The Dirty Bird Daily – April 9, 2015


Good morning, Atlanta Falcons fans. As you get up and make your morning coffee, we bring you up to date with everything going on in the world of the Falcons.

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Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons defense to adopt ballhawking philosophy

Falcons fans around the world are excited about what new head coach Dan Quinn can bring to the team, and rightfully so. As Reid Ferrin of writes, his ballhawking philosophy will help the defense:

"“Quinn said some of the schemes his league-leading defenses ran in Seattle the last two seasons, serving as the Seahawks defensive coordinator, will be somewhat similar to what the Falcons defense employs this year.”"

CB Kevin Johnson works out with Falcons

Highly-rated defensive back prospect, Kevin Johnson out of Wake Forest, has worked out with the Falcons and the team appear to show interest in him. Alec Shirkey of The Falconholic writes:

"“Measuring in at an even 6-foot and 188 pounds at this year’s Combine, Johnson has ideal size for an NFL corner and pairs that with exceptional athleticism and strong coverage abilities.”"

Open workout will shine light on injuries

Quinn will address the media for first time today after an open workout session, and it is expected he will provide an update on Falcons’ injuries. Vaughn McClure of ESPN writes:

"“Left tackle Jake Matthews had surgery to repair a Lisfranc ligament tear in his foot, while fellow offensive linemen Joe Hawley and Peter Konz both are recovering from ACL tears. Tackles Sam Baker (knee) and Lamar Holmes (toe) had season-ending surgeries. Running back Antoine Smith still hasn’t been fully cleared to run after breaking his leg.”"

As ever, there is plenty of content right here at Blogging Dirty:

  • Sticking with the running back position, Ameer Abdullah has reportedly spoken with the Falcons.
  • Demond Trufant’s star will rise in his third year. Here’s why.

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