Atlanta Falcons News: How Alex Mack became the player he is


Good morning, Falcons fans. Welcome to the Dirty Bird Daily, your daily place to find all of the latest news from the Atlanta Falcons blogosphere. As you sip your coffee this fine Wednesday morning, enjoy reading these articles.

How Alex Mack evolved into the best center in the league — Vaughn McClure of ESPN

This is a great read about the Falcons’ marquee signing. From Mack’s tough debut against the Minnesota Vikings to his lucrative deal in Atlanta, it’s been a long journey for Mack. Now, he is reunited with Kyle Shanahan with the hope of helping the franchise return to the playoffs.

Falcons takeaways from last week — Aaron Freeman of

This is always a fun read. This week, Aaron Freeman recaps the Falcons’ free agency moves. Was Alex Mack a good signing? What’s expected of Mohamed Sanu? What should Atlanta have done differently on the open market? Freeman breaks it all down.

Falcons mock draft mid-free agency edition — Charles R. McDonald of The Falcoholic

Who could the Falcons take with each of their five picks? Charles R. McDonald makes his latest projections for a draft class aiming to fix all that ails the Atlanta defense. As you can expect, there’s plenty of attention to the pass rush, linebacker and safety positions.

Shelby values lessons from Suh, Wake — Vaughn McClure of ESPN

Derrick Shelby was an excellent run defender in Miami, but he gives a lot of credit to Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake who taught him a lot. Shelby spoke about how he would pick their brains when watching over the tape to get a better understanding of the position and see how some of the best in the game did their job. Let’s hope he can bring all of that with him to Atlanta.

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