Archive for May 30th, 2012

Ex-UGA standout Asher Allen retires from NFL

Former University of Georgia standout Asher Allen, from Tucker, has retired from the NFL, according to Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.

“Caught me by surprise,” Frazier told the Minnesota media on Wednesday at the Vikings’ organized team activities.

Allen, a cornerback, didn’t blame any health issues for the decision, Frazier said.

Allen, 24, has started 20 games over the past two seasons.

He was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft and played in 36 games for the Vikings.

After graduating early from Tucker High, Allen played at Georgia from 2006-08.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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VIDEO: Falcons coach Mike Smith on OTAs

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VIDEO: Sean Weatherspoon likes Samuel’s swagger

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DEPTH CHART: Updated after first OTA session

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White talking to the media after OTAs on Tuesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White talking to the media after OTAs on Tuesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — A lot of attention was paid to the offensive line this offseason, but when the Falcons lined up for their first OTA practice, the line remained intact.

However, coach Mike Smith has promised competition across the board and the offensive line, under the direction of new offensive line coach Pat Hill,  will be closely monitored.

Sam Baker was at left tackle and Garrett Reynolds at right guard along the starting offensive line during drills Tuesday. Tyson Clabo (right tackle), Todd McClure (center) and Justin Blaylock (left guard) rounded out the unit.

The second line consisted of Andrew Jackson (RT), Vince Manuwai (RG), Joe Hawley (C), Mike Johnson (LG) and Will Svitek (LT).

On the third line were Peter Konz (RG), Tyler Horn (C), Phillip Manley (LG) and Bryce Harris (LT). Third-round draft pick Lamar Holmes did not participate because of …

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