Ray Edwards to play vs. Steelers

 

 

We'll have to wait another week to see the Falcons new defensive end tandem duo in action. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons new defensive end Ray Edwards is set to play against the Steelers. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

 

 

 

FLOWERY BRANCH — Defensive end Ray Edwards, barring any last minute change, will make his debut with the Falcons against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

“Right now, we are anticipating that Ray will be going this week,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith after practice on Wednesday. “We’re going to get our first snaps with him. In terms of the number of snaps, we’ll wait and see if there are any set backs from today’s practice, but I doubt that. We look forward to seeing him out on the field.”

Edwards, the team’s prized free agent signee, has recovered from knee surgery.  

Edwards, a former Minnesota Viking, signed a five-year contract, worth $30 million, with $11 million guaranteed on July 29.

The Falcons hope that Edwards will balance the field and provide a pass rush opposite Pro Bowler John Abraham.

Abraham led the Falcons with 13 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries last season. Kroy Biermann started at left end and had three sacks and seven quarterback hurries.

Edwards, 6-foot-5, 268 pounds, was a fourth-round draft pick (127th overall) by the Vikings in 2006. The former Purdue standout amassed 29 sacks in five seasons. He had eight sacks last season and a career-high 8.5 in 2009.

The Falcons were interested in Edwards after the draft, but they later cooled on him and pursued Carolina’s Charles Johnson. The Falcons backed out of the bidding on Johnson after the Panthers made him a lucrative offer.

In addition to Abraham, Edwards and Biermann, the Falcons also have Chauncey Davis, Lawrence Sidbury, Cliff Matthews, Emmanuel Stephens and Tom McCarthy on the roster.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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48 comments Add your comment

Shotyme

August 24th, 2011
2:32 pm

Shotyme

August 24th, 2011
2:32 pm

damn i have no life

Shotyme

August 24th, 2011
2:33 pm

feels like im in the twilight zone

Shotyme

August 24th, 2011
2:35 pm

Where the hell is everybody??

Harrison

August 24th, 2011
2:44 pm

Good to see Ray playing

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

Shotyme — Hang in there. You’re worrying me.

PMC

August 24th, 2011
2:51 pm

Very excited to see what the line can do with an NFL caliber starting DE out there.

8.5 sacks would be HUGE. Just stay healthy and get ready for the season.

Bear

August 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

Good. We need him and Abe to stay healthy and cause some havoc. The secondary should improve a lot if they do their jobs.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

That is the one thing that worries me about this game. The Steelers play very physical in the Preseason. The dirtiest player in the game Hines Ward hates the Falcons for not drafting him. While on the one hand, it is a great game to get your feet wet with; I don’t want our starters to get banged up in a game that means nothing. I really hope we come out of this without any major injuries.

D-Man

August 24th, 2011
3:03 pm

Sham a lama ding dong. So Hit it.

rduck

August 24th, 2011
3:10 pm

Bring da pain Big Ray!!!

joe white

August 24th, 2011
3:11 pm

So far I am loving the pressure we are getting out of pierra,babe,abe and koy, now if this cat can come and help us out that is a dangerous rotation for years to come.

senior falcon

August 24th, 2011
3:25 pm

Hines Ward IS NOT a dirty player, but he plays hard. Don[’t let up when he is in your area ’cause he’ll knock your dick in the dirt.

Astro Joe

August 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

If Stehpens and Matthews are even a little bit productive in the next 2 games, I suspect that Chauncey will be set free. He’s a little pricey for a 4th string DE.

Nik

August 24th, 2011
3:43 pm

I noticed he still has purple and gold viking colored pads under his practice jersey…

Matt Ryan's Brain

August 24th, 2011
3:56 pm

D-Led,

caption under the pic of Abe and Edwards says we WILL have to wait another week to watch the duo play – need to change that.

iceBIRDcold11

August 24th, 2011
4:24 pm

With the bookends working we need for Babineax/Perry to go ape up the middle.

Bear correct you are this should really help the secondary move above mediocre.

Die Hard Falcon

August 24th, 2011
4:29 pm

I agree that this will be a good test for a preseason game, it won’t come any harder. I just am glad we didn’t play them after their first game when Tomlin was furious w/ their play. I know I’m a hater, but I do think that the steelers are the dirtiest team in the league when it comes to injuring other players and trying to hurt people. They are my least liked NFL team along w/ cowgirls and packers. I really just want to come out looking more polished and most importantly injury-free. I’ve seen what our back ups do and if we have starters out, I don’t think that we have the depth to do well. Go Falcons! Ray, show us why Mr.Blank is paying you!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
4:34 pm

Matt Ryan’s Brain – Just want to get a picture up quickly. It’s changed.

Spot on Dtan

August 24th, 2011
4:35 pm

Now that our DE’s are set…

When do we get a quarterback?

Why was Vince Young not signed?

Why was Terrele Pryor not drafted?

We need to ask questions, folks.

Demand answers.

Hold people accountable.

Spot on Dtan

August 24th, 2011
4:36 pm

Let’s be real here folks….

fanman

August 24th, 2011
4:58 pm

Okay, now that he is playing when is his jersey going to be for sell. I’ve waited years for the Falcons to get a player with that cool last name. So what gives?

JC

August 24th, 2011
5:18 pm

I think we already have QB better than Vince Young or Pryor.

Sausage King of Chicago

August 24th, 2011
5:26 pm

Hell, Adam Froman is better than Vince Young and Pryor!

Runner-

August 24th, 2011
5:41 pm

By the way, was Edward’s value decreased after he had knee surgery? If so, would the Falcons have had any shot at him had he not had surgery?

Spot on Dtan

August 24th, 2011
5:46 pm

Shhhhhhh….

Don’t bring up the “knee thing.”

Folks ’round here don’t like hearing the truth.

Especially if it pertains to their man “TD’s” ineptitude.

New owner, coach, GM, and QB by 2014.

PlanB

August 24th, 2011
6:53 pm

I think Redman is a great back up. No one can afford two starting QB’s. Our’s has experience and has won some games for us. I don’t care for those two suggested by Spot either.

Th

August 24th, 2011
6:59 pm

Edwards only played all 16 games once in 5 tries. I expect to still see lots of Bierman this year which isn’t a bad thing. He seems to have a handful of QB jersey on every other play. The sacks will come with a little better inside push to keep the QB from stepping forward.

waynester

August 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

What’s with all the nattering nabobs of negativism on the AJC boards today? First, with Bradley’s “BUZZ” blog, and now with Edwards’ knee news. The comment sections have had the figurative equivalent of bovine excrement smeared all over them by such contributors as ‘Spot on Dtan’ (not by half) suggesting our current starting QB lacks the melanin content to adequately lead this team — making “seenthis b4″ seem like a brilliant commentator by comparison. At least “SeenB4″ is loyal to his team, unlike the so-called fans posting on these blogs today…..

SeenThisB4

August 24th, 2011
7:40 pm

Thaks Wayne! Of course, on the other hand, maybe they can now see, that the falcan’ts aren’t wearing clothes.

Ray Edwards?! He’s just a failure about to happen.

On a related note, did you notice that our DE Smith’s pending suspension’ is STILL pending, has been sliced in half, and probably won’t be imposed till later in the year, IF it’s imposed at all.

Hey Ken: Na, ne-na, ne nawh!

HJones

August 24th, 2011
7:48 pm

We need to score more points on offense and get ahead of Pittsburgh by 2-3 touchdowns so the defense can tee off on Ben Rothlisberger who will be forced to throw to catch up.

If our Offensive Coordinator opens up the offense and scores more points this year, then our defense will have an easier time if our opponents have to pass more. We will be expecting the passes.

I never thought of this concept until I listened to an analysis of the Indianapolis Colts offense and defense on ESPN. It was noted the Colts defense was designed to rush the passer based on Patton Manning’s to put the team ahead by multiple touchdowns.

Score Points

August 24th, 2011
7:51 pm

We need to score more points on offense and get ahead of Pittsburgh by 2-3 touchdowns so the defense can tee off on Ben Rothlisberger who will be forced to throw to catch up.

If our Offensive Coordinator opens up the offense and scores more points this year, then our defense will have an easier time if our opponents have to pass more. We will be expecting the passes.

I never thought of this concept until I listened to an analysis of the Indianapolis Colts offense and defense on ESPN. It was noted the Colts defense was designed to rush the passer based on Patton Manning’s to put the team ahead by multiple touchdowns.

Brian Hunt

August 24th, 2011
7:56 pm

I see there’s a new troll in town..

Pass Rush

August 24th, 2011
8:00 pm

We need to score more points on offense and get ahead of Pittsburgh by 2-3 touchdowns so the defense can tee off on Ben Rothlisberger who will be forced to throw to catch up. It is the model of the Indianapolis Colts according to ESPN. SCORE POINTS LET YOUR DEFENSE PASS RUSH!

panic fan

August 24th, 2011
8:09 pm

probably same ole troll just new 2011 screen name THIS GAME WILL TELL US YES NO OR JUST MAYBE flash back- 1 heartbeat!

BiggdawgK

August 24th, 2011
8:17 pm

The taint’s have been looking horrible in pre season. Even a taint’s fan i.e. a drunken moron had to see how pathetic their first team has looked so far. That’s what happens when players see how the aint’s front office treats long time player loyalty by dumping them. suddenly even the thugs drunk orleans employess wonder “what happen to me when I no run good?”

Intelligent fans would start to worry a bit about the production or lack of it shown by the taint’s so far but I’ll guess with all that liquor and crack a disability check buys aint’s fans, their fan base will brag about how their criminal players might not have to serve their suspension for a while.

Sad how once a team gets gifted a championship due to pity, they expect to live of that pity forever.

BiggdawgK

August 24th, 2011
8:19 pm

It’s not a new troll just that sad drunken crackhead seen this b4 posting under a variety of names again.

SeenThisB4

August 24th, 2011
8:29 pm

Wrong again BiggdawgK. I give you all: Conflict with Dignity.

Don't Feed Iggles Trolls (It Isn't 1960 Anymore)

August 24th, 2011
10:36 pm

If we can only get Dunta and his peanut-brittle hamstring out there. Just kidding. Good to see Ray Edwards getting some live snaps with live bullets on Saturday. He could be the “chosen one” – after all, his initials are RE, and Dunta’s are DR. Coincidence?

[...] Smith, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Right now, we are anticipating that Ray will be going this week. We’re going to get our first [...]

Chucktown38

August 24th, 2011
11:50 pm

Yeah spot on Dtat those are not very popular questions and/or people.None will ever be anything in the NFL> Not for long players.

Z-Ro

August 25th, 2011
12:21 am

Ray Edwards is a beast on Madden….dang but so is Reggie Bust i meant Bush

DR. FALCON

August 25th, 2011
12:56 am

IT’S ABOUT TIME! IT’S HARD TO GET EXCITED ABOUT A PLAYER WHOCAN’T STAY ON THE FIELD. EDWARD STAYED IN SHAPE BY DOING SOME BOXING. THATS ALL GOOD, BUT ITS NOT FOOTBALL TRAINING I DON’T WANT THE NEXT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER PLAYING LEFT DE, I WANT RAY EDWARDS THE FOOTBALL PLAYER!

[...] Smith, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Right now, we are anticipating that Ray will be going this week. We’re going to get our first [...]

AlanFalcon

August 25th, 2011
9:19 am

Spot on Dtan, you have got to be kidding or you know nothing about the qb position, must be a Vick lover that can’t adjust to sucess (past 3 years and growing).

GO HIDE YOUR HEAD OR ROOT FOR THE SAINTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

August 25th, 2011
9:36 am

Been a homer since the Falcons started in 1966. I like what we are attempting to do on defense. The only negative I see in the offensive backfield is our inability to complete 50%+ passes when we can’t even throw long. Redmond is an excellent backup and has the stronger arm, so let’s keep him in the fold. Go birds.

Justin

August 25th, 2011
12:14 pm

Maybe Ray can show these guys how to tackle. It doesn’t matter how much pressure we get if we can’t wrap up

D-Bird

August 29th, 2011
8:23 am

D-Led,
Com’on man! First team did not looks all that hot on Saturday. Smitty should have left them in for at least one more series. I know preseason doesn’t mean a lot.