UPDATE: Jason Snelling signs one-year contract

 

 

 

Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs into the end zone past Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson for the first of 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)
Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs into the end zone past Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson for the first of 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)

 

UPDATE 6:15 P.M.

FLOWERY BRANCH — Running back Jason Snelling signed a one-year contract with the Falcons on Sunday and took part in the team’s evening walk-through.

Snelling jump right into the action and ran strong on his carries.

After practice,  he spoke with the media:

Q: How did it feel to get back out there today?

A: It felt good. I’m just happy to be back with the Falcons and to start playing football again. That was my objective, to starting playing football and that’s what I’m doing.

Q: Do you feel like you missed anything? Or, did you just have to take care of your business first?

A: I definitely wanted to get back on the field as soon as I could. I think it will be a lot easier knowing the offense. I plan to jump back in there quickly. It won’t be long before I get everything back down. I’ll be ready to roll.

Q: Did you talk to the Rams, Chiefs and the Giants?

A: I talked to the Rams and Chiefs. I just went up there (New York Giants) for a workout. Just normal free agency stuff.

Q: It seemed like the free agency market for running backs was different than in the past. Did you sense that?

A: It was a little bit of a slow market for running backs as well as for other positions. That’s just how it is. Those things happen. I’m where I want to be. I’m ready to play football.

Q: Where have you been? What have been doing in the offseason?

A: Working out. Spending some time with my family. Just enjoying that time. Just trying to stay in shape mentally and physically because I knew eventually I’d be back out here and I’d have to jump back into it.

Q: Did the guys welcome you back?

A: Oh most definitely. I’ve got a great relationship with this group of guys. I’ve been with the team for four years. We’ve built something special here. I’m glad that I’m going to be a part of it moving forward.

Q: Coach [Mike] Smith said the competition at running back is going to be fierce. What do you have to do to retain your spot?

A: I have to come out here and compete. You’ve got to do that every year. You have to do that to make yourself better. You can never take any plays off and think that you’ve got a job. Everyone out here is hungry. I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve done these past years and keep working hard.

PREVIOUS POST: Snellling agreeing to terms on one-year contract

FLOWERY BRANCH — Running back Jason Snelling agreed to terms on  an one-year contract with the Falcons on Sunday.

 After four productive seasons,  Snelling has elected to return to the team that drafted him in the seventh-round out of Virginia in 2007.

He tested the free agency waters and had dealings with the Rams, Giants and Chiefs.

The Rams elected to sign former Falcons running back Jerious Norwood and former Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams. The Giants re-signed running back Ahmad Bradshaw. The Chiefs signed fullback Le’Ron McClain.

Snelling, 27, has played in 51 games and rushed for 1,042 yards on 257 carries and scored seven touchdowns. He has caught 82 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns.

He served as the Falcons’ primary back for half of the 2009 season as Michael Turner battled a high right-ankle sprain.

Snelling ran for 147 yards in the victory over Tampa Bay on Jan. 3, 2010, that secured the franchise’s first back-to-back winning seasons. Last season, he amassed 186 total yards (129 rushing, 57 receiving) against Arizona on Sept. 19.

Snelling has been durable, too. He has missed four games over the past three seasons.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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103 comments Add your comment

CONservative Johnson

August 7th, 2011
12:03 pm

Nice, First?

CONservative Johnson

August 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

Hopefully he doesn’t take too many carries away from Jacquizz Rodgers . . .

steven A.

August 7th, 2011
12:09 pm

Great move. At this stage of his career, he is more explosive and durable than Turner.

the one and only Falcons fan in Taiwan

August 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

I was hoping that he doesn’t return so that Jacqui22 can shine.

BoomBoomJoe

August 7th, 2011
12:11 pm

Awesome sign,Besides loosing Harvey Dahl, the falcons are looking good.

steelers

August 7th, 2011
12:15 pm

falcons third best in div.

steelers

August 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

1.saints 2.bucs.

Mr Charlie

August 7th, 2011
12:21 pm

Always liked Snelling, he hits the hole hard, much harder than Turner.

drmondo

August 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

Steelers looking like Bengals off the field…arrests, fight with the commish…

dubb

August 7th, 2011
12:26 pm

glad to see snelling back adds more depth to back field

GT GRAD

August 7th, 2011
12:28 pm

Great news…….he is actually better than Turner.

He is a little faster and seems to give more effort on each and every play than Turner. The biggest difference is that opposing defenses have to defend runs outside of the tackles and screen passes in the flats when Snelling is in the backfield……….simply not the case when Turner is the RB.

I say welcome back to the team Mr. Snelling!

You make the Falcons a better football team.

Flex

August 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

Great news, but why a one year deal?

Nathan Darling

August 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

This guy i mean i glad to have him back for injuries but he dindt even want to come back well Turner is our main back and rodgers is now our 3rd down back so i dont know where he is going to play in this.

Nathan Darling

August 7th, 2011
12:36 pm

im tired of all yall saying he is better than turner there is no way! Turner is stronger, faster and a way better back then snelling. yall should be glad we got turner!

FalcFans.com » Snelling returns

August 7th, 2011
12:38 pm

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons have re-signed free agent running back Jason Snelling to a one-year deal. [...]

The Real Falcon

August 7th, 2011
12:39 pm

The reason I am glad TD is my GM and not some of these blogers is that HE knows that to depend on a 5th round pick as your primary backup is not smart.
Rodgers will get his carries and Turner is the mail focus at RB. All else starts from there.

Brian Hunt

August 7th, 2011
12:54 pm

Glad he’s back. Let’s go!

CONservative Johnson

August 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

The Real Falcon, ah yeah. It sounded like he was very much willing to do that. Snelling could have easily signed elsewhere if not for a cluttered market . . .

Just A Thought

August 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Really @steven A???? Then why no other team signed him???

TheMann21

August 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

Great. You have to love the effort and grit he brings into the game. TD might be the smartest man in America. Well, second…to DOL of course.

John

August 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

Glad snelling is back for one more. It gives us a year to sort out our RB situation.

Wink

August 7th, 2011
1:01 pm

Great news. Snelling is a key asset for our offense. It Turner goes down, I am confident the ability of Snelling to carry the load. JR will get the carries that Norwood gave up. JR will be our speed back and Snelling can go inside or out. Turner is our feature back with the big contract, so by design he gets to start.

Jason

August 7th, 2011
1:01 pm

Glad to have Snelling back. No, he’s not Turner, but he compliments Turner well and does add some pass catching ability out of the backfield.

I’m sure he was disappointed that he didn’t get a big deal via free agency. Unfortunately for him, the free agent market was so large this year (1/4 of the league) and was flooded with so many serviceable running backs that it drove the market price down. I’m sure that this is why he did a one year deal. He probably wants the opportunity to retry the free agent market next year when there aren’t quite as many options of the free agent market.

For those of you thinking that Snelling is better than Turner, the league just told you that it didn’t think so. If a team thought that they could get 1500 plus yards out of a guy to be their workhorse, then they would have shown Snelling that money regardless of how saturated the market was.

truth hurts

August 7th, 2011
1:02 pm

Glad to have Snelling back…from what i seen he played more percentage of downs than did turner did last year…that says something about you worth if you are a back up running back…everyone has an eye test opinion..but the numbers are the truth

Greg Mendel

August 7th, 2011
1:37 pm

Good deal for the Falcons and a good deal for Snelling. Jason knows the playbook, so he has an edge on Quizz or a transplant FA.

RBs have short careers these days. If Snelling has a good season, he may be able to demand more a year from now.

Steven A.

August 7th, 2011
1:47 pm

Reply to: Just A Thought

August 7th, 2011
12:55 pm
Really @steven A???? Then why no other team signed him???

Postion of running back is not that important anymore. See the last 2 Superbowl winners. 3 average running backs are better than 1 great running back(ie…Adrian Peterson)

Brian

August 7th, 2011
2:05 pm

I like the depth and insurance it gives the team at that position. Good signing by the Falcons.

rm

August 7th, 2011
2:07 pm

Good! I was worried about only having a rookie behind Turner. Snelling knows the system and is very durable. Now bring in a veteran CB to compete with the young guys. Go Birds!

Paddy

August 7th, 2011
2:09 pm

Conservative Johnson……he will only take carries away from Rogers if he is better than Rogers. Coach Smith does not play games. If you produce, you will be on the field. Gotta love a coach like that!!! I am glad he is back with the Falcons. He can play and has proved it.

How 'Bout A Fresca?

August 7th, 2011
2:23 pm

Snelling unquestionably helped the Falcons snag their first back-to-back winnng seasons when he became a starter after Turner went down in ‘09. We owe him our gratitude for putting that dubious record behind us. Plus everyone is playing wth three back rotations now…we’re in great shape at RB!

Brett Favre was once a Falcon

August 7th, 2011
2:50 pm

Fresca is right. Snelling was our MVP two years ago.

hiramsaint

August 7th, 2011
2:51 pm

drmondo- and a few lombardi’s but you wouldn’t know about that now would you

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 7th, 2011
3:29 pm

Just saw Snelling in the cafeteria. No word of if he’s going to dress for the walk through today.

COOK1972

August 7th, 2011
3:47 pm

I AM GLAD THAT UGA1999 WAS NOT EXACTLY CORRECT ON THIS ONE.
I ALSO THOUGHT LAST WEEK THAT SNELLING WAS GONE.
WE STILL NEED A CB.

steven A.

August 7th, 2011
3:47 pm

I hope the GM takes a look at these 2 players, Maake Kemoeatu NT and Noel Devine RB.

steven A.

August 7th, 2011
3:52 pm

Pedro Martinez, great baseball pitcher quoted as saying, “EAGLES ARE THE FALCONS DADDY”

nhe

August 7th, 2011
3:58 pm

Turner simply WAS NOT GOOD LAST YEAR. 4.1 ypc in this offense doesn’t cut it. He looked slow and much more concerned about wear and tear on his body than hitting a hole.

If he has a similar year this year (4.2 or less ypc) he will be gone. I also think that if he tippytoes around doing a lame TJ Duckett imitation this year (like he did last year) he will lose carries to Snelling.

Those here who have said Snelling is the better back are a tad premature, and for the Falcon’s sake, we have to hope that’s wrong.

Personally, I was hoping we’d find a taker for Turner and go after D’Angelo Williams (though that’s an IR waiting to happen probably, so I gotta trust TD).

IMO – this entire 2011 season hinges on whether or not Turner decides to hit a damn hole for a change…….I’m dead serious. Having Snelling back gives some definite peace of mind – we can win regular season games with Snelling. I have felt though that we needed a true replacement for Turner this year to win a playoff game – I’m actually hoping Rogers could be that guy, but it’s not likely going to be this year.

SeenThisB4

August 7th, 2011
4:21 pm

That’s a mediocre running back corp,…. they won’t garner more than 800 yds. total for the season between them.

All I'm Saying Is...

August 7th, 2011
4:31 pm

You can never have too many good running backs given the propensity for injury at that position and Snelling proved what he could do when we needed him to step in for Turner last year. So we need J-Snell to do his thing, Turner to remain The Burner, and Rodgers to step in, stay healthy, and be our explosive big-play threat.

LET’S GO FALCONS!

honest_abe

August 7th, 2011
4:32 pm

NOTSO FAST

August 7th, 2011
4:35 pm

Ir looks as if the Falcon resigned all that they could. We knew we couldn’t signed all three of the lineman but we got 2. Good job.

All I'm Saying Is...

August 7th, 2011
4:35 pm

…And, nhe, I’ll take an average of 4 yards per carry out of any running back especially Turner as those are hall of fame numbers and they mean the running game is a constant threat which will make Ryan have another all-pro year.

LET’S GO FALCONS!

Delbert D.

August 7th, 2011
4:49 pm

Finally got it done. Had me worried, Snelling is an important component.

coleski

August 7th, 2011
4:55 pm

Snellinng is not as good as Turner. But he gives it his all. Good job TD. I hope all the runnung backs play.

fanATicaL

August 7th, 2011
4:59 pm

It seems to me that we are just as prepared as the top teams in the NFC. This may come down to coaching and chemistry. Which team stays healthy and meshes the quickest. This season will be fantastic.

SeenThisB4

August 7th, 2011
5:03 pm

Nawh! The falcan’ts are mediocre, also-rans.

Freak Speak

August 7th, 2011
5:11 pm

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ohhhhYEAH

August 7th, 2011
5:39 pm

All things equal, i dont mind Turner starting, BUT Snelling runs harder, runs faster, and catches out of the backfield. Nuff said.

da dirtiest bird

August 7th, 2011
5:41 pm

Snelling played a higher % than Turner because he replaced Ovie at FB for a couple of games as well as spelled Turner. He was also the 3rd down back. While I am hoping J Rodgers sees more action as a 3rd down back, I’m more confident Snelling can carry the load if Turner goes down. He’s also offers versatility as a back FB, & coverage guy on special teams. I’m glad he’s back in the fold. RISE UP!

Chemcat

August 7th, 2011
5:42 pm

I was hoping Snelling would be back, he not only backs up and spells Turner but also Ovie Mughelli a fact everyone so far has overlooked. He’s very competent in all the backfield positions.