FLOWERY BRANCH - Dunta Robinson's second year with Atlanta is much like his first.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith likes to call quarterback Matt Ryan "one tough Irishman."
By CHARLES ODUM
By CHARLES ODUM
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez refuses to boast about himself as he moves closer to becoming the NFL's No. 2 career leader in receptions.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Ray Edwards is finding his place in the Falcons' defense just in time for a visit to one of his favorite NFL settings.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Turner kept running the ball. Matt Ryan worked in some short passes. It wasn't exactly stretching the field, but it sure worked for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is supposed to be one of the NFL's rising stars at quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta coach Mike Smith painstakingly went over every possession the Falcons had in their latest loss, pointing out each little mistake, each little miscue.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After getting embarrassed by Green Bay in the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Falcons knew quarterback Matt Ryan needed another big weapon at his disposal.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are still trying to find their groove.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure hopes he doesn't have to offer another apology to quarterback Matt Ryan.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons, who usually stress their running game, all but gave up on Michael Turner in the second half of last week's loss at Tampa Bay.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons spent Thursday afternoon trying to compensate for a growing list of injured starters.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons didn't have much to be proud of Monday.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester gets a text every morning from Deion Sanders, usually with some sort of inspirational message.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.
ATLANTA - The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews has returned to practice after missing last week's loss at Cincinnati with a sprained left ankle.
FLOWERY BRANCH - One week ago, Gabe Carimi was being groomed to be the Falcons' version of John Havlicek who could play backup roles across the offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Before the Atlanta Falcons decided to sign Devin Hester, they wanted to make sure he wasn't content just returning kickoffs and punts.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
ATLANTA - A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
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