Archive for May, 2012

Falcons, NFL to hold officating academy

The Falcons and the National Football League will host an Officiating Academy at St. Pius X High School on Wednesday, May 30.

The  event is designed to educate future candidates interested in the officiating side of sports, ages 17-35, on the basic football rules and officiating philosophies. Instructors include NFL officials, scouts and supervisors. The sessions will cover the steps on how to become an official, video presentations on mechanics and on-field instruction.

To register for this event, please visit nflofficiating.com by Friday, May 25.

Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, May 30

Check-in: 3:45 p.m.

Workshop: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: St. Pius X High School

2674 Johnson Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342

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Falcons rookie contract numbers

Falcons top draft pick Peter Konz is bringing back the Dirty Bird. (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

Falcons top draft pick Peter Konz is bringing back the Dirty Bird. (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons are still working on defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi’s rookie contract, but the numbers are in for all of the other deals.

–Second-round pick Peter Konz signed a four-year deal worth $3.588 million, with a signing bonus of $1.049 million. A total of $1,603,010 of his deal is guaranteed.

–Third-round pick Lamar Holmes signed a four-year deal worth $2.633 million, with a signing bonus of $533,600.

–Fifth-round pick Bradie Ewing signed a four-year deal worth $2.28 million, with a signing bonus of $184,192.

–Sixth-round pick Charles Mitchell signed a four-year contract worth $2.201 million, with a signing bonus of $101,672.

–Seventh-round pick Travian Robertson signed a four-year contract worth $2.145 million, with a signing bonus of $45,896.

All of the rookie deals have base salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000.

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff hopes to raise cycling awareness

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff getting ready to ride to work on Friday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff getting ready to ride to work on Friday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

BUCKHEAD – I tossed the Blue Streak (the nickname for my Wal-Mart bike) into the Dark Knight and drove over to ride with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and some really cool guys from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition early this morning.

(Their bikes looked a little different than the Blue Streak. I didn’t see any of their bikes at Wal-Mart, either. I also grabbed my daughter’s pink helmet. You can never be to be safe on those roads.)

I only went a couple of miles, while they rode the entire 40 miles from Buckhead to Flowery Branch to celebrate National Bike to Work Day.

Dimitroff has been planning this ride since he arrived in 2008. We’d talked about it several times, so I decided to get on out there.

Dimitroff is a cycling enthusiast. I just get on the Silver Comet Trail from time to time. I need to do it more often for fitness …

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Sanders to host TRUTH youth football, cheer tryouts

 Former Atlanta Falcon Deion Sanders talks with the 11 & 12-year-old Truth youth football team before their game during a youth football tournament at Westlake High School recently in Atlanta, Ga., July 15, 2011. Sanders brought three youth football teams called The Truth. The three teams are 9&10, 11&12, and 13&14 all from the Dallas/Forth Worth area. Sanders will be the first Falcon to enter the NFL Hall of Fame August 8th. Sanders has changed his public image, no longer Primetime, he devotes his time to a youth sports program.  Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

Former Atlanta Falcon Deion Sanders talks with the 11 & 12-year-old Truth youth football team before their game during a youth football tournament at Westlake High School recently in Atlanta, Ga., July 15, 2011. Sanders brought three youth football teams called The Truth. The three teams are 9&10, 11&12, and 13&14 all from the Dallas/Forth Worth area. Sanders will be the first Falcon to enter the NFL Hall of Fame August 8th. Sanders has changed his public image, no longer Primetime, he devotes his time to a youth sports program. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

Deion Sanders, who’s committed to helping youth through his academic and Christian-based select sports programs, believes the threat of concussions has been overstated.

He’ll be in town this weekend to host registration for his football and cheerleader programs in Snellville and Jonesboro.

Sanders believes that if youth players are taught properly, they will know not to use their heads and helmets to strike. Upon his …

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Roddy White plummets 41 spots in top 100 ranking

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White did not do a flip over his current Top 100 ranking.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White did not do a flip over his current Top 100 ranking.

BIRDLAND — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White dropped 41 spots on “NFL Network’s The Top 100: Players of 2012” show on Wednesday.

After leading the league with 115 catches after the 2010 season, he was ranked 24th. He caught 100 passes for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but also led the league in drops with 15.

White, the controversial Twitter master and Pro Bowl receiver, was fine with being on the list, but believes he was ranked too low.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (front) intercepts a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in the fourth quarter. Associated Press

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (front) intercepts a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in the fourth quarter. Associated Press

“I don’t have an argument; I’m just happy to be on this list,” White said. “But not where I’m at. I’m not happy with where I’m at on the list; I’m happy to be on the list.”

White cited his dropped passes, most of which came early in the season, for his plummet  in …

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Dimitroff to participate in Bike to Work Day

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff will participate in National Bike to Work Day on Friday.

Dimitroff, a cycling enthusiast, will ride about 40 miles from Buckhead to Flowery Branch.

The majority of his route will follow Buford Highway.

He will be joined by members of the Falcons front office as well as Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) board chair Atiba Mbiwan, owner of Free-Flite Bicycles Dan Thornton, ABC members and volunteers Tim Ho and Jeffrey Wisard, and ABC League Cycling instructor Neil Walker.

“Cycling has always been something that I have enjoyed,” Dimitroff said in a statement. “On Friday, I get to combine my enjoyment for cycling with my passion for the Atlanta Falcons. I am pleased to work with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition again as we support Bike to Work Day. May is National Bike Month and I hope that everyone gets a chance at least one day this month to get out and spend some time on their bike.”

National Bike to Work Day was originated by the …

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Falcons sign Lamar Holmes to a 4-year contract

Southern Mississippi offensive lineman Lamar Holmes, left, blocks Auburn offensive lineman A J Greene during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Southern Mississippi offensive lineman Lamar Holmes, left, blocks Auburn offensive lineman A J Greene during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, the Falcons’ third-round draft pick, signed a four-year contract with the team on Tuesday.

The Falcons have signed five of their six draft picks.  Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi remains unsigned.

Holmes was the 91st player selected overall. Last season, the Falcons selected linebacker Akeem Dent in the same spot. He received a four-year contract worth $2.67 million, which included a signing-bonus of $542,500.

The Falcons signed four of their draft picks, including top pick Peter Konz, who was selected in the second round, on Sunday. Konz signed a four-year deal worth $3.58 million with a $1.05 million signing bonus. Terms of the other deals were not disclosed.

In addition to Konz, the team signed fullback Bradie Ewing (fifth …

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Falcons’ Bartkowski selected to College Hall of Fame

Steve Bartkowski was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday, one of 17 inductees.

Bartkowski, the Falcons’ record holder for passing yards and touchdowns, played for California and was an All-American in 1974, the year he led the nation in passing with 2,580 yards.

The college hall is no small honor. An estimated 4.86 million individuals have played college football, and only 900 have been inducted.

Bartkowski lettered for the Golden Bears 1972-74, after which the Falcons made him the first overall pick in the 1975 draft, and was also an All-American first baseman in 1973. Bartkowski was in New York Tuesday for the news conference.

Two other former Falcons were also honored. Former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1990 and was a backup quarterback on the Falcons roster 2004-05 , and former Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau, a third-round pick by the Falcons in 2000, were also named to the hall. Simoneau, a consensus All-American in …

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Video: Mike Smith wraps up rookie minicamp

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Video: Defensive backs coach Joe Danna

Safety Charles Mitchell, the Falcons sixth-round pick, has had the roughest minicamp of the rookies.

“We’ve thrown a lot at [him],” Falcons caoch Mike Smith said. “He has done a very nice job. I like his movement. First impressions have been very positive for the entire draft class.”

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