Snelling named NFC player of week; candidate for FedEx Ground award

00919 Atlanta - SNELLING TOUCHDOWN - Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling runs through a tackle attempt by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the first of his two touchdowns during 2nd quarter action for a 17-7 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010.      Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

00919 Atlanta - SNELLING TOUCHDOWN - Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling runs through a tackle attempt by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the first of his two touchdowns during 2nd quarter action for a 17-7 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Jason Snelling was named NFC offensive player of the week after amassing 186 total yards and scoring three touchdowns in the 41-7 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.

He scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving, while racking up 129 yards on 24 carries and 57 yards on five receptions.

His career best rushing and previous all-purpose yardage totals came in the 2009 season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he logged 147 rushing yards and 168 all-purpose yards.

Snelling is also a candidate for the FedEx Ground player of the week hones.  Snelling is in the running against Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy and Oakland’s Darren McFadden.

Fans can vote at NFL.com/FedEX from Tuesday through noon on Friday.  The winners will be announced on Friday evening.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

*         Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy rushed for 120 yards on 16 carries and a career-high three touchdowns as the Eagles held off the Detroit Lions 35 – 32.

*         Oakland’s Darren McFadden carried the ball 30 times for 145 yards in the Raiders’ 16-14 win over the St. Louis Rams.

*         Atlanta’s Jason Snelling rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Atlanta’s 41-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

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36 comments Add your comment

Poppa Falcon

September 22nd, 2010
2:36 pm

He’s got MY VOTE for SURE!!!

allycks

September 22nd, 2010
2:37 pm

Love it! Jason Snelling is shaping into a great running back for the Falcons. I love the way he plays the game, a smart and tough kid who has got the skills! Congrats on the award, Jason, and keep up the good work. Let’s win the NFC South!

Baby Bird

September 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

This cat can play FOOTBALL . . . I liked him when he first came to the Falcons and often wondered why he wasn’t being used. POWER, SPEED and elusiveness in the open field. It’s finally been recognized he’s a competent NFL replacement for Turner. I think Norwood is too fragile for the game. Snelling can block too!! GO BIG MAN . . . GO FALCONS!

GTBob

September 22nd, 2010
2:51 pm

Awesome. Well earned. We are lucky he has come on so strong the past two years with Turner and Norwood’s injury issues. Hopefully he keeps it up.

Joe Tess Fish House

September 22nd, 2010
2:56 pm

And Vick and Schaub had better games than Ryan……Does the Falcons ever learn?

JB FALCON

September 22nd, 2010
2:57 pm

Reid Adair

September 22nd, 2010
3:03 pm

Congratulations to Jason Snelling on an honor well deserved.

TrueBlueBravesFan

September 22nd, 2010
3:03 pm

Man Joe Tess give it up. Ryan played great. He didn’t have an interception and he threw for 3 touchowns. The score was 41-7. Nuff said.

Give it a rest

Bullish-on-the-Falcons

September 22nd, 2010
3:28 pm

Joe Tess Fish House – If you’re going to write a negative comment, please do us all a favor and at least use the English language properly.

33TheBurner33

September 22nd, 2010
3:32 pm

look at the recievers that the eagles and texans have. give matt ryan someone who can stretch the field like deshaun jackson and he would put up higher yardage totals. Not that we need it though when turner and snelling are shredding people. I’ll take 3tds and no ints, with a good running game anyday.

Falcon Fanatic

September 22nd, 2010
3:42 pm

I want to see some #44 Snelling jerseys for sale!

Joe Tess Fish House

September 22nd, 2010
4:06 pm

I’ve been saying for months the Falcons should of have signed TO……Ryan needs help. I’m not trashing him……Just sayin they already had good QBs on the rooster and they let them get away….

1911A1

September 22nd, 2010
4:22 pm

“I’ve been saying for months the Falcons should of have signed TO”

Dude, what little credibility you may have had just went out the window.

tjhook

September 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

Yeah, Jason! I’m a fan of your running skills! Keep poundin’ big man!!

Huge Falcon Fan

September 22nd, 2010
4:57 pm

Guess you can never have too many QB’s on the rooster….

Huge Falcon Fan

September 22nd, 2010
4:59 pm

Every time Snelling has had a chance to play, he has shown to be a tough player. Hope he gets more chances to play and contribute.

Falcon Jim

September 22nd, 2010
5:04 pm

John Tesh Fish House, Let me third the motion. Give it a rest. Ryan is a real pro and TO is a cancer.

Joe Tess Fish House

September 22nd, 2010
5:07 pm

Hey Falcon Jim…..Pay attention. I am not trashing Ryan. I am just pointing out Flacons had Vick and Schaub before Ryan and they let them get away.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
5:21 pm

I think you can buy Snelling jersey’s on the team’s website. http://store.falcons365.com/store/

Falcon Jim

September 22nd, 2010
5:23 pm

Joe, wish had Farve all these years………………….

Colin

September 22nd, 2010
6:47 pm

What is the word on Turner? How badly is he hurt? Any chance that Turner does not play this weekend with a “mild groin” injury (is that like “slightly pregnant” for a running back?) as you have Snelling ready to go?

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 22nd, 2010
6:51 pm

Great….Definitely voted for Snelling for the “GROUND” vote and for the “AIR” vote…Schabb

jtl

September 22nd, 2010
7:04 pm

ummm.. i think vick let himself go

waynester

September 22nd, 2010
7:19 pm

I’m voting for Snelling ’cause I’m a Falcons homer but LeSean McCoy had the better game–120yds on 16 carries and 3 TDs made Vick look better than he was….

Mr Charlie

September 22nd, 2010
8:33 pm

Yea Vick and Schaub….We did not learn much from Farve, did we?

DrJ

September 22nd, 2010
8:38 pm

Another vote here for Snelling. Always did like him, but I hope they don’t wear him out like they did Turner. Any outstanding backs available for the #3 slot?
Watching the tape of the game again, I can’t be sure if Ryan is just not really accurate, or if he is throwing to a spot and the receivers are not there, particularly the over- and under-throws. Hmm.

FrontRow

September 22nd, 2010
8:40 pm

Nice stats for McCoy but he got most of the 120 on one run. Snelling got his while inflicting damage on the AZ defense.

My vote is for Snelling.

Jake

September 22nd, 2010
9:33 pm

Go Flacons and our good former QB’S on the rooster. Does Flacons sign TO yet?

Falcon Jim

September 22nd, 2010
10:02 pm

TO TO TO TO TO TO…………………..get over it, JEEZ ! ! !

Dr. Warren

September 23rd, 2010
2:47 am

Go get ‘em Snelling!

Rhonda

September 23rd, 2010
10:42 am

Snelling should be the starter this week. Period. Turner needs to rest that groin on the bench and see how it’s done.

bama

September 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

Use Snelling he proved how good he was last year when Turner went down. Snelling is a # 1 or 2 running back.It was great the falcons signed him other wise he would start for someone else. Norwood is not your special team man (kickoff, punt return) Weems and Douglas are your best special team players. Use Weems and Douglas More on passing plays, these to guys will make the falcons offense great. Jenkins maybe trade bait. Run the ball hard with Turner and Snelling. Snelling is a great pass catcher and blocker, so is Turner these two guys catching balls when you make defenses matchup will burst games wide open.

El Magnifico!

September 23rd, 2010
12:32 pm

I have three Michael Vick jerseys (Falcon jerseys). I hope he has gotten help and becomes a better person and I have forgiven him for betraying his fans, but I have not forgotten what he did. I do not want him to play for the Falcons ever again. I do not care what he does on the football field, good or bad. It killed me to explain to my kids that their football hero was a dog killer.

David W

September 23rd, 2010
1:32 pm

Wow.

Joe Tess Fish House – as for Shaub, he had a great game, but his team needed that from him. Think of it this way – he HAD to pass for almost 500 yards for them to win. Ryan didn’t need to pass for 400 yards, so he didn’t. Also, we let go of Shaub because we thought we had the franchise QB in Vick. No NFL team can afford to keep two starters on their team. Want evidence? The minute Vick has a great game, the trade talks for Kolb started (and are continuing).

As for Vick – we didn’t “let him get away”. Seems to me, he spent some time in prison for brutally murdering defenseless animals. I’m glad he’s paid his debt to society and has gotten a second chance, but I like the character/integrity of Ryan and he’s got all the skills to be a franchise QB for a long time.

To everyone else – I realize it’s wasted breath, but I’m sick of people conveniently forgetting the history of these QBs and treating our Falcons like they’re clueless about these matters.

Jan

September 23rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Please, folks,enough with the Vick; we have a great young QB in Ryan. Let’s support him and the rest of our Falcons. The best is yet to come! Go Birds! Oh, yeah, Snelling gets my vote–great game!

Big Rod

September 24th, 2010
10:36 am

The Aints had a tough game and have a short week. Meanwhile, the Falcons had an easy game and a full week. We will get the upset as long as the refs don’t take it from us like they did the Vikings in the Championship game.