FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith is still waiting for two starters to win jobs on the left side of the Atlanta Falcons' defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - As a resident of the nearby Lake Lanier Islands, Chris Redman has shown Matt Ryan the right way to fish in fresh water.
FLOWERY BRANCH - No player carried the ball more than Michael Turner last season and no NFC team ran more than the Atlanta Falcons.
ST. LOUIS - Atlanta Falcons starters were flawless. St. Louis Rams starters had no answer, even against the second-stringers.
FLOWERY BRANCH - From the time the Atlanta Falcons made Tommy Nobis their first draft pick in 1966, the franchise has always had a long-term leader at linebacker.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Owens isn't kidding about the informational overload facing most NFL rookies.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Eric Weems, a third-year reserve who played in six regular season games last year for the Atlanta Falcons, won't buy into the addage that NFL preseson games are boring.
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford took his first snap as a pro and perfectly executed a play-action pass.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is doing his best to get through another training camp.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When Michael Turner arrived at training camp a year ago, he had to put all doubts out of his mind.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jonathan Babineaux seized the opportunity to remind an impatient Peria Jerry about post-practice protocol in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White practiced for the first time Monday as one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After holding out for the first week of training camp, receiver Roddy White agreed to a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't know how the Atlanta Falcons will be without Roddy White, so he used a scrimmage Friday night to work with other receivers.
The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent wide receivers Marty Booker and Robert Ferguson, released wide receiver Bradon Godfrey and placed wide receiver Harry Douglas on injured reserve.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - Devonta Freeman believes he is next in line to be the Falcons' starting running back.
ATLANTA - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday there is a "general feeling" that the Patriots' failure to acknowledge mistakes added to the punishment they received for deflating footballs.
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