The Atlanta Falcons were the talk of the NFL last year as they surprised everyone by winning 11 games and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2005 when a Michael Vick-led team reached the NFC Championship Game. And they accomplished that feat with a rookie quarterback, a never-before-featured running back and a coach and general manager that had never held those positions before.
The Atlanta Falcons today signed second round draft pick safety William Moore. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Moore, 6-0, 227 pounds, started 32 of 48 games at the University of Missouri and finished his career with 284 tackles (182 solo), three sacks, 17.0 tackles for loss, 22 passes defensed and six forced fumbles.
He totaled 11 interceptions in his collegiate career for 162 yards and set a school record by returning four for touchdowns, breaking Erik McMillan's previous mark.
July 23, 2009|
From staff reports
Atlanta Falcons Owner and CEO Arthur M. Blank announced agreements with Ronald E. Canakaris, Douglas J. Hertz, Ed Mendel and Derek V. Smith for each to take a minority ownership position in Atlanta Falcons Football Club, LLC on Tuesday.
July 14, 2009|
From staff reports
Vance Walker wasn't the first defensive tackle the Atlanta Falcons chose in the 2009 NFL draft, but he might be the most well-known in Georgia. After a stellar four-year career at Georgia Tech, Walker is making the short move to Flowery Branch and says he couldn't be happier about it. Walker spoke with The Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about his hometown celebrity status, what he's doing to get better during his down time and his addiction to video games.
For 14 consecutive years the University of Miami had at least one player drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, but that streak came to an end this year. In fact, the only member of the 2008 Hurricanes to get drafted was Spencer Adkins, who was selected in the sixth round by the Atlanta Falcons. Recently the linebacker sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to talk about life at "The U," why he chose to be a sociology major, and how the heat of Atlanta differs from Miami.
At 6-foot-8, Garrett Reynolds is accustomed to the view from above the crowd. But as a rookie on the Atlanta Falcons offensive line, he's finding himself looking up the depth chart for the first time since he was a freshman at North Carolina. The jolly giant who the Falcons picked in the fifth round of April's NFL draft spoke with The Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about his background in football, the growth spurt that landed him a college scholarship, and his first Organized Team Activities with the Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Friday he believes Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, whose toe injury kept him from participating in the NFL combine, will be ready for the start of the 2015 season.