-8-8          13-14-11
                                      San Diego        359
downs per game ranked tied for                                Week 13 (after Hou.)363.5 113.8 249.8 8-8-8          13-16-11
                                      Philadelphia     356
sixth in the NFL in 2011.                                     Week 14 (after Car.) 365.8 111.6 254.2 8-8-7        13-18-10
                                      Green Bay        353
                                                              Week 15 (after Jax.) 366.4 110.6 255.8 8-8-6         13-18-9
                                      Atlanta          349
                                                              Week 16 (after NO) 373.2 105.5 267.7 8-8-8           10-20-7
                                      Detroit          349
                                                              Week 17 (after TB) 376.6 114.6 262.0 7-7-6           10-17-8

                                                              Defensive Rankings - 2011 week by week
                   SUNDAY DRIVES                                                   Total Rush Pass NFC         NFL
Since 2008, the Falcons have                                  Week 1 (after Chi.) 377.0 88.0 289.0 8-10-9 17-15-20
                                     SCORING DRIVES           Week 2 (after Phi.) 412.0 110.5 301.5 13-10-14 27-18-27
employed a methodical offense Team             Score TOP
that works its way down the Pittsburgh                        Week 3 (after TB) 373.0 112.0 261.0 11-10-10 22-20-22
                                                57 4:12       Week 4 (after Sea.) 372.8 97.3 275.5 12-7-11 21t-10-24t
field with a mix of the run and Kansas City 42 4:07
passing game. Last season, At- San Diego                      Week 5 (after GB) 383.4 89.2 294.2 14-6-15 24-8-28
                                                71 4:01       Week 6 (after Car.) 380.8 98.0 282.8 12-6-15 22-8-27
lanta continued that trend and Jacksonville 44 3:59
ranksed among the NFL’s lead- Atlanta                         Week 7 (after Det.) 364.0 98.4 265.6 10-4-11 20-7-23
                                                70 3:54       Week 8 (after BYE) 364.0 98.4 265.6 10-4-11 20-7-23
ers in average length of scoring
drives. In 2011, the Falcons wore down opposing defenses      Week 9 (after Ind.) 341.8 96.5 245.3 6-3-10 14-7-19
with long drives posting an average of 8.07 plays and 3:54    Week 10 (after NO) 344.1 90.3 253.8 6-2-10 14-3t-23
per scoring drive.                                            Week 11 (after Ten.) 339.5 85.4 254.1 7-2-11 15-2-26
                                                              Week 12 (after Min.)329.2 83.5 245.7 2-2-9 9-2-23
                                                              Week 13 (after Hou.)329.8 90.0 239.8 3-2-9 10-3-21
                                                              Week 14 (after Car.) 336.5 95.2 241.3 4-2-8 13-5-22
             IT’S ALL ABOUT POINTS
                                                              Week 15 (after Jax.) 327.2 96.6 230.6 3-2-6 9-4-17
Since 2008, the Falcons have been among the top teams         Week 16 (after NO) 336.3 101.1 235.1 4-4-8 12-8-19
in the NFC in both scoring offense and scoring defense. At-   Week 17 (after TB) 333.6 97.0 236.6 4-3-7 12-6-20
lanta is averaging 24.5 points per game on offense over the
last four seasons, while allowing just 20.1 points per game
                                                                                       SHORT FIELD
on defense during that span.
          2008-11 NFC SCORING BREAKDOWN                        Last season, the Falcons were        1st & GOAL INSIDE FIVE
      Scoring Offense         Scoring Defense                  one of the best teams in the
                                                                                                   Team        Drives TDs
      Team         Pts./G     Team          Pts./G             League in terms of converting
                                                                                                   New England 26      21
      New Orleans     29.8    San Francisco    19.3            goal-line situations into points
                                                                                                   Atlanta      22     19
      Green Bay       28.6    Green Bay        19.9            The Falcons scored 19 touch-
                                                                                                   New Orleans 21      17
      Philadelphia    26.3    Atlanta         20.1             downs on 22 drives in goal-to-go
                                                                                                   Detroit       17    15
      NY Giants       25.3    Philadelphia    20.8             situations from inside the oppo-
                                                                                                   NY Jets       15    15
      Atlanta         24.5    Chicago           21.1           nents five-yard line.
                                                                                                   Philadelphia 23     15
                                                               • Atlanta also ranked second with 21 scores in goal-to-go
                     CLOSE SHAVE                                 inside the five situations.

Since 2008, the Falcons have          CLOSE GAMES
been one of the best teams in Team             W-L Pct.
                                                                             ACTIVE STREAKS
the NFL in games decided by Atlanta           22-10 .688
eight points or less. During that NY Giants 18-9 .667          Games with a reception:         1,000-yard seasons:
span, Atlanta has posted a 9-6 Indianapolis 22-12 .647         179 - Tony Gonzalez^            5 - Roddy White
record in 15 games determined Pittsburgh 23-13 .639            84 - Roddy White
by a field goal or less, including New England 15-10 .600       ^Longest active streak in NFL   60+ catch seasons:
a two-point win over the Seattle                                                               13 - Tony Gonzalez*
Seahawks in Week 4. Over the last four seasons, Atlanta        Games with a TD pass:           5 - Roddy White
leads the League with a .688 winning percentage in games       15 - Matt Ryan
                                                                                               * - NFL Record
decided by eight points or less.
                     OFFENSIVE NEWS AND NOTES
                    THE LONG HAUL                                                  QUICK STARTER

The Falcons offense has 10-PLAY DRIVES, SINCE 2008              On day one of the 2011        ROOKIE RECEIVING TDs
thrived on ball control Team          Pos. 10 Play TDs          NFL Draft, the Falcons Player              Rec. Yards TD
in the last four seasons. Atlanta     709 139        62         traded up from the 27th Julio Jones         54 959 8
Since 2008, Atlanta Indianapolis 689 133              61        spot to sixth overall to A.J. Green         65 1,057 7
leads the League with 62 New Orleans 725 130         55         select Alabama wide Torrey Smith 50                841 7
touchdowns on drives                                            receiver Julio Jones. In Titus Young        48 607 6
lasting 10 plays or more. 10-PLAY DRIVE BREAKDOWN               13 games, Jones made a Denarius Moore 33           618 5
Atlanta has also been Team            10 Play Scr. Eff.         lasting impression rank-
one of the League’s most Atlanta        139     115 .83         ing second among rookies with 959 yards on 54 catches
efficient teams when it Miami            116      96 .83         and leading all first-year receivers with eight touchdowns
comes to getting points Houston         110      90 .82         despite missing three games.
out of its long drives. New Orleans 130         106 .82
Since 2008, the Falcons lead the NFL with 115 scores and        • Jones posted back-to-back 100-yard games at Tampa
have posted an 83 percent scoring efficiency on drives of          Bay in Week 3 and at Seattle in Week 4. He is the first
10 plays or longer.                                               Falcons rookie since Alfred Jenkins in 1975 to accom-
                                                                  plish that feat and the first NFL rookie to do so since
In 2011, the Falcons           2011 10-PLAY DRIVES                DeSean Jackson in 2008.
ranked second in the Team                   10 Play Pts.
League with 133 points New Orleans             38   154         • Jones became the first Falcons rookie to record 11 re-
on 33 drives lasting 10 Atlanta                33   133           ceptions in a game when he posted 11 catches for 127
plays or more. Atlanta New England             28   132           yards at Seattle in Week 4. The last NFL rookie to post
scored 13 touchdowns Baltimore                 32   130           11-or-more catches in a game was Denver’s Eddie Royal
which ranked tied for Green Bay                23   126           in 2008.
fifth in the NFL and add-
ed 14 field goals on 10 play drives last season.                 Jones posted the best             ROOKIE RECORDS
                                                                season by a Falcons rook- Player         Rec. Yards TD
The Falcons ranked            FIVE MINUTE SCORING               ie receiver after notching Julio Jones    54 959 8
among the NFL leaders Team             Drives Score Pts.        54 receptions for 959 Alfred Jenkins 38          767 6
in five-minute drives Atlanta             29     25 131          yards and eight touch- Ken Burrow         33      741 6
with 29 possessions Pittsburgh           32     24 120          downs. He recorded more Jim Mitchell      22     339 4
lasting five minutes or San Diego         28     20     115      yards and touchdowns Falcons History
longer and Atlanta’s 25 Green Bay        21     20     112      than any Falcons rookie
scores and 131 points New Orleans 25            20 100          before him and only Shawn Collins caught more passes in
on such drives lead the                                         his first season when he pulled down 58 balls in 1989.
NFL. In a Week 15 win over the Jaguars, the Falcons scored
10 points on drives lasting more than five minutes each.
                                                                                  TRIPLE TROUBLE

                                                                                                  In 2011, the Falcons of-
                       SEEING RED
                                                                                                  fense was once again
Putting points on the board                                                                       led by the three-pronged
                                 RED ZONE SCORING
when in the red zone is vi- Team                                                                  attack of QB Matt
                                            Pos. Scr. Eff.                                        Ryan under center, RB
tal to a team’s success. In Green Bay        66 62 93.9
2011, the Falcons scored Detroit                                                                  Michael Turner in the
                                             58 54 93.1         backfield and WR Roddy White down the field. Ryan set
280 points in the red zone, San Francisco 54 50 92.6
including 31 touchdowns in Chicago                              a franchise record with 4,177 passing yards, while Turner
                                             38 34 89.5         rushed for over 1,300 yards for the second straight season
59 trips inside the 20 yard Atlanta          59 52 88.1
line. Atlanta came away                                         and White logged over 1,000 receiving yards for the fifth
with points 52 times in those 54 trips. The Birds’ 88.1 scor-   straight season.
ing percentage inside the red area ranked eighth in the NFL                    3K PASSER - 1K RUSHER - 1K
and fifth in the NFC last season.                                      Year           QB           RB        WR
                                                                      2011        M. Ryan M. Turner R. White
                       CLOCKING IN                                    2010        M. Ryan M. Turner R. White
                                                                      2008        M. Ryan M. Turner R. White
As a result of its long drives and                                    1998      C. Chandler J. Anderson T. Martin
                                       POSSESSION AVG.                1995       J. George C. Heyward E. Metcalf
balanced attack, Atlanta ranked       Team            TOP             1981      S. Bartkowski W. Andrews A. Jenkins
third in the NFL in average time      Houston        32:41            1980      S. Bartkowski W. Andrews A. Jenkins
of possession in 2011. The Falcons    Pittsburgh    32:33
chewed up 32:05 per game, includ-     Atlanta       32:05       2011 marked the seventh time in franchise history that the
ing an impressive 36:59 in a Week     San Francisco 32:02       Birds posted the 3k-1k-1k trifecta. Ryan, Turner and White
11 win over Tennessee at the Geor-    New Orleans 31:46         are the first trio to accomplish the feat three different
gia Dome.                                                       times. Ryan’s 4,177 passing yards, marked only the second
                                                                time in club history the team has had a 4,000 yard passer,
                                                                1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 receiver. Atlanta also accom-
                                                                plished the feat in 1995.
                   DEFENSIVE NEWS AND NOTES
              RED ZONE SHUTDOWN                                              HITTING THE WALL

In 2011, Atlanta was one of the RED ZONE DEFENSE            Over the last two seasons, Atlanta        RUN DEFENSE
League’s top defenses with its Team         Scores Eff.     has been one of the League’s best Team              Yds/G
back against the wall in the Baltimore         31 73.8      teams in terms of limiting oppo- San Francisco        77.3
red zone. The Falcons held op- Atlanta         37 78.7      nent’s ability to effectively run the Baltimore       92.6
ponents to an 78.7 scoring Philadelphia 37 78.7             ball. In 2011, the Birds held op- Miami               95.6
percentage inside the red area, NY Giants 49 80.3           ponents to 97.0 rushing yards per Houston             96.0
allowing 22 touchdowns and 15 Chicago          45 80.4      game, which ranked sixth in the Chicago               96.4
field goals on 47 drives inside                              League. Atlanta held eight of its 16 Atlanta          97.0
the 20. Atlanta also held opponents to a 46.8 touchdown     opponents to under 100 rushing
efficiency in the red zone, which ranked eighth in the       yards, including four of its last eight games. The defense
League. Additionally, the Falcons led the NFL with seven    allowed a an individual 100-yard rusher just three times in
red zone takeaways.                                         the last 19 games.

                                                            Last season, the Falcons NFC OPP. 4+ YARD RUNS
                    SACK ATTACK                             were one of the League’s Team              Runs 4+ Pct.
                                                            best teams in terms of lim- Chicago         384 146 38.0
In 2011, the Falcons posted 33 sacks,                       iting opponents successful San Francisco 353 136 38.5
including a season-high five at Chi-                         rushes by holding them to Seattle           473 187 39.5
cago and vs. Jacksonville. DE John                          less than four yards per car- Atlanta       372 151 40.6
Abraham led the team with 9.5                               ry. Opponents averaged 4.1
sacks. DE Lawrence Sidbury and LB                           yards per carry against the Falcons defense. Additionally,
Sean Weatherspoon each had four sacks. While DE Ray         the Birds allowed just 40.6 percent of runs to gain four-or-
Edwards had 3.5 sacks and DT Corey Peters notched three     more yards, which ranked ninth in the League and fourth in
sacks.                                                      the NFC in 2011. Atlanta’s defense also stopped opponents
                                                            in the backfield 41 times.
• Atlanta sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers four times
  in a Week 5 loss and brought down Panthers rookie QB
  Cam Newton twice in a Week 6 win. The Falcons fol-                          TURNING IT OVER
  lowed that up with three sacks of Lions QB Matthew
                                                            The Falcons caused at least one
  Stafford in a Week 7 win.
                                                            turnover in 27 consecutive games
                                                            between 2010 and 2011, which was
• DE Lawrence Sidbury had a career-day
                                                            the longest active streak in the NFL
  posting two sacks vs. Minn to double
                                                            and the longest streak since Chicago
  his total for the season. He pulled
                                                            posted 25 straight games with a take-
  down Ponder twice in the third quarter
                                                            away between 2007 and 2008. In a Week 15 win over
  and added a pair of tackles. His four
                                                            Jacksonville, the Falcons defense forced a season-high
  sacks last season were a career-high.
                                                            four turnovers. Atlanta’s defense forced 29 takeaways in
                                                            2011 and recorded at least one takeaway in 33 of its last
• Atlanta notched three sacks at Houston in Week 13, in-
                                                            35 games.
  cluding a strip sack by DT Vance Walker. DE John Abra-
  ham and LB Curtis Lofton also dragged down Texans QB
                                                            • LB Curtis Lofton recorded his first ca-
  T.J. Yates.
                                                              reer touchdown when he intercepted
                                                              a pass and returned it 26 yards for a
• LB Sean Weatherspoon and DE Ray
                                                              touchdown in a Week 17 win over the
  Edwards each sacked Panthers QB
                                                              Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  Cam Newton in Atlanta’s 31-23 win at
  Carolina in Week 14. Two of Edwards
                                                            • Atlanta forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass
  three sacks this season came against
                                                              in a Week 15 win over Jacksonville. DE John Abraham
  the Panthers.
                                                              recorded two fumbles on sacks, one of which was re-
                                                              turned 13 yards by DT Corey Peters for a touchdown. S
• DE John Abraham had one of his best games as a Fal-
                                                              Thomas DeCoud also intercepted a pass and LB Sean
  con against Jacksonville, sacking QB Blaine Gabbert 3.5
                                                              Weatherspoon recovered a muffed punt.
  times and forcing two fumbles.
                                                            • CB Dunta Robinson intercepted his first pass of the sea-
            SCOREBOARD WATCHING                               son and his second as a Falcon in Atlanta’s Week 11 win
                                                              over Tenneesee. He returned the pick 14 yards to help
Last season, Atlanta held opponents FIRST POSSESSIONS         set up a 19-yard field goal by K Matt Bryant.
under 20 points eight times, includ- Team         Pts.
ing seven of the last 11 games. One Baltimore               • With the Eagles at the Falcons four-yard line, DT Peria
                                                     7
of the keys to the Falcons ablity to Houston                  Jerry forced QB Michael Vick to fumble, DE Ray Ed-
                                                    14
limit opponents scoring was their Atlanta                     wards picked up the loose ball and returned it 64 yards
                                                    16
success on teams’ first offensive Miami                        to the Philadelphia 24. It was the first forced fumble
                                                    16
possessions. The Falcons surren- Arizona                      of Jerry’s career and the third fumble recovery for Ed-
                                                    17
dered 16 points on opponents’ first                            wards.
offensive possessions in 2011. In Week 16, New Orleans
became the first team to score a touchdown on its first
possession against the Falcons in 16 games dating back
to 2010.
                                           SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
                PINNING THEM DEEP

Special teams play an integral       DRIVES INSIDE 20
role in putting the offense and Team           Pos. In 20
defense in position to have suc- Atlanta        180     62
cess. In 2011, rookie P Matt NY Jets            208     60
Bosher pinned opponents inside Cincinnati 200           58
their own 20-yard line 27 times, Arizona        204     55
which was tied for 10th in the New England 181          55
NFL. Falcons opponents started
62 of their 180 offensive possessions inside their own 20-
yard line, which led the League.

In 2011, the Falcons punt cover-    PUNT RETURN AVG
age unit was the League’s best Team          Ret. Avg.
holding opponents to just 4.8 Atlanta              4.8
yards per punt return. Bosher Chicago                         Pro Bowl Specialist Eric Weems became the first Falcon to record both a
                                                   5.4        kickoff and punt return for a touchdown in 2010.
punted 70 times this season Philadelphia           5.7
with only 31 of those punts being Tennessee         6.1
returned. Atlanta only allowed New Orleans         6.2                             GOING STREAKING
150 total punt return yards,
which ranked among the League leaders.                         K Matt Bryant connected on three field
                                                               goals from 23, 47 and 40-yards in Atlan-
The Falcons also had suc-                                      ta’s Week 7 win at Detroit setting a new
                                KICKOFF RETURNS
cess limiting opponents Team                                   franchise record with 27 consecutive made
                                         KOs KRs In 20         field goals dating back to 2010. In 2011,
on kickoff returns. Atlan- New England 104 60         30
ta’s kickoff coverage team Atlanta                             he made 27 of 29 field goal attempts and
                                          88 60       28       increased his franchise record of consecutive made kicks
held its opponents to an NY Jets          81 61       26
average drive start of the Cincinnati                          to 30 before missing a 41 yarder against New Orleans in
                                          80 44       23       Week 9.
22.5-yard line after kick- Arizona        74 52       22
offs. The Falcons pinned
opponents inside their own 20-yard line 28 times on kick-      Bryant’s string of 30 straight kicks is the longest streak
offs last season which ranked among the NFL leaders.           in team history. He passed Norm Johnson, who hit 26
                                                               straight from 1992-1993.


                          LEG UP                                                 PINPOINT ACCURACY

                                                               In 2011, Matt Bryant hit FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Rookie P Matt Bosher punted 70        DRIVES INSIDE 20
                                                               27 of his 29 field goal at- Team         FGM FGA Pct.
times pinning opponents inside      Player      Punts In 20    tempts, including a string Matt Bryant 27 29 93.1
their own 20 yard line 27 times,    M. Koenen 88         30    of 14 in-a-row to start the Connor Barth 26 28 92.9
which was tied for the fourth-      M. Koenen 74         29    season. Bryant’s 93.1 field Josh Scobee 23 25 92.0
highest total in a single season    John James 101       28    goal percentage led the Rob Bironas       29 32 90.6
in team history. Bosher averaged    Matt Bosher 70       27    NFL last season. Since Alex Henery 24 27 88.9
42.7 per kick and the Falcons al-   Three others with    27    he joined the Falcons in
lowed 4.8 yards per punt return.
                                                               2009, Bryant’s 88.6 field goal percentage ranks second in
                                                               the League.
                   MAKING A DENT
                                                                                IMPRESSIVE COMPANY
Rookie LB Akeem Dent made an in-            TACKLES
stant impact on special teams in his Player         SpT        K Matt Bryant’s 93.1 field         FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
first season with the Falcons. Dent Artie Ulmer        21       goal percentage in 2011         Team       FGM FGA Pct.
notched 19 special teams tackles, Akeem Dent          19       was the third-highest           Norm Johnson 26 27 96.3
which was tied for the second-highest Jason Snelling 19        mark in team history and        Jason Elam    29 31 93.5
total in team history. Artie Ulmer’s 21 Darryl Ford   18       his 27 made field goals          Matt Bryant 26 28 92.9
stops in 2002 are the most, while Dent                         are the second most in          Falcons History
is tied with teammate RB Jason Snelling who also logged        club annals.
19 in 2008.
                                                               Last season, Bryant totaled 126               TOTAL POINTS
• Dent forced Lions kick returner Stefan                       points, which was the fourth-           Player         Year    Pts
  Logan to fumble on a kickoff return at                       highest single-season total in          Jay Feely      2002    138
  Detroit (10/23), which was recoverd                          team history. Jay Feely set a club      Jason Elam     2008    129
  by Snelling and resulted in a one-yard                       record with 138 points in 2002.         Matt Bryant    2010    128
  touchdown run by QB Matt Ryan.                               Bryant also owns the third-             Matt Bryant    2011    126
                                                               highest mark with his 128 points
                                                               in 2010.
                                                                              QB MATT RYAN
                                                                                                RARE AIR

                                                                        In his four seasons under NFL QB WINS FIRST FOUR YEARS
                                                                        center, QB Matt Ryan Player                    Years Wins
                                                                        posted a 43-19 record, Joe Flacco            2008-11 44
                                                                        which is the second best Matt Ryan          2008-11 43
                                                                        mark by a quarterback Dan Marino            1983-86 41
                                                                        in his first four seasons Otto Graham        1950-53 39
                                                                        since 1950. Only Ravens Ben Roethlisberger 2004-07 39
                                                                        QB Joe Flacco has more
                                                                        wins in his first four seasons, posting 44. In 2010, Ryan
                                                                        tied Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino for the most wins by a
                                                                        quarterback in his first three seasons with 33.

                                                                        • Ryan’s .694 winning percentage since 2008 is the fifth
                                                                          best in the NFL and the second-highest mark in the
Pro Bowl QB Matt Ryan set a frachise record for passing yards in a
                                                                          NFC.
single seasonm, throwing for 4,177 yards in 2011. He broke the record
with a 48-yard touchdown pass to WR Julio Jones in Week 17.
                                                                        • Ryan, Flacco and Marino are the only quarterbacks
                   SLINGING THE ROCK                                      since 1950 to post 40-or-more wins in their first four
                                                                          seasons.
 QB Matt Ryan set a career high with NFC TD LEADERS
 29 touchdown passes in 2011. He Player              TDs
 has thrown at least one touchdown Drew Brees                                                  MATTY ICE
                                                      147
 pass in 15 straight games, and has Aaron Rodgers      131
 found a receiver in the endzone in Eli Manning                         Quarterbacks are often         GAME-WINNING DRIVES
                                                     108                judged by their play in
 30 of his last 31 games. In Atlanta’s Matt Ryan       95                                           Date      Opponent Score
 Week 2 win over Philadelphia, Ryan Tony Romo                           tight games in the fourth   10/05/08 Green Bay 27-24
                                                       94               quarter and their ability
 set a career-high with four touch- *Since 2008                                                     10/12/08    Chicago 22-20
 down passes. He also tossed four                                       to put together game-       12/14/08 Tampa Bay* 13-10
 touchdowns against Carolina in Week 14. Ryan threw for                 winning drives late in      12/28/08   St. Louis   31-27
 three-or-more touchdowns six times in 2011 and 11 times                games. Ryan has shown       10/18/09    Chicago    21-14
 in his career.                                                         an ability to rise to the   12/20/09    NY Jets     10-7
                                                                        challenge in pressure       01/03/10 Tampa Bay 20-10
                                                                        situations by leading the   09/26/10 New Orleans* 27-24
 • Since 2008, the Falcons own a 24-5 record when Ryan
                                                                        Falcons on 16 game-win-     10/03/10 San Francisco 16-14
   throws multiple TD passes and are 40-13 when he finds
                                                                        ning drives in the fourth   10/24/10 Cincinnati 39-32
   a man in the endzone at least once. His 95 touchdowns
                                                                        quarter or overtime dur-    11/11/10   Baltimore 26-21
   since 2008 rank fourth in the NFC and sixth overall.
                                                                        ing his first four seasons   11/28/10  Green Bay 20-17
                                                                        under center in Atlanta.    12/05/10 Tampa Bay 28-24
                      FRANCHISE FIND                                                                09/18/11 Philadelphia 35-31
                                                                                                    10/16/11   Carolina    31-17
 With the third overall selection in the 2008                                                       12/11/11   Carolina    31-23
 NFL Draft, Falcons rookie general manager                                                          *denotes game winning drive in OT.
 Thomas Dimitroff and Head Coach Mike
 Smith found their franchise quarterback in                             The Pro Bowl signal caller led the Falcons on three game-
 Boston College’s Matt Ryan. Ryan immedi-                               winning drives in the fourth quarter in 2011.
 ately took over the starting job under cen-
 ter and has led the Falcons to a 43-19 record as a starter.            • In a Week 2 win over the Eagles, Ryan led the Falcons
 During his four seasons under center, Ryan has already be-               on two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to rally
 gun climbing up the Falcons all-time passing records lists.              back from a 10-point deficit.

 • Ryan’s 95 touchdown passes are              TOUCHDOWNS               • Trailing the Panthers 17-14 entering the fourth quarter,
   the second most in team history.        Player          TDs            Ryan led the Falcons to 17 points in the final frame to
   He passed Chris Chandler (87)           Steve Bartkowski 154           give Atlanta a 31-17 victory in Week 6.
   and Chris Miller (87) with his          Matt Ryan         95
   four touchdown performance at           Chris Chandler    87         • In a Week 14 win over the Panthers, Ryan threw two
   Carolina in Week 14.                    Chris Miller      87           touchdowns to WR Julio Jones to complete a 24-point
                                                                          second half comeback.

 • Ryan has completed 1,232 of                PASSING YARDS
   2,022 pass attempts for 14,238                                       FRANCHISE RECORDS
                                           Player            Yards      4,177 Most passing yards (season, 2011).
   yards, which ranks second in            Steve Bartkowski 23,470
   Falcons history. He moved past                                       571   Most passes attempted (season).
                                           Matt Ryan      14,238
   Chris Miller with his 373-yard                                       357   Most passes completed (season).
                                           Chris Miller   14,066
   showing at New Orleans in                                            88.4 Highest passer rating (career).
                                           Chris Chandler 13,268
   Week 16.                                                             60.9 Highest completion pct. (career).
                                                                        6     Most 300-yard games (season, 2011).
                                                               TE TONY GONZALEZ
                                                                                     MOVING UP THE CHARTS

                                                                        Gonzalez recorded 80 catches for 875 yards in 2011, giving
                                                                        him 13,338 career receiving yards. He passed WR Andre
                                                                        Reed for 11th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving list in
                                                                        Week 14 and he is the first tight end, and 13th player in
                                                                        NFL history, to have over 13,000 receiving yards in a ca-
                                                                        reer. The 11-time Pro Bowler is 44 yards shy of passing WR
                                                                        Torry Holt (13,382 yards) for 10th place. Gonzalez became
                                                                        the first tight end and 13th player in NFL history to record
                                                                        13,000 career receiving yards in Atlanta’s Week 11 win over
                                                                        Tennessee.

                                                                                 CAREER LEADERS, RECEIVING YARDS
                                                                              Rank Player        Seasons Rec. Yards
                                                                              10th Torry Holt       11       13,382
Pro Bowl TE Tony Gonzalez caught seven passes for 100 yards at Hous-          11th Tony Gonzalez    15       13,338
ton in Week 13, improving his NFL record for 100-yard receiving games         12th Andre Reed       16        13,198
by a tight end to 28.

                         STACKING UP                                                            RISING UP
 Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez moved into sec-                               Gonzalez caught a touchdown in six
 ond place on the NFL’s all-time receptions                             games last season, including a pair of
 list with a two-yard catch in the second-                              scores in Atlanta’s 35-31 win over Phila-
 quarter of Atlanta’s Week 7 win over the                               delphia in Week 2. He pulled down touch-
 Detroit Lions. In 2011, Gonzalez pushed his                            down catches in three straight games vs.
 total to 1,149 career receptions. In 2010,                             Philadelphia (9/18), at Tampa Bay (9/25)
 he became the first tight end in League history to record               and at Seattle (10/2). The last time he caught touchdowns
 1,000 receptions.                                                      in consecutive games was in his first two games in a Fal-
                                                                        cons uniform in 2009. He also caught TDs in three consec-
 Gonzalez holds a num-          NFL ALL-TIME RECEIVERS                  utive games, at Indianapolis (11/6), against New Orleans
 ber of NFL records at Player                      Years   Rec.         (11/13) and vs. Tennessee (11/20).
 the tight end position, Jerry Rice              1985-04 1,549
 including most career Tony Gonzalez* 1997-11 1,149                     • Since he was accquired in a trade in 2009, Gonzalez
 receiving yards, most Marvin Harrison 1996-08 1,102                      has posted 19 touchdowns, which is the fourth most by
 career receptions, most Cris Carter             1987-02 1,101            a tight end in the NFL during that time span.
 receptions in a single Tim Brown                1988-04 1,094
 season, most touch- Terrell Owens                1996-10 1,078         • Since 2009, he has notched 233 receptions, which
 down catches, most Isaac Bruce                  1994-09 1,024            ranks second in the League among tight ends behind
 100-yard        receiving *Denotes active player
                                                                          Jason Witten (267).
 games and most 1,000-
 yard seasons. He is the NFL’s second leading receiver over-
 all and his 1,149 career catches are an NFL record for tight           NFL RECORDS HELD BY GONZALEZ
 ends.                                                                  13,338 Most receiving yards by a TE
                                                                        1,149 Most receptions in a career by a TE
                                                                        102    Most receptions in a season by a TE
                        ONE OF A KIND
                                                                        95     Most touchdown receptions by a TE
 TE Tony Gonzalez continued                                             28     Most 100-yard receiving games by a TE
                                       2011 TIGHT ENDS TDs
 to shine in his 15th season                                            13     Consecutive 60+ catch seasons
                                    Player           Rec. TDs           4      Most 1,000-yard seasons by a TE
 in the NFL. He finished the         Rob Gronkowski 90      17
 regular season ranked fourth       Jimmy Graham 99         11
 with 80 catches and fifth with      Jermichael Finley 55    8                                  MILESTONES
 875 yards among tight ends.        Tony Gonzalez 80        7
 His seven touchdowns were          Antonio Gates     64     7          TE Tony Gonzalez hauled in seven 60-CATCH SEASONS
 tied for the third most among      Aaron Hernandez 79      7           passes for 100 yards at Houston in Player
 tight ends in 2011.                                                                                                         Years
                                                                        Week 13, giving him 66 receptions Tony Gonzalez* 13
                                                                        on the season and marking his Derrick Mason*              11
 • Gonzalez was named to his 12th Pro Bowl squad after                  13th consecutive season with 60- Jerry Rice
   catching 80 passses for 875 yards in 2011. Gonazlez                                                                            11
                                                                        plus receptions. Gonzalez broke * - denotes active player
   has now posted 80-or-more receptions five times and                   the NFL record for consecutive
   800-or-more yards 11 times, including two of his three               60-catch seasons in 2010. Gonzalez has posted 60-or-
   seasons with the Falcons.                                            more catches in 13 of his 15 NFL seasons.
                                                        RB MICHAEL TURNER
                                                                                           GROUND GAME

                                                                      RB Michael Turner has provided RUSHING TDs 2008-11
                                                                      the Falcons with a reliable scor- Player              TDs
                                                                      ing option in his four seasons Adrian Peterson          52
                                                                      with the team. In 59 career Michael Turner              50
                                                                      games in an Atlanta uniform, Maurice Jones-Drew 40
                                                                      Turner has tallied 50 rushing Chris Johnson             38
                                                                      touchdowns, which ranks sec- Brandon Jacobs             36
                                                                      ond in the NFL over that time
                                                                      period. In 2008, he set a franchise record with 17 rushing
                                                                      TDs and in 2010, Turner found the endzone 12 times. Only
                                                                      Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson has scored more rushing
                                                                      touchdowns in the last four seasons than Turner.

                                                                      With two touchdowns in Atlan- CAREER RUSHING TDs
Pro Bowl RB Michael Turner ran for a season-high 172 yards and two    ta’s Week 17 win vs. Tampa Bay, Player               TDs
touchdowns against Tampa Bay in Week 17, setting a franchise record   Turner broke RB Gerald Riggs’ Michael Turner
for career rushing touchdowns with 50.                                                                                       50
                                                                      franchise record for career rush- Gerald Riggs         48
                                                                      ing touchdowns. Riggs tallied 48 Jamal Anderson        34
                        FACTOR BACK                                   touchdowns between 1982 and *Falcons History
                                                                      1988. Turner’s 50 touchdowns are the third most overall
 Since arriving in Atlanta RUNNING BACKS SINCE 2008                   touchdowns in team history with WR Terance Mathis own-
 in 2008, Turner has                                                  ing the club record with 57 career scores. With 11 touch-
                           Player                   Yards
 rushed for 5,281 yards,                                              downs this season, Turner became the first running back
                           Chris Johnson            5,645
 50 touchdowns and 89.5                                               in team history to score 10-or-more touchdowns in four
                           Adrian Peterson           5,411
 yards per game. Turner is                                            straight seasons.
                           Michael Turner           5,281
 one of only two running
                           Player                Yards/G
 backs in the NFL to amass                                            This season, Turner has contin-       SCORING 2008-11
                           Adrian Peterson            91.7
 5,000 rushing yards and                                              ued his impressive scoring run Player
                           Chris Johnson             89.6                                                                  Pts
 50 touchdowns since                                                  as his 11 touchdowns lead the Adrian Peterson
                           Michael Turner            89.5                                                                 324
 2008. His yardage total                                              team and rank tied for sixth in Michael Turner      300
 and yards per game total rank third in the League during             the NFL among running backs. Maurice Jones-Drew 288
 that time span.                                                      He totaled 66 points through Calvin Johnson          274
                                                                      last season, which is tied for the Chris Johnson    254
                         BURN NOTICE                                  11th-highest point total among
                                                                      non-kickers. Since 2008, Turner ranks second among non-
 Turner posted an NFC-best four BIG RUNS SINCE 2008                   kickers with 300 points. He is one of two non-kickers to
 runs of 50-plus yards in 2011,                                       total 300-plus points during that time.
                                    Player            Big Runs
 including an 81-yard touchdown
                                    Chris Johnson           148
 against Tampa Bay, a 53-yard
                                    Adrian Peterson         143
 run at Chicago, a 61-yard scam-                                                   RUNNING FOR RECORDS
                                    Michael Turner          134
 per against Philadelphia and
                                    Steven Jackson          125       Since 2008, RB Michael Turner
 50-yarder at Detroit. Turner also                                                                           RUSHING YARDS
                                    Maurice Jones-Drew 124            has carried the ball 1,189 times
 posted 100 yards on the ground *Runs of 10-more yards                                                    Player                Yards
 all four games. Since arriving in                                    for 5,281 yards. After just four
                                                                                                          Gerald Riggs          6,631
 Atlanta, Turner has often burnt opposing defenses for big            seasons, Turner already ranks
                                                                                                          William Andrews       5,986
 gains. He ranks third in the NFL in “big runs” rolling off 134       fifth on the team’s all-time rush-
                                                                                                          Warrick Dunn          5,981
 runs of 10-or-more yards in his four seasons in the ATL.             ing list. He is the shortest ten-
                                                                                                          Jamal Anderson        5,336
 Since 2008, the Falcons rank tied for ninth in the League            ured player in the teams top five
                                                                                                          Michael Turner        5,281
 with 209 runs of 10-plus yards.                                      and trails RB Jamal Anderson by
                                                                      55 yards for fourth place.
 • Turner posted his longest touchdown run as a Falcon
   with his 81-yard touchdown run against Tampa Bay in                • Turner became the fifth rusher in team history to record
   Week 17. It was the second-longest touchdown run                     5,000 rushing yards in Atlanta’s Week 14 win over the
   in Falcons history behind RB Warrick Dunn’s 90-yard                  Carolina Panthers.
   touchdown against the Giants in 2006.
                                                                                           RUNNING MAN
 FRANCHISE RECORDS                                                    Turner posted 172 yards on 17           100-YARD GAMES
 220 Most rushing yards in a game.                                    carries in Atlanta’s Week 17 win      Player       Games
 50  Most career rushing touchdowns.                                  over Tampa Bay, marking his 25th      Michael Turner 25
 24  Most points scored in a game.                                    100-yard game and tying RB Ger-       Gerald Riggs    25
 17  Most touchdowns in a season.                                     ald Riggs for the franchise record.   William Andrews 22
 4   Most rushing touchdowns in a game.                               Riggs posted 25 100-yard games        Warrick Dunn    19
                                                                      between 1982 and 1988. Turner         Jamaal Anderson 19
                                                                      logged 100-or-more yards in six       * Falcons History
                                                                      games last season.
                                                                    WR RODDY WHITE
                                                                                          AIMING HIGH

                                                                    In 2011, WR Roddy FALCONS ALL-TIME RECEIVING
                                                                    White ran his career re- Years   Player         Yards
                                                                    ceiving yardage total to 2005-11 Roddy White    7,374
                                                                    7,374 yards, passing WR 1994-01 Terance Mathis 7,349
                                                                    Terance Mathis for the 1975-83 Alfred Jenkins 6,267
                                                                    franchise record. Mathis 1990-94 Andre Rison    5,633
                                                                    totaled 7,349 yards in
                                                                    eight seasons from 1994-01.        FALCONS HISTORY
                                                                    In his seven seasons with the Player             TDs
                                                                    Falcons, White has recorded 45 Terance Mathis      57
                                                                    touchdowns which is the third Andre Rison          56
                                                                    most in team history.           Roddy White        45
                                                                                                    Alfred Jenkins    40

Pro Bowl WR Roddy White caught 4 passes for 69 yards in Atlanta’s
                                                                    • White improved his franchise record for 100-yard re-
Week 17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He became the Falcons’
all-time leading receiver with 7,374 career receiving yards.
                                                                      ceiving games to 28 with his 11 catch, 127-yard effort at
                                                                      New Orleans in Week 16.

                      IN GOOD HANDS                                 • White finished the regular season with 100 receptions
                                                                      for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns.
 After leading the League and        NFL RECEPTIONS
 setting a franchise record with Player               Rec.
 115 receptions in 2010, WR Wes Welker                 122                                 HOT HANDS
 Roddy White continued to show Roddy White            100
 he was QB Matt Ryan’s favorite Jimmy Graham            99          In seven seasons with the Fal-        FALCONS HISTORY
 target in 2011. White hauled in Calvin Johnson         96          cons, White has totaled 530 Player                     Rec.
 an NFC-high 100 passes and Rob Gronkowski              90          receptions. He currently ranks Terance Mathis           573
 ranked second in the NFL be-                                       second on the club’s all-time Roddy White              530
 hind New England’s Wes Welker. White is the only player            receptions list behind Terance Andre Rison             423
 to post 100-or-more catches in each of the last two sea-           Mathis (573). In a Week 14 win Alfred Jenkins          360
 sons. TE Tony Gonzalez also finished in the top 15 with 80          over Carolina, White became
 catches.                                                           just the second Falcon receiver to post 500 career recep-
                                      TD CATCHES SINCE ‘08          tions. White is the only player in frachise history to post
 • Since 2008, White leads the Player                               five straight 1,000-yard seasons.
                                                    TDs
   NFC and ranks second in the Calvin Johnson         45
   NFL with 388 receptions. Larry Fitzgerald          39
   Additionally, his 36 touch- Roddy White                                              ELITE COMPANY
                                                      36
   downs are the third most in Greg Jennings          34
   the League during that time. Antonio Gates                       WR Roddy White became the             WHITE 2007-11
                                                      33            eighth receiver in NFL history to Year
   Only White, Calvin Johnson                                                                                    Rec. Yards
   and Larry Fitzgerald have totaled 300-or-more catches            record five consecutive seasons 2007           83     1,202
   and 35-plus touchdowns over the last four seasons.               with at least 80 catches and 1,000 2008       88     1,382
                                                                    receiving yards. He joins Tim Brown 2009      85       1,153
                                                                    (1993-99), Cris Carter (1993-97), 2010        115    1,389
                                                                    Marvin Harrison (1999-06), Torry 2011        100 1,296
                          GO-TO-GUY
                                                                    Holt (2000-07), Chad Ochocinco
 White was one of the League’s best pass catchers on third          (2003-07), Jerry Rice (1989-96) and Reggie Wayne
 down in 2010, hauling in an NFL-best 36 receptions and             (2005-10) as the only players to accomplish this feat.
 League-leading 497 receiving yards on third down. Ad-
                                                                                  80+ CATCHES & 1,000+ YARDS
 ditionally, a League-high 29 of his 36 third-down catches
                                                                                Player              Years Tot.
 went for first downs. White also had five touchdown
                                                                                Marvin Harrison    1999-06  8
 catches on third down and led the League with 73 first
                                                                                Torry Holt         2000-07 8
 down receptions. Since 2008, White leads the NFL with
                                                                                Jerry Rice         1989-96  8
 120 catches and 102 first downs on third down. His 13
                                                                                Tim Brown          1993-99  7
 touchdowns on third down tied for the second most in the
                                                                                Reggie Wayne       2005-10  6
 NFL.
                                                                                Roddy White        2007-11  5
                                                                                Cris Carter        1993-97  5
 In 2011, White once again led       3RD DOWN RECEPTIONS
                                                                                Chad Ochocinco     2003-07  5
 the League with 35 catches on       Player               Rec.
 third down, 29 of which resulted    Roddy White           35
 in first downs. The four-time Pro    Nate Washington       29
 Bowler set a franchise record       Antonio Brown         28       FRANCHISE RECORDS
 and tied for the NFL lead with      Victor Cruz           27       7,374 Most career receiving yards.
 77 first down receptions overall.                                   1,389 Most receiving yards in a season.
                                                                    210   Most receiving yards in a game.
                                                                    115   Most receptions in a single season.
                                                                    28    Most 100-yard receiving games.
                                                                    5     Most consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.
                                                                DE JOHN ABRAHAM
                                                                                          THE PREDATOR

                                                                      In 2008, Falcons DE John Abraham set a
                                                                      Falcons franchise record with 16.5 sacks
                                                                      after totaling 14.0 in his first two seasons
                                                                      with the team. Since the defensive-minded
                                                                      Mike Smith took over as head coach of
                                                                      the Falcons in 2008, Abraham has totaled
                                                                      44.5 sacks, which ranks fourth in the NFL.

                                                                      In 2011, Abraham recorded 9.5        SACKS SINCE 2008
                                                                      sacks, including a season-high Player              Sacks
                                                                      3.5 sacks in a Week 15 win over DeMarcus Ware 66.0
                                                                      the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also Jared Allen       62.0
                                                                      posted two sacks in the season James Harrison       45.5
                                                                      opener at Chicago, notched one John Abraham         44.5
DE John Abraham finished the season with 9.5 sacks, including one in   sack in Atlanta’s Week 7 win LaMarr Woodley 44.0
the season finale against Tampa Bay. Abraham moved into a tie with     over the Detroit Lions, one in
Chuck Smith for second on the team’s all-time sacks list.
                                                                      the Falcons Week 11 win over Tennessee, one in a Week
                                                                      13 loss at Houston and one in the season finale against
                QUARTERBACK HUNTER                                    Tampa Bay.

 Since joining the Falcons in 2006, DE John
 Abraham has totaled 58.5 sacks, which                                                     KEEPING PACE
 ranks fifth in the NFL during that time.
 Abraham posted a team-leading 9.5 sacks                              In six seasons in an Atlanta Falcons uniform, DE John
 last season. In January of 2009, Abraham                             Abraham has already broken into the top three sack lead-
 was voted one of the top defensive ends                              ers in franchise history, moving into a tie for the second
 of the decade. His 112.0 career ACTIVE SACK LEADERS                  spot when he notched one sack against the Buccaneers in
 sacks since 2000 rank first                                           Week 17. He is the shortest-tenured Falcons player ranked
                                   Player         Sacks               on the list and is one half sack shy of passing Chuck Smith
 among all defensive ends. Dol-
                                   Jason Taylor    139.5              for sole possession of second place.
 phins LB Jason Taylor (139.5) is
                                   John Abraham   112.0
 the only active NFL player with                                                  FALCONS ALL-TIME SACK LEADERS
                                   Jared Allen    105.0
 more sacks than Abraham.
                                   Dwight Freeney 102.5                        Player               Years    Sacks
                                   Julius Peppers   99.5                       Claude Humphrey 1968-78 (11) 94.5
                                                                               John Abraham     2006-11 (6) 58.5
                                                                               Chuck Smith      1992-98 (7) 58.5
                                                                               Patrick Kerney   1999-06 (8) 58.0
 FRANCHISE RECORDS
                                                                               John Zook         1969-75 (7) 47.0
 In 2008, Abraham set a Falcons franchise
 record with 16.5 sacks topping Joel Williams
 previous record of 16, set in 1980.
                                                                                           SACK ATTACK

                       CENTURY CLUB                                   In 11 seasons in the NFL, it’s no surprise to opposing of-
                                                                      fenses that DE John Abraham makes a difference on every
 Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, 27 play-            snap. His 112.0 career sacks currently lead all active play-
 ers have recorded 100-or-more career sacks. With a pair              ers and in 2008, he posted a career-best and franchise re-
 of sacks during Atlanta’s Week 14 win at Carolina in 2010,           cord 16.5 quarterback takedowns. To take it a step further,
 Abraham became the 25th player in NFL history to record              Abraham’s 26 multiple-sack games over his career have
 100-or-more sacks in a career and his 112.0 sacks rank 16th          made an even bigger difference as he has contributed to a
 in League annals.                                                    20-6 overall record and a 12-2 record for the Falcons.
                   ALL-TIME SACK LEADERS                                          ABRAHAM’S MULTI-SACK GAMES
    Player          Sacks         Player              Sacks                       Year Multi-Sack       Record
    Bruce Smith     200.0         Sean Jones           113.0                      2011     Two      Falcons 1-1
    Reggie White    198.0         John Abraham*       112.0                       2010     Four    Falcons 4-0
    Kevin Greene    160.0         Greg Townsend       109.5                       2009     One      Falcons 1-0
    Chris Doleman    150.5        Pat Swilling         107.5                      2008     Four    Falcons 4-0
    Michael Strahan 141.5         Trace Armstrong     106.0                       2007     Two       Falcons 1-1
    Richard Dent      137.5       Kevin Carter        104.5                       2006     One      Falcons 1-0
    John Randle       137.5       Neil Smith          104.5                       2005     Two       NY Jets 1-1
    Jason Taylor*    136.5        Jim Jeffcoat        102.5                       2004     Two     NY Jets 2-0
    Lawrence Taylor 133.5         Jared Allen*        105.0                       2003     Two     NY Jets 0-2
    Leslie O’Neal    132.5        Dwight Freeney*     102.5                       2002    Three     NY Jets 2-1
    Rickey Jackson   128.0        William Fuller      100.5                       2001     Two     NY Jets 2-0
    Derrick Thomas 126.5          Charles Haley       100.5                       2000     One     NY Jets 1-0
    Simeon Rice      122.0        Andre Tippett       100.0                       Total 26 Games          20-6
    Clyde Simmons     121.5       *Active Players
                                                                    BAND OF BACKERS
                                                                                              LOFTY SEASON

                                                                         In his fourth season in a Falcons uniform,
                                                                         LB Curtis Lofton played a pivotal role in
                                                                         Atlanta’s defense. In 2011, Lofton collared
                                                                         167 tackles (101 solo), one sack, two inter-
                                                                         ceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble
                                                                         recovery and one touchdown. Lofton led
                                                                         one of the NFL’s best run defenses, as the Falcons are al-
                                                                         lowed 97.7 yards per game and held 13 of their last 22 op-
                                                                         ponents under 100 yards rushing, including four of the last
                                                                         eight games.

                                                                         • The Falcons have held opponents without a 100-yard
                                                                           rusher in 16 of their last 19 games dating back to 2010.
LB Sean Weatherspoon posted a team-high 10 tackles, one sack and
                                                                         Since he arrived in 2008, the 4+ YARD 1ST DOWN RUNS
three tackles for loss in Atlanta’s Week 12 win over Minnesota. He fin-
ished second on the team with 127 tackles and recorded three sacks.
                                                                         Falcons have a 25-6 when Team                Runs 4+ Pct.
                                                                         holding opponents under Chicago               205 69 33.7
                                                                         100 yards, including a 6-3 Atlanta            194 70 36.1
                         DOUBLE DOWN                                     mark in 2011. Much of the Seattle             255 94 36.9
                                                                         Birds success in defending
 LB Curtis Lofton posted 167 tackles in 2011, topping his ca-            the run has come from their ability to limit successful plays
 reer high 160 set in 2009. He notched 10-plus tackles in 10             on first down as they rank among the League leaders in
 games, including a season-high 14 at Houston in Week 13                 limiting runs of four-or-more yards on first down.
 and vs. Tampa Bay in Week 17, and has now recorded 29
 games in his career with double-digit tackles. A large part
 of Lofton’s success in his four seasons in the NFL has been                                  TAKE IT AWAY
 the games in which he has finished with a double-digit
 tackle total. In 2010, Lofton recorded 10-or-more tackles               In 2010, LB Curtis Lofton forced a team-
 in seven games, including a season-high 17 at Philadelphia.             high three fumbles and recorded one
 Since 2008, Atlanta is 16-13 when he posts 10-plus tackles.             interception. Last season, the third-year
                                                                         middle linebacker notched two intercep-
                 LOFTON’S 10+ TACKLE GAMES
                                                                         tions, forced one fumble and recovered
               Game                 Tkl. Result                          a fumble helping the Falcons to 29 take-
               1/1/12 vs. TB         14      W                           aways, marking their third straight season with 28-or-
               12/4/11 at Hou        14       L                          more takeaways.
               11/27/11 vs. Min. 11          W
               11/13/11 vs. NO      10        L
                                                                         • Lofton scored his first career touchdown in Atlanta’s
               11/6/11 at Ind.       12      W
                                                                           Week 17 win over Tampa Bay when he intercepted QB
               10/23/11 at Det. 11           W
               10/9/11 vs. GB        12       L                            Josh Freeman and returned it 26-yards to the endzone.
               9/25/11 at TB         13       L
               9/18/11 vs. Phi.      11      W                           • Lofton forced Colts RB Delone Carter to fumble on In-
               9/11/11 at Chi.       13       L                            dianapolis’ second play from scrimmage. The loose ball
               12/27/10 vs. NO       11       L                            was recovered by DE Ray Edwards and set up a two-
               12/5/10 at TB         10      W                             yard RB Michael Turner touchdown run.
               11/21/10 at StL       11      W
               11/11/10 vs. Bal.     11      W                           • Lofton recorded his second career interception at Se-
               10/17/10 at Phi.      17       L                            attle (10/2) when he picked off a pass that LB Mike
               9/26/10 at NO         10      W                             Peterson tipped.
               9/12/10 at Pit.       12       L
               12/20/09 at NYJ 11            W
               11/22/09 at NYG 15             L                                                  SPOONMAN
               11/8/09 vs. Wash. 10          W
               11/2/09 at NO         14       L                          LB Sean Weatherspoon had a breakout
               10/18/09 vs. Chi. 11          W                           year in his second season with the Falcons.
               10/11/09 at SF        10      W                           Weatherspoon racked up 127 tackles (86
               9/27/09 at NE         19       L                          solo) in 2011, including double-digit tack-
               9/20/09 vs. Car. 10           W                           les in six games. He recorded his fifth
               9/13/09 vs. Mia. 13           W                           career sack against the Panthers (12/11),
               10/12/08 vs. Chi. 11          W                           dragging down QB Cam Newton for six-yard loss.
               9/28/08 at Car.       10       L
               9/14/08 at TB         10       L                          • The Falcons first pick (19th overall) in the 2010 NFL
               Totals            29 Games 16-13                            Draft, Weatherspoon played in 11 games in his rookie
                                                                           season, missing five games due to injury, and totaled
                                                                           50 total tackles (38 solo) and one sack.
                                             2011 Atlanta Falcons Alphabetical Roster




#             PLAYER                POS      H       W      Birthdate      EXP     COLLEGE                      ACQUIRED            HOMETOWN
55   Abraham, John                  DE     6-4      263       5/6/78        12     South Carolina               Tr '06 (NYJ)        Timmonsville, SC
59   Adkins, Spencer                LB     5-11     236      5/16/87         3     Miami (Fla.)                 D6 '09              Naples, FL
95   Babineaux, Jonathan            DT     6-2      300     10/12/81         7     Iowa                         D2 '05              Port Arthur, TX
72   Baker, Sam                     OT     6-5      301      5/30/85         4     USC                          D1b '08             Tustin, CA
71   Biermann, Kroy                 DE     6-3      255      9/12/85         4     Montana                      D5b '08             Hardin, MT
63   Blalock, Justin                OG     6-4      326     12/20/83         5     Texas                        D2a '07             Dallas, TX
5    Bosher, Matt                   K/P    6-0      208     10/18/87        R      Miami (Fla.)                 D6 '10              Jupiter, FL
3    Bryant, Matt                   K      5-9      203      5/29/75        10     Baylor                       FA '09              Orange, TX
73   Chambers, Kirk                 OL     6-7      315      3/19/79         7     Stanford                     FA '11              Provo, UT
77   Clabo, Tyson                   OT     6-6      329     10/17/81         7     Wake Forest                  FA '11              Knoxville, TN
12   Cone, Kevin                    WR     6-2      216      3/20/88        R      Georgia Tech                 FA '11              Stone Mountain, GA
42   Cox, Mike                      FB     6-0      252      7/11/85         4     Georgia Tech                 FA '11              Lewisberry, PA
28   DeCoud, Thomas                 S      6-2      192      3/19/85         4     California                   D3c '08             Vallejo, CA
52   Dent, Akeem                    LB     6-1      239      9/27/87        R      Georgia                      D3 '11              Atlanta, GA
83   Douglas, Harry                 WR     6-0      183      9/16/84         3     Louisville                   D3b '08             Jonesboro, GA
93   Edwards, Ray                   DE     6-5      268       1/1/85         6     Purdue                       FA '11              Cincinnati, OH
24   Franks, Dominique              CB     6-0      197      10/8/87         2     Oklahoma                     D5a '10             Tulsa, OK
88   Gonzalez, Tony                 TE     6-5      247      2/27/76        15     California                   Tr '09 (KC)         Torrance, CA
20   Grimes, Brent                  CB     5-10     183      7/19/83         4     Shippensburg                 FA '07              Philadelphia, PA
61   Hawley, Joe                    C      6-3      302     10/22/88         2     UNLV                         D4 '10              Yorba Linda, CA
51   James, Robert                  LB     5-11     224     12/26/83         2     Arizona State                FA '10              Glendale, AZ
94   Jerry, Peria                   DT     6-2      295      8/23/84         2     Mississippi                  D1 '09              Batesville, MS
11   Jones, Julio                   WR     6-3      220       2/3/89        R      Alabama                      D1 '11              Foley, AL
89   Kelly, Reggie                  TE     6-4      257      2/22/77        12     Mississippi State            FA '11              Aberdeen, MS
50   Lofton, Curtis                 LB     6-0      241       6/2/86         4     Oklahoma                     D2 '08              Kingfisher, OK
98   Matthews, Cliff                DE     6-4      268       8/5/89        R      South Carolina               D7b '11             Cheraw, SC
62   McClure, Todd                  C      6-1      296      2/16/77        13     LSU                          D7a '99             Baton Rouge, LA
80   Meier, Kerry                   WR     6-3      220     11/12/86         1     Kansas                       D5b '10             Pittsburg, KS
25   Moore, William                 S      6-0      221      5/18/85         2     Missouri                     D2 '09              Hayti, MO
54   Nicholas, Stephen              LB     6-3      236       5/1/83         5     South Florida                D4a '07             Jacksonville, FL
21   Owens, Christopher             CB     5-9      180      12/1/86         3     San Jose State               D3 '09              Los Angeles, CA
81   Palmer, Michael                TE     6-5      252      1/18/88         2     Clemson                      FA '10              Stone Mountain, GA
91   Peters, Corey                  DT     6-3      305       6/8/88         2     Kentucky                     D3a '10             Louisville, KY
8    Redman, Chris                  QB     6-3      225       7/7/77         9     Louisville                   FA '07              Louisville, KY
75   Reynolds, Garrett              OG     6-7      310       7/1/87         3     North Carolina               D5b '09             Knoxville, TN
23   Robinson, Dunta                CB     5-10     183      4/11/82         8     South Carolina               FA '10              Athens, GA
22   Rodgers, Jacquizz              RB     5-6      196       2/6/90        R      Oregon State                 D5 '11              Richmond, TX
66   Romberg, Brett                 C      6-2      293     10/10/79         7     Miami (Fla.)                 FA '11              Windsor, Canada
2    Ryan, Matt                     QB     6-4      217      5/17/85         4     Boston College               D1a '08             Exton, PA
36   Sanders, James                 S      5-10     210     11/11/83         7     Fresno State                 FA '11              Porterville, CA
39   Schillinger, Shann             S      6-0      200      5/22/86         2     Montana                      D6 '10              Baker, MT
90   Sidbury, Lawrence              DE     6-3      261       2/6/86         3     Richmond                     D4 '09              Cheltenham, MD
35   Smith, Antone                  RB     5-9      192      9/17/85         2     Florida State                FA '09              Pahokee, FL
44   Snelling, Jason                RB     5-11     234     12/29/83         5     Virginia                     D7 '07              Chester, VA
74   Svitek, Will                   OT     6-6      308       1/8/82         6     Stanford                     FA '09              Prague, Czech Republic
33   Turner, Michael                RB     5-10     247      2/13/82         8     Northern Illinois            UFA '08 (SD)        Waukegan, IL
99   Walker, Vance                  DT     6-2      304      4/26/87         3     Georgia Tech                 D7 '09              Fort Mill, SC
29   Walls, Darrin                  CB     6-0      190      6/20/88        R      Notre Dame                   FA '11              Pittsburgh, PA
56   Weatherspoon, Sean             LB     6-2      244     12/29/87         2     Missouri                     D1 '10              Jasper, TX
14   Weems, Eric                    WR     5-9      195       7/4/85         4     Bethune-Cookman              FA '07              Ormond Beach, FL
84   White, Roddy                   WR     6-0      211      11/2/81         7     Alabama-Birmingham           D1 '05              James Island, SC
4    Wilson, John Parker            QB     6-2      215     10/17/85         3     Alabama                      FA '09              Hoover, AL
82   Zelenka, Joe                   LS     6-3      266       3/9/76        13     Wake Forest                  FA '09              Cleveland, OH

                                                                         PRACTICE SQUAD
19   Davis, Drew                    WR     6-1      205       1/4/89       R    Oregon                          FA   '11            Denver, CO
87   Gallarda, Tommy                TE     6-5      262       5/8/88       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            Brea, CA
30   Hansen, Matt                   LB     6-1      230      9/10/89       R    Rhode Island                    FA   '11            Providence, RI
67   Jolly, Kyle                    OL     6-6      300      7/22/87       1    North Carolina                  FA   '11            Powhatan, VA
97   Powell, Carlton                DT     6-3      312      8/14/85       1    Virginia Tech                   FA   '11            Chesapeake, VA
41   Tuimaunei, Suaesi              S      6-1      205      2/11/88       R    Oregon State                    FA   '11            Laie, HI
65   Valdez, Jose                   OG     6-6      324     12/13/86       1    Arkansas                        FA   '09            St. Francis, WI
86   Winterswyk, Ryan               TE     6-4      258      2/10/87       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            La Habra, CA

                                                                         INJURED RESERVE
79   Johnson, Mike                  OG     6-6      304       4/2/87         2   Alabama                        D3b '10             Pensacola, FL
26   Hayden, Kelvin                 CB     6-0      195      7/23/83         6   Illinois                       FA '11              Chicago, IL
34   Mughelli, Ovie                 FB     6-1      250      6/10/80         9   Wake Forest                    UFA '07 (Bal)       Boston, MA
53   Peterson, Mike                 LB     6-1      226      6/17/76        13   Florida                        UFA '09 (Jax)       Gainesville, FL

                                                                  PRACTICE SQUAD - INJURED
85 Branson, Marquez                 TE     6-3      247      2/14/87     1   Central Arkansas                   FA '10              Starkville, MS
69 Jackson, Andrew                  OG     6-5      299     10/18/88     R   Fresno State                       D7a '11             Grass Valley, CA

COACHING STAFF
Mike Smith (Head Coach), Mike Mularkey (Offensive Coordinator), Brian VanGorder (Defensive Coordinator), Keith Armstrong (Special Teams Coordinator),
Jonas Beauchemin (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Paul Boudreau (Offensive Line), Bob Bratkowski (Quarterbacks), Gerald Brown (Running Backs),
Mark Collins (Defensive Assistant),Paul Dunn (Assistant Offensive Line),Jeff Fish (Director of Athletic Performance), Ray Hamilton (Defensive Line),
Tim Lewis (Secondary), AJ Neibels (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Glenn Pires (Linebackers), Alvin Reynolds (Defensive Backs),
Terry Robiskie (Wide Receivers), Chris Scelfo (Tight Ends), Eric Sutulovich (Assistant Special Teams), Glenn Thomas (Offensive Assistant),
Andrew Weidinger (Assistant to the Head Coach/Offense).




                                                                            updated 1/3/2012
                                          2011 Atlanta Falcons Numerical Roster

#            PLAYER              POS     H         W        AGE        EXP    COLLEGE                       ACQUIRED            HOMETOWN
2    Matt Ryan                   QB      6-4      217    5/17/85        4     Boston College                D1a '08             Exton, PA
3    Matt Bryant                 K       5-9      203    5/29/75        10    Baylor                        FA '09              Orange, TX
4    John Parker Wilson          QB      6-2      215    10/17/85        3    Alabama                       FA '09              Hoover, AL
5    Matt Bosher                 K/P     6-0      208    10/18/87       R     Miami (Fla.)                  D6 '10              Jupiter, FL
8    Chris Redman                QB      6-3      225     7/7/77         9    Louisville                    FA '07              Louisville, KY
11   Julio Jones                 WR      6-3      220     2/3/89        R     Alabama                       D1 '11              Foley, AL
12   Kevin Cone                  WR      6-2      216     3/20/88       R     Georgia Tech                  FA '11              Stone Mountain, GA
14   Eric Weems                  WR      5-9      195     7/4/85         4    Bethune-Cookman               FA '07              Ormond Beach, FL
20   Brent Grimes                CB      5-10     183     7/19/83        4    Shippensburg                  FA '07              Philadelphia, PA
21   Chris Owens                 CB      5-9      180     12/1/86        3    San Jose State                D3 '09              Los Angeles, CA
22   Jacquizz Rodgers            RB      5-6      196     2/6/90        R     Oregon State                  D5 '11              Richmond, TX
23   Dunta Robinson              CB      5-10     183     4/11/82        8    South Carolina                FA '10              Athens, GA
24   Dominique Franks            CB      6-0      197     10/8/87        2    Oklahoma                      D5a '10             Tulsa, OK
25   William Moore               S       6-0      221     5/18/85        2    Missouri                      D2 '09              Hayti, MO
28   Thomas DeCoud               S       6-2      192     3/19/85        4    California                    D3c '08             Vallejo, CA
29   Darrin Walls                CB      6-0      190     6/20/88       R     Notre Dame                    FA '11              Pittsburgh, PA
33   Michael Turner              RB      5-10     247     2/13/82        8    Northern Illinois             UFA '08 (SD)        Waukegan, IL
35   Antone Smith                RB      5-9      192     9/17/85        2    Florida State                 FA '09              Pahokee, FL
36   James Sanders               S       5-10     210    11/11/83        7    Fresno State                  FA '11              Porterville, CA
39   Shann Schillinger           S       6-0      200     5/22/86        2    Montana                       D6 '10              Baker, MT
42   Mike Cox                    FB      6-0      252     7/11/85        4    Georgia Tech                  FA '11              Lewisberry, PA
44   Jason Snelling              RB      5-11     234    12/29/83        5    Virginia                      D7 '07              Chester, VA
50   Curtis Lofton               LB      6-0      241     6/2/86         4    Oklahoma                      D2 '08              Kingfisher, OK
51   Robert James                LB      5-11     224    12/26/83        2    Arizona State                 FA '10              Glendale, AZ
52   Akeem Dent                  LB      6-1      239     9/27/87       R     Georgia                       D3 '11              Atlanta, GA
54   Stephen Nicholas            LB      6-3      236     5/1/83        5     South Florida                 D4a '07             Jacksonville, FL
55   John Abraham                DE      6-4      263     5/6/78        12    South Carolina                Tr '06 (NYJ)        Timmonsville, SC
56   Sean Weatherspoon           LB      6-2      244    12/29/87       2     Missouri                      D1 '10              Jasper, TX
59   Spencer Adkins              LB      5-11     236    5/16/87        3     Miami (Fla.)                  D6 '09              Naples, FL
61   Joe Hawley                  C       6-3      302    10/22/88       2     UNLV                          D4 '10              Yorba Linda, CA
62   Todd McClure                C       6-1      296    2/16/77        13    LSU                           D7a '99             Baton Rouge, LA
63   Justin Blalock              OG      6-4      326    12/20/83       5     Texas                         D2a '07             Dallas, TX
66   Brett Romberg               C       6-2      293    10/10/79       7     Miami (Fla.)                  FA '11              Windsor, Canada
71   Kroy Biermann               DE      6-3      255    9/12/85        4     Montana                       D5b '08             Hardin, MT
72   Sam Baker                   OT      6-5      301    5/30/85        4     USC                           D1b '08             Tustin, CA
73   Kirk Chambers               OL      6-7      315     3/19/79        7    Stanford                      FA '11              Provo, UT
74   Will Svitek                 OT      6-6      308     1/8/82         6    Stanford                      FA '09              Prague, Czech Republic
75   Garrett Reynolds            OG      6-7      310     7/1/87         3    North Carolina                D5b '09             Knoxville, TN
77   Tyson Clabo                 OT      6-6      329    10/17/81        7    Wake Forest                   FA '11              Knoxville, TN
80   Kerry Meier                 WR      6-3      220    11/12/86        1    Kansas                        D5b '10             Pittsburg, KS
81   Michael Palmer              TE      6-5      252     1/18/88        2    Clemson                       FA '10              Stone Mountain, GA
82   Joe Zelenka                 LS      6-3      266     3/9/76        13    Wake Forest                   FA '09              Cleveland, OH
83   Harry Douglas               WR      6-0      183     9/16/84        3    Louisville                    D3b '08             Jonesboro, GA
84   Roddy White                 WR      6-0      211     11/2/81        7    Alabama-Birmingham            D1 '05              James Island, SC
88   Tony Gonzalez               TE      6-5      247     2/27/76       15    California                    Tr '09 (KC)         Torrance, CA
89   Reggie Kelly                TE      6-4      257     2/22/77       12    Mississippi State             FA '11              Aberdeen, MS
90   Lawrence Sidbury            DE      6-3      261      2/6/86        3    Richmond                      D4 '09              Cheltenham, MD
91   Corey Peters                DT      6-3      305      6/8/88        2    Kentucky                      D3a '10             Louisville, KY
93   Ray Edwards                 DE      6-5      268      1/1/85        6    Purdue                        FA '11              Cincinnati, OH
94   Peria Jerry                 DT      6-2      295     8/23/84        2    Mississippi                   D1 '09              Batesville, MS
95   Jonathan Babineaux          DT      6-2      300    10/12/81        7    Iowa                          D2 '05              Port Arthur, TX
98   Cliff Matthews              DE      6-4      268     8/5/89        R     South Carolina                D7b '11             Cheraw, SC
99   Vance Walker                DT      6-2      304    4/26/87        3     Georgia Tech                  D7 '09              Fort Mill, SC

                                                                     PRACTICE SQUAD
19   Drew Davis                  WR      6-1      205     1/4/89       R    Oregon                          FA   '11            Denver, CO
30   Matt Hansen                 LB      6-1      230    9/10/89       R    Rhode Island                    FA   '11            Providence, RI
41   Suaesi Tuimaunei            S       6-1      205    2/11/88       R    Oregon State                    FA   '11            Laie, HI
65   Jose Valdez                 OG      6-6      324    12/13/86      1    Arkansas                        FA   '09            St. Francis, WI
67   Kyle Jolly                  OL      6-6      300    7/22/87       1    North Carolina                  FA   '11            Powhatan, VA
86   Ryan Winterswyk             TE      6-4      258    2/10/87       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            La Habra, CA
87   Tommy Gallarda              TE      6-5      262     5/8/88       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            Brea, CA
97   Calton Powell               DT      6-3      312    8/14/85       1    Virginia Tech                   FA   '11            Chesapeake, VA

                                                                    INJURED RESERVE
26   Kelvin Hayden               CB      6-0      195     7/23/83       6   Illinois                        FA '11              Chicago, IL
34   Ovie Mughelli               FB      6-1      250     6/10/80       9   Wake Forest                     UFA '07 (Bal)       Boston, MA
53   Mike Peterson               LB      6-1      226     6/17/76      13   Florida                         UFA '09 (Jax)       Gainesville, FL
79   Mike Johnson                OG      6-6      304      4/2/87       2   Alabama                         D3b '10             Pensacola, FL

                                                             PRACTICE SQUAD - INJURED
69 Andrew Jackson                OG      6-5      299    10/18/88   R   Fresno State                        D7a '11             Grass Valley, CA
85 Marquez Branson               TE      6-3      247    2/14/87    1   Central Arkansas                    FA '10              Starkville, MS

COACHING STAFF
Mike Smith (Head Coach), Mike Mularkey (Offensive Coordinator), Brian VanGorder (Defensive Coordinator), Keith Armstrong (Special Teams Coordinator),
Jonas Beauchemin (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Paul Boudreau (Offensive Line), Bob Bratkowski (Quarterbacks), Gerald Brown (Running Backs),
Mark Collins (Defensive Assistant), Paul Dunn (Assistant Offensive Line), Jeff Fish (Director of Athletic Performance), Ray Hamilton (Defensive Line),
Tim Lewis (Secondary), AJ Neibels (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Glenn Pires (Linebackers), Alvin Reynolds (Defensive Backs),
Terry Robiskie (Wide Receivers), Chris Scelfo (Tight Ends), Eric Sutulovich (Assistant Special Teams), Glenn Thomas (Offensive Assistant),
Andrew Weidinger (Assistant to the Head Coach/Offense).




                                                                       updated 1/3/2012
                                           2011 Atlanta Falcons Roster By Experience




#             PLAYER                POS      H       W      Birthdate      EXP     COLLEGE                      ACQUIRED            HOMETOWN
88   Gonzalez, Tony                 TE     6-5      247      2/27/76        15     California                   Tr '09 (KC)         Torrance, CA
62   McClure, Todd                  C      6-1      296      2/16/77        13     LSU                          D7a '99             Baton Rouge, LA
82   Zelenka, Joe                   LS     6-3      266       3/9/76        13     Wake Forest                  FA '09              Cleveland, OH
55   Abraham, John                  DE     6-4      263       5/6/78        12     South Carolina               Tr '06 (NYJ)        Timmonsville, SC
89   Kelly, Reggie                  TE     6-4      257      2/22/77        12     Mississippi State            FA '11              Aberdeen, MS
3    Bryant, Matt                   K      5-9      203      5/29/75        10     Baylor                       FA '09              Orange, TX
8    Redman, Chris                  QB     6-3      225       7/7/77         9     Louisville                   FA '07              Louisville, KY
23   Robinson, Dunta                CB     5-10     183      4/11/82         8     South Carolina               FA '10              Athens, GA
33   Turner, Michael                RB     5-10     247      2/13/82         8     Northern Illinois            UFA '08 (SD)        Waukegan, IL
95   Babineaux, Jonathan            DT     6-2      300     10/12/81         7     Iowa                         D2 '05              Port Arthur, TX
73   Chambers, Kirk                 OL     6-7      315      3/19/79         7     Stanford                     FA '11              Provo, UT
77   Clabo, Tyson                   OT     6-6      329     10/17/81         7     Wake Forest                  FA '11              Knoxville, TN
66   Romberg, Brett                 C      6-2      293     10/10/79         7     Miami (Fla.)                 FA '11              Windsor, Canada
36   Sanders, James                 S      5-10     210     11/11/83         7     Fresno State                 FA '11              Porterville, CA
84   White, Roddy                   WR     6-0      211      11/2/81         7     Alabama-Birmingham           D1 '05              James Island, SC
93   Edwards, Ray                   DE     6-5      268       1/1/85         6     Purdue                       FA '11              Cincinnati, OH
74   Svitek, Will                   OT     6-6      308       1/8/82         6     Stanford                     FA '09              Prague, Czech Republic
63   Blalock, Justin                OG     6-4      326     12/20/83         5     Texas                        D2a '07             Dallas, TX
54   Nicholas, Stephen              LB     6-3      236       5/1/83         5     South Florida                D4a '07             Jacksonville, FL
44   Snelling, Jason                RB     5-11     234     12/29/83         5     Virginia                     D7 '07              Chester, VA
72   Baker, Sam                     OT     6-5      301      5/30/85         4     USC                          D1b '08             Tustin, CA
71   Biermann, Kroy                 DE     6-3      255      9/12/85         4     Montana                      D5b '08             Hardin, MT
42   Cox, Mike                      FB     6-0      252      7/11/85         4     Georgia Tech                 FA '11              Lewisberry, PA
28   DeCoud, Thomas                 S      6-2      192      3/19/85         4     California                   D3c '08             Vallejo, CA
20   Grimes, Brent                  CB     5-10     183      7/19/83         4     Shippensburg                 FA '07              Philadelphia, PA
50   Lofton, Curtis                 LB     6-0      241       6/2/86         4     Oklahoma                     D2 '08              Kingfisher, OK
2    Ryan, Matt                     QB     6-4      217      5/17/85         4     Boston College               D1a '08             Exton, PA
14   Weems, Eric                    WR     5-9      195       7/4/85         4     Bethune-Cookman              FA '07              Ormond Beach, FL
59   Adkins, Spencer                LB     5-11     236      5/16/87         3     Miami (Fla.)                 D6 '09              Naples, FL
83   Douglas, Harry                 WR     6-0      183      9/16/84         3     Louisville                   D3b '08             Jonesboro, GA
21   Owens, Christopher             CB     5-9      180      12/1/86         3     San Jose State               D3 '09              Los Angeles, CA
75   Reynolds, Garrett              OG     6-7      310       7/1/87         3     North Carolina               D5b '09             Knoxville, TN
90   Sidbury, Lawrence              DE     6-3      261       2/6/86         3     Richmond                     D4 '09              Cheltenham, MD
99   Walker, Vance                  DT     6-2      304      4/26/87         3     Georgia Tech                 D7 '09              Fort Mill, SC
4    Wilson, John Parker            QB     6-2      215     10/17/85         3     Alabama                      FA '09              Hoover, AL
24   Franks, Dominique              CB     6-0      197      10/8/87         2     Oklahoma                     D5a '10             Tulsa, OK
61   Hawley, Joe                    C      6-3      302     10/22/88         2     UNLV                         D4 '10              Yorba Linda, CA
51   James, Robert                  LB     5-11     224     12/26/83         2     Arizona State                FA '10              Glendale, AZ
94   Jerry, Peria                   DT     6-2      295      8/23/84         2     Mississippi                  D1 '09              Batesville, MS
25   Moore, William                 S      6-0      221      5/18/85         2     Missouri                     D2 '09              Hayti, MO
81   Palmer, Michael                TE     6-5      252      1/18/88         2     Clemson                      FA '10              Stone Mountain, GA
91   Peters, Corey                  DT     6-3      305       6/8/88         2     Kentucky                     D3a '10             Louisville, KY
39   Schillinger, Shann             S      6-0      200      5/22/86         2     Montana                      D6 '10              Baker, MT
35   Smith, Antone                  RB     5-9      192      9/17/85         2     Florida State                FA '09              Pahokee, FL
56   Weatherspoon, Sean             LB     6-2      244     12/29/87         2     Missouri                     D1 '10              Jasper, TX
80   Meier, Kerry                   WR     6-3      220     11/12/86         1     Kansas                       D5b '10             Pittsburg, KS
5    Bosher, Matt                   K/P    6-0      208     10/18/87        R      Miami (Fla.)                 D6 '10              Jupiter, FL
12   Cone, Kevin                    WR     6-2      216      3/20/88        R      Georgia Tech                 FA '11              Stone Mountain, GA
52   Dent, Akeem                    LB     6-1      239      9/27/87        R      Georgia                      D3 '11              Atlanta, GA
11   Jones, Julio                   WR     6-3      220       2/3/89        R      Alabama                      D1 '11              Foley, AL
98   Matthews, Cliff                DE     6-4      268       8/5/89        R      South Carolina               D7b '11             Cheraw, SC
22   Rodgers, Jacquizz              RB     5-6      196       2/6/90        R      Oregon State                 D5 '11              Richmond, TX
29   Walls, Darrin                  CB     6-0      190      6/20/88        R      Notre Dame                   FA '11              Pittsburgh, PA

                                                                         PRACTICE SQUAD
67   Jolly, Kyle                    OL     6-6      300      7/22/87       1    North Carolina                  FA   '11            Powhatan, VA
65   Valdez, Jose                   OG     6-6      324     12/13/86       1    Arkansas                        FA   '09            St. Francis, WI
97   Powell, Carlton                DT     6-3      312      8/14/85       1    Virginia Tech                   FA   '11            Chesapeake, VA
19   Davis, Drew                    WR     6-1      205       1/4/89       R    Oregon                          FA   '11            Denver, CO
87   Gallarda, Tommy                TE     6-5      262       5/8/88       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            Brea, CA
30   Hansen, Matt                   LB     6-1      230      9/10/89       R    Rhode Island                    FA   '11            Providence, RI
41   Tuimaunei, Suaesi              S      6-1      205      2/11/88       R    Oregon State                    FA   '11            Laie, HI
86   Winterswyk, Ryan               TE     6-4      258      2/10/87       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            La Habra, CA

                                                                         INJURED RESERVE
53   Peterson, Mike                 LB     6-1      226      6/17/76        13   Florida                        UFA '09 (Jax)       Gainesville, FL
34   Mughelli, Ovie                 FB     6-1      250      6/10/80         9   Wake Forest                    UFA '07 (Bal)       Boston, MA
26   Hayden, Kelvin                 CB     6-0      195      7/23/83         6   Illinois                       FA '11              Chicago, IL
79   Johnson, Mike                  OG     6-6      304       4/2/87         2   Alabama                        D3b '10             Pensacola, FL

                                                                  PRACTICE SQUAD - INJURED
85 Branson, Marquez                 TE     6-3      247      2/14/87     1   Central Arkansas                   FA '10              Starkville, MS
69 Jackson, Andrew                  OG     6-5      299     10/18/88     R   Fresno State                       D7a '11             Grass Valley, CA

COACHING STAFF
Mike Smith (Head Coach), Mike Mularkey (Offensive Coordinator), Brian VanGorder (Defensive Coordinator), Keith Armstrong (Special Teams Coordinator),
Jonas Beauchemin (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Paul Boudreau (Offensive Line), Bob Bratkowski (Quarterbacks), Gerald Brown (Running Backs),
Mark Collins (Defensive Assistant),Paul Dunn (Assistant Offensive Line),Jeff Fish (Director of Athletic Performance), Ray Hamilton (Defensive Line),
Tim Lewis (Secondary), AJ Neibels (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Glenn Pires (Linebackers), Alvin Reynolds (Defensive Backs),
Terry Robiskie (Wide Receivers), Chris Scelfo (Tight Ends), Eric Sutulovich (Assistant Special Teams), Glenn Thomas (Offensive Assistant),
Andrew Weidinger (Assistant to the Head Coach/Offense).




                                                                            updated 1/3/2012
                                              2011 Atlanta Falcons Roster By Position


 #            PLAYER                POS       H      W      Birthdate      EXP     COLLEGE                      ACQUIRED            HOMETOWN
     QUARTERBACKS (3)
 8   Redman, Chris                  QB     6-3      225       7/7/77         9     Louisville                   FA '07              Louisville, KY
 2   Ryan, Matt                     QB     6-4      217      5/17/85         4     Boston College               D1a '08             Exton, PA
 4   Wilson, John Parker            QB     6-2      215     10/17/85         3     Alabama                      FA '09              Hoover, AL
     RUNNING BACKS (5)
42   Cox, Mike                      FB     6-0      252      7/11/85         4     Georgia Tech                 FA '11              Lewisberry, PA
22   Rodgers, Jacquizz              RB     5-6      196       2/6/90         R     Oregon State                 D5 '11              Richmond, TX
35   Smith, Antone                  RB     5-9      192      9/17/85         2     Florida State                FA '09              Pahokee, FL
44   Snelling, Jason                RB     5-11     234     12/29/83         5     Virginia                     D7 '07              Chester, VA
33   Turner, Michael                RB     5-10     247      2/13/82         8     Northern Illinois            UFA '08 (SD)        Waukegan, IL
     WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
83   Douglas, Harry                 WR     6-0      183      9/16/84         3     Louisville                   D3b '08             Jonesboro, GA
12   Cone, Kevin                    WR     6-2      216      3/20/88         R     Georgia Tech                 FA '11              Stone Mountain, GA
11   Jones, Julio                   WR     6-3      220       2/3/89         R     Alabama                      D1 '11              Foley, AL
80   Meier, Kerry                   WR     6-3      220     11/12/86         1     Kansas                       D5b '10             Pittsburg, KS
14   Weems, Eric                    WR     5-9      195       7/4/85         4     Bethune-Cookman              FA '07              Ormond Beach, FL
84   White, Roddy                   WR     6-0      211      11/2/81         7     Alabama-Birmingham           D1 '05              James Island, SC
     TIGHT ENDS (3)
89   Kelly, Reggie                  TE     6-4      257      2/22/77        12     Mississippi State            FA '11              Aberdeen, MS
88   Gonzalez, Tony                 TE     6-5      247      2/27/76        15     California                   Tr '09 (KC)         Torrance, CA
81   Palmer, Michael                TE     6-5      252      1/18/88         2     Clemson                      FA '10              Stone Mountain, GA
     OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
72   Baker, Sam                     OT     6-5      301      5/30/85         4     USC                          D1b '08             Tustin, CA
63   Blalock, Justin                OG     6-4      326     12/20/83         5     Texas                        D2a '07             Dallas, TX
73   Chambers, Kirk                 OL     6-7      315      3/19/79         7     Stanford                     FA '11              Provo, UT
77   Clabo, Tyson                   OT     6-6      329     10/17/81         7     Wake Forest                  FA '11              Knoxville, TN
61   Hawley, Joe                    C      6-3      302     10/22/88         2     UNLV                         D4 '10              Yorba Linda, CA
62   McClure, Todd                  C      6-1      296      2/16/77        13     LSU                          D7a '99             Baton Rouge, LA
75   Reynolds, Garrett              OG     6-7      310       7/1/87         3     North Carolina               D5b '09             Knoxville, TN
66   Romberg, Brett                 C      6-2      293     10/10/79         7     Miami (Fla.)                 FA '11              Windsor, Canada
74   Svitek, Will                   OT     6-6      308       1/8/82         6     Stanford                     FA '09              Prague, Czech Republic
     DEFENSIVE LINE (10)
55   Abraham, John                  DE     6-4      263       5/6/78        12     South Carolina               Tr '06 (NYJ)        Timmonsville, SC
71   Biermann, Kroy                 DE     6-3      255      9/12/85         4     Montana                      D5b '08             Hardin, MT
93   Edwards, Ray                   DE     6-5      268       1/1/85         6     Purdue                       FA '11              Cincinnati, OH
98   Matthews, Cliff                DE     6-4      268       8/5/89        R      South Carolina               D7b '11             Cheraw, SC
90   Sidbury, Lawrence              DE     6-3      261       2/6/86         3     Richmond                     D4 '09              Cheltenham, MD
95   Babineaux, Jonathan            DT     6-2      300     10/12/81         7     Iowa                         D2 '05              Port Arthur, TX
94   Jerry, Peria                   DT     6-2      295      8/23/84         2     Mississippi                  D1 '09              Batesville, MS
91   Peters, Corey                  DT     6-3      305       6/8/88         2     Kentucky                     D3a '10             Louisville, KY
99   Walker, Vance                  DT     6-2      304      4/26/87         3     Georgia Tech                 D7 '09              Fort Mill, SC
     LINEBACKERS (6)
59   Adkins, Spencer                LB     5-11     236      5/16/87         3     Miami (Fla.)                 D6 '09              Naples, FL
52   Dent, Akeem                    LB     6-1      239      9/27/87         R     Georgia                      D3 '11              Atlanta, GA
51   James, Robert                  LB     5-11     224     12/26/83         2     Arizona State                FA '10              Glendale, AZ
50   Lofton, Curtis                 LB     6-0      241       6/2/86         4     Oklahoma                     D2 '08              Kingfisher, OK
54   Nicholas, Stephen              LB     6-3      236       5/1/83         5     South Florida                D4a '07             Jacksonville, FL
56   Weatherspoon, Sean             LB     6-2      244     12/29/87         2     Missouri                     D1 '10              Jasper, TX
     DEFENSIVE BACKS (9)
28   DeCoud, Thomas                 S      6-2      192      3/19/85         4     California                   D3c '08             Vallejo, CA
24   Franks, Dominique              CB     6-0      197      10/8/87         2     Oklahoma                     D5a '10             Tulsa, OK
20   Grimes, Brent                  CB     5-10     183      7/19/83         4     Shippensburg                 FA '07              Philadelphia, PA
25   Moore, William                 S      6-0      221      5/18/85         2     Missouri                     D2 '09              Hayti, MO
21   Owens, Christopher             CB     5-9      180      12/1/86         3     San Jose State               D3 '09              Los Angeles, CA
23   Robinson, Dunta                CB     5-10     183      4/11/82         8     South Carolina               FA '10              Athens, GA
36   Sanders, James                 S      5-10     210     11/11/83         7     Fresno State                 FA '11              Porterville, CA
39   Schillinger, Shann             S      6-0      200      5/22/86         2     Montana                      D6 '10              Baker, MT
29   Walls, Darrin                  CB     6-0      190      6/20/88         R     Notre Dame                   FA '11              Pittsburgh, PA
     SPECIALISTS (3)
3    Bryant, Matt                   K      5-9      203      5/29/75        10     Baylor                       FA '09              Orange, TX
5    Bosher, Matt                   K/P    6-0      208     10/18/87        R      Miami (Fla.)                 D6 '10              Jupiter, FL
82   Zelenka, Joe                   LS     6-3      266       3/9/76        13     Wake Forest                  FA '09              Cleveland, OH

                                                                         PRACTICE SQUAD
19   Davis, Drew                    WR     6-1      205       1/4/89       R    Oregon                          FA   '11            Denver, CO
87   Gallarda, Tommy                TE     6-5      262       5/8/88       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            Brea, CA
30   Hansen, Matt                   LB     6-1      230      9/10/89       R    Rhode Island                    FA   '11            Providence, RI
67   Jolly, Kyle                    OL     6-6      300      7/22/87       1    North Carolina                  FA   '11            Powhatan, VA
41   Tuimaunei, Suaesi              S      6-1      205      2/11/88       R    Oregon State                    FA   '11            Laie, HI
97   Powell, Carlton                DT     6-3      312      8/14/85       1    Virginia Tech                   FA   '11            Chesapeake, VA
65   Valdez, Jose                   OG     6-6      324     12/13/86       1    Arkansas                        FA   '09            St. Francis, WI
86   Winterswyk, Ryan               TE     6-4      258      2/10/87       R    Boise State                     FA   '11            La Habra, CA

                                                                         INJURED RESERVE
26   Hayden, Kelvin                 CB     6-0      195      7/23/83         6   Illinois                       FA '11              Chicago, IL
79   Johnson, Mike                  OG     6-6      304       4/2/87         2   Alabama                        D3b '10             Pensacola, FL
34   Mughelli, Ovie                 FB     6-1      250      6/10/80         9   Wake Forest                    UFA '07 (Bal)       Boston, MA
53   Peterson, Mike                 LB     6-1      226      6/17/76        13   Florida                        UFA '09 (Jax)       Gainesville, FL

                                                                  PRACTICE SQUAD - INJURED
85 Branson, Marquez                 TE     6-3      247      2/14/87     1   Central Arkansas                   FA '10              Starkville, MS
69 Jackson, Andrew                  OG     6-5      299     10/18/88     R   Fresno State                       D7a '11             Grass Valley, CA

COACHING STAFF
Mike Smith (Head Coach), Mike Mularkey (Offensive Coordinator), Brian VanGorder (Defensive Coordinator), Keith Armstrong (Special Teams Coordinator),
Jonas Beauchemin (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Paul Boudreau (Offensive Line), Bob Bratkowski (Quarterbacks), Gerald Brown (Running Backs),
Mark Collins (Defensive Assistant),Paul Dunn (Assistant Offensive Line),Jeff Fish (Director of Athletic Performance), Ray Hamilton (Defensive Line),
Tim Lewis (Secondary), AJ Neibels (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Glenn Pires (Linebackers), Alvin Reynolds (Defensive Backs),
Terry Robiskie (Wide Receivers), Chris Scelfo (Tight Ends), Eric Sutulovich (Assistant Special Teams), Glenn Thomas (Offensive Assistant),
Andrew Weidinger (Assistant to the Head Coach/Offense).




                                                                            updated 1/3/2012
                            UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART
OFFENSE
WR    11 Julio Jones          83 Harry Douglas            14 Eric Weems

LT    74 Will Svitek          72 Sam Baker

LG    63 Justin Blalock       73 Kirk Chambers

C     62 Todd McClure         61 Joe Hawley               66 Brett Romberg

RG    61 Joe Hawley           75 Garrett Reynolds

RT    77 Tyson Clabo          74 Will Svitek

TE    88 Tony Gonzalez        89 Reggie Kelly             81 Michael Palmer

WR    84 Roddy White          80 Kerry Meier              12 Kevin Cone

QB    2 Matt Ryan             8 Chris Redman              4 John Parker Wilson

RB    33 Michael Turner       44 Jason Snelling           22 Jacquizz Rodgers                           35 Antone Smith

FB    42 Mike Cox




DEFENSE
RE    55 John Abraham         90 Lawrence Sidbury         98 Cliff Matthews

DT    91 Corey Peters         99 Vance Walker

DT    95 Jonathan Babineaux   94 Peria Jerry

LE    93 Ray Edwards          71 Kroy Biermann

OLB   56 Sean Weatherspoon    51 Robert James

MLB   50 Curtis Lofton        52 Akeem Dent

OLB   54 Stephen Nicholas     59 Spencer Adkins

RCB   23 Dunta Robinson       21 Chris Owens

LCB   20 Brent Grimes         24 Dominique Franks         29 Darrin Walls

S     25 William Moore        36 James Sanders

S     28 Thomas DeCoud        39 Shann Schillinger



SPECIALISTS                                                                PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
K     3 Matt Bryant
                                                     Kroy Biermann................................................................Beerman
KO    5 Matt Bosher                                  Thomas DeCoud........................................................... DAY-Coo
                                                     Peria Jerry........................................................................... Pur-ray
P     5 Matt Bosher                                  Jacquizz Rodgers.............................................................. JA-quiz
                                                     Dunta Robinson...............................................................Don-tay
KR    14 Eric Weems           24 Dominique Franks    Shann Schillinger........................................................Schillin-GR
                                                     Will Svitek......................................................................Svee-tech
PR    14 Eric Weems           24 Dominique Franks    Joe Zelenka................................................................... ze-link-Ah

LS    82 Joe Zelenka

H     5 Matt Bosher           80 Kerry Meier
                         2011 Atlanta Falcons Transactions 

Date          Position   Player               Transaction
January 18      TE       BRANSON, Marquez     Signed as Reserve/Future Free Agent
                 C       BRUGGEMAN, Rob       Signed as Reserve/Future Free Agent
                WR       BUCKLEY, Tim         Signed as Reserve/Future Free Agent
                WR       HARVEY, Brandyn      Signed as Reserve/Future Free Agent
                DE       STEPHENS, Emmanuel   Signed as Reserve/Future Free Agent
                WR       STRICKLAND, Andy     Signed as Reserve/Future Free Agent
                 G       VALDEZ, Jose         Signed as Reserve/Future Free Agent
January 25      LB       JAMES, Robert        Signed
February 11     LB       WOODS,Bear           Signed
                DB       PRIEST, Rafael       Signed
February 14    Coach     BRATKOWSKI, Bob      Named Quarterbacks Coach
February 17     TE       AGNONE, Robbie       Signed
                DT       LEWIS, Trey          Signed
April 28        WR       JONES, Julio         Drafted in the first round (6th overall)
April 29        LB       DENT, Akeem          Drafted in the third round (91st overall)
April 29        RB       RODGERS, Jacquizz    Drafted in the fifth round (145 overall)
                P/K      BOSHER, Matt         Drafted in the sixth round (192 overall)
                OG       JACKSON, Andrew      Drafted in the seventh round (210th overall)
                DE       MATTHEWS, Cliff      Drafted in the seventh round (230th overall)
July 27         WR       BEAUMONT, Doug       Signed as a College Free Agent
                DB       BELGRAVE, Kirk       Signed as a College Free Agent
                FB       COX, Lucas           Signed as a College Free Agent
                WR       DAVIS, Drew          Signed as a College Free Agent
                 C       FENAROLI, Paul       Signed as a College Free Agent
                QB       FROMAN, Adam         Signed as a College Free Agent
                WR       GORE, P.J.           Signed as a College Free Agent
                DB       HANSEN, Matt         Signed as a College Free Agent
                DE       McCARTHY, Tom        Signed as a College Free Agent
                 T       McGILL, Rob          Signed as a College Free Agent
                DB       McILWAIN, Kamaal     Signed as a College Free Agent
                 C       MCMAHON, Ryan        Signed as a College Free Agent
                FB       MERROW, Thor         Signed as a College Free Agent
                 G       MURPHY, Matt         Signed as a College Free Agent
                LS       SCHULZE, Andrew      Signed as a College Free Agent
                RB       SYLVESTER, Philip    Signed as a College Free Agent
                LB       THOMPSON, Lamarcus   Signed as a College Free Agent
                DT       TRIPP, Kiante        Signed as a College Free Agent
                 S       TUIMAUNEI, Suaesi    Signed as a College Free Agent
                CB       WALLS, Darrin        Signed as a College Free Agent
                TE       WINTERSWYK, Ryan     Signed as a College Free Agent
                RB       YENGA, Youri         Signed as a College Free Agent
July 28          K       HARFMAN, Jacob       Signed as a College Free Agent
                 K       BOSHER, Matt         Signed
                         2011 Atlanta Falcons Transactions 

Date          Position   Player                Transaction
July 28         OL       JACKSON, Andrew       Signed
                DE       MATTHEWS, Cliff       Signed
                WR       JONES, Julio          Signed
                LB       DENT, Akeem           Signed
                RB       RODGERS, Jacquizz     Signed
July 29          K       BRYANT, Matt          Signed
                 T       CLABO, Tyson          Signed
                LB       NICHOLAS, Stephen     Signed
                LB       PETERSON, Mike        Signed
                DE       EDWARDS, Ray          Signed as a Free Agent (Min)
July 30         DT       WALKER, Vance         Signed Exclusive Rights Tender
                WR       WEEMS, Eric           Signed Restricted Free Agent Tender
                QB       WILSON, John Parker   Signed Exclusive Rights Tender
July 31          G       BLALOCK, Justin       Signed
August 1        TE       AGNONE, Robbie        Waived/Injuried
August 2        WR       CONE, Kevin           Signed as a College Free Agent
August 3        TE       SIMMONS, A.J.         Signed as a College Free Agent
August 5        OT       McGILL, ROB           Waived
                 K       HARFMAN, JACOB        Waived
August 7        RB       SNELLING, JASON       Signed
August 14       DT       POWELL, Carlton       Signed
August 15       TE       KELLY, Reggie         Signed
                WR       GORE, P.J.            Waived
August 19       TE       PEELLE, Justin        Injury Settlement
August 30       WR       BEAUMONT, Doug        Waived
                CB       BELGRAVE, Kirk        Waived
                WR       BUCKLEY, Tim          Injury Settlement
                LB       THOMPSON, LaMarcus    Waived
                LB       YENGA, Youri          Waived
                RB       SYLVESTER, Philip     Waived
                 C       ROMBERG, Brett        Signed
September 1     CB       HAYDEN, Kelvin        Signed
                 S       SANDERS, James        Signed
September 2     DE       DAVIS, Chauncey       Released
                DT       LEWIS, Trey           Released
                LB       WIRE, Coy             Released
                TE       BRANSON, Marquez      Waived
                FB       COX, Lucas            Waived
                 C       FENAROLI, Paul        Waived
                 S       HANSEN, Matt          Waived
                WR       HARVEY, Brandyn       Waived
                RB       JOHNSON, Gartrell     Waived
                DE       McCARTHY, Tom         Waived
                        2011 Atlanta Falcons Transactions 

Date         Position   Player                Transaction
               CB       McILWAIN, Kamaal      Waived
                C       McMAHON, Ryan         Waived
                S       PRIEST, Rafael        Waived
               DE       TRIPP, Kiante         Waived
                S       TUIMAUNEI, Suaesi     Waived
               LB       WOODS, Bear           Waived
               WR       STRICKLAND, Andy      Injury Settlement
September 3     C       ROMBERG, Brett        Released
                S       BUSH, Rafael          Waived
               WR       CONE, Kevin           Waived
               WR       DAVIS, Drew           Waived
               OL       JACKSON, Andrew       Waived
               LB       JAMES, Robert         Waived
               DE       STEPHENS, Emmanuel    Waived
               OL       VALDEZ, Jose          Waived
               QB       WILSON, John Parker   Waived
               TE       WINTERSWYK, Ryan      Injury Settlement
September 4     S       BUSH, Rafael          Signed to Practice Squad
               WR       CONE, Kevin           Signed to Practice Squad
               WR       DAVIS, Drew           Signed to Practice Squad
               OL       JACKSON, Andrew       Signed to Practice Squad
               LB       JAMES, Robert         Signed to Practice Squad
               OL       VALDEZ, Jose          Signed to Practice Squad
               QB       WILSON, John Parker   Signed to Practice Squad
September 5    TE       BRANSON, Marquez      Signed to Practice Squad
September 12    C       BRUGGEMAN, Rob        Waived
                C       ROMBERG, Brett        Signed
September 12   TE       GALLARDA, Tommy       Signed to Practice Squad
               TE       BRANSON, Marquez      Practice Squad Injured
October 18      S       TUIMAUNEI, Suaesi     Signed to Practice Squad
October 26     FB       MUGHELLI, Ovie        Placed on Injured Reserve
               OL       JOHNSON, Mike         Placed on Injured Reserve
               FB       COX, Mike             Signed
               OL       CHAMBERS, Kirk        Signed
November 22    OL       JACKSON, Andrew       Placed on Practice Squad-Injured
               OL       JOLLY, Kyle           Signed to Practice Squad
November 29    TE       GALLARDA, Tommy       Waived
               TE       WINTERSWYK, Ryan      Signed to Practice Squad
December 2     DT       POWELL, Carlton       Waived
               QB       WILSON, John Parker   Signed to the Active Roster
December 6     DT       POWELL, Carlton       Signed to the Practice Squad
December 27    CB       HAYDEN, Kelvin        Placed on Injured Reserve
               LB       PETERSON, Mike        Placed on Injured Reserve
December 28    WR       CONE, Kevin           Signed to the Active Roster
                         2011 Atlanta Falcons Transactions 

Date          Position   Player            Transaction
December 28     LB       JAMES, Robert     Signed to the Active Roster
                 S       HANSEN, Matt      Signed to the Practice Squad
December 30     TE       GALLARDA, Tommy   Signed to the Practice Squad
January 1       TE       GONZALEZ, Tony    Signed to a one-year contract extension
                  Atlanta Falcons / Week 17 / Through Sunday, January 01, 2012 / Regular Season

Won 10, Lost 6                                                                           Rushing                                    No.            Yds           Avg      Long        TD
                                                                                         M.Turner                                   301           1340            4.5       81t       11
                                                                                         J.Rodgers                                   57            205            3.6        13        1
9/11/2011           L       12- 30              at Chicago Bears                         J.Snelling                                  44            151            3.4        18        0
9/18/2011           W       35- 31              Philadelphia Eagles                      M.Ryan                                      37             84            2.3        12        2
9/25/2011           L       13- 16              at Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  J.Jones                                      6             56            9.3        19        0
10/2/2011           W       30- 28              at Seattle Seahawks                      H.Douglas                                    1              3            3.0         3        0
10/9/2011           L       14- 25              Green Bay Packers                        O.Mughelli                                   2              1            0.5         1        0
10/16/2011          W       31- 17              Carolina Panthers                        C.Redman                                     5             -6           -1.2        -1        0
10/23/2011          W       23- 16              at Detroit Lions                         Team                                       453           1834            4.0       81t       14
11/6/2011           W       31- 7               at Indianapolis Colts                    Opponents                                  372           1552            4.2       74t       10
11/13/2011          L       23- 26              New Orleans Saints
11/20/2011          W       23- 17              Tennessee Titans                         Receiving                                  No.            Yds           Avg      Long        TD
11/27/2011          W       24- 14              Minnesota Vikings                        R.White                                    100           1296           13.0        43        8
12/4/2011           L       10- 17              at Houston Texans                        T.Gonzalez                                  80            875           10.9        30        7
12/11/2011          W       31- 23              at Carolina Panthers                     J.Jones                                     54            959           17.8       80t        8
12/15/2011          W       41- 14              Jacksonville Jaguars                     H.Douglas                                   39            498           12.8        49        1
12/26/2011          L       16- 45              at New Orleans Saints                    J.Snelling                                  26            179            6.9       21t        1
1/1/2012            W       45- 24              Tampa Bay Buccaneers                     J.Rodgers                                   21            188            9.0       31t        1
                                                          Atlanta      Opponent          M.Turner                                    17            168            9.9        32        0
Total First Downs                                              349             292       E.Weems                                     11             90            8.2        18        0
Rushing                                                        100               87      M.Palmer                                    10             72            7.2        11        1
Passing                                                        215            186        O.Mughelli                                   4             25            6.3        19        2
Penalty                                                          34              19      M.Cox                                        2              8            4.0         8        0
3rd Down: Made/Att                                        99/224          93/211         R.Kelly                                      1              7            7.0         7        0
3rd Down Pct.                                              44.2%           44.1%         K.Meier                                      0              0              0         0        0
4th Down: Made/Att                                            4/13            6/11       Team                                       365           4365           12.0       80t       29
4th Down Pct.                                              30.8%           54.5%         Opponents                                  340           4017           11.8       70t       25
Possession Avg.                                             32:05           27:55
                                                                                         Interceptions                              No.           Yds            Avg      Long        TD
Total Net Yards                                              6026            5338
                                                                                         T.DeCoud                                     4            77            19.3        49        0
Avg. Per Game                                               376.6           333.6
                                                                                         W.Moore                                      2            56            28.0        29        0
Total Plays                                                  1073             965
                                                                                         C.Lofton                                     2            30            15.0       26t        1
Avg. Per Play                                                   5.6             5.5
                                                                                         D.Robinson                                   2            28            14.0        14        0
Net Yards Rushing                                            1834            1552
                                                                                         K.Hayden                                     2             3             1.5         2        0
Avg. Per Game                                               114.6             97.0
                                                                                         D.Franks                                     2             0             0.0         0        0
Total Rushes                                                   453            372
                                                                                         K.Biermann                                   1            50            50.0       50t        1
Net Yards Passing                                            4192            3786
                                                                                         B.Grimes                                     1            29            29.0        29        0
Avg. Per Game                                               262.0           236.6
                                                                                         D.Walls                                      1            23            23.0        23        0
Sacked/Yards Lost                                          26/173          33/231
                                                                                         M.Peterson                                   1             4             4.0         4        0
Gross Yards                                                  4365            4017
                                                                                         C.Peters                                     1             1             1.0         1        0
Attempts/Completions                                     594/365         560/340
                                                                                         Team                                        19           301            15.8       50t        2
Completion Pct.                                            61.4%           60.7%
                                                                                         Opponents                                   13           178            13.7       40t        2
Had Intercepted                                                  13              19
Punts/Average                                             71/42.1         75/46.1        Punting              No       Yds          Avg            Net      TB       In      Lg       B
Net Punting Avg.                                              38.3            40.6       M.Bosher             70      2990          42.7          38.9       4       27      59       1
Penalties/Yards                                           93/769         101/843         Team                 70      2990          42.1          38.9       4       27      59       1
Fumbles/Ball Lost                                             12/8          19/10        Opponents            75      3460          46.1          40.6       5       19      66       0
Touchdowns                                                       46              40
Rushing                                                          14              10      Punt Returns                         Ret         FC       Yds           Avg      Long        TD
Passing                                                          29              25      E.Weems                               32         19       315            9.8       42         0
Returns                                                           3               5      D.Franks                               1          0         0            0.0        0         0
                                                                                         Team                                  33         19       315            9.5       42         0
Score By Periods                    Q1       Q2       Q3        Q4    OT       Pts
                                                                                         Opponents                             31         24       150            4.8       33         0
Team                               120      115       74         93    0       402
Opponents                           39      110      127        71     3       350       Kickoff Returns                            No.            Yds           Avg      Long        TD
Scoring              TD     Ru     Pa       Rt      PAT           FG  2Pt      Pts       E.Weems                                     24            563           23.5       37         0
M.Bryant              0       0      0       0    45/45       27/29     0      126       Team                                        24            563           23.5       37         0
M.Turner             11      11      0       0        0/0         0/0   0        66      Opponents                                   60           1487           24.8      104         0
R.White               8       0      8       0        0/0         0/0   0        48
J.Jones               8       0      8       0        0/0         0/0   0        48      Field Goals                  1-19           20-29           30-39         40-49          50+
T.Gonzalez            7       0      7       0        0/0         0/0   0        42      M.Bryant                      2/ 2            9/ 9            9/ 9          5/ 7         2/ 2
O.Mughelli            2       0      2       0        0/0         0/0   0        12      Team                          2/ 2            9/ 9            9/ 9          5/ 7         2/ 2
J.Rodgers             2       1      1       0        0/0         0/0   0        12      Opponents                     0/ 0            8/ 8            4/ 5         9/ 10         2/ 5
M.Ryan                2       2      0       0        0/0         0/0   0        12      Fumbles Lost: M.Ryan 3, M.Turner 2, D.Franks 1, J.Jones 1, J.Rodgers 1 Total:
C.Lofton              1       0      0       1        0/0         0/0   0         6      8
H.Douglas             1       0      1       0        0/0         0/0   0         6      Opponent Fumble Recoveries: R.Edwards 2, S.Nicholas 1, J.Snelling 1, C.Lofton
K.Biermann            1       0      0       1        0/0         0/0   0         6      1, V.Walker 1, C.Peters 1, S.Weatherspoon 1, J.Abraham 1, J.Sanders 1 Total:
M.Palmer              1       0      1       0        0/0         0/0   0         6      10
C.Peters              1       0      0       1        0/0         0/0   0         6
J.Snelling            1       0      1       0        0/0         0/0   0         6
Team                 46      14     29       3    45/45       27/29     0     402
Opponents            40      10     25       5    37/37       23/28     1     350
2-Pt. Conversions: Team 0/ 1, Opponents: 1/ 3
Sacks: J.Abraham 9.5, S.Weatherspoon 4.0, L.Sidbury 4.0, R.Edwards 3.5,
C.Peters 3.0, K.Biermann 2.5, V.Walker 2.0, C.Lofton 1.0, J.Babineaux 1.0,
C.Owens 1.0, W.Moore 0.5 Team: 32.0, Opponents: 25.0

   Passing                            Att   Cmp      Yds        Cmp%           Yds/Att     TD          TD%      Int           Int%        Long      Sack      Lost           Rating
   M.Ryan                            566     347    4177        61.3%              7.4     29          5.1%     12            2.1%          80t      26/       173             92.2
   C.Redman                           28      18     188        64.3%              6.7      0          0.0%       1           3.6%           22        0/        0             68.8
   Team                              594     365    4365        61.4%              7.3     29          4.9%     13            2.2%          80t      26/       173             91.0
   Opponents                         560     340    4017        60.7%              7.2     25          4.5%     19            3.4%          70t      33/       231             83.3
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2011                      (10-6)      2nd NFC SOUTH
                          Coach: Mike Smith
                                                                  PASSING
                                                                  Ryan
                                                                                    ATT CMP
                                                                                     566 347
                                                                                                      YDS CP% YD/AT TD TD% INT INT% LG SK/YDS RTG
                                                                                                      4,177 61.3 7.4 29  5.1 12   2.1 80t 26/173 92.2
                                                                  Redman              28        18     188     64.3        6.7   0      0.0    1           3.6     22            0/0 68.8
DATE                      ATL OPP
                                                                  Team               594     365 4,365         61.4        7.3   29     4.9   13           2.2 80t         26/173 91.0
9/11       @CHI            12  30               L       62,115
                                                                  Opponents          560    340 4,017          60.7        7.2   25     4.5   19           3.4 70t          33/231 83.3
9/18       PHI              35        31        W 69,608
9/25       @TB              13        16        L   46,995
10/2       @SEA             30        28        W 66,266          PUNTING                  NO           YDS           AVG           NET        TB            I20            LG            B
                                                                  Bosher                   70         2,990           42.7          38.9        4             27            59             1
10/9       GB               14        25        L   69,576
                                                                  Team                     70        2,990            42.7          38.9           4             27         59            1
10/16      CAR              31        17        W 69,047
                                                                  Opponents                75        3,460            46.1        40.6             5             19         66            0
10/23      @DET             23        16        W 63,625
11/6       @IND             31        7         W 65,218
                                                                  RUSHING         NO YDS AVG                 LG TD           INT’S             NO           YDS        AVG          LG TD
11/13      NO               23        26        L   70,359        Turner           301 1,340 4.5              81t 11         DeCoud                 4            77     19.3        49         0
11/20      TEN              23        17        W 68,164          Rodgers            57     205       3.6      13      1     Robinson               2            28     14.0         14        0
11/27      MIN              24        14        W       68,115    Snelling          44       151      3.4      18     0      Hayden                 2              3       1.5        2        0
12/4       @HOU             10        17        L       71,545    Ryan               37      84       2.3      12     2      Moore                  2            56     28.0        29         0
12/11      @CAR             31        23        W 72,680          Jones               6      56       9.3      19     0      Lofton                 2            30     15.0        26t        1
12/15      JAX              41        14        W 68,856          Douglas              1        3     3.0       3     0      Franks                 2             0        0.0       0         0
12/26      @NO              16        45        L   70,086        Mughelli            2          1    0.5       1     0      Biermann                  1         50     50.0        50t        1
1/1        TB               45        24        W 68,167          C. Redman           5         -6    -1.2      -1    0      Grimes                    1         29     29.0        29         0
                                                                  Team             453 1,834          4.0     81t 14         Peterson                  1          4        4.0       4         0
                                                                  Opponents        372     1,552      4.2     74t 10         Peters                    1           1       1.0        1        0
                                                                                                                             D. Walls                  1         23     23.0         23        0
2011                                   ATL               OPP                                                                 Team                  19            301    15.8        50t        2
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS                      349               292                                                                 Opponents             13            178    13.7        40t        2
Rushing                                100                87     RECEIVING        NO       YDS AVG           LG TD
Passing                                   215             186    White            100      1,296 13.0         43 8
Penalty                                    34              19    Gonzalez           80      875      10.9     30      7      PUNT RET          RET FC YDS AVG LG TD
3rd Down: Made/Att                 99/224           93/211       Jones              54      959      17.8    80t      8      Weems              32 19 315 9.8 42 0
3rd Down Pct.                          44.2              44.1    Douglas            39      498      12.8     49      1      Franks                    1     0         0     0.0      0        0
4th Down: Made/Att                     4/13              6/11    Snelling           26      179       6.9     21t     1      Team                  33 19           315        9.5    42        0
4th Down Pct.                          30.8              54.5    Rodgers             21     188       9.0     31t     1      Opponents             31 24           150       4.8     33        0
POSSESSION AVG.                      32:05              27:55    Turner              17     168       9.9      32     0
TOTAL NET YARDS                      6,026              5,338    Weems               11      90       8.2      18     0
Avg. Per Game                         376.6             333.6    Palmer             10       72       7.2      11     1
                                                                                                                             KICK RET          NO           YDS AVG                 LG TD
Total Plays                           1,073              965     Mughelli            4       25       6.3      19     2      Weems              24           563 23.5                37 0
Avg. Per Play                             5.6             5.5    Cox                  2         8    4.0       8      0      Team               24           563        23.5        37         0
NET YARDS RUSHING                     1,834             1,552    Kelly                1         7     7.0      7      0      Opponents          60         1,487        24.8     104           0
Avg. Per Game                         114.6              97.0    Team              365 4,365         12.0    80t 29
Total Rushes                           453               372     Opponents        340 4,017          11.8    70t 25
NET YARDS PASSING                     4,192             3,786
                                                                                                                             FG’S             1–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50+
Avg. Per Game                         262.0             236.6
                                                                                                                             Bryant            2/2   9/9   9/9 5/7 2/2
Sacked/Yards Lost                    26/173         33/231       Sacks: J.Abraham 9.5, L. Sidbury 4.0, S.
                                                                 Weatherspoon 4.0, C. Peters 3.0, R. Edwards                 Team             2/2           9/9         9/9      5/7 2/2
Gross Yards                           4,365             4,017    3.5, K. Biermann 2.5, V. Walker 2.0, , J.
                                                                 Babineaux 1.0, C. Owens 1.0, C. Lofton 1.0, W.              Opponents        0/0           8/8         4/5 9/10 2/5
Att./Completions              594/365 560/340
                                                                 Moore 0.5 Team: 32.0, Opponents: 25.0
SCORE/QTR Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS                                     2-Pt. Conversions: Team 0/0, Opponents: 1/2
Team     120 115 74 93 0 402
                                                                 Fumbles Lost: M.Ryan 3, M.Turner 2, D.
Opponents            39 110 127 71                  3     350    Franks 1, J. Jones 1, J. Rodgers 1 Total: 8
                                                                 Opponent : 10
SCORING TD Ru Pa RT PAT FG 2 TP
                                                                 Fumble Recoveries: R. Edwards 2, C. Lofton
M.Bryant 0 0 0 0 45/45 27/29 0 126                               1, Corey Peters 1, S. Nicholas 1, V. Walker 1, J.
M. Turner        11 11 0 0             0/0 0/0 0 66              Snelling 1, J. Sanders 1, S. Weatherspoon 1,
                                                                 John Abraham 1 Total: 9
R. White         8 0        8 0        0/0 0/0 0 48
J. Jones         8 0        8 0        0/0 0/0 0 48
T. Gonzalez 7 0             7 0        0/0 0/0 0 42
O. Mughelli 2 0             2 0        0/0 0/0 0 12
M. Ryan          2 2 0 0               0/0 0/0 0 12
J. Rodgers       2    1     1 0        0/0 0/0 0 12
H. Douglas       1 0        1 0        0/0 0/0 0             6
M. Palmer        1 0        1 0        0/0 0/0 0             6
J. Snelling      1 0        1 0        0/0 0/0 0             6
C. Lofton        1 0 0           1     0/0 0/0 0             6
K. Biermann 1 0 0                1     0/0 0/0 0             6
C. Peters        1 0 0           1     0/0 0/0 0             6
Team            46 14 29 3 45/4527/29 0402
Opponents40 10 25 5 37/3723/28 1 350




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 DEFENSIVE TACKLES       T    A     TOTAL TACKLES   PASSESS DEFENSED            PD
 Curtis Lofton           95   64              159   Brent Grimes                 14
 Sean Weatherspoon       84    41             125   William Moore                 9
 Thomas DeCoud           75    33             108   Dunta Robinson                9
 Dunta Robinson          48    16             64    Sean Weatherspoon             8
 William Moore           26    23              49   Curtis Lofton                 7
 James Sanders           32    16             48    Thomas DeCoud                 5
 Brent Grimes            36     8             44    Corey Peters                  3
 Kroy Biermann           15    19              34   Kelvin Hayden                 3
 Stephen Nicholas        22    10              32   Jonathan Babineaux            3
 Ray Edwards             25     7              32   Dominuqe Franks               3
 Corey Peters            24     7              31   Chris Owens                   3
 Chris Owens             20     8              28   Ray Edwards                   3
 Kelvin Hayden           22     5              27   James Sanders                 2
 Mike Peterson           16    11              27   John Abraham                  2
 John Abraham            20     6              26   Mike Peterson                 2
 Jonathan Babineaux      15     8              23   Lawrence Sidbury              2
 Vance Walker            15     7              22   Darrin Walls                  2
 Dominique Franks        10     7              17   Kroy Biermann                 1
 Peria Jerry              3     7              10   Stephen Nicholas              1
 Lawrence Sidbury        4      3               7   Akeem Dent                    1
 Spencer Adkins           3     2               5   Peria Jerry                   1
  Total                 580   286            866    Total                       85

 QUARTERBACK SACKS                         SACKS
 John Abraham                                 9.5   TACKLES FOR LOSS           TFL
                                                    S. Weatherspoon              14
 Lawrence Sidbury                             4.0
                                                    J. Abraham                    9
 Sean Weatherspoon                            4.0
                                                    C. Lofton                     9
 Ray Edwards                                  3.5
                                                    C. Peters                     6
 Corey Peters                                 3.0
                                                    R. Edwards                    4
 Kroy Biermann                                2.5
                                                    L. Sidbury                    4
 V. Walker                                    2.0
                                                    P. Jerry                      3
 Jonathan Babineaux                           1.0
                                                    J. Babineaux                  3
 C. Owens                                     1.0
                                                    S. Nicholas                   3
 C. Lofton                                    1.0
                                                    K. Biermann                   3
 W. Moore                                     0.5
                                                    V. Walker                     3
 Total                                       32.0
                                                    C. Owens                      2
SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES   T     A     TOTAL TACKLES   M. Peterson                   2
Akeem Dent              12     7               19   T. DeCoud                     2
Eric Weems              10     2              12    K. Hayden                     1
Shann Schillinger        7     4               11   W. Moore                      1
Kroy Biermann            5     4               9    D. Robinson                   1
Matt Boesher             6     2               8    Total                        75
Chris Owens              7     1               8
Antone Smith             7     0               7    INTERCEPTIONS              INTs
Jason Snelling           2     3               5    Thomas DeCoud                 4
Stephen Nicholas         2     2               4    Kelvin Hayden                2
Kelvin Hayden            3     0               3    William Moore                2
Brent Grimes             2     1               3    Dunta Robinson                2
Jacquizz Rodgers         2     1               3    Dominique Franks             2
Ovie Mughelli            1     1               2    Curtis Lofton                2
Lawrence Sidbury         1     1               2    Kroy Biermann                 1
Mike Peterson            2     0               2    Brent Grimes                  1
James Sanders            2     0               2    Mike Peterson                 1
Sean Weatherspoon        2     0               2    Corey Peters                  1
Thomas DeCoud            1     0               1    Darrin Walls                  1
Darrin Walls             1     0               1    Total                        19
Spencer Adkins           1     0               1
Total                   76    34             107    DEFENSIVE FORCED FUMBLES     FF
DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES                  FR      J. Abraham                    4
R. Edwards                                    2      S. Nicholas                  2
S. Nicholas                                    1     C. Lofton                    2
V. Walker                                      1     B. Grimes                        1
J. Sanders                                     1     P. Jerry                         1
C. Lofton                                      1     W. Moore                         1
C. Peters                                      1
                                                     A. Dent                          1
J. Snelling                                    1     V. Walker                        1
Total                                          8     Total                       12
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 GAME 1                                                                         30-12
 SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO, IL


              ATLANTA FALCONS                                            CHICAGO BEARS
PASSING           ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT          PASSING        ATT CP YD         SK TD LG INT RT
M. Ryan           47 31 319 5/43 0 32 1           76.5      J. Cutler       32 22 312 4/21 2 56T 1 107.8
TOTAL             47 31 319 5/43 0 32 1           76.5      TOTAL           32 22 312 4/21 2 56T 1 107.8


RUSHING            ATT     YDS      AVG      LG    TD       RUSHING          ATT     YDS      AVG      LG    TD
M.Turner            10      100    10.0     53      0       M. Forte        16        68       4.3     27     0
J. Snelling          2       10     5.0      9      0       K. Bell         10        24       2.4      6     0
J. Rodgers           2        0     0.0      2      0       D. Sanzenbacher 1         -4      -4.0     -4     0
TOTAL               14      110     7.9     53      0       TOTAL          27         88       3.3     27     0


RECEIVING           NO     YDS      AVG     LG     TD       RECEIVING         NO     YDS      AVG      LG    TD
R.White               8      61      7.6    14       0      M. Forte        5         90     18.0     56T     1
T. Gonzalez           5      72     14.4    30       0      R. Williams     4         55      13.8     23     0
J. Jones              5       71    14.2    32       0      D. Hester       3         60     20.0      53     0
J. Snelling           5      32      6.4    10       0      J. Knox         3         60     20.0      25     0
M. Turner             3      40     13.3    20       0      K. Davis        2         23       11.5    12     0
J. Rodgers            3      33      11.0   15       0      E. Bennett      2          11      5.5      6     0
H. Douglas            2      10      5.0     7       0      M. Spaeth       2           7       3.5     6     0
TOTAL                31     319     10.3    32       0      D. Sanzenbacher 1          6       6.0      6     0
                                                            TOTAL          22        312     14.2      56     2




                                             SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                            ATL   CHI
Bears         1    9:58    R. Gould 41 yd. Field Goal (10-54, 5:02)                                     0     3
Falcons       1    5:24    M. Bryant 48 yd. Field Goal (10-50, 4:34)                                    3     3
Bears         1    1:10    M. Forte 56 yd. pass from J. Cutler (R. Gould kick) (3-72,1:32)              3   10
Bears         2    8:42    R. Gould 23 yd. Field Goal (7-25, 3:43)                                      3    13
Bears         2    0:55    R. Gould 26 yd. Field Goal (14-72, 5:19)                                     3   16
Falcons       3    10:13   M. Bryant 25 yd. Field Goal (11-87, 4:47)                                    6   16
Bears         3    6:55    M. Spaeth 1 yd. pass from J. Cutler (R. Gould kick) (7-92,3:18)              6   23
Bears         3    5:58    B. Urlacher 12 yd. fumble return (R. Gould kick)                             6   30
Falcons       4    10:23   K. Biermann 50 yd. interception return (run failed)                         12   30




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 GAME 2                                                                      35-31
 GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA


           PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                                      ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING          ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT         PASSING       ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT
M. Vick          28 19 242 0/0 2 36 1 103.6               M.Ryan         28 17 195 4/15 4 32 2         91.5
M. Kafka          9 7 72 0/0 0 43 0 100.0                 TOTAL          28 17 195 4/15 4 32 2         91.5
TOTAL            37 26 314 0/0 2 43 1 102.8
                                                          RUSHING         ATT     YDS     AVG     LG    TD
RUSHING           ATT     YDS      AVG     LG    TD       M. Turner         21     114     5.4    61     1
L. McCoy           18      95      5.3    23      2       J. Rodgers         3      17     5.7    10     0
M. Vick             6      25      4.2    10      0       M. Ryan            4       6     1.5    10     0
R. Brown            3      10      3.3     11     0       O. Mughelli        1       1     1.0     1     0
M. Kafka            1       2      2.0     2      0       TOTAL             45    221      4.9    30     2
J. Maclin           1       1      1.0      1     0
D. Jackson          1       0      0.0     0      0       RECEIVING        NO     YDS     AVG     LG    TD
TOTAL              30     133      4.4    23      2       T. Gonzalez       7      83     11.9   17T     2
RECEIVING          NO     YDS      AVG    LG     TD       R. White          3      23      7.7    17     1
                                                          J. Jones          2      29    14.5     15     0
J. Maclin           13      171    13.2   43       2
                                                          H. Douglas        2      19      9.5    15     0
B. Celek            4       43     10.8   24       0
                                                          M. Turner         1      32    32.0     32     0
L. McCoy            4       21      5.3   10       0
                                                          J. Snelling       1       8     8.0      8     0
S. Smith            2       29     14.5   20       0
                                                          O. Mughelli       1       1      1.0    1T     1
D. Jackson          2       21     10.5    11      0
                                                          TOTAL            17     195    11.5     32     4
J. Avant            1       29     29.0   29       0
TOTAL              26      314     12.1   43       2


                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                       PHI   ATL
Falcons      1    2:44    R. White 2 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (7-38, 3:58)          0      7
Eagles       2    10:54   J. Maclin 5 yd. pass from M. Vick (A. Henery kick) (12-84, 6:50)        7      7
Eagles       2    6:46    A. Henery 22 yd. Field Goal (7-42, 2:51)                               10      7
Falcons      2    0:44    T. Gonzalez 4 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (4-24, 1:13)      10     14
Falcons      3    11:56   T. Gonzalez 17 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (2-49, 0:56)     10     21
Eagles       3    10:00   J. Maclin 36 yd. pass from M. Vick (A. Henery kick) (4-70, 1:56)       17     21
Eagles       3    7:52    L. McCoy 8 yd. run (A. Henery kick) (4-22, 1:54)                       24     21
Eagles       3    1:59    L. McCoy 2 yd. run (A. Henery kick) (5-20, 2:05)                       31     21
Falcons      4    10:45   O. Mughelli 1 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (12-80, 6:14)     31     28
Falcons      4    4:48    M. Turner 3 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (7-80, 3:24)                      31     35




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 GAME 3                                                                    16-13
 RAYMOND JAMES, TAMPA, FLA


             ATLANTA FALCONS                                   TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
PASSING          ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT         PASSING       ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT
M. Ryan          47 26 330 4/35 1 49 1          75.7      J. Freeman     32 22 180 0/0 0 24 2            56.8
TOTAL            47 26 330 4/35 1 49 1          75.7      TOTAL          32 22 180 0/0 0 24 2            56.8


RUSHING           ATT     YDS      AVG     LG    TD       RUSHING         ATT     YDS     AVG       LG    TD
M. Turner          11       20      1.8    9      0       L. Blount         24     81      3.4     12      0
M. Ryan             1       12     12.0   12      0       J. Freeman        10     35      3.5     14      1
J. Rodgers          2        7      3.5    5      0       E. Graham          2      -1    -0.5      0      0
J. Jones            1       -9     -9.0   -9      0       TOTAL             16     43      2.7     12      0
TOTAL              15       30      2.0   12      0
                                                          RECEIVING        NO    YDS      AVG      LG     TD
RECEIVING          NO     YDS      AVG    LG     TD
                                                          E. Graham          7     37       5.3     11     0
R. White             9     140     15.6    30     0
                                                          M. Williams        5     43       8.6    16      0
J. Jones             6      115    19.2    49     0
                                                          A. Benn            3     19       6.3    13      0
H. Douglas           5       35     7.0    16     0
                                                          L. Stocker         2     33     16.5     24      0
J. Rodgers           2       19     9.5    15     0
                                                          K. Winslow         2     20     10.0     14      0
T. Gonzalez          2       18     9.0   10T     1
                                                          L. Blount          1      13    13.0     13      0
J. Snelling          2        3     1.5     6     0
                                                          P. Parker          1      11     11.0     11     0
TOTAL               26     330     12.7    49     1
                                                          K. Lumpkin         1       4     4.0      4      0
                                                          TOTAL             22    180      8.2     24      0




                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                        ATL    TB
Bucs         1    1:19    C. Barth 49 yd. Field Goal (9-37, 3:23)                                   0      3
Falcons      2    11:10   M. Bryant 26 yd. Field Goal (11-84, 5:09)                                 3      3
Bucs         2    3:37    J. Freeman 1 yd. run (C. Barth kick) (12-80, 7:33)                        3     10
Bucs         2    1:56    C. Barth 26 yd. Field Goal (4-1, 1:29)                                    3     13
Bucs         3    6:50    C. Barth 28 yd. Field Goal (16-70, 8:10)                                  3     16
Falcons      4    9:55    T. Gonzalez 10 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (2-59, 0:43)       10     16
Falcons      4    4:06    M. Bryant 33 yd. Field Goal (13-53, 3:40)                                13     16




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GAME 4                                                                         30-28
CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA


          SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                                              ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING           ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT         PASSING       ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
T. Jackson        38 25 319 0/0 3 52t 2            96.3    M. Ryan        42 28 291      0/0 1 45 0      94.4
TOTAL             38 25 319 0/0 3 52t 2            96.3    TOTAL          42 28 291      0/0 1 45 0      94.4

RUSHING            ATT     YDS      AVG      LG     TD     RUSHING         ATT     YDS    AVG      LG     TD
M. Lynch             8       24      3.0     11t     1     M. Turner         26     70     2.7    21T      2
T. Jackson           2       16      8.0     13      0     M. Ryan            4     26     6.5     10      0
J. Forsett           3        11     3.7      8      0     J. Rodgers         6     25     4.2      11     0
L. Washington        2        2      1.0       1     0     TOTAL             29     98     3.4     27      0
TOTAL               15       53      3.5     13      1
                                                           RECEIVING        NO     YDS    AVG      LG     TD
RECEIVING           NO     YDS      AVG      LG     TD     J. Jones           11   127     11.5    45      0
D. Baldwin           5      84      16.8     30      0     T. Gonzalez         7    56     8.0     22      1
S. Rice              3      79      26.3     52t     1     R. White           6     78    13.0     26      0
M. Williams          3      36      12.0      19     1     M. Turner          2     18     9.0     10      0
M. Lynch             3      33       11.0     26     0     J. Rodgers          1    10    10.0     10      0
J. Forsett           3      30      10.0      18     0     M. Palmer           1     2     2.0      2      0
B. Obomanu           3      25        8.3     12     1     TOTAL             28    291    10.4     45      1
Z. Miller            3      21        7.0     13     0
M. Robinson          1       7        7.0      7     0
L. Washington        1       4       4.0       4     0
TOTAL               25     319      12.8    52T      3



                                              SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                        ATL    SEA
Falcons      1     6:08    T. Gonzalez 1 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (12-72, 7:40)       7      0
Falcons      2     10:13   M. Turner 21 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (4-37, 1:31)                      14      0
Seahawks     2     8:46    S. Rice 52 yd. pass from T. Jackson (S. Hauschka kick) (4-84, 1:27)     14      7
Falcons      2     2:48    M. Turner 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (11-72, 5:58)                      21      7
Falcons      2     0:25    M. Bryant 47 yd. Field Goal (9-33, 1:18)                                24      7
Falcons       3    13:40   M. Bryant 50 yd. Field Goal (5-48, 1:20)                                27      7
Seahawks     33    10:01   M. Williams 6 yd. pass from T. Jackson (S. Hauschka kick) (10-61, 3:39) 27     14
Seahawks     3     3:07    M. Lynch 11 yd. run (S. Hauschka kick) (1-11, 0:05)                     27     21
Falcons      4     11:38   M. Bryant 42 yd. Field Goal (13-57, 6:29)                               30     21
Seahawks     4     8:13    B. Obomanu 8 yd. pass from T. Jackson (S. Hauschka kick) (9-60, 3:25) 30       28




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GAME 5                                                                        25-14
GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA



          GREEN BAY PACKERS                                            ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING          ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT         PASSING       ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT
A. Rodgers       39 26 396 4/27 2 70 0 117.0              M. Ryan        32 18 167 1/11 1 23 2           55.1
TOTAL            39 26 396 4/27 2 70 0 117.0              TOTAL          32 18 167 1/11 1 23 2          55.1


RUSHING           ATT     YDS      AVG     LG    TD       RUSHING         ATT     YDS     AVG      LG    TD
J. Starks          12      40       3.3    11     0      M. Turner         16      56      3.5    15      1
R. Grant            7      18       2.6    9      0      J. Jones           1      17     17.0    17      0
A. Rodgers          1       -1     -1.0    -1     0      J. Rodgers         1       11    11.0     11     0
TOTAL              20      57      2.9    11      0      M. Ryan            3       9      3.0     9      0
                                                         J. Snelling        1       2      2.0     2      0
RECEIVING          NO     YDS      AVG     LG    TD      TOTAL             22      95      4.3    17      1
J. Jones             5     140     28.0   70T      1
                                                          RECEIVING        NO    YDS      AVG     LG     TD
G. Jennings          4      82     20.5    39      1
                                                          T. Gonzalez        6     60     10.0    23       0
J. Finley            4      67     16.8    24      0
                                                          R. White           6     50      8.3    15       1
J. Nelson            3       17     5.7     9      0
                                                          J. Snelling        2      21    10.5    17       0
R. Cobb              2      26     13.0    16      0
                                                          H. Douglas         2     16      8.0    13       0
J. Starks            2      19      9.5     11     0
                                                          J. Jones           1     16     16.0    16       0
T. Crabtree          1       15    15.0    15      0
                                                          E. Weems           1       4     4.0     4       0
D. Williams          1        7     7.0      7     0
                                                          TOTAL             18    167      9.3    23       1
R. Grant             1        6     6.0     6      0
J. Kuhn              1        6     6.0     6      0
A. Green             1        6     6.0     6      0
D. Driver            1        5     5.0     5      0
TOTAL               26     396     15.2   70T      2




                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                        GB    ATL
Falcons      1    8:15    R. White 5 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (13-80, 6:45)          0      7
Falcons      2    12:26   M. Turner 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (10-60, 6:05)                       0     14
Packers      2    5:26    M. Crosby 32 yd. Field Goal (13-70, 7:00)                                3     14
Packers      2    0:08    M. Crosby 35 yd. Field Goal (8-27, 4:14)                                 6     14
Packers      3    5:28    M. Crosby 56 yd. Field Goal (8-45, 3:13)                                 9     14
Packers      3    3:42    J. Jones 70 yd. pass from A. Rodgers (pass failed) (1-70, 0:11)         15     14
Packers      4    14:51   G. Jennings 29 yd. pass from A. Rodgers (M. Crosby kick) (7-68, 2:21)   22     14
Packers      4    1:10    M. Crosby 30 yd. Field Goal (12-66, 6:22)                               25     14




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 GAME 6                                                                     31-17
 GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA



          CAROLINA PANTHERS                                        ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING        ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT         PASSING       ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
M. Ryan        35 21 237 2/11 0 29 3          44.6      M. Ryan        22 14 163      1/4 1 34 0 101.1
TOTAL          35 21 237 2/11 0 29 3          44.6      TOTAL          22 14 163      1/4 1 34 0 101.1


RUSHING         ATT     YDS      AVG     LG    TD       RUSHING          ATT    YDS     AVG       LG    TD
C. Newton         6      50      8.3    14T     1       M. Turner         27    139       5.1    33      2
J.Stewart         7      48      6.9     13     1       J. Snelling        3     12      4.0      8      0
D. Williams      12      44      3.7     18     0       J. Rodgers         1      8      8.0      8      0
TOTAL            25     142      5.7     18     2       M. Ryan            3      7      2.3      4      1
                                                        O. Mughelli        1      0      0.0      0      0
RECEIVING        NO     YDS      AVG     LG    TD       TOTAL             35    166      4.7     33      3
S. Smith           5      66     13.2    24      0
G. Olson           5      42      8.4    10      0      RECEIVING        NO     YDS     AVG       LG    TD
J. Shockey         4      60     15.0    29      0      T. Gonzalez        3     29      9.7      13     0
J. Stewart         3      24      8.0    12      0      H. Douglas         2     57     28.5      34     0
L. Naanee          2       31    15.5    17      0      R. White           2     21     10.5      14     0
B. LaFell          1       12    12.0    12      0      O. Mughelli        2     20     10.0      19     1
D. Williams        1        2     2.0     2      0      M. Turner          1      8      8.0       8     0
TOTAL             21     237     11.3    29      0      M. Palmer          1      8      8.0       8     0
                                                        R. Kelly           1      7      7.0       7     0
                                                        J. Snelling        1      7      7.0       7     0
                                                        J. Rodgers         1      6      6.0       6     0
                                                        TOTAL             14    163     11.6      34     1




                                         SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                      CAR    ATL
Panthers   1    4:54    O. Mare 42 yd. Field Goal (13-64, 6:51)                                   3      0
Falcons    1    0:00    M. Turner 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (7-81, 4:54)                         3      7
Panthers   2    10:13   J. Stewart 1 yd. run (O. Mare kick) (9-81, 4:47)                         10      7
Falcons    2    3:49    O. Mughelli 1 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (12-80, 6:24)       10     14
Panthers   3    6:28    C. Newton 14 yd. run (O. Mare kick) (13-80, 8:32)                        17     14
Falcons    4    14:12   M. Bryant 24 yd. Field Goal (8-43, 3:18)                                 17     17
Falcons    4    7:00    M. Ryan 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (10-60, 5:25)                         17     24
Falcons    4    1:56    M. Turner 2 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (8-39, 4:10)                        17     31




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 GAME 7                                                                     23-16
 FORD FIELD, DETROIT, MI


             ATLANTA FALCONS                                             DETROIT LIONS
PASSING          ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT          PASSING        ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
M. Ryan           34 20 218 3/19 1 49 2 63.1              M.Stafford      32 15 183 3/24 1 57T 0         75.4
C. Redman          1 0    0 0/0 0 0 0 39.6                TOTAL           32 15 183 3/24 1 57T 0         75.4
TOTAL             50 36 412 3/27 3 64 0 116.4
                                                          RUSHING         ATT    YDS      AVG       LG    TD
RUSHING           ATT     YDS     AVG      LG    TD       M. Morris          9     50      5.6     31      0
M. Turner           27     122     4.5    50       0      K. Williams        9     44      4.9     18      0
J. Rodgers           1       5     5.0     5       0      N. Burleson        2     10      5.0     10      0
M. Ryan              3       2     0.7     2       1      TOTAL             20    104      5.2     31      0
TOTAL               31     129     4.2    50       1
                                                          RECEIVING        NO     YDS     AVG      LG     TD
RECEIVING          NO     YDS     AVG     LG     TD       C. Johnson         5     115    23.0    57T      1
T. Gonzalez         5      62     12.4    30      0       B. Pettigrew       4      31     7.8      9      0
R. White            5      52     10.4   18T      1       T. Scheffler        2      15     7.5      9      0
H. Douglas          4      62     15.5    49      0       M. Morris          2      13     6.5      9      0
J. Rodgers          3      12      4.0     8      0       W. Heller          1       8     8.0      8      0
J. Snelling         1      18     18.0    18      0       N. Burleson        1       1     1.0      1      0
M. Palmer           1       8      8.0     8      0       TOTAL             15    183     12.2    57T      1
O. Mughelli         1       4      4.0     4      0
TOTAL              20     218     10.9    49      1


                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                        ATL    DET
Lions        1    10:26   J. Hanson 43 yd. Field Goal (4-10, 1:47)                                   0     3
Falcons      1    3:01    M. Bryant 23 yd. Fiedl Goal (7-21, 3:03)                                   3     3
Falcons      1    0:04    M. Ryan 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (5-28, 2:46)                          10      3
Lions        2    10:52   J. Hanson 38 yd. Field Goal (9-50, 4:12)                                 10      6
Falcons      2    0:25    R. White 18 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (7-81, 3:05)           17     6
Lions        3    7:37    J. Hanson 29 yd. Field Goal (6-35, 2:25)                                  17     9
Falcons      3    5:04    M. Bryant 47 yd. Field Goal (7-51, 2:33)                                 20      9
Lions        3    1:57    C. Johnson 57 yd. pass from M. Stafford (J. Hanson kick) (6-84, 3:07)    20     16
Falcons      4    8:41    M. Bryant 40 yd. Field Goal (9-25, 4:42)                                 23     16




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GAME 8                                                                         31-7
LUCAS OIL FIELD, INDIANAPOLIS, IN


              ATLANTA FALCONS                                       INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
PASSING           ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT          PASSING       ATT   CP YD SK TD LG INT         RT
M. Ryan           24 14 275       1/6 3 80 1 120.7         C. Painter     27   13 98 2/15 0 16 1         41.9
TOTAL             24 14 275       1/6 3 80 1 120.7         D. Orlovsky     6    4 20 0/0 0 9 0           71.5
                                                           TOTAL          33   17 118 2/15 0 16 1        47.3
RUSHING            ATT     YDS     AVG     LG     TD
                                                           RUSHING         ATT     YDS     AVG     LG     TD
M. Turner           19      71      3.7    15      1
J. Rodgers          10      44      4.4     11     0       D. Brown          16      70     4.4    13      0
J. Jones             2      33     16.5    19      0       D. Carter          4       8     2.0     4      0
J. Snelling          8       15     1.9     6      0       C. Painter         1       5     5.0     5      0
M. Ryan              2        0     0.0     2      0       TOTAL             33     130     3.9    19     22
TOTAL               41     163      4.0    19      1
                                                           RECEIVING        NO     YDS     AVG     LG     TD
                                                           A. Collie         4      32      8.0    16      0
RECEIVING           NO     YDS     AVG   LG       TD
                                                           R. Wayne          4      30      7.5     11     0
R. White              4     76     19.0  33        0
                                                           P. Garcon         3      22      7.3    15      0
T. Gonzalez           4     36      9.0  20         1
                                                           D. Clark          2      21     10.5    12      0
J. Jones              3     131    43.7 80T        2
                                                           J. Tamme          2       6      3.0      3     0
J. Rodgers            1      16    16.0   16       0
                                                           B. Eldridge       1       6      6.0     6      0
M. Palmer             1       9     9.0    9       0
                                                           D. Brown          1       1      1.0      1     0
M. Turner             1       7     7.0    7       0
                                                           TOTAL            17     118      6.9    16      0
TOTAL                41    163      4.0  19        1


                                            SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                        ATL    IND
Falcons       1    11:38   M. Turner 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (5-26, 2:38)                        7      0
Falcons       1    2:51    J. Jones 50 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (3-79, 1:34)         14      0
Falcons       2    11:55   J. Jones 80 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (3-87, 1:34)         21      0
Colts         2    7:47    J. Powers 6 yd. interception return (A. Vinatieri kick)                 21      7
Falcons       3    2:50    T. Gonzalez 1 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (12-73, 7:32)      28      7
Falcons       4    10:15   M. Bryant 20 yd. Field Goal (10-62, 5:49)                               31      7




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 GAME 9                                                                   26-23
 GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA


          NEW ORLEANS SAINTS                                        ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING       ATT CP YD         SK TD LG INT RT           PASSING       ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
D. Brees          43 30 322     0/0 2 36 0 106.9          M. Ryan        52 29 351      1/8 2 46 1    81.5
TOTAL             43 30 322     0/0 2 36 0 106.9          TOTAL          52 29 351      1/8 2 46 1    81.5


RUSHING           ATT     YDS     AVG     LG     TD       RUSHING         ATT     YDS    AVG     LG    TD
P. Thomas           6      29      4.8    16      0      M.Turner          22      96     4.4   21      0
M. Ingram           8      11      1.4     6      0      J.Rodgers          7      30     4.3   13      0
D. Sproles          2       1      0.5     1      0      M. Ryan            1       9     9.0    9      0
TOTAL              16      41      2.6    16      0      H. Douglas         1       3     3.0    3      0
                                                         J. Snelling        1       0     0.0    0      0
RECEIVING          NO     YDS    AVG      LG     TD      TOTAL             32     138     4.3   21      0

M. Colston           8    113     14.1    19       0
                                                          RECEIVING        NO     YDS    AVG    LG     TD
J. Graham            7     82     11.7    29       1
                                                          H. Douglas         8    133    16.6    46     0
P. Thomas            4      9      2.3     7       0
                                                          T. Gonzalez        6     71    11.8   20t     1
D. Sproles           4      2      0.5     5       0
R. Meachem           2     69     34.5    36       1      R. White           4     62    15.5    20     0
D. Thomas            2      4      2.0     8       0      E. Weems           3     25     8.3    11     0
L. Moore             1     28     28.0    28       0      J. Snelling        2     25    12.5   21t     1
J. Collins           1     12     12.0    12       0      J. Jones           2      9     4.5     6     0
M. Ingram            1      3      3.0     3       0      M. Cox             2      8     4.0     8     0
TOTAL               30    322     10.7    36       2      M. Turner          1     10    10.0    10     0
                                                          J. Rodgers         1      8     8.0     8     0
                                                          TOTAL             29    351    12.1    46     2


                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                      NO    ATL
Falcons      1    6:20    M. Bryant 36 yd. Field Goal (16-61, 8:40)                              0       3
Saints       1    2:48    J. Kasay 52 yd. Field Goal (8-30, 3:32)                                3       3
Falcons      2    9:25    M. Bryant 29 yd. Field Goal (9-45, 5:21)                               3       6
Saints       2    2:34    J. Graham 21 yd. pass from D. Brees (J. Kasay kick) (3-50, 1:01)      10       6
Falcons      3    5:08    J. Snelling 21 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (10-70, 6:04)   10      13
Saints       3    1:31    R. Meachem 33 yd. pass from D. Brees (J. Kasay kick) (7-82, 3:37)     17      13
Saints       4    11:57   J. Kasay 48 yd. Field Goal (6--4, 2:56)                               20      13
Saints       4    7:13    J. Kasay 44 yd. Field Goal (8-62, 3:35)                               23      13
Falcons      4    4:13    T. Gonzalez 20 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (9-81, 3:00)    23     20
Falcons      4    0:00    M. Bryant 27 yd. Field Goal (13-85, 1:55)                             23     23
Saints       OT   8:25    J. Kasay 26 yd. Field Goal (4-21, 2:21)                               26     23




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 GAME 10                                                                  23-17
 GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA


          TENNESSEE TITANS                                            ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING       ATT CP YD         SK TD LG INT RT         PASSING        ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
M. Hasselbeck 25 13 124 0/0 0 20 1 49.4                 M. Ryan         32 22 316 0/0 1 43 0 110.9
J. Locker     19 9 140 1/7 2 40 0 107.3                 TOTAL           32 22 316 0/0 1 43 0 110.9
TOTAL         44 22 264 1/7 2 40 1 74.4
                                                        RUSHING          ATT    YDS     AVG       LG     TD
                                                        M. Turner         21    100      4.8      35      1
RUSHING         ATT     YDS      AVG     LG    TD
                                                        J. Snelling        7      11     1.6       4      0
M.Hasselbeck      1       17     17.0    17      0
                                                        M. Ryan            6       3     0.5       7      0
C. Johnson       12       13       1.1    6      0
                                                        J. Rodgers         2      2      1.0       3      0
J. Locker         1        11    11.0     11     0
                                                        TOTAL             36    116      3.2      35      1
TOTAL            14       41      2.9    17      0

                                                        RECEIVING        NO     YDS    AVG        LG     TD
RECEIVING       NO      YDS      AVG     LG    TD       R. White           7    147     21.0      43      0
N. Washington     9      115     12.8 40T        2      T. Gonzalez        5     74     14.8      19      1
J. Cook           5       51     10.2  22        0      H. Douglas         4     51     12.8      21      0
J. Ringer         3       35      11.7 15        0      E. Weems           3     20      6.7       8      0
C. Johnson        3       15      5.0   6        0      M. Palmer          1      11    11.0       11     0
L. Hawkins        1       32     32.0  32        0      M. Turner          1      9     9.0        9      0
D. Williams       1       16     16.0  16        0      J. Snelling        1      4     4.0        4      0
TOTAL            22     264      12.0  40        2      TOTAL             22    316    14.4       43      1




                                         SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                     TEN      ATL
Falcons   1     10:41   T. Gonzalez 17 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (5-44, 2:42)         0       7
Falcons   2     14:08   M. Bryant 19 yd. Field Goal (12-43, 6:53)                                  0     10
Falcons   2     7:18    M. Bryant 33 yd. Field Goal (7-64, 3:46)                                   0      13
Titans    2     0:02    R. Bironas 46 yd. Field Goal (7-62, 0:59)                                  3      13
Falcons   3     11:56   M. Turner 4 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (7-80, 3:04)                          3     20
Falcons   3     3:07    M. Bryant 24 yd. Field Goal (12-73, 6:49)                                  3     23
Titans    3     2:00    N. Washington 40 yd. pass from J. Locker (R. Bironas kick) (3-48, 1:07)   10     23
Titans    4     3:06    N. Washington 4 yd. pass from J. Locker (R. BIronas kick) (14-84, 3:30)   17     23




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GAME 11                                                                     24-14
GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA


          MINNESOTA VIKINGS                                             ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING          ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT          PASSING        ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
C. Ponder         25 17 186 4/24 1 39 0 103.1             M. Ryan         34 27 262 2/16 3 27 0 128.2
TOTAL             25 17 186 4/24 1 39 0 103.1             TOTAL           34 27 262 2/16 3 27 0 128.2


RUSHING           ATT     YDS     AVG      LG    TD       RUSHING          ATT    YDS     AVG      LG    TD
T. Gerhart          17      44     2.6     12      1      M. Turner          19     60      3.2    10     0
P. Harvin            5      11     2.2      3      0      J. Rodgers          3     19      6.3     8     0
C. Ponder            2       9     4.5      5      0      J. Snelling         3      7      2.3     3     0
TOTAL               24      64     2.7     12      1      M. Ryan             4      3      0.8     6     0
                                                          TOTAL              29     89      3.1    10     0

RECEIVING          NO     YDS     AVG      LG    TD
P. Harvin      8           95      11.9   39T     1       RECEIVING         NO     YDS    AVG      LG    TD
V. Shiancoe    3           24      8.0     14     0       R. White           10    120     12.0    26     1
M. Jenkins     2           25     12.5     18     0       T. Gonzalez         9     69      7.7    18     0
T. Gerhart     2           19       9.5     11    0       H. Douglas          2     45     22.5    27     1
D. Aromashodu  1           18     18.0     18     0       J. Rodgers          2     12      6.0     9     0
A. Reisner     1            5      5.0      5     0       M. Palmer           2      8      4.0     5     1
TOTAL         17          186     10.9     39     1       M. Turner           1      4      4.0     4     0
                                                          J. Snelling         1      4      4.0     4     0
                                                          TOTAL              27    262      9.7    27     3




                                            SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                        MIN   ATL
Falcons      1    6:08    H. Douglas 27 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (9-80, 5:39)         0     7
Falcons      2    4:04    R. White 6 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (10-68, 6:01)           0    14
Falcons      2    0:37    M. Bryant 37 yd. Field Goal (6-17, 1:23)                                  0    17
Vikings      3    3:58    T. Gerhart 1 yd. run (R. Longwell kick) (14-80, 7:53)                     7    17
Vikings      4    13:13   P. Harvin 39 yd. pass from C. Ponder (R. Longwell kick) (4-36, 0:52)     14    17
Falcons      4    6:40    M. Palmer 3 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (9-73, 3:59)          14    24




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 GAME 12                                                                       17-10
 RELIANT STADIUM, HOUSTON, TX


              ATLANTA FALCONS                                          HOUSTON TEXANS
PASSING           ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT          PASSING       ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT
M.Ryan            47 20 267       0/0 1 26 2     50.6      J.Freeman       25 12 188 3/13 1 50 0          86.8
TOTAL             47 20 267       0/0 1 26 2     50.6      TOTAL           25 12 188 3/13 1 50 0          86.8


RUSHING            ATT     YDS     AVG      LG    TD       RUSHING          ATT    YDS     AVG      LG     TD
M.Turner            14       44     3.1    16       0      A. Foster         31     111     3.6     18      1
J. Snelling          2       16     8.0    10       0      B. Tate           11     141     3.7     13      0
M. Ryan              1       10    10.0    10       0      T. Yates           2      10     5.0      8      0
J. Rodgers           1        0     0.0     0       0      TOTAL             44     162     3.7     18      1
TOTAL               18       70     3.9    16       0
                                                           RECEIVING        NO     YDS     AVG      LG    TD
RECEIVING           NO     YDS     AVG     LG     TD       A. Johnson         4     97     24.3     50     0
T. Gonzalez          7     100     14.3    26       0      A. Foster          3      41     13.7    28     0
J. Jones             4      68     17.0    26       0      O. Daniels         3     35      11.7     17    0
R. White             4      51     12.8    16       1      K. Walter          1      12    12.0      12    0
H. Douglas           4      43     10.8    17       0      J. Dreessen        1       3      3.0      3    0
J. Rodgers           1       5      5.0     5       0      TOTAL             12    188     15.7     50     1
TOTAL               20     267     13.4    26       1




                                            SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                         ATL HOU
Texans        1    4:03    N. Rackers 43 yd. Field Goal (6-14, 2:45)                                 0      3
Texans        2    10:08   J. Dreessen 3 yd. pass from T. Yates (N. Rackers kick) (7-80, 4:00)       0     10
Falcons       2    5:06    M. Bryant 19 yd. Field Goal (10-79, 5:02)                                 3     10
Falcons       3    1:46    R. White 4 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (7-56, 2:44)           10     10
Texans        4    6:05    A. Foster 1 yd. run (N. Rackers kick) (19-85, 10:41)                     10     17




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GAME 13                                                                      31-23
BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM, CHARLOTTE, NC



              ATLANTA FALCONS                                      CAROLINA PANTHERS
PASSING           ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT          PASSING       ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
M. Ryan           38 22 320 3/12 4 75 0 120.5              C. Newton      39 19 276 2/17 2 48 2          67.9
TOTAL             38 22 320 3/12 4 75 0 120.5              TOTAL          39 19 276 2/17 2 48 2          67.9


RUSHING            ATT     YDS     AVG     LG     TD       RUSHING         ATT     YDS    AVG       LG    TD
M.Turner            21       76     3.6    13       0      D. Williams        7     87     12.4    74T     1
J. Snelling          3        6     2.0     2       0      C. Newton          7     36       5.1    12     0
J. Rodgers           1        4     4.0     4       0      J. Stewart         8     29      3.6      7     0
M. Ryan              3        0     0.0     2       0      A. Edwards         1      5      5.0      5     0
TOTAL               28       86     3.1    13       0      TOTAL             23    157      6.8     74     1


RECEIVING           NO     YDS     AVG     LG     TD       RECEIVING        NO     YDS     AVG      LG    TD
R.White              7      84     12.0    26       1      S. Smith           6    125     20.8     48     0
T.Gonzalez           7      82     11.7    20       0      J. Stewart         4     27      6.8     17     0
J. Jones             3     104     34.7   75T       2      G. Olsen           2     53     26.5    44T     1
J. Rodgers           2      39     19.5   31T       1      L. Naanee          2     29     14.5     15     0
H.Douglas            2      12      6.0     9       0      B. LaFell          2     28     14.0     17     0
J. Snelling          1      -1     -1.0    -1       0      J. Shockey         2     10      5.0     6T     1
TOTAL               22     320     14.5   75T       4      D. Williams        1      4      4.0      4     0
                                                           TOTAL             19    276     14.5     48     2




                                            SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                         ATL   CAR
Falcons       1    5:29    R. White 5 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (10-62, 5:26)           7     0
Panthers      1    0:03    J. Shockey 6 yd. pass from C. Newton (O. Mare kick) (9-74, 5:26)          7     7
Panthers      2    7:12    M. Ryan sacked in end zone by A. Applewhite for a safety                  7     9
Panthers      2    6:51    D. Williams 74 yd. run (O. Mare kick) (2-74, 0:21)                        7    16
Panthers      2    3:03    G. Olsen 44 yd. pass from C. Newton (O. Mare kick) (4-60, 1:59)           7    23
Falcons       3    10:55   M. Bryant 30 yd. Field Goal (10-45, 2:55)                                10    23
Falcons       3    8:55    J. Rodgers 31 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (2-35, 0:32)        17    23
Falcons       4    12:42   J. Jones 17 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (10-90, 4:24)         24    23
Falcons       4    4:17    J. Jones 75 yd pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (2-74, 0:55)           31    23




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 GAME 14                                                                    41-14
 GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA


      JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS                                            ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING          ATT CP YD      SK TD LG INT RT           PASSING        ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT
B. Gabbert       22 12 141 5/50 1 22 1          70.5      M. Ryan         26 19 224      1/4 3 29 0 137.3
TOTAL            22 12 141 5/50 1 22 1          70.5      C. Redman        6 5 56        0/0 0 22 0 105.6
                                                          TOTAL           32 24 280      1/4 3 29 0 132.3
RUSHING           ATT     YDS     AVG      LG    TD
M. Jones-Drew      17     112      6.6    43       0      RUSHING          ATT     YDS    AVG     LG    TD
B. Gabbert          1       5      5.0     5       0      M. Turner         19      61     3.2    16     1
D. Harris           1      -1     -1.0    -1       0      J. Snelling        5      22     4.4    11     0
TOTAL              19     116      6.1    -1       0      J. Rodgers         8      10     1.3    12     0
                                                          J. Jones           1       6     6.0     6     0
                                                          C. Redman          2      -2    -1.0    -1     0
RECEIVING          NO     YDS     AVG     LG     TD
                                                          TOTAL             35      97     2.8    16     1
C. West             3      38     12.7   16T       1
M. Lewis            3      30     10.0    22       0      RECEIVING         NO    YDS     AVG     LG    TD
T. Price            2      39     19.5    21       0      R. White          10     135    13.5    29     2
J. Dillard          2      12      6.0     8       0      J. Jones           5      85    17.0    29     1
C. Cloherty         1      21     21.0    21       0      J. Snelling        4      26     6.5     7     0
M. Jones-Drew       1       1      1.0     1       0      M. Turner          2       4     2.0     3     0
TOTAL              12     141     11.8    22       1      T. Gonzalez        1      14    14.0    14     0
                                                          H. Douglas         1      12    12.0    12     0
                                                          J. Rodgers         1       4     4.0     4     0
                                                          TOTAL             24     280    11.7    29     3




                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                       JAX   ATL
Falcons      1    10:51   J. Jones 29 yd. pass M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (7-75, 4:09)               0     7
Falcons      1    3:18    M. Bryant 33 yd. Field Goal (9-43, 5:33)                                 0    10
Falcons      2    13:03   M. Turner 5 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (1-5, 0:04)                         0    17
Falcons      2    1:49    R. White 6 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (9-72, 3:55)           0    24
Falcons      2    0:00    M. Bryant 31 yd. Field Goal (4-6, 0:46)                                  0    27
Falcons      3    13:33   C. Peters 13 yd. fumble return (M. Bryant kick)                          0    34
Falcons      3    6:38    R. White 29 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (8-79, 5:07)          0    41
Jaguars      3    2:12    Z. Potter 46 yd. return of blocked punt (J. Scobee kick)                 7    41
Jaguars      4    0:59    C. West 16 yd. pass from B. Gabbert (J. Scobee kick) (10-85, 2:14)      14    41




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  GAME 15                                                                   45-16
  SUPERDOME, NEW ORLEANS, LA



             ATLANTA FALCONS                                          NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
PASSING          ATT CP YD       SK TD LG INT RT           PASSING        ATT CP YD    SK TD LG INT RT
M. Ryan          52 34 373 0/0 1 40 0            92.9      D. Brees       39 23 307    1/8 4 41 2      96.8
C. Redman         9 6 61 0/0 0 18 0              85.9      TOTAL          39 23 307    1/8 4 41 2      96.8
TOTAL            61 40 434 0/0 1 40 0            91.8
                                                           RUSHING         ATT   YDS     AVG     LG     TD
RUSHING           ATT     YDS     AVG     LG      TD
                                                           D. Sproles        5    67     13.4    36      0
M. Turner          11      39      3.5     7       0
                                                           P. Thomas         9    53      5.9    12      1
J. Rodgers          1      -1     -1.0    -1       0
                                                           C. Ivory          8    35      4.4     11     0
M. Ryan             2       -3     -1.5    2       0
                                                           D. Brees          1     9      9.0     9      0
TOTAL              14      35      2.5     7       0
                                                           TOTAL            23   164      7.1    36      1

RECEIVING          NO     YDS     AVG     LG      TD
R. White            11     127     11.5   26       0       RECEIVING        NO   YDS     AVG     LG     TD
J. Jones            8     128     16.0    40       1       M. Colston        7    81     11.6    23      1
T. Gonzalez         5       41      8.2     9      0       J. Graham         4    42    10.5     17      1
M. Turner           4       36     9.0     12      0       R. Meachem        3    75    25.0     41      1
J. Snelling         4       28      7.0   16       0       D. Henderson      3    30    10.0     12      0
E. Weems             3      33     11.0   18       0       L. Moore          2    53    26.5     38      0
J. Rodgers          2       19      9.5     11     0       D. Sproles        2    22     11.0    13      1
M. Palmer           2       19      9.5   10       0       P. Thomas         2     4     2.0      3      0
H. Douglas           1       3      3.0      3     0       TOTAL            23   307    13.3     41      4
TOTAL              40     434     10.9    40       1




                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                      ATL    NO
Falcons      1    8:53    M. Bryant 34 yd. Field Goal (11-64, 6:07)                               3      0
Saints       1    5:25    P. Thomas 4 yd. run (J. Kasay kick) (8-84, 3:28)                        3      7
Falcons      1    1:31    J. Jones 21 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (8-72, 3:54)        10      7
Saints       2    12:32   M. Colston 8 yd. pass from D. Brees (J. Kasay kick) (10-81, 3:59)      10     14
Saints       2    0:24    J. Graham 9 yd. pass from D. Brees (J. Kasay kick) (10-80, 1:55)       10     21
Saints       3    8:28    R. Meachem 24 yd. pass from D. Brees (J. Kasay kick) (6-86, 3:15)      10     28
Falcons      3    4:41    M. Bryant 51 yd. Field Goal (5-47, 3:47)                               13     28
Saints       3    3:04    J. Kasay 29 yd. Field Goal (4-3, 1:37)                                 13     31
Falcons      4    12:43   M. Bryant 30 yd. Field Goal (16-68, 5:21)                              16     31
Saints       4    11:09   M. Jenkins 30 yd. fumble return (J. Kasay kick)                        16     38
Saints       4    2:51    D. Sproles 9 yd. pass from D. Brees (J. Kasay kick) (6-33, 2:17)       16     45




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 GAME 16                                                                    45-24
 GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA, GA


     TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS                                            ATLANTA FALCONS
PASSING          ATT CP YD      SK TD LG INT RT           PASSING       ATT CP YD        SK TD LG INT RT
J. Freeman       45 31 274 2/15 2 48 3          71.9      M.Ryan           9 6 106       0/0 2 48 0 146.3
TOTAL            45 31 274 2/15 2 48 3          71.9      C.Redman        12 7 71        0/0 0 18 1 40.6
                                                          TOTAL           21 13 177      0/0 2 48 1 100.7
RUSHING           ATT     YDS     AVG      LG    TD
                                                          RUSHING          ATT     YDS    AVG      LG     TD
J. Freeman          3      14      4.7    12       0
L. Blount           6      12      2.0     4       0      M.Turner          17     172    10.1    81T      2
J. Johnson          1       5      5.0     5       0      J. Snelling        9      50     5.6     18      0
M. Madu             2       4      2.0     3       0      J. Rodgers         8      24     3.0     12      1
K. Lumpkin          2       0      0.0     0       0      J. Jones           1       9     9.0      9      0
TOTAL              14      35      2.5    12       0      C. Redman          3      -4     -1.3     -1     0
                                                          TOTAL             38     251     6.6     81      3

RECEIVING          NO     YDS     AVG     LG     TD
                                                          RECEIVING         NO     YDS     AVG     LG     TD
D. Briscoe          8      53      6.6     9       2
                                                          J. Jones            4     76    19.0 48T         2
K. Winslow          7      56      8.0    22       0
                                                          R. White            4     69     17.3 23         0
K. Lumpkin          5      27      5.4    12       0
                                                          T. Gonzalez         1      8     8.0   8         0
P. Parker           4      74     18.5    48       0
                                                          E. Weems            1      8     8.0   8         0
M. Madu             3      19      6.3     8       0
                                                          M. Palmer           1      7      7.0  7         0
L. Blount           3      14      4.7     11      0
                                                          J. Rodgers          1      5      5.0  5         0
M. Williams         1      31     31.0    31       0
                                                          J. Snelling         1      4     4.0   4         0
TOTAL              31     274      8.8    48       2
                                                          TOTAL              13    177    13.6  48         2




                                           SCORING DRIVE
TEAM QTR TIME SCORING PLAY                                                                        TB     ATL
Falcons      1    8:12    J. Rodgers 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (12-80, 6:48)                       0      7
Falcons      1    3:30    J. Jones 17 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (7-53, 2:52)           0     14
Falcons      1    3:04    J. Jones 48 yd. pass from M. Ryan (M. Bryant kick) (1-48, 0:12)           0     21
Falcons      2    11:40   M. Turner 1 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (7-30, 3:34)                         0     28
Falcons      2    10:43   C. Lofton 26 yd. interception return (M. Bryant kick)                     0     35
Falcons      2    6:49    M. Turner 81 yd. run (M. Bryant kick) (2-86, 0:50)                        0     42
Bucs         2    2:04    D. Briscoe 2 yd. pass from J. Freeman (C. Barth kick) (7-80, 4:45)        7     42
Bucs         3    4:19    C. Barth 41 yd. Field Goal (10-53, 5:27)                                 10     42
Bucs         3    3:32    E. Mack 40 yd. interception return (J. Freeman-K. Winslow pass)          18     42
Bucs         4    11:13   D. Briscoe 5 yd. pass from J. Freeman (run failed) (10-77, 5:03)         24     42
Falcons      4    3:59    M. Bryant 20 yd. Field Goal (4-8, 2:10)                                  24     45




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 55    Abraham, J.       RE     RE    RE        RE         IA   RE    RE     RE      RE    RE     RE    RE     RE     RE    RE    RE    15   15   0     1
 59    Adkins, S.        IA     IA    P         P          P    P     P      IA      IA    P      IA    P      P      IA    P     OLB   10   1    0     6
 95    Babineaux, J.     DT     IA    IA        IA         DT   DT    DT     DT      DT    DT     DT    DT     DT     DT    DT    DT    13   13   0     3
 72    Baker, S.         LT     LT    LT        LT         LT   LT    IA     IA      IA    IA     P     P      P      P     P     P     13   7    0     3
 71    Biermann, K.      P      P     P         P          RE   P     P      P       P     P      P     P      P      P     P     P     16   1    0     0
 63    Blalock, J.       LG     LG    LG        LG         LG   LG    LG     LG      LG    LG     LG    LG     LG     LG    LG    LG    16   16   0     0
 5     Bosher, M.        P      P     P         P          P    P     P      P       P     P      P     P      P      P     P     P     16   0    0     0
 67    Bruggeman, R.     P                                                                                                              1    0    0     0
 3     Bryant, M.        P      P     P         P          P    P     P  P           P     P      P     P      P      P    PP           16   0    0     0
 73    Chambers, K                                                       P           P     P      IA    IA     IA     IA   IA
                                                                                                                            IA          3    0    0     6
 77    Clabo, T.         RT RT RT               RT         RT   RT    RT RT          RT    RT     RT    RT     RT     RT    RT
                                                                                                                           RT           16   16   0     0
 12    Cone, K.                                                                                                            P            1    0    0     0
 42    Cox, M.                                                               FB      FB    P      P     P      FB FB P     FB           9    5    0     0
 28    DeCoud, T.        S P S                  S          S    S     S      S       S     S      S     S      S   S   S   S            16   15   0     0
 52    Dent, A.          P P P                  P          P    P     P      P       P     P      P     P      P   P   P   P            16   0    0     0
 83    Douglas, H.       P P P                  P          P    WR    WR     P       P     WR     P     P      P   P   WR P             16   4    0     0
 93    Edwards, R.       LE LE LE               LE         LE   LE    LE     LE      LE    LE     LE    LE     LE LE LE LE              16   16   0     0
 24    Franks, D.        DNP DNP P              DNP        P    P     P      DNP     DNP   P      P     CB     CB CB P     CB           11   4    5     0
 88    Gonzalez, T.      TE TE TE               TE         TE   TE    TE     TE      TE    TE     TE    TE     TE TE TE TE              16   16   0     0
 20    Grimes, B.        CB CB CB               CB         CB   CB    CB     CB      CB    CB     CB    IA     IA IA CB IA              12   12   0     4
 26    Hayden, K.        DNP CB IA              P          P    P     P      P       P     P      IA    IA     IA IA IA IR              8    1    1     6
 61    Hawley, J.        C C P                  P          C    P     P      RG      RG    RG     RG    RG     RG RG RG RG              16   12   0     0
 51    R. James                                                                                                            P            1    0    0     0
 94    Jerry, P.        DT DT DT DT                        P   P   P P               P   P        P     P      P   P   P   P            16   4    0     0
 79    Johnson, M.      IA IA IA IA                        IA P    P IR              IR IR        IR    IR     IR IR IR IR              2    0    0     5
 11    Jones, J.        WR WR WR WR                        WR IA IA WR               WR IA        WR    WR     WR WR WR WR              13   13   0     3
 89    Kelly, R.        P P P       P                      P   P   P P               P   P        P     TE     P   P   P   P            16   1    0     0
 50    Lofton, C.       MLB MLB MLB MLB                    MLB MLB MLB MLB           MLB MLB      MLB   MLB    MLB MLB MLB MLB          16   16   0     0
 98    Matthews, C.     IA IA IA IA                        IA IA IA IA               IA IA        IA    IA     IA IA IA IA              0    0    0     16
 62    McClure, T.      IA IA C     C                      IA C    C C               C   C        C     C      C   C   C   C            13   13   0     3
 80    Meier, K.        P P DNP P                          P   P   P P               P   P        P     DNP    P   P   IA IA            12   0    2     2
 25    Moore, W.        S S S       S                      S   S   S S               IA IA        DNP   DNP    P   S   S   S            12   11   2     2
 34    Mughelli, O.     P FB FB FB                         FB FB FB IR               IR IR        IR    IR     IR IR IR IR              7    6    0     0
 54    Nicholas, S.     OLB P IA IA                        P   OLB OLB OLB           OLB OLB      OLB   IA     IA OLB IA IA             10   8    0     6
 21    Owens, C.        P P P       P                      CB IA IA P                P   P        P     P      P   P   P   P            14   1    0     2
 81    Palmer, M.       TE P P      P                      P   P   P P               P   P        TE    P      P   P   P   P            16   2    0     0
 91    Peters, C.       IA DT DT DT                        DT DT DT DT               DT DT        DT    DT     DT DT DT DT              15   15   0     1
 53    Peterson, M.     P P OLB OLB                        P   P   P P               P   P        P     OLB    OLB P   OLB IR           15   5    0     0
 97    Powell, C.       P P P       P                      IA IA IA IA               IA IA        IA                                    4    0    0     7
 8     Redman, C.       DNP DNP DNP DNP                    DNP DNP P P               DNP DNP      DNP   DNP    DNP P        P     P     5    0    11    0
 75    Reynolds, G.     RG RG RG RG                        RG RG RG P                P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     16   7    0     0
 23    Robinson, D.     CB CB CB CB                        CB CB CB CB               CB CB        CB    CB     CB CB        CB    CB    16   16   0     0
 22    Rodgers, J.      P P P       P                      P   P   P P               P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     16   0    0     0
 66    B. Romberg           P IA IA                        P   IA IA IA              IA IA        IA    IA     IA IA        IA    IA    2    0    0     13
 2     Ryan, M.         QB QB QB QB                        QB QB QB QB               QB QB        QB    QB     QB QB        QB    QB    16   16   0     0
 36    Sanders, J.      P S P       P                      P   IA P P                S   S        S     S      S   P        P     P     15   6    0     1
 39    Schillinger, S.  P P P       P                      P   P   P P               P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     16   0    0     0
 90    Sidbury, L.      P P P       P                      P   P   P P               P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     16   0    0     0
 35    Smith, A.        IA IA P     P                      IA P    P IA              P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     12   0    0     4
 44    Snelling, J.     P P P       IA                     P   P   P P               P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     15   0    0     1
 74    Svitek, W.       P P P       P                      P   P   LT LT             LT LT        LT    LT     LT LT        LT    LT    16   10   0     0
 33    Turner, M.       RB RB RB RB                        RB RB RB RB               RB RB        RB    RB     RB RB        P     RB    16   15   0     0
 99    Walker, V.       P P P       P                      P   P   P P               P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     16   0    0     0
 29    Walls, D.        IA IA IA IA                        IA IA IA IA               IA IA        IA    P      P   P        P     P     5    0    0     11
 56    Weatherspoon, S. OLB OLB OLB OLB                    OLB OLB OLB OLB           OLB OLB      OLB   OLB    OLB OLB      OLB   OLB   16   16   0     0
 14    Weems, E.        P P P       P                      P   P   P P               P   WR       P     P      P   P        WR    P     16   2    0     0
 84    White, R.        WR WR WR WR                        WR WR WR WR               WR WR        WR    WR     WR WR        WR    WR    16   16   0     0
 82    Zelenka, J.      P P P       P                      P   P   P P               P   P        P     P      P   P        P     P     16   0    0     0

KEY: Position - start, P - played, IA - inactive, DNP - did not play, IR - injured reserve, SP - suspended by NFL




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OFFENSE          WR        LT          LG         C          RG            RT        TE           WR       QB         RB         FB

9/11     @CHI R. White S. Baker J. Blalock J. Hawley G. Reynolds T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones             M. Ryan M. Turner M. Palmer (TE)
9/18     PHI     R. White S. Baker J. Blalock J. Hawley G. Reynolds T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones          M. Ryan M. Turner O. Mughelli
9/25     @TB     R. White S. Baker J. Blalock T. McClure G. Reynolds T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones         M. Ryan M. Turner O. Mughelli
10/2     @SEA R. White S. Baker J. Blalock T. McClure G. Reynolds T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones            M. Ryan M. Turner O. Mughelli
10/9     GB      R. White S. Baker J. Blalock J. Hawley G. Reynolds T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones          M. Ryan M. Turner O. Mughelli
10/16    CAR     R. White S. Baker J. Blalock T. McClure G. Reynolds T. Clabo T. Gonzalez H. Douglas M. Ryan M. Turner O. Mughelli
10/23    @DET R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure G. Reynolds T. Clabo T. Gonzalez H. Douglas M. Ryan M. Turner O. Mughelli
11/6     @IND R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley          T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan M. Turner M. Cox
11/13    NO      R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley       T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan M. Turner M. Cox
11/20    TEN     R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley       T. Clabo T. Gonzalez H. Douglas M. Ryan M. Turner E. Weems (WR)
11/27    MIN     R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley       T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan M. Turner M. Palmer (TE)
12/4     @HOU R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley          T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan M. Turner R. Kelly (TE)
12/112 @CAR R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley            T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan M. Turner M. Cox
12/15    JAX     R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley       T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan M. Turner M. Cox
12/26    @NO R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley           T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan E. Weems H. Douglas (WR)
1/1      TB      R. White W. Svitek J. Blalock T. McClure J. Hawley       T. Clabo T. Gonzalez J. Jones    M. Ryan M. Turner M. Cox


DEFENSE         LE          DT              DT     RE         OLB        MLB       OLB              LCB      RCB           S          S

9/11     @CHI R. Edwards J. Babineaux P. Jerry J. Abraham S. Nicholas C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
9/18     PHI    R. Edwards C. Peters        P. Jerry J. Abraham K. Hayden C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore J. Sanders
9/25     @TB    R. Edwards C. Peters        P. Jerry J. Abraham M. Peterson C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
10/2     @SEA R. Edwards C. Peters          P. Jerry J. Abraham M. Peterson C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
10/9     GB     R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersK. Biermann C. Owens C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
10/16    CAR    R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham C. Owens C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
10/23    @DET R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham S. Nicholas C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
11/6     @IND R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham S. Nicholas C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
11/13    NO     R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham S. Nicholas C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson J. Sanders T. DeCoud
11/20    TEN    R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham S. Nicholas C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson J. Sanders T. DeCoud
11/27    MIN    R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham S. Nicholas C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson J. Sanders T. DeCoud
12/4     @HOU R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham M. Peterson C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon D. Franks D. Robinson J. Sanders T. DeCoud
12/11    @CAR R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham M. Peterson C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon D. Franks D. Robinson J. Sanders T. DeCoud
12/15    JAX    R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham S. Nicholas C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon D. Franks D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
12/26    @NO R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham M. Peterson C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon B. Grimes D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud
1/1      TB     R. Edwards J. Babineaux C. PetersJ. Abraham S. Adkins     C. Lofton S. Weatherspoon D. Franks D. Robinson W. Moore T. DeCoud




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        1ST DOWNS     3RD D. TOT. OFF.   RUSH.    PASSING                      PENAL. FUM.    PUNT.
OFFENSE T   R P PN PCT. PLAYS YDS ATT YDS NET SCK GROSS ATT-CP-TD-INT NO-YDS NO-LST NO-AVG T.O.P

 @CHI   20 3   14 3   31.0 66      386 14   110   276 5/43 319     47-31-0-1   9-65     2-2   5-38.4   26:41
 PHI    20 5   14 1   46.0 61      318 29   138   180 4/15 195     28-17-4-2   7-57     0-0   7-35.6   29:57
 @TB    21 2 18 1     38.0 66      325 15   30    295 4/35 330     47-26-1-1   7-50     2-2   3-31.3   24:08
 @SEA   25 8 15 2     56.0 78      412 36   121   291 0/0 291      42-28-1-0   4-35     0-0   4-37.5   40:10
 GB     18 5   11 2   45.0 55      251 22   95    156 1/11 167     32-18-1-2   5-44     0-0   5-37.8   26:49
 CAR    24 13 8 3     64.0 58      325 35   166   159 1/4    163   22-14-1-0   4-57     0-0   3-43.0   30:34
 @DET   22 4 11 7     41.0 69      328 31   129   199 3/19 218     35-20-1-2   11-80    0-0   5-35.4   34:57
 @IND   21 11 10 0    43.0 66      432 41   163   269 1/6    275   24-14-3-1   1-10     0-0   7-45.9   37:46
 NO     30 9 17 4     31.0 85      481 32   138   343 1/8    351   52-29-2-1   10-85    0-0   5-45.4   36:32
 TEN    25 7 13 5     33.0 68      432 36   116   316 0/0 316      32-22-1-0   5-55     1-1   2-33.0   36:59
 MIN    22 6 15 1     50.0 65      335 29   89    246 2/16 262     34-27-3-0   4-30     2-1   5-50.4   34:39
 @HOU 18 3     13 2   43.0 65      337 18   70    267 0/0 267      47-20-1-2   7-43     0-0   4-50.5   24:56
 @CAR   18 4 14 0     47.0 69      394 28   86    308 3/12 320     38-22-4-0   5-50     1-0   6-47.8   30:43
 JAX    20 6 13 1     40.0 68      373 35   97    276 1/4    280   32-24-3-0   4-31     0-0   5-40.8   38:31
 @NO    23 1   21 1   47.0 75      469 14   35    434 0/0 434      61-40-1-0   7-57     1-1   3-50.0   33:19
 TB     22 13 8 1     55.0 59      428 38   251   177 0/0 177      21-13-2-1   3-20     1-1   2-50.5   30:08



        1ST DOWNS     3RD D. TOT. OFF.   RUSH.    PASSING                      PENAL. FUM.    PUNT.
DEFENSE T   R P PN PCT. PLAYS YDS ATT YDS NET SCK GROSS ATT-CP-TD-INT NO-YDS NO-LST NO-AVG T.O.P

 @CHI   17 4 11 2     38.0 64      377 27   88    289 5/21 312     32-22-2-1   8-56     3-0   6-48.0   33:19
 PHI    27 11 12 4    45.0 67      447 30   133   314 0/0 314      37-26-2-1   4-20     3-2   4-44.8   30:03
 @TB    20 8 10 2     36.0 68      295 36   115   180 0/0 180      32-22-0-2   9-66     0-0   3-43.0   35:52
 @SEA   20 4 14 2     55.0 53      372 15   53    319 0/0 319      38-25-3-2   6-40     0-0   3-49.7   19:50
 GB     19 5   14 0   60.0 63      426 20   57    369 4/27 396     39-26-2-0   2-43     1-1   2-42.5   33:11
 CAR    24 10 12 2    67.0 62      368 25   142   226 2/11 237     35-21-0-3   7-85     2-0   2-40.5   29:26
 @DET   13 4 8 1      8.0   55     263 20   104   159 3/24 183     32-15-1-0   10-84    1-1   6-43.8   25:03
 @IND   10 4 6 0      29.0 56      186 21   83    103 2/15 118     33-17-0-1   6-32     1-1   9-50.1   22:14
 NO     18 1   16 1   31.0 59      363 16   41    322 0/0 322      43-30-2-0   8-79     0-0   5-40.4   30:03
 TEN    17 4 13 0     57.0 59      298 14   41    257 1/7    264   44-22-2-1   10-86    0-0   5-45.0   23:01
 MIN    12 4 8 0      31.0 53      226 24   64    162 4/24 186     25-17-1-0   6-49     0-0   7-47.3   25:21
 @HOU 20 9 9 2        50.0 72      337 44   162   175   3/13 188   25-12-1-0   5-35     1-1   5-52.8   35:04
 @CAR   19 5   13 1   38.0 64      416 23   157   259 2/17 276     39-19-2-2   5-50     0-0   6-42.7   29:17
 JAX    12 4 8 0      30.0 46      207 19   116   91    5/50 141   22-12-1-1   5-40     3-3   7-43.4   21:29
 @NO    26 7 17 2     77.0 63      463 23   164   299 1/8    307   39-23-4-2   4-46     0-0   2-52.0   26:41
 TB     18 3   15 0   50.0 61      294 14   35    259 2/15 274     45-31-2-3   2-20     3-1   3-49.7   29:52




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PASSING          MATT RYAN                                     CHRIS REDMAN
GAME ATL OPP ATT CMP CMP% GROSS NET LG TD INT RATE             ATT CMP CMP% GROSS NET         LG TD INT RATE


@CHI      12 30 47    31   66.0   319   276 32    0 1 76.5                           DID NOT PLAY
PHI       35 31 28    17   60.7   195   180 32    4 2 91.5                           DID NOT PLAY
@TB       13 16 47    26   55.3   330   295 49    1 1 75.7                           DID NOT PLAY
@SEA      30 28 42    28   66.7   291   291 45    1 0 94.4                           DID NOT PLAY
GB        14 25 32    18   56.3   167   156 23    1 2 55.1                           DID NOT PLAY
CAR       31 17 22    14   63.6   163   159 34    1 0 101.1                          DID NOT PLAY
@DET      23 16 34    20   58.8   218   199 49    1 2 63.1     1    0    0.0    0       0    0      0 0 39.6
@IND      31 7   24   14   58.3   275   269 80t 3 1 120.7      0    0    0.0    0       0    0      0 0 0.0
NO        23 26 52    29   55.8   351   343 46    2 1 81.5                           DID NOT PLAY
TEN       23 17 32    22   68.7   316   316 43    1 0 110.9                          DID NOT PLAY
MIN       24 14 34    27   79.4   262   246 27    3 0 128.2                          DID NOT PLAY
@HOU      10 17 47    20   42.5   267   267 26    1 2 50.6                           DID NOT PLAY
@CAR      31 23 38    22   57.9   320   308 75t 4 0 120.5                            DID NOT PLAY
JAX       41 14 26    19   73.1   224   220 29    3 0 137.3    6    5    83.3   56      56   22     0 0 105.6
@NO       16 45 52    34   65.4   373   373 40    1 0 92.9     9    6    66.7   61      61   18     0 0 85.9
TB        45 24 9     6    66.7   106   106 48    2 0 146.3    12   7    58.3   71      71   18     0 1 40.6


Totals   402 350 566 347 61.3     4,177 4,008 80t 29 12 92.2   28   18   64.3   188     188 22      0 1 68.8




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RECEIVING          MIKE COX              HARRY DOUGLAS            TONY GONZALEZ                 JULIO JONES
GAME ATL OPP       REC YDS AVG LG TD     REC YDS AVG LG TD        REC YDS AVG LG TD         REC YDS AVG LG                   TD


@CHI      12 30                          2    10    5.0   7   0   5     72   14.4 30 0      5      71    14.2 32             0
PHI       35 31                          2    19    9.5   15 0    7     83   11.9 17t 2     2      29    14.5       15       0
@TB       13 16                          5    35    7.0   16 0    2     18   9.0   10t 1    6      115   19.2       49       0
@SEA      30 28                          0    0     0.0   0   0   7     56   8.0   22 1     11     127 11.5         45       0
GB        14 25                          2    16    8.0   13 0    6     60   10.0 23 0      1      16    16.0       16       0
CAR       31 17                          2    57    28.5 34 0     3     29   9.7   13 0            INACTIVE
@DET      23 16                          4    62    15.5 49 0     5     62   12.4 30 0             INACTIVE
@IND      31 7     0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0   4     36   9.0   20 1     3      131   43.7 80T 2
NO        23 26    2   8   4.0 8     0   8    133   16.6 46 0     6     71   11.8 20T 1     2      9     4.5        6        0
TEN       23 17    0   0   0.0   0   0   4    51    12.8 21 0     5     74   14.8 19 1             INACTIVE
MIN       24 14    0   0   0.0   0   0   2    45    22.5 27 1     9     69   7.7   18 0     0      0     0.0        0        0
@HOU      10 17    0   0   0.0   0   0   4    43    10.8 17 0     7     100 14.3 26 0       4      68    17.0       26       0
@CAR      31 23    0   0   0.0   0   0   2    12    6.0   9   0   7     82   11.7 20 0      3      104 34.7 75t              2
JAX       41 14    0   0   0.0   0   0   1    12    12.0 12 0     1     14   14.0 14 0      5      85    17.0       29       1
@NO       16 45    0   0   0.0   0   0   1    3     3.0   3   0   5     41   8.2   9    0   8      128 16.0         40       1
TB        45 24    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0   1     8    8.0   8    0   4      76    19.0       48t 2

Totals   402 350   2   8   4.0 8     0   39   498 12.8 49 1       80    875 10.9 30 7       54     959 17.8 80T 8



RECEIVING          REGGIE KELLY          MICHAEL PALMER               OVIE MUGHELLI         JACQUIZZ RODGERS
GAME ATL OPP       REC YDS AVG LG TD     REC YDS AVG LG TD        REC YDS AVG LG TD REC YDS AVG LG TD


@CHI      12 30    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0   0     0    0.0   0    0   3     33     11.0 15 0
PHI       35 31    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0   1     1    1.0   1t   1   0     0      0.0    0        0
@TB       13 16    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0   0     0    0.0   0    0   2     19     9.5    15 0
@SEA      30 28    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0   0     0    0.0   0    0   1     10     10.0 10 0
GB        14 25    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0   0     0    0.0   0    0   0     0      0.0    0        0
CAR       31 17    1   7   7.0   7   0   1    8     8.0   8   0   2     20   10.0 19 1      1     6      6.0    6        0
@DET      23 16    0   0   0.0   0   0   1    8     8.0   8   0   1     4    4.0 4      0   3     12     4.0 8           0
@IND      31 7     0   0   0.0   0   0   1    9     9.0   9   0         INJURED RESERVE 1         16     16.0 16 0
NO        23 26    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0         INJURED RESERVE 1         8      8.0    8        0
TEN       23 17    0   0   0.0   0   0   1    11    11.0 11 0           INJURED RESERVE 0         0      0.0    0        0
MIN       24 14    0   0   0.0   0   0   2    8     4.0 5     1         INJURED RESERVE 2         12     6.0    9        0
@HOU      10 17    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0         INJURED RESERVE 1         5      5.0    5        0
@CAR      31 23    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0         INJURED RESERVE 2         39     19.5 31t 1
JAX       41 14    0   0   0.0   0   0   0    0     0.0   0   0         INJURED RESERVE 1         4      4.0 4           0
@NO       16 45    0   0   0.0   0   0   2    19    9.5   10 0          INJURED RESERVE 2         19     9.5    11 0
TB        45 24    0   0   0.0   0   0   1    7     7.0   7   0         INJURED RESERVE 1         5      5.0    5        0


Totals   402 350   1   7   7.0   7   0   10   72    7.2   11 1    4     25   6.3   19 2     21    188 9.0       31t 1




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RECEIVING          JASON SNELLING          MICHAEL TURNER               ERIC WEEMS              RODDY WHITE
GAME ATL OPP       REC YDS AVG LG TD REC YDS AVG LG TD             REC YDS AVG LG TD       REC YDS AVG LG TD


@CHI      12 30    5    32   6.4   10 0    3    40   13.3 20 0     0    0    0.0   0   0   8     61    7.6   14 0
PHI       35 31    1    8    8.0   8   0   4    72   18.0 32 0     0    0    0.0   0   0   3     23    7.7   17 1
@TB       13 16    2    3    1.5   6   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   9     140 15.6 30 0
@SEA      30 28         INACTIVE           2    18   9.0   10 0    0    0    0.0   0   0   6     78    13.0 26 0
GB        14 25    1    10   10.0 10 0     0    0    0.0   0   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   6     50    8.3   15 1
CAR       31 17    1    7    7.0   7   0   1    8    8.0   8   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   2     21    10.5 14 0
@DET      23 16    1    18   18.0 18 0     0    0    0.0   0   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   5     52    10.4 18t 1
@IND      31 7     0    0    0.0   0   0   1    7    7.0   7   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   4     76    19.0 33 0
NO        23 26    2    25   12.5 21T 1    1    10   10.0 10 0     3    25   8.3   11 0    4     62    15.5 20 0
TEN       23 17    1    4    4.0 4     0   1    9    9.0   9   0   3    20   6.7   8   0   7     147 21.0 43 0
MIN       24 14    1    4    4.0 4     0   1    4    4.0 4     0   0    0    0.0   0   0   10    120 12.0 26 1
@HOU      10 17    0    0    0.0   0   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   4     51    12.8 16 1
@CAR      31 23    1    -1   -1.0 -1   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   7     84    12.0 26 1
JAX       41 14    4    26   6.5   7   0   2    4    2.0   3   0   0    0    0.0   0   0   10    135   13.5 29 2
@NO       16 45    4    28   7.0   16 0    4    36   9.0   12 0    3    33   11.0 18 0     11    127 11.5 26 0
TB        45 24    1    4    4.0 4     0   0    0    0.0   0   0   1    8    8.0   8   0   4     69    17.3 23 0


Totals   402 350   26   179 6.9    21T 1   17   168 9.9    32 0    11   90   8.2   18 0    100 1,296 13.0 43 8




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RUSHING             HARRY DOUGLAS            JULIO JONES                 OVIE MUGHELLI            JACQUIZZ RODGERS
GAME ATL OPP        ATT YDS AVG LG TD ATT YDS AVG LG TD             ATT YDS AVG LG TD            ATT YDS AVG LG TD

@CHI       12 30 0         0    0.0 0    0   0   0    0.0 0     0   0      0     0.0 0     0     2    0     0.0 2     0
PHI        35 31    0      0    0.0 0    0   0   0    0.0 0     0   1      1     1.0   1   0     3    17    5.7 10 0
@TB        13 16    0      0    0.0 0    0   1   -9   -9.0 -9 0     0      0     0.0 0     0     2    7     3.5 5     0
@SEA       30 28    0      0    0.0 0    0   0   0    0.0 0     0   0      0     0.0 0     0     6    25    4.2 11 0
GB         14 25    0      0    0.0 0    0   1   17   17.0 17 0     0      0     0.0 0     0     1    11    11.0 11 0
CAR        31 17    0      0    0.0 0    0       INACTIVE           1      0     0.0 0     0     1    8     8.0 8     0
@DET       23 16    0      0    0.0 0    0       INACTIVE           0      0     0.0 0     0     1    5     5.0 5     0
@IND       31 7     0      0    0.0 0    0   2   33   16.5 19 0            INJURED RESERVE       10   44    4.4 11 0
NO         23 26    1      3    3.0 3    0   0   0    0.0 0     0          INJURED RESERVE       7    30    4.3 13 0
TEN        23 17    0      0    0.0 0    0       INACTIVE                  INJURED RESERVE       2    2     1.0   3   0
MIN        24 14    0      0    0.0 0    0   0   0    0.0 0     0          INJURED RESERVE       3    19    6.3 8     0
@HOU       10 17    0      0    0.0 0    0   0   0    0.0 0     0          INJURED RESERVE       1    0     0.0 0     0
@CAR       31 23    0      0    0.0 0    0   0   0    0.0 0     0          INJURED RESERVE       1    4     4.0 4     0
JAX        41 17    0      0    0.0 0    0   1   6    6.0 6     0          INJURED RESERVE       8    10    1.3   12 0
@NO        16 45 0         0    0.0 0    0   0   0    0.0 0     0          INJURED RESERVE       1    -1    -1.0 -1   0
TB         45 24    0      0    0.0 0    0   1   9    9.0 9     0          INJURED RESERVE       8    24    3.0 12 1

Totals   402 350 1         3    3.0 3    0   6   56   9.3 19 0      2      1     1.0   1   0     57   205   3.6 13 1




RUSHING                 MATT RYAN            JASON SNELLING          MICHAEL TURNER
GAME ATL OPP        ATT YDS AVG LG TD ATT YDS AVG LG TD             ATT YDS AVG LG TD


@CHI       12 30 0         0    0.0 0    0   2   10   5.0 9     0   10     100 10.0 53 0
PHI        35 31 4         6    1.5   10 0   0   0    0.0 0     0   21     114   5.4   61 1
@TB        13 16    1      12   12.0 12 0    0   0    0.0 0     0   11    20     1.8   9   0
@SEA       30 28    4      26   6.5 10 0          INACTIVE          26 70        2.7 21t 2
GB         14 25    3      9    3.0 9    0   1   2    2.0 2     0   16    56     3.5 15 1
CAR        31 17    3      7    2.3 4    1   3   12   4.0 8     0   27 139       5.1   33 2
@DET       23 16    3      2    0.7 2    1   0   0    0.0 0     0   27 122       4.5 50 0
@IND       31 7     2      0    0.0 0    0   8   15   1.9   6   0   19    71     3.7 15 1
NO         23 26    1      9    9.0 9    0   1   0    0.0 0     0   22 96        4.4 21 0
TEN        23 17    6      3    0.5 7    0   7   11   1.6   4   0   21    100    4.8 35 1
MIN        24 14    4      3    0.8 6    0   3   7    2.3 3     0   19    60     3.2 10 0
@HOU       10 17    1      10   10.0 10 0    2   16   8.0 10 0      14    44     3.1   16 0
@CAR       31 23    3      0    0.0 2    0   3   6    2.0 2     0   21    76     3.6 13 0
JAX        41 17    0      0    0.0 0    0   5   22   4.4 11 0      19    61     3.2 16 1
@NO        16 45    2      -3   -1.5 2   0   0   0    0.0 0     0   11    39     3.5 7     0
TB         45 24    0      0    0.0 0    0   9   50   5.6 18 0      17    172    10.1 81 2


Totals    402 350 37       84   2.3 12 2     44 151   3.4 18 0      301 1,340 4.5      81 11



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SACKS           9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4           12/11 12/15 12/26 1/1 Total
J. Abraham      2/12                            1/5              1/6         1/5                 3.5/35.5       1/6 9.5/69.5
L. Sidbury       1/2                 1/1                               2/13                                              4/16
K. Biermann      1/7                                                                               1/12       0.5/4.5 2.5/23.5
S. Weatherspoon                      1/11      1/9                    1/9                   1/6                          4/35
C. Peters                            1/7       1/10 1/12                                                                 3/29
R. Edwards                           1/8 1/8                                                1/11 0.5/2.5              3.5/29.5
J. Babineaux                                         1/3                                                                 1/3
C. Owens                                                                1/2                                              1/2
C. Lofton                                                                    1/8                                         1/8
V. Walker                                                                    1/0                          1/8            2/8
W. Moore                                                                                                      0.5/4.5 0.5/4.5
TEAM             1/2                                                                                                     1/2
Team Totals     5/21 0/0 0/0 0/0 4/27 1/8 3/24 2/15 0/0 1/6 4/24 3/13                      2/17 5/50 1/8 2/15 33/230




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INT’S          9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 12/11 12/15 12/26 1/1 Total
K. Biermann    1/50                                                                                       1/50
K. Hayden            1/2                             1/1                                                  2/3
W. Moore                  1/27                                                  1/29                      2/56
T. DeCoud                 1/0 1/7        1/49                                         1/21                4/77
C. Lofton                      1/4                                                                1/26    2/30
B. Grimes                                1/29                                                             1/29
C. Peters                                1/1                                                              1/1
D. Robinson                                                     1/14                         1/14         2/28
M. Peterson                                                                      1/4                      1/4
D. Franks                                                                                     1/0   1/0   2/0
D. Walls                                                                                            1/23  1/23
Team Totals    1/50 1/2 2/27 2/11 0/0 3/79 0/0 1/1 0/0 1/14 0/0 0/0 2/33 1/21 2/14 3/49                  19/301




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                                    JOHN ABRAHAM
                                    DEFENSIVE END
                                                  PRO BOWL YEARS
                                                  2010, 2004, 2002, 2001                 55
  HT: 6’ 4”        WT: 263          NFL EXP: 12            ACQ: TR-‘06 (NYJ)           6TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 5/6/78                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA


  TRANSACTIONS                                                                   2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                           DATE      OPP   TK SO        SK     YDS    INT YDS    FF   FR PD
• Originally selected as a first round (13th pick over-
                                                           9/11    @ CHI     0    0    2.0     12.0      0   0    0   0   1
  all) draft choice by the New York Jets in the 2000       9/18      PHI     2    2    0.0      0.0      0   0    1   0   0
  NFL Draft, which was acquired in a trade with            9/25    @ TB      1    1    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0

  Tampa Bay. In exchange for WR Keyshawn John-             10/2    @ SEA     1    1    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0
                                                           10/9      GB                       INACTIVE
  son, the Jets obtained first round draft choices #13      10/16     CAR     2    2    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0
  and #27 (TE Anthony Becht). Abraham was the              10/23 @ DET       2    2    1.0      5.0      0   0    0   0   0
  third linebacker taken overall in 2000 (following        11/6    @ IND     2    1    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0
                                                                     NO
  Washington’s selection of LaVar Arrington and            11/13             4    3    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0
                                                           11/20     TEN     3    3    1.0      7.0      0   0    0   0   0
  Chicago’s pick of Brian Urlacher).                       11/27     MIN     4    1    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0
                                                           12/4    @ HOU     0    0    1.0      5.0      0   0    0   0   1

• Traded to the Falcons in exchange for Atlanta’s          12/11 @ CAR       3    3    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0
                                                           12/15     JAX     5    4    3.5     35.5      0   0    2   0   0
  2006 first round pick (#29), which was acquired           12/26 @ NO        1    0    0.0      0.0      0   0    0   0   0
  from Denver.                                             1/1       TB      1    1    1.0      6.0      0   0    1   1   0
                                                           TOTALS           31   24    9.5    70.5       0   0   4    1   2

  2011 (FALCONS)                                           CAREER          549 401    112.0   707.5      1   0   38   6   19

• Registered two sacks (12 yards) vs. Chicago (9/11).
  His two sacks represented the 25th multi-sack          • Tallied four tackles (one solo) and one quarterback
  game of his career.                                     hit vs. Minnesota (11/27).

• Recorded two tackles and a forced fumble against       • Registered one sack, one tackle for loss and one
  the Eagles (9/18).                                      pass defensed at Houston (12/4).

• Posted one tackle against Tampa Bay (9/25).            • Posted three tackles at Carolina (12/11).

• Collared one tackle and two quarterback hits at        • Recorded his 26th career multi-sack game vs. Jack-
 Seattle (10/2).                                          sonville (12/15), after tallying five tackles, three and
                                                          a half sacks, two forced fumbles and one tackle for
• Inactive vs. Green Bay (10/9) due to injury (hip).      loss.

• Tallied two tackles and one quarterback hit vs.        • Assisted on one tackle at New Orleans (12/26).
 Carolina (10/16).
                                                         • Notched one sack (six yards), one forced fumble
• Recorded two tackles, one tackle for loss and one       and one fumble recovery in addition to one tackle vs.
 sack at Detroit (10/23).                                 Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Collared two tackles (one solo) at Indianapolis            EXTRA POINTS
 (11/6).                                                 • Regularly donates to Atlanta’s Hosea Feed the
                                                           Hungry event during the Thanksgiving holidays. His
• Notched four tackles (three solo) and two tackles        contributions help feed hundreds of Atlanta’s less
 for loss vs. New Orleans (11/13).                         fortunate during annual holiday event.

• Recorded three tackles and a sack vs. Tennessee
 (11/20).


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                                    SPENCER ADKINS
                                    LINEBACKER
                                                                                        59
 HT: 5’ 11”       WT: 236           NFL EXP: 3           ACQ: D6–‘09             3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 5/16/87                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (FLA)


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                         DATE      OPP   TK SO    SK     YDS     INT YDS    FF   FR PD
• Selected as a sixth round (176th pick overall) draft
                                                         9/11    @ CHI                   INACTIVE
  choice by Atlanta in 2009.                             9/18      PHI                   INACTIVE
                                                         9/25    @ TB    2   2    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
 2011 (FALCONS)                                          10/2    @ SEA   0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                                   GB
• Was inactive for Week 1 at Chicago (9/11), Week        10/9            0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                         10/16     CAR   0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
  2 vs. Philadelphia (9/18), Week 9 at Indianapolis      10/23 @ DET     0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
  (11/6), Week 10 vs. New Orleans (11/13), Week 12       11/6    @ IND                   INACTIVE

  vs. Minnesota (11/27) and Week 15 vs. Jackson-         11/13     NO                    INACTIVE
                                                         11/20     TEN   0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
  ville (12/15).                                         11/27     MIN                   INACTIVE
                                                         12/4    @ HOU   0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
• Posted two tackles in first action of 2011 against      12/11 @ CAR     0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                                   JAX                   INACTIVE
Tampa Bay (9/25).                                        12/15
                                                         12/26 @ NO      0   0    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                         1/1       TB    3   1    0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
• Recorded one quarterback hit in a reserve role at      TOTALS          5   3   0.0      0.0       0   0   0    0   0
Seattle (10/2).                                          CAREER          5   3   0.0      0.0       0   0   0    0   0


• Saw time on special teams vs. Green Bay (10/9).          COLLEGE
                                                         • In 31 career games at the University of Miami, to-
• Collared one special teams tackle vs. Carolina           taled 72 tackles (42 solo), 10 tackles for loss, five
(10/16).                                                   sacks and one interception.

• Saw time on special teams at Detroit (10/23).          • Finished with a career-high 52 tackles while adding
                                                          one sack, one pass defensed and one interception
• Saw action on special teams vs. Tennessee               during his junior season (2007).
(11/20).
                                                           PERSONAL
• Saw action on defense and special teams at Hous-       • Attended Naples High School and was one of the
ton (12/4).                                                top defensive prospects in the state.

• Saw action on special teams at Carolina (12/11).       • As a senior in 2004, made 11 sacks (four in one
                                                          game and 19 tackles for loss.
• Saw action on special teams at New Orleans
(12/26).                                                 • Rated as the No. 7 outside linebacker in the nation
                                                          and No. 87 in the nation regardless of position by
• Started his first career game at outside linebacker      Rivals.com.
vs. Tampa Bay (1/1) and recorded a career-high
three tackles (one solo).

                            Adkins’ Career Defensive Statistics
YEAR     GP/GS           TK    SO AST       SK       YDS INT YDS LG TD              PD      FF      FR YDS        TD
2009 ATL   5/0            0     0   0       0.0       0.0  0   0  0 0                0       0       0   0         0
2010 ATL   9/0            0     0   0       0.0       0.0  0   0  0 0                0       0       0   0         0
TOTAL     14/0            0     0   0       0.0       0.0  0   0  0 0                0       0       0   0         0


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                                   JONATHAN BABINEAUX
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                                   TACKLE
                                                                                     95
  HT: 6’ 2”       WT: 300           NFL EXP: 7          ACQ: D2-’05                7TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 10/12/81               COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                 2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                        DATE      OPP   TK SO       SK     YDS    INT YDS    FF   FR PD
• Selected as a second round (59 th pick overall)
                                                        9/11    @ CHI     1   0     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2005.                      9/18      PHI                     INACTIVE
                                                        9/25    @ TB                      INACTIVE

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         10/2    @ SEA                     INACTIVE
                                                        10/9      GB      1   0     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
• Recorded one tackle in week one at Chicago            10/16     CAR     4   2     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
  (9/11).                                               10/23 @ DET       3   2     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   1
                                                        11/6    @ IND     2   2     1.0     3.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                                  NO
• Was inactive due to injury vs. Philadelphia (9/18),   11/13             4   3     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                        11/20     TEN     3   3     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   2
 at Tampa Bay (9/25) and at Seattle (10/2).             11/27     MIN     0   0     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                        12/4    @ HOU     0   0     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0

• Tallied one tackle and two quarterback hits vs.       12/11 @ CAR       3   1     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                        12/15     JAX     2   0     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
Green Bay (10/9).                                       12/26 @ NO        0   0     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                        1/1       TB      2   1     0.0     0.0      0   0   0    0   0
• Registered four tackles (two solo) and a quarter-     TOTALS          25    14    1.0     3.0      0   0   0    0   3

back hit vs. Carolina (10/16).                          CAREER          279 193    19.0   168.0      1   6   7    7   15



• Recorded three tackles (two solo) and a pass de-
fensed at Detroit (10/23).

• Recorded two tackles, two tackles for loss and his
  first sack of the season at Indianapolis (11/6).

• Notched four tackles (three solo) vs. New Or-
  leans (11/13).

• Tallied three tackles, two tackles for loss, two
  quarterback hits and two passes defensed vs.
  Tennessee (11/20).

• Started at defensive tackle, but did not record any
  statistics vs. Minnesota (11/27).

• Registered two quarterback hits at Houston
  (12/4).                                               • Notched two tackles (one solo) vs. Tampa Bay
                                                          (1/1).
• Logged three tackles (one solo) and one quarter-
  back hit at Carolina (12/11).                          EXTRA POINTS
                                                        • Has own charitable foundation, the Babineaux
• Assisted on two tackles and added one quarter-          Brothers Foundation and hosts an annual golf
  back hit vs. Jacksonville (12/15).                      tournament in his hometown of Port Arthur, TX
                                                          to benefit the foundation.
• Started at defensive tackle at New Orleans
  (12/26).


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                                      SAM BAKER
                                      OFFENSIVE
                                      TACKLE                                   72
  HT: 6’ 5”           WT: 301         NFL EXP: 4        ACQ: D1B-‘08          4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 5/30/85                  COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


 TRANSACTIONS                                           • Saw action on special teams at Houston (12/4).
• Originally selected as a first round (21st pick
  overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2008.             • Saw action at right guard at Carolina (12/11).

 CAREER                                                 • Saw action vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
• In his rookie season, paved the way for the
  Falcons to finish second in the NFL in rushing,        • Saw action on offense and special teams at New
  averaging 152.7 yards per game.                       Orleans (12/26).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         • Saw action on offense and special teams vs.
• Started the first six games of the 2011 season at      Tampa Bay (1/1).
  left tackle.
                                                         COLLEGE
• Started at left tackle vs. Philadelphia (9/18) for    • All-America first-team selection by the Walter
an offense that produced 318 total yards.                 Camp Football Foundation, adding second-team
                                                          accolades from the Associated Press, College
• Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack     Football News and Sports Illustrated as a senior.
at Seattle (10/2).
                                                        • A unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference first-team
• Part of an offensive line that paved the way for        choice and was named the team’s Co-Offensive
RB Michael Turner, who rushed for 139 yards and           Lineman of the Year in 2007.
two touchdowns vs. Carolina (10/16).
                                                        • A semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award as a senior.
• Inactive at Detroit (10/23), at Indianapolis
(11/6), vs. New Orleans (11/13) and vs. Tennessee       • Selected as the team’s Offensive Lineman of the
(11/20) due to injury (back).                             Year in 2004.

• Saw action on special teams vs. Minnesota
(11/27).



                             Baker’s Career Games Played/Started
2011          2010      2009    2008
ATL           ATL      ATL      ATL
12/6          16/16    14/14    8/5
TOTAL         50/41


                    Baker’s Career Postseason Games Played/Started
2008          2010
ATL           ATL
1/0           1/0
TOTAL         1/0

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                                    KROY BIERMANN
                                    DEFENSIVE END
                                                                                          71
 HT: 6’ 3”        WT: 255           NFL EXP: 4          ACQ: D5B - ’08             4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 9/12/85                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                 2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                        DATE      OPP   TK SO       SK    YDS    INT YDS    FF   FR PD
• Selected as a fifth round (154th pick overall) draft
                                                        9/11    @ CHI    3     0   1.0     7.0    1    50   0    0   1
  choice by Atlanta in 2008.                            9/18      PHI    1     1   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
                                                        9/25    @ TB     4     2   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         10/2    @ SEA    2     1   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
                                                        10/9      GB     4     2   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
• Intercepted a pass and returned it 50-yards for       10/16     CAR    2     1   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
  a touchdown, while also posting a sack (seven         10/23 @ DET      1     0   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
  yards) vs. Chicago (9/11).                            11/6    @ IND    2     2   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
                                                        11/13     NO     2     1   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
                                                        11/20     TEN    0     0   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
• Recorded one tackle in week two against the           11/27     MIN    2     0   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
  Eages (9/18).                                         12/4    @ HOU    4     1   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
                                                        12/11 @ CAR      0     0   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
                                                        12/15     JAX    1     1   1.0    12.0    0     0   0    0   0
• Tallied four tackles (two solo) and one tackle for    12/26 @ NO       4     3   0.0     0.0    0     0   0    0   0
loss at Tampa Bay (9/25).                               1/1       TB     3     1   0.5     4.5    0     0   0    0   0
                                                        TOTALS          35    16   2.5    23.5     1   50   0    0   1

• Collared two tackles (one solo) and added two         CAREER          132   97   12.5   84.5    2    81    1   1   3

quarterback hits at Seattle (10/2).

• Started at right defensive end and recorded four
tackles (two solo) and a tackle for loss vs. Green
Bay (10/9).

• Recorded two tackles (one solo) and two quarter-
back hits vs. Carolina (10/16).

• Registered one tackle at Detroit (10/23).

• Collared two tackles and one quarterback hit at
Indianapolis (11/6).

• Recorded two tackles (one solo) vs. New Orleans
(11/13).

• Tallied one tackle for loss vs. Tennessee (11/20).

• Notched two tackles and one quarterback hit vs.
Minnesota (11/27).
                                                        • Notched four tackles (three solo) and one quarter-
• Logged four tackles (one solo) at Houston (12/4).     back hit at New Orleans (12/26).

• Assisted on one special teams tackle at Carolina      • Compiled three tackles (one solo) and one-half
(12/11).                                                sack vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Registered one tackle, one sack (12 yards) and one
tackle for loss vs. Jacksonville (12/15).

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                                   JUSTIN BLALOCK
                                   OFFENSIVE
                                   GUARD
                                                                                63
  HT: 6’ 4”          WT: 326          NFL EXP: 5        ACQ: D2A - ’07         5TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 12/20/83                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS


 TRANSACTIONS                                           • Started at left guard and was part of a unit who
• Originally selected as a second round (39 th pick     protected QB Matt Ryan who threw for a career-
  overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2007.             high 351 yards vs. New Orleans (11/13).

• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on              • Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack
  July 31, 2011.                                        vs. Tennessee (11/20).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who recorded a
• Started seven games at left guard in 2011.            128.2 passer rating vs. Minnesota (11/27).

• Started at left guard and was part of a unit who      • Member of an offensive line that did not allow a
protected for QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 319           sack at Houston (12/4).
yards vs. Chicago (9/11).
                                                        • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 320
• Part of an offensive line that helped pave the way    yards and four touchdowns at Carolina (12/11).
for 138 rushing yards, including 114 from Michael
Turner vs. Philadelphia (9/18).                         • Part of an offensive line that protected QB Matt
                                                        Ryan, who recorded a season-high 137.3 passer
• Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack   rating vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
at Seattle (10/2).
                                                        • Started at left guard and was part of an offen-
• Helped paved the way for RB Michael Turner,           sive line that did not allow a sack at New Orleans
who rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns vs.         (12/26).
Carolina (10/16).
                                                        • Helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner, who
• Part of an offensive line that paved the way for      rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 17
129 rushing yards at Detroit (10/23).                   carries vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Member of an offensive line that helped produce        CAREER
163 yards on the ground at Indianapolis (11/6).         • In his first four seasons, has started in all 62 con-
                                                          tests he has participated in.

                              Blalock’s Career Games Played/Started
2011          2010     2009     2008        2007
ATL        ATL        ATL       ATL         ATL
16/16      16/16      16/16     16/16       14/14
TOTAL      78/78
                     Blalock’s Career Postseason Games Played/Started
2010          2008
ATL        ATL
1/1        1/1
TOTAL      2/2

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                                  MATT BRYANT
                                  KICKER
                                                                                         3
  HT: 5’ 9”       WT: 203          NFL EXP: 10         ACQ: FA–‘09           3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 5/29/75               COLLEGE: BAYLOR UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                          in team history, passing K Norm Johnson who
• Was signed as a free agent by the New York Gi-       connected on 26 straight from 1992-93.
  ants in 2002 and was allocated to NFL Europa.
                                                       • Notched seven points, including a field goal of 20
• Was released by the Giants in 2004 and com-            yards, at Indianapolis (11/6).
  peted in four games between the Indianapolis
  Colts and Miami Dolphins.                            • Tallied 11 points, connecting on field goals of 36,
                                                         29 and 27 yards vs. New Orleans (11/13).
• Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent on March
  2, 2005.                                             • Recorded 11 points, including field goals of 33, 24
                                                         and 19 yards, vs. Tennessee (11/20).
• Released by the Buccaneers on September 5,
  2009 and competed with the Florida Tuskers of        • Connected on a field goal of 37 yards and added
  the UFL.                                               three extra points vs. Minnesota (11/27).

• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on             • Tallied four points at Houston (12/4), including a
  December 1, 2009.                                      field goal of 19 yards.

• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on             • Recorded seven points, connecting on four-of-
  July 29, 2011.                                         four extra points and adding a 30-yard field goal,
                                                         at Carolina (12/11).
 2011 (FALCONS)
• Recorded six points after converting on fi eld        • Notched two-of-two field goals, including a long
  goals of 48 and 25 yards against Chicago (9/11).       of 33 yards, and connected on five-of-five extra
                                                         points vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
• Connected on five of five extra point attempts vs.
  Philadelphia (9/18).                                 • Connected on three-of-three field goals, includ-
                                                         ing a season-long field goal of 51 yards, at New
• Scored seven points, including field goals of 26       Orleans (12/26).
and 33 yards, against Tampa Bay (9/25).
                                                       • Hit six-of-six extra point attempts and added one
• Notched 12 points, including a season-long 50-         field goal of 20 yards vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
yard field goal, at Seattle (10/2).
                                                        CAREER
• Connected on both of his extra point attempts        • In 115 career games, has converted 173 of 209
vs. Green Bay (10/9).                                    field goals, a long kick of 62 yards and 235 of 239
                                                         PATs for a total of 754 career points.
• Tallied seven points, including a 24-yard field
goal and four of four extra point attempts, vs.        • Kicked the second-longest game-winning field
Carolina (10/16).                                        goal in NFL history after splitting the uprights on
                                                         a 62-yarder against Philadelphia in 2006.
• Recorded 11 points, including field goals of47, 40
and 23 yards at Detroit (10/23). With his 47-yard
FG in the third quarter, Bryant set a new franchise
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                                   KIRK CHAMBERS
                                   OFFENSIVE TACKLE
                                                                               73
  HT: 6’ 7”           WT: 315       NFL EXP: 7           ACQ: FA–‘11           1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 3/19/79                COLLEGE: STANFORD UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                             PERSONAL
• Originally selected as a sixth round (176th pick       • Named a SuperPrep All-American as an offensive
  overall) draft choice by Cleveland in 2004.            lineman as a senior at Provo High School, where
                                                         he started on both offense and defense for three
• Released by the Browns on Sept. 3, 2006. Signed        seasons.
as a free agent with Buffalo on Jan. 25, 2007.
Waived by the Bills on Sept. 4, 2010 and signed by       • Named to the Tacoma News Tribune’s Western
Cincinnati as a free agent on Nov. 16, 2010.             Top-100, while also garnering First-Team All-State
                                                         and Frist-Team Academic All-State honors his se-
• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on               nior season.
October 25, 2011.
                                                         • Played four years of varsity basketball in high
 2011 (FALCONS)                                          school and was a member of an AAU All-Star Bas-
• Saw action on special teams at Indianapolis            ketball Team.
  (11/6).
                                                         • Did not play football during the 1998-99 seasons
• Saw action on special teams vs. New Orleans            before enrolling at Stanford while spending both
  (11/13).                                               seasons as part of a Mormon Mission in Berlin,
                                                         Germany.
• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Ten-
  nessee (11/20).                                        • Selected in 2005 to participate in NFL Business
                                                         Management and Entrepreneurial Program at
• Inactive in Weeks 12-17.                               Stanford

 CAREER                                                  • Majored in Public Policy and German Studies at
• Played 67 career NFL games with 14 starts, includ-     Stanford, earning Academic All Pac-10 honors for
ing nine starts for Buffalo in 2009.                     three years and Academic All-America honors as
                                                         a senior.
 COLLEGE
• Started all 45 games of his Stanford career at left    • Fluent in German.
  tackle and was named Second Team All-Pac-10
  and First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 during his          • Born in Provo, Utah. He and his wife, Marilyn,
  senior campaign.                                       have four daughters - Marianne, Katie, Allison and
                                                         Claire.
• A solid force on the offensive line, Chambers
shared honors of the Menlo-Atherton Trophy as the
team’s top freshman in 2001.


                          Chamber’s Career Games Played/Started
2011          2010      2009    2008       2007         2005      2004
ATL           CIN       BUF     BUF        BUF          CLE       CLE
3/0           0/0       14/9    16/4       16/1         15/0      6/0
TOTAL         69/14

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                                     TYSON CLABO
                                     OFFENSIVE TACKLE
                                                     PRO BOWL YEARS
                                                     2010                             77
  HT: 6’ 6”           WT: 329         NFL EXP: 7             ACQ: FA–‘06             6TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 10/17/81                 COLLEGE: WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY


TRANSACTIONS                                                 • Started at right tackle at Detroit (10/23) and
• Originally signed by the Denver as an undrafted            helped block for RB Michael Turner, who rushed for
  rookie free agent on April 26, 2004. Waived by the         122 yards.
  Broncos on September 5. Signed by the New York
  Giants practice squad on September 7. Released             • Member of an offensive line that helped produce
  from the Giants practice squad on September 21.            163 yards on the ground at Indianapolis (11/6).
  Signed to the San Diego practice squad on October
  5. Released by the Chargers on October 11. Signed          • Started at right tackle vs. New Orleans (11/13)
  by the Broncos on December 21.                             and helped protect QB Matt Ryan, who passed for a
                                                             career-high 351 yards.
• Allocated to the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Euro-
  pa. Waived by the Denver on September 3, 2005.             • Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack vs.
                                                             Tennessee (11/20).
• Signed to the Falcons practice squad on Septem-
  ber 21, 2005 and was re-signed by the Falcons on           • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who recorded a 128.2
  January 2, 2006.                                           passer rating vs. Minnesota (11/27).

• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on                   • Member of an offensive line that did not allow a
  July 29, 2011.                                             sack at Houston (12/4).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                              • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 320
• Started at right tackle against Chicago (9/11) and         yards and four touchdowns at Carolina (12/11).
  was part of an offensive line that protected for QB
  Matt Ryan, who threw for 319 yards.                        • Part of an offensive line that protected QB Matt
                                                             Ryan, who logged a season-high 137.3 passer rat-
• Member of an offensive unit that produced 318              ing vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
  yards of total offense vs. Philadelphia (9/18).
                                                             • Started at right tackle and was part of an offen-
• Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack at     sive line that did not allow a sack at New Orleans
Seattle (10/2).                                              (12/26).

• Helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner, who             • Helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner, who
rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns vs. Caro-            rushed for 172 and two touchdowns on 17 carries
lina (10/16).                                                vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).



                              Clabo’s Career Games Played/Started
 2011         2010      2009     2008        2007           2006        2005         2004
ATL           ATL       ATL      ATL         ATL            ATL        ATL          DEN
16/16         16/16     16/16    16/16       11/11          10/10      0/0          0/0
TOTAL         85/85




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                                    MIKE COX
                                    FULLBACK
                                                                                      42
  HT: 6’ 0”        WT: 252          NFL EXP: 4           ACQ: FA–‘11                  1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 7/11/85                COLLEGE: GEORGIA TECH

                                                                               2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                                   RUSHING                  RECEIVING
• Originally selected as a rookie free agent by Kan-     DATE     OPP    RUSH YDS     AVG   LG TD REC YDS AVG        LG TD
  sas City on May 2, 2008.                               9/11    @ CHI
                                                         9/18      PHI

• Signed by Kansas City on March 25, 2010 before         9/25    @ TB
                                                         10/2    @ SEA
being released on Sept. 3, 2011.                         10/9      GB
                                                         10/16     CAR
• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on               10/23 @ DET           SIGNED TO ACTIVE ROSTER 10/25/2011
                                                                 @ IND
October 25, 2011.                                        11/6              0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                         11/13     NO      0      0   0.0   0   0    2    8    4.0    8   0
                                                         11/20     TEN     0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0
 2011 (FALCONS)                                          11/27     MIN     0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0

• Started at fullback at Indianapolis (11/6) and         12/4    @ HOU     0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                         12/11 @ CAR       0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0
  helped pave the way for a rushing attack that          12/15     JAX     0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0
  gained 163 yards on the ground.                        12/26 @ NO        0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                         1/1       TB      0      0   0.0   0   0    0    0    0.0    0   0

• Recorded two receptions for eight yards vs. New        TOTALS            0      0   0.0   0   0    2    8    4.0   8    0
                                                         CAREER            4      3   0.8   2   1   24   133   5.5   19   0
  Orleans (11/13).
                                                          COLLEGE
• Saw time on offense vs. Tennessee (11/20).             • Saw action in 47 games, with 33 starts, at Geor-
                                                           gia Tech, registering 10 carries for 63 yards.
• Saw time on offense vs. Minnesota (11/27).
                                                         • Also caught 30 passes for 217 yards with a touch-
• Saw time on offense at Houston (12/4).                 down and added five special teams tackles.

• Started at fullback at Carolina (12/11).               • Served as the lead blocker in a Yellow Jackets rush-
                                                         ing attack that paced the ACC at 199.3 yards per
• Started at fullback vs. Jacksonville (12/15).          game.

• Saw time of offense at New Orleans (12/26).            • Was named the ACC’s best blocking back by The
                                                         Sporting News.
• Started at fullback vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
                                                          PERSONAL
 CAREER                                                  • Three-year letterwinner rushed for 1,326 yards
• A solid blocker who is also a sure-handed receiver.,   with 18 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 415
Cox has played in 39 games (17 starts), notching         yards at Red Land High School in New Cumber-
four carries for three yards with a touchdown and        land, Pennsylvania.
22 catches for 125 yards (5.7 avg.), in addition to a
catch on a two-point conversion.                         • Also was a starter at linebacker, recording 125
                                                         tackles and three interceptions.
• Also recorded three special teams tackles and has
five kickoff returns for 20 yards (4.0 avg.).             • Majored in Management at Georgia Tech.

                                                         • Married to wife, Dana. Brother, Lucas, attended
                                                         training camp with the Falcons in 2011.


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                                    THOMAS DE COUD
                                    SAFETY
                                                                                      28
  HT: 6’ 0”        WT: 192           NFL EXP: 4          ACQ: D3C-’08               4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 3/19/85                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                  2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                         DATE      OPP   TK SO      SK    YDS    INT YDS    FF   FR PD
• Originally selected as a third round (98th pick
                                                         9/11    @ CHI    12    8   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
  overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2008.              9/18      PHI     0    0   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                         9/25    @ TB     11    6   0.0    0.0     1    0   0    0   1

 2011 (FALCONS)                                          10/2    @ SEA     3    2   0.0    0.0     1    7   0    0   1
                                                         10/9      GB      7    6   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   1
• Led the secondary with 12 tackles (eight solo)         10/16     CAR     9    5   0.0    0.0     1   49   0    0   1
  against Chicago (9/11).                                10/23 @ DET       4    2   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                         11/6    @ IND     4    3   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                                   NO
• Saw time on defense and special teams vs. Phila-       11/13            12    7   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                         11/20     TEN     4    3   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
 delphia (9/18).                                         11/27     MIN     8    6   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                         12/4    @ HOU    13   11   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0

• Started at free safety and recorded 11 tackles (six    12/11 @ CAR       3    3   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                         12/15     JAX     1    1   0.0    0.0     1   21   0    0   1
solo) and added an interception against Tampa Bay        12/26 @ NO       10    7   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   1
(9/25).                                                  1/1       TB      8    6   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   1
                                                         TOTALS          109   76   0.0   0.0      4   77   0    0   7

• Recorded three tackes (two solo), one pass de-         CAREER          335 219    2.0   18.0     8 102    4    1   19

fensed and an interception in the endzone at Seattle
(10/2).                                                  • Established a career-high with his fourth intercep-
                                                         tion of the season and added one tackle and one
• Tallied seven tackles (six solo) and one pass de-      pass defensed vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
fensed vs. Green Bay (10/9).
                                                         • Notched a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo) and
• Recorded nine tackles (five solo), one pass de-         one pass defensed at New Orleans (12/26).
fensed and tied a career-high with his third intercep-
tion of the season vs. Carolina (10/16).                 • Led the Falcons secondary with eight tackles (six
                                                         solo), while adding one tackle for loss and one pass
• Registered four tackles (two solo) at Detroit          defensed vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
(10/23).
                                                           EXTRA POINTS
• Collared four tackles (three solo) at Indianapolis     • Participated in the Extra Yard partnership pro-
(11/6).                                                    gram the past three seasons and has purchased
                                                           40 season tickets and t-shirts for the Juvenile
• Notched 12 tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for       Diabetes Research Foundation Georgia Chapter.
loss vs. New Orleans (11/13).
                                                         • Participated as a celebrity waiter for Coach
• Tallied four tackles (three solo) vs. Tennessee          Smith’s second annual Huddle Up for
(11/20).                                                   Miracles at Capital Grille to benefit the Children’s
                                                           Miracle Network.
• Recorded eight tackles (six solo) vs. Minnesota
(11/27).                                                  CAREER
                                                         • In three seasons with the Falcons, has emerged
• Registered a season-high 13 tackles (11 solo) at         as the starting free safety. Tied a career-high and
Houston (12/4).                                            ranked second on the team with 113 tackles in 2010.

• Collared three tackles at Carolina (12/11).

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                                    HARRY DOUGLAS
                                    WIDE RECEIVER
                                                                                       83
 HT: 6’ 0”         WT: 183           NFL EXP: 3           ACQ: D3B - ’08             4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 9/16/84                  COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

                                                                               2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                                  RECEIVING                  RUSHING
• Selected as a third round (84th pick overall) draft     DATE     OPP    REC YDS    AVG    LG TD RSH YDS AVG        LG TD
  choice by Atlanta in 2008.                              9/11    @ CHI    2    10    5.0    7   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                          9/18      PHI    2    19    9.5   15   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                                  @ TB
 2011 (FALCONS)                                           9/25
                                                          10/2    @ SEA
                                                                           5
                                                                           0
                                                                                35
                                                                                 0
                                                                                      7.0
                                                                                      0.0
                                                                                            16
                                                                                             0
                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                     0
                                                                                                     0
                                                                                                          0
                                                                                                          0
                                                                                                               0.0
                                                                                                               0.0
                                                                                                                      0
                                                                                                                      0
                                                                                                                          0
                                                                                                                          0
• Collected 10 yards on two receptions in vs. Chi-        10/9      GB     2    16    8.0   13   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
  cago (9/11).                                            10/16     CAR    2    57   28.5   34   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                          10/23 @ DET      4    62   15.5   49   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                          11/6    @ IND    0     0    0.0    0   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
• Recorded two receptions for 19 yards in week two        11/13     NO     8   133   16.6   46   0   1    3    3.0    3   0
  against Philadelphia (9/18).                            11/20     TEN    4    51   12.8   21   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                          11/27     MIN    2    45   22.5   27   1   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                                  @ HOU
• Logged a season-high five receptions for 35 yards        12/4             4    43   10.8   17   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                          12/11 @ CAR      2    12    6.0    9   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
against Tampa Bay (9/25).                                 12/15     JAX    1    12   12.0   12   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                          12/26 @ NO       1     3    3.0    3   0   0    0    0.0    0   0

• Saw action but did not record any statistics at Se-     1/1       TB     0     0    0.0    0   0   0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                          TOTALS          39   498   12.8   49   1    1   3    3.0    3   0
attle (10/2).
                                                          TOTALS          85 1,112   13.1   69   3   15   67   4.5   33   1

• Recorded two receptions for 16 yards vs. Green Bay
(10/9).                                                   • Registered one reception for 12 yards vs. Jackson-
                                                          ville (12/15).
• Started at wide receiver and recorded two catches
for 57 yards, including a long reception of 34 yards      • Tallied one catch for three yards at New Orleans
vs. Carolina (10/16).                                     (12/26).

• Hauled in four receptions for 62 yards, including a     • Saw action but did not record any statistics vs.
season-long 49-yard catch at Detroit (10/23).             Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Saw action but did not record any statistics at In-      EXTRA POINTS
dianapolis (11/6).                                        • Hosts an annual bowling fundraising event for
                                                            the March of Dimes – Georgia Chapter at Ten Pin
• Recorded eight catches for 133 yards, both career         Bowling Alley in Atlanta. The event has helped
highs, including a long reception of 46 yards vs. New       raise several thousand dollars for the March of
Orleans (11/13).                                            Dimes to help save newborn babies.

• Started at wide receiver and tallied four catches for   • The Douglas Brothers Foundation, a charitable
51 yards vs. Tennessee (11/20).                             foundation run by Harry and his brother Toney,
                                                            hosted its second annual Holiday Treat Festival
• Logged two receptions for 45 yards and a touch-           in their hometown of Jonesboro, GA in Decem-
down vs. Minnesota (11/27).                                 ber 2010. This event helped treat several un-
                                                            derprivileged children during the holidays to free
• Hauled in four catches for 43 yards at Houston            gifts, haircuts, health screenings and meal. Last
(12/4).                                                     year’s event was attended by over 3,000 people.
                                                            Several of Douglas’ teammates joined him at
• Recorded two receptions for 12 yards at Carolina          the event.
(12/11).

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                                   RAY EDWARDS
                                    DEFENSIVE END
                                                                                         93
 HT: 6-5          WT: 268          NFL EXP: 6           AQU: FA -’11              1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDAY: 1/1/1985                                     COLLEGE: PURDUE UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                        DATE      OPP   TK SO      SK     YDS    INT YDS   FF   FR PD
• Selected as a fourth round (127th pick overall)
                                                        9/11    @ CHI    1    1    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
  draft choice by Minnesota in 2006.                    9/18      PHI    2    2    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    1   0
                                                        9/25    @ TB     3    2    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0

• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on July 29,     10/2    @ SEA    5    5    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                        10/9      GB     2    1    1.0     8.0    0    0   0    0   0
  2011.                                                 10/16     CAR    2    2    1.0     8.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                        10/23 @ DET      3    3    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
 2011 (FALCONS)                                         11/6    @ IND    2    1    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    1   0
                                                                  NO
• Logged one tackle at Chicago (9/11).                  11/13            3    2    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                        11/20     TEN    1    1    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
                                                        11/27     MIN    1    1    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Tallied two tackles, both for loss, and a 64-yard     12/4    @ HOU    1    0    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0

fumble recovery vs. Philadelphia (9/18).                12/11 @ CAR      3    2    1.0    11.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                        12/15     JAX    1    0    0.5     2.5    0    0   0    0   0
                                                        12/26 @ NO       2    0    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Recorded three tackles (two solo) at Tampa Bay        1/1       TB     1    1    0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
(9/25)                                                  TOTALS          33   24    3.5    29.5    0   0    0    2   3
                                                        CAREER          214 162   33.0   218.0    0   0    6    4   14

• Collared five tackles and recorded a quarterback
hit at Seattle (10/2).                                  • Assisted on one tackle and added one-half sack
                                                        vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
• Notched two tackles (one solo), one tackle for loss
and a sack vs. Green Bay (10/9).                        • Assisted on two tackles at New Orleans (12/26).

• Registered two tackles, two quarterback hits, one     • Collared one tackle, one pass defensed and a
tackle for loss and a sack vs. Carolina (10/16).        quarterback hit vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Recorded three tackles and one pass defensed at        CAREER
Detroit (10/23).                                        • Enjoyed breakout season in 2009 with career-
                                                          best 8.5 sacks, 75 tackles (50 solo), three passes
• Tallied two tackles (one solo) and recovered a          defensed, nine tackles for loss, three forced
fumble at Indianapolis (11/6).                            fumbles and one fumble recovery.

• Collared three tackles (two solo), including a        • In 2009, tied a Vikings playoff record with three
tackle for loss vs. New Orleans (11/13).                  sacks in a Divisional round game vs. Dallas
                                                          (1/17) and set a Vikings record for most playoff
• Notched one tackle and one pass defensed vs.            sacks with four.
Tennessee (11/20).
                                                        • Was part of a Vikings line that keyed the defense
• Recorded one tackle (one solo) vs. Minnesota            to rank first in the NFL in rushing defense from
(11/27).                                                  2006-08 and ranked second in the Leauge in
                                                          2009.
• Registered one tackle and one tackle for loss at
Houston (12/4).                                         • Showcased playmaking abilities in 2007 when he
                                                          tied for team lead with four forced fumbles and
• Logged three tackles (two solo), one sack (11           scored his first career touchdown on a nine-yard
yards) and one tackle for loss at Carolina (12/11).       fumble recovery at Detroit (9/16).

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                                     DOMINIQUE FRANKS
                                     CORNERBACK
                                                                                      24
  HT: 6’ 0”        WT: 197           NFL EXP: 2           ACQ: D5A-’10              2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 10/8/87                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA


  TRANSACTIONS                                                                 2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                          DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK      YDS    INT YDS    FF   FR PD
• Selected as a fifth round (135th pick overall) draft
                                                          9/11    @ CHI                   DID NOT PLAY
  choice by Atlanta in 2010.                              9/18      PHI                   DID NOT PLAY
                                                          9/25    @ TB     1   0    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   0

  2011 (FALCONS)                                          10/2    @ SEA                   DID NOT PLAY
                                                          10/9      GB     0   0    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   0
• Was active but did not participate against Chicago      10/16     CAR    0   0    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   0
 (9/11), vs. Philadelphia (9/18), at Seattle (10/2), at   10/23 @ DET      0   0    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   0
 Indianapolis (11/6) and vs. New Orleans (11/13).         11/6    @ IND                   DID NOT PLAY
                                                          11/13     NO                    DID NOT PLAY
                                                          11/20     TEN    0   0    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   0
• Recorded one tackle in his first playing time of 2011    11/27     MIN    5   3    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   0
 at Tampa Bay (9/25).                                     12/4    @ HOU    4   3    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   0
                                                          12/11 @ CAR      2   1    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   1
                                                          12/15     JAX    3   3    0.0      0.0    0     0   0    0   1
• Saw action on special teams vs. Green Bay (10/9),       12/26 @ NO       0   0    0.0      0.0    1     0   0    0   2
 vs. Carolina (10/16), at Detroit (10/23) and vs. Ten-    1/1       TB     5   3    0.0      0.0    1     0   0    0   1
 nessee (11/20).                                          TOTALS          20   13   0.0      0.0    2    0    0    0   5
                                                          CAREER          22   14   0.0      0.0    3    40   0    0   6

• Collared five tackles (three solo) and added one
 quarterback hit vs. Minnesota (11/27).

• Started at left cornerback and recorded four tack-
 les (three solo) at Houston (12/4).

• Started at left cornerback for the second consecu-
 tive week at Carolina (12/11), recording two tackles
 (one solo) and one pass defensed.

• Notched three tackles and one pass defensed vs.
 Jacksonville (12/15).

• Recorded his second career interception and two
 passes defensed at New Orleans (12/26).

• Intercepted a pass for the second consecutive
 game and recorded five tackles (three solo) vs.
 Tampa Bay (1/1).

  EXTRA POINTS
 In 2010, a participant in the Atlanta Falcons Rookie
Club sponsored by UnitedHealthcare of Georgia,
this program gives the players the opportunity to
take part in several charitable events.




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                                   TONY GONZALEZ
                                    TIGHT END
                                                  PRO BOWL YEARS
                                                  2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005,
                                                  2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
                                                                                            88
 HT: 6’ 5”        WT: 247           NFL EXP: 15            ACQ: TR–‘09 (KC)                 3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 2/27/76                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

                                                                                   2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                                      RECEIVING                    RUSHING
• Originally selected in the first round (13th overall)     DATE      OPP     REC YDS        AVG    LG TD RSH YDS AVG       LG TD
  by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1997 NFL Draft.         9/11    @ CHI       5    72      14.4   30   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           9/18      PHI       7    83      11.9   17   2   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                                   @ TB
• Traded to the Falcons for Atlanta’s second round         9/25                2    18       9.0   10   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           10/2    @ SEA       7    56       8.0   22   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
  selection in the 2010 NFL Draft on April 23, 2009.       10/9      GB        6    60      10.0   23   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           10/16     CAR       3    29       9.7   13   0   0   0    0.0    0   0

 2011 (FALCONS)                                            10/23 @ DET         5    62      12.4   30   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           11/6    @ IND       4    36       9.0   20   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
• Logged a team-high 72 yards receiving on five             11/13     NO        6    71      11.8   20   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
  catches vs. Chicago (9/11).                              11/20     TEN       5    74      14.8   19   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           11/27     MIN       9    69       7.7   18   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                                   @ HOU
• Led the team with seven receptions for 83 yards          12/4                7   100      14.3   26   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           12/11 @ CAR         7    82      11.7   20   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
  and two touchdowns vs. Philadelphia (9/18).              12/15     JAX       1    14      14.0   14   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
  With his seven catches, Gonzalez moved into              12/26 @ NO          5    41       8.2   9    0   0   0    0.0    0   0

  fifth-place on the NFL all-time receptions list           1/1       TB        1        8    8.0   8    0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           TOTALS             80   875      10.9 30t    7   0   0    0.0   0    0
  (1,081).
                                                           TOTALS           1,149 13,338 11.6 73t 95        2   14   7.0   9    0

• Recorded two receptions for 18 yards and a               • Recorded five receptions for 74 yards and a
touchdown at Tampa Bay (9/25).                             touchdown, while becoming the 13th player in NFL
                                                           history to eclipse the 13,000 receiving yard mark
• Hauled in seven catches for 56 yards and a touch-        vs. Tennessee (11/20).
down. With a score in his third consecutive game,
Gonzalez passed WR Isaac Bruce into sole pos-              • Hauled in a season-high nine catches for 69 yards
sesion of 9th place on the NFL-career touchdown            vs. Minnesota (11/27).
reception list with 92.
                                                           • Notched seven catches for a season-high 100
• Corralled six passes for 60 yards vs. Green Bay,         yards at Houston (12/4). Gonzalez improved his
and moved past WR Art Monk into 14th place on              NFL record for 100-yard receiving games by a tight
the NFL’s all-time receiving list with 12,748 yards.       end to 28 games and recorded his NFL-record 13th
Additionally, Gonzalez moved past WR Tim Brown             60-catch campaign.
for fifth on the NFL’s all-time receptions list with
1,096 career receptions.                                   • Recorded seven catches for 82 yards, including a
                                                           long of 20 yards, and moved into 11th place on the
• Tallied three catches for 29 yards vs. Carolina          all-time receiving yardage list at Carolina (12/11).
(10/17).
                                                           • Tallied one catch for 14 yards vs. Jacksonville
• Moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time re-        (12/15).
ceptions list with 1,103 career receptions, passing
WR Marvin Harrison (1,102), after recording five            • Registered five catches for 41 yards at New Or-
receptions for 62 yards at Detroit (10/23).                leans (12/16).

• Recorded four receptions for 36 yards and a              • Hauled in one catch for eight yards vs. Tampa Bay
touchdown at Indianapolis (11/6).                          (1/1).
• Reeled in six receptions for 71 yards and a touch-
down vs. New Orleans (11/13).

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                                    BRENT GRIMES
                                     CORNERBACK
                                                   PRO BOWL YEARS
                                                   2010                               20
  HT: 5’ 10”       WT: 183           NFL EXP: 4           ACQ: FA – ‘07              4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 7/19/83                 COLLEGE: SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                   2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                          DATE      OPP   TK SO      SK    YDS   INT YDS       FF   FR PD
• Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the
                                                          9/11    @ CHI     0    0   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    3
  Atlanta Falcons on May 16, 2006.                        9/18      PHI     5    4   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    0
                                                          9/25    @ TB      4    4   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    0

• Re-signed by the Falcons on January 10, 2007            10/2    @ SEA     4    4   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    1
                                                          10/9      GB      7    6   0.0   0.0      0      0   1    0    2
  and was allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals             10/16     CAR     4    4   0.0   0.0      1     29   0    0    1
  of NFL Europa.                                          10/23 @ DET       5    3   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    2
                                                          11/6    @ IND     3    2   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    0
                                                                    NO
• Signed to the Falcons practice squad following          11/13             4    3   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    1
                                                          11/20     TEN     1    1   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    2
  training camp. Was activated to the 53-man ros-         11/27     MIN     0    0   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    0
  ter on October 29, but was waived and signed            12/4    @ HOU                    INACTIVE

  back to the practice squad on November 6.               12/11 @ CAR                      INACTIVE
                                                          12/15     JAX                    INACTIVE
                                                          12/26 @ NO        7    5   0.0   0.0      0      0   0    0    2
• Elevated to Atlanta’s        53-man     roster    on    1/1       TB                     INACTIVE
  December 17, 2007.                                      TOTALS          44    36   0.0   0.0        1   29    1   0   14
                                                          CAREER          242 207    0.0   0.0    13 155        1   1   56

 2011 (FALCONS)
• Notched a team-high three passes defensed               • Posted one tackle and two passes defensed vs.
  against Chicago (9/11).                                 Tennessee (11/20).

• Collared five tackles (four solo) against Philadel-      • Started at cornerback vs. Minnesota (11/27) but
  phia (9/18).                                            did not record any statistics before leaving the game
                                                          with an injury (knee).
• Tallied four tackles, all solo, at Tampa Bay (9/25).
                                                          • Was inactive due to injury (knee) at Houston
• Recorded four tackles and one pass defensed at          (12/4), at Carolina (12/11) and vs. Jacksonville
Seattle (10/2).                                           (12/15).

• Posted seven tackles (six solo), two passes de-         • Returned from injury (knee) and recorded seven
fensed and recorded his first-career forced fumble         tackles (five solo) and two passed defensed (12/26).
vs. Green Bay (10/9).
                                                          • Was inactive vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
• Registered four tackles, one pass defensed and an
interception vs. Carolina (10/16).                         CAREER
                                                          • In four seasons with the Falcons, has totaled 196
• Recorded five tackles (three solo) and two passes          tackles (169 solo), 12 interceptions, one fumble
defensed at Detroit (10/23).                                recovery and 42 passes defensed.
                                                          • Led the Falcons in interceptions with six in 2009.
• Notched three tackles (two solo) at Indianapolis
(11/6).                                                   • Named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad for the first
                                                            time in his career in 2010.
• Collared four tackles (three solo) and one pass de-
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                                     JOE HAWLEY
                                     CENTER
                                                                                    61
  HT: 6’ 3”           WT: 302        NFL EXP: 2            ACQ: D4-’10           2V YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 10/22/88                COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-LAS VEGAS


  TRANSACTIONS                                            • Member of an offensive line that did not allow a
• Selected as a fourth round (117th pick overall) draft    sack at Houston (12/4).
  choice by Atlanta in 2010.
                                                          • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 320
  2011 (FALCONS)                                           yards and four touchdowns at Carolina (12/11).
• Started his first career game at center in place of in-
  jured-veteran Todd McClure against Chicago (9/11). • Part of an offensive line that protected for QB Matt
                                                          Ryan, who recorded a season-high 137.3 passer rat-
• Member of an offensive line that assisted in pro- ing vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
  ducing 138 rushing yards vs. Philadelphia (9/18).
                                                         • Started at right guard and helped protect QB Matt
• Saw action on special teams at Tampa Bay (9/25).        Ryan, who threw for a career-high 373 yards at New
                                                          Orleans (12/26).
• Saw action at center and on special teams at Se-
 attle (10/2).                                           • Helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner, who
                                                          rushed for 172 and two touchdowns vs. Tampa Bay
• Started at center vs. Green Bay (10/9).                 (1/1).

• Saw action on special teams vs. Carolina (10/16).         COLLEGE
                                                          • Competed in 47 career games with 33 starts at
• Saw action on offense and special teams at Detroit        UNLV as a center and right guard.
 (10/23).
                                                          • Started every contest as a junior and senior (2008-
• Started at right guard at Indianapolis (11/6) and         ’09).
 helped pave the way for a rushing attack that pro-
 duced 163 yards on the ground.                           • A talented blocker who was a leader on the offen-
                                                            sive line throughout his collegiate career.
• Part of an offensive line that helped protect for QB
 Matt Ryan, who threw for a career-high 351 yards vs.     • Won the Rebel Spirit Award, given to the senior
 New Orleans (11/13).                                       who showed the most toughness, positive attitude
                                                            and strong commitment to his teammates.
• Member of an offensive line that did not allow a
 sack vs. Tennessee (11/20).                              • Did not give up a sack at his position all season.

• Started at right guard and protected for QB Matt          PERSONAL
 Ryan, who recorded a passer rating of 128.8 vs. Min-     • Attended Esperanza High School in Anaheim,
 nesota (11/27).                                            California and was a three-year letterwinner for
                                                            the Aztecs.

                          Hawley’s Career Games Played/Started
 2011         2010
 ATL          ATL
 16/12        15/0
 TOTAL        31/12

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                                    ROBERT JAMES
                                    LINEBACKER
                                                                                              51
 HT: 5’ 11”       WT: 224           NFL EXP: 2          ACQ: D5A–‘08                    3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 12/26/83                COLLEGE: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                   2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                        9/11 @ CHI
                                                        DATE   OPP          TK SO
                                                                             2  0        SK
                                                                                        0.0       YDS
                                                                                                   0.0   INT YDS
                                                                                                           0   0      FF
                                                                                                                       0   FR PD
                                                                                                                            0  0
• Selected as a fifth round (138th pick overall) draft   9/18   PHI           -  -       -.-        -.-     -   -       -    -  -
  choice by Atlanta in 2008.                            9/25     @ TB       -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
                                                        10/2     @ SEA      -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
                                                        10/9       GB       -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
• Signed to the Falcons practice squad on Sep-
                                                        10/16      CAR      -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
  tember 6, 2009 and was elevated to the 53-man         10/23 @ DET         -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
  roster on December 29, 2009.                          11/6     @ IND      -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
                                                        11/13      NO       -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
                                                        11/20      TEN      -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
• Signed to the Falcons active roster on December       11/27      MIN      -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
  28, 2011.                                             12/4     @ HOU      -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -   -
                                                        12/11 @ CAR         -   -       -.-       -.-     -       -   -    -
                                                                   JAX
 2011 (FALCONS)                                         -12/15
                                                        12/26 @ NO
                                                                            -   -       -.-       -.-     -
                                                                                SIGNED TO ACTIVE ROSTER 12/28/11
                                                                                                                  -   -    -   -

• Serves as a member of the Falcons practice            1/1        TB       0   0       0.0       0.0     0       0   0    0       0
  squad.                                                TOTALS              0   0       0.0       0.0     0       0   0    0       0
                                                        CAREER              0   0       0.0       0.0     0       0   0    0       0

• Saw action on special teams vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

 2010 (FALCONS)                                         • Helped the Sun Devils improve from a total defen-
• Was signed to the active roster for the regular         sive ranking of 51st in the nation in 2006 to 30th
  season finale at Tampa Bay (1/3) where he saw            nationally in 2007 allowing 345.2 yards per game.
  action on special teams.
                                                         PERSONAL
 COLLEGE                                                • Attended Maryvale High School (Arizona), let-
• Started 19 of 42 games during his career at Ari-        tering four times in football and twice in track.
  zona State, recording 174 tackles (102 solo), 5.5
  sacks, 20 tackles for loss and five INTs.              • Earned second-team all-city honors as a DB and
                                                          first-team accolades as a RB.
• Earned All-America and All-Pac 10 Conference
  honors during his senior campaign.                    • Has one son, Robert James III.



                             James’ Career Defensive Statistics
YEAR          GP/GS     TK    SO AST        SK     YDS INT YDS              LG TD         PD        FF     FR YDS           TD
2008 ATL                               INJURED RESERVE
2009 ATL        1/0      0      0     0 0.0      0.0   0                0   0       0         0      0        0       0        0
TOTAL           1/0      0      0     0 0.0     0.0    0                0   0       0         0      0        0       0        0




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                                   PERIA JERRY
                                   DEFENSIVE
                                   TACKLE
                                                                                 94
 HT: 6’ 2”        WT: 295          NFL EXP: 3          ACQ: D1–‘09              3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 8/23/84                COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI


 TRANSACTIONS                                                               2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                       DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK    YDS    INT YDS   FF   FR PD
• Selected as a first round (24th pick overall) draft
                                                       9/11    @ CHI    2   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
  choice by Atlanta in 2009.                           9/18      PHI    0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   1    0   0
                                                       9/25    @ TB     2   1    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0

 2011 (FALCONS)                                        10/2    @ SEA    2   1    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                       10/9      GB     0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Recorded two tackles in first career start at Chi-    10/16     CAR    0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
  cago (9/11).                                         10/23 @ DET      0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                       11/6    @ IND    1   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                                 NO
• Forced a fumble against Philadelphia (9/18).         11/13            0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                       11/20     TEN    0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                       11/27     MIN    1   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Tallied two tackles (one solo) and two tackles for   12/4    @ HOU    1   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0

loss at Tampa Bay (9/25).                              12/11 @ CAR      0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   1
                                                       12/15     JAX    1   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                       12/26 @ NO       1   1    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Notched two tackles (one solo) and added a quar-     1/1       TB     0   0    0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
terback hit at Seattle (10/2).                         TOTALS          11   3   0.0    0.0      0   0    1   0   1
                                                       CAREER          20   9   2.0    15.0     0   0    1   0   2

• Saw action on defense vs. Green Bay (10/9).

• Saw action on defense vs. Carolina (10/16).

• Saw action on defense at Detroit (10/23).

• Recorded one tackle at Indianapolis (11/6).

• Registed one quarterback hit vs. New Orleans
(11/13).

• Saw action on defense vs. Tennessee (11/20).

• Collared one tackle vs. Minnesota (11/27).

• Recorded one tackle at Houston (12/4).

• Notched one pass defensed at Carolina (12/11).

• Assisted on one tackle vs. Jacksonville (12/15).

• Tallied one tackle at New Orleans (12/26).

• Saw action on defense vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).




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                              REGGIE KELLY
                               TIGHT END
                                                                                     89
 HT: 6’ 4”       WT: 257          NFL EXP: 13          ACQ: FA-’11                   1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 2/22/77               COLLEGE: MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

                                                                             2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                                RECEIVING                   RUSHING
• Originally selected as a second round (42nd pick     DATE     OPP    REC YDS       AVG    LG TD RSH YDS AVG      LG TD
  overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 1999.            9/11    @ CHI    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       9/18      PHI    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                               @ TB
• Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati on March 13,    9/25             0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       10/2    @ SEA    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
  2003.                                                10/9      GB     0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       10/16     CAR    1      7      7.0    7   0   0   0   0.0    0   0

• Re-signed with Cincinnati as a free agent on March   10/23 @ DET      0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       11/6    @ IND    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
  8, 2007.                                             11/13     NO     0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       11/20     TEN    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
• Signed as a free agent by the Falcons on August      11/27     MIN    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                               @ HOU
  16, 2011.                                            12/4             0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       12/11 @ CAR      0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       12/15     JAX    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
 2011 (FALCONS)                                        12/26 @ NO       0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0

• Saw action on offense and special teams against      1/1       TB     0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                       TOTALS                                        0   0   0.0   0    0
  Chicago (9/11).                                                       1      7      7.0    7   0
                                                       CAREER          195   1,767    9.1   50   5   0   0   0.0   0    0

• Saw action on offense and special teams against
  Philadelphia (9/18).                                 • Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Min-
                                                       nesota (11/27).
• Saw action on offense and special teams at Tampa
Bay (9/25).                                            • Saw action on offense and special teams at Hous-
                                                       ton (12/4).
• Saw action on offense and special teams at Seattle
(10/2).                                                • Saw action on offense and special teams at Caro-
                                                       lina (12/11).
• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Green
Bay (10/9).                                            • Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Jack-
                                                       sonville (12/15).
• Recorded first reception of 2011 vs. Carolina
(10/16), hauling in one catch for seven yards.         • Saw action on offense and special teams at New
                                                       Orleans (12/26).
• Saw action on offense and special teams at Detroit
(10/23).                                               • Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Tampa
                                                       Bay (1/1).
• Saw action on offense and special teams at India-
  napolis (11/6).                                       CAREER
                                                       • Played in 62 games with 47 starts in four seasons
• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. New        with the Falcons. Posted 69 catches for 790 yards
Orleans (11/13).                                         and two touchdowns.

• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Ten-     • Set career-highs with 31 receptions, 340 yards and
nessee (11/20).                                          two touchdowns in his sophomore season in 2000.




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                                     CURTIS LOFTON
                                     LINEBACKER
                                                                                     50
  HT: 6’ 0”        WT: 241           NFL EXP: 4           ACQ: D2–‘08               4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 6/2/86                  COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                  2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                          DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK    YDS    INT YDS    FF   FR PD
• Selected as a second round (37th pick overall)
                                                          9/11    @ CHI   13    8   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2008.                        9/18      PHI   11    9   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   2
                                                          9/25    @ TB    13    8   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0

 2011 (FALCONS)                                           10/2    @ SEA    9    4   0.0    0.0     1    4   0    0   1
                                                          10/9      GB    12    4   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Collared 13 tackles (eight solo), including one         10/16     CAR    9    6   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   1
  tackle for loss at Chicago (9/11).                      10/23 @ DET     11    8   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          11/6    @ IND   12    9   0.0    0.0     0    0   1    0   0
                                                                    NO
• Recorded a team-high 11 tackles (nine solo) and         11/13           10    6   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          11/20     TEN    6    4   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   1
  two passes defensed against Philadelphia (9/18).        11/27     MIN   11    4   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   1
                                                          12/4    @ HOU   14   11   1.0    8.0     0    0   0    0   0

• Tied his season-high with 13 tackles (eight solo)       12/11 @ CAR      5    3   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          12/15     JAX    8    6   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    1   0
and added a tackle for loss against Tampa Bay             12/26 @ NO       9    3   0.0    0.0     0    0   0    0   0
(9/25).                                                   1/1       TB    14    8   0.0    0.0     1   26   0    0   1
                                                          TOTALS          167 101   1.0   8.0      2   30    1   1   7

• Collared nine tackles (four solo) and added his sec-    CAREER          577 387   4.0   31.0     3   32   7    1   15

ond career interception at Seattle (10/2).
                                                          • Collared eight tackles (six solo), one tackle for loss
• Logged 12 tackles (four solo) vs. Green Bay (10/9).     and his first-career fumble recovery vs. Jacksonville
                                                          (12/15).
• Registered nine tackles (six solo) and one pass de-
fensed vs. Carolina (10/16).                              • Registered nine tackles (three solo) and one tackle
                                                          for loss at New Orleans (12/26).
• Recorded 11 tackles (eight solo) and a quarterback
hit at Detroit (10/23).                                   • Returned an interception 26 yards for his first ca-
                                                          reer touchdown while leading all tacklers with 14
• Notched 12 tackles (nine solo), a tackle for loss and   tackles (eight solo) vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
a forced fumble at Indianapolis (11/6).
                                                           CAREER
• Collared 10 tackles (six solo), including one tackle    • In three seasons with the Falcons, has totaled
for loss, vs New Orleans (11/13).                           410 tackles (286 solo), three sacks, six forced
                                                            fumbles, eight passes defensed and one inter-
• Registered six tackles (four solo), one pass de-          ception.
fensed and a tackle for loss vs. Tennessee (11/20).
                                                          • Totaled 160 tackles in 2009, which was the high-
• Logged 11 tackles (four solo) and one pass de-            est total for a member of the Falcons defense
fensed vs. Minnesota (11/27).                               since 2006.

• Recorded 14 tackles (11 solo) and his first sack of      • Garnered 2008 All-Rookie accolades by The
the season at Houston (12/4).                               Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly.

• Tallied five tackles (three solo) at Carolina (12/11).   • Ranked second in the league in tackles among
                                                            first year players behind Patriots linebacker Je-
                                                            rod Mayo (according to STATS, Inc).


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                                   TODD MCCLURE
                                   CENTER
                                                                               62
 HT: 6’ 1”        WT: 296          NFL EXP: 13          ACQ: D7A–‘99          13TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 2/16/77                COLLEGE: LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

 TRANSACTIONS                                           • Started at center vs. Carolina (10/16) and helped
• Selected as the first of two seventh round (237th      pave the way for RB Michael Turner, who ran for
  pick overall) draft choices by Atlanta in 1999.       139 yards and two touchdowns.

 CAREER                                                 • Part of an offensive line that paved the way for
• Tough, hard-nosed veteran who has started 166         129 rushing yards at Detroit (10/23).
  of 168 games at center, including a streak of 144
  starts heading into the 2011 season.                  • Started at center and helped pave the way for a
                                                        rushing attack that gained 163 yards on the ground
• Set a franchise record for the most consecutive       at Indianapolis (11/6).
  starts with 144, topping Keith Brooking’s old
  mark of 128 set from 2000-08.                         • Part of an offensive line that helped protect QB
                                                          Matt Ryan, who threw for a career-high 351 yards
• Voted to the USA Today All-Joe Team (2008, ‘10)         vs. New Orleans (11/13).

• Heady performer who has been the signal-caller        • Member of an offensive line that did not allow a
  on the line after earning the starting center posi-     sack vs. Tennessee (11/20).
  tion in 2001.
                                                        • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who recorded a
• Has blocked for three 1,000-yard running backs          128.2 passer rating, vs. Minnesota (11/27).
  in Michael Turner (2008, ‘10), Warrick Dunn
  (2004, ‘05, ’06) and Jamal Anderson (2000).           • Started at center on an offensive line that did not
                                                          allow a sack at Houston (12/4).
• Rebounded from a rookie campaign that was
  cut short due to a season-ending knee injury          • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 320
  suffered in training camp, starting seven of 10         yards and four touchdowns at Carolina (12/11).
  games played on a revamped line in 2000.
                                                        • Started at center and helped protect QB Matt
 2011 (FALCONS)                                         Ryan, who recorded a season-high 137.3 passer
• Was inactive against Chicago (9/11), snapping a       rating vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
streak of 144-consecutive starts, the longest con-
secutive streak in Falcons history.                     • Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack
                                                        vs. New Orleans (12/26).
• Was inactive vs. Philadelphia (9/18).
                                                        • Helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner, who
• Saw first action of 2011, starting at center at Tam-   rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns vs. Tam-
pa Bay (9/25).                                          pa Bay (1/1).

• Started at center at Seattle on an offensive line      2010 (FALCONS)
that did not allow a sack (10/2).                       • Was a 16-game starter for the ninth consecu-
                                                          tive year and was part of an offensive line ranked
• Inactive vs Green Bay (10/9) due to injury (knee).      third in the NFL and first in the NFC with 23 sacks
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                                   KERRY MEIER
                                   WIDE RECEIVER
                                                                                      80
  HT: 6’ 3”       WT: 222           NFL EXP: 1          ACQ: D5B–‘10                 2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 11/12/86               COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

 TRANSACTIONS                                                                 2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                                              RECEIVING                     RUSHING
• Selected as a fifth round (165th pick overall) draft   DATE     OPP    REC YDS      AVG     LG TD RSH YDS AVG        LG TD
  choice by Atlanta in 2010.                            9/11    @ CHI    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                        9/18      PHI    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                                @ TB                        DID NOT PLAY
 2011 (FALCONS)                                         9/25
                                                        10/2    @ SEA    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
• Saw action in Week 1 against Chicago (9/11).          10/9      GB     0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                        10/16     CAR    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0

• Saw action in Week 2 on offense and special teams     10/23 @ DET      0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                        11/6    @ IND    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
  vs. Philadelphia (9/18).                              11/13     NO     0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                        11/20     TEN    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
• Was active but did not participate against Tampa      11/27     MIN    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                                @ HOU                       DID NOT PLAY
Bay (9/25).                                             12/4
                                                        12/11 @ CAR      0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                        12/15     JAX    0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0    0   0
• Saw action on special teams at Seattle (10/2).        12/26 @ NO                           INACTIVE
                                                        1/1       TB                         INACTIVE
                                                        TOTALS           0      0     0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0   0    0
• Saw action on special teams vs. Green Bay (10/9).
                                                        CAREER            0         0 0.0     0   0     0   0   0.0   0    0

• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Car-       COLLEGE
olina (10/16).                                          • Started 38 of 46 games at Kansas, including lining
                                                          up as a receiver in 35 of those contests. Caught 226
• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. De-         passes for 2,309 yards with 18 touchdowns while
troit (10/23).                                            adding 417 yards and six scores on 118 carries.

• Saw action on special teams at Indianapolis           • Completed 134 of 219 passes for 1,612
(11/6).                                                   yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

• Saw action on special teams vs. New Orleans           • Amassed 2,029 yards in total offense and 2,726
(11/13).                                                  all-purpose yards.

• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Ten-      • Holds the school career-record with 226 recep-
nessee (11/20).                                           tions, which also ranks eighth in Big 12 Conference
                                                          history.
• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Min-
nesota (11/27).                                         • Set the school reception record on two occasions,
                                                          the first coming in 2008 (97), followed by 2009
• Was active but did not participate at Houston           (102).
(12/4).
                                                        • One of five KU players to gain over 1,000 receiving
• Saw action on special teams at Carolina (12/11).        yards in a season.

• Saw action on offense and special teams vs. Jack-
sonville (12/15).

• Inactive Weeks 16-17 due to injury (groin).


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                                   WILLIAM MOORE
                                   SAFETY
                                                                                  25
 HT: 6’ 0”        WT: 221          NFL EXP: 2           ACQ: D2-’09               3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 5/18/85                COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI


  TRANSACTIONS                                                               2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                        DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK     YDS    INT YDS     FF   FR PD
• Selected as a second round (55th pick overall)
                                                        9/11    @ CHI    4   2    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   0
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2009.                      9/18      PHI    7   3    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   0
                                                        9/25    @ TB    10   5    0.0     0.0    1     27   0    0   1

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         10/2    @ SEA    8   4    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   0
                                                        10/9      GB     2   1    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   0
• Notched four tackles (two solo) against Chicago       10/16     CAR    3   3    0.0     0.0    0      0   1    0   2
  (9/11).                                               10/23 @ DET      4   4    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   1
                                                        11/6    @ IND    2   0    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   0
                                                                  NO                     INACTIVE
• Recorded seven tackles (three solo) and had a         11/13
                                                        11/20     TEN                    INACTIVE
  quaterback hit vs. Philadelphia (9/18).               11/27     MIN                   DID NOT PLAY
                                                        12/4    @ HOU                   DID NOT PLAY

• Collared 10 tackles (five solo), returned an inter-    12/11 @ CAR      3   2    0.0     0.0    1     29   0    0   1
                                                        12/15     JAX    7   7    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   0
ception 27 yards and added a pass deflection at          12/26 @ NO       6   2    0.0     0.0    0      0   0    0   4
Tampa Bay (9/25).                                       1/1       TB     6   4    0.5     4.5    0      0   1    0   0
                                                        TOTALS          62   37   0.5     4.5    2     56   2    0   9

• Logged eight tackles (four solo) at Seattle (10/2).   CAREER          170 110   0.5     4.5    7 173      3    1   17



• Tallied two tackles (one solo) vs. Green Bay          • Registered six tackles (four tackles), one-half
(10/9).                                                 sack and one forced fumble vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Recorded three tackles, two passes defensed, a         CAREER
forced fumble and a forced interception vs. Caro-       • Moore became the starting strong safety in 2010
lina (10/16).                                             and ranked third on the team with 108 tackles
                                                          (73 solo), three quarterback hits, one forced
• Registered four tackles and one pass defensed at        fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Detroit (10/23).
                                                        • His five interceptions in 2010 were tied for the
• Notched two tackles at Indianapolis (11/6).             team lead and tied for third in the National Football
                                                          League among safeties.
• Inactive vs. New Orleans (11/13) and vs. Tennes-
see (11/20) due to injury (quadricep).                  • Recorded his first career interception and added
                                                          four tackles against Arizona (9/19/10).
• Was active but did not participate vs. Minnesota
(11/27) and at Houston (12/4).                          • Logged eight tackles, one interception and two
                                                          passes defensed at St. Louis (11/21/10). His INT
• Recorded three tackles (two solo) and intercept-        snapped Rams QB Sam Bradford’s rookie record
ed one pass (29 yards) at Carolina (12/11).               streak of 169 consecutive pass attempts without
                                                          an interception.
• Collared seven tackles and one tackle for loss vs.
Jacksonville (12/15).

• Logged six tackles (two solo) and a career-high
four passes defensed at New Orleans (12/26).




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                                    STEPHEN NICHOLAS
                                    LINEBACKER
                                                                                          54
  HT: 6’ 3”       WT: 236           NFL EXP: 5           ACQ: D4A–‘07               5TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 5/1/83                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA


  TRANSACTIONS                                           • Inactive @ New Orleans (12.26) and vs. Tampa Bay
• Selected as a fourth round (109 th pick overall)         (1.1) due to injury (toe).
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2007.
                                                           EXTRA POINTS
• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on               • During the 2010 holiday season, treated several
  July 29, 2011.                                           underprivileged families from the Hall County
                                                           Boys & Girls Club to a special holiday treat.
  2011 (FALCONS)
• Started at linebacker @ Chicago (9.11) and post-       • Participated in the Extra Yard partnership pro-
  ed four tackles and one tackle for loss.                 gram and purchased 40 season tickets and t-
                                                           shirts for various charities in metro Atlanta.
• Logged four tackles (three solo), one forced
                                                                               2011 GAME-BY-GAME
  fumble and one fumble recovery vs. Philadelphia
                                                         DATE      OPP   TK SO      SK     YDS    INT YDS     FF   FR PD
  (9.18).
                                                         9/11    @ CHI     4    3   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                         9/18      PHI     4    3   0.0     0.0       0   0   1    1   0
• Inactive @ Tampa Bay (9.25).                           9/25    @ TB                      INACTIVE
                                                         10/2    @ SEA                     INACTIVE
                                                                   GB
• Inactive @ Seattle (10.2).                             10/9              3    1   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                         10/16     CAR     4    3   0.0     0.0       0   0   1    0   0
                                                         10/23 @ DET       7    6   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
• Posted three tackles vs. Green Bay (10.9).             11/6    @ IND     2    2   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                         11/13     NO      4    2   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                         11/20     TEN     0    0   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
• Recorded four tackles, one sack (three yards),         11/27     MIN     4    2   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   1
  one tackle for loss and one forced fumble vs.          12/4    @ HOU                    INACTIVE
  Carolina (10.16).                                      12/11 @ CAR                      INACTIVE
                                                         12/15     JAX     0    0   0.0     0.0       0   0   0    0   0
                                                         12/26 @ NO                       INACTIVE
• Collared a season-high seven tackles @ Detroit         1/1       TB                     INACTIVE
  (10.23).                                               TOTALS           32   22   0.0     0.0       0   0   2    1   1
                                                         CAREER          247 178    5.0    38.0       1   0   3    3   7

• Logged two tackles @ Indianapolis (11.6).

• Notched four tackles and one tackle for loss vs.
  New Orleans (11.13).

• Assisted on one special teams tackle vs. Tennes-
  see (11.20).

• Registered four tackles, one tackle for loss and one
  pass defensed vs. Minnesota (11.27).

• Inactive @ Houston (12.4) and @ Carolina (12.11)
  due to injury (quadricep).

• Started at outside linebacker vs. Jacksonville
  (12.15).


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                                     CHRISTOPHER OWENS
                                     CORNERBACK
                                                                                             21
 HT: 5’ 9”         WT: 180           NFL EXP: 3            ACQ: D3-’09               3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 12/1/86                  COLLEGE: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

 TRANSACTIONS                                                                   2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                           DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK       YDS     INT YDS   FF   FR PD
• Selected as a third round (90 th pick overall) draft
                                                           9/11    @ CHI    2    2   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
  choice by Atlanta in 2009.                               9/18      PHI    1    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                           9/25    @ TB     1    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0

 2011 (FALCONS)                                            10/2    @ SEA    0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                           10/9      GB     2    1   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Logged two tackles @ Chicago (9.11).                     10/16     CAR                   INACTIVE
                                                           10/23 @ DET                     INACTIVE
• Assisted on one tackle and logged one tackle for         11/6    @ IND    0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                                     NO
  loss vs. Philadelphia (9.18).                            11/13            0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                           11/20     TEN    7    6   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                           11/27     MIN    5    5   1.0       2.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Posted one assisted tackle @ Tampa Bay (9.25)            12/4    @ HOU    1    1   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   1

  and added one special teams tackle.                      12/11 @ CAR      4    3   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                           12/15     JAX    2    2   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   1
                                                           12/26 @ NO       0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Saw action @ Seattle (10.2).                             1/1       TB     -    -   -.-       -.-     -   -    -    -   -
                                                           TOTALS          25   20   1.0       2.0     0   0    0    0   2

• Tallied two tackles on defense vs. Green Bay             CAREER          88   55   1.0       2.0     3   26   0    0   7

 (10.9) and added one tackle on special teams.

• Inactive vs. Carolina (10.16).

• Inactive @ Detroit (10.23).

• Saw action @ Indianapolis (11.6).

• Saw action vs. New Orleans (11.13).

• Recorded a team-high seven tackles vs. Tennes-
  see (11.20).

• Collared five tackles, one tackle for loss and his first
  career sack (two yards) vs. Minnesota (11.27). He
  also added one tackle on special teams that pre-
  vented WR Percy Harvin from scoring on a 104-
  yard kickoff return.

• Notched one tackle and one pass defensed @
  Houston (12.4).

• Tallied four tackles (three solo) @ Carolina (12.11).    • Collared five tackles (two solo) and one pass de-
                                                             fensed vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
• Registered two tackles and one pass defensed vs.
  Jacksonville (12.15).                                     EXTRA POINTS
                                                           • Named the Atlanta Falcons 2010 Man of the Year
• Recorded one special teams tackle @ New Orleans            for his contributions to the community.
  (12.26).

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                                    MICHAEL PALMER
                                    TIGHT END
                                                                                                81
 HT: 6’ 5”        WT: 252           NFL EXP: 2        ACQ: FA-’10                   2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 1/18/88                 COLLEGE: CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

                                                                            2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                               RECEIVING                   RUSHING
• Signed by the Falcons as a Rookie Free Agent on     DATE     OPP    REC YDS       AVG    LG TD RSH YDS AVG      LG TD
  April 26, 2010.                                     9/11    @ CHI    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                      9/18      PHI    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                              @ TB
 2011 [FALCONS]                                       9/25
                                                      10/2    @ SEA
                                                                       0
                                                                       1
                                                                              0
                                                                              2
                                                                                     0.0
                                                                                     2.0
                                                                                            0
                                                                                            2
                                                                                                0
                                                                                                0
                                                                                                    0
                                                                                                    0
                                                                                                        0
                                                                                                        0
                                                                                                            0.0
                                                                                                            0.0
                                                                                                                   0
                                                                                                                   0
                                                                                                                       0
                                                                                                                       0
• Started his first career game @ Chicago (9.11) and   10/9      GB     0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
  helped an offense that produced 114 total rushing   10/16     CAR    1      8      8.0    8   0   0   0   0.0    0   0

  yards.                                              10/23 @ DET      1      8      8.0    8   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                      11/6    @ IND    1      9      9.0    9   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                      11/13     NO     0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
• Saw action vs. Philadelphia (9.18).                 11/20     TEN    1     11     11.0   11   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                      11/27     MIN    2      8      4.0    5   1   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                              @ HOU
• Saw action @ Tampa Bay (9.25).                      12/4             0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                      12/11 @ CAR      0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                      12/15     JAX    0      0      0.0    0   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
• Recorded one catch for two yards @ Seattle          12/26 @ NO       2     19      9.5   10   0   0   0   0.0    0   0

  (10.2).                                             1/1       TB     1      7      7.0    7   0   0   0   0.0    0   0
                                                      TOTALS           10    72      7.2   11   1   0   0   0.0   0    0
                                                      CAREER           15     101    6.7   11   2   0   0   0.0   0    0
• Saw action vs. Green Bay (10.9).

• Logged one reception for eight yards vs. Carolina
  (10.16).

• Tallied one catch for eight yards @ Detroit
  (10.23).

• Registered one reception for nine yards @ India-
  napolis (11.6).

• Saw action vs. New Orleans (11.13).

• Hauled in one reception for a season-long 11
  yards vs. Tennessee (11.20).

• Notched two catches for eight yards and one score
  ve. Minnesota (11.27).

• Saw action @ Houston (12.4).

• Saw action @ Carolina (12.11).
                                                      • Grabbed one catch for seven yards vs. Tampa Bay
• Saw action vs. Jacksonville (12.15).                  (1.1).

• Recorded two catches for 19 yards @ New Orleans
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                                    COREY PETERS
                                    DEFENSIVE
                                    TACKLE
                                                                                          91
  HT: 6’ 3”        WT: 305          NFL EXP: 2            ACQ: D3A-’10              2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 6/8/88                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY


  TRANSACTIONS                                                                 2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                          DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK       YDS     INT YDS   FF   FR PD
• Selected as a third round (83rd pick overall) draft
                                                          9/11    @ CHI                   INACTIVE
  choice by Atlanta in 2010.                              9/18      PHI    0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          9/25    @ TB     1    1   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0

  2011 [FALCONS]                                          10/2    @ SEA    5    3   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          10/9      GB     4    3   1.0       7.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Inactive @ Chicago (9.11).                              10/16     CAR    1    1   0.0       0.0     1    0   0    0   1
                                                          10/23 @ DET      3    3   1.0      10.0     0    0   0    0   1
• Started at defensive tackle vs. Philadelphia (9.18).    11/6    @ IND    2    1   1.0      12.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          11/13     NO     0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          11/20     TEN    1    1   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Logged one tackle @ Tampa Bay (9.25).                   11/27     MIN    5    4   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          12/4    @ HOU    4    3   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0

• Tallied a season-high five tackles @ Seattle             12/11 @ CAR      3    3   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          12/15     JAX    2    2   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    1   0
  (10.2).                                                 12/26 @ NO       1    1   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                          1/1       TB     1    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Collected four tackles, two tackles for loss and        TOTALS          33   26   3.0      29.0      1   0   0    1   2

  one sack (seven yards) vs. Green Bay (10.9).            CAREER          73   57   4.0      33.0      1   0   0    1   3



• Posted one tackle and his first career intercep- •        Collared one tackle @ New Orleans (12.26).
  tion vs. Carolina (10.16).
                                                   •       Assisted on one tackle and recorded one quarter-
• Collared three tackles, one sack (10 yards), two         back hit vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
  tackles for loss and one pass defensed @ Detroit
  (10.23).                                                 EXTRA POINTS
                                                   •       In 2010, a participant in the Atlanta Falcons Rookie
• Logged two tackes, one sack (12 yards) and one           Club sponsored by UnitedHealthcare of Georgia,
  tackle for loss @ Indianapolis (11.6).                   this program gives the players the opportunity to
                                                           take part in several charitable events.
• Started at defensive tackle vs. New Orleans
  (11.13).                                               • In December 2010, the Falcons defensive line
                                                           treated children from the Atlanta Urban Ministries
• Recorded one tackle vs. Tennessee (11.20) for a          to a holiday shopping spree at a WalMart in the
  defense that allowed 41 total rushing yards.             city. The players ate dinner and shopped with the
                                                           children.
• Led all defensive linemen with five tackles vs. Min-
  nesota (11.27).

• Registered four tackles (three solo) @ Houston
  (12.4).

• Posted three tackles and one tackle for loss @
  Carolina (12.11).

• Returned a fumble 13 yards for his first career
  touchdown and collared two tackles vs. Jackson-
  ville (12.15).

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                                      CHRIS REDMAN
                                      QUARTERBACK
                                                                                                             8
  HT: 6’ 3”         WT: 225           NFL EXP: 9            ACQ: FA–‘07                   5TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 7/7/77                   COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

                                                                                   2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                                           PASSING                            RUSHING
• Originally selected as a third round (75th pick over-     DATE      OPP ATT COM YDS PCT TD INT LG SK RTG ATT YDS TD
  all) draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000.        9/11    @ CHI                 DID NOT PLAY
                                                            9/18      PHI                 DID NOT PLAY
                                                                    @ TB                  DID NOT PLAY
• Declared a free agent on February 2, 2004.                9/25
                                                            10/2    @ SEA                 DID NOT PLAY
                                                            10/9      GB                  DID NOT PLAY
• Signed by the New England Patriots on January             10/16     CAR                 DID NOT PLAY

  6, 2005. Waived by the Patriots on June 1. Signed         10/23 @ DET       1   0      0     0.0   0   0   0   0 39.6    0     0 0
                                                            11/6    @ IND     0   0      0     0.0   0   0   0   0   0.0   0     0 0
  by the Tennessee Titans on August 23. Waived              11/13     NO                     DID NOT PLAY
  by the Titans on September 4.                             11/20     TEN                    DID NOT PLAY
                                                            11/27     MIN                    DID NOT PLAY
                                                                    @ HOU                    DID NOT PLAY
• Signed by Atlanta on March 23, 2007.                      12/4
                                                            12/11 @ CAR                      DID NOT PLAY
                                                            12/15     JAX     6   5     56 83.3      0   0 22    0 105.6   2    -2 0
• Re-signed by Atlanta on February 29, 2008.                12/26 @ NO       9    6     61 66.7      0   0 18    0 85.9    0    0 0
                                                            1/1       TB     12   7     71 58.3      0   1 18    0 40.6    3    -4 0
                                                            TOTALS           28   18   188 64.2      0    1 22   0 68.8    5    -6 0
  2011 (FALCONS)
                                                            CAREER          500 286 3,179 57.2 21        14 74t 34 78.6    31   24   1
• Did not play Weeks 1-6.

• Saw action @ Detroit (10.23).

• Saw action @ Indianapolis (11.6).

• Did not play vs. New Orleans (11.13).

• Did not play vs. Tennessee (11.20).

• Did not play vs. Minnesota (11.27).

• Did not play @ Houston (12.4).

• Did not play @ Carolina (12.11).

• Completed five of six passes for 56 yards, including
 a long of 22 yards, and added two carries for a loss
 of two yards at Jacksonville (12.15).

• Tallied 61 yards on six of nine passing, for a quarter-
 back rating of 85.9, @ New Orleans (12.26).

• Totaled 71 yards and one interception on seven of
 twelve passing vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).




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                                    GARRETT REYNOLDS
                                    OFFENSIVE
                                    GUARD
                                                                                   75
  HT: 6’ 7”          WT: 310        NFL EXP: 3           ACQ: D5B-’09          3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 7/1/87                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA


 TRANSACTIONS                                            • Saw action vs. Jacksonville (12.15).
• Selected as a fifth round (156th overall) draft
  choice by Atlanta in 2009.                             • Saw action @ New Orleans (12.26).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                          • Saw action vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
• Started his first career game @ Chicago (9.11)
  and assisted the offense produce 114 total rush-        COLLEGE
  ing yards.                                             • A second-team All-ACC selection by the Associ-
                                                           ated Press and first-team All-ACC pick by The ACC
• Started at right guard vs. Philadelphia (9.18) for       Sports Journal following his senior season. Was
  an offensive line that helped clear rushing lanes        named to the ‘08 Lombardi Award Watch List.
  for a ground attack that produced 138 total yards.
                                                          PERSONAL
• Started at right guard @ Tampa Bay (9.25).             • Attended Carter High School and ranked among
                                                           the top 15 players in Tennessee by Rivals.com and
• Member of an offensive line that did not allow a         SuperPrep.
  sack @ Seattle (10.2) on 42 pass attempts.
                                                         • Named all-state at defensive tackle in 4-A schools
• Started at right guard vs. Green Bay (10.9).             and was an Associated Press honorable mention
                                                           all-state selection on offense.
• Part of an offensive line that opened running
  lanes for a ground attack that produced 166 total      • A three-year starter on both the offensive and de-
  yards and three touchdowns vs. Carolina (10.16).         fensive lines while contributing with 76 tackles on
                                                           defense as a senior.
• Started on an offensive line that produced 129 total
  rushing yards @ Detroit (10.23).                       • Uncle is former Rams and 49ers linebacker Jack
                                                           “Hacksaw” Reynolds.
• Saw action @ Indianapolis (11.6).
                                                          EXTRA POINTS
• Saw action vs. New Orleans (11.13).                    • Awarded the Atlanta Falcons Community All-Star
                                                           sponsored by AllState for the month of December
• Saw action vs. Tennessee (11.20).                        2010. Recognized at the inaugural Community
                                                           Honors dinner presented by AllState at the 191
• Saw action vs. Minnesota (11.27).                        club in downtown Atlanta.

• Saw action @ Houston (12.4).

• Saw action @ Carolina (12.11).

                        Reynolds’ Career Games Played/Started
2011          2010    2009
ATL        ATL        ATL
16/8          0/0     5/0
TOTAL         21/8

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                                    DUNTA ROBINSON
                                    CORNERBACK
                                                                                     23
  HT: 5’ 10”       WT: 183          NFL EXP: 8           ACQ: FA-’10                2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 4/11/82                COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA


 TRANSACTIONS                                            • Intercepted his second pass of the season (14
• Selected as a first round (10 th overall) draft pick    yards) and added four tackles (three solo) @ New
  by the Houston Texans in 2004.                         Orleans (12.26).

• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on               • Started at cornerback vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
  March 6, 2010.
                                                                               2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                         DATE      OPP   TK SO      SK     YDS    INT YDS   FF   FR PD
 2011 (FALCONS)                                          9/11    @ CHI     5    5   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Collared five tackles @ Chicago (9.11).                 9/18      PHI     6    4   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
                                                         9/25    @ TB      6    5   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0

• Tallied six tackles and one pass defensed vs. Phila-   10/2    @ SEA     3    3   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
                                                         10/9      GB      4    2   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
delphia (9.18).                                          10/16     CAR     4    3   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                         10/23 @ DET       0    0   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Posted six tackles @ Tampa Bay (9.25).                 11/6    @ IND     6    3   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                         11/13     NO      4    2   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                         11/20     TEN     4    4   0.0     0.0    1   14   0    0   3
• Logged three tackles and one pass defensed @           11/27     MIN     3    3   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
  Seattle (10.2).                                        12/4    @ HOU     4    4   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
                                                         12/11 @ CAR       4    4   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   1
                                                         12/15     JAX     1    1   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Recorded four tackles vs. Green Bay (10.9).            12/26 @ NO        4    3   0.0     0.0    1   14   0    0   1
                                                         1/1       TB      0    0   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Collected four tackles vs. Carolina (10.16).           TOTALS           58   46   0.0     0.0    2   28   0    0   9
                                                         CAREER          492 400    4.0    26.0   16 190    6    2   81

• Started at right cornerback @ Detroit (10.23).

• Posted six tackles @ Indianapolis (11.6).

• Notched four tackles vs. New Orleans (11.13).

• Registered four tackles, three passes defensed
 and his first interception of the season (14 yards)
 vs. Tennessee (11.20).

• Logged three tackles and one pass defensed vs.
  Minnesota (11.27).

• Recorded four tackles, one tackle for loss and
  one pass defensed @ Houston (12.4).

• Registered four tackles and one pass defensed @
  Carolina (12.11).

• Posted one tackle vs. Jacksonville (12.15).




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                                BRETT ROMBERG
                                CENTER
                                                                                  66
 HT: 6’ 2”           WT: 291          NFL EXP: 7          ACQ: FA-’11            2ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 10/10/79                  COLLEGE: UNIVERITY OF MIAMI


 TRANSACTIONS                                                  2009 [FALCONS]
• Originally signed by Jacksonville as a free agent       • Competed in 10 contests, primarily on special
  on April 29, 2003 and later signed to the Jaguars         teams.
  practice squad on September 2, 2003.
                                                          • Saw action at right guard against Tampa Bay
• Signed to the Jacksonville practice squad on Sep-         (11/29) and at center against Philadelphia (12/6).
  tember 5, 2005.
                                                               COLLEGE
• Signed by St. Louis Rams as a free agent on Sep-        • Three-year starter at both guard and center for the
  tember 12, 2006.                                          Miami Hurricanes.

• Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on March 9,           • A consensus All-America and All-Big East selec-
  2008.                                                     tion as a senior.

• Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on August 29,         • Won the Dave Rimington Award, given to the na-
  2011 and released on September 3, 2011                    tion’s top center.

• Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on September          • Named CBSSportsline.com All-America fi rst-team
  12, 2011.                                                 as a junior.

 2011 [FALCONS]                                           • An All-Big East fi rst-team selection by The Sporting
• Saw action on special teams vs. Philadelphia (9.18).      News as a sophomore.

• Inactive @ Tampa Bay (9.25).                                 PERSONAL
                                                          • Attended Belle River High School in Belle River,
• Inactive @ Seattle (10.2).                                Ontario.

• Saw action at right guard vs. Green Bay (10.9).         • Was named the Canadian Junior Football League
                                                            Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior at A.K.O.
• Inactive Weeks 6-17.
                                                          • Married to his wife, Emily.
 CAREER
• A six-year veteran who has seen action in 46 career     • Born Brett Christopher Romberg in Windsor, On-
  games with 19 starts.                                     tario, Canada.

• Has blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers, including
  Fred Taylor (2004) and Steven Jackson (2006, ‘07
  and ‘08).
                         Romberg’s Career Games Played/Started
2011         2009      2008     2007        2006         2005       2004         2003
ATL          ATL       STL      STL         STL          JAX        JAX          JAX
2/0          10/0      14/6     9/9         10/3         0/0        1/0          0/0
TOTAL        46/19


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                                 MATT RYAN
                                 QUARTERBACK
                                               PRO BOWL YEARS
                                               2010                                                2
 HT: 6’ 4”       WT: 217          NFL EXP: 4          ACQ: D1A-’08                   4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 5/17/85               COLLEGE: BOSTON COLLEGE
 TRANSACTIONS
• Selected as a first round (3rd pick overall) draft    games.
  choice by Atlanta in 2008.
                                                      • Completed a season-high 79.4 percent of his
 2011 (FALCONS)                                         passes by connecting on 27 of 34 attempts for
• Tallied 319 passing yards by completing 31 of 47      262 yards and three touchdowns vs. Minnesota
  passes @ Chicago (9.11).                              (11.27).

• Logged a career-high four touchdown passes          • Connected on 20 of 47 pass attempts for 267
vs. Philadelphia (9.18) on 17 of 28 passing for 195     yards and one touchdown and added one carry
yards.                                                  for 10 yards @ Houston (12.4).

• Recorded a season-high 330 passing yards @          • Posted 320 yards on 22 of 38 passing and tied
  Tampa Bay (9.25) on 26 of 47 passing with one         a career high with four touchdowns @ Carolina
  touchdown.                                            (12.11). Garnered FedEx Air Player of the Week
                                                        and NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors
• Completed 28 of 42 passes (66.7 cmp. pct.) for        for his efforts @ Carolina.
  291 yards with one touchdown @ Seattle (10.2)
  and added 26 rushing yards on four carries.         • Recorded a season-high 137.3 passer rating,
                                                        completing 19 of 26 passes for 224 yards and
• Posted 167 passing yards on 18 of 32 passing with     three touchdowns vs. Jacksonville (12.15).
  one touchdown and two interceptions vs. Green
  Bay (10.9).                                         • Threw for a career-high 373 yards and one touch-
                                                      down on 34 of 52 passing @ New Orleans (12.26).
• Connected on 14 of 22 pass attempts for 163
  yards with one score vs. Carolina (10.16) and       • Completed six of nine passes for 106 yards and
  added three rushing attempts for seven yards        two touchdowns for a career-high 146.3 passer
  and one touchdown. The fourth quarter come-         rating vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
  back marked the 15th in his four-year career.
                                                                              2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                                                   PASSING                        RUSHING
• Registered 218 passing yards on 20 of 34 passing
                                                      DATE      OPP ATT COM YDS PCT TD INT LG SK RTG ATT YDS TD
  with one touchdown @ Detroit (10.23) and added
                                                      9/11    @ CHI     47   31   319 66.0   0   1 32   5 76.5    0   0 0
  three carries for two yards and one score.          9/18      PHI     28   17   195 60.7   4   2 32   4 91.5    4   6 0
                                                      9/25    @ TB      47   26   330 55.3   1   1 49   4 75.7    1   12 0

• Recorded a season-high passer rating of 120.7       10/2    @ SEA     42   28   291 66.7   1   0 45   0 94.4    4   26 0
                                                      10/9      GB      32   18   167 56.3   1   2 23   1 55.1    3   9 0
  @ Indianapolis (11.6) by connecting on 14 of 24     10/16     CAR 22       14   163 63.6   1   0 34   1 101.1   3   7 1
  passes for 275 yards with three touchdowns.         10/23 @ DET       34   20   218 58.8   1   2 49   3 63.1    3   2 1
                                                      11/6    @ IND     24   14   275 58.3   3   1 80   1 120.7   2   0 0
                                                                NO      52
• Set career highs in passing yards (351) and at-     11/13                  29   351 55.8   2   1 46   1 81.5    1   9 0
                                                      11/20     TEN     32   22   316 68.8   1   0 43   0 110.9   6   3 0
  tempts (52) while completing 29 passes with         11/27     MIN 37       24   262 79.4   3   0 27   2 128.2   4   3 0
  two touchdowns vs. New Orleans (11.13).             12/4    @ HOU 47       20   267 42.6   1   2 26   0 50.6    1   10 0
                                                      12/11 @ CAR 38         22   320 57.9   4   0 75   3 120.5   3   0 0
                                                      12/15     JAX     26   19   224 73.1   3   0 29   1 137.3   0   0 0
• Notched 316 passing yards on 22 of 32 passing       12/26 @ NO        52   34   373 65.4   1   0 40   0 92.9    2   -3 0
 with one touchdown vs. Tennessee (11.20). His        1/1       TB       9    6   106 66.7   2   0 48   0 146.3   0   0 0
 300-yard passing game marked the first time           TOTALS           566   347 4,177 61.3 29 12 80t 26 92.2     37 84 2

 in his career he posted consecutive 300-yard         CAREER          2,025 1,229 14,218 60.7 95 47 90t 90 88.4 168 351 4



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                                   JAMES SANDERS
                                   SAFETY
                                                                                  36
 HT: 5’ 10”       WT: 210           NFL EXP: 7         ACQ: FA-’11                1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 11/11/83                COLLEGE: FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                       DATE      OPP    TK SO     SK       YDS     INT YDS   FF   FR PD
• Originally drafted by the New England Patriots
                                                       9/11    @ CHI     0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
  in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2005      9/18      PHI     3    3   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
  NFL Draft                                            9/25    @ TB      0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                       10/2    @ SEA     1    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   1
                                                       10/9      GB      4    3   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   1
• Re-signed by the Patriots on March 5, 2009           10/16     CAR                    INACTIVE
                                                       10/23 @ DET       0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on August 30,      11/6    @ IND     2    1   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                                 NO
  2011.                                                11/13             8    5   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                       11/20     TEN     5    5   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                       11/27     MIN     9    6   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
 2011 (FALCONS)                                        12/4    @ HOU    13    9   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    1   0

• Saw action on special teams @ Chicago (9.11).        12/11 @ CAR       1    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                       12/15     JAX     0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
                                                       12/26 @ NO        0    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
• Started his first career game with the Falcons vs.    1/1       TB      2    0   0.0       0.0     0    0   0    0   0
  Philadelphia (9.18) and logged three tackles.        TOTALS          48    32   0.0       0.0     0   0    0    1   2
                                                       CAREER          348 239    1.0       5.0     8 172    2    5   21

• Saw action on special teams @ Tampa Bay
  (9.25).                                              • Saw action vs. Jacksonville (12.15).

• Assisted on one tackle and logged one pass de-       • Recorded one special teams tackle @ New Or-
  fensed @ Seattle (10.2).                             leans (12.26).

• Posted a season-high four tackles and one pass       • Assisted on two tackles vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
 defensed vs. Green Bay (10.9).
                                                        CAREER
• Inactive vs. Carolina (10.16).                       • Has played in 84 games with 50 starts over his first
                                                         six NFL seasons (2005-10), totaling 300 tackles
• Saw action on special teams @ Detroit (10.23).         (217 solo), one sack, eight interceptions for 172
                                                         yards and two touchdowns, 19 passes defensed and
• Logged two tackles @ Indianapolis (11.6).              30 special teams tackles.

• Started at safety vs. New Orleans (11.13) and        • Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after re-
  posted a season-high eight tackles.                    turning an interception 32 yards for a touchdown at
                                                         Pittsburgh (11/14/10). It was the second time in his
• Started at safety and posted five tackles vs. Ten-      career that he returned an interception for a touch-
 nessee (11.20).                                         down (at Buffalo, 12/11/05 as a rookie).

• Led all defensive backs with nine tackles vs. Min-
  nesota (11.27).

• Collared 13 tackles (nine solo) and added a key
  fumble recovery @ Houston (12.4).

• Assisted on one tackle @ Carolina (12.11).


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                                    SHANN SCHILLINGER
                                    SAFETY
                                                                                        39
    HT: 6’ 0”      WT: 200           NFL EXP: 2          ACQ: D6-’10             2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

    BIRTHDATE: 5/22/86               COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA


    TRANSACTIONS                                         • Saw action on special teams @ New Orleans
• Selected as a sixth round (171st pick overall) draft     (12.26).
  choice by Atlanta in 2010.
                                                         • Saw action on special teams vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
    2011 [FALCONS]
• Logged one tackle on special teams @ Chicago
                                                                             2011 GAME-BY-GAME
  (9.11).
                                                         DATE      OPP   TK SO    SK    YDS   INT YDS    FF   FR PD
                                                         9/11    @ CHI   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
• Tallied one tackle on special teams vs. Philadelphia   9/18      PHI   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
  (9.18).                                                9/25    @ TB    0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         10/2    @ SEA   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         10/9      GB    0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
• Recorded one tackle on special teams @ Tampa           10/16     CAR   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
  Bay (9.25).                                            10/23 @ DET     0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         11/6    @ IND   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                                   NO
• Posted one tackle on special teams @ Seattle           11/13           0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         11/20     TEN   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
  (10.2).                                                11/27     MIN   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         12/4    @ HOU   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0

• Saw action vs. Green Bay (10.9).                       12/11 @ CAR     0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         12/15     JAX   0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         12/26 @ NO      0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
• Assisted on two special teams tackles vs. Caro-        1/1       TB    0   0    0.0   0.0      0   0   0    0   0
  lina (10.16).                                          TOTALS          0   0   0.0    0.0      0   0   0    0   0
                                                         CAREER          0   0   0.0    0.0      0   0   0    0   0

• Tallied one tackle on special teams @ Detroit
  (10.23).

• Recorded one tackle on special teams @ India-
  napolis (11.6).

• Saw action on special teams vs. New Orleans
  (11.13).

•    Saw action on special teams vs. Tennessee
    (11.20).

• Saw action on special teams vs. Minnesota
  (11.27).

• Saw action on special teams @ Houston(12.4).

• Assisted on one special teams tackle @ Carolina
  (12.11).

• Recorded two special teams tackles (one solo)
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                                    LAWRENCE SIDBURY
                                    DEFENSIVE END
                                                                                   90
  HT: 6’ 3”        WT: 261              NFL EXP: 3      ACQ: D4-’09               3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 2/6/86                     COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                        DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK    YDS    INT YDS   FF   FR PD
• Selected as a fourth round (125th pick overall)
                                                        9/11    @ CHI    2    2   1.0    2.0     0   0   0    0   0
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2009.                      9/18      PHI    0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        9/25    @ TB     1    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         10/2    @ SEA    0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        10/9      GB     0    0   1.0    1.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Collected his second sack of his career @ Chi-        10/16     CAR    0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
  cago (9.11) while adding two solo tackles.            10/23 @ DET      0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        11/6    @ IND    0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                                  NO
• Saw action vs. Philadelphia (9.18).                   11/13            0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        11/20     TEN    0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        11/27     MIN    1    0   2.0   13.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Posted one tackle @ Tampa Bay (9.25).                 12/4    @ HOU    0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        12/11 @ CAR      1    1   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        12/15     JAX    0    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Saw action @ Seattle (10.2).                          12/26 @ NO       1    0   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                        1/1       TB     1    1   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Logged his second sack of the season (one yard)       TOTALS           7   4    4.0   16.0     0   0   0    0   0

 vs. Green Bay (10.9)                                   CAREER          59   42   5.0   25.0     0   0   0    0   1



• Logged one assisted tackle on special teams vs.        EXTRA POINTS
  Carolina (10.16).                                     • Spoke to the incoming 2010 rookies at the 2nd
                                                          annual Atlanta Falcons Rookie Club Kickoff Din-
• Saw action @ Detroit (10.23).                           ner Presented by UnitedHealthcare of Georgia
                                                          about the importance of giving back to the com-
• Saw action @ Indianapolis (11.6).                       munity and participating in all of the Rookie Club
                                                          community initiatives.
• Saw action vs. New Orleans (11.13).
                                                        • Participated in NFL Network’s Keep Gym in
• Saw action vs. Tennessee (11.20).                       School event at Camp Creek Middle School in
                                                          Atlanta in September 2010.
• Collared a career-high two sacks (13 yards), one
  tackle for loss and one assisted tackle vs. Min-      • In November 2010, visited the Georgia Aquarium
  nesota (11.27).                                         and participated in fish arts & crafts with dis-
                                                          abled children from Challenged Child & Friends
• Saw action @ Houston (12.4).                            in Gainesville.

• Recorded one tackle @ Carolina (12.11).                CAREER
                                                        • Competed in all 16 games as a rookie, and totaled
• Saw action vs. Jacksonville (12.15).                    four tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and
                                                          one touchdown.
• Assisted on one tackle @ New Orleans (12.26).
                                                        • Logged three tackles, including his first career
• Tallied one tackle and one tackle for loss vs. Tam-     sack (four yards) against Philadelphia (12/6).
  pa Bay (1.1).




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                                      ANTONE SMITH
                                      RUNNING BACK
                                                                                   35
  HT: 5’ 9”       WT: 192             NFL EXP: 2       ACQ: FA-’09                 2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 9/17/85                  COLLEGE: FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                         • Saw action vs. Jacksonville (12.15).
• Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free
  agent by the Detroit Lions on May 8, 2009.          • Saw action on special teams @ New Orleans
                                                      (12.26).
• Released by the Lions in July of ‘09 and was
  signed by Minnesota on August 5. Was released       • Notched one special teams tackle vs. Tampa Bay
  by the Vikings following training camp and was        (1.1).
  signed to Houston’s practice squad on Sept. 24.
                                                        2010 (FALCONS)
• Was signed to the Atlanta practice squad on Oc-     • Saw action in nine games in 2010 and contrib-
  tober 21, 2009.                                       uted with two special teams tackles.

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         COLLEGE
• Inactive @ Chicago (9.11).                          • Totaled 2,065 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns
                                                        throughout his career at Florida State and was
• Inactive vs. Philadelphia (9.18).                     named a 2008 honorable mention All-ACC pick.

• Saw action on special teams @ Tampa Bay (9.25).

                                                                             2011 GAME-BY-GAME
• Saw action on special teams @ Seattle (10.2).
                                                                              RUSHING                  RECEIVING
                                                       DATE     OPP    RUSH YDS    AVG   LG TD REC YDS AVG         LG TD
• Inactive vs. Green Bay (10.9).                       9/11    @ CHI            INACTIVE
                                                       9/18      PHI            INACTIVE

• Saw action vs. Carolina (10.16).                     9/25    @ TB      0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
                                                       10/2    @ SEA     0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
                                                       10/9      GB             INACTIVE
• Logged one tackle on special teams @ Detroit         10/16     CAR     0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
  (10.23).                                             10/23 @ DET       0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
                                                       11/6    @ IND            INACTIVE
                                                       11/13     NO      0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
• Inactive @ Indianapolis (11.6).                      11/20     TEN     0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
                                                       11/27     MIN     0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0

• Notched one tackle on special teams vs. New Or-      12/4    @ HOU     0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
                                                       12/11 @ CAR       0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
  leans (11.13).                                       12/15     JAX     0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
                                                       12/26 @ NO        0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
• Posted one tackle on special teams vs. Tennes-       1/1       TB      0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0

 see (11.20).                                          TOTALS            0     0   0.0     0   0   0    0   0.0     0   0
                                                       CAREER            0     0   0.0     0   0   0   0    0.0    0    0

• Collared one tackle on special teams vs. Minne-
  sota (11.27).

• Registered two tackles on special teams @ Hous-
  ton (12.4).

• Saw action on special teams @ Carolina (12.11).




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                                    JASON SNELLING
                                     RUNNING BACK
                                                                                         44
  HT: 5’ 11”       WT: 234           NFL EXP: 5           ACQ: D7–‘07                   5TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 12/29/83                COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA


 TRANSACTIONS                                             • Recorded six yards on three carries and added
• Originally selected as a seventh round (244th             one reception @ Carolina (12.11).
  pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2007.
                                                          • Posted five carries for 22 yards, including a long
• Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on August               of 11 yards, and added four receptions for 26
  7, 2011.                                                  yards vs. Jacksonville (12.15).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                           • Hauled in four catches for 28 yards, including a
• Recorded 32 receiving yards on five catches @              long of 16 yards, @ New Orleans (12.26).
  Chicago (9.11), while adding two carries for 10
  yards on the ground.                                    • Logged nine carries for 50 yards, including a long
                                                            of 18 yards, and added one reception for four
• Hauled in one catch for eight yards vs. Philadel-         yards vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
  phia (9.18).
                                                           EXTRA POINTS
• Posted two catches for three yards @ Tampa Bay          • Served as the keynote speaker for the Epilepsy
  (9.25) before leaving with an injury (head).              Foundation’s Taste of Love gala at the Ritz Carlton
                                                           in Buckhead in February 2010 and attended to
• Inactive @ Seattle (10.2).                               show his support in February 2011.

• Tallied two receptions for 21 yards vs. Green Bay
                                                                                 2011 GAME-BY-GAME
  (10.9) and added one rush for two yards.                                        RUSHING                       RECEIVING
                                                          DATE     OPP    RUSH YDS       AVG     LG TD REC YDS AVG          LG TD
• Logged 12 rushing yards on three carries and            9/11    @ CHI      2    10      5.0     9    0    5    32   6.4   10   0
  added one reception for seven yards vs. Carolina        9/18      PHI      0     0      0.0     0    0    1     8   8.0    8   0
                                                                  @ TB
  (10.16), and assisted on one special teams tackle.      9/25               0     0      0.0     0    0    2     3   1.5    6   0
                                                          10/2    @ SEA                INACTIVE
                                                          10/9      GB       1     2      2.0     2    0    2    21 10.5    17   0
• Hauled in one catch for 18 yards @ Detroit (10.23).     10/16     CAR      3     12     4.0     8    0    1     7   7.0    7   0
                                                          10/23 @ DET        0     0      0.0     0    0    1    18 18.0    18   0
                                                          11/6    @ IND      8    15      1.9     6    0    0     0   0.0    0   0
• Saw action at fullback and running back @ India-
                                                          11/13     NO       1     0      0.0     0    0    1    25 12.5 21T     1
 napolis (11.6) and tallied eight carries for 15 yards.   11/20     TEN      7    11      1.6     4    0    1     4   4.0    4   0
                                                          11/27     MIN      3     7      2.3     3    0    1     4   4.0    4   0
                                                                  @ HOU
• Registered two grabs for 25 yards with one touch-       12/4               2    16      8.0    10    0    0     0   0.0    0   0
                                                          12/11 @ CAR        3     6      2.0     2    0    1    -1 -1.0    -1   0
  down vs. New Orleans (11.13).                           12/15     JAX      5    22      4.4    11    0    4    26   6.5    7   0
                                                          12/26 @ NO         0     0      0.0     0    0    4    28   7.0   16   0
• Notched 11 rushing yards on seven carries and           1/1       TB       9    50      5.6    18    0    1     4   4.0    4   0
                                                          TOTALS            44    151     3.4    18    0   26   179   6.9 21t    1
 added one catch for four yards vs. Tennessee
                                                          CAREER           300 1,192     4.0      31   7 107    827   7.7   38   5
 (11.20).

• Recorded one catch for four yards and added
  three carries for seven yards vs. Minnesota
  (11.27).

• Logged two carries for 16 yards @Houston (12.4).


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                                      WILL SVITEK
                                      OFFENSIVE
                                      TACKLE
                                                                                   74
  HT: 6’ 6”           WT: 308         NFL EXP: 6          ACQ: FA-’09            3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 1/8/82                   COLLEGE: STANFORD UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                             • Started at left tackle on an offensive line that did
• Originally selected as a sixth-round (187th overall)      not allow a sack @ Houston (12.4).
  draft choice by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005.
                                                          • Protected for QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 320
• Released by the Chiefs on August 30, 2008.                yards and four touchdowns @ Carolina (12.11).

• Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on February           • Part of an offensive line that protected for QB
  12, 2009.                                                 Matt Ryan, who recorded a season-high passer
                                                            rating of 137.3 vs. Jacksonville (12.15).
 2011 (FALCONS)
• Saw action on offense and special teams @ Chi-          • Member of an offensive line that did not allow a
 cago (9.11).                                               sack @ New Orleans (12.26).

• Saw action vs. Philadelphia (9.18).                     • Helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner, who
                                                            ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns vs. Tampa
• Saw action @ Tampa Bay (9.25).                            Bay (1.1).

• Saw action @ Seattle (10.2).                                 COLLEGE
                                                          • Played in 38 games at defensive end (18 starts)
• Saw action vs. Green Bay (10.9).                          for Stanford and recorded 60 tackles (35 solo),
                                                            4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble
• Saw action vs. Carolina (10.16).                          and one interception.

• Started at left tackle @ Detroit (10.23).               • Competed at tight end as a sophomore, includ-
                                                          ing time at defensive end. Competed in nine games
• Started at left tacke @ Indianapolis (11.6) for an      as a senior and recorded a career-high 30 tackles.
  offense that produced 432 total yards and al-
  lowed just one sack.                                        PERSONAL
                                                          • Attended Newbury Park High School in Newbury
• Started at left tackle for an offense that amassed        Park, California and was a three-sport athlete.
  481 total offensive yards vs. New Orleans (11.13).
                                                          • Registered 87 tackles, 9.0 sacks and five forced
• Started at left tackle for an offense that did not        fumbles as a defensive end and caught 48 passes
 allow a sack vs. Tennessee (11.20) on 32 pass at-          for 624 yards and four touchdowns as a senior
 tempts.                                                    tight end.

• Started at left tackle and did not allow a sack on
  34 pass attempts vs. Minnesota (11.27).

                          Svitek’s Career Games Played/Started
2011          2010     2009      2007         2006       2005
ATL           ATL      ATL       KC           KC         KC
16/10         16/0     13/2      13/4         2/0        1/0
TOTAL         61/16

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                                     MICHAEL TURNER
                                     RUNNING BACK
                                                   PRO BOWL YEARS
                                                   2010, 2008                                    33
  HT: 5’ 10”       WT: 247           NFL EXP: 8            ACQ: UFA–‘08 (SD)             4TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 2/13/82                 COLLEGE: NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

                                                                                  2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                                      RUSHING                     RECEIVING
• Originally selected in the fifth round (154th overall)    DATE     OPP    RUSH YDS      AVG     LG TD REC YDS AVG         LG TD
  by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft.         9/11    @ CHI     10   100    10.0    53   0   3    40 13.3     20   0
                                                           9/18      PHI     21   114     5.4    61   1   1    32 32.0     32   0

• Signed by the Falcons as an unrestricted free            9/25    @ TB      11    20     1.8     9   0   0     0    0.0    0   0
                                                           10/2    @ SEA     26    70     2.7 21T     2   2     18   9.0   10   0
  agent on March 2, 2008.                                  10/9      GB      16    56     3.5    15   1   0     0    0.0    0   0
                                                           10/16     CAR     27   139     5.1    33   2   1     8    8.0    8   0
 2011 (FALCONS)                                            10/23 @ DET       27   122     4.5    50   0   0     0    0.0    0   0
                                                                   @ IND
• Produced 140 total yards of offense @ Chicago            11/6              19    71     3.7    15   1   1     7    7.0    7   0
                                                           11/13     NO      22    96     4.4    21   0   1    10 10.0     10   0
  (9.11) after recording 100 rushing yards on 10 car-      11/20     TEN     21   100     4.8    35   1   1     9    9.0    9   0
  ries and 40 receiving yards on three grabs.              11/27     MIN     19    60     3.2    10   0   1     4    4.0    4   0
                                                           12/4    @ HOU     14    44     3.1    16   0   0     0    0.0    0   0
                                                           12/11 @ CAR       21    76     3.6    13   0   0     0    0.0    0   0
• Recorded his 21st 100-yard rushing game as a             12/15     JAX     19    61     3.2    16   1   2     4    2.0    3   0
  Falcon vs. Philadelphia (9.18) by posting 114            12/26 @ NO        11    39     3.5     7   0   4    36    9.0   12   0
  rushing yards on 21 carries with one touchdown.          1/1       TB      17   172    10.1    81   2   0     0    0.0    0   0

  He added one reception for 32 yards in the pass-         TOTALS           301 1,340    4.5     81 11    17   168   9.9   32   0
                                                           CAREER          1,417 6,538   4.6 83t 56       51 400     7.8   32   0
  ing game.

• Tallied 20 rushing yards on 11 carries @ Tampa           • Tallied 100 rushing yards on 21 carries with one
  Bay (9.25).                                               touchdown vs. Tennessee (11.20). His 100 rush-
                                                            ing yards marked the 24th time he has eclipsed
• Posted 26 carries for 70 yards with a season-             the 100-yard mark as a Falcon, tying him with
  high two touchdowns on the ground @ Seattle               Gerald Riggs for the most 100-yard rushing
  (10.2) and added two receptions for 18 yards              games in franchise history.
  through the air.
                                                           • Notched 60 yards on 19 carries vs. Minnesota
• Logged 56 rushing yards on 16 carries with one             (11.27) and added one reception for four yards.
 touchdown vs. Green Bay (10.9).
                                                           • Posted 44 yards on 14 carries @ Houston (12.4).
• Amassed a season-high 139 rushing yards on 27
  carries with two touchdowns vs. Carolina (10.16)         • Recorded 76 yards on 21 carries @ Carolina
  and added one catch for eight yards through the            (12.11) and eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark
  air.                                                       for the third time in four seasons as a Falcon.

• Recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the         • Logged 61 yards and one touchdown on 19 car-
  season by posting 122 yards on 27 carries @ De-            ries and added two receptions for four yards vs.
  troit (10.23).                                             Jacksonville (12.15).

• Registered 71 rushing yards on 19 carries with           • Registered 39 yards on 11 carries and added four
  one score @ Indianapolis (11.6) and added one              receptions for 36 yards @ New Orleans (12.26).
  reception for seven yards.
                                                           • Rushed for a season-high 172 yards and two
• Notched 96 rushing yards on 22 carries vs. New             touchdowns on 17 carries while becoming the
  Orleans (11.13).                                           franchise’s all-time rushing touchdown leader
                                                             vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).

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                                    VANCE WALKER
                                    DEFENSIVE
                                    TACKLE
                                                                                 99
  HT: 6’ 2”        WT: 304          NFL EXP: 3        ACQ: D7-’09               3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 4/26/87                COLLEGE: GEORGIA TECH


 TRANSACTIONS                                         • Saw time on defense and special teams vs. Tam-
• Selected as a seventh round (210 th pick overall)     pa Bay (1.1).
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2009.
                                                       2010 (FALCONS)
• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on            • Competed in all 16 games with one start and to-
  July 30, 2011.                                        taled 15 tackles (8 solo).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                       • Started the season opener at Pittsburgh (9/12)
• Tallied two tackles @ Chicago (9.11).                 and contributed with one tackle.

• Collared one tackle vs. Philadelphia (9.18).        • Registered a season-high five tackles against
                                                        Cincinnati (10/24).
• Recorded four tackles @ Tampa Bay (9.25).
                                                       COLLEGE
• Posted two tackles @ Seattle (10.2).                • Voted a first-team All-ACC selection by the ACC
                                                        Sports Journal and was a 2008 Bednarik Award
• Logged one tackle and one fumble recovery vs.         Semifinalist.
 Green Bay (10.9).
                                                      • Finished his Georgia Tech career with 110 tackles,
• Collected three tackles vs. Carolina (10.16).         26.5 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks, four forced fum-
                                                        bles and three fumble recoveries.
• Collared three tackles @ Detroit (10.23).

• Produced three tackles @ Indianapolis (11.6).                            2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                      DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK     YDS    INT YDS   FF   FR PD
                                                      9/11    @ CHI    2    1   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Assisted on one tackle vs. New Orleans (11.13).     9/18      PHI    1    1   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                      9/25    @ TB     4    3   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Assisted on one tackle vs. Tennessee (11.20).       10/2    @ SEA    2    2   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                      10/9      GB     1    1   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    1   0
                                                      10/16     CAR    3    3   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Saw action at defensive tackle vs. Minnesota        10/23 @ DET      3    1   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
  (11.27).                                            11/6    @ IND    3    2   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                      11/13     NO     1    0   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                      11/20     TEN    1    0   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
• Recorded one sack, one forced fumble and one        11/27     MIN    0    0   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
  tackle @ Houston (12.4).                            12/4    @ HOU    1    1   1.0     0.0    0    0   1    0   0
                                                      12/11 @ CAR      1    1   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                                JAX
• Registered one tackle and one tackle for loss @     12/15            1    0   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                      12/26 @ NO       1    1   1.0     8.0    0    0   0    0   0
  Carolina (12.11).                                   1/1       TB     0    0   0.0     0.0    0    0   0    0   0
                                                      TOTALS          25   17   2.0    8.0     0   0     1   1   0
• Assisted on one tackle vs. Jacksonville (12.15).    CAREER          77   55   3.0    17.0    0   0     1   1   1


• Collared his second sack of the sesaon (eight
  yards) and added one tackle @ New Orleans
  (12.26).




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                                     SEAN WEATHERSPOON
                                     LINEBACKER
                                                                                            56
  HT: 6’ 2”        WT: 244           NFL EXP: 2           ACQ: D1-’10                 2ND YEAR WITH FALCONS

  BIRTHDATE: 12/29/87                COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI


  TRANSACTIONS                                            • Logged nine tackles (eight solo), two tackles for
• Selected as a first round (19th pick overall) draft        loss, one sack (six yards) and one pass defensed
  choice by Atlanta in 2010.                                @ Carolina (12.11).

  2011 [FALCONS]                                          • Collected two tackles, one tackle for loss and re-
• Tallied 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and one pass     covering a fumble on special teams vs. Jacksonville
  defensed @ Chicago (9.11).                                (12.15).

• Finished second on the team with 10 tackles             • Notched two tackles (one solo) @ New Orleans
  vs. Philadelphia (9.18) in addition to adding one         (12.26).
  tackle on special teams.
                                                          • Logged five tackles (two solo) and one special
• Tied for the team lead in tackles (13) @ Tampa            teams tackle vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
  Bay (9.25) and added two tackles for loss.
                                                            EXTRA POINTS
• Collared eight tackles @ Seattle (10.2).                • In 2010, a participant in the Atlanta Falcons Rookie
                                                            Club sponsored by UnitedHealthcare of Georgia,
• Recorded 11 tackles, one sack (11 yards) and two          this program gives the players the opportunity to
  tackles for loss vs. Green Bay (10.9).                    take part in several charitable events.

                                                                                 2011 GAME-BY-GAME
• Posted nine tackles and one pass defensed vs.
                                                           DATE      OPP   TK SO      SK    YDS    INT YDS   FF   FR PD
  Carolina (10.16).                                        9/11    @ CHI   12     9   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   1
                                                           9/18      PHI   10     7   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Tallied six tackles, one sack (nine yards) and one       9/25    @ TB    13    10   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                                   @ SEA
  pass defensed @ Detroit (10.23).                         10/2             8     5   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                           10/9      GB    11     7   1.0   11.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                           10/16     CAR    9     4   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   1
• Logged 10 tackles, two passes defensed and one           10/23 @ DET      6     5   1.0    9.0     0   0   0    0   1

  tackle for loss @ Indianapolis (11.6).                   11/6    @ IND   10     6   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   2
                                                           11/13     NO     7     4   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   1
                                                           11/20     TEN    5     3   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
• Notched seven tackles and one pass defensed vs.          11/27     MIN   10     7   1.0    9.0     0   0   0    0   0
  New Orleans (11.13).                                     12/4    @ HOU    8     6   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   1
                                                           12/11 @ CAR      9     8   1.0    6.0     0   0   0    0   1
                                                           12/15     JAX    2     2   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    1   0
• Registered five tackles vs. Tennessee (11.20)             12/26 @ NO       2     1   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0
                                                           1/1       TB     5     2   0.0    0.0     0   0   0    0   0

• Posted four catches for 62 yards vs. New Orleans         TOTALS          127   86   4.0   35.0     0   0   0    1   8

  (11.13).                                                 CAREER          179 124    5.0   44.0     0   0   0    1   9



• Collared 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and one
  sack (nine yards) vs. Minnesota (11.27). His stop of
  RB Toby Gerhart on fourth and goal from the two
  yard line sealed the Falcons 24-14 victory.

• Recorded eight tackles (six solo) and one pass de-
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                                   ERIC WEEMS
                                   WIDE RECEIVER
                                                 PRO BOWL YEARS
                                                 2010                                   14
 HT: 5’ 9”        WT: 195          NFL EXP: 4           ACQ: FA–’07                  5TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 7/4/85                 COLLEGE: BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY

 TRANSACTIONS                                            leans (11.13) and added two kickoff return yards for
• Originally signed by Atlanta as an undrafted rook-     41 yards.
  ie free agent on May 1, 2007.
                                                        • Tallied three grabs for 20 yards vs. Tennessee
• Signed to the Atlanta practice squad following the     (11.20).
  2007 training camp and was elevated to the 53-
  man roster for the final regular season game.          • Notched 54 punt return yards on four attempts vs.
                                                          Minnesota (11.27) and added 52 kickoff return yards
• Waived by the Falcons at the end of the 2008            on two attempts.
  training camp on August 30 and signed to the At-
  lanta practice squad the following day. Signed to     • Logged two kickoff returns for 47 yards, two punt
  the Atlanta active roster on November 19, 2008.         returns for 22 yards and three special teams tackles
                                                          (two solo) @ Houston (12.4).
• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on
  July 30, 2011.                                        • Recorded one kickoff return for 23 yards, two punt
                                                          returns for 14 yards and two special teams tackles
 2011 (FALCONS)                                           @ Carolina (12.11).
• Returned two kickoffs for 33 yards @ Chicago
  (9.11) and added three punt returns for 10 yards.     • Tallied two kickoff returns for 53 yards, inlcuding a
                                                          long of 29 yards, and added four punt returns for 28
• Logged one punt return for 19 yards and added           yards vs. Jacksonville (12.15).
  three kickoff returns for 78 yards vs. Philadelphia
  (9.18).                                               • Started at wide receiver, recorded three catches for
                                                          33 yards and returned one kickoff for 27 yards @
• Recorded three kickoff returns for 58 yards @           New Orleans (12.26).
  Tampa Bay (9.25) and added two punt returns for
  16 yards.                                             • Returned one punt for nine yards and recorded one
                                                          reception for eight yards vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
• Tallied two punt returns for 24 yards @ Seattle                             2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                                              RECEIVING                  RUSHING
  (10.2) and added one kickoff return for 19 yards.
                                                        DATE     OPP    REC YDS      AVG    LG TD RSH YDS AVG       LG TD
                                                        9/11    @ CHI    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
• Posted one kickoff return for 28 yards and added      9/18      PHI    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
  one catch for four yards vs. Green Bay (10.9).        9/25    @ TB     0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
                                                        10/2    @ SEA    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
                                                        10/9      GB     1      4     4.0    4   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
• Logged one kickoff return for 22 yards vs. Carolina   10/16     CAR    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
  (10.16) and added one punt return for eight yards.    10/23 @ DET      0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
                                                        11/6    @ IND    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
                                                        11/13     NO     3     25     8.3   11   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
• Notched 82 kickoff return yards on three attempts     11/20     TEN    3     20     6.7   8    0   0    0   0.0    0   0
  @ Detroit (10.23) and added 62 punt return yards on   11/27     MIN    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
  four returns.                                         12/4    @ HOU    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
                                                        12/11 @ CAR      0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
                                                        12/15     JAX    0      0     0.0    0   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
• Produced 19 punt return yards on three attempts       12/26 @ NO       3     33    11.0   18   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
  @ Indianapolis (11.6).                                1/1       TB     1      8     8.0    8   0   0    0   0.0    0   0
                                                        TOTALS           11    90    8.2    18   0   0   0    0.0   0    0
                                                        CAREER           24    205    8.5 30t    2   8   53   6.6   31   0
• Hauled in three catches for 25 yards vs. New Or-

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                                    RODDY WHITE
                                    WIDE RECEIVER
                                                  PRO BOWL YEARS
                                                  2010, 2009, 2008                       84
 HT: 6’ 0”        WT: 211           NFL EXP: 7             ACQ: D1–’05                   7TH YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 11/2/81                 COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM


 TRANSACTIONS                                              • Recorded seven receptions for 84 yards and a
• Selected as a first round (27th pick overall) draft         touchdown, while becoming only the second Fal-
  choice by Atlanta in 2005.                                 con receiver to post 500 career receptions, @
                                                             Carolina (12.11).
 2011 (FALCONS)
• Recorded a team-high eight receptions for 61             • Amassed 135 yards on 10 receptions, including his
  yards @ Chicago (9.11).                                    first multi-touchdown game of the season, vs. Jack-
                                                             sonville (12.15). Became just the eighth receiver in
• Posted three receptions for 23 yards with one              NFL history to have four consecutive seasons with
  touchdown vs. Philadelphia (9.18).                         at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards receiving.

• Logged a season-high 140 receiving yards on              • Tallied a season-high 11 receptions for 127 yards, in-
  nine grabs @ Tampa Bay (9.25)                              cluding a long of 26 yards, @ New Orleans (12.26).

• Tallied six receptions for 78 yards @ Seattle            • Passed Terance Mathis to become the franchise’s
  (10.2).                                                    all-time receiving yardage leader after record-
                                                             ing four catches for 69 yards vs. Tampa Bay (1.1).
• Collected six grabs for 50 yards with one touch-           White also became the first Falcon receiver to post
  down vs. Green Bay (10.9).                                 two 100-catch seasons.

                                                                                   2011 GAME-BY-GAME
• Registered two receptions for 21 yards vs. Caro-
                                                                                   RECEIVING                  RUSHING
  lina (10.16).                                            DATE       OPP    REC YDS     AVG     LG TD RSH YDS AVG       LG TD
                                                           9/11      @ CHI     8    61    7.6    14   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
• Hauled in five grabs for 52 yards and one score @         9/18        PHI     3    23    7.7    17   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                                     @ TB
  Detroit (10.23).                                         9/25                9   140   15.6    30   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           10/2      @ SEA     6    78   13.0    26   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           10/9        GB      6    50    8.3    15   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
• Notched four receptions for 76 yards @ India-            10/16       CAR     2    21   10.5    14   0   0   0    0.0    0   0

  napolis (11.6).                                          10/23 @ DET         5    52   10.4 18T     1   0   0    0.0   0    0
                                                           11/6      @ IND     4    76   19.0    33   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           11/13       NO      4    62   15.5    20   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
• Posted four catches for 62 yards vs. New Orleans         11/20       TEN     7   147   21.0    43   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
  (11.13).                                                 11/27       MIN    10   120   12.0    26   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           12/4      @ HOU     4    51   12.8    16   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           12/11 @ CAR         7    84   12.0    26   1   0   0    0.0    0   0
• Logged seven receptions for a season-high 147            12/15       JAX    10   135   13.5    29   2   0   0    0.0    0   0
 yards vs. Tennessee (11.20).                              12/26 @ NO         11   127   11.5    26   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           1/1         TB      4    69   17.3    23   0   0   0    0.0    0   0
                                                           TOTALS            100   1,296 13.0    43   8   0   0    0.0   0    0
• Tallied a season-high 10 catches for 120 yards with
                                                           CAREER            530 7,374 13.9 90t 45        8   16   2.0   16   0
  one touchdown vs. Minnesota (11.27). His touch-
  down marked the 41st of his career moving him
  into third place in career touchdown catches in club
  anals (WR Alfred Jenkins, 40).

• Recorded four catches for 51 yards and a touch-
  down @ Houston (12.4).




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                                  JOHN PARKER WILSON
                                  QUARTERBACK
                                                                                         4
 HT: 6’ 2”        WT: 215          NFL EXP: 3         ACQ: FA-’09            3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 10/17/85               COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA


 TRANSACTIONS                                         • Named the team’s Offensive Achievement Award
• Signed by Atlanta as a rookie free agent on April     co-winner in 2007 and earned the 2008 Johnny
  27, 2009.                                             Musso Offensive Back Award.

• Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on             PERSONAL
  July 30, 2011.                                      • Attended Hoover High School and was a three-
                                                        year starter leading the Buccaneers to state titles
• Signed to the Falcons practice squad on Septem-       in 2002 and ‘03.
  ber 4, 2011.
                                                      • Completed 615 of 978 passes for 8,170 yards and
• Signed to the Falcons active roster on December       78 touchdowns in his career.
  2, 2011.
                                                      • Was the 2003 Alabama Gatorade Player of the
 2011 (FALCONS)                                         Year.
• Signed to the practice squad on September 4.
                                                      • Was a Parade High School All-America honoree
• Signed to the active roster on December 2.            and the Alabama Sports Writers Association and
                                                        Montgomery News Player of the Year in 2003.
• Was inactive in Week 13-17.
                                                       EXTRA POINTS
 2010 (FALCONS)                                       • Took part in the Falcons 3rd annual Fishing with
• Designated as the third quarterback for the Fal-      the Falcons (a special fishing outing on Lake Lanier
  cons from Weeks 1-17.                                 with wounded military veterans) in June 2010.

 COLLEGE                                              • Has taken an active role in supporting several of
• Was a three-year starter at quarterback for Ala-      his teammate’s initiatives by attending their chari-
  bama and finished his career having completed          table events.
  664 of 1,174 passes for 7,894 yards and 46 touch-
  downs.

• In 2008, led the Crimson Tide to a 12-2 record.

• His career pass attempts, completions, yards
  and touchdowns all sit atop the Alabama passing
  charts.




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                                      JOE ZELENKA
                                      LONG SNAPPER
                                                                                  82
 HT: 6’ 3”           WT: 266          NFL EXP: 13          ACQ: FA-’09            3RD YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDATE: 3/9/76                    COLLEGE: WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY


 TRANSACTIONS                                              • Saw extensive playing time on special teams as a
• Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free              long snapper.
  agent by San Francisco on April 23, 1999.
                                                            PERSONAL
• Was traded to Washington from San Francisco              • Attended Cleveland Benedictine High School and
  on April 17, 2000. After his one-year stint with           competed in six different positions in his tenure.
  the Redskins, was signed by Jacksonville in 2001.
                                                           • Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior
• Released by Jacksonville and was signed by the             and received the Coaches Award for overall effort.
  Falcons as a free agent on December 1, 2009.
                                                           • Married to Rebekah and the two have twins,
 CAREER                                                      Benjamin and Grace.
• Took over long snapping duties for Jacksonville
  in 2001 and competed in a team record 128 con-             EXTRA POINTS
  secutive games played.                                   • Hosts an annual fundraising bowling event every
                                                             spring in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida to
 2011 (FALCONS)                                              benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
• Handled all long snapping duties Weeks 1-17.
                                                           • Participated in the Extra Yard partnership program
 2010 (FALCONS)                                              and purchased 40 season tickets and t-shirts for
• Handled all long snapping duties for Weeks 1-17.           the WinShape Foundation.

 COLLEGE                                                   • Participated in the 3rd annual Fishing with the Fal-
• Was a four-year letterman at Wake Forest and               cons in June 2010. Went fishing out on Lake Lanier
  totaled 25 career receptions for 217 yards as              with soldiers who had been recently injured in the
  a tight end.                                               war in the Middle East.



                         Zelenka’s Career Games Played/Started
 2010        2009     2008     2007      2006       2005    2004      2003     2002     2001     2000 1999
 ATL         ATL       JAX      JAX       JAX        JAX      JAX      JAX       JAX      JAX     WSH     SF
 16/0        5/0      16/0     16/0      16/0       16/0    16/0     16/0      16/0      16/0     16/0     13/0
TOTAL        178/0


               Zelenka’s Career Postseason Games Played/Started
2010         2007      2005
ATL          JAX       JAX
1/0          2/0       1/0
TOTAL        4/0




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                                   JULIO JONES
                                    WIDE RECEIVER
                                                                                            11
 HT: 6-3          WT: 220          NFL EXP: R           AQU: D1-’11                 1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDAY: 2/3/1989                                     COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA


 TRANSACTIONS                                           • Registered 104 yards and two touchdowns on
• Selected as a first round (6th pick overall) draft       three catches, including a long reception of 75
  choice by Atlanta in 2011.                              yards, at Carolina (12/11).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         • Hauled in five catches for 85 yards and a 29-yard
• Recorded five receptions for 71 yards in his pro         touchdown and added one carry for six yards vs.
  debut against Chicago (9/11), including a team-         Jacksonville (12/15).
  long 32-yard reception.
                                                        • Logged eight catches for 128 yards, including
• Hauled in two receptions for 29 yards vs.               his third consecutive game with a touchdown, at
  Philadelphia (9/18).                                    New Orleans (12/26).

• Reeled in six receptions for 115 yards, including a   • Notched his third multi-touchdown game of the
career-long catch of 49 yards, at Tampa Bay (9/25).       season after recording four catches for 76 yards
                                                          and two scores vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
• Set career-highs in receptions (11) and receiving
                                                                              2011 GAME-BY-GAME
yards (127) and recorded his second-consecutive
                                                                              RECEIVING                    RUSHING
100-yard receiving game at Seattle (10/2).              DATE     OPP    REC YDS     AVG    LG TD RSH YDS AVG           LG TD
                                                        9/11    @ CHI     5    71   14.2   32   0      0    0    0.0    0   0
• Tallied one reception for 16 yards and added one      9/18      PHI     2    29   14.5   15   0      0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                                @ TB
rush for 17 yards vs. Green Bay (10/9).                 9/25              6   115   19.2   49   0      1   -9 -9.0     -9   0
                                                        10/2    @ SEA    11   127   11.5   45   0      0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                        10/9      GB      1    16   16.0   16   0      1   17 17.0     17   0
• Inactive vs. Carolina (10/16) and at Detroit          10/16     CAR                       INACTIVE

(10/23) due to injury (hamstring).                      10/23 @ DET                         INACTIVE
                                                        11/6    @ IND     3   131   43.7   80   2      2   33 16.5     19   0
                                                        11/13     NO      2     9    4.5    6   0      0    0    0.0    0   0
• Hauled in three passes for 131 yards, including       11/20     TEN                       INACTIVE
  his first two career touchdowns, and added two         11/27     MIN     0     0    0.0    0   0      0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                                @ HOU
  carries for 33 yards at Indianapolis (11/6).          12/4              4    68   17.0   26   0      0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                        12/11 @ CAR       3   104   34.7   75   2      0    0    0.0    0   0
                                                        12/15     JAX     5    85   17.0   29   1      1    6    6.0    6   0
• Recorded two catches for nine yards vs. New           12/26 @ NO        8   128   16.0   40   1      0    0    0.0    0   0

  Orleans (11/13).                                      1/1       TB      4    76   19.0   48   2      1    9    9.0    9   0
                                                        TOTALS          54    959   17.8 80     8      6   56    9.3   19   0
                                                        TOTALS          54    959   17.8 80     8      6   56    9.3   19   0
• Inactive vs. Tennessee (11/20) due to injury
  (hamstring).

• Participated but did not record any statistics vs.
  Minnesota (11/27).

• Tallied four catches for 68 yards, including a long
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                                   AKEEM DENT
                                   LINEBACKER
                                                                                   52
 HT: 6-1          WT: 239          NFL EXP: R           AQU: D3-’11               1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDAY: 9/27/1987                                    COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                        DATE      OPP   TK SO     SK     YDS   INT YDS   FF   FR PD
• Selected as a third round (91st pick overall) draft
                                                        9/11    @ CHI   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
  choice by Atlanta in 2011.                            9/18      PHI   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                        9/25    @ TB    0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
 2011 (FALCONS)                                         10/2    @ SEA   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                                  GB
• Saw action on special teams in his professional de-   10/9            0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                        10/16     CAR   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
but at Chicago (9/11)                                   10/23 @ DET     0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    1   0   0
                                                        11/6    @ IND   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0

• Saw action on special teams against Philadelphia      11/13     NO    0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                        11/20     TEN   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
(9/18).                                                 11/27     MIN   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                        12/4    @ HOU   0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
• Saw action on special teams at Tampa Bay              12/11 @ CAR     0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                                  JAX
(9/25).                                                 12/15           1    1    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                        12/26 @ NO      0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
                                                        1/1       TB    0    0    0.0    0.0     0   0    0   0   0
• Recorded one special teams tackle at Seattle          TOTALS           1    1   0.0    0.0     0   0    1   0   0
(10/2).                                                 CAREER           1    1   0.0    0.0     0   0    1   0   0


• Saw action on special teams vs. Green Bay (10/9).     • Collared one tackle and added one special teams
                                                        tackle vs. Jacksonville (12/15).
• Saw action on special teams vs. Carolina (10/16).
                                                        • Recorded one special teams tackle at New Or-
• Recorded one special teams tackle and forced a        leans (12/26).
fumble at Detroit (10/23).
                                                        • Assisted on two special teams tackles vs. Tampa
• Notched two special teams tackles at Indianapo-       Bay (1/1).
  lis (11/6).
                                                         COLLEGE
• Registered two special teams tackles vs. New Or-      • Started 29-of-47 games at Georgia, including 16
leans (11/13).                                            at strong-side outside linebacker and 13 at strong-
                                                          side inside linebacker. Posted 240 tackles (133
• Tallied two special teams tackles vs. Tennessee         solo) with 4.5 sacks (42 yards) and 12 tackles
(11/20).                                                  for loss (54 yards) with two forced fumbles, two
                                                          fumble recoveries and five passes defensed.
• Recorded two special teams tackles vs. Minne-
sota (11/27).                                           • Emerged as one of the elite tacklers in the
                                                          Southeastern Conference in 2010 after receiving
• Saw action on defense and special teams at              All-SEC second team honors and leading the
Houston (12/4).                                           Bulldogs with 126 tackles (69 solo) with 2.5
                                                          sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.
• Collared four special teams tackles (three solo) at
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                                    JACQUIZZ RODGERS
                                    RUNNING BACK
                                                                                        22
 HT: 5-6          WT: 188           NFL EXP: R           AQU: D5-’11                  1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDAY: 2/9/1990                                      COLLEGE: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

                                                                                2011 GAME-BY-GAME
 TRANSACTIONS                                                                    RUSHING                    RECEIVING
• Selected as a fifth round (145th pick overall) draft    DATE     OPP    RUSH YDS     AVG     LG TD REC YDS AVG          LG TD
  choice by Atlanta in 2011.                             9/11    @ CHI      2     0    0.0     2   0   3    33 11.0      15   0
                                                         9/18      PHI      3    17    5.7    10   0   0     0     0.0    0   0

 2011 (FALCONS)                                          9/25    @ TB       2     7    3.5     5   0   2    19     9.5   15   0
                                                         10/2    @ SEA      6    25    4.2    11   0   1    10 10.0      10   0
• Gained 33 yards on three receptions and added          10/9      GB       1    11   11.0    11   0   0     0     0.0    0   0
  two carries in his professional debut vs. Chicago      10/16     CAR      1     8    8.0     8   0   1     6     6.0    6   0
  (9/11).                                                10/23 @ DET        1     5    5.0     5   0   3    12     4.0    8   0
                                                         11/6    @ IND     10    44    4.4    11   0   1    16 16.0      16   0
                                                         11/13     NO       7    30    4.3    13   0   1     8     8.0    8   0
• Tallied 17 yards on three carries against the Eagles   11/20     TEN      2     2    1.0     3   0   0     0     0.0    0   0
(9/18).                                                  11/27     MIN      3    19    6.3     8   0   2    12     6.0    9   0
                                                         12/4    @ HOU      1     0    0.0     0   0   1     5     5.0    5   0
                                                         12/11 @ CAR        1     4    4.0     4   0   2    39 19.5      31   1
• Gained seven yards on two carries while adding 19      12/15     JAX      8    10    1.3    12   0   1     4     4.0    4   0
yards on two receptions at Tampa Bay (9/25).             12/26 @ NO         1    -1   -1.0    -1   0   2    19     9.5   11   0
                                                         1/1       TB       8    24    3.0    12   1   1     5     5.0    5   0

• Rushed six times for 25 yards, including a career-     TOTALS            57   205    3.6    13   1   21   188    9.0   31   1
                                                         CAREER            57   205    3.6    13   1   21   188    9.0   31   1
long 11 yard gain, and added one reception for 10
yards at Seattle (10/2).                                 • Registered one catch for five yards and one carry
                                                         for no gain at Houston (12/4).
• Recorded one carry for 11 yards vs. Green Bay
(10/9).                                                  • Gained 39 yards on two receptions, including a 31-
                                                         yard touchdown catch, and added four yards on one
• Gained eight yards on one carry and added one          carry at Carolina (12/11).
reception for six yards vs. Carolina (10/16).
                                                         • Logged10 yards of eight carries, including a long of
• Hauled in three catches for 12 yards and added five     12 yards, and added one reception for four yards vs.
yards on one carry at Detroit (10/23).                   Jacksonville (12/15).

• Rushed a career-high 10 times for 44 yards and         • Hauled in two passes for 19 yards, including a long
added one reception for 16 yards at Indianapolis         of 11 yards, and added one carry for a loss of one yard
(11/6).                                                  at New Orleans (12/26).

• Carried the ball seven times for 30 yards, including   • Tallied 24 yards on eight carries, including his first
a long of 13 yards, and added one reception for eight    career rushing touchdown, and added one catch for
yards vs. New Orleans (11/13).                           five yards vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Recorded two yards on two carries vs. Tennessee         COLLEGE
(11/20).                                                 • Was the focal point of the Oregon State offense
                                                           since his arrival in 2008, earning touches not
• Gained 19 yards on three carries and added two           only in the ground game, but in the passing
receptions for 12 yards vs. Minnesota (11/27).             attack as well.




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                                   MATT BOSHER
                                   KICKER
                                                                                           5
 HT: 6-0          WT: 208          NFL EXP: R           AQU: D6-’11           1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDAY: 10/18/1987                                   COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI


 TRANSACTIONS                                           • Averaged 50.5 yards on four punts, including a long
• Selected as a sixth round (192nd pick overall)        of 52 yards, and downed two kicks inside the 20 at
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2011.                      Houston (12/4).

 2011 (FALCONS)                                         • Averaged 47.8 yards on six punts, including a long
• Averaged 38.4 yards on five punts, including a long    of 55 yards, and downed three kicks inside the 20 at
  of 45 and added one touchback as the kickoff spe-     Carolina (12/11).
  cialist against Chicago (9/11).
                                                        • Averaged 51.0 yards on four punts, including a long
• Averaged 35.6 yards on seven punts, including a       of 58 yards and three punts inside the 20 vs. Jack-
long of 49 against Philadelphia (9/18).                 sonville (12/15).

• Averaged 31.3 yards on three punts, including one     • Averaged 50.0 yards on three punts, including a
pined inside of the twenty, and added three touch-      long of 56 yards and one punt inside the 20 at New
backs as the kickoff specialist at Tampa Bay (9/25).    Orleans (12/26).

• Averaged 37.5 yards on four punts, including a long   • Averaged 50.5 yards on two punts, including a long
of 48 at Seattle (10/2).                                of 58 yards, vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

• Averaged 37.8 yards on five punts, including a long    COLLEGE
of 47 vs. Green Bay (10/9).                             • Served as the Hurricanes primary place kicker and
                                                          punter, appearing in 50 games during his career.
• Averaged 43 yards on three punts, including two
inside of the 20, vs. Carolina (10.16).                 • Set a school record after connecting on 14
                                                          consecutive field goal attempts between
• Averaged 35.4 yards on five punts, including two         2009 and 2010.
inside of the 20, at Detroit (10.23).
                                                        • Posted a string of 105-straight PATs which is
• Averaged 45.9 yards on seven punts, including           the second-best streak in Miami annals. His 127
three inside of the 20, and had a career-long kick of     PATs and 260 points scored both placed seventh
59 yards at Indianapolis (11/6).                          in Hurricanes annals.

• Averaged 45.4 yards on five punts, including a long    • Connected on 45 field goals as a Hurricane,
of 55 yards, and pinned one punt inside the 20 vs.        posting a field goal percentage of 84.9 (45-of-53),
New Orleans (11/13).                                      including 9-of-13 attempts of 40-or-more yards.

• Averaged 33.0 yards on two punts, pinning both        • As a punter, placed 70-of-234 attempts inside the
kicks inside the 20, vs. Tennessee (11/20).               20-yard line, finishing with a 41.7-yard average,
                                                          and averaged at least 40.0 yards in each of his four
• Averaged a career-high 50.4 yards on five punts,         seasons handling punting duties.
including a long of 57 yards, while pinning one kick
inside of the 20, vs. Minnesota (11/27).                • Had 49 punts for 50 yards or longer and forced
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                                     CLIFF MATTHEWS
                                   DEFENSIVE LINEMEN


 HT: 6-4         WT: 268           NFL EXP: R             AQU: D7B-’11
                                                                                  98
                                                                               1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

 BIRTHDAY: 8/5/1989                                       COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA


 TRANSACTIONS                                               News Freshman All-SEC team as an outside
• Selected as a seventh round (230 th pick overall)         linebacker, also named to the honorable mention
  draft choice by Atlanta in 2011.                          freshman All-America squad by the Sporting
                                                            News after playing in all 13 games with nine starts
 2011 (FALCONS)                                             as a freshman.
• Inactive in Weeks 1-17.
                                                          • Recorded 26 tackles (20 solo) with a pair of
 COLLEGE                                                    tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in his
• Finished his Gamecocks’ career with 149 total             freshman season.
  tackles (108 solo), 26 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks,
  six passes defensed and seven forced fumbles.             PERSONAL
                                                          • Graduated from Cheraw (S.C.) High School in
• As a senior in 2010, was listed on the preseason          2007, was a two-way starter, playing both tight
  Lott, Nagurski and Lombardi trophy watch lists,           end and defensive end and led his team to the
  was named a preseason first team All-SEC                   state championship as a senior.
  selection. Posted 44 tackles (30 solo), with
  8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and four forced         • Was an all-region selection, earned Defensive
  fumbles in his final season.                               MVP honors at the Shrine Bowl after finishing with
                                                            four tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
• Served as a team captain in 2009 and earned
  second team All-SEC honors after recording 47           • Earned his degree in Criminal Justice in 2011.
  tackles (35 solo), 10.0 tackles for loss and 7.0
  sacks.                                                  • Family includes father James Matthews, mother
                                                            Mary Matthews and younger brother Damian.
• Earned the Weight Room Effort Award for the de-
  fense and captured the Joe Morrison Award as the        • Parents are William Jackson and Tamara Wilson,
  top defensive player of the spring as a junior.           and he has two brothers Sean and Warren.

• Moved to defensive end after spending most of           • Off the field interests include fishing, golf and
  his freshman season at outside linebacker, started        spending time with family and friends.
  all 13 games and logged 32 tackles, including 5.5
  tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.

• Named to both the SEC Coaches and the Sporting




                            Matthews’ Career Defensive Statistics
 YEAR         GP/GS      TK    SO AST        SK     YDS INT YDS          LG TD     PD    FF   FR YDS         TD
2007 USC        12/9 26 20             6    0.0     0.0      0      0    0    0     0    0     0      0      0
2008 USC       13/13 32 23             9    3.0    15.0      0      0    0    0     1    0     1      0      0
2009 USC        12/11 47 35           12    7.0    21.0      0      0    0    0     3    3     4      0      0
2010 USC       14/14 44 30            14    5.5    34.0      0      0    0    0     2    4     0      0      0
TOTAL          51/47 149 108          41   15.5    70.0      0      0    0    0     6    7     5      0      0

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                                   DARRIN WALLS
                                   CORNERBACK
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    HT: 6-0          WT: 190          NFL EXP: R             AQU: FA-’11                  1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

    BIRTHDAY: 6/20/1988                                      COLLEGE: NOTRE DAME


 TRANSACTIONS                                                                  2011 GAME-BY-GAME
                                                       DATE      OPP   TK SO        SK      YDS    INT YDS      FF   FR PD
• Signed by the Falcons as a College Free Agent
                                                       9/11    @ CHI                       INACTIVE
  on July 26, 2011.                                    9/18      PHI                       INACTIVE
                                                       9/25    @ TB                        INACTIVE

 2011 (FALCONS)                                        10/2    @ SEA                       INACTIVE
                                                       10/9      GB                        INACTIVE
• Inactive in Weeks 1-12.                              10/16     CAR                        INACTIVE
                                                       10/23 @ DET                          INACTIVE
• Saw first professional action on special teams at     11/6    @ IND                        INACTIVE
                                                                 NO                        INACTIVE
  Houston (12/4).                                      11/13
                                                       11/20     TEN                       INACTIVE
                                                       11/27     MIN                        INACTIVE
• Saw action on special teams at Carolina (12/11).     12/4    @ HOU       0   0    0.0      0.0       0    0    0   0   0
                                                       12/11 @ CAR         0   0    0.0      0.0       0    0    0   0   0
                                                       12/15     JAX       1   1    0.0      0.0       0    0    0   0   1
• Recorded one tackle and one pass defensed vs.        12/26 @ NO          0   0    0.0      0.0       0    0    0   0   0
  Jacksonville (12/15).                                1/1       TB        0   0    0.0      0.0       1   23    0   0   1
                                                       TOTALS              1    1   0.0      0.0       1   23    0   0   2

• Saw action on special teams at New Orleans           CAREER              1    1   0.0      0.0       1   23    0   0   2

  (12/26).

• Notched his first career interception (23 yards)
  vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).

 COLLEGE
• Notched 41 tackles (30 solo) with two tackles
  for loss, four passes defensed and three
  interceptions, including one interception return
  for a touchdown. He totaled a team-best six
  pass breakups and added one interception
  with 27 tackles as a junior. The Pittsburgh, PA
  native had a breakout year as a sophomore
  with 32 tackles (23 solo), 2.5 tackles for a loss,
  nine passes defensed, one interception and two
  forced fumbles.

  PERSONAL
• Graduated from Woodland Hills High School
  in Pittsburgh, PA...second-team defensive
  back on USA Today prep All-America squad
  for 2005...four-year letter-winner who finished
  with 124 career tackles, 80 of them solo, and 16
  interceptions.




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                                 KEVIN CONE
                                  WIDE RECEIVER
                                                                             12
    HT: 6-2        WT: 216          NFL EXP: R         AQU: FA-’11           1ST YEAR WITH FALCONS

    BIRTHDAY: 3/20/1988                                COLLEGE: GEORGIA TECH


 TRANSACTIONS                                         COLLEGE
• Signed by the Falcons as a College Free Agent on   • Caught five passes for 89 yards and one
  August 2, 2011.                                      touchdown in the Yellow Jackets triple option
                                                       offense in 2010. Prior to transferring to Georgia
• Waived by the Falcons on September 3, 2011.          Tech, he played one season (2007) at Shorter
                                                       College where he caught 12 passes for 83 yards
• Signed to the Falcons practice squad on Septem-      and two touchdowns.
  ber 4, 2011.
                                                       PERSONAL
• Signed to the Falcons active roster on December    • Earned two varsity letters in football at St. Pius
  28, 2011.                                            X Catholic High School where he also played
                                                       basketball and ran track. Hails from Stone
 2011 (FALCONS)                                        Mountain, GA.
• Served as a member of the Falcons practice
  squad from weeks 1-16.

• Saw first career action on offense and special
  teams vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).




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Q&A: Falcons owner Arthur Blank
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons owner Arthur Blank is ready to follow the NFL’s new slogan and get “Back to Football.”

After the 132-day lockout, a frenzied free-agency period and training camp, Blank will travel to Chicago to see the Falcons
open the season at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Bears at historic Soldier Field.

In a Q&A with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Blank discussed the lockout, his goals for the team and Michael Vick’s
return to the Georgia Dome.

Q: How do you feel about the team going into the season?

A: I like the direction of the Falcons. We are well-positioned to have another good year. But there is nobody in this league
that is going to give you anything. We’ve got to go out and play. The teams we are competing against are very powerful.

Q: What was the toughest part of the lockout for you?

A: Just in going through the process, it was very difficult because we have a great relationship with our players. But the
players, the league and owners were able to get a deal done that’s a sustainable winning deal for everybody. From a
personal standpoint, the most difficult thing was feeling the angst of our fans.

Q: What would be a successful season for the Falcons in 2011?

A: I’m not into predicting our record, but obviously I would like to see us get to the playoffs again. That would make it three
out of four years. That would be great. Obviously, then I’d like to see us go deep into the playoffs. ... Those are our goals. Be
in the playoffs. ... We are a significant team in terms of both our power rankings that all of the pundits are putting together.
I think when we get to the playoffs we ought to be viewed that way as well.

Q: How has Matt Ryan done in leading the franchise thus far?

A: Well, I think he’s been great. I really liked the kind of leadership that he’s showed this spring when we didn’t have our
normal minicamps and our OTAs. Matt was able to provide the leadership with the camp that he put together with Curtis
Lofton and others, to get the young men that we had coming to the workouts on a voluntary basis. He was both the player
as well as the coach. I feel great about him on the field as well as off the field.

Q: Your thoughts on the home opener being against Philadelphia and your former quarterback, Michael Vick?

A: Well, our first home game is going to be like any other game. It’s a very good team we are playing. It’s one of the better
teams in the NFC and one of the better teams we’ll face. The fact that their quarterback is Michael Vick, in terms of our
coaches and players, is really not going to make any difference. ... We look forward to competing. Obviously, I wish Michael
well, except when he plays against us. I’ve been a big fan of Michael’s return to the NFL. I’m happy that he’s had on-field
success and now I’m happy that he’s had some financial success as well.

Q: How important was it to sign coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff to contract extensions this
offseason?

A: It was very important. These guys are the leaders of our football business. They represent two very fine parts of our
organization on the coaching side and the personnel side. I’m thrilled to have them provide that leadership and the
consistency of that leadership, which is very important in terms of success in the National Football League.
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If you look at the best teams in the league over time, they maintain their leadership: their general manager, their coach and
all of their coordinators and coaches. Many of their key personnel, the sound evaluators, the salary-cap people, and we’ve
been able to do that. ... I feel very fortunate to have them provide that leadership for a number of years going forward.

Q: What’s been done to improve the fan experience this year?

A: We continue to work on a variety of projects, including providing better Falcons stats during the game to our fans. We
are going to provide the highlights from around the league. We are going to provide the depth charts, so that they can
follow the progress of our first team on the video boards. ... We’ve focused on getting more parking and getting our fans in
and out of the parking lots after the games.
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Dimitroff: 'The expectations are legitmate'
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.—Entering his fourth full season as Atlanta Falcons general manager, Thomas Dimitroff has already
won Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year award twice, including for his work in 2010. SN's Vinnie Iyer caught up with
Dimitroff at training camp to discuss just how good the Falcons feel about 2011, the big draft day trade for wideout Julio
Jones and other key decisions that have helped build the team into a consistent NFC contender:

Q: So how do you feel about this team you have assembled for this season?

A: Very encouraged about what we have both offensively and defensively. I feel like we accomplished what we set out to
accomplish in the offseason by adding some explosive elements on both sides of the ball. We were able to re sign two of
our three offensive linemen— very important for us—as well as a kicker, linebacker and running back. (I’m) encouraged
how things fell into place the way they did. The expectations are legitimate.

Q: Coming off the tough playoff loss to Green Bay, did you see the need to add more pop in the passing game?

A: Aaron (Rodgers), he was on fire—I don't know if I've ever seen a quarterback on fire as much. Our feeling was we knew
we had to go tit for tat with teams like that, quarterbacks like that. That was something that was on our mind, no question
about it. We felt for a while now that we were very interested in having a No. 1A and No. 1B receiver. And we feel with
Julio, we have added a nice element to be a very solid receiver in this league.

Q: Do you feel that just looking at the talented offenses in the NFC South, you have to keep up with these teams?

A: You think about it a little bit where our division is, how explosive it is as far as playmaking ability. We felt from the very
beginning when we drafted Matt Ryan, we had to continue to put pieces in place to help him along the way as we evolve as
a team and Matt as a quarterback. We believe in riding the train while Matt is strong, healthy and young.

Q: With your defense, it seems like you've slowly added the right pieces through the draft and free agency over the past
four years. What's been your plan there?

A: All along, we said, let's really focus on offense, take care of the big pieces there—some expensive, some high draft picks,
and then build a defense that can be consistent, tough, young, hungry and passionate. We feel like we have that defense.
We've sprinkled in the select veterans who have a lot of experience in the league and their own element of passion. With
our combination of youthful players who are going into their fourth year now and are battle tested, with the select
veterans, the defense is really starting to come together now.

Q: Have you been following how your defense has statistically improved over the past three seasons?

A: I'm very aware of that and follow that quite closely. I think it's a good indication of where we are. The finish to last year,
though no one in this organization is dwelling on it, there's a little bit of a pit in the stomach that keeps the fire burning.
Everyone wants to prove we are a very sound opponent and we're a defense that can play with anyone in this league.

Q: Just how much does your owner, Arthur Blank, facilitate your job as general manager?

A: Arthur has been very good with myself and (coach) Mike Smith as far as being mindful of that proverbial line, respectfully
    speaking, where he has allowed us as the two football decision makers to make the decisions we need to make. He's
 provided some very good counsel along the way. He's been very generous to me and one of the most competitive owners
 in the league. Anytime we need something we deem we will make this organization better—whether it's the talent on the
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field or the technology we need to improve in certain areas—he's always there to encourage us to do so. We're very
fortunate that way.

Q: How has your working relationship with coach Mike Smith been so successful?

A: One of the things I've been so impressed with since 2008 … from the very beginning, we have viewed building this team,
setting policy —all the decisions we have made together—we do definitely see it through the same lenses. Our approach
and our leadership style have been very congruent. With Arthur, the three of us work very well together when there are big
decisions to make.

Q: When Arthur hired you and coach Smith in '08, was it at first overwhelming to look at the laundry list needed to turn the
team around?

A: There's no question it could have been perceived as a daunting task from the outside. But when Mike and I came in, we
both talked about being sequential with our approach. We focused on things in segments. We knew we had to take care of
certain policies, we had to get the right players here and jettison the players we felt weren't right for this team. We had so
many things on the docket we had to approach, but we stepped back and thought about knocking out one aspect as a time.
We didn't look too far down the road.

Q: Is there any kind of blueprint you follow to building a team?

A: I think there's not a blueprint at all. For us, what works here—and I'm proud of Mike and myself—we're very systematic
and we're very calculating in our decision making. We've made a concerted effort not to let the emotions send us in
different directions.

Q: How important is the success of the Falcons to the city of Atlanta and the neighboring community?

A: I'm very impressed with the fan base here. They're very intelligent —they know football inside out. It's encouraging when
we're out in the community to see the support. We've heard time and time again since we've been here in 2008 how much
this fan base is craving a perennial contending team. They know that each game, we have a chance as a team to win. That
makes me feel good that we're providing the right product to be proud of and get behind.
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Fifty miles northeast of Atlanta, and Friday night was turning into Saturday morning. A solitary figure strode across a dewy
practice field at the Falcons' training complex in Flowery Branch, Ga. All that lit general manager Thomas Dimitroff's path
were a few stars and the dim glow from the team's offices 150 yards away. It was 1:05 a.m.

As with so many of his peers last week, the 45 year old Dimitroff did not work bankers' hours. Nor did he work regular
training camp hours. In fact, it was the strangest week of his two decades in professional football. At 1:30 the previous
Monday afternoon, NFL owners and players had agreed on the framework of the collective bargaining agreement, ending
the 135 day lockout and jump starting the league. Consequently the signing period for draft picks and free agents, which
normally spans five months, would be compressed into five days as the NFL operated on the fly. Example: Originally the
league said teams would be able to make deals with free agent rookies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Then, at 6:25 p.m. on
Monday it was announced that those negotiations could begin in 35 minutes.

It's the kind of week when a personnel guy might tell his wife and kids he won't be home for a while. "How do you know
anything in a week like this?" said Dimitroff last Friday. "None of us has ever been through this before."

This was the end of Day Five. But not really the end, because one day blended into the next, and there was still work to do.
Falcons left guard Justin Blalock, 27, was a free agent, and Dimitroff wanted to keep him. The contract needed to get done,
which is why the G.M. was now headed through the darkness to the office of Nick Polk, the team's salary cap expert.

Dimitroff knocked lightly and walked in. He found Polk, with an inked up offer sheet on his desk, talking with Blalock's
agent, Ben Dogra, on speakerphone. It had been a busy day for Dogra too: Nine hours earlier he'd landed cornerback
Nnamdi Asomugha a five year, $60 million contract with the Eagles (page 32). After listening in on the back and forth for a
few minutes, Dimitroff burst into the conversation: "Come on, Benny! Me and you! Come on! We were close four days ago!
We gotta close the deal!"

Dogra was hoarse. He laid out his case—again—and Polk and Dimitroff banged home theirs. Dogra cited the Buccaneers'
Friday re signing of guard Davin Joseph for seven years and $53 million; Polk and Dimitroff balked and said Dogra would
have to accept an offset clause so that if Blalock was cut with guaranteed money left on the contract, the Falcons'
obligation would be reduced by what he made with his new team.

"Our owner says we gotta have an offset," Dimitroff said.

"O.K., I'll give you the offset," Dogra said. "But I get my average per year, my three year cash number and my guarantee."

"Benny, Benny, Benny," Dimitroff said.

Atlanta entered the week with three major personnel goals: to sign a pass rushing left end who could provide a strong
complement to the aging John Abraham and to ink two of its free agents, Blalock and right tackle Tyson Clabo, to long term
deals. Clabo agreed on Friday to a five year, $25 million contract. Dimitroff hoped the promising 27 year old Blalock would
come in at five years for a little above $30 million.

But that was just part of the Atlanta staff's to do list. The Falcons had to sign their two exclusive rights free agents, decide
which restricted and unrestricted free agents they would pursue (both their own and those from other teams) and fill out
their roster with 23 undrafted college free agents, players who in normal years are signed in a two day window after the
draft.

Dimitroff put director of player personnel Les Snead in charge of the undrafted players, and Snead used a staff of nine
scouts and administrators to recruit and make agreements with the top names on Atlanta's board. Snead not only had to
oversee agreements with the players, but also had to do it all in about five hours because of the intense competition among
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teams. And then every one of those players had to be on a flight and in camp by Tuesday night, in time to undergo
physicals, sign contracts and attend the first team meeting on Wednesday morning.

With so many clubs calling players over such a short time, there were going to be defections. At 11 p.m. on Monday scout
Bob Kronenberg, who drew up the short list of offensive linemen, got Nevada tackle Jose Acuna to agree to terms. When
Snead came back into the draft room for a 12:30 a.m. update he was told Acuna had switched to the Cowboys. Kronenberg
got back to work, and by 9 a.m. on Tuesday he had the next offensive lineman on his list, Stony Brook center Paul Fenaroli,
in the fold.

At one point Snead needed a 15 minute mental health break. He retreated to his office, closed the door and put on some
Norah Jones. When he came out he got word that two more players had gone elsewhere. Not to worry, Dimitroff told him.
"The cruel reality," the G.M. said, "is that very few of these guys are going to have the chance to sniff our practice squad. So
we've just got to move on to the next guy." All 23 rookie free agents were in house 26 hours after the Falcons hit the
phones.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Dimitroff lay down and heard his phone ping—an e mail from Polk, maybe 1,000 words
long, with a checklist for the next day. Scroll, scroll, scroll. The topics: unrestricted free agents, rookie pool projections,
offers to draft picks, cash and cap projections, contract language for veteran players, travel arrangements for players, how
far to go with free agent contracts. "I hope this wasn't too cumbersome," Polk wrote. Dimitroff's head spun.

The Falcons were 13 3 last year, and though the Packers blew them out in the divisional round of the playoffs, Dimitroff
knew his roster didn't have many major holes. After trading up to draft Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones with the sixth
pick in April, he could scratch "explosive offensive weapon" off his shopping list. (The move saved him from having to
possibly overpay a free agent wideout such as Sidney Rice, who signed a five year, $41 million deal with the Seahawks.)
That left one big free agent need: at defensive end, where the Falcons got five sacks combined from Kroy Biermann and
Jamaal Anderson last season.

Atlanta had begun the week interested in Panthers free agent Charles Johnson and pursued him when veteran free agency
began on Tuesday afternoon. Dimitroff liked Johnson at $7 million a year but not at $12 million, which is what Carolina paid
to keep him. At 7 a.m. Friday, Dimitroff decided to waive Anderson and wideout Michael Jenkins, two former first round
picks who never produced at first round level. That saved $7.8 million in '11 cap room and allowed Polk and Dimitroff to
focus on the man they wanted most: Vikings free agent defensive end Ray Edwards.

The decision to offer Edwards a deal worth half of Johnson's—$27.5 million over five years, with a potential $2.5 million
more based on his sack production—was easy. But the process was far from normal. With little time to arrange visits,
Dimitroff, coach Mike Smith and owner Arthur Blank got Edwards on a webcam for 75 minutes on Thursday afternoon. "At
least you can look at him and get a sense of the kind of person he is," Blank said. "That's how I interviewed Thomas before I
offered him the general manager's job."

The strangeness was just as disconcerting to the players. As Dimitroff walked through the locker room on Friday, he saw a
gaggle of veterans staring up at a TV, watching ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting the latest news on player movement. "It's a
tough time for them," Dimitroff said of the vets. "They're not sure who's coming and going. It's their livelihood, and the
roster is still in a state of flux."

Later that afternoon Dimitroff called Edwards's agent, Doug Hendrickson, to go over terms. "Dougie Fresh!" said Dimitroff.
"We got a deal on Ray?"

"We got a deal," said Hendrickson. "You're getting a hell of a player, and a hell of a kid."
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Shortly after Dimitroff finished the call, Polk walked into the G.M.'s office and said, "We've got to change one thing." He
went to the grease board, wiped off an escalator clause for the 26 year old Edwards and scribbled new numbers, showing
Dimitroff how he'd changed the clause with Hendrickson at the end of the negotiation. "If you do a per year escalator," Polk
said, "that could be a one year spike in production. We'd rather do the escalator based on what a player does over three or
four years."

"Great," said Dimitroff. "It's better for us."

Finally on Friday afternoon Dimitroff got to see his players practice. He stood in the middle of the field as his offense ran
plays 50 yards away. He watched for Jones's quickness off the line and gauged how well backup wideout Kerry Meier,
projected to replace waived veteran Brian Finneran, was running after knee surgery last year.

"See you for a second?" said trainer Marty Lauzon. Dimitroff walked to a quiet spot, where Lauzon told him that backup
tight end Robbie Agnone—who'd missed 2010 with a foot injury—had reinjured the foot. Dimitroff went back to the drills.
Five minutes later Polk pulled him aside to tell him that Jason Snelling, a core Falcons special teams player, wanted to test
the market. Then assistant director of player personnel Lionel Vital came by to tell Dimitroff that veteran defensive end Ty
Warren, cut earlier in the day by the Patriots, might be available for a minimum contract.

Around 10 that night Dimitroff walked through the locker room, a man in need of levity. He found it. The just re signed
Clabo was chuckling at some construction work his teammates had spent far too much time on. A few cardboard boxes had
been sculpted into a faux ATM. Someone had written TYSON CLABO, ACCT BALANCE $12,000,000—the amount of Clabo's
signing bonus.

"That is fantastic!" Dimitroff said.

"Evidently," said Clabo, "these guys don't know about the concept of income tax yet."

Funny thing is, Dimitroff was loving it. "When Smitty and I came here in 2008," he said, referring to his coach, "one of my
goals was that we were going to enjoy this journey. We were going to create an environment where people liked coming to
work and building a great product. So when we're negotiating Justin Blalock's contract, it's not like I'll say to Nick Polk, 'Get
this damn thing done, Nick!' This is part of the process, so let's enjoy it. And if we can't, let's at least enjoy the challenge of
building the team in a time when football's changing."

That explained Dimitroff's smile in the wee hours last Saturday morning as he listened to Dogra launch into a metaphor
about an episode of The Brady Bunch, whose meaning no one was too clear on. It was getting late—it was late—and people
were punchy. "So just kiss your sister," Dogra said. "I'm 6.75, you're 6.33. The number's 6.5. That's what it is."
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Dimitroff propels his Falcons one step closer to a Super Bowl
Flowery Branch — Assuming he hasn’t done so already, Thomas Dimitroff should take several moments to prop his feet on
the nearest ottoman, pour himself a tall glass of cabernet and crank his main man Bob Seger to 11 on the hi fi. Dimitroff has
it coming.

The great general manager aced his greatest test. Half his offseason business had been left undone. He’d traded 21 spots
upward to draft Julio Jones, the wide receiver of vast promise, but the still sought pass rusher would have to come via free
agency, which owing to the NFL lockout would be rendered a frenzy.

Speaking in his office shortly after noon Friday, Dimitroff said, “I feel calm amid this ostensible disarray.” An hour later, he
felt positively serene. An hour later, the Falcons had their pass rusher.

They’d landed the free agent Ray Edwards, formerly of Minnesota. And here we stand back to assess what the Falcons have
done over an offseason complicated by a work stoppage: Upgraded at receiver, upgraded at defensive end and retained left
tackle Tyson Clabo, a free agent himself. If they do nothing else, they look to be a better team than they were last season,
and last season they were 13 3. They look to be better because their master planner had, yet again, planned masterfully.

“When we’re called on to adapt,” Dimitroff said, “we want to be adaptable. This league is about being adaptable. The best
teams are.”

There was a time — decades of it, actually — when the Falcons were among the NFL’s klutzes. That time ended when
Arthur Blank found this GM by way of a webcam interview. Since January 2008 this has been a model organization, smart
and assertive and prescient. These Falcons had a plan to handle the lockout. These Falcons have a plan for everything.

“Nothing has surprised me as yet,” Dimitroff said, meaning about the post lockout process Blank had called “free agency on
steroids.” The Falcons made a quick pitch to Charles Johnson, but that defensive end chose to re up with Carolina for the
stunning sum of $72 million ($30 million guaranteed) over six seasons.

Dimitroff again: “This is a puzzle, and it all has to fit together from a skill standpoint and a character standpoint, but it also
has to fit financially.”

The Falcons landed Edwards for $30 million ($11.5 guaranteed) over five seasons. That’s a fit cut from regal cloth.

The day had begun with the Falcons shedding Jamaal Anderson and Michael Jenkins, first round draftees from a previous
regime. That was done to clear money for Edwards, who would come aboard not long after the first practice of Training
Camp 2011 — a short and sedate walkthrough – ended. (There would be another session, this one with helmets, in the
afternoon.)

“As a staff, we were so prepared going into this,” Dimitroff said. “We’ve done a good job of being patient, and we’d said
that going in: ‘We have to be patient when things go awry a little bit.’ ”

Nothing really did. The Falcons took a run at Johnson but wound up with Edwards, who’s likewise a left end and who has
had 29 1/2 sacks over five NFL seasons to Johnson’s 21 1/2 over four. And they did it at less than half the price.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but these aren’t your father’s Dumb Ol’ Falcons. Dimitroff is shrewd enough to know what
to do, bold enough to do it. “When we started, we said we didn’t want to get to the point where we were over analyzing
things,” he said. “There can be a tendency to second guess and to hesitate, and when you do that you don’t get the person
and you’re left holding your backside wondering, ‘What happened?’ ”
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What happened Friday was this: The Falcons reported to camp and were given an immediate jolt by news that their GM had
delivered. The first day of on field work ended with this franchise closer to holding the Lombardi Trophy than at any time
since Rod Smith beat Eugene Robinson deep in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXIII.

It’s traditional on the first day of camp to guzzle Gatorade by the jug. On this Friday, an exception needed to be made: The
Falcons should have raised a glass of the grape to their snowboarding architect. He’d done his part. The rest is up to them.
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Smith keeps it simple for Falcons
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith worked two full-time jobs before joining his family for dinner on Thursday.

The event-filled Thanksgiving was a non-stop whirlwind that included practice and meetings at the Falcons' training
complex in Flowery Branch and community service 50 miles south in downtown Atlanta.

Smith wouldn't have it any other way, but you would hardly know it.

In his fourth season as an NFL head coach, Smith has 39 career victories, two playoff appearances and one NFC South title,
yet he's a master at deflecting from himself and to his team.

''Smitty,'' as his players and fellow coaches call the 52-year-old coach, is long accustomed to putting his family, players,
assistants and fans ahead of his personal agenda.

A few fans approached him to say hello and take pictures Thursday as Smith mingled among 6,000 people at Atlanta's
annual Hosea Feed the Hungry event at the Georgia World Congress Center. But Smith mostly blended in and worked
quietly without notice.

He and wife Julie stood next to Falcons owner Arthur Blank for about an hour serving Thanksgiving meals. After Blank left,
the Smiths picked up plates and brought them to needy people sitting at tables throughout a big ballroom.

Asked to describe the experience, Smith didn't want to give himself any credit. He was more interested in discussing those
that worked with him at the event - tight end Tony Gonzalez, safety William Moore and linebacker Mike Peterson,
defensive line coach Ray Hamilton, not to mention Blank's family members and other Falcons staffers.

''I believe that you want to be a humble person all the time,'' Smith said. ''And I think the thing that we want to do as an
organization, it comes from the top. Mr. Blank is very involved and our team is very involved with this.''

That's the Smitty way.

''He's by far the best coach I've ever played for,'' said center Todd McClure, who played under former Atlanta coaches Dan
Reeves, Jim Mora and Bobby Petrino. ''Smitty is completely genuine. You want to work as hard as you can for a guy like
that.''

Smith's reputation as a players' coach took root in 1999, his first season in the NFL as a defensive assistant with the
Baltimore Ravens. By the time he was promoted to linebackers coach in 2002, the word was out.

His players loved him.

''He's a guy who kind of came out of nowhere to be a head coach,'' Atlanta running back Michael Turner said. ''He wasn't
high on everybody's list, but the Falcons did a great job of hiring him and he did a great job of putting a staff together that
works well with the players.''

During his four years as an assistant with the Ravens, Smith often spent Thanksgiving with former Baltimore head coach
Brian Billick. They are married to sisters, but the holiday grew bigger when the Smiths moved to Jacksonville when Mike
took over as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator in 2003.

Mike Smith grew up in Daytona Beach, Fla., as the oldest of eight kids.
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When he and Julie and their daughter moved to Atlanta in January 2008, Smith had taken his career to the highest level, but
added responsibilities didn't affect the traditional holiday weekend.

Julie Smith said the family was expecting 14 guests at their home in Suwanee on Thursday night.

''I've always been used to having what seems like a huge crowd at Thanksgiving,'' Mike Smith said. ''That's why I feel at
home here with all these people. It's a blessing to give back. For me, this is a great time to give thanks and help those let
fortunate than you are.''

By Sunday, when Atlanta (6-4) faces Minnesota (2-8) at the Georgia Dome, Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton knows Smith
will have on his game face. The holiday distractions will be a distant memory.

The only thing that will matter is beating the Vikings.

''If he says something he means it,'' Lofton said. ''It's not a guessing game. You don't wonder where he stands, so as players,
we know Smitty's got our back and we got his back. Whatever we go through, we're going to go through as a team.''

Though Smith won't say much about himself or his accomplishments, he does acknowledge feeling his players' affection.

''I always want to be a consistent person,'' he said. ''That's something we try to do each and every day. Some days we are
not able to do that, but for the most part we want to be consistent and you want to treat people the way you want to be
treated. That's how I've approached coaching and how I've approached interacting with other folks.''

Smith was about to leave with Julie and drive home. He was still wearing the community service nametag he filled out with
a pen a couple of hours earlier.

It was simple and to the point: Coach Mike.

''It's great to get out and have an opportunity to see our fans,'' he said. ''To me, that's part of one of your duties as a head
coach.''
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Smith's steady hand keeps Falcons on track
ATLANTA – If you looked at and listened to Falcons coach Mike Smith in the media room deep within the Georgia Dome last
Sunday and this Sunday, you probably wouldn’t have noticed much difference.

Other than a couple – really, only a couple – of quick smiles after this Sunday’s 23-17 victory against the Tennessee Titans,
Smith was the same guy he was last week. That was when the Falcons suffered perhaps the most emotionally draining loss
of Smith’s career.

That was when he made a decision that backfired in overtime and the Falcons lost to the New Orleans Saints. Win or lose,
Smith is always the same guy.

That’s why the Falcons bounced back with a crucial win against the Titans.

“I think that’s the mark of a fantastic football coach, when he can keep his emotions in check at moments when a lot of us
might not be able to do that,’’ Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Mike’s an even-keel guy. He’s competitive
and he gets fired up, but he keeps it in check.’’

The Falcons, playing as well as they have all season for the first three quarters, jumped out to a 23-3 lead. Yeah, there were
a few bumps near the end, when rookie quarterback Jake Locker replaced an injured Matt Hasselbeck and rallied the Titans
to a pair of touchdowns. But that didn’t really matter.

What did matter was how the Falcons started. A lot of other teams might have folded after a loss like the one the Falcons
suffered to the Saints. A lot of other teams might have let their season spiral out of control.

But the Falcons now are 6-4 and only a game behind the Saints in the NFC South standings. That’s because the Falcons
aren’t like a lot of other teams and Smith isn’t like a lot of other coaches.

“It starts at the top,’’ said Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for 316 yards, a touchdown and was not intercepted.
“Smitty does a great job of teaching off the tape from the week before and really ingraining in all of us that it’s time to
move on.’’

Smith has a 24-hour rule. Basically, that means you’ve got 24 hours to celebrate a win or think about a loss. After that, it’s
on to the next game.

Lots of teams and lots of coaches have some sort of similar rule. It might sound cliché and Smith is certainly capable of
spewing clichés. But the difference is the Falcons really do buy into the 24-hour rule.

Consider this: Since Smith’s arrival in 2008, the Falcons are 16-3 in games after a loss. Since 2009, they’re 8-0.

 “We really do flush it after 24 hours,’’ said defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who batted down two third-quarter
passes, had two quarterback hurries and two tackles for a loss. “We have a great leader in Mike Smith. Whatever he tells us
to do, we do. We’ve seen the results of his 24-hour rule and I think that’s why we buy into it totally.’’

You can’t argue with the results. But Smith, who was more than willing to step up and take the blame last week, wasn’t
standing around and take the credit this week. Instead, he pointed at his players.

“It says a lot about the guys,’’ Smith said. “Regardless of the outcome, we know it’s a long season. Regardless of the
outcome, we have to move on to the next football game. Our guys have done an outstanding job since we’ve been here.
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That’s one of the things from the very first day that we got together, we talked about what the formula for being a
successful football team is and one of the things is to put defeats behind you and move to the next ball game. Our guys
really have bought into that. We don’t let things linger.’’

There’s no doubt the players deserve plenty of credit for bouncing back against the Titans.

“We have a mature locker room and we have a group of guys that understand what it takes to be a professional,’’ Ryan
said. “You’re going to have some tough losses and you need to move on from that. I think, collectively, all 53 guys and our
practice-squad guys take that to heart and that’s probably the reason why.’’

The maturity of Atlanta’s players may set the Falcons apart from a lot of teams. The Falcons have some very strong
leadership from veterans like Babineaux, tight end Tony Gonzalez and center Todd McClure. Some younger guys, like Ryan
and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton also have emerged as very strong leaders.

“When our backs are against the wall, everybody gets locked in and we are on the same page,’’ Lofton said.

But the maturity of the coach might be what matters most. Just as an example, let’s compare Smith and the Falcons to
another NFC South team. Let’s compare the Falcons to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris took a lot of criticism after last week’s loss to Houston. He spent a lot of the past week
firing back at critics, criticizing some of his own players and talking about how difficult Tampa Bay’s schedule has been. No
matter how much Morris said he had moved on from the Houston loss, he hadn’t. The Bucs went up to Green Bay on
Sunday and lost to the Packers. Tampa Bay now is on a four-game losing streak. At 4-6, the Bucs’ hopes of a playoff berth
are fading away.

After the loss to New Orleans, Smith took way more criticism than Morris; Smith didn’t respond a single time. He never
singles out players for criticism and you’ll never hear him using anything that sounds remotely like an excuse.

That’s why the Falcons still are very much in the NFC South race. The Falcons are far from flawless and they’ve yet to be
very consistent this season. But you look at their roster and you look at their coach and it’s not all that hard to imagine
everything suddenly clicking, maybe at just the right time. The rest of their schedule really isn't that difficult and they've got
a rematch in New Orleans the day after Christmas.

The Falcons have faced some adversity, but they still have their heads well above water. That’s why anything remains
possible for this team. Smith is the reason for that.

“Mike Smith is a guy of positivity and passion,’’ Dimitroff said. “He’s a guy that is so competitive. Mix all those things
together and that’s what he presents to the players, day in day out and game in, game out. The players feel that he has
their back and I think it’s vice versa that they have his back.’’

Smith is a model of consistency. With that kind of example every day, maybe the Falcons will become a consistently good
team before this season is over.
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Falcons coach Mike Smith eagerly awaits season
FLOWERY BRANCH — Four years ago, only the well informed football cognoscenti knew Jacksonville’s defensive
coordinator on a first name basis.

The unassuming Mike Smith would join the Falcons as the head coach in January 2008 and promptly become the first
person to lead the franchise to three consecutive winning seasons.

But after winning the NFC South title and earning the No. 1 seed for the playoffs last season, Smith is eager to get the 2011
campaign underway.

The sooner the ball is kicked off in Chicago at 1 p.m. Sunday, the better. He wants to get the lingering bad taste from a loss
to Green Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs and a long summer of NFL labor strife in his rearview mirror.

“I don’t like to talk about it,” Smith admitted.

Recently there was a T shirt in the Falcons’ locker room showing the score (48 21) of the loss to Green Bay and the word
“Unacceptable.”

“I don’t know much about the T shirt,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “This is the first that I’ve seen it. For me, that’s kind of
last year’s deal. Everybody was, at the time, disappointed with how it finished up.

“But you have to use those things the right way. You have to use it as motivation, you have to learn from it, and I think guys
have done that. Now, we need to put that behind us and focus on Sunday.”

Smith has moved on. He would rather focus on the 2011 season and the promise it holds for the Falcons, who at least one
pundit is picking to win the Super Bowl.

“I’m excited about Year Four because of the unfinished business from Year Three,” Smith said. “Each and every year brings
new opportunities. We’ve got great opportunities this year in a way that we put together our offseason. I’m looking
forward to seeing our guys go out and compete.”

The loss dropped Smith’s record to 0 2 in the playoffs. He has amassed a 33 15 regular season mark and is closing in on Dan
Reeves (49) and Leeman Bennett (46) for most wins in franchise history.

Only three other coaches, George Seifert (38 10), Chuck Knox (34 8) and Barry Switzer (34 14) have better records than
Smith over their first three seasons in the NFL.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank honored Smith’s success with a three year contract extension in February that runs through
2013.

“Smitty’s the total package,” Blank said. “He has strong leadership skills and experience and a track record to back it up.
He’s a man of high character and integrity, and he’s highly respected by our players.”

After the Bobby Petrino experiment in 2007, the Falcons interviewed Rex Ryan, who went on take a job with the New York
Jets in 2009. Blank also interviewed Leslie Frazier, who was named Minnesota’s head coach this offseason.

Most folks had heard of Ryan, because of his father is former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, and Frazier, a former player with the
Chicago Bears. Smith had quietly put together a stellar resume in Baltimore and Jacksonville.
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“When Mike joined us in 2008, he promised fans a hard nosed, physical style of football — aggressive on offense and
explosive on defense,” Blank said. “Smitty has delivered that — and then some.”

Smith has used a stern hand and clear messages to become the first person to lead the Falcons to three consecutive
winning seasons.

But he wants more.

“I think that we’ve continued to add parts and pieces to the defensive side of the football,” Smith said. “We are very
familiar with one another. I think we are a faster unit than we were last year. That’s one thing that we said, that we wanted
to become a faster and more urgent unit. We wanted to help our pass rush. I think that we’ve addressed that as well.”

Defending the NFC South title will be the first step for the Falcons. But after two trips to the playoffs over the past three
seasons, Smith appears to have the Falcons ready for a deep run into the playoffs.

Smith has a Super Bowl ring from his days as the linebackers coach with the Baltimore Ravens. He wouldn’t mind getting
one to match it as a head coach.

“I want our football team to be known as a smart, aggressive, physically tough football team that is going to go out and
compete every time that they step out on the field,” Smith said.
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Pursuit of title drives Falcons DE Abraham.
The biggest difference with this year's Falcons isn't tangible, DE John Abraham told PFW.

It's not the personnel, although the roster received two big upgrades in rookie WR Julio Jones and DE Ray Edwards thanks
to the aggressive offseason maneuvering of GM Thomas Dimitroff, who clearly believes the time is now for his team.

Abraham, entering his 12th season and sixth with the Falcons, senses the hunger to get over the hump is greater than ever
in Atlanta.

"The only thing about this year is we probably have a bigger chip (on our shoulder) than the year before," Abraham said.

The Falcons were sent home in the playoffs without a win for the second time in three seasons on Jan. 15, when the
Packers dealt them a devastating 48 21 loss. Atlanta is looking for its first playoff win since the '04 season.

"It's tough," Abraham said. "A couple years before we played Arizona in the playoffs and end up losing. They end up going
to the Super Bowl and then Green Bay came to our house and pretty much handed us whatever we could take and they end
up being Super Bowl champs.

"It kind of sticks in your mind. … It feels a little worse when the team that beats you ends up going to the ultimate game."

Abraham, a two time All Pro and four time Pro Bowler, has achieved rare individual success. He finished fifth in the league
with 13 sacks last season and is 10 sacks away from moving into second on the Falcons' all time sack list.

But Abraham turned 33 in May and might not have many seasons left. He never has been on a team that made it past the
divisional round. Entering his contract year, he said winning is more important to him than money at this point in his career.

One of his priorities during training camp was helping to instill that sense of urgency in the team's young D linemen.

"I'm trying to harp on them about how serious it is and how important it is for us older guys to get there this year,"
Abraham said. "… I'm going to do a lot more pushing. If I need to be (an) ass about it, I'm going to because I know we have a
good thing going here and I don't want (the defensive line) to be the reason we don't get there."

A leadership position is one Abraham says he didn't always feel comfortable in. That has changed over the past few
seasons.

"A lot of times before I didn't want to be the guy to stand up and say stuff because I didn't want to put ripples in the water,
but now I don't care," he said. "I'm 33 now. I've been in the league. I've proven myself so I feel like I have the right to tell
certain people certain things. If they get mad, oh well. … We're going in a very positive direction and I'm trying to make sure
everybody understands that getting it now is really better than trying to get it later."

Younger players apparently have been receptive to the message. Roles and jobs on the D line are up for grabs this
preseason and Abraham said he doesn't think motivation is an issue.

"I really feel like no one has a choice," he said. "I'm not trying to call one guy out. We have 15 guys in that room right now,
nobody has a (guaranteed) seat in that room right now. Even me. I feel like I still have to prove myself. I think everybody in
the room feels that way. We might keep eight, nine guys, so almost half the room might be gone.
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"I don't think anybody needs a fire under him right now. I feel like everybody feels like there is pressure on their back. My
pressure is more just to lead and be the guy they can come to and talk to."

Abraham said he hasn't spent much time looking beyond this season. He said he loves Atlanta and being close to South
Carolina, where he was born and raised. He expects to continue living in the area long after his playing days are over, but
told his agent, Richard Rosa, not to talk to the Falcons about a contract extension until this season is over.

"I told my agent don't talk to them about an extension or anything," Abraham said. "Let's just have a good time this year.
I'm old. I don't want to have that thing lingering with me for the whole season. A lot of guys try to handle it during the
season and they don't produce like they should. I don't want to go through that. I just want to play football and have a good
time."

Celebrating a title, rather than a new contract, sounds better to Abraham at this stage of his career.

"There's a bigger goal for me than just getting more money," he said. "I really want a championship."
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Falcons veteran DE John Abraham feeling fresh in camp
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — These used to be the dog days of summer, when weary legs and aching shoulders reminded John
Abraham of the physical cost required for his profession. Those reminders will still come, especially on Monday mornings
after the real games begin .

Yet for now, in the middle of training camp, Abraham, 33, has never felt better.

"This is what, our 15th practice?" the Atlanta Falcons' defensive end said after a no pads session last week. "I feel great.
Before, the 15th practice was probably within the first seven days or so of camp. So I feel a lot fresher."

Abraham, prepping for his 12th NFL season, looked pretty fresh, too, beaming and barely sweating as he stood on the edge
of the practice field. Revised work rules instituted with the new labor deal, aimed to reduce wear and tear, have eliminated
two a day contact practices. You don't have to venture far in any NFL camp to find a veteran expressing summer bliss over
that development.

The rules, pushed forward during labor talks by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth and Indianapolis Colts
center Jeff Saturday, limit teams to a maximum of 4 1/2 hours on the field during camp. On days with two practices, one
must be a walk through session without helmets. Padded practices longer than three hours are prohibited.

"The young guys don't know how good they have it," said Abraham. "They didn't come in like I did, when there were two a
day practices every day in full pads. It was crazy. Now, with one padded practice per day, I'm loving this."

Abraham, an explosive pass rusher who was fifth in the NFL last season with 13 sacks, broke into the league with the Bill
Parcells influenced New York Jets in 2000. He says he regards his rookie year camp under coach Al Groh his most grueling
ever.

" I was trying to learn everything," he remembered. "I was on every special team, and played with the first string defense,
second string and sometimes the third string. And every day there was a lot of hitting. I think we had just two short
practices all summer. It was tough."

Was there at least some value with the tougher camps?

"I think it toughens you up to a certain extent, but I also think it wears you down," said Abraham, a four time Pro Bowl
selection who missed eight games in 2006 and nine games in 2003 due to injuries. "At the end of the year, it kind of catches
up to you.

"I really won't be able to tell the difference until this year is over with, but as of now, in the midst of training camp, I know
it's a lot easier to wake up in the morning. It doesn't take as much preparation to get up and get ready to practice."

Right tackle Tyson Clabo, a seventh year pro, contends that his legs are just as tired as they were during camp last year. Yet
with the collisions in the trenches reduced, Clabo says, "My shoulders, my wrists and my hands don't hurt as bad."

The effects of the new camp regimen could be better illuminated over time. Players believe that careers will ultimately be
extended and that they stand a better chance of leaving the game healthier. In the shorter term, however, coaches are
trying to gauge whether their teams will be as football ready when the season begins — especially after the 132 day
lockout wiped out the typical offseason team workouts.

Heading into the preseason opener, for example, Falcons coach Mike Smith was interested to find out how his defense
would handle live tackling for the first time all summer.
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"No doubt, teams will still be ready," declared Abraham, whose 102 1/2 career sacks ranks second among active players. "If
you're a trained athlete, like most of us are, you'll be prepared. Now the young guys might take a little longer to catch up,
learning the terminology and things, but for the older guys it's the same thing. It's football."

Abraham, fresh and active, sure had his big play presence intact against the Miami Dolphins on Friday night. He dropped
into coverage and intercepted Chad Henne's first pass, which led to a Falcons touchdown.

The big picture for Abraham involves helping the Falcons avenge their abrupt playoff exit . Despite a 13 3 regular season
record that earned them the top seed in the NFC playoffs, the Falcons were trounced in their postseason opener by the
eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

"Hopefully, we gained some experience from that," Abraham said. "I'm going into my 12th year and it was good for me, too.
It showed me that just because you feel that you can go all the way doesn't mean that you will. I think we can grow from
that."
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Babineaux the unsung hero of Falcons' defensive line
FLOWERY BRANCH — For someone so quiet, Jonathan Babineaux makes a lot of noise.

The tackle has grown into a disruptive force in the middle of the Falcons’ defensive line. Ends John Abraham and free agent
signee Ray Edwards grab much of the attention, but Babineaux might be the unsung hero of the unit.

Defensive end and good friend Chauncey Davis described Babineaux as ‘very quiet — on and off the field.’ However, his
play speaks volumes.

“He really helps the ends out because if you don’t have a good inside presence, someone who can push the pocket up
inside so the quarterback can’t just step up inside when he wants to, the ends wouldn’t get very many sacks,” Falcons
defensive line coach Ray Hamilton said. “He does a good job of keeping the quarterback from moving up in the pocket.”

Babineaux, a second round draft pick from Iowa in 2005, has steadily improved in his six seasons. He finished with 31
tackles, including four sacks, last season, according to statistics kept by the coaching staff. That was fourth among Falcons
defensive lineman. Six of his tackles were for a loss.

Babineaux credits a stable coaching staff, in place for a fourth season, for his progress.

“We had two different coaches prior and two different schemes,” Babineaux said. “This scheme that I’m in now, I feel free. I
feel they utilize my talent, letting me get on the edge of guys and letting me create disruption in the backfield. I have a good
time out there doing it.”

Babineaux has 254 tackles, 18 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in his career. One
of those fumble recoveries came in the end zone last season against the Seahawks for his only career touchdown.

In 2009, Babineaux led the Falcons with six sacks and had a career high 58 tackles. The previous year he ranked fourth in
the NFL in tackles for a loss with 9.5, according to STATS, Inc.

“It is my responsibility to do my job every time I step on the field,” Babineaux said. “They gave me the opportunity, and
every time I come out here I take advantage of it. I work my butt off every year to get better.”

The Falcons had trouble against the pass last season. They ranked 22nd in the NFL in the category. Against the rush, it was a
different story. They ranked 10th in the league, allowing 105.9 yards per game on the ground. Babineaux’s presence in the
middle was one reason why the unit was so successful.

According to Hamilton, Babineaux has an uncommon ability as a football player. He can take what he learns in practice and
apply it in games. It’s not something every player can do.

“He works hard every day, every play,” Hamilton said. “Then in the game he plays the same way. Some guys work hard in
practice but in the game they can’t take it to the next level. He does that. The small little details about his position, he soaks
all that in and learns in and does it. Some guys will learn something but are scared to try it in a game.”

Hamilton said Babineaux also is aided by his knowledge of the opposing offensive schemes.

Babineaux doesn’t consider himself the unsung hero of the defensive line — just a member of a “family.”
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“My role is to be disruptive, get pressure on the quarterback, anchor the inside and try to make a lot of plays in the
backfield,” he said. “We always have to be on the same page because we rely on each other play in and play out. We may
have a stunt with the end coming inside, and I have to come around and contain. We swap positions when we do stunts, so
we all have to be accountable to each other.”
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NFL bro inspires Douglas' determination
Day 145 of the NBA lockout arrived this morning, and the prospects of having a season are looking grimmer and grimmer as
an antitrust lawsuit sits on the table.

But even with long term uncertainty casting an ominous shadow over the NBA players, some of them are preparing today
as if a new CBA will be ratified at any moment and the opening tip will come later this week.

One of those guys is Knicks combo guard Toney Douglas, who's been unusually focused in his efforts by maintaining a close
proximity to the team's training ground.

While many of the Knicks are currently either back in their hometown, temporarily living in Los Angeles or exploring new
interests like Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, Douglas has hardly left New York. He is committed to staying on
track with an early morning workout routine at Brewster High (Brewster, N.Y.), only 40 minutes from the Knicks' training
facility in Tarrytown.

During the week, Douglas has been focusing on improving his outside shot, ball handling, conditioning, strength,
explosiveness and different offensive moves to get to free throw line more this (potential) season. Not only that, Douglas is
pushing through therapy sessions to heal his right shoulder, which was surgically repaired in May after the Knicks were
swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Celtics.

So why the relentless pursuit with almost a fully cemented wall in front of the players? Three words, "Don't let up," from
his older brother of two years, Harry, 27, who is now a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons.

"He was in the same situation [during the NFL lockout] and he kept working with his teammates," Toney said. "He told me,
'You never know when a deal can get done. You just want to make sure that you’re always prepared.'"

Harry instilled that persistence in Toney when they were both teens, especially through his physical play on the football
field at Jonesboro High (Jonesboro, Ga.). At first, Toney wasn't flattered by Harry's rough behavior with him, but he soon
realized the impact it could have on his basketball development, from playing aggressively on offense to defending like a pit
bull to diving for loose balls.

That mentality helped Toney excel in high school, flourish at Florida State and become the Knicks' go to sixth man last
season, even while battling an injury that required an eventual operation. Unbeknownst to fans, he was playing through a
torn labrum in his shooting shoulder during the latter part of the second half of 2010 11, and he still led the league in 3
pointers made after the All Star break (68).

"My brother always used to try to bully me because he was the big brother, but he made me tougher and play physical,"
Toney said. "He loved football because he’s a physical guy. He’d always beat me at the house playing one on one and stuff
like that. He'd foul me and we’d go back and forth, and my dad used to be like, 'Ya’ll chill out, ya’ll chill out' (laughs). But
[Harry] made me a better player and a better person."

Harry also helped Toney stay focused on the court, like having him make a certain number of outside shots and then sink 10
free throws in a row. On the gridiron, Toney, who never padded up competitively in high school but says he can throw "65,
70 yards easily," heaved passes to Harry when he practiced his different routes.

Not only were they were inseparable growing up, also playing baseball and running track, they starred in the backcourt
together at Jonesboro High from 2002 to 2004. The "Dynamic Duo," as people would call them, led the Cardinals to back to
back state championship games in the two years before Harry graduated. While Harry averaged 20.5 ppg, 4.5 apg and 3.0
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rpg as a senior, Toney was even better as a junior, averaging 28.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 4.0 apg. From time to time, they'll watch
videos of their old games and reminisce how exciting it was and how unstoppable they were.

"We used to drive and kick, shoot threes and everything," Toney said. "My brother was very athletic. He would always dunk
and we’d do the run and gun together. We had a real special moment in high school playing together."

"I know teams used to play a Triangle 2 on me and my brother, but that didn’t work (laughs), especially with him being so
good," Harry said. "There were times they would try and put a Triangle 2 on him, put two people on him, and that’s when I
scored like 30 points or what not. When a team came out and played man, that definitely didn’t work (laughs). Then if they
played zone, he was such a good shooter and had range. He would shoot the ball at NBA range. It was a lot of fun. It was
tough for teams to try to stay on both of us."

While they were swishin' and dishin', Toney and Harry talked about taking their collective talents to the same college
campus in fact, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was recruiting Harry for basketball but they were both too involved in
their respective sports. At one point, though, it came close to happening when they were underclassmen.

"My brother’s junior year, my senior year of high school, he committed to Auburn," Harry said. "When I committed to
Louisville for football, and [head coach] John L. Smith left and went to Michigan State, I actually was going to go to Auburn
and play football and basketball. But [head coach] Bobby Petrino went to Louisville, so that’s why I just stayed."

Their commitment to their craft paid off. The Knicks made Toney the 29th pick in the 2009 NBA draft, and Harry was
selected in the third round by the Falcons in 2008. The Douglases became only the sixth set of brothers to play in the NBA
and the NFL. Coincidentally, with Toney coming off his best season, averaging 10.6 points and only missing one regular
season game, Harry is now having his best campaign. In 10 games so far, he has 29 receptions for 383 yards, and in Week 10
he had a career high eight catches for 133 yards. He's just awaiting his first touchdown of the year.

"I’m so proud of him and his work ethic," Toney said. "That’s one reason why my work ethic the way it is, him being a big
brother to me, telling me a lot of things. When he first got into the league, and I was in college, he prepared me with my
work ethic, even though he played football. He told me, 'Always stay humble.' He wants to become the best player that he
can be. I take that from him."

Typically during the fall, because they're both in season, they only see each other a couple of times and not during the
holidays because one of them has a game. But they make sure to talk and text every day. Not surprising, it's usually Harry
who is the one still giving advice. For 11 a.m. Knicks practices during the days Harry has a game, Toney makes it a priority to
get to the team's training center at 8:30 to shoot around and not after, so he won't miss the Falcons' opening kick off.

But now, since Toney is in lockout mode, he's been able to hang out with Harry down in Atlanta more often. In fact, Toney
has attended a couple of his games along with their father, Harry Sr., mother, Stephanie, and older sister, Jamila, 29.

Because of the NFL schedule, Harry has more ample time to watch Toney in person, and he becomes a regular at MSG come
January unless, of course, the Falcons are fighting for a Super Bowl appearance. This past NBA season, Toney really
impressed Harry by sticking to the older bro's blueprint.

"I think, the first thing, he is a focused person. And me being so close to him, I know he works hard," Harry said. "When you
look at him play, he’s not just an offensive player; he’s a defensive player. He can score, he can play defense, he can get
assists, he can rebound; everything you need on the basketball court, he can do it. It’s very rare you find a player who can
score just as well as he plays defense."
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Toney knows fans are aching to see the upgraded Knicks return to the newly renovated Garden, but he also knows he may
never have this extended time again in his career to be with his brother. Even though they have polar opposite
personalities (Toney is quiet, while Harry is outgoing), they say their differences balance out well when they're together,
and sometimes they still get mistaken for twins. Most importantly, they call themselves "best friends," and even though
Harry was the instiller, they both were big believers in each other.

"A lot of people actually didn’t believe in me and my brother, but we always believed in each other," Harry said. "We always
worked hard and we knew that one day the hard work had to pay off somewhere. It was fortunate that we both were able
to make it to the professional level and play our sport, and we just thank God every day for it."
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Douglas could become Falcons’ big play weapon
In a lineup that includes a future Hall of Fame tight end, a wide receiver who led the NFL in catches in 2010, and another for
whom the Atlanta Falcons surrendered a veritable king's ransom to draft in the first round of this year's draft, fourth year
veteran Harry Douglas(notes) might be easy to overlook.

But the former third round draft choice, seemingly fully recovered from the knee surgery that wiped out his '09 season
completely and left him with a marked drop in quickness in 2010, could well be the key to the Falcons' much publicized
pursuit of a more explosive passing game in 2011.

"He's back and that really gives us an element we never really had (in 2010)," acknowledged Falcons' quarterback Matt
Ryan(notes) after last Saturday's preseason loss at Pittsburgh. "People are going to concentrate on stopping Roddy (White),
or Julio (Jones), or Tony (Gonzalez) … and Harry is kind of the X factor. We're counting on him again to make a lot of plays."

Through three preseason games, Douglas has done that and then some. He is tied with Jones, the potential difference
maker for whom the Falcons moved up to draft at the top of the first round, with a team high eight receptions. More
important, Douglas has averaged 20.6 yards per catch, has scored twice, and has provided Atlanta with a viable slot receiver
and an added third down option.

There are several excellent slot receivers in the league—Danny Amendola(notes) (St. Louis), Wes Welker(notes) (New
England), Austin Collie(notes) (Indianapolis) and Jason Avant(notes) (Philadelphia), led the NFL in receptions by a slot
receiver in '10—but not many, if any, possess Douglas' speed.

The position demands more quickness than speed, the ability to run through traffic in the middle of the field, and to beat
the single coverage often afforded slot players. Douglas possesses all the prerequisite attributes. And his speed permits the
former Louisville standout and two time All Big East performer to be more than just a guy who moves the chains.

Of the top five pass catching slot receivers in 2010, none averaged more than 12 yards per reception. Amendola and
Welker each averaged less than 10 yards. Avant and Amendola scored only four touchdowns between them.

Douglas has a 76 yard touchdown reception in the preseason and has authored three of the Falcons' eight pass plays of
more than 19 yards.

The key, Douglas said after the preseason loss to the Steelers, is the return of the speed he flashed in his 2008 rookie
campaign, his confidence in his knee, and the fact he can simply react again after having spent a campaign thinking too
much.

"When you play confident, you play fast, and the knee feeling so good has allowed me to do that," Douglas said. "It's so
much better than a year ago. I can play now and not think about it."

Douglas, 26, registered 23 catches for 320 yards as a rookie in 2008, and seemed on his way to becoming a real force for the
Falcons in '09, when he suffered a season ending anterior cruciate injury to his left knee on the fifth day of camp that year.
A diligent rehabilitation program put him back on the field for 2010, but he wasn't the same player, despite catching 22
balls for 294 yards, even though he played in all 16 games, with four starts.

Because of injuries, Douglas frequently had to play one of the outside receiver spots in '10. He is much more effective
working from the slot.
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Two years removed from the surgery now, Douglas is playing fast again. The return to health of the Jonesboro, Ga., native is
one of the primary reasons the Falcons are so confident they can be more impactful in the passing game in 2011. As noted
by The Sports Xchange in several previous columns, Atlanta had the second fewest completions for 20 yards or more (32) in
the NFL in 2010. Coach Mike Smith and his staff, and even players, have made "explosive" the operative word for the
offseason and training camp.

Getting Jones in the first round, after the trade with Cleveland, certainly will add to the team's big play capabilities. But
having Douglas at 100 percent, everyone seems to agree, will have a significant impact as well.

The three year veteran was well schooled in a sophisticated pass game while playing at Louisville and, while not particularly
big (6 feet 0, 183 pounds), can take a pounding running between the seams. Plus his speed and ability to get upfield make it
difficult to check him with just one player.

Ironically, it was during the lockout, when Douglas couldn't work with the team's medical staff and trainers, that the
surgically repaired knee began to feel whole. In the club's unofficial drills, which Ryan primarily organized, Douglas
acknowledged he quit consciously thinking about the knee injury, put the surgery in the rear view mirror, and left
defenders in his wake as well.

"Things just started coming naturally again," Douglas said. "It's my fourth year in this offense, and the learning curve part is
over. Time again to start making plays."

And, in a passing game with a lot of bigger names, to make his own mark.
Ray edwaRds
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Rugged Ray Edwards ready to rumble
FLOWERY BRANCH — In need of a pass rushing defensive end, the signing of Ray Edwards on July 29 was hailed as another
shrewd move by Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Edwards was considered the No. 2 free agent at the position by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and signed a five year, $30
million contract.

Edwards had 20.5 sacks over the past two seasons (including playoff games). He had knee surgery over the offseason, but
played in the final two exhibition games and showed flashes of his skills.

In a Q&A with The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Edwards discussed his plans for the season and how he plans to utilize his
speed and power to terrorize quarterbacks on the Falcons’ schedule.

Q: Can you sum how it’s been since signing with the Falcons?

A: It’s been great. We’ve had some great times. I’m just learning the whole defense. It’s fun being around some great guys.

Q: What are the expectations for you this season?

A: I definitely have to apply pressure and make plays. I have to do great things; me, John [Abraham], [Jonathan] Babineaux
and the whole front line. We just have to go to work.

Q: How would you describe your style of play?

A: Rugged! I just try to pattern my game after Reggie White and Michael Strahan. Those are two guys that I look up to in the
game because we have a similar build and everything. I just trying to bring that intensity to the game.

Q: Do you trace your interest in boxing to growing up in Cincinnati, which has a rich boxing tradition?

A: Hawk Time! Aaron Pryor, baby. Just being from the Midwest in general, Kronks Gym and Tommy Hearns [out of Detroit]
and all of those guys. That’s just the way it is. I grew up around it and always had a love for it.

Q: When did you start focusing on football?

A: I played everything growing up. Then, when college started coming around, I picked football.

Q: How did you end up at Purdue?

A: I had a great visit with Shaun Phillips [of the San Diego Chargers], and he kind of just became my mentor. We grew
together and had a great bond to our relationship. That’s what I was looking for when I wanted to get away from home.
That’s how they got me. That’s DE U! We are all in the league. We have a lot of defensive ends in the league. It was a no
brainer.

Q: How is your style and John Abraham’s style blending together?

A: We are just trying to work off of each other. We are both pretty fast off the edge. I’m a little bit stronger than him. I
know that my rush is a little bit different than his, but we just try to play off of each other. If I see him high, I’ll try to go low.
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If I see him high, I’ll try to go low. That way we can on different levels so wherever the quarterback goes, we can hopefully
capitalize on it.

Q: How is the defense coming together going into the season opener?

A: It looks good. We are all really working off of each other. [Babineaux] is doing well getting a push up the middle. So is
Peria [Jerry] and the other guys. We are coming together. I think we are all getting on the same page.
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Edwards: Prepared for season with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — For most of the last 18 days, Falcons fans could only wonder what defensive end Ray Edwards —
the team's biggest offseason free agent signing — has been able to do.

Coming off offseason knee surgery, which the team has deemed minor, fans mostly had to marvel at Edwards' impressive 6
foot 5, 268 pound physique as one would admire a statue. Slowly, the Falcons have begun to integrate Edwards, who had
eight sacks last year with Minnesota, into practice as he rehabbed.

Ironically, now that practices are closed with the team having broken camp on Sunday, the big defensive end is taking more
snaps. Depending on how things go, Edwards could see his first preseason action on Saturday at Pittsburgh. Traditionally,
the third preseason game is the one in which the starters play the most plays and also the only one for which coaches
actually game plan.

"Yeah, again, we've been ramping up Ray's work each and every day," Falcons head coach Mike Smith after practice on
Monday afternoon. "I thought today he got probably half the snaps, which is more than he's had, so, again, we continue to
expose him to more reps."

For his part, Edwards said that he is ready to go on Saturday.

"Got to ask about coach about that," Edwards said of whether he would play. "It's up to him. And if I do, I'm ready to go."

Edwards added, "I've been ready."

So while his teammates have had, in some cases, almost four weeks of sweltering in the heat to get ready for the season,
Edwards has not. He said his conditioning would not be an issue.

"I condition well," he said. "I don't really worry about conditioning because, I mean, I train all offseason for the long haul
and the football season, so I'm not worried about my conditioning."

While offseason conditioning can help to compensate for training camp conditioning, one thing that cannot be duplicated is
reps to learn the team's scheme. That is where Edwards might have some catching up to do, but Smith said the player is on
track.

Smith said that defensive end is no different from any other position in terms of learning the scheme and that defensive
line coach Ray Hamilton has helped out Edwards in that department.

"I think all of the positions basically have the same learning curve because it's a whole new verbiage that he has to learn,"
Smith said. "There's only so many techniques that you can do whether you're a wide receiver or a running back, linebacker
or a defensive end. The big thing is just learning the verbiage because it happens so quickly out there on the field. But I
don't feel like it's any different than any other position on the field.

"Ray has done a real good job when he first got here of working with Ray Hamilton and we hope that we get to see him
here over the next couple of weeks.

While he said that he would have to adjust to the team's philosophy of rotating players in on the defensive line — as he was
accustomed to playing the whole game — Edwards said the team's scheme is "pretty straight forward."
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"Just a couple of different things and I think I got that down now and I'm ready to go out there and play ball," he said. "I
picked up the scheme pretty well."

In terms of his offseason conditioning, Edwards said part of what helps him is boxing. He took part in a professional bout
during the lockout in May, winning a unanimous decision in four rounds.

"Absolutely, boxing helps you with a lot of things," he said. "It helps you with your footwork, it helps you with your hands,
seeing guys trying to punch you, so it helps you out a lot."

Edwards was asked on Monday how he injured his right knee. He responded, "next question."

Asked if it were related to his boxing, he said, "No, just something that had to get done."

As it is now time for his football career.
tony gonzalez
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Redefining a Position, With 15 Years of Catches
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The N.F.L. tight end once belonged to the brotherhood of big uglies — unheralded offensive
linemen whose main duties were confined to blocking, not flinching before the snap and not being caught holding. What
distinguished him from peers was the sporadic pass aimed his way.

The paragon of the contemporary tight end is evident at the Atlanta Falcons’ complex. Tony Gonzalez reels in balls thrown
before, during and after practice by the assistant coach Andrew Weidinger. The passes arrive at all angles — high, low, wide
— as many as a hundred daily.

“He’s got a horrible arm,” Gonzalez said affectionately. “You never know where it’s coming.”

That fits Gonzalez’s desire to simulate game conditions, in which not every pass is a bull’s eye. The drill has helped him
accrue 1,119 catches in his career, trailing only Jerry Rice, a wide receiver, who had 1,549.

That a tight end in his 15th season ranks second amazes those acquainted with the roots of the position.

“I never, ever imagined one would have that many receptions,” says Ken Herock, a professional tight end for six seasons in
the 1960s who has since worked as an N.F.L. scout, coach, personnel director, general manager and predraft tutor.

The position’s transformation was accelerated, if not partly ignited, by pro football’s reinvention as a passing sport. Tight
ends are stationed in the slot and at the wing. They are sent in motion, these supersize receivers, and race downfield on
post patterns once reserved for lithe wideouts.

“In the prehistoric dinosaur days, they always lined up at the line of scrimmage,” next to a tackle, Herock said while
laughingly recalling that a pass was thrown his way about once a game just to make him feel involved.

During the ’90s and early 2000s, Shannon Sharpe was the exception. His 815 career receptions paced tight ends until
Gonzalez whizzed past.

“When I got into the league, if a tight end caught 20 passes, he had a good season,” said Sharpe, a Hall of Famer and cast
member of “The NFL Today” on CBS who is friendly enough with Gonzalez to exchange barbs about their blocking.

“Now they are so athletic,” added Sharpe, whom Gonzalez considers the quintessential pass catching tight end. “And they
can run. This is the greatest group of tight ends in the history of the game.”

Its ringleader is Gonzalez, who defies the big ugly stereotype of an interior lineman even though he could bench press most
wideouts. If a laboratory designed the ideal human, he might look like Gonzalez. Body fat is almost imperceptible on his
250 pound frame, and with his handsome features, he could be a stand in for the actor Dwayne Johnson, the former
football player and professional wrestler known as the Rock.

Gonzalez, 35, breaks type for all N.F.L players, not just tight ends.

Once a vegan, he has moved toward the dietary mainstream, but beef — grass fed, of course — passes his lips no more
than monthly. He dispenses nutrition advice to teammates, opponents, Falcons employees — and an assistant coach who
has shed 35 pounds.

Gonzalez enjoys his sport but is not captive to it. He surfs and plays intense games of basketball, a sport he mastered in
college at California. When he and his original team, the Kansas City Chiefs, were at loggerheads over a new contract in
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2001, Gonzalez played on the Miami Heat summer league team and left convinced that the N.B.A. had missed out on the
next Charles Barkley.

He supported an anti fur campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, posing essentially nude with October
Gonzalez, whom he considers his wife. (They had a commitment ceremony in 2007.)

Gonzalez does not chase every available dollar. Early in his career, he said, he passed on $200,000 bonuses to stay at his
California home with his infant son, eschewing off season team workouts in Kansas City, Mo.

“Sometimes,” he said, uttering words that would be appropriate on his tombstone, “you’ve got to do what feels right.”

An intellectual curiosity guides Gonzalez, providing stress relief that might explain his football longevity.

“His well rounded approach to life is something that has truly kept him energized,” Falcons General Manager Thomas
Dimitroff said.

Gonzalez globe trots between seasons, most recently to Belgium and Germany. He reads books, two at a time — now a
social history of the Martin Luther King years and an exploration of human behavior.

Pour the multiple ethnicities on Gonzalez’s family tree into a blender and mix. This is what you get.

“I walk into a room and people wonder, ‘What is that guy?’ ” said Gonzalez, who was reared primarily in black culture in a
white neighborhood in Huntington Beach, Calif., and studied Spanish in Mexico during an off season.

“At our family reunions, about every nation is represented,” he said.

It takes more than zest and a mixed ancestry to endure a decade and a half in a league known for short careers. He has long
ingested vitamin supplements, immersing himself so deeply in the subject that he lent his expertise to the company All Pro
Science, of which Tony Gonzalez is a founder.

For tips on ways to replace fat with muscle, he can leaf through the book “The All Pro Diet,” of which Tony Gonzalez is a
writer.

The number that astonishes Gonzalez is not his receptions — or his 95 touchdowns.

“I couldn’t have fathomed somebody coming into the league and lasting 15 years,” he said.

His most staggering statistic went unmentioned: two. That is how many games he has missed with injuries, none since
2006. He is a beneficiary of the good times, having engaged less with physical defensive linemen “who used to be brutal on
tight ends,” said Dan Reeves, a pro player and coach for 39 seasons.

Gonzalez devised an off season fitness plan that includes 20 minutes daily on his backyard basketball court. He plays one
on none, cutting hard to the hoop, working up a serious sweat. If not for responsibilities to his supplements firm, he said he
would play pickup games more than once a week.

“I’m utterly convinced basketball has made me the player I am and continue to be,” said Gonzalez, a three year letterman
at California despite starting each season late because of football. He scored 23 points in his last college victory, against
Villanova in the N.C.A.A. tournament.
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The Chiefs traded up five spots in the first round to select him at No. 13 in 1997. Then came “basketball on grass,” Sharpe
said, with Gonzalez (and others) applying post up and box out moves to football.

The Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, now the Baltimore Ravens’ general manager, maintained that many fellow tight ends of
his era (1978 90) were just as adept at receiving. The difference, he said, is “today’s are bigger and faster coming out of
college.”

Reeves added that the popularization of the cover 2 defense opened routes for tight ends.

“You couldn’t double them up in it,” said Reeves, who retired as the Falcons’ coach after the 2003 season. “They are so
dadgum athletic.”

Nowadays, tight ends are a primary target on as many as 40 percent of pass plays, Newsome said. Gonzalez used the same
figure for the frequency of his being the chief or secondary option.

Rarely, if ever, in Newsome’s generation would a tight end cope with double teams. Now, Gonzalez said, he sees it more
than ever.

“It’s not fair,” he said.

Single coverage would seem unfair to a defender up against a 6 foot 5 strongman with flypaper hands like Gonzalez, whose
lofty place on the receptions honor roll should hold up for years. The nearest active player, Hines Ward, also 35, trails by
138.

Gonzalez reaches milestones almost every game. Last Sunday, he topped 13,000 receiving yards, in which he ranks 13th on
the career list.

But he never won a playoff game with the Chiefs, who traded him in 2009 to Atlanta. Now his contract is weeks from
expiring, he remains stuck on zero postseason victories, and he is uncertain about next season.

“It may depend on Matt,” Gonzalez said, turning to the fourth year quarterback Matt Ryan, the franchise cornerstone.
“Hey, Matt, you coming back next year?”

Ryan’s affirmative answer elicited a clue: Gonzalez smiled.
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Inside slant: Falcons' Tony Gonzalez has one goal remaining
DETROIT — Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is by all appearances a naturally humble team leader .

So it was somewhat surprising to hear Gonzalez issue a guarantee after reaching a career milestone in Sunday's 23-16 win
against the Detroit Lions.

"There's one thing I can guarantee you: Jerry Rice will not be caught," Gonzalez grinned. "I'm happy with second place."

It might be the last time Gonzalez settles for second best considering how driven he is to win an elusive Lombardi Trophy in
what will likely be his final season with the resurgent Falcons (4-3).

Gonzalez had just supplanted Cris Carter (1,101 receptions) and Marvin Harrison (1,102), two of the game's most
accomplished receivers. At 6-5, 247 pounds with deceptive speed and Velcro hands, the tight end has made a career of
risking his body down the middle of the field to make life easier for his quarterbacks. He's provided a role model for former
college basketball players turned tight ends including San Diego's Antonio Gates and New Orleans Saints pass catcher
Jimmy Graham.

"I guess I'm getting old any time you get up to these type of records," said Gonzalez, 35.

One thousand, one hundred and four catches. That total once seemed unfathomable for the former University of California
hoopster who helped point guard Jason Kidd take the Golden Bears to the 1997 Sweet 16 before he turned to football 15
seasons ago.

Gonzalez has defied age , catching at least 70 passes in 11 of the past 12 seasons. "Gonzo" is on pace for 80 catches and 10
touchdowns this season.

"He's amazing," Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson said. "To be second all-time to Jerry Rice? That's incredible.

"I'm honored to be playing on the same field with a player of Tony Gonzalez's caliber."

Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs 13th overall in 1997, Gonzalez has never stopped running all out down the seam or
working after practice.

Gonzalez has already transitioned to his athletic after-life as co-founder of All-Pro Science, a health supplement company
he has been running and promoting the past few offseasons.

Based on his remarkable longevity, Gonzalez has become a go-to nutritional guru for healthy diet and conditioning to
younger teammates.

"Tony Gonzalez is an All-Pro's pro," receiver Roddy White said. "He's a Hall of Famer already.

"It's not just catching balls. He does everything right. He's very consistent. He stays after practice, catching balls and comes
in early and does the weight room thing. He doesn't slack in any area of his game.

"He shows everybody what it takes to be in this league that long."

It's unfinished business that drove Gonzalez to return for another title shot after a bitter divisional playoff loss to the Green
Bay Packers last January.
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"I ask him every day, 'How does it feel to have 1,000 receptions?." White said. "Hopefully, I can get to that point one day. I
don't know I will. That's a long way away."

Gonzalez doesn't look his 35 years, dressed in a sharp brown striped suit, reflecting on a proud moment in a career that
began with 12 seasons as a Chief and the last three mentoring the young, Matt Ryan-led Falcons.

"This is something I share with everybody I've ever played with; all the great coordinators and quarterbacks — guys like
Trent Green, Rich Gannon, Elvis Grbac and finishing with a quarterback like Matt Ryan," Gonzalez said. "Guys like Marcus
Allen, guys like Warren Moon, Tony Richardson, Will Shields, they taught me to keep grinding every day."

Ryan appreciates a trusted, security blanket who helped him be ahead of the learning curve from the day the Falcons
selected him third overall in the 2008 draft.

"I'm happy for him," Ryan said. "Personally, it couldn't happen to a better person.

"He has worked hard for everything that's come his way. He has one of the best work ethics I've ever seen, never taking a
shortcut.

Gonzalez leads the Falcons with four touchdown catches and is second to White with 35 catches for 380 yards .

The receiver, 29, and his mentor are averaging 10.9 yards per catch despite the six years disparity between them.

After all those catches and more to come this season, there's only one thing still left to grab: "He deserves a Super Bowl
ring," Robinson said of the tight end who has yet to win a playoff game.
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Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez nears No. 2 all-time receiving spot
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is closing in on another major receiving milestone.

He needs four receptions when the Falcons face the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field to move into second place
all-time on the NFL’s receptions list.

Gonzalez currently ranks fourth with 1,099 catches. He could pass Cris Carter (1,101) and Marvin Harrison (1,102).

 “Yeah, it’s a big deal,” Gonzalez told the Associated Press on Thursday. “Obviously, during the game, whenever that time
comes, I’ll know when I catch that fourth one. I hold my own clock inside, but it’s one of those things, in the heat of the
battle, you can’t worry about that. I’ll probably relish on it after the game.”

At age 35, he likely doesn’t have enough time remaining in the league to catch Jerry Rice (1,549).

“Without a doubt, with no disrespect to any of the other tight ends, including Ozzie Newsome, who I know very well, I think
he’s probably the best tight end to ever play the game,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said Wednesday. “His work ethic is just
unbelievable. It will be quite an individual honor for Tony to become the second-leading guy.”

Gonzalez, an 11-time Pro Bowler, originally was drafted in the first round (13th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997.
He was traded to the Falcons for a second-round pick on April 23, 2009.

Gonzalez quickly integrated into the offense and caught 83 passes in 2009 and 70 last season. He has 30 catches and a
team-leading four touchdowns this season. He has caught at least 70 passes in 11 of the past 12 seasons.

 “He’s been incredible for my career,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “He’s done a lot for me both on the field and off the
field. I’m certainly glad that we got him a couple of years ago.”

Also, Gonzalez needs 5 yards receiving to move past Irving Fryar for 13th place on the career yards-receiving list with 12,786
yards.

“I quit the first year I played, but my brother made me get back out there,” Gonzalez said. “So for me to say I thought this
could ever happen is something I never imagined. It makes it that much sweeter to know that my family and my teammates
have been there to help me along the way.”

Because he’s going up against an old friend in Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, Gonzalez doesn’t expect
the four catches to come without a major tactical battle.

Gonzalez and Cunningham, known for his blitz packages, spent seven seasons together with the Chiefs.

“He’s over there calling the defenses, and I have a pretty good history with him and great respect for him,” Gonzalez said.

Cunningham is not calling blitzes as much as he did when he was Kansas City’s coordinator from 1995-98 and 2004-08.

“I haven’t seen that on film,” Gonzalez said. “I haven’t seen too much of it all. But he still has his style, where it’s going to be
man-to-man, up in your face and letting that front seven or front four get after that quarterback. He likes that. That’s
probably why he’s not blitzing — because he doesn’t have to.”
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Going into each game, Gonzalez expects to receive some extra attention from a safety and a linebacker. The teams that
have left him in single coverage this season have paid dearly.

He had seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns playing against Philadelphia, which deploys the same wide-tackle
defense that Cunningham runs with Detroit.

“Going into the Carolina game, I thought there was some big opportunities because of what [New Orleans’ Jimmy] Graham
was able to do to them the week before, but they kind of closed that up when I got there.”

Gonzalez had a few tips on how the Lions might try to play him.

“The luxury that I have right now is that they did play against [San Francisco’s] Vernon Davis last week and [Tampa Bay’s]
Kellen Winslow early,” Gonzalez said. “They want to get physical. I don’t expect him to treat me any differently than how he
treated those two.”

Davis, a Pro Bowler in 2009, was held to two catches for 8 yards last week. Winslow caught six passes for 66 yards against
Detroit on Sept. 11.

Gonzalez doesn’t expect Ryan to force passes into him.

“Their defense presents a problem,” Gonzalez said. “They get after the quarterback really well. Their front four is
exceptional. You want to make sure that you keep Matt clean. Keep him healthy and upright so that he can get the ball out
of his hands.”

Ryan appears certain that he and Gonzalez will hook up four times in the near future. If they don’t get them all against
Detroit, they’ll have a good shot against Indianapolis after the bye week.

“First of all, it’s an unbelievable accomplishment,” Ryan said. “It’s a testament to how good of a player that he is, how good
he’s worked for a long time and how talented that he is. It’s just fun to be a part of those things as a player.”
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Great Gonzo shows no signs of slowing for Falcons
ATLANTA (AP)—Practice is winding down. Tony Gonzalez(notes) is still working.

While the scout team offense takes a few snaps, Gonzalez puts his helmet back on and heads to a patch of field that isn’t
being used. There, he does some quick stutter steps, breaks this way and that, then hauls in passes thrown by one of the
coaching assistants.

He doesn’t want the passes thrown right at him, either. “Around the world,” he calls it—above his head, at his knees, way
over here or there. By the end of the day—every day—the goal is to catch 100 passes.

“It’s just like a jump shot in basketball,” Gonzalez said. “The more you do it, the better you are at it.”

No one has done it better, not at the tight end position.

And amazingly, at age 35 and in his 15th season, the Great Gonzo shows no signs of slowing down.

“He’s not old, man,” Atlanta Falcons teammate Michael Turner(notes) jokingly told a group of reporters. “He’s fooling y’all.
He’s faking that age. He wants to look more amazing to y’all by saying he’s old.”

All kidding aside, it does seem like Gonzalez has turned back the clock, defying his birth certificate and all those who
thought he’d surely lost a step, if not two.

“I could be biased,” Gonzalez said, “but honestly, I feel better athletically.”

He’ll get no argument from the Philadelphia Eagles. Last weekend, Gonzalez hauled in seven passes for 83 yards and a pair
of touchdowns in a thrilling 35-31 victory, including an early contender for catch of the year. On third down at the 4, Matt
Ryan(notes) threw one high over the middle, seemingly targeting a fan sitting behind the end zone rather than someone in
a red jersey.

Not so fast. Gonzalez leaped and thrust an arm toward the roof of the Georgia Dome. The ball stuck in his huge right hand
as if drawn by a magnet, his eyes intently watching as he pulled it toward his body. At the same time, he stuck his left foot
into the turf, then tapped down his right toes for a split-second before tumbling out of bounds under the goal posts.

At real-life speed, it seemed improbable that Gonzalez had actually pulled all that off—within the space of no more than a
single second—for a touchdown. He wasn’t sure he got both feet down. The guy in the replay booth wasn’t buying it at all,
ordering the referee to take another look at the video.

When slowed down, it became clear the ageless tight end had pulled off another catch for the ages. Before the night was
done, he’d gone past Terrell Owens(notes) for fifth place on the career list with 1,081 catches. In the next month or so, he
should pass Tim Brown(notes) (1,094), Cris Carter (1,101) and Marvin Harrison(notes) (1,102), as well. That will leave him
trailing only Jerry Rice (1,549).

All those guys are wideouts, of course.

Gonzalez is already the unparalleled standard for tight ends, a player who helped redefine a position long occupied by
hulking, lumbering players, more blockers than receivers.
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 “You can pretty much throw it wherever you want, he seems to come down with it,” Ryan marveled. “He made an
unbelievable catch the other night, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from him. When I work with him in practice and
talk to him in meetings, he tells me all the time, ‘If I get this guy in this position, just put it up there and I’ll come down with
it.”’

In 2010, there were signs Gonzalez might have finally run into an opponent he couldn’t beat. On a team that won 13 games
and captured the NFC South championship, he had 70 catches for 656 yards—a brilliant year for most tight ends, but not by
his standards.

It was his fewest catches and yards since 1998, his second of a dozen seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He had only one
year left on his contract, so it was natural to assume this would be the farewell tour of a brilliant career.

Hold off on that rocking chair.

Gonzalez has made no decision about whether to return for a 16th season. At this stage, he’s just playing it week to week,
relishing every moment. His long-term future? That’s something he’ll address at the end of the year.

The Falcons will face divisional rival Tampa Bay on Sunday, and the Buccaneers know they’ll have to keep an eye on the old
man. In fact, Gonzalez is counting on drawing enough coverage toward the middle of the field to open up things for
receivers Roddy White(notes) and Julio Jones(notes), who’ve been largely shut down the first two games.

Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris compares Gonzalez to a movie that never gets old, no matter how many times you watch
it.

“‘Stars Wars,’ that’s who he is,” Morris said. “The same routes, the same thing he’s going to do. He’s going to run his route,
use a legal push-off and he’s going to catch the ball. He’s mastered the art. He developed it, we use it. He’s the best at what
he does. No doubt about that.”
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Falcons' speed opens the field for Gonzalez, Turner
FLOWERY BRANCH — After two games, a mini-trend has been established.

The Bears and the Eagles elected to respect the speed of wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones by keeping their
safeties deep. That opened the middle of the field for running back Michael Turner and tight end Tony Gonzalez to do
damage.

Turner had 10 carries for 100 yards against the Bears, and he caught three passes for 40 yards, including a 20-yarder.

“We just couldn’t stick to the run because we got in a situation where we had to get out of it,” Falcons offensive
coordinator Mike Mularkey said. “I think Julio has helped to create production for some other guys, which we kind of
anticipated.”

Rarely does a rookie receive such respect at the start of the season.

“I think they’ve seen some speed from him,” Mularkey said.

Gonzalez had five catches for 72 yards against the Bears. Against the Eagles, he had plenty of room to work and caught
seven passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns, including a dazzling one-handed 4-yard grab.

Turner, not known for his hands, had a career-best 32-yard reception and broke a 61-yard run up the middle on the game-
winning drive.

“You want to be a good balanced team so that the defense doesn’t know who’s getting the ball,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got
a Pro Bowl backfield in Turner and [fullback] Ovie Mughelli, so they have to respect run.”

Turner is enjoying the fact that teams are not lowering a safety into the box to stop him. He also had a 53-yard run against
the Bears.

“It opens the middle of the field, and it depends on what formation that we’re in, too,” Turner said. “It leaves it open for
Tony, and the run game is more open. We just have to be in the right play call.”

Turner’s previous long reception was a 30-yarder back in 2006 as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He caught a career-
high 12 passes last season.

“As long as [quarterback] Matt [Ryan] keeps checking it down to me, I hope to keep making big plays out of it,” Turner said.
“They are going to start to guard me a little bit more, and that’ll open up stuff for Roddy, Tony and Julio. That makes us
more dangerous.”

Gonzalez is expecting to see a crowd when the Falcons play Tampa Bay on Sunday.

“If they take me out of the game, that’s fine,” Gonzalez said. “Julio is going to have some plays, and Roddy is one of the best
receivers in the league. It’s just a matter of time before he explodes like he always does.”

White, who led the NFL with 115 catches last season, had a quiet three catches for 23 yards against the Eagles. Jones had
just two catches for 29 yards.
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 “That’s not my forte or something I desire,” White said about his paltry stats. “I can’t complain because we’re winning. As
long as we keep winning, I’ll be fine.”

Ryan, despite running for his life at times, enjoyed attacking the Eagles’ defense and getting the ball to Gonzalez, who was
targeted nine times.

“You can pretty much throw it wherever you want,” Ryan said. “He seems to come down with it. He made an unbelievable
catch the other night, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from him.”

Ryan said he has seen Gonzalez make that one-hand catch 50 to 70 times in practice.

“When you work with him in practice and talk to him in these meetings, he tells me all the time, if I get this guy in this
position, just put it up there and I’ll come down with it,” Ryan said. “More often than not, he does that.”

Jones was sent deep on one play against the Eagles and appeared to have a step on his double coverage, but Ryan
overthrew him. They believe it’s just a matter of time before they connect on some deep passes.

“I think Julio’s done a great job for us, and he’s going to continue to improve,” Ryan said.

They all seem to get a kick of Gonzalez, who’s 35 and in his 15th year in the league.

“He’s not old,” Turner said. “He’s fooling y’all. He’s faking that age. He just wants to look more amazing to y’all by saying
he’s old.

“He didn’t lose his skills. He’s still very effective out there. He did go to the Pro Bowl. I think he can play three more years,
at least.”
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‘Freaked out’ Gonzalez steps up game
For Tony Gonzalez(notes), the reality check came with a stunning suddenness and reverberated with resounding, rim-
shaking clarity.

Playing in a high-powered pickup basketball game in an Orange County gym a few months ago, the Falcons’ future Hall of
Fame tight end switched off his man to stop a fast break and rose up to reject a precocious teenager slashing in from the
wing.

The next thing Gonzalez knew, he was getting the most unwelcome facial of his 35-year existence.

“I was posterized,” Gonzalez recalled Sunday night after helping the Falcons to a 35-31 victory over the Eagles at the
Georgia Dome. “It was real bad. I got dunked on by a high school senior – he came down over me and threw down with two
hands.

“It hurt my feelings. I thought, ‘Maybe I am old.’ ”

Gonzalez’s athletic mortality has been a popular subject in recent years – last November, he was particularly peeved by
former Lions president Matt Millen’s assertion that his skills had declined – and it’s not specious that he’d use the
basketball court as a gauge. The dude has game, and the only thing that kept him from pursuing a pro hoops career was his
emergence as a slam-dunk NFL prospect. A two-sport standout at Cal, Gonzalez closed out his collegiate career by leading
the Bears on a run to the Sweet 16 of the 1997 NCAA tournament. In a second-round victory over Villanova, Gonzalez
scored 23 points while holding forward Tim Thomas to 11. A few months later, Thomas was selected seventh overall in the
NBA draft and ultimately played 13 seasons in the league.

And Gonzalez? Now in his 15th season in the NFL, he is in the process of becoming the most prolific pass-catcher of anyone
in history not named Jerry Rice.

On Sunday, Gonzalez boosted his career receptions total to 1,081, moving past Terrell Owens(notes) into fifth place on the
league’s all-time list. He needs another 13 to catch Tim Brown(notes), 20 to pull even with Cris Carter and 21 to tie Marvin
Harrison(notes). After that, he’ll look up only to Rice (1,549) – a remarkable accomplishment for a tight end.

Though Gonzalez’s numbers have been slightly less impressive since he was traded from the Chiefs to the Falcons before
the 2009 season, he certainly doesn’t seem like a player on the decline. On Sunday, in a game steeped in symbolic
significance for the Falcons and fourth-year franchise quarterback Matt Ryan(notes), Gonzalez played a huge role, catching
seven passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

His first scoring reception was simply spectacular. With the Falcons trailing 10-7 and facing a third-and-3 from the
Philadelphia 4-yard-line late in the first half, Ryan dropped back and launched a high pass to the back of the end zone.
Covered tightly by Philly linebacker Jamar Chaney(notes), Gonzalez leapt up and tapped the ball with his right hand, then
somehow managed to pin it to his shoulder pad while falling face-first and dragging his feet inbounds.

Early in the third quarter, Gonzalez gave the Falcons a 21-10 lead when he cut across the middle, caught a sharp pass from
Ryan inside the 5 and finished off the 17-yard touchdown while dragging safety Jarrad Page into the end zone.

Given that he’d done the same for his team in a figurative sense, I wondered whether Gonzalez felt an obligation to come
through for Ryan as the quarterback squared off against predecessor Michael Vick(notes).
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“I look at it like he did me a solid,” Gonzalez said of Ryan. “Everybody thinks I’m old, so I want to go out and prove I can still
play.”

He was especially driven after that dunking episode over the offseason, not that his conditioning regimen is ever subtle. An
obsessive health freak, Gonzalez co-founded All-Pro Science – a supplement company designed to boost athletic
performance – and has spent much of his time in recent years helping to run the business while exploring cutting-edge
philosophies.

This past spring and summer, he went back to basics: “I changed my workout approach: more Pilates, more aerobic
exercise, more basketball.”

While playing regularly at that gym near his Orange County home, in games that included plenty of current and former
college hoopsters – “Kobe even showed up one day,” Gonzalez said, “but I wasn’t there” – the veteran tight end more than
held his own. At first, however, gravity began to drag him down.

“I had a hard time dunking,” he said. “It scared the [expletive] out of me. I mean, I could dunk, but I had to time it up just
right, like I was in 9th grade again. It was a wake-up call for me.”

(Did he say ninth grade? “Yeah,” Gonzalez said, laughing. “I actually started dunking in eighth grade.” This, my friends, is
what’s known as an upscale problem.)

In response, Gonzalez “freaked out and started working on my vertical. I was doing box jumps, the [medicine]-ball routine.
In the heyday, my vertical was 37 or 38 inches. I’m not sure it’s quite that high now, but by the end of the summer I was
dunking again.”

Suffice it to say that getting dunked on was a one-time occurrence.

“The kid was pretty good,” Gonzalez said. “I can’t remember his name, but he got a scholarship to UC Irvine. As soon as it
happened, I looked around and nobody was filming, so I didn’t have to worry [about it showing up on YouTube]. I put my
head down and ran back down the court like it was no big deal.

“Then I started guarding him. I don’t think he scored any points on me the rest of the summer.”
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Falcons' Gonzalez refuses to act his age
Few in football have held out against the siege guns of aging better than the Falcons’ Tony Gonzalez.

This guy is Dorian Gray in shoulder pads.

Ageless as Springsteen.

As constant as “Meet the Press.”

Surviving a cannibalistic profession does not come without great effort. Gonzalez works out while you recline. He carefully
fuels up while you snack. As the author of a diet book and founder of a nutritional supplement company, Gonzalez doesn’t
just eat his food, he vets it. Each morsel must earn its way to his digestive tract.

The Falcons never-ending tight end also has heredity on his side. Look at mom. “She’s 65 years old, and she looks about 45.
She’s Tina Turner-like, ripped up, muscled,” brags Judy Gonzalez’s boy.

Still, as a 15th year of professional football opens for Gonzalez today in Chicago, a 15th year of linebackers and safeties
lining up to take aim at his connective tissue, the extraordinary breadth of his career defies easy explanation. The usual
reasons wear thin after so long, leaving one to wonder what potion, or charm or Faustian bargain is at work here?

And then you find that he has outlasted even the supernatural explanations.

When Gonzalez entered the NFL in 1997, his mother presented him with a pendant that was inscribed on one side with a
Chinese character representing “longevity,” and on the other with one meaning “protection.” He wore that like a talisman,
and it worked, year after uninterrupted year in Kansas City. Then, five years ago while surfing in Costa Rica, a big wave
snatched it off his neck. The superstitious part of him freaked. But still, Gonzalez played on without incident (just to be safe,
his mother bought a replacement in San Francisco’s Chinatown).

“I guess it’s about what’s inside, more than wearing a charm,” Gonzalez said.

This is how long Gonzalez has persevered: As a senior in California, he was named a co-winner of the Orange County high
school athlete of the year, sharing the title with Tiger Woods. Consider how time has nibbled away even at the body of
golfer, and how the trials of Woods’ own making have weighed him down and aged him before his time. Meanwhile, the
35-year-old tight end has scarcely broken stride.

Seeing Gonzalez limping around with a damaged ankle at the close of last season’s playoff loss to Green Bay was as close as
anyone has come at glimpsing his professional mortality. He had caught only one pass in that game and was devastated by
yet another early postseason exit.

“I was really [angry] about the loss,” he said. “I felt we had underachieved.” And underachievement is at least a venal sin in
Gonzalez World.

So, for about a millisecond, Gonzalez thought about retiring.

“It didn’t take me that long to say ‘I feel good, I’m going to come back.’ I thought about the pros and cons. The cons didn’t
even come close,” he said.
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Which brings us to this, the beginning of a Falcons season of great expectation, one in which Sports Illustrated’s Peter King
preordained them Super Bowl champions.

With his contract and its $5.75 million base salary expiring this year, Gonzalez is set up for one last run at a meaningful
season. (There is no guarantee, however, he will not seek a new contract somewhere next year. He keeps taking his veggie
protein and his fish oil and feels fit enough right now to play a couple more years, he says.)

Included on the Falcons 2011 to-do list is this: Excise the one great asterisk from Gonzalez’s career.

Re-signed this year by the team that drafted him in 1999, Reggie Kelly backs up Gonzalez.

He has played nearly as long as Gonzalez without amassing anywhere near his gaudy numbers — just 875 fewer catches,
10,703 fewer yards, 83 fewer touchdowns, that’s all. But Kelly has something Gonzalez doesn’t: a single playoff victory (with
the Falcons in 2002, over Green Bay).

He certainly would like to help rectify that grievous inequity. “You definitely want to play for a guy like that,” Kelly said.
“You want to sacrifice so that, when he does retire, he can look back on all the hard work and know that it has equaled
being successful.”

Three times, twice with Kansas City and last year with the Falcons, Gonzalez’s team has entered the postseason 13-3, only
to be dismissed in the first round. Overall, his playoff record is 0-4.

The victories of Tony Gonzalez are measured in stats, the ones that will lead his parade from here to Canton (Ohio, not
Georgia). Among tight ends, he is the NFL’s career leader in receptions, touchdowns and 1,000-yard seasons. Among all
species of receivers, he is sixth all time in catches and could climb to No. 2 with an average season. “Being behind Jerry Rice
is not a bad thing,” he said.

Last season, he had his fewest number of receptions (70) since 2002 and fewest receiving yards (656) since 1998, and still
was second on the Falcons in both categories.

Entering his third Falcons season, Gonzalez has not had a tangible impact on the January bottom line. Beyond providing
Matt Ryan a when-all-else-fails target, he acts as the conscience of a team learning to win.

He has proven to be the practice field example, an All Pro with the work habits of a desperate rookie. The drudgery of the
football routine likely will drive him into retirement before his body breaks down, but still he commits.

“It’s tedious, monotonous work. Going over the same thing over and over, but that’s what football takes and that’s what
makes football players great,” he said. “After 15 years, do I really need to go out there and run another corner route? Yeah,
I do. But I get tired of it.”

When the Falcons signed Gonzalez, they also gained an unofficial team nutritionist.

Tuesday, the team’s off day, tackle Sam Baker called Gonzalez to ask about cutting beef from his dinner menu.

On the tight end’s prodding, receiver Roddy White is now eating oatmeal for breakfast. In the lunch line at camp, linebacker
Curtis Lofton will bring his filled plate to Gonzalez for approval. Tight ends coach Chris Scelfo has lost around 30 pounds on
Gonzalez’s diet, and another coach told him he has been inspired to kick his addiction to bacon.
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“I still haven’t gotten through to Terry, though,” Gonzalez said from his locker Wednesday, just loudly enough to be heard
by receivers coach Terry Robiskie as he passed.

All Gonzalez asks in return for his good work is one significant postseason run.

At the close of the first workout of training camp, defensive end John Abraham broke the team huddle with an exhortation
to make this a special season for aging pros like himself and Gonzalez.

“We’ve got a special team; we have a great opportunity here,” Gonzalez said. “If we can just build on what we did last year,
we have a legitimate shot.”

So, when the team is up against it and all the other rallying cries have been spent, would he resort to playing the win-one-
for-Tony card?

“If it works, yeah. I’ll stand up in front of the whole stadium and say win one for me, please,” Gonzalez laughed.

Numbers from a long, proud career
12,463 - Career receiving yards, making Gonzalez the 17th player in NFL history to surpass the 12,000 mark.
1,069 - Career receptions, sixth all-time.
118.7 - Gonzalez’s career passer rating. In 2001, he completed his only pass attempt for a 40-yard gain. Matt Ryan’s career
rating is 86.9.
88 - Career receiving touchdowns, tied with Don Maynard for 10th all-time. He needs three more to catch No. 9 Isaac Bruce.
70 - Consecutive games started, since missing his last one in 2006. He missed two games with injury since taking over the
starting job in Kansas City in 1998.
6 - Career fumbles in 222 games played, none as a Falcon.
0 - Playoff games won.
Brent Grimes
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Grimes puts imprint on Falcons defense
FLOWERY BRANCH In all likelihood, the starting defense that plays against the Chicago Bears on Sunday will share the
field for the first time.

Defensive end Ray Edwards, the team’s major offseason acquisition on defense, played only in the final two exhibition
games. Starters Dunta Robinson (hamstring) and Corey Peters (knee) missed those games with injuries.

On Thursday, the team added cornerback Kelvin Hayden and safety James Sanders. The team is force feeding Hayden and
Sanders the defensive scheme with hopes of getting them on the field as quickly as possible. Hayden will get a shot at nickel
back and Sanders initially will back up safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud.

In addition to defensive end John Abraham, middle linebacker Curtis Lofton and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, left
cornerback Brent Grimes, who had three interceptions in exhibition play, is one of the constants on the defensive unit, and
someone to count on. Grimes likes what he sees of his unit post lockout.

“It was tough coming in without the organized team activities and everything, but I feel like most everybody came in
prepared and in shape,” Grimes said. “We did what we could with this training camp and we got some good work out of it.”

Last year, the defense finished ranked fifth in points scored (18), 10th in rushing defense (105.9) and 22nd against the pass
(226.6) in the league. The offseason goal was to improve the pass defense and do a better job of stopping teams in third
and long situations. The problem was the players brought in to help were late arriving.

Grimes, who tied for the team lead with five interceptions, comes off a breakthrough season in which he went to the Pro
Bowl. He’s looking for more this season.

“I’m just trying to get better, work on my fundamentals,” Grimes said.

Grimes, 28, who was signed as an undrafted free agent from Shippensburg University in 2006, has come a long way. He had
a stint on the practice squad and some time with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europa.

“You can never rest and think you’ve got it,” Grimes said.

Grimes believes the defense has improved, even with its limited practice time.

“We showed that we can make plays and that’s what we want to do as a secondary,” Grimes said.

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder would like a more aggressive unit, but concedes he must first know that his
defensive backs will hold up in man to man coverage.

Grimes is ready for a steady dose of man to man or zone coverage.

“We are willing to do whatever it takes for the team to get better,” Grimes said. “If that’s what we want to do, be
aggressive and get after the quarterback, then we have to cover on the back end. I feel as though we can do that with the
guys we have out there.”

Grimes was a restricted free agent and signed a first round tender contract that pays $2.61 million for this season. With
another strong campaign, the Falcons will likely try to sign him to a contract extension during the season.
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They could place the franchise tag on him, but they likely won’t let him reach unrestricted free agency status.

Grimes is keenly aware of his contract status, but is determined to focus on his play. Last November, the Packers signed
cornerback Tramon Williams to a four year $33.074 million extension, giving Grimes something for comparison.

Under general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the team generally has reached contract extension with key players before
letting them test free agency.

“I approach it like any other year, to be completely honest with you; I just want to be the best football player that I can
possibly be,” Grimes said. “If you do that, everything else will take care of itself. ... I plan to just focus on playing football. I
will let my agent worry about all of those numbers.”
Julio Jones
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Four games into a pro career, Julio Jones is already big-time
Flowery Branch – Dumb ol’ Thomas Dimitroff messed up. He thought he’d traded up 21 spots to pluck a No. 2 receiver.
Turns out he hooked a No. 1.

Actually, the Falcons’ general manager knew full well what he was doing, but it was convenient to label the deal that left
this team with Julio Jones as “21-spots-and-five-draft-picks-for-a-No.-2-wideout.” Had Jones’ ceiling been that of a No. 2 but
never a No. 1, Dimitroff wouldn’t have made the trade. And now, four games later, we see the prescience therein.

Through two games and three quarters, the Falcons’ offense had been nothing special. Then the thought seemed to occur:
“Hey, we moved up 21 spots to draft this guy! Why don’t we throw him the ball?” And nothing special became something
very special.

Over the past five quarters, Jones has caught 16 passes for 222 yards. That’s No. 1 receiver stuff. Which isn’t to say he’s the
Falcons’ No. 1 receiver. He’s not — yet. He will be soon enough.

And that, if you happened to read the fine print on the 21-spots-up-and-five-picks-gone move, was always Dimitroff’s plan.
The Falcons didn’t want just any wide receiver: They wanted Julio Jones or A.J. Green, who was gone one pick ahead of
Jones. They wanted a receiver who could offer immediate assistance and a down-the-road succession plan.

Roddy White, the incumbent No. 1, turns 30 next month. (We sometimes forget that White, by his admission, spent his first
two NFL seasons not working hard.) White has had four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and is, by tight end Tony Gonzalez’s
estimation, one of the three best wideouts — Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Houston’s Andre Johnson being the others — in
the business. That said …

Good as he is, White isn’t the talent Jones is. He’s bigger — 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds to White’s 6-foot and 211 — and
stronger. White is more possession receiver than downfield playmaker: His longest catch over his past 29 regular-season
games is for 46 yards. Jones had a 49-yarder in his third professional game.

Said Gonzalez: “Right now I wouldn’t say [that Jones is the Falcons' No. 1 receiver] … Both of them are No. 1 receivers. They
work well off each other. There’s no doubt this can be the best receiving tandem in the NFL.”

And let’s not forget the Canton-bound tight end. “I’m the one who’s going to get lost in the shuffle,” Gonzalez said, smiling.
Then: “But that’s the best thing that could happen. Defenses can’t bracket me.”

White sometimes feels feel duty-bound to live up to the standard of No.-1-receiver-as-raging-diva. Last December he got
into a Twitter fight with Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints; more recently he has averred that the Falcons “were a
better team” that the 2010 Packers, who beat the Falcons by 27 points en route to winning the Super Bowl. (Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers, overreacting, has called this “borderline disrepectful.” Guess who the Falcons play Sunday night.)

By way of contrast, Jones works hard at saying nothing. (The Falcons love him for other reasons, but also for this. Mike
Smith and Matt Ryan are the world champs at saying nothing.) “I never say anything to defenders,” Jones said Wednesday,
and then he admitted he hadn’t been awestruck to see Philadelphia cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the absolute
best, matched against him in his second pro start.

Jones: “I really don’t know who I’m locked up with in a game.”

The young man from Alabama plays with a focused fury, and — since you asked — he was that way before the furious Nick
Saban got hold of him in Tuscaloosa. “That’s just how I am,” Jones said.
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He doesn’t care who’s shadowing him. He doesn’t care how many catches he has. (Jones had two that night against Philly,
but one of them — a third-down conversion when the Falcons trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter — was the game’s
biggest play.) He just plays.

Other big-time rookies might have made a stir about needing to be The Man overnight. Jones seems thrilled to be sharing
the same locker room as the big-timer Roddy White and hasn’t grasped that he’s a big-timer, too. He hasn’t noticed that
he’s in the process of transforming a team that went 13-3 last season. He thinks he’s no better than sub wideouts Harry
Douglas or Eric Weems. He’s wrong.
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Rookie WR Jones still feeling his way for Falcons
(AP)—After getting embarrassed by Green Bay in the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Falcons knew quarterback Matt
Ryan(notes) needed another big weapon at his disposal.

Hello, Julio Jones(notes). It’s your time to shine.

Ryan targeted the NFL’s leading rookie receiver a whopping 17 times in last week’s win at Seattle, and the No. 6 overall
draft pick responded with career highs of 11 catches for 127 yards.

“All that means is we’re getting a little more chemistry, me and Matt, with timing, but we’re never satisfied,” Jones said
Wednesday. “We’ve still got a lot of improvements to make and that’s what we’re working on.”

Jones and Ryan will need to be on top of their games when the Falcons (2-2) host the Super Bowl champion Packers (4-0) on
Sunday night.

Jones believes nothing will come easy against the different looks Atlanta will see from Green Bay defensive coordinator
Dom Capers. The Packers rank next-to-last this season in yards passing allowed, but Jones lends no significance to such
statistics.

Teams usually are forced to pass the ball when they’re trailing, and the Packers have won 10 straight dating to Week 15 last
year. It matters more to Jones that Green Bay ranks No. 2 against the run and No. 8 in sacks.

Since Capers took charge of the defense in 2009, Green Bay leads the league in interceptions, ranks second in opponents’
passer rating and third in both scoring average and sacks.

“We’ve just got to capitalize on those opportunities once we get them in a game,” Jones said. “They’re very skilled. They’ve
got a lot of talent.”

Trading up 21 spots to draft Jones six months ago, the Falcons acknowledged that a smothering defense like the Packers’
could cover wideout Roddy White(notes), the NFL’s leading receiver in 2010, and Tony Gonzalez(notes), the league’s career-
best receiving tight end, with relative ease.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver from Alabama, was seen as the solution. His size and speed were considered a
difficult matchup for cornerbacks and safeties. He graded out as an excellent blocker.

Jones could see plenty of matchups with Charles Woodson(notes), who ranks first in interceptions returned for touchdowns
(seven) and is tied for second in picks (21) since the start of ’08. Among defensive backs, Woodson is tied for second in
sacks with seven and tied for third in forced fumbles with 10.

“He’s versatile,” Jones said. “You can move him around a lot. Sometimes, he’ll do invert, he’ll go to safety, he’ll go to
corner, he’ll kind of be a Will or a Sam linebacker. He comes up. He blitzes. He does it all, and he tackles very well.”

In theory, the presence of White, Gonzalez and Jones was supposed to help expand Ryan’s options while continuing to
strengthen the Falcons’ desire to control time of possession with running back Michael Turner(notes).

But Atlanta’s rushing attack has played sporadically this season, and Ryan’s protection in the pocket was spotty—though he
escaped without a sack against Seattle. In the first three games, Ryan was sacked 13 times, only 10 less than he was sacked
in 16 games last year.
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Ryan acknowledged frustration in the Falcons’ inability to put the Seahawks away despite leading by 20 points in the third
quarter. The game wasn’t decided until Steven Hauschka(notes) missed a potential game-winning field goal from 61 yards
out with 8 seconds remaining.

“We made enough plays to win last week, but you’d like to stretch it out through an entire game,” Ryan said. “It’s been one
of our focuses the last couple of weeks, and we haven’t been able to do that yet. I certainly think we’re capable of doing it.
There’s no doubt about that.”

To beat Green Bay, Ryan believes the Falcons need to spread touches evenly among Jones, White and Gonzalez and give
Turner a heavy workload. And Atlanta must stay patient when the Packers change their 3-4 front into a hybrid “4-2” look
that seeks to free Woodson and linebacker Clay Matthews(notes) for big plays.

“It creates some problems when you’re in your base personnel and nickel personnel for identification purposes,” Ryan said.
“That’s something we’re going to have to be on top of this week and certainly something we’re preparing for.”

Jones knows his assignments won’t be easy. Despite leading NFL rookies with 24 catches for 342 yards, he still seeks his first
professional touchdown.

“The game plan kind of changes a little bit, but it’s going to take all 11 of us to win the game,” Jones said. “All of us doing
our job at the same time and being on the same page to win the game. When my number is called and it’s my opportunity
to make a play, I try to make the play to best of my ability, you know?”
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Atlanta Falcons hope Julio Jones is last puzzle piece
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – With one long throw to the end zone amid the searing summer humidity early in training camp,
Thomas Dimitroff's heart nearly stopped right on the edge of the practice field. It was Julio Jones, down on the turf.

This was the last thing that Dimitroff, the Atlanta Falcons' vibrant general manager, wanted to witness, even briefly. Jones,
the rookie receiver from Alabama for whom the Falcons traded a bundle to draft sixth overall, had plopped to the grass
after diving for a 40 yard Matt Ryan pass that sailed beyond his fingers.

"I wasn't thinking," Jones recalled days later. "It was like, 'See ball. Get ball.' I turned around and left my feet. I dove for it a
little bit. But it wasn't like an over exaggerated dive."

Chalk up rookie lesson No.1.

Jones, 22, remembers exactly what Ryan told him after coming downfield.

"He was like, 'You don't dive at practice. Stay off the ground,'" Jones said. "I've got to control it. The most important thing is
being able to play when it's game time. Practice, we can get that back."

At the next practice, Dimitroff sidled up to Jones and was polite with his request: "Can you please stop diving for balls?"

It is easy to understand the anxiety. In the most stunning move during this year's draft, the Falcons dealt five picks to the
Cleveland Browns, including a first rounder in 2012, to move up 21 slots to claim the big, physical receiver packing
explosiveness.

Given such cost, Jones, 6 3, 220, who left Alabama after his junior year, will make his NFL debut at Soldier Field on Sunday
against the Chicago Bears with arguably more pressure to succeed than any rookie besides No.1 overall pick Cam Newton.

Atlanta earned a No.1 seed last season with the NFC's best regular season record (13 3), then was trounced in its playoff
opener by the Green Bay Packers. Jones — clocked at 4.39 in the 40 yard dash at the combine, with a 40 inch vertical leap
despite a stress fracture in his left foot that has since been surgically repaired — represents a big response to that setback,
as the Falcons begin a new year among contenders to reach Super Bowl XLVI.

"We learned that we have to have explosive playmakers," Dimitroff says of the playoff loss, "if we're going to go tit for tat
with explosive teams."

The Falcons already have one big time receiver in all pro Roddy White, who led the NFL with 115 catches last season and
set a franchise mark with 1,389 yards. Yet for a month before the draft, Dimitroff plotted strategies to land Jones or Georgia
receiver A.J. Green, who was picked fourth by the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I think you can see the direction they're going," said Fox analyst Brian Billick, a former Baltimore Ravens coach. "They
needed help on defense in the draft, but instead they figured, 'Let's make our offense even better. We're going to feed the
stud.'"

Ryan, the stud Billick refers to, ranked among the top 10 quarterbacks last season for passing yards (3,705) and TD passes
(28). But he was tied for 26th in the league with 6.49 yards per attempt. And with White posting a career low 12.1 yards per
catch, the Falcons ranked next to last in the NFL with just 32 receptions of 20 plus yards.

No wonder explosiveness is such a buzzword for Dimitroff.
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"At 27," he said of the team's original slot in the first round, "we would have been staring down the barrel of a right tackle.
We wanted 1A and 1B receivers."

Jones carries weight of great expectations

There are no guarantees, considering the mixed bag of results for highly drafted receivers in recent years. Of the 14
receivers taken with top 10 picks in the previous 10 drafts, just three became bonafide stars —Larry Fitzgerald, Andre
Johnson and Calvin Johnson. Two others, Braylon Edwards and Roy Williams, have had marginal success but start anew this
season on their third teams.

"Sometimes, that stuff gets overblown about this position or that position," says Falcons coach Mike Smith, who came to
the team with Dimitroff in 2008. "We try not to compare our guys to someone else. We evaluate what we see."

Throughout the summer, the Falcons have confirmed the scouting reports on Jones, signed to a four year, $16.2 million
contract. He is a complete receiver, just as prone to deliver a crackback block or dash to daylight on an end around as he is
to snag a pass in traffic while dreadlocks dance from the back of his helmet. And as his practice dive and daily battles with
Pro Bowl cornerback Dunta Robinson indicate, he lacks nothing in the intensity department.

Prepped by Nick Saban
What impact has Alabama coach Nick Saban had on Julio Jones? Plenty, maintains the Atlanta Falcons rookie receiver. Jones
outlined what he considers the most crucial traits Saban demands of his players:

Be responsible. “He implored us to grow up and be men.”

No excuses. “Being late to meetings wouldn’t cut it.”

Don’t point fingers. “You couldn’t throw anybody under the bus.”

Such standards surely can be tested during the heat of competition.

“Take bad body language,” Jones says. “If the quarterback throws a bad ball, you can’t be jumping up and down, acting silly.
That’s bad chemistry. You can’t have that on a team. It’s like a cancer. Whether you’re up or down, you just have to stay
positive about every aspect of the game.”

By Jarrett Bell
"He is so competitive," Dimitroff gushed during a recent practice. "He wants to make every play, even out here."

After the draft, Alabama coach Nick Saban called Dimitroff and mentioned there was one thing he'd never have to worry
about with Jones: focus. By that, Saban maintained that neither the pressures of the game or outside distractions would be
issues.

"I'm in a big city and there's a lot going on, but I keep my priorities in line," says Jones, a native of Foley, Ala. (pop. 13,807).
"I want to be successful. All the other stuff is irrelevant. Coming in as a rookie, I don't go out. I haven't even been fishing,
like I normally do."

Ryan, who worked out with Jones for five weeks before camp while teams were locked out, is highly impressed with the
rookie's attention to detail. Ryan has picked up on subtle cues, including the type of questions Jones asks in meetings and
attentiveness in watching others when he's not on the field.
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"That's going to help. He's got the right mind set," says Ryan.

Jones surely does not fit the profile as the NFL's next great "diva" receiver. Asked at the combine to name the player who
best reflects his style, he chose a linebacker rather than receiver — Ravens icon Ray Lewis.

Turns out that Jones is such a fan of Lewis that he's searched YouTube for nuggets.

"He's been playing 15 years, but he doesn't cheat," Jones says. "He stays in shape, and does so many things to take care of
his body. He drinks two or three gallons of water every day to stay hydrated. Just little things like that. And I love the
passion he plays with."

Falcons eager for postseason success

Jones, who helped Alabama win a national title two seasons ago, might be on the road for creating his own legend wrapped
in passion. When he was 12, he finally convinced his mother, Queen Marvin, to allow him to play football for the first time
with a recreation league team called the Lions.

"I wanted to play since I was about six," recalls Jones, who played running back until switching to receiver in 10th grade —
which might explain his prowess in piling up yards after the catch and on end around rushes. "She was afraid I'd get hurt.

"I had to beg her. I told her, 'If you let me play, I promise I'll never lose a game.'"

The Lions went undefeated.

Winning and losing is still paramount, as Jones can sense the bitter taste lingering with his new team as it regroups
following the abrupt end to last season.

"It hurt a lot," says defensive end John Abraham, a 12th year pro, of the 48 21 loss to the Packers. "I really thought we had
a team that could go all the way. And then the team we lost to went on to win the Super Bowl. It took me like three months
after that to even want to watch SportsCenter."

In the three seasons since Dimitroff and Smith came aboard to rebuild a team devastated by Michael Vick's dogfighting case
and former coach Bobby Petrino's bolt back to the college level after less than a season, the Falcons have produced three
consecutive winning seasons. Yet the team is 0 for the playoffs during that span, twice eliminated in postseason openers.

"Anytime you put yourself in position in January to make a run and you don't get it done, it's frustrating," says Ryan,
starting his fourth season. "But it's a new slate. What happened last year has no bearing on what we're going to do this
year."

Still, Ryan acknowledges there were lessons. He laments the interception he threw before halftime that was returned for a
score that made it a two touchdown game.

"The mistakes you make in playoff games are heightened," he said. "It stinks that there are those growing pains and you
have to learn them some way. But you learn more when you're down in the dumps."

Jones might make a difference. Yet there were also other key tweaks. The Falcons drafted an explosive, pint sized running
back, Jacquizz Rodgers, to complement power rusher Michael Turner. And an inconsistent pass rush was addressed with
former Minnesota Vikings end Ray Edwards signed as the complement to Abraham.
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"I'm going to do whatever it takes for us to win," says Jones. "I'm willing to work, and I'll be accountable. They've seen that
in me. But I'm not going to put any extra pressure on myself. I can't go out there and try to be a super hero."
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Falcons Get Their Man, Julio Jones
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, his hair spiked and his shoulders often
hunched over racing bicycle handlebars, has a youthful bearing that might connote impetuous decision making without the
benefit of historical context.

But for Dimitroff, the engineer of the boldest player transaction in an N.F.L. off season filled with them, the notion of
paying a king’s ransom for one college player who was not the consensus leading pick at his position began brewing soon
after Atlanta hired him.

Dimitroff, 45, caught wind of wide receiver Julio Jones in 2008, when he was the Southeastern Conference freshman of the
year at Alabama. In time, he grew smitten with Jones’s skills, admiring of his grit, blown away by his humble nature.

“The fact that he was as talented as he was on the field, sans the diva qualities you sometimes have at that position, was
very attractive to this organization,” Dimitroff, who has 22 years in player evaluation, five as the director of scouting with
the New England Patriots, said last week.

As the April draft approached, with the Falcons picking 27th, Dimitroff began calculating the cost of taking an
unprecedented leap toward the front of the line to select Jones. This year’s first round pick, he figured. Ka ching. Next
year’s, too. Ka ching. Probably a No. 2. Ka ching. Some likely middle rounders.

“We got our heads around it quite quickly, after the initial sticker shock wore off,” he said.

Dimitroff dug into the N.F.L. archives, which reminded him that a one for many trade carries risks that can rise to
embarrassment. There was the Great Train Robbery of 1989, which involved 18 players but boiled down to Minnesota’s
sacrificing eight draft choices to the Dallas Cowboys for Herschel Walker.

“It eased my mind when we looked at our compensation package and I thought, ‘Ah, ours isn’t that bad,’ ”Dimitroff said.

Ten years later, New Orleans Coach Mike Ditka concocted a swap of all six of that year’s draft picks for the experienced
Ricky Williams. The Saints promptly went 3 13 and Ditka was fired, along with his entire staff and the general manager.

A more comparable exchange, at the 2004 draft, sent Eli Manning to the Giants from San Diego for four draft picks.

The Falcons also were undeterred by the foot surgery Jones had in March, by the sketchy legacy of first round receivers or
by the implied advice against a move from a numerical guideline.

The computer based Trade Value Chart assigns a points total to each spot in the draft. (Example: No. 1 over all is 3,000, No.
32 is 590.) It allows general managers to comparison shop. Some ignore it. Dimitroff does not. Ultimately, the numbers did
not favor the Falcons, but the difference was within a range he found acceptable.

Then there were various analyses, combining statistics and subjectivity, that concluded that waiting until later rounds for
receivers is the wiser course. Some cited the Detroit Lions, with one of four receiver draftees in a five year span panning
out. Others reached back to the last quarter of the 20th century, when the Cincinnati Bengals spun the wheel six times on
first round wideouts.

Dimitroff processed the data, sniffed and assembled the package to offer. “We all took a deep breath in saying: ‘This is
significant. Let’s make sure we’re doing the right thing,’ ” he said, meaning Coach Mike Smith and the owner Arthur Blank.
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They found a suitor in the Cleveland Browns, who were sixth in the draft, and parted with five picks, including two fourth
rounders.

Research had determined that fewer than half of N.F.L. fourth rounders in the previous five years had been activated for a
game.

The Falcons’ daring reflected the here and now philosophy of a team that craves another outlet for quarterback Matt Ryan,
Dimitroff’s other heavily scrutinized draft day call.

“We have thought for the last three years that we’d love to have a 1 and a 1 A receiver, not a 1 and a 2” that characterized
the Falcons squads, he said.

Jones was not apprised of the steep price he bore until news media interviews the night of the draft. His first thought, as he
recalled this week: “They really want me.”

Jones is trying to tamp down expectations that accompany someone who prompted Dimitroff to “bet the farm” on him, as
one analyst wrote.

“I’m human,” said Jones, no shrinking violet to contact, which leads to his theory why many first round receivers flop.

“Guys ain’t used to hitting and getting hit,” he said. “Some can’t really handle that.”

He has wowed teammates and coaches, even on passes not directed his way. His block helped spring Harry Douglas for a
76 yard touchdown in a preseason game last week. (Atlanta was to play at Pittsburgh on Saturday night.)

“The sky is the limit with that guy,” said tight end Tony Gonzalez, whose 14 Hall of Fame worthy seasons qualify him as an
authority.

“The best thing about him is that attitude. I have no doubt he’ll make it.”

Jones is being counted on to address one of the few failings of the Falcons, the reigning N.F.C. South champions. Their
longest pass play last season was 46 yards. Only 44 snaps, 32 of them resulting in throws, produced 20 yards or more.

“Explosive plays” is how Smith categorizes them. “You definitely enhance your chance of scoring points,” he said.

Regarding how much Jones can inflate the statistic, Smith said, “We made our own expectations fairly clear with the move
we made in the draft.”

Smith was all in with the deal, and not just because coaches tend to think more short term than general managers. The
N.F.L., he noted, has evolved into “a quarterback driven spacing game — you want to be able to control the spacing” with
athletes by sliding them into formations to maximize gains.

Jones, tall at 6 feet 3 inches, and fast, is entrusted with drawing some defensive attention away from the All Pro receiver
Roddy White.

A widespread assessment is that the Falcons made a high risk reward deal because they regard themselves as one or two
players away from Super Bowl contention. Dimitroff assails such thinking.
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 “This move was never made with us believing we are one piece away from winning anything,” said Dimitroff, who
addressed the team’s other longing, for a pass rusher, by signing the free agent Ray Edwards. “I firmly believe this decision
is ideal for where we are at our growth stages.”

Besides, how many teams with the 27th pick can snare their preferred man?

Dimitroff has chuckled at some of the criticisms. One evaluator suggested that, if the trade backfires, it will be “he and Julio
down by the schoolyard,” not long for the league.

But Dimitroff expects to hear the sounds of silence from the second guessers.

As Dimitroff told Jones recently, “You understand that we will be tied together for the rest of our careers.”

To which Jones responded, “I’ve got your back.”
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Rookie WR Jones gives Falcons firepower
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If one play from an otherwise dreary exhibition game means anything, perhaps Atlanta’s trade for
Julio Jones(notes) won’t be known as Dimitroff’s Folly for very long.

 Midway through the second quarter on Friday night, Atlanta faced a mundane third and 5 situation from its own 24 yard
line. The Falcons lined up in a four receiver set with quarterback Matt Ryan(notes) in shotgun formation.

Last season, this situation might have been a struggle. More than a few times, the Falcons lined up like this with three of
the four receivers being Brian Finneran(notes) and tight ends Tony Gonzalez(notes) and Justin Peelle(notes). None of those
three run faster than 4.6 in the 40. Even that estimate of their individual speed is generous.

This time, three of the four included Roddy White(notes), Harry Douglas(notes) (who looks completely healthy now that
he’s nearly two years removed from a knee injury) and first round pick Julio Jones. Douglas turned a simple crossing route
into a 76 yard touchdown. Along the way, Jones provided help with a block that made sure Douglas ran all the way
untouched.

While Atlanta fans saw many wonderful things last season on the way to a 13 3 record and the top seed in the NFC playoffs,
they didn’t see anything like that. Not even close. The ponderous Falcons were big play deprived a season ago, finishing
second to last in the league with only 32 pass plays of 20 yards or longer. Their longest pass play of the season was 46
yards.

If you understand that fact and how important big plays are in the modern NFL, it’s a lot easier to understand why general
manager Thomas Dimitroff paid a heavy price for Jones. He wasn’t looking for just a guy who hustles down the field to
block. Dimitroff was looking for a difference maker, someone capable of changing Xs and Os and opening lanes for
everyone. Most important, the Falcons needed the kind of guy who wouldn’t take long to develop, a serious, focused
athlete.

“Our expectations with Julio are for him to be a legitimate contributor from Day 1 and he has done nothing to make us feel
that’s off base,” said Dimitroff, who got Jones after moving up from No. 27 to No. 6 in the first round draft board after
giving up Atlanta’s first , second and fourth round picks this year and its first and fourth next year.

Some fellow executives have called the move gutsy. More have said Dimitroff, who made another late round deal to grab
speedy running back Jacquizz Rodgers(notes), overpaid – by a lot.

“He put a lot of eggs in one basket,” another executive said.

Maybe, but the Falcons had to do something drastic, even if their record last season didn’t indicate that. A conservative GM
might have ridden last season’s record for a year or two, making little tweaks here and there while hoping the team held
steady. Instead, Dimitroff took the sobering punch of a 48 21 loss to Green Bay in the playoffs and took stock of where his
team stood. The Falcons were good, not great. Disciplined, not explosive. With Ryan, White and a solid nucleus of others,
the Falcons had a nice foundation for the house. Now it was time for a really cool family room.

Enter Jones, a player some of those same executives have described as a faster version of White. At 6 foot 3, Jones is also
physical. His block on Douglas’ play was an example of how he played in college.

“That’s the guy we saw at the University of Alabama,” Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. “I saw him on tape from a game last
year where he controlled the block all the way through the play. He took the defender all the way out of bounds. I asked
him what he was trying to do. He said, ‘I’m trying to get my job done.’ To me, that shows you he’s an all around player and
he understands not only catching the ball, but being able to block.”
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In the exhibition opener against Miami, Jones put his other skills on display. He caught passes for 21 and 22 yards and ran a
reverse for 12, getting first downs on all three plays. In two games (and really just about one game worth of total action), he
has been a factor in three plays of 20 yards or better.

That’s critical for the Falcons, who were starved for big plays last season. Atlanta spent last season often just getting by in
important games. The Falcons went 6 2 in games decided by six points or fewer, winning despite having one of the most
plodding offenses in the NFL. The record in close games was filled with one odd occurrence after another. Against San
Francisco, the Falcons won on a late drive after the 49ers fumbled away an interception they didn’t need to return. In their
first win over Tampa Bay, they had a goal line stand at the end. In an overtime win against New Orleans, they won after the
Saints’ kicker missed a 29 yard field goal attempt early in the extra period. The Falcons beat Baltimore on a touchdown with
20 seconds remaining on a questionable no call. The second game against Tampa Bay required a 102 yard kickoff return for
a score. Finally, they beat the Packers by a field goal in the regular season despite being outgained by 124 yards.

Another troubling indicator for the Falcons is that they were one of only three teams that were outgained on the average
play, an extraordinarily difficult problem to overcome over the long haul of a season. The Falcons’ average gain per play last
season was 5 yards, while their defense gave up an average of 5.6. While that deficit of 0.6 yards may not seem significant,
it tied the Falcons with Seattle for worst among the 12 playoffs teams (Chicago was the only other team with a negative
mark at a 0.1 deficit).

Over the past 15 seasons, only New England in 2001 has ever won a title with a deficit in that category. The typical Super
Bowl team is at 0.6 or more on the positive side. Last season, Green Bay was at 0.6 per play and Pittsburgh was at a
stunning 1.1.

Within that, the most glaring deficiency for the Falcons was their inability to create big plays in the air. The only team in the
NFL with fewer plays of 20 yards or more passing was Carolina (30).

While big passing plays aren’t a prerequisite to success (a total of eight playoff teams had 47 or fewer), they obviously help.
Pittsburgh and Green Bay had 62 and 57, respectively. Philadelphia, which narrowly lost to the Packers in the playoffs, had
61.

“It’s something we were very cognizant of throughout the offseason,” Dimitroff said.

“You want to be smart, but this league is also about taking risks,” Smith said.

That’s both in games and in building a team. Enter Jones, who has not only displayed great tools, but a willingness to learn.

“The blocking is something everybody does here, you see it in practice and you know that’s part of how this team works,”
Jones said. “We have offensive linemen running down field like that all the time, so you know it’s part of the job.”

More important, Jones has been a quick study. In offseason workouts run by Ryan, the quarterback quickly found that out.
“If you tell him something, he’s going to do everything he can to do it exactly the way you tell him to,” Ryan said. “We have
a route on the outside where we stop on the route at 8 to 9 yards. He ran it a little deep the first time, probably 10 or 11
yards. I told him, ‘If you’re ever going to err, err on 7, not 11.’ I say miss at 7, hoping he’s going to miss at 9 and he hits it
right at 7. That’s on me to tell him exactly how I want it because that’s how he’s going to be. I have to say, ‘Really, it’s 8’ …
He is so detailed, I have to be precise in how I’m talking to him.”

To Ryan, that’s fine. As he looks across the field at his suped up weapons, the possibility makes him feel better about the
team’s chances and his responsibility.
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“I’m excited,” Ryan said. “We have guys who have the ability to make big plays. Harry catches that ball at 10 or 12 yards
and all of a sudden you see him get 70 and he’s in the end zone. “To me, so much of that falls on the quarterback, too. You
have to put them in position to get yards after the catch. You have to be so detailed in where you put the ball to help them
out. If a ball is on this shoulder when the defender is on the other shoulder, you have a chance. But if you put it in the
middle of a guy’s body, he’s going to get tackled.

“That’s on me, the finer points that we’re trying to accomplish.”
Curtis Lofton
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Falcons' Lofton a hero in hometown
However today’s big scrap with the Packers turns out, the result is unlikely to shake up the Kingfisher, Okla., celebrity
rankings.

Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton could have the game of his young, tackle-rich life right there on national TV. He
could actually catch, and bring down, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, unlike the last time the two teams played.
Wouldn’t matter.

Lofton’s not going to take over as the most famous person born in the tiny town (population 5,000) 30 minutes outside
Oklahoma City. The late Sam Walton will own that title for as long as the land remains covered up in Walmarts.

Being wedged in there at the No. 2 spot of famous Kingfisherites is hardly a terrible fate.

Lofton is only 25 and so well regarded in his hometown that there already is a statue of him in the making. As part of a
project called “Kingfisher Legacy,” statues of characters from the city’s past and present are being commissioned for every
street corner. Twelve should just about cover up Main Street, said John Gooden, the Kingfisher artist in charge.

As the funding falls into place, those who will be committed to bronze include a man who walked from Mississippi to
Kingfisher and became a local legend by singing at the train depot for troops as they left for WWI; a former territorial
governor; a Native American newspaper columnist; a man who left Kingfisher to start the Iditarod sled race in Alaska; and
the founder of the Coleman lantern company.

And another statue, not yet cast, of a football player who grew up in a small trailer by the railroad tracks, raised by his
grandmother while spending more Sundays visiting his mother in prison rather than watching the NFL.

“Usually, statues are for people who died. I’m pretty stoked up about it,” Lofton said, happy with his status as both a
noteworthy and still-breathing citizen.

Taking ownership

It’s not just Kingfisher residents taking note of Lofton.

“I’ve been really impressed with Curtis Lofton,” the Super Bowl champion QB Rodgers said, unprompted. “This is his
[fourth] year, and he has jumped up another notch. He’s one of the most underrated players at his position. I’m hopeful, for
his sake, that he starts getting the recognition that he deserves.”

That is a powerful endorsement, one of those that go right on the front of the book jacket of a player whose stock-in -trade
is the solid more than the spectacular.

“It’s good that other top players recognize me,” Lofton said, careful not to be sweet-talked. “But [the game is] going to be a
battle. He is the top quarterback in the league now, and we got to go out there and take care of business.”

The challenge of today is imposing.

The Packers came in here in January as a team that made the postseason last-minute, then rolled the top-seeded Falcons
48-21. Rodgers completed 86 percent of his passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for one more and was more
elusive than world peace.
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Green Bay rode that wave through the Super Bowl and, at 4-0 this season, has betrayed no signs of running aground.
Rodgers leads the NFL in quarterback rating and is second in touchdowns and fourth in yards. His team is scoring 37 a game,
tops in the league.

Lesser quarterbacks have troubled the Falcons this season. Last week, Seattle’s Tarvaris Jackson threw for a career-high 319
yards in a Seahawks loss. The Falcons defense hasn’t recorded a sack in the past three games. A unit that in theory was
upgraded this season is 24th in pass defense, 21st overall.

All this reflects on the middle linebacker, a position that demands personal ownership of every play.

He’s the one who wears the magic hat, the helmet with the radio receiver that relays the defensive coordinator’s orders.
He’s the one who has to translate those barks into workable alignments, often on the fly.

He’s the one who, in the everlasting mold of Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary and Ray Nitschke, is in charge of delivering a
message of violence. Like this season, Lofton led the team in tackles in 2009 and ’10. He hasn’t missed a game over that
span, despite finishing last season with knees so grouchy that both required an offseason surgical tune-up.

Whatever this Falcons defense becomes this season, be it an improvement or an impediment, go ahead and pin it on
Lofton. You have his permission.

“I feel like I am the face of this defense,” he said. “It’s a challenge. Each and every day, I got to bring a certain attitude, and
that’s what I love doing.

“If something’s wrong, I feel I need to do something to get it fixed. Maybe I didn’t let ’em know what play was coming or I
didn’t set ’em up to put them in the right position to make a play. It’s all about accountability to one another, and I’ve got
to hold myself to that.”

This was not necessarily a role he was born to play. Arriving at Flowery Branch from Oklahoma in 2008 as the team’s
second-round pick, Lofton wasn’t the automatically assertive type.

Having played the position for a half dozen years in Jacksonville, Mike Peterson came to the Falcons that same year and
served as a guide to the demanding world of middle linebacking.

“When I first got here, he was in a shell, he didn’t want to be that [leadership] guy,” Peterson said. “Last year, you saw it a
little bit more. This year, I’ve been pushing him a little more. I tell him, ‘[The players] hear me, but I’m not the guy in the
middle. They want to hear you.’”

“It’s night and day in how far I’ve grown since getting here,” Lofton said. “When I first got here, I didn’t want to step on
anybody’s toes. Now I look at it as my defense. I got to take charge.”

Tough childhood

The challenges of asserting one’s self in a huddle of willful men, as well as those that will come today as the Falcons face
the Packers, are not the most daunting Lofton has faced.

“That’s the bottom of the list,” he said.
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Above that, he’d place those Sundays spent loaded in a car with his grandmother and two older brothers, making an hour
drive to visit his mother at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. LaDonna Terrell was in and out of the joint for much of
Lofton’s youth, more in than out, he said, up to his junior year in high school. She has since beaten back her trouble with
drugs and alcohol and the crimes that spun off that, he said.

He speaks of growing up without a father nearby, growing up in a cramped trailer, having to mature at double-time.

He also says he wouldn’t change a thing about his upbringing: “It made me what I am.”

The linebacker coach at Oklahoma noticed something different about the kid from Kingfisher when he told an Oklahoma
newspaper years ago, “He has substance about him.”

Rather than distancing himself from his origins, Lofton embraces them, no matter how far the NFL life may tear him away.

When his grandmother’s small church was flooded out in 2007, Lofton helped relocate it to a storefront on higher ground.
The size of his donation is a carefully guarded secret.

The last time Lofton was home, the past offseason, customers at the First Capital Bank were a bit stunned when an NFL
linebacker playfully began greeting them at the drive-through teller window.

“He hasn’t changed a bit,” Jack Stuteville, Kingfishers’ mayor and the bank president, said.

After two years of pleading, Lofton finally convinced his grandmother to let him move her out of the trailer, to a new house
in a better area. “She called me crying the day she moved in,” he said. “That’s probably my best experience ever.”

That’s the very least he could do, he said, for the woman who raised him and sparked all his best instincts. Work hard, she
preached. Keep the faith. Treat others as you want to be treated.

And, still, she is intent upon uploading more.

Last week, smiling and raising his voice several octaves, Lofton did an impression of the woman who has a difficult time
processing the altered personality her grandson must assume on the field:

“Baby, you don’t have to be so mean to those boys.”

But, of course, his job is the very embodiment of mean. And Falcons fans from here to Kingfisher are banking on that quality
today.
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Falcons Q&A with linebacker Curtis Lofton
FLOWERY BRANCH Since his second round selection in the 2008 draft, Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton has been a
tackling machine. He led the team in tackles with 142 last season and has 410 tackles over his three years in the NFL.

In a Q&A with The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, Lofton discussed his outlook for the defense
entering the 2011 season:

Q: When people say ‘Falcons defense’ what do you want them to think?

A: We want to be feared. We want to put out good images of everyone flying to the ball, with no one loafing. When it gets
to be third down, we have our boys getting after the quarterback and the secondary picking off some passes.

Q: What are the goals and objectives for the defense this year?

A: We want to come out and be in the top 10 in every defensive category, but right now we are just focusing on getting
better.

Q: How is the new linebacker unit working together?

A: It’s going fine. This is the most athletic and fastest linebacking group that we’ve had since I’ve been here. We are physical
and everyone is smart. We’ve been playing together on and off over the past two years. We are ready to get it going.

Q: What’s been the key to having a successful run defense?

A: It’s discipline and trust. You have to be disciplined to stay in your gaps and you have to trust the guys will stay in their
gaps. That allows you to play at full speed.

Q: How important is it for the defense to get off to a fast start this year?

A: It’s very important. You want to go out and win your first game and that gives you momentum to start the season off
right.

Q: You play most of the top quarterbacks in the league this season. What will be some of the keys against the elite
quarterbacks?

A: I think the thing that sticks out is when you play top quarterbacks, you have to affect them. You don’t necessarily have to
get sacks, but you have to hit them. Bat the ball down. You have to play tight coverage behind that.

Q: The first team defense has not played together yet; how will the players try to come together as quickly as possible?

A: It starts out here on the practice field. We have to start building that bond and start building that trust in each other and
have that carry over on Sundays.

Q: What were some of the preseason highlights for the defense?

A: The No. 1 thing that stuck out, was that no one could run the ball against us. We were very pleased with that. There is
still room for improvement. Then, I really felt like some young guys stepped up in the secondary. We have a lot of young
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guys that have another year in the system. They are starting to feel more comfortable. We were able to play some more
man to man. We did a good job with that and we got after the passer.

Q: Can the defense turn in a big year?

A: Since I’ve been here this is the best defense that we’ve had. Our expectations are high and I’m sure that everyone else’s
are, too.
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No drama in his game
Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters is nobody’s big-budget blockbuster hero.

He does not come at you in IMAX 3-D, bigger than life. Aside from the little performance he gives after a quarterback sack
— he pantomimes a dead dude — Peters goes about his work with the drama and flamboyance of a census taker.

Thursday night against Jacksonville, after a visit to the locker room to tend to an injured knee, he scooped up a fumble and
trucked it in from 13 yards out — his first touchdown since high school. But, even then, his big play was obscured by John
Abraham’s 3 1/2 sacks and the Falcons’ flashiest offensive performance of the season.

Like his agent says, guys like Peters are a much easier sell to football general managers and coaches than they are to fans.

He is, in other words, just the type to show up in “Late Rounders,” a modest independent film in which nothing blows up,
there are no special effects, and not a single Kardashian is involved.

The documentary follows a group of five players getting ready for the 2010 NFL draft. It made the film festival circuit this
year to nice reviews, but nobody was going to get rich or famous off it.

Peters is the solid, dependable, slightly under-appreciated one, the one who looks into the camera and declares: “I will
never give [a team] a reason to get rid of me other than that I’m too old — and that I can live with.”

Falcons fans are slowly getting more acquainted with Peters as he fleshes out his second season in town. He’s the one who
does a lot of the trench work, occupying blockers while the linebackers swoop in for the tackle. He’s the one who is proving
himself a third-round bargain, starting over 2009 first-rounder Peria Jerry.

And away from the field, the Falcons just named him their nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given
annually to a single NFL player in recognition of his work in the community. That doesn’t create the headlines of, say, a
suspension or an arrest, but it does suggest Peters might be someone worth getting to know a little better.

Heroes are teachers

In “Late Rounders,” Peters is “introspective and beautifully unimpressed with the world he’s hoping to dive into,” the film
producer said.

In the film, Peters himself declares, “I’m not your typical football player.”

When asked to expand on that characterization, he slathers himself in humility.

“To me, I’m able to see the big picture of things and understand that football is just something I do, something God blessed
me to do,” he said.

“I went to school to be a teacher. They were my heroes. Somebody talented at math is no different than somebody who’s
talented at football. My position is glorified a lot more, but in reality we’re the same.

“I try to stay grounded. This is what I do, but it’s not a big deal to me. Sometimes, when people ask for autographs, I get it,
but I don’t get it.”
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His mother is a chief nursing officer at a West Virginia hospital. His father is a USDA liaison officer at Alcorn State University
in Mississippi. Such parents do not raise a son to believe that football is a be-all, end-all proposition.

Clifton Peters was one of 14 children. He put himself through college at Alcorn State working at the school’s pig farm. “And I
sent money home,” he said.

One quote from Corey suggests his father made a strong impression: “A man who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat — that’s what I
was always taught.”

Dad tried to make clear to his three sons that the world is filled with people who come from tough circumstances and such
folks are not to be ignored.

And with Corey, the son with the most obvious athletic gifts, Clifton found himself delivering an additional message
whenever they’d watch a game or a highlight show together.

“They’d interview a player and I’d say to Corey, ‘Why didn’t he explain himself better in that answer? He probably put more
emphasis on sports than he did academics.’”

Enough of the sermons got through that Peters earned his degree from Kentucky in secondary education, while twice being
named to the SEC’s All-Academic team. And with the Falcons this season, he was an almost weekly participant in the team’s
community outreach.

He has popped in on firehouses, dined with breast cancer survivors, stumped for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the
team’s child fitness program.

One event, bowling with children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was particularly moving.

“I was paired up with a little girl who had leukemia. She had so much energy, was so excited about every little thing. I don’t
know how I could take something that serious in stride and still be able to go out and have a good time.”

Season of extremes

Peters, however, is not paid by the mid-week appearance. The trick for a fellow who wishes to carry himself in a proper
fashion is not to let good intentions get in the way when it is time to sow havoc at game time.

Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams will testify that Peters’ principles don’t interfere with his play. Among his three
tackles last Sunday was the one in which he dragged down Williams by the dreadlocks dangling below his helmet.

Peters was himself once the owner of flowing tresses, but apparently there is no code of honor among that braided society.
“[The Panthers] were outraged a little, but you got to get them down any way you can get them down,” Peters said. “If I can
grab it, I’ll grab it.”

Grabbing for whatever he can, Peters leads all Falcons defensive linemen in tackles (31). He also has three sacks, each one
of them accompanied by a celebration move he calls “The Bernie,” in which he goes stiff and tilts backward in the attitude
of the dead character in the old movie “Weekend at Bernie’s.” He broke out a rendition Thursday after his fumble return.

The fan base has had reason to focus on Peters just twice this season, for good and bad. You finally get some small share of
notoriety, then find out she’s a fickle dame.
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He had a nifty one-handed interception of a Cam Newton screen pass that halted a potential tying touchdown drive in the
first Carolina game. One of the best things to come of that was the big photo in his father’s office, showing his 300-pound
son trying to stiff-arm a tackler like an oversized Adrian Peterson on the return.

Earlier in the season, there was the other extreme: Tampa Bay with the ball and a three-point lead, fourth-and-1 on the
Atlanta 44 with 1:49 left to play. During the timeout, coaches reminded Falcons defenders that the Bucs’ best option was to
try to draw one of them offside. Be careful. Be smart.

Then Peters lurched.

His offside penalty enabled the Bucs to run out the clock, denying Matt Ryan a shot to play hero.

“The response on my Twitter, it was kind of a reality check,” Peters said. “You learn who your true supporters are. I was
surprised; a lot of people will take the opportunity to kick you when you’re down. But you bounce back from it and learn
from it. I guarantee you I’ll never do that again in my career.”

Peters said he also applied the lessons of that episode to how he will react to other players’ foibles. The next blown dunk,
the next base-running blunder or dropped pass he views as a fan, he won’t be so quick to pile on with criticism.

He wouldn’t mind if others out there would follow that lead, granted that reason and perspective are tough sells in the
sports marketplace.

The camera crew stopped following Peters shortly after he was drafted and secured a spot on the Falcons roster, but his
story didn’t end there.

Since, Peters has discovered there is a place in his noisy profession for a guy who, as his agent Greg Linton says, “just goes
to work, studies film, listens to his coaches and does his job.”

There is an epilogue Peters would supply to that little film about young players and their against-the-odds struggles to make
it in the NFL.

He said it would simply go: “I couldn’t have ended in a better spot. I couldn’t be happier.”
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The top one percent
There's a very fine line between really good and Hall of Fame. Matt Ryan is working hard to cross over.

Matt Ryan is attempting to join Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers as an elite player, but the difference between
very good and great has never seemed wider for quarterbacks. This story appears in the Jan. 9, 2012 NEXT issue of ESPN
The Magazine.

IT WAS SMOKY. Streaks of fire shot into the domed air like champagne as each player from the hometown Falcons was
introduced, none louder than the 10th to be called. Quarterback ... from Boston College ... No. 2 ... Matt Ryan! This was last
January during the playoffs, minutes after the Georgia Dome crowd waved red flags and booed the visiting Packers and
their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. This game seemed to have an evolutionary quality, the beginning of a new chapter. Each
decade has its quarterback rivalries, and now, for the first time, the league's two premier young passers were to meet in
the postseason.

Both Ryan and Rodgers had become starters in 2008 -- Ryan the hotshot rookie, Rodgers the forgotten benchwarmer -- and
until this evening, Ryan seemed to have more upside. He was AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2008, NEXT in 2009 and
Matty Ice throughout, a 6'4", 217-pound, ever-smiling Irish Catholic cleansing of the Michael Vick era. In 2010, Ryan led the
Falcons to a 13 3 record, with 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Days before the playoffs, Ryan, not Rodgers, was
named to the Pro Bowl.

And it was on: Ryan passed the Falcons down the field for a 7-0 lead, then Rodgers answered with a score. The teams went
back and forth until Atlanta took over with 42 seconds left in the first half, down 21-14. Ryan moved the Falcons into field
goal range with 10 seconds remaining. Looking for another five yards, he called one more play. Ryan rolled left, hesitated
for a beat, recocked and forced a late pass to Roddy White, a throw he immediately regretted. Packers corner Tramon
Williams intercepted the ball and ran 70 yards for a touchdown, changing the trajectory of not only the game but the
perceptions of the two quarterbacks.

Rodgers went on to throw for 366 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-21 blowout. He's never looked back. Meanwhile,
when the smoke finally cleared that night, Ryan, dazed behind his eyeblack, seemed as small as his end of the scoreboard as
a peer passed him by.

Each year, this magazine anoints athletes we think will not only become stars but also transcend sports. Most of the picks --
think Maria Sharapova, Larry Fitzgerald, Carlos Beltran -- become stars. But few actually do transcend, and the reason is
simple: It's really hard. So hard, in fact, that only a few from each era -- think LeBron, A-Rod, Yao Ming -- achieve it. And it's
even harder for NFL quarterbacks. Our past NEXT QB picks range from Jared Lorenzen to Donovan McNabb to Ben
Roethlisberger, with only Big Ben possibly destined for Canton. For as gorgeous as a perfect pass looks, the path to
greatness isn't so pretty up close. All quarterbacks, especially great ones, volley between huge ego trips and driving
insecurity. Doubt gnaws at them, no matter how many Super Bowls they've won. Some channel those nerves into a Hall of
Fame career. Rodgers is on his way. Ryan is desperate to join him.

He ranks as one of the 10 best people in the world at what he does. But Ryan's goal, he says, "is to be the very best." And
the difference between the 99th percentile and the 99.9th seems huge. Since being drafted third overall in 2008, he's won
42 games and led 16 fourth-quarter comebacks, both second only to Drew Brees. He's exactly the kind of guy you'd sell as
the face of your team -- loved by teammates, always willing to hold his smile for a second picture if the flash doesn't go off.
His coaches trust him to operate the no-huddle offense and pick from roughly 30 plays on every down. He's only 26, with
his career ahead of him.
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But he's stuck. A hangover that started with that playoff pick has lingered into this year. Ryan's completion percentage is
down, his interception rate up. At times, both he and the Falcons, preseason Super Bowl favorites, look like they've
plateaued. He lights up bad teams, like his six touchdowns and one interception in wins against the Jaguars and Colts, but
struggles against the best, with three scores and three picks in losses to the Packers and Saints. And he chose a bad year to
be stuck: The difference between very good and great has never seemed wider for quarterbacks, as Rodgers, Brees and
Tom Brady have distanced themselves from everyone else. Ryan watches film of those passers every off-season, wondering
why he hasn't joined them. He's got the arm, brains, ambition and support system. But the last step is the hardest. "There's
something to be said for being motivated and driven," he says. "There's also something to be said for being able to let
things go. It's a constant battle."

The current crop of future Hall of Famers has one thing in common: Before they were great, they were broken. Whether it
was Brady's draft-day slide, or Rodgers' not receiving a single Division I offer out of high school, or Brees' being ignored in
favor of taller quarterbacks, each had to face the prospect of not having a pro career. But Ryan's interception against the
Packers was the first time he was broken, and he struggled to let it go. He watched video of it for days after the loss,
replaying the momentum he gave away. "That's the difference between winning a Super Bowl and not," he says.

He had never doubted his arm, even when he operated a run-first offense at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.
But at last year's Pro Bowl, his first, he wondered whether he belonged on the same stage with Brees, Vick and Peyton
Manning. Then he saw them throw and was relieved that his arm was as good as theirs. "It was the best thing that ever
happened to him," tight end Tony Gonzalez says. "Watching those guys, saying, 'I'm just as good as them. What's separating
me from them? Execution and consistency.'"

Ryan shook off a slump against Carolina, rallying his team to its biggest second-half road comeback in 31 years.This year,
though, Ryan has struggled with both, flatlining at a high level but far short of where he wants to be. His coach, Mike Smith,
calls Ryan a "great quarterback, with the skill set to be elite." His GM, Thomas Dimitroff, says his progress is "right on track,"
adding that circumstances beyond Ryan's control have contributed to his problems: Through Week 15, he'd been hit 74
times this season, fourth most in the NFL, and his receivers had 32 drops -- second most in the league. But the greats find
ways to rise above, and he's reached that point common to so many ambitious people, where his expectations can be
corrosive. That's why Ryan, whom former college teammates called a "cocky sucker," sits at a table in December and
describes his career as "good, not great," a six out of 10. Later he laughs about how "embarrassed" he was recently after
studying game tape from 2009, back when he was where Cam Newton is now, considered wise beyond his years. Ryan
knew relatively nothing, and he wonders whether he now knows too much. "You start to think you know things and start to
second-guess," he says. "And that screws you up. So you kind of go back to what you originally did: Trust what you see and
throw it."

Each Sunday is another chance. The game plan is faxed to his house every Tuesday night, and he knows it cold when he
leaves the next day at 5:50 a.m. His coaches try not to overload him, but Ryan asks to be overloaded -- the drive and curse
of the supremely motivated. He meets with Smith alone twice a week to watch film, an advanced-level scouting session
between a defensive mind and his quarterback, in the mold of Belichick and Brady. But on game day, Ryan has struggled to
grind through self-imposed doubts. "It's a fine line between being your harshest critic but not beating yourself up," he says.
"Sometimes you need to pat yourself on the back and say, 'Know what? You're doing a good job.'"

Against the Texans on Dec. 4, Ryan overthrew easy scores on his first two passes and tossed interceptions on his third and
sixth. He didn't snap out of it until the Falcons trailed 17-10 with 59 seconds left. He drove into Houston territory, and on
the final play he lofted a pass that slipped through rookie receiver Julio Jones' hands. Ryan spent the next week talking
about how "s---ty" he'd played. "Matt's his toughest critic," Dimitroff says. "That can be an incredibly admirable trait. It also
can be the bane of our existence."
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When Ryan entered the league, he obsessively patterned his game after Brady and Manning, as if emulating them would
seal his rise. But as he's grown, he has realized he can be great only on his own terms. And when he's on, Ryan does things
that they didn't at his age. He wields more power at the line of scrimmage than Brady, and he throws fewer interceptions
than Manning. He says his only chance to be great is to "keep working hard. Keep your head down. That's all you can do, I
think." He smiles. "Could be wrong, though." It's revealing both as a measure of his maturity and his confidence that the
play he's most proud of this year was one in which, with the game on the line, he took the ball out of his hands. On Sept. 18
against the Eagles, he audibled from a pass to a run that Michael Turner busted for 61 yards, helping to lock up a win. A
year ago, Ryan might have thrown the ball, trying to prove himself. Now he's content to share the burden. "Not every play
has to be on me," he says.

But there are moments, like in last year's playoffs, when a great quarterback is the only answer. Ryan was in the middle of
one of those times against the Panthers in December, sitting, head down, on the bench. Moments earlier, he dropped into
his own end zone, locked onto a receiver too long and was sacked for a safety. Down 9-7, Ryan lifted his eyes in time to see
Panthers tailback DeAngelo Williams convert his mistake into a 74-yard touchdown run. On the next series, Ryan recovered
his own fumble on first down, tossed a screen for a loss on second, and on third threw incomplete to Jones. A few minutes
later, Newton hit a 44-yard TD to move past Ryan into fourth place on the rookie passing yardage list. Down 23-7, Ryan
looked lost.

But this time he did what the great quarterbacks do: He threw himself out of a funk. During a third-quarter stretch, Ryan
called passes on 14 of 19 plays, and he kept throwing, even after Jones couldn't haul in two potential scores, even after he
was sacked, even after a field goal and two touchdown passes put Atlanta ahead 24-23 with 12:42 left. And he kept
throwing to Jones. Ryan's most resolute pass of the game was a post in the fourth quarter that the rookie caught between
two defenders for a 75-yard touchdown.

After Ryan ended the game on one knee and tossed the ball to the ref, Newton approached him. The rookie whose
greatness seems preordained patted the helmet of the veteran who knows better, and Ryan jogged away. An hour later, on
the way to the team bus, he was asked by a fan to autograph two plastic packages containing Matt Ryan action figures. One
was from his Boston College days, slinging it in maroon and gold, a cocky sucker; the other was in Falcons black, hardened
by self-awareness. For a half, at least, Ryan melded the best qualities of both of those quarterbacks, and nobody could
touch him. He signed each, and ascended the bus, a step closer to becoming himself.
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Tough Irishman' Matt Ryan draws praise from Smith
Mike Smith calls Matt Ryan a ''tough Irishman.''

The Falcons coach says that toughness helps make his quarterback a fourth-quarter winner.

Ryan was pounded by Philadelphia's pass rush for three quarters, but he was at his best at the end. He led two touchdown
drives in a near-perfect final quarter to rally the Falcons to a crucial 35-31 victory over the Eagles on Sunday night.

''He's a tough Irishman,'' Smith said. ''I've said that before. He gets hit and he takes that hit and he keeps going. He is a guy
that will never give up. When you have a guy like that leading your football team, it's going to pay dividends in the long
run.''

Ryan was sacked four times - all in the first three quarters - struggling after one to rise from his knees. He was also hit six
times, usually landing hard on the turf.

Despite the beating, the fourth quarter belonged to Ryan.

His No. 2 jersey commanded the respect of a Georgia Dome sellout crowd packed with Michael Vick's No. 7 - in Falcons' red
and Eagles' green. Ryan completed 8 of 10 passes with a touchdown to rally the Falcons from a 31-21 deficit.

Vick, the former Falcons star, left with a third-quarter concussion, spitting blood on his way off the field.

Ryan won the battle of endurance before winning the game.

A victory the Falcons needed. They were coming off a 13-3 season that ended with a disappointing home playoff loss to
Green Bay and opened with an ugly loss at Chicago following a winless preseason.

Another setback would have left an opening for doubts to enter the Falcons' locker room before this week's game at Tampa
Bay.

Ryan, in his fourth season, has led 14 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. Smith said this may have been
Ryan's top showing with the game on the line.

''Matt was at his best in the fourth quarter,'' Smith said. ''It would be hard to think of him in those two drives playing any
better since we've been here.''

Ryan passed for 76 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter while leading two touchdown drives. He had a 1-yard
scoring pass to Ovie Mughelli to cap a 12-play drive that covered 80 yards and then led another 80-play drive which ended
with Michael Turner scoring from the 3 with less than 5 minutes remaining.

''That is probably as well as I've seen Matt play in those circumstances,'' Smith said.

Overall, Ryan completed 17 of 28 passes for 195 yards with a career-high four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Smith said the fourth-quarter win also showed him more about his team.

''This is a team that doesn't blink,'' he said. ''This is a team that stays focused, knows what the task is, and to the best of
their abilities goes out and tries to perform.''
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The sacks are a growing concern, however. Ryan was sacked five times and hit 11 more times in the 30-12 loss at Chicago.

Ryan already is almost halfway to his career-high total of being sacked 23 times last season.

It's a pace the Falcons can't afford to see continue.

''We have got to protect the quarterback,'' Smith said. ''We've got to make sure schematically that we put our guys in the
best situations and we've got to win our one-on-one matchups. We've played two very good defensive fronts in the first
two games and we have not fared the way that we wanted to in the sacks given up.

''This is a group that over the last three years has been one of the top teams in protecting our quarterback, and we've got
to get back to playing with some continuity and some confidence in protecting our quarterback.''

The Falcons' offensive line has played without injured center Todd McClure and is adjusting to the loss of guard Harvey
Dahl, who signed with St. Louis as a free agent.

Ryan defended his line, which included second-year center Joe Hawley. Garrett Reynolds has replaced Dahl at guard.

Ryan said the unit played especially well in the fourth quarter.

''I thought our guys stepped up and did a great job,'' Ryan said. ''They kept battling and on those last two drives they
provided some really good protection. We were able to make some throws down the field.''

The Falcons ran a no-huddle offense in the final quarter, limiting the ability of the Eagles' defense to have time for
substitutions and adjustments.

It didn't take long for Ryan to look ahead to this week's game at Tampa Bay.

''I think anytime you get the first win of the year, it feels really good,'' Ryan said. ''But we've got a long way to go. One of
the things I say every week is that you can't get too high and you can't get too low. We've got a good Tampa Bay team that
we're going to be going against down there. ... We need to move on.''

NOTES: The Falcons are sticking with rookie punter Matt Bosher, at least for now. Bosher averaged only 35.6 yards on seven
punts, including an 18-yarder out of the end zone. ''We know that when you have a young player, especially one of the
specialists, they're going to have some rookie moments and I think he had some of those yesterday,'' Smith said, adding
Bosher ''has good resolve'' and will improve.
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As season approaches, Ryan is deep thinker
FLOWERY BRANCH During his Falcons career, quarterback Matt Ryan’s film room attendance has been well known.

That’s where he finds solace in self critiques and comes up with various improvement plans, and where he finds what works
league wide and incorporates into the Falcons offense.

This offseason, however, Ryan stepped outside the film room out of necessity. During the 132 day lockout, Ryan was the
main organizer of the players led practices at Buford High and taught the playbook to rookie wide receiver Julio Jones,
working hands on.

With no coaches around, Ryan helped lay out plans for what the offense would look like this season.

Ryan found some positive things the unit could carry forward from a 13 3 season, where the Falcons won the NFC South
and finished ranked fifth in scoring (25.6 points per game) and 16th in total offense (341.1 yards) in the league.

“We were really good in third down situations last year and we were pretty good in first and second down situations; we
gave ourselves a lot of third and makeables,” Ryan said.

Yet Ryan was honest about his and the unit's shortcomings.

“One of the areas, and it’s been talked about a lot, is a focus for me, [and that's] throwing the ball down the field and
working with the guys throwing the ball down the field,” Ryan said.

The Falcons often marched down the field last season, running time off the clock. Yet when they got into a shootout with
Green Bay in the playoffs' divisional round, they couldn’t keep up.

Throwing the long ball hopefully will allow the offense to score quicker.

“For me, I felt like I needed to be more accurate in those situations, giving those guys a chance [to make a play],” Ryan said.

Not all of the work on the deep passing game was on display at Buford High, Ryan said. There were private, one on one
sessions in which he tried to get the timing down with his receivers on deep routes.

One of the key plays in the Green Bay game occurred when Michael Jenkins was open on a deep ball, slipped when it
showed up late and watched as the pass was intercepted by Tramon Williams.

Had Ryan and the since departed Jenkins connected on that play, the Falcons would have taken a 21 14 lead and a different
Super Bowl champ might have emerged.

“There were some situations where I wanted to work on some things and kind of just work with one guy, kind of every day,"
Ryan said of the offseason workouts.

Outside of the film room, Ryan knew it would be important to get Jones acclimated. Jones received his playbook when the
lockout was temporarily lifted.

For Jones, while he recognized some concepts, the playbook might as well have been written in hieroglyphics. Ryan, with
the help of John Parker Wilson, who played a season with Jones at Alabama, served as translators. The study plan was
ambitious.
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“We wanted to teach him the offense as a whole, not just one position,” Ryan said. “I think that’s the best way that these
guys can learn it, is to learn the system. You need to know what each specific player is doing. I think that has helped him.”

Ryan knew if Jones were able to learn the entire attack, he wouldn’t have to come off the field when the Falcons went to
their no huddle attack.

“He ends up playing a lot of different positions,” Ryan said.

In the team’s four receiver formations, Jones could end up, depending on the play call, at any one of the spots.

“If you are just learning one position, it’s going to put you behind,” Ryan said. “Him, having a better feel and better
understanding of what our system is like, has helped him.”

By adding Jones to running back Michael Turner, fullback Ovie Mughelli, wide receiver Roddy White, tight end Tony
Gonzalez and wide receiver Harry Douglas, the Falcons have a deeper offensive arsenal.

With Jones, White compared the Falcons to the old St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense that featured hall of
famer Marshall Faulk, quarterback Kurt Warner and receivers Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az Zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl from
1999 to 2001.


“That’s good that Roddy has high expectations,” Ryan said. “In all honesty, I think all of us have the right mindset. All of us
just want to win. When you have a collection of guys like that on your offense and on your football team, it makes it fun to
be a part of.”

It will be impossible to keep everybody happy, but Ryan doesn’t believe there will be problems.

“All of these guys know that they have great individual talent,” Ryan said. “Roddy has it. Tony has it. Harry has it. Julio has
it. Michael Turner has it. All of us are kind of willing to put that to the side and do whatever it takes to be successful."
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No letting go
Matt Ryan watched it. Not obsessively, but enough to see the mistakes, to remember, and to make sure 48 21 never
happens to him again. For all but one team in the playoffs, the season ends abruptly, but for Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons,
last season's ending was especially jarring. Atlanta was the No. 1 seed in the NFC, coming off a bye, playing at home where
it had lost only once during the regular season, taking on a team coming off a short week after a wild card game on the
road. And Green Bay waxed the Falcons. Bam. Over. Thanks for playing.

"It stings," Ryan said earlier this week. "And it does stick with you."

With 48 21 in his back pocket serving as motivation, Ryan will try to continue his upward progression this season as one of
the best young quarterbacks in the league. In his first three years in Atlanta, Ryan has led the Falcons to a 33 15 record, the
best three year run in franchise history. He has improved his accuracy, cut down on his turnovers and grown into a leader
for a team that was at ground zero, post Vick, post Petrino, when he arrived.

Now comes the hard step: winning in the postseason. Ryan has gotten the Falcons into the playoffs twice in three years, but
he did not play well either time. A loss on the road to Arizona as a rookie was forgivable, but two picks, including a game
changer at the end of the first half, in a 48 21 defeat? Not so much.

Ryan is where Peyton Manning was after his 41 0 playoff loss to the New York Jets in 2002: oh for the postseason, with
some fans questioning whether he can get it done when it matters most.

Inside the Falcons training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., there is no doubt. Although Ryan threw two interceptions against
the Packers, including one Tramon Williams returned for a touchdown as the first half ended, Atlanta's defense also gave up
442 yards and could barely get a hand on QB Aaron Rodgers' jersey. With plenty of time to throw, Rodgers put on a clinic,
completing 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for a fourth.

That is part of the reason Atlanta signed Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards to a five year, $30 million deal to play
opposite John Abraham. Edwards does not have to get double digit sacks as long as he can alleviate some of the pressure
on Abraham, who was the Falcons' only effective pass rusher last season. A better pass rush also should help Atlanta's
secondary. The Falcons filled their other big need a direct nod to Ryan by moving up 21 spots in the draft to select
Alabama's Julio Jones with the sixth overall pick. Last season, Atlanta ranked last in pass plays of 30 plus yards, with nine.
Although Roddy White can stretch the field, he can't do it by himself. Jones, 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds, is a speedy receiver
who caught 179 passes in college, second most in school history. His arrival meant Harry Douglas could move to his
preferred position in the slot, and with Tony Gonzalez at tight end and Michael Turner at running back, Ryan has weapons
all over the field.

"Mike Smith said it well the other day: We made it very clear what our expectations are for Julio when we moved up from
27 to six," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "Julio has impressed me from day one."

He has impressed Ryan, too, despite the fact that Jones dropped a perfectly placed deep ball from him in the Falcons' third
preseason game against Pittsburgh.

"He's going to make those plays," Ryan said. "He's made those kinds of plays his entire life, high school, college. He'll make
them in the NFL, too. The important part is he keeps getting down the field. He's very fast. I've got to let go of that ball
quickly."

If the expectations on Jones are big, the ones on Ryan are enormous. He made a big leap from his second to third season.
He improved his accuracy from 58.3 percent to 62.5 percent, in part, Ryan said, because of how diligently he prepared. ("It
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puts you at ease on Sunday, and allows you to have confidence in what you're doing," Ryan said.) He also threw for 3,705
yards and 28 touchdowns, both career highs.

Dimitroff said Ryan's confidence is felt throughout the building on the practice field, in the meeting rooms, in the locker
room. He said Ryan has taken more of an interest in the development of all areas of the team, not just the offense.

"He's always had a presence, but it's that much more evident this year," Dimitroff said. "He's a very, very competitive
individual, as most quarterbacks at this level are, but he just seems so driven this year to continue to take this to new
levels."

Like to that place Dimitroff, who cut his teeth with the New England Patriots, won't mention by name: the Super Bowl.

To get there, Ryan must show that he, like Rodgers, is clutch when it counts. A bunch of come from behind wins last year
meant little after 48 21.

So Ryan watched the loss to the Packers, more than once, not to torture himself, but to learn. It stung, for sure, but it did
help.

"One of the things that's really important and I've kind of learned over the years is you have to get past those tough losses
and move forward," Ryan said. "You can't let it eat at you. You have to let it affect you the right way, serving as motivation
and learning from that, not sending you into a funk where you can't move past it.

"I think everybody in training camp is beyond that and focused on this season. We'll use what we learned from the last
three seasons, and I'll try to make me a better player."

And a winner in the postseason. Manning got his first playoff win on his fourth try. The feeling here is that Ryan will get his
in his third try to make 48 21 just numbers in a book.
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For Will Svitek, one-way hike led to the pros
The story of the newest starter along the fluid offensive front of the Falcons is one that spans continents, cultures and
political systems — with a little football in the footnotes.

The search for a beginning to such a sprawling tale led to a veteran’s suggestion: “Make sure he shows you the photo, the
one with him in the backpack,” tackle Tyson Clabo said.

As good an opening scene as any, that photo: Will Svitek, the Falcons tackle opposite Clabo, in the Yugoslavia of 1984, a 2-
year-old riding his eldest brother’s back. Svitek obviously was a great load even then, as the family gathered on a rocky
plateau.

This was no family picnic in the mountains, as the scene suggested. The two oldest Svitek boys, Tomas and Ivan, knew that.
All Andrew, four years older than Will, knew was the fib his parents told him, that they were all just playing a game,
pretending to go on military maneuvers.

Facing the family were saw-toothed Alpine crags. The symbolism was stark and to scale — one more mountain to climb to
freedom.

Here was a treasured captured moment, just before the family went seeking a soft spot in the Iron Curtain, the very day it
left behind everything familiar for the sake of a dream.

Svitek’s presence at left tackle today as the Falcons take on New Orleans is proof that his father, Milan, and mother, Eva,
made it. They led the family from its native Communist Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), through Yugoslavia (in an
area that is now Slovenia) and into Austria. And the entire brood — not just the professional football player in the family —
seems to live as if to honor the parents’ decision to make the difficult journey that ended in America.

Today will be Svitek’s third start in place of Sam Baker, part of a recent effort to keep Matt Ryan out of traction. There has
been some improvement on that front. In the Falcons’ first three games, Ryan was sacked 13 times. The sack total is less
than half that (six) over the past five games.

Holding is discouraged in Svitek’s profession, unless it is to cling stubbornly to a roster spot. A sixth-round pick by Kansas
City in 2005 out of Stanford, Svitek started four games for the Chiefs before being released following the 2007 season. The
Falcons signed him in ’09, and he has been mostly a big guy in the background until now.

His NFL numbers are the least exceptional component of his personal history.

There’d be no football numbers at all had Milan and Eva Svitek opted not to take a one-way hike in the summer of 1984.

As to where he might be now had they remained in Prague, Svitek said, “I think about it all the time. Who knows what I
would have gotten into? I definitely wouldn’t be playing football. Maybe I’d be a hockey player, who knows? Probably not.
Don’t think I’d be too good on ice.

“My parents gave me everything. I could never be grateful enough. Whatever I do, I try to make them proud.”

Window for escape
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Milan Svitek was not a good little Communist. He was a dissident who chaffed at the Soviet rule of his land. There was a
thick secret police file with his name on it, Milan said, one he was later able to read and disregard as the flotsam of a failed
system after the fall of communism at the end of 1989.

He still had value to the state. He was an urban planner and a former weight thrower on the national track team who was
married to a math teacher. The deprivation they felt was largely intellectual.

As oldest son Tomas crossed over into his 20s, the need to escape became clear.

“Tomas was very gifted in space science,” said Milan, who with Eva lives in Southern California. “But he would not be
allowed to study where he wanted. They would take him into the army, and, maybe, he’d work on Russian satellites. We
were hostages of a political system.”

The exit strategy was complicated. Because of his politics, Milan could not obtain passports for him and his family. When, in
1984 he was granted permission to travel on vacation to another Soviet Bloc nation, Yugoslavia, a window for escape
appeared.

The Yugoslavian border was less heavily guarded. Milan, the urban planner, was skilled with maps. This was their chance.

Driving where they could, taking an all-day hike for the final leg over the mountains and across the border, the Sviteks
turned themselves in as refugees seeking political asylum to Austrian authorities. They spent nine months in Austria until
their application to come to America was approved.

The Sviteks arrived in California in early 1985 with five suitcases, $1,000 and a $1,600 loan from the U.S. that Milan would
pay back $20 at a time.

“We were more poor than people realize,” Milan said. “McDonald’s was a place we couldn’t visit for our first three years
here. But we always were able to feed the family.”

Breeding success

A quick audit on the family now shows a huge return for the parents’ risk.

Milan, 70, is retired after 20 years as an urban planner for Los Angeles County. His wife, 68, is an artist who broke five hours
in this year’s L.A. marathon.

With his advanced degree from the California Institute of Technology, Tomas is building solar-sail-powered spacecraft in
California.

Ivan, the gangly teenager in the photo who fled communism, is now the ultimate capitalist in Moscow, the CEO of Home
Credit and Finance Bank in Russia.

Andrew got his law degree from California-Davis and works as an urban planner in Southern California.

As for the 29-year-old Will, with his political science degree from Stanford and his forays into business classes at Harvard
and Wharton: “I always joke around about me being the dumb jock in the family,” he said.
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Svitek came to football late. First, there was track (he was a national youth decathlon champ); then there was basketball;
then, after much objection from his family, he began playing football in high school.

The motivations to play were simple enough.

“I started playing football just because all my friends were, and I thought it would be kind of a cool thing to do, maybe the
girls would like it,” Svitek said.

The game was so foreign to his parents that Will bought them a “Football for Dummies” book at Christmas. The
Americanization of the Sviteks would not be complete until the elders learned the non-military use for such terms as
“bomb,” “the trenches,” “blitz” and “shotgun.”

Svitek’s parents are visiting Atlanta through November, for a three-game homestand that begins today against the Saints.
Tomas will be along to witness his first pro game and learn up-close that the NFL, indeed, is not rocket science.

The Sviteks earned U.S. citizenship in 1989, just as the Soviet Bloc was disintegrating. Milan had the opportunity to return
to his old home in the early ’90s, but was far too rooted in his new home to seriously consider it.

American Dream

Svitek is not the man to go to in search of confirmation that the ideal of the American Dream is growing up threadbare.

He is his father’s son, shot through with an instinctual suspicion of big government and a true believer in the power of self-
reliance and hard work. He sings the immigrant’s song in full voice.

“Our country is in tough times being in recession, deficit, risk of inflation,” he said. “I think the American Dream is possible. I
believe in it 100 percent because I’m a living example. Obviously, there are people who have advantages and
disadvantages. But I think, at the end of the day, you control your own destiny. You don’t have to look to others.”

(His father also has influenced Svitek’s charitable efforts. Milan is a prostate cancer survivor, and Will is currently taking
part in a prostate cancer awareness program called Movember, growing a moustache as a visible sign of support while
raising donations on his own Movember website).

Svitek may not be known as the most artful of offensive linemen, or the most skilled. But in his first two starts with the
Falcons this year, he faced Detroit’s Kyle Vanden Bosch and Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney without yielding a sack to either.
On a line that is trying to rediscover the aggressive edge with which it played a season ago, his goal is to pretty much “try to
fit in with the rest of the guys.”

“I was always a defensive guy in college [defensive end], so I try to play with a defensive mentality, try to play with an
attitude and an edge,” he said.

At the very least, growing up as he did, playing hard is never optional.

“My parents sacrificed everything they could so I could come here and have these opportunities,” Svitek said. “I never want
to take anything for granted. I have to maximize my potential.”

Svitek was carried into a new life, a meaty toddler toted upon his brother’s back. The load has long since shifted. It is his
turn to carry, his responsibility to take his parents’ hard-earned hopes as far as possible.
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Falcons' Turner endorses return to the run
When Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff made a blockbuster deal last April to draft Alabama wide receiver
Julio Jones sixth overall, he thought the move would take an already-strong team to the next level.

While the rookie has flashed tons of ability in making 25 catches for 358 yards through his first five games and, as expected,
took heat off star receiver Roddy White, his arrival may have inadvertently created something of an identity crisis for a
team that earned the top seed in last year's NFC playoffs.

Atlanta sent its first-, second- and fourth-round picks this year and its first-and fourth-round selections next year to the
Clevleand Browns in order to move up 21 slots for Jones.

But when the speedster missed last Sunday's 31-17 victory against the visiting Carolina Panthers with a hamstring injury,
star running back Michael Turner used the outcome to emphasize what he believes Atlanta's offensive personality should
be.

"We're a run-first team," he said after carrying 27 times for a season-high 139 yards and two touchdowns. "I think
everybody would say that."

In truth, it has become more difficult to characterize a Falcons team that finished 13-3 last season but did not have nearly
enough firepower to match the visiting Green Bay Packers in making a sudden 48-21 exit in the divisional round of the
postseason.

One certainty is that they are still chasing Green Bay, having fallen to the defending Super Bowl champions 25-14 at home
in Week 5. Another surety is that Atlanta has already matched last season's regular-season loss total at 3-3 and must find its
stride in a hurry if it is to retain NFC South honors.

"I'm sure the wide receivers will say we're a passing team," said fullback Ovie Mughelli, "but we're really a running team,
and that helps the passing game — not the other way around.

"If we can get the running game going like we did (against Carolina), we can do some things."

The Falcons churned out 166 yards and averaged a robust 4.7 yards per carry vs. the Panthers. They executed methodical
touchdown drives of 81, 80 and 60 yards that kept explosive Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton off the field.

"We'd like to be able to do that every week," said quarterback Matt Ryan.

The same blueprint would seem to make sense when Atlanta visits the resurgent Detroit Lions on Sunday. Few would argue
with a gameplan aimed at keeping hot-handed quarterback Matthew Stafford and wideout Calvin Johnson— the dreaded
"Megatron" — off the field as much as possible.

The Falcons' coaching staff will then have a bye week to evaluate strategy going forward.

Turner, who rushed 334 times for 1,371 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2010, is not waiting that long to make his case.

"This team was built on running the football," he said. "We added Julio, he was a good addition for us and we're going to
incorporate him."

But he noted that Atlanta appeared to wear down the Panthers as the clock wound down.
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"I think we had a better focus on finishing, and in order to finish, we had to steadily pound the rock."

Coach Mike Smith also highlighted the role the ground game played.

"I really liked the way that we got our run game going," he said. "We did a nice job blocking up to the second level. When
you get your offensive line up to the second level and have the wide receivers blocking down the field, then you have an
opportunity to have explosive plays."

Mughelli praises the receivers for doing whatever is necessary to make the Falcons fly high.

"We have receivers who love to block," he said. "They are not finesse, prissy wide receivers who don't want to get their
hands dirty. These guys will get in there and rumble with any defensive backs, so it really helps the running game."
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Turner still the heart of Atlanta's offense
ATLANTA Talk all you want about how the Atlanta Falcons should go to the no huddle offense or how they should throw
down the field more often.

There may be some truth to both theories. But when it comes to the real core of the Atlanta offense, there’s one thing you
need to keep in mind. Don’t ever forget that the real backbone of this offense is Michael Turner and the running game.

If you want proof, just look at a couple of crucial plays in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s 35 31 victory against the
Philadelphia Eagles in the Georgia Dome.

Although there was a lot of hype about quarterbacks Michael Vick and Matt Ryan going head to head for the first time, they
didn’t decide the game. Turner might have been the guy who did that.

With Philadelphia leading 31 28 with 7 minutes, 54 seconds remaining and Atlanta holding the ball at its 13 yard line,
Turner broke off a 61 yard run. Five plays later he plunged in for a 3 yard touchdown to give the Falcons the lead for good.

 “Matt might like to think we’re a passing team and [receiver] Roddy [White] will definitely tell you we’re a passing team,’’
fullback Ovie Mughelli said. “But Michael and I will tell you we’re a running team, and tonight shows that. Really, they go
hand in hand. You’ve got to be able to run and you’ve got to be able to pass. Call us either one, but call us a happy team
because we were a winning team tonight.’’

Vick left the game with a concussion in the third quarter and didn’t return. Ryan, whose performance was rocky at times
earlier in the game, took control once the Falcons went to the no huddle offense in the fourth quarter after falling behind
31 21. Ryan finished with a career best four touchdown passes, but the Falcons wouldn’t have won this game without
Turner.

His long run put Philadelphia’s defense, which spent a fortune on free agents in the offseason, on its heels. His touchdown
also was the difference on the scoreboard.

Turner carried 21 times for 114 yards. It marked the 21st time since he joined the Falcons in 2008 that Turner has rushed
for 100 or more yards.

“That’s one of the top defensive lines in the league,’’ Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We just kept scratching where we
were going and we finally busted one open.’’

The long run came on a trap play and Smith’s right when he says the Falcons worked all night to set it up.

“I was a spectator on the sidelines for that play,’’ Mughelli said. “But the coaches were all saying, 'This could be the one.
This could be the one where he breaks it.' We’d been looking at the photos of our plays all game long and you could just see
that one was going to break open at some point. We were close on it a whole bunch of times. We’d just miss a block or two
here and there. We finally put all those blocks together and Mike was able to break it.’’

Turner’s play came immediately after the Falcons had another of his runs wiped out by a holding penalty on Joe Hawley.
The Falcons (1 1) were already in the no huddle offense, and it would have been easy to grow impatient and just abandon
the running game. They could have just put the game in Ryan’s hands, but they didn’t.

That’s partly because Ryan calls the shots when the Falcons run the no huddle offense and he liked what he saw.
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“We got the look we wanted,’’ Ryan said. “That was a huge play in turning the field position and getting us on a roll.’’

It has often been suggested by fans and media that the Falcons should go with the no huddle offense more often or maybe
even all of the time. It also has been suggested that the Falcons should allow Ryan to throw downfield more often,
especially now that he’s got rookie receiver Julio Jones to go with White.

But there weren’t a lot of downfield passes to those two against the Eagles, who have cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and
Asante Samuel. White had three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown. Jones had two catches for 29 yards.

Yeah, things seemed to go a little better once the Falcons went to the no huddle offense, but offensive coordinator Mike
Mularkey isn’t going to be out of a job anytime soon.

“No, no, no, no,’’ Ryan said when asked if he should call the plays from now on. “Mike does a great job for us, and that’s for
sure.’’

Ryan finished with only 195 total passing yards while completing 17 of 28 passes. His main target was tight end Tony
Gonzalez. At this stage of his career, Gonzalez isn’t really a downfield threat. He caught seven passes for 83 yards and two
touchdowns, including a spectacular one handed grab in the back of the end zone.

There will be times this season when the Falcons aren’t playing two marquee cornerbacks or aren’t playing against a Cover
2 defense like Chicago’s in a season opening loss. In those situations, the Falcons may finally get to the downfield passing
they’ve talked so much about.

There might be some other games where they go with the no huddle offense earlier if they think it will help with tempo and
matchups. This offense is a work in progress and things will go back and forth throughout the season.

But one thing will always hold true. Turner and the running game need to be at the heart of things if this offense is going to
thrive.
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Turner’s workload piling up
Michael Turner has heard it all and is well aware what others say: He gets too many carries. It will take a toll on his body.
His production will decrease. It will catch up to him eventually.

The Falcons running back laughs at all of this.

“It doesn’t affect me,” Turner said. “Carries are carries. You can’t control the flow of the game. Different situations call for
run plays. I just have to go out there and be ready every time my number is called. I’m not going to try to save myself, just
to try to squeeze extra years out of this league.”

Turner signed with the Falcons as a free agent in 2008. He has been one of the top running backs in the NFL in his three
years as a full time player. He has rushed for 3,941 yards in his time with the Falcons, and only the Titans’ Chris Johnson
(4,598) and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson (4,441) have rushed for more.

Turner has done it despite injury. He missed five games in 2009 with an ankle problem. Last season, Turner played nearly
the entire year with a groin injury, one that required surgery in the offseason.

Was it a problem? Turner led the NFL in rushing attempts and was third in the league, and first in the NFC, with 1,371 yards.
He made his second Pro Bowl. His 12 rushing touchdowns tied Peterson for fourth in the NFL.

Turner’s 4.1 yards per carry was down from 2009 (4.9) and a drop from 2008 (4.5), the latter another Pro Bowl season with
1,699 yards and an NFL leading 376 attempts.

“It’s just funny; your stats are down but you are a Pro Bowl starter. ... What do you want me to do?” he said. “I’m just going
to go out there when my number is called. Coach is going to give me the ball, and I have to do something with it.”

Turner won’t use the groin injury as an excuse. However, he admitted he was in pain and the protective wrap limited his
explosiveness. He wasn’t able to cut as sharply or as quickly. There were times when Turner ran out of bounds at the end of
a play rather than take on an extra hit.

“I was surprised to hear he got it fixed in the offseason,” fullback Ovie Mughelli said. “I was like, ‘Oh, you weren’t 100
percent?’ If a guy with a groin situation can lead the NFC [in rushing], I’m scared to see what happens this year.”

The Falcons’ offseason mantra called for an increase in explosive plays. The team traded up to draft wide receiver Julio
Jones, adding him to an offense that includes Pro Bowlers Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez and a healthy Harry
Douglas. The running game could be in for some big gains.

In the past three seasons, Turner has 100 runs of 10 yards or more, third behind Johnson (122) and Peterson (116). Last
season, he had 15 of the Falcons’ 20 rushes of 15 yards or more.

“We are a run first mentality,” Turner said. “Explosive plays don’t necessarily come from the passing game. We want to run
more explosive plays. I want to get that [number] up, too.

“With me being totally healthy, adding Julio [Jones], the other things we do on offense and with a healthy Harry Douglas,
we have a lot of weapons on the field. Hopefully those dimensions open up things for me.”

Last season, Turner carried the ball 334 times, and he has 888 carries with the Falcons. In four seasons with the Chargers, as
LaDainian Tomlinson’s backup, Turner had just 228 carries.
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The carries don’t matter to Turner. Productivity does.

“I look at yards per carry, but I don’t look at it like I’m getting too many carries,” Turner said. “I look at it as far as my
production. I need to keep my production up.”

Mughelli is eager to see would be tacklers try to bring down a healthy Turner with arm tackles this season. Running backs
coach Gerald Brown says Turner can easily carry the ball more than 300 times again. Coach Mike Smith expects more
production.

“We were all aware of the situation that Michael was going through last year in terms of his groin,” Smith said. “To me, it
just validates what kind of guy he is. He’s a tough guy. He’s not going to complain. He’s going to fight through injuries, do
whatever he has to do.

“We think he’s in a better place this year than he was last year.”
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Sean Weatherspoon turning the corner at new
FLOWERY BRANCH — During the Seattle game on Oct. 2, Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon came to the sideline and
had a brief meeting with coach Mike Smith and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

The Seahawks had run a screen pass, and what Weatherspoon explained to the coaches demonstrated that the second-year
player had a deeper understanding of the pro game. Weatherspoon had correctly diagnosed the play and steamed across
the formation to make a thunderous tackle.

“I told him the reason why I went all the way across the formation trying to make the play,” Weatherspoon said. “It was just
so clear that we could talk.”

Smith categorized the in-game sideline chat as a “breakthrough moment” for Weatherspoon.

“He showed a great understanding of what was happening,” Smith said. “He came over and was able to talk to Brian and
myself, tell us what happened on a certain play. Low and behold, you turn the play on [video], and that’s exactly what
happened. When you see that type of maturity, you’ve got to feel good about the young man and the direction that his
knowledge is going.”

Weatherspoon acknowledges that he has a better understanding of the defense.

“Now, I’m able to talk to [VanGorder] on his terms,” Weatherspoon said. “I just feel that I’m getting better with that.”

Smith is excited about what he sees from Weatherspoon, who was the 19th player selected in the 2009 NFL draft.

“The last two games have probably been the two most productive games since he’s been here,” Smith said. “The arrow is
definitely going up, not only in his production, but in his understanding of what we are doing.”

Weatherspoon had an injury-plagued rookie season. He opened the season as a starter at strongside linebacker before
ankle and knee injuries slowed him. He played in 11 games, with six starts, and finished with 52 tackles and one sack. He
had 10 tackles in his second game in the NFL, before suffering an ankle injury against New Orleans the following week.

He came back two games later against Cleveland and then took a helmet shot to his knee. He missed four more games
before returning to finish the season.

Weatherspoon was moved to weakside linebacker this season and has been a tackling machine. He has recorded 12, 10, 13,
eight and 11 tackles in the five games this season.

With the injuries and the position change, Weatherspoon has had a bizarre start to his career. He acknowledges that he
could have benefitted from organized team activities and minicamps in the lost 2011 offseason.

“I don’t know where his focus was when he came back because he was playing at about 80 percent,” VanGorder said. “It’s
just been a little bit tougher this year getting him dialed in to everything he needs to do at a new position.

“But now, the big picture part of football is coming on, and hopefully the game is slowing down for him. I feel he’s a much
more confident guy the last couple of weeks.”

Falcons safety William Moore, who played with Weatherspoon at Missouri, knew that he would take off once he could
digest the entire defense.
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“He’s playing at a high level like we all expected,” Moore said. “It’s not a surprise to me or anyone around here. I know the
guy that we drafted here. Spoon just had to keep it up. He can get so much better and that’s the good part about it.”

Weatherspoon attended most of the players-led offseason workouts at Buford High, where middle linebacker Curtis Lofton
was running the defense. Lofton also has seen the growth in Weatherspoon’s play.

“He has really been stepping it up,” Lofton said. “He’s been playing great ball. He just has to keep growing and he’s going to
be something special.”
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A receiver's eye view of the Eagles CBs, courtesy of Roddy White
ATLANTA -- After practice concluded last Friday with a short talk from coach Mike Smith, Falcons players quickly made their
way into the locker room so they could change and take advantage of the rest of the afternoon. Roddy White was an
exception. The standout wide receiver walked off the field, through a back door and made a hard right into a dark meeting
room. There, he took a seat near the back wall, grabbed a laser pointer and began drawing tight red circles on the large
projection screen in the front of the room.

The Falcons would play the Eagles in a nationally televised primetime game two days later, and White wanted to get one
final look at a Philadelphia secondary whose top three cornerbacks are former Pro Bowlers following the offseason
additions of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to go with Asante Samuel.

"The group is good because they have so many good athletes," White says while watching cut-ups from Eagles' season-
opening win over the Rams. "Everybody in the league is going to three- and four-wideout sets, and they believe these three
can guard you all over the field when they're out there together. That allows them to blitz and bring more people after the
quarterback and get sacks or tipped balls or force bad throws that lead to interceptions. You have to be on your game
against them."

After a week of studying the Eagles' defense in general, and their cornerbacks in particular, White provided a visitor with his
thoughts on the players' strengths and weaknesses and how a receiver has to attack them to be successful. One by one he
circled Asomugha, Samuel and Rodgers-Cromartie in the game against the Rams and discussed why a receiver won or lost
an individual battle in third-and-long situations.

"Going in we know that Asante is always the right corner," White says. "That's where he's most comfortable. He doesn't
really like traveling and [matching up] with guys. He likes to stay on that side and play the wide side of the field, where he
can see everything. He likes to play off [the ball by 7 or 8 yards] and read the quarterback's eyes so he can jump routes. He's
a good route recognition guy. Obviously he studies film and does a good job with that.

"Nnamdi is on the other side. He's the boundary corner, which means he's on the short side of the field. He usually guards
the X position, away from the strong side of the formation, and likes to get up and play 'press' coverage. He likes to be in
your face and disrupt the timing of your routes. Cromartie is very athletic. He kind of does what Asante does, plays off,
drives on balls, plays soft. If he does bump you, he usually shadows you because he feels he can run with you because he's
got great speed."

White formed his evaluations by not only recalling previous games against the players -- he faced Asomugha (2008) and
Rodgers-Cromartie (2010) once each when they were with the Raiders and Cardinals, respectively, and he lined up against
Samuel a handful of times since Samuel signed with Philadelphia in 2008 -- but also by studying the Eagles' four preseason
games and regular season opener this year.

As he sat in the back of the room, eyes glued on the images in front of him, he used a clicker to fast forward and rewind
certain plays and players to emphasize his scouting report on the cornerbacks.

"When dealing with a guy like Asante, it's more likely that you run hitches and posts, things that require you to run right at
him so you can block his vision," White says. "He wants to sit back there and look in the backfield. He'll line up on a
receiver's outside shoulder so he can see the quarterback, then he just reads the route while looking into the backfield. It's
hard to beat Asante deep because he's not going to let you get behind him. You have to beat him with a lot of underneath
routes and routes that go right at him and disrupt him. He likes to jump routes, so you want to avoid things like 'out' routes
and corner routes against him, because those allow him to look in and see the quarterback's eyes. He does a really good job
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of breaking on the ball, and nine times out of 10 he intercepts them and takes them back to the house. You want to stay
away from that.

"Cromartie is the same type of player, but he's a lot faster. He'll bump you sometimes, but it's not a hard jam because he
feels he has the speed to run with you. Nnamdi is completely different."

White extends the laser and begins circling No. 24 at the top of the screen.

"Look at Nnamdi," he says. "He likes to get in your face, jam you, disrupt routes that way. He likes to be down at the line of
scrimmage and get his hands on you and disrupt the timing. With a guy like this you really have to use your feet. You have
to give yourself some room against him. Even if you're on the open side of the formation, you can back off the line by a half
yard because all the officials require is that you cover up the tackle on that side. This guy right here ..."

White circles the receiver Asomugha is preparing to press.

"... He's doing a bad job, to me, because I would never have been this close to the line of scrimmage," Roddy continues.
"Nnamdi's arms are so long that it makes it very easy for him to get his hands on you. That's his comfort zone. So you back
this out a half-yard, get some distance and prevent him from getting his hands on you. And with a guy like him you've got to
use your feet -- hands and feet. You've got to get ready and put your hands up quickly because he's going to launch at you
and try to put his hands on you to disrupt routes. So you always have to be going forward and your hands in a position to be
above his, because if you can get his hands away from you, then you can pretty much dominate."

White demonstrates from his chair what he is talking about. Normally receivers will use what's known as a "swim move" to
get past cornerbacks in press coverage. The wideout will push or pull a defender to one side, then raise his arm on that side
in a swimming motion so he can step past the off-balance defensive back.

With Asomugha, White says receivers are better off "ripping" than "swimming." It's essentially the same move, only the
receiver does not raise his arm as high and he uses more force by essentially pulling the cornerback forward.

"Nnamdi's a launcher, so he steps forward and shoots his hands at your chest," White says. "Knowing that, and being back a
half-yard, you kind of hesitate off the ball because you know he wants to lunge at you and get his hands on you. So you
slow-play it. As soon as he takes his foot forward, you know his hands are coming, so you want to rip over them when
you're playing him. You don't want to do a swim move because he can still get his hands on you. You want to rip because
you can pull him and get by him.

"Once you get around him, he's so long and tall (6-foot-2) it's hard for him to get out of breaks. That's the thing that people
don't understand when you watch this guy because he's so good at getting his hands on people. But when he doesn't, it's
hard for him to get in and out of breaks and get to people. That's our game plan, come up here and get our hands and feet
ready to go.

"But it's got to be rapid fire, you've always got to be going forward, because if he shoots his hands and misses he'll just
bounce back and try to get back in front of you. So if you're just pitter-patting at the line and not gaining ground, he's still in
front of you, and he does a good job staying in front of people. He's a technician at what he does. He studies hard, so he
believes in everything he sees.

"You've got to disrupt his comfort zone, because if he can hop back and stay in front of you, he can pretty much dominate
you the entire game. But if you can get his hands down, then he's all out of his comfort zone and that's when you start
running routes and you can beat the guy. But the minute you commit, you have to go.
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"He likes to see you dance, because once he shoots his hands and is able to back up and see what you're doing, and you're
still at the line of scrimmage, he feels like he's winning because while you're dancing the rush is already on the quarterback.
If you're only two yards off the line of scrimmage after a second or two, the route is disrupted and he's pretty much won."

Interestingly, the Falcons did not consistently test the Eagles' corners in the 35-31 Atlanta win two days after this tutorial.
Instead, they relied on tight end Tony Gonzalez, whose seven catches matched the total output for the team's receivers and
whose two scores were one more than the wideouts had. White finished with three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown.
None of the four touchdown passes was against the corners. Each was against a safety or linebacker, with White beating
safety Kurt Coleman at the back of the end zone for his two-yard score.

Philadelphia did a good job of masking its tendencies. For instance, it likely reasoned that the Falcons would anticipate off
coverage from Samuel and attempt to run an inside route, so on one play it had a safety trail wideout Julio Jones off the line
of scrimmage to take away the underneath route, and Samuel then jumped a post pattern for an interception.

Another time, Asomugha feigned as if he were playing "off" man coverage, but released the receiver downfield and sat in
zone coverage. The move appeared to catch quarterback Matt Ryan off guard. Ryan likely thought Asomugha would
continue downfield and aimed a pass in the area where Asomugha normally would have turned his back to run with the
receiver. Advantage, Eagles. Asomugha sat in his "zone" for his first interception of the season.

"When you got a guy like that and you give him $60 million, you expect him to cover one-on-one all the way down the
field," White said of Asomugha beforehand. "But they'll move him around."

The Giants are next up for the Eagles. Quarterback Eli Manning finally broke out of a passing funk late in Monday's win over
the Rams and likely will have to be on his game Sunday because the Giants lack a pass-catching tight end who can exploit
the Eagles' deficiencies at safety. If New York's wideouts needed a breakdown on how to beat the Philly corners, they could
do a lot worse than listening to White.
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Roddy White runs the right route
When the Atlanta Falcons finished practice on a recent Thursday afternoon, that didn't mean their wide receivers were
done for the day. They trotted to the middle of the field and formed a tight circle -- four men standing within a few feet of
each other -- and batted a football back and forth in what seemed like a version of "hot potato." It wasn't a coincidence
that Roddy White, the team's three-time Pro Bowler, beamed as the ball caromed off various hands at a rapid-fire pace. He
has grown to understand exactly what such playful drills could mean to his success on Sundays.

White also knew something else: His younger teammates needed to see him doing these things. The players competing
against him that afternoon, including first-round pick Julio Jones and speedy slot receiver Harry Douglas, didn't know how
often White blew off such extra work just a few years ago.

"It really is hard to imagine a time when Roddy was ever lazy," Douglas said after the session ended. "He really grinds. He's
always putting his work in when we're out here."

There are probably plenty of people who can't grasp how far White has come in seven NFL seasons. He doesn't garner the
same recognition as other All-Pro receivers, namely Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald and Houston's Andre Johnson. Even in
Atlanta, White is treated less as a solo talent and more as a critical component of a star-studded offense that includes
quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Michael Turner and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Now that the Falcons are facing their
most anticipated regular-season game in recent memory -- former Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick returns to town
Sunday night with the Philadelphia Eagles -- White is likely to fall deeper into the shadows.

Although Vick's return to Atlanta is this week's hot storyline, a less noticeable twist is what happened after his
imprisonment left the Falcons in chaos four years ago: White became a star. Since 2007, White ranks third in the NFL in
both receptions (385) and receiving yards (5,187). In 2010, he led the league with 115 receptions while adding a career-high
1,389 yards.

"When you look at Roddy now, you have to consider him among the gold standard of receivers," said Minnesota Vikings
receivers coach George Stewart, who coached White in Atlanta 2005-06. "He's right up there with the Larry Fitzgeralds,
Andre Johnsons and DeSean Jacksons when you talk about the great playmakers at that position."

"When you have success in this league for one year, you're really lucky," White said. "The consistency is what allows you to
take your game through the roof. That's why I feel like the bigger the game is, the bigger I need to play."

Up to the challenge

White, 29, tends to thrive when facing the toughest challenges. Though the Falcons opened this season with a 30-12 loss to
Chicago -- White caught eight passes for 61 yards -- he was at his best against top opponents in 2010. White had 13
receptions against Pittsburgh last season and 12 more against the Baltimore Ravens. When he faced talented Cincinnati
cornerback Leon Hall, he produced 11 receptions, 201 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, there were only two games last
season in which White failed to catch at least five passes.

Despite the struggles against Chicago, White should be more dangerous this year. Gonzalez, Jones and Douglas should
especially help him avoid facing the same constant double coverage he has seen for years.

"We have a lot of ways to attack," White said. "Julio is so good that you really can't defend him one-on-one. And if you do
that, we have a bunch of other guys who can make plays. So you'll have to pick your poison. The question [for other teams]
will be: 'How do you want to die?'"
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Whatever continued success White enjoys on the field won't be determined merely by favorable matchups. It also will have
plenty to do with an attitude he has been honing over the past four seasons. Those who know White best rave about his
intangibles ("His competitiveness and passion is what separates him from other receivers," said Falcons head coach Mike
Smith) and his athletic ability ("He was a two-time state wrestling champ in high school, so he's more physical at the line of
scrimmage than people realize," said Vikings receiver and former Falcons teammate Michael Jenkins). Those same people
also understand how much White has grown over the past four years.

This is the player who, after making the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2008, told his mother that he never thought he'd
reach that level. When Joenethia White asked why her son harbored such doubts, Roddy said, "I never thought I was this
good."

White also vividly remembers how much he feared his career ending in Atlanta after the Falcons fired head coach Jim Mora
following the 2006 season. White had been so disappointing that former Falcons receiver Joe Horn begged management
not to release him.

These days, people talk about the Roddy White who spent part of his offseason training with Fitzgerald in Arizona. They talk
about a player who relentlessly studies DVDs of other star receivers from around the league so he can steal some of their
moves. They also allude to the fact that White doesn't leave a practice field without catching extra balls. They can see that
he really gets it now.

What's more, White wants to be a role model as well. "I think Roddy woke up one day and realized that he had become the
oldest guy in the [receivers] room," Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie said. "It was time for him to be a leader."

Time to grow up

It seemed that White would naturally ascend to a leadership position in Atlanta given how his career evolved. He was
usually the tiniest player in pee wee football back in James Island, S.C., a kid who often asked Joenethia, "How can I make
the NFL if I'm this small?" His mother's response: "If God didn't give you size, then use another gift." White eventually did
grow, going from 5-foot-4 as a high school sophomore to 6 feet and 210 pounds as a record-setting receiver at Alabama-
Birmingham.

But everything changed for White once the Falcons made him the 27th overall pick in the 2005 draft. Suddenly the kid who
had to fight for respect was acting like he was entitled to it. It wasn't uncommon for him to spend many nights partying on
the Atlanta club scene and then show up for practice on two hours of sleep. When he wasn't dropping passes, he was
running bad routes that led to interceptions.

"I thought my athletic ability was enough," White said. "I had gotten so used to getting by with it that I didn't think I had to
study film or understand coverage. Half the time I was just guessing about what was going on."

White caught only 59 passes during his first two seasons, but his struggles off the field were even more startling. During the
2006 season, Joenethia checked in with Roddy's financial advisors after hearing rumors that his hard-partying ways were
bankrupting him. When she was told that her son -- who had signed a $7 million contract a year earlier -- was almost broke,
she raced to Atlanta. Along with stealing nearly all of his credit cards as White slept one night, Joenethia sat Roddy down
for a serious heart-to-heart.

Her message: Grow up. "When Roddy got to the NFL, we bumped heads a lot," Joenethia said. "He thought he'd made it,
and I'd tell him that money didn't mean anything if he wasn't doing right. When he'd say, 'How do you know?' I said it's
because he was better than that. He needed to stop partying, stop hanging out with the wrong people and start focusing."
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Still, the message didn't settle in quickly. When the Falcons lost a critical game to the New Orleans Saints late in 2006,
White broke free for what should have been an easy touchdown pass but watched the ball slip through his fingers. He was
benched later that season, a punishment that also let him know how quickly his career was self-destructing. The most
painful part was the realization that, as his mother said, he could have been doing better.

In many ways, the partying was a means of escape. "I tried to find other ways to deal with things, because football wasn't
going good," White said. "I came in with so much promise but I also felt like I wasn't getting a fair opportunity. I'd drop one
pass and the fans would start booing but that would be the only pass I'd see all day. I felt like I needed the ball more and
[the coaches] felt like I wasn't working hard enough."

White's career finally turned around in 2007, when Vick went to federal prison on a dog-fighting conviction. Not only did
White find support from new head coach Bobby Petrino, but he also got valuable guidance from Horn, who had signed with
the team earlier that year. During their first practice together, Horn and White caught nearly 200 balls off a Jugs machine --
and that was before practice. Horn also became so close to White off the field -- whether having dinner or studying game
plans in hotel rooms -- that Horn said the two were like brothers.

During one conversation, Horn pointedly talked to White about goals and the importance of understanding that "you're
taking food out of your mouth every time you don't make a play in this league."

Said Horn: "I asked him to tell me what mattered to him. He said his family -- his mother, his brother, his kids [White has
three children]. I said that if those things really mattered, then he had to ball out in practice so he could have fun on
Sundays. He needed to show that with his play."

"Joe kept telling me that I needed to step up because I was going to be the guy," White said. "I thought, 'Take over? They're
going to get rid of me if I don't turn things around.'"

Setting an example

White ultimately applied all the lessons he learned heading into his third season. Finally able to operate in an offense that
would feature the passing game instead of Vick's improvisational skills, White had 83 receptions for 1,202 yards and six
touchdowns. He was so impressive that Vick once called him from jail and said "You're balling." White's response: "I have to
do that because you're not here anymore."

"That year was big for me because I saw that I could be a good player," White said. "I was still making plays even though we
had three different quarterbacks that season. The longer that year went on, the more my confidence grew."

White hasn't looked anything less than dominant since that season. He made his first Pro Bowl appearance the next season
-- after the team hired Smith as coach and used a first-round pick on Ryan -- and suddenly he had even more swagger.

"I really think Roddy was just happy to be in the NFL when I got there," Robiskie said. "Now he's learned how to play hard
on every play. He understands you can't have 70 plays in a game and only play 60 of those."

White's main focus now is maintaining that consistency, while setting an example for his teammates. Douglas said he
especially values White's presence because "you can tell that he doesn't mind helping the other guys get better."

Added Jenkins: "You could see the difference in him as the years passed. He runs harder, catches extra balls and he goes the
extra mile. We worked out together this offseason and he was in great shape."
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Robiskie also believes all those Pro Bowl nominations have helped White see that "he really does belong at that level."
White agreed.

"It definitely did make a difference," he said. "You hear about those players for so long but once you get over there, you see
that there really isn't a secret to how they got there. They've been doing the same things I try to do now. They just keep
working at it."
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Falcons' White builds bigger profile, mentors Jones
JACKSONVILLE After years outside the national spotlight, Roddy White’s profile has grown.

Over the offseason, the Falcons' All Pro wide receiver participated in ESPN the Weekend at Disney World and later debated
the affable but tenacious Skip Bayless on First Take.

“I got my five minutes in with Skip,” White said. “The First Take thing was good.”

White also toured the ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., and did maybe a dozen other shows, mostly discussing the high
expectations set for his team.

The painful part was White also had to explain the Falcons’ exit from the playoffs at the hands of eventual Super Bowl
champion Green Bay Packers.

“Everybody has high expectations for us," White said.

White’s expectations for himself and the team aren't any different.

“Last year was a good year for us," White said. "Our team excelled. We had [nine] Pro Bowlers. So all of that stuff is really
good, but our ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl. Until that’s done, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

White has not pursued the spotlight during his climb to stardom after his first round selection in the 2005 draft from
Alabama Birmingham. It found him after he led the league with 115 catches last year and posted his fourth consecutive
1,000 yard season.

The Falcons, with a big draft day deal, added wide receiver Julio Jones, who enters his first NFL season as one of the most
hyped Atlanta players in recent memory, and that's fine with White.

He figures there’s enough room in the spotlight for the both of them.

White has embraced Jones, just like he did a group of wrestlers from his old high school, James Island Charter in Charleston,
S.C. He took 10 wrestlers to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., after USA Wrestling reached out to
White to help promote the connection between wrestling and football.

“We went out there for like three days and we got to get in the room with those guys,” said White, a two time, state
champion wrestler in high school. “We got to roll around with those guys on the mats.”

White caught Al Spalviero, his James Island Charter wrestling coach, off guard with an offer to travel to Colorado.

"He was doing his football camp and I went over to tell him how happy I was for him and how proud everyone around here
is for him," Spalviero said Friday. "He said, ‘Coach I have to go out to Colorado and I want you to go.' ... He doesn't have to,
but he does stuff for us."

White, 29 and a six year veteran, has supported Jones in a similar manner, welcoming his new teammate with steady
advice.

“Roddy helps me out with everything,” Jones said. “If I run a route and I’m kind of covered up, he’ll tell me what I can do to
separate a little more.”
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Around the league, the wide receiver position has become synonymous with selfish and diva like behavior, thanks in part to
Keyshawn Johnson, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. But Jones believes there will no ego problems among the Atlanta
receivers.

“Not at all, we all just want win,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, that’s why we play the game, to win the Super Bowl. He
is just trying to help me, which will help the team. We don’t have any selfish players on this team.”

White said he was OK with not having a ball thrown his way in the exhibition opener against Miami; it was time to get Jones
and the other receivers involved.

“It’s looking all good for him,” White said of Jones. “As long as he keeps coming out here and getting better every day, and
keeps his head in the playbook, he’ll be just fine.”

Falcons coach Mike Smith isn’t expecting any abhorrent behavior from White or Jones. Still, he knows the players will want
their precious touches.

“There is nobody that likes to compete more than Roddy White,” Smith said. “He always has a smile on his face when he
comes to work. You know that he’s going to come in here with a great attitude.”

After a slow start to his career, caused by key dropped passes, White caught 83 in 2007, 88 in 2009 and 85 last year. With
White, Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons have the welcome dilemma of wondering if there will be enough
passes to keep everyone happy.

Last season, White led the team in receptions in nine games and was tied with Gonzalez for the most catches in three other
games.

With Jones, White expects a wider distribution of the passes.

“There are going to be a lot of mismatches,” White said. “The player with the best mismatch is probably where we are
going to go with the ball. It’s going to be tough to just line people up and cover us.

“You can’t double team all of us. At some point, somebody is going to get man to man coverage and that person has to
win. That’s what I think is going to happen. Just pick your poison.”

Jones finds security in his budding relationship with White. Smith has sensed the bond that is developing between White
and Jones.

“Roddy has done a great job,” Smith said. “He is the elder statesman of our wide receiver group.”

								
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