Falcons: Williams is secondary insurance

Falcons QB Matt Ryan shook off his "illness" and was back in the building on Tuesday.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan shook off his "illness" and was back watching film on Tuesday.

THE BRANCH — The Falcons contacted safety Brian Williams about 3

DB Brian Williams could turn the secondary upside down. He was part of a salary dump in Jacksonville.

DB Brian Williams could turn the secondary upside down. He was part of a salary dump in Jacksonville.

p.m. on Sunday.

It was less than 24 hours after the team had to submit its list of final cuts for the 53-man roster.

Safety Jamaal Fudge, who had a good training camp, was the odd man out.

“Right now, I’m just here to embrace whatever role is here for me,” Williams said. “I want to help this team win games and do whatever I can to contribute.”

It’s not clear how Williams, or recently acquired Tye Hill are going to solve the Falcons’ cornerback issues.

“Brian Williams is guy who played all three positions for us in Jacksonville,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He played corner, he’s played nickel and he’s played safety. Last season he started six games at safety and 10 games at corner.”

Williams became available after refusing a pay cut from the Jaguars.

“He’s a guy that fits in to what we are looking for, in terms of being a cross trained player,” Smith said. “He can really play all three. We are going to have an opportunity over the next few days to evaluate Brian in a number of positions.

FAST CASH MAKES SQUAD: When Terry Robiskie came on board as the

Eric Weems is making more loot now that he's on the roster. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Eric Weems is making more loot now that he's on the roster. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

team’s wide receivers coach last season, assistant head coach/secondary Emmitt Thomas made a point of talking to him about Eric Weems.

Thomas told Robiskie that some players might be bigger, stronger and faster than Weems, but that nobody was going to work harder. All of that hardwork paid off for Weems, who made the roster after spending much of the last two seasons on the practice squad.

Weems, a standout at Bethune Cookman of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, landed the fifth receiver spot and will try to fill Harry Douglas‘ spot as the punt returner.

“Every year, his nickname seems to change,” Robiskie said. “The first year I got here, they called him ‘Little T.I.’ and he loved it. He’s a bubbly kid. Now, today, we call him ‘Living Fast for the Cash’ because he’s making some money now. He’s off the practice squad. ‘Living Fast’ is doing good. He’s become a good player for us. He’s progressing extremely well.”

49 comments Add your comment

nball

September 9th, 2009
4:13 am

I think there’s one question here:
Why is D. Led posting stories at 2am?

Be-little, BeBOLD

September 9th, 2009
5:18 am

He’s excited about the Falcons and can’t sleep!!!

The Real Falcon

September 9th, 2009
6:54 am

Right there with him! Let the tailgate begin.

Michael

September 9th, 2009
8:05 am

Hmmm… you know, I like that we are making moves in the market…but why this late??

I questioned T.D.’s decision making last year when we cleaned house on offense…but our offense has turned up to be one of the best in the NFL, so I figured going into this offseason the defensive makeover (which was inevitable towards the end of the 2008 season) would be solid as well.

Instead, I sat and waited and waited for us to bring in players. The fans should not be looking up to a GM and going “Hello?!”… why did it take until the weeks before 2009 kickoff for him to finally realize our defense is in trouble?

I would hope Brian Williams and Tye Hill work into the scheme very quickly, because they both are seasoned (even though Tye hasnt played in forever) compared to who we have.

John

September 9th, 2009
8:44 am

Let’s not forget Moore, injured early but has the potential to be a starter.

A Realist

September 9th, 2009
9:35 am

TD gets kuddos because at least he and Mike Smith are willing to look for someone that can possibly help the team in the near term. Anyone watching the preseason games realized that the corners (prior to the acquisition of Williams and Hill) were not going to be able to cover for any length of time in man-to-man coverage. Hopefully what we saw in preseason is not going to be indicative of the pass rush during the regular season.

I’m excited about the team’s possibilities and ready for the season to begin. GO FALCONS!!!!!

Ernest

September 9th, 2009
10:16 am

Should the team still look for someone that is 6′2″ or taller for the secondary? I realize the effectiveness of the pass rush can impact the success of the DB’s but you do have quarterbacks that can put the ball in the right spot for tall receivers. Your scheme cannot overcome that.

True Fan

September 9th, 2009
10:26 am

PEOPLE GOING TO THE DOME, LISTEN UP!

No more of this walking in at 1:15 stuff. They’ve built a better product, now we need to build a better fan base. Be in your seats at 12:45 for role call!

Make Atlanta a town that’s hard to play in for opposing teams!

Mr. Chrome

September 9th, 2009
10:55 am

Williams I know is a talented corner. he was part of the bangers in Jacksonville. And his aggression is not negative because of his high football IQ (MAny can play different positions, he starts multiple positions). I had my suspects throughout the whole preseason with our secondary and I’m happy to see TD make the moves. William Moore Will be solid once hes healthy. He was a beast in college and I know that he well excell once entered in.

Season starts Sunday ya’ll!!!!
Falcons are back.

Oh yead D. Ledbetter, you have any other info about them trying to move the team? I know it wouldn’t be for some years but do you have anything on that? thanks.

True Fan

September 9th, 2009
10:58 am

Be in your seat at 12:45!

No more walking in at 1:15. We need to build a better fan base to support a better team!

FAN OF FALCONS SORRY

September 9th, 2009
11:03 am

WHERE IS FALCONS SORRY? I MISS FALCONS SORRY!

FALCONS SORRY

September 9th, 2009
11:41 am

HERE IM AT SUCKA

Jerry

September 9th, 2009
12:18 pm

I’ll be in my seat early but that wont stop us from getting 27 put on us. Our O better be ready to go 1st week !

mountain_jim

September 9th, 2009
12:22 pm

You know Abe always turns it up to 11 for the first REAL GAME. He was just warming up in preseason. 3 sacks for ABE and 2 more for everyone else this week. Pass rush will be fine, as long as ABE is healthy.

Ken Strickland

September 9th, 2009
12:31 pm

I’m not concerned about our secondary play, but I am excited about seeing how sucessful our DL will be at generating a solid pass rush. Getting to the QB will allow our coaching staff to use expanded secondary options. Getting a solid pass rush from our front 4 will allow the coaches to involve our LB’s in pass coverage instead of using them to rush the passer. Having your LB’s covering the underneath stuff relieves your CB’s of a lot of responsibilities.

Marcus

September 9th, 2009
12:39 pm

DOL,
you must be punch-drunk from lack of sleep :laugh: … what relevance does that cheerleader pic have to the blog contents?
At least before, you slipped in a one-liner analogy for a Falcons storyline to the current state (or issue) with a famous beauty … Unless she can play a rugged man-to-man on the Dolphins no. 1 WR, don’t see the connection…and she is not in the same class as Vivica A., October Gonzalez or the like.

Xs&Os

September 9th, 2009
12:50 pm

Unfortunately, the falcons are STILL not built to go on shoot outs with the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Assuming everyone stays healthy, the falcons aquired 2 guys…and still NOONE is above 5′ 11′. Teams that run a lot of screens and wildcat offenses are gonna have a field day against this defense for 2 simple reasons…1. We have no adequate pass rush other that ABE..sorry..that’s not enough….2. When we’re facing receivers like Randy Moss who’s 6′ 4′ or Joey Galloway who’s 6′ 3′ and some change our DB’s don’t stand a chance.It was a real mistake not showing Foxworth the money..he was a true/physical shut down corner. We haven’t even gotten to the run defense because there will be teams to run it down their throats…this team is too young to go anywhere past 8-8 and if they do get into the playoffs they’ll get beat the first round because of these inadequencies. I will have to admit..ANY GIVEN SUNDAY things can happen…but boy do the Falcons have a long way to go….

Eric C.

September 9th, 2009
1:00 pm

Miami is licking their chops I’m sure:

http://www.thephinsider.com/2009/9/9/1022012/dolphins-vs-falcons-three-key?ref=yahoo

Frankly, i’m not sure we will stop anyone all year. It may be a stretch for this team to win 7 or 8 games with such a tough schedule. Also, saw a comment the other day about how no team in the NFC south has reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons…maybe the Panthers will break that trend but I don’t see the Falcons doing it this year.

Merideth Ford

September 9th, 2009
1:11 pm

I’m a snob.

Ed-Covington

September 9th, 2009
1:18 pm

My thoughts, copied from “The Bird Cage” Blog:

Birds will sweep the NFC South:
NO _ Stands fo NO D & NO tough running game.
Carolina – (A team named for a non-existant state?) Jake the Fake and an unhappy Peppers. Someone please cover Steve Smith!!
TB – No QB, no DBrooks, no OC & newHC? ‘nough said.
Birds will beat ‘Fins (38-28), ‘Niners, Bears, ‘Boys, ‘Skins, Eagles, Jets & Bills. (Bears & Eagles @ the Dome is the key!)
Birds lose to Pats and Giants on the road.
14-2; Super Bowl ( though playoffs are always unpredictable; who had the Cards last year?)
Just my gut feeling and reflection of my trust in MSmith and the staff.
Don’t want to get into a debate with anyone about my picks, I know well all the arguments the other way. I am quite familiar with the ?s on defense. I believe that offense and QB and RB play will be the difference. When I look at some of the opposng QBs & RBs I have to give the nod to Matty and Burner in nearly every case. Gonzales will be a huge plus for Ryan and provide some relief for MTurner also. The young defense will improve over the course of the season.
GO BIRDS!! BEAT THE ‘FINS!!

shanet34

September 9th, 2009
1:48 pm

im ready tha birds 13-3 south champs and representin tha nfc in tha big game lets dominate tha dolphins what u think willy boy u ready all you falcon haters kiss my ass if you dont like them why you at there site hollar

shanet34

September 9th, 2009
1:50 pm

oh yeah falcons 38 dolphins 13 big day for roddy and mike turner and watch abe and mike peterson that d will be fine

Big Bird Fan

September 9th, 2009
2:16 pm

The birds will beat the Fins 24-17 just to get back at Bill Parcells for the dirty stunt that he pull on the Falcons when we were looking for a head coach (make Bill realize that he made a BIG MISTAKE not becoming the head coach of the Falcons).

Quick

September 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

Well I guess it’s time for me to wake up from my Falcon blog slumber. Season is almost here. Hey *Ernest*, not sure why we don’t have all 6′ 2″ D backs since there are so many in the league. As a matter of fact, I think we are the only team in the NFL that don’t have all 6′ 2″ D backs. Boy did we get a raw deal. Shame on T.D. *Marcus*, never thought I’d read a blog where a guy complained about a picture of a nice lookin cheerleader on the page. Maybe you’re from Midtown. *Mountain_jim*, you couldn’t be more right about Abe. I’m confident the D line will step up with the exception of #98. I don’t know if we’ll sweep the NFC South. The Panthers might take their home game. Can’t wait to whoop Philly. And if we can go to Boston and beat the Pats, that’ll make us for real. Let’s cheer our Birds on to victory yall.

cdog

September 9th, 2009
4:36 pm

THE FALCONS WILL CAGE THE WILDCAT.GO FALCONS. FALCONS WILL TAME THE WILDCAT.THIS WILL BE THE BIRTH OF THE “RED DEATH” DEFENSE OF THE FALCONS

Real Falcons Fan

September 9th, 2009
5:13 pm

If Williams can make a impact like Foxworth? That will be great! Since he is a salary dump, he should be a good player, not someone that was a performance dump. He knows Smith system and should be ready before Foxworth . Tye Hill took a lot of heat from the Rams fans, but who didn’t? Maybe being here will elevate his game? Can’t wait for Sunday, and see how the D performs in the regular season, when the games count.

Macon Braves (RIP)

September 9th, 2009
5:20 pm

What? There was a story? All I saw was the brunette shaking her pompoms… :smile:

Blue Fender

September 9th, 2009
5:32 pm

All you doubters need to chill! New England built their team the same way as us. They started on one side of the ball one year and moved to the other the next (I think the second year Bill Belichick was there was when Brady started after whats-his-name got hurt). Have a little patience. Let them play the games before judgement is passed. GO FALCONS!!!

Big Ray

September 9th, 2009
5:39 pm

Real Falcons Fan,

Astute observation, bro’. Brian Williams is indeed a salary dump. And the guy can play. I’m glad to have such insurance aboard, and even then….Dimitroff may not be done bolstering a weak secondary.

All the same Ken Strickland hits it on the head. The pass rush is the first and strongest line of defense against a passing offense. Imagine what Biermann and Sidbury are going to look like in a year or two. Hell, we might get some solid preview this season .

Ken Strickland

September 9th, 2009
5:54 pm

X’s&OS-of the 8 CB’s voted to last yrs Probowl, one(Antoine Windield is 5′9″, three(Cortland Finnegon, Asante Samuel & Ronde Barber are 5′10″) and(Darrelle Revis)is 5′11″. If height(being over 5′11″ as you put it) is the all defining attribute for being a successful NFL CB, how do you explain all of these sub 6′ players getting voted as the NFL’s best?

There’s been no shortage of comments about us making a major mistake for not overspending to resign CB DFoxworth. Yet, for some reason the fact he’s only 5′11″, same as CB CHouston. is ignored.

You look at all 5 of the sub 6′ Probowl CB’s and I’ll guarantee you they play on teams with solid pass rushes. ANYONE CAN MAKE EXCUSES, BUT NOT EVERYONE CAN MAKE SENSE.

Real Falcons Fan

September 9th, 2009
5:57 pm

I hear you Big Ray, Sidbury is going to be a beast, and Biermann might be another Urlacher type? If we line them up on opposite sides, move JA inside with Babs and Jerry (Jerry needs time to learn more on shedding the blockers). We can have a push rush/run stopping combo up front. Abe is great, but I worry about his durability throughout the season. Sidbury and Biermann are younger and I haven’t heard about any health issues yet. If Moore can get back to full health and stay there, he can make a difference in the secondary. Lofton and that “won’t quit” Wire should do fine in the middle, haven’t seen much of Adkins yet, but he needs the most polishing from what I hear.

Real Falcons Fan

September 9th, 2009
5:59 pm

Sorry, pash rush/run stopping combo.

Bad News

September 9th, 2009
6:17 pm

No Abraham? ………… this season keeps getting dire and dire and dire :)

mountain_jim

September 9th, 2009
6:54 pm

My earlier comments about Abe getting 3 sacks- and now I hear he’s injured? WTF? He did not even play last week… How long has he been injured and how injured is he? Dang! Be alot harder to win without Abe. He bails out the defense with turnovers regularly.

mountain_jim

September 9th, 2009
6:56 pm

Ok I see Abe did do light practice – he was on the injury list most games last year but still was able to bring it on Sundays..

Real Falcons Fan

September 9th, 2009
8:50 pm

Abe will be fine, they will use him in plays like last year, and Sidbury will get better and better. Abe knows he can’t play forever, the level he plays at takes it’s toll on his body. Maybe the Falcons can give him a SB ring to wear before he retires? Just having him in the game pulls OL’s in his direction, giving the younger guys space to operate in. Besides, I am down to one jersey (Abe’s), since Milloy left, I will have to save some monies for my next one. Maybe Sids? ;o)

Big Ray

September 9th, 2009
8:52 pm

Real Falcons Fan,

Yeah, John Abraham worries me. But this is why Dimitroff decided it was a good idea to get young and fast guys. If you look at our defensive line, it’s chock full of guys with speed and youth. People forget that we’re rebuilding, despite a good record last year. We’re only in the second year of our rebuild. I agree on your assessment of how the D-line should be shaped up.

How this team performs in year 2 of it’s rebuild cannot be compared to how it performed in years 3, 4 and so on with Vick. In fact, this isn’t even about Vick. Or Ryan. Or any other single player. This is about the makeover of an entire franchise.

I hope Abraham gets healthy and can bring it on Sundays, as Mountain Jim says.

I see the Bad News bandit is around. He already got Mark Bradley’s blog shut down. Some people are just born to be a pestilence, I guess.

"Charles", The Original

September 9th, 2009
9:56 pm

When Chris Redman rallied the Falcons to victory with a last-second go-ahead TD pass to Eric Weems in the third preseason game of the season, I thought Weems would show us his touchdown celebration dance, “the lean with me rock”. The man has some creativity.

See Atlanta Falcons Media Lounge, David Irons Rookie Diary, Episode #4 dated August 24, 2007.

boxcarar

September 9th, 2009
10:35 pm

Big Ray,
I agree wholeheartily with your agreements with RFF and Ken. I saw where Smitty says that Williams has played all three DB positions in his scheme. Could be worth a look for more that a single year. Performance will dictate that. Even going for youth, maybe a single vet at each level, one on DL, ABE, one at LB, Peterson, and one at DB, Williams, is needed to give each group some stability until they gel as a group.

crabapplejoe

September 9th, 2009
10:46 pm

Williams is a racist cancer who should never have made it through the “Falcon Filter” for high character players…and his talent is suspect at best.

bigjohnbirdsfan

September 9th, 2009
11:29 pm

Is it Sunday yet?

IS IT SUNDAY YET??

boxcarar

September 9th, 2009
11:52 pm

CAJ
Pretty strong statement about Williams. Where did you get your info?

Ed-Covington

September 10th, 2009
12:18 am

Quick & KS:

Couldn’t agree more. Why does everyone thinks there are a bunch of All-Pro 6′2″ CBs available that we are just stupidly refusing to sign?

GO BIRDS!! BEAT THE ‘FINS!!

Bullseye

September 10th, 2009
9:34 am

I’m sick of hearing about Foxworth. It took him 5 games to see the field last year, he’s the same size as everyone else we have, and he defended a grand total of 11passes last year with 1 int. HOW DO WE EVER REPLACE THAT! As soon as the NFL starts using 6″2″ corners, then the receivers will go back to 5″9″.

PreyDawg

September 10th, 2009
4:47 pm

Marcus. Never….EVER…criticize any placement of a Falcon Cheerleader photo in any article. I dont care if the article is about the economy of Iceland. The pic can only help the article. Plus, by an order of magnitude this is the best looking group of cheerleaders we have had i years. Dont upset them and Dont make me come find you.

Big Ray

September 11th, 2009
4:41 am

Boxcarar,

There is nothing to suggest that Williams is what crabapplejoe suggests. But this is a long-running issue with this guy… :roll:

RYan

September 14th, 2009
6:49 pm

Well. it looks like we did in fact stop someone this year. . .

Samoys

October 3rd, 2009
1:29 pm

lot about you

Roberto

October 4th, 2009
8:00 am