The Dirty Bird Daily: Falcons workout Duke Johnson


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

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Dec 14, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) carries the ball as he is tackled by Atlanta Falcons free safety Dwight Lowery (20) at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons to find balance with ground game

We all know how good the Falcons passing game is, but it’s the production on the ground that has let the offense down. In 2015, they can expect more balance on offense, writes Reid Ferrin of

"“Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has been very clear about what he wants from his offense in 2015, including a well-balanced attack of run and pass. As a former defensive coordinator, Quinn watched countless hours of tape of opposing offenses and came away impressed by those that exhibited “tough, physical styles, something like the zone run game, yet then also had ways to attack vertically in the passing game,” Quinn said.”"

Falcons look at several Miami Hurricanes

The Falcons were busy over the weekend, working out a number of Miami Hurricanes prospects. The list includes running back Duke Johnson, offensive lineman Ereck Flowers and tight end Clive Walford. D. Orlando Ledbetter of explains:

"Coach Dan Quinn reiterated the point that the team prefers these private workouts over Pro Day visits when he talked to the media on Thursday.“I enjoy that a little bit better just because you have the ability to connect more one-on-one with the players,” said Quinn, who was giving final say over the roster.”"

Falcons go for Amari Cooper in mock

While the expectation is that the Falcons will take a pass-rusher with the eighth overall pick, could they take wide receiver Amari Cooper instead? In Pride of Detroit’s latest mock, they do just that:

"“This was a very difficult internal debate between need versus talent. The Falcons need to put the heat on the quarterback. I strongly considered Shane Ray or Randy Gregory. However, Cooper is a phenomenal talent. I actually rate him as the third-best talent in this draft behind Leonard Williams and Vic Beasley.”"

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

  • With the Falcons needing a running back in the draft, here is a look at the top five prospects at the position.
  • On the topic of running backs, here is an in-depth look at Tevin Coleman.

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