Atlanta Falcons: Sidbury, Calvin get FNL game balls

August 3, 2012 Suwanee - Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Justin Blalock (center left) and Atlanta Falcons defensive back William Moore (25) during Friday Night Lights at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday, August 3, 2012. This year's "Kia Motors Friday Night Lights" is open to the public and admission is free at Peachtree Ridge High tonight. This grassroots event includes a fan fest with interactive inflatable games, sponsor activation, a post event autograph session and a spectacular fireworks show. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

August 3, 2012 Suwanee - Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Justin Blalock (center left) and Atlanta Falcons defensive back William Moore (25) during Friday Night Lights at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday, August 3, 2012. This year's "Kia Motors Friday Night Lights" is open to the public and admission is free at Peachtree Ridge High tonight. This grassroots event includes a fan fest with interactive inflatable games, sponsor activation, a post event autograph session and a spectacular fireworks show. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury and wide receiver Michael Calvin were the stars of the Falcons Friday Night Lights scrimmage at Peachtree Ridge High School.

Sidbury had two sacks and along with the other defensive ends, he was roaming the field in a hybrid linebacker position. At times, the ends were on the line of scrimmage. Other times, they were up and back in a linebacker stance.

“We have a lot of different looks,” Sidbury said. “It’s simple for us, but we try to make it look complicated for the opposition. You never know what we are going to do. We have a lot of things that we can do. We can bring pressure from every where. You don’t know who is going to be covering. It’s fun. At the same time, it’s a very disciplined defense, too.”

Calvin, an undrafted rookie from California with 4.3 speed, made a nice over-the-shoulder catch from John Parker Wilson. He also caught a nice slant route from Dominique Davis.

“It felt great,” Calvin said. “My speed comes off as deceptive. To get out here and show people that I can take the top off of coverage and actually beat defenders was excellent. It was a good night overall.”

How difficult was the catch?

“It was a pretty tough catch because I had to get both feet in bounds too,” Calvin said. “That was one of the toughest catches that I think I’ve had. Working with [wide receivers coach Terry] Robiskie, we do all of these drills that made that catch that much easier.”

The first-stringers didn’t get too much action, but they were watching.

“The thing that really stood out for me is that you saw how those young guys competed,” tight end Tony Gonzalez said. “That’s what we wanted to see. You want to see those young guys come out here because they are the future of this team. … It was good to see those guys come out and compete.”

Gonzalez liked the way the defense handled their business, too.

August 3, 2012 Suwanee - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Marcus Jackson (16) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darrin Walls (29) during Friday Night Lights at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday, August 3, 2012. This year's "Kia Motors Friday Night Lights" is open to the public and admission is free at Peachtree Ridge High tonight. This grassroots event includes a fan fest with interactive inflatable games, sponsor activation, a post event autograph session and a spectacular fireworks show. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

August 3, 2012 Suwanee - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Marcus Jackson (16) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darrin Walls (29) during Friday Night Lights at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday, August 3, 2012. This year's "Kia Motors Friday Night Lights" is open to the public and admission is free at Peachtree Ridge High tonight. This grassroots event includes a fan fest with interactive inflatable games, sponsor activation, a post event autograph session and a spectacular fireworks show. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

“They are going to make some big plays on defense,” Gonzalez said. “They try to confuse you. They are coming from all different directions and they are physical. They are up in your face. They are going to bump you off the line of scrimmage, which offenses don’t like. I think there is a reason why he’s one of the best coordinators in the league. His defenses are always in the top 10.”

Falcons coach Mike Smith was fine with the media awarding Sidbury and Calvin game balls.

“You can pass out your game balls tonight,” Smith said. “We are going to base our evaluations off of the tape. I did see a number of guys and Lawrence Sidbury was one of them that seemed like he flashed out there and made some flash plays.

“It was good to see Jacquizz Rodgers run the football. I thought Jacquizz ran the ball extremely well. Some of the young receivers had some nice catches. There were some guys on defense who attacked the football in the secondary. That’s the thing that we want to see. We want to see how aggressive these guys are going to be and how they compete when there is not a coach standing right behind them telling them want to do.”

Calvin caught Smith’s eye, too.

“You saw some speed going up the sideline there,” Smith said. “Michael can run extremely well. That was a great catch. That was the explosive play in the scrimmage.”
NOTES: Running back Jason Snelling suffered a lower leg injury and did not participate in the Friday Night Lights event. … Also, the team signed defensive tackle Conrad Obi, who played at Grayson High and Colorado.

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66 comments Add your comment

Marcus

August 3rd, 2012
10:34 pm

yikes. I hope Snelling isn’t banged up too bad.

Grimey

August 3rd, 2012
10:34 pm

How did james rodgers do?

robertussen

August 3rd, 2012
10:38 pm

you cant teach speed. i hope this calvin kid can make the team.

Rick

August 3rd, 2012
10:44 pm

Sounds like the defense is going to be what we’ve all hoped for…can’t wait for september to see the real action?

Rick

August 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Dled. Who were the offensive linemen

the silverman

August 3rd, 2012
11:19 pm

Good to see Sidbury do well. I hope he gets more playing time this year

John

August 3rd, 2012
11:32 pm

D.Led how did Kenny Stafford look? I heard the announcer get excited about one of his plays in the videos on the falcs site. He and Calvin are very interesting prospects from a physical abilities standpoint.

TrollbloggercalledAints

August 3rd, 2012
11:38 pm

I tell you what! I love how the defense is being talked about here!

# A Fan

August 4th, 2012
12:20 am

I like what i have seen so far. Go Falcons!!!! The Real A Town Got Your Back!!!!!!

canadian falcon

August 4th, 2012
12:44 am

His name wouldn’t be Johnson Calvin would it? That would be awesome……exept the ridiculous cap hit lol

Buzzzed

August 4th, 2012
12:51 am

Damn, right in my neighbourly and didn’t even know about it.

Buzzzed

August 4th, 2012
12:52 am

….neighborhood ….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2012
1:00 am

Grimey — James Rodgers made a couple of plays. One was a nice catch from Dom Davis in the flat that he turned into a nice gain.

canadian falcon

August 4th, 2012
1:01 am

Keep him there for 4-5 WR sets. He will take a safety deep and leave lots of room for roddy and jones, not to mention cone and gonzalez……….or maybe harry D . With teams respecting a screen game as well as turner aand our receivers, our OFFENCE is the best out there. The O-line has been under attack without having to worry about the RB coming out of the backfeild as a receiver, teams have dsirupted ryan at every angle. Matt Ryan is one of the best in the game. You will see tthis year, a differnt offence, IF, the reports are true. A screen game = better pass and run protection. I know and have said(maybe not formally here) that was one of thje greatest weaknesses of our offence.. Without a RB out of the backfeild , it makes it easy to send 5-6 after ryan. Sorry for the long post, but when jaqizz runs for 20 yds on a screen play and ryan connects deep the next, the o-line will look amazing

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2012
1:02 am

Rick — On Sidbury’s sacks? I had Andrew Jackson (The President) and Will Svitek.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2012
1:03 am

John — Yeah, Kenny got inside of the safety a nice skinny post. Safety Shann Schillinger was beat on the play and a flag was thrown. For some reason, they didn’t enforce the penalty.

canadian falcon

August 4th, 2012
1:04 am

do you think i have a solid point LB.

canadian falcon

August 4th, 2012
1:12 am

Can’t answere the canadians huh…Too CFL for ya lol. Just jokes . love the blog. On a side note the cfl regular season has started ,and it is very phisical and entertaining. Lots of big plays and excitement. Any wayy, GO FALCONS GO. They show CFL on NFL network. If you have need of a fix for football, look no further. Very fast and fun football

Chub Rock

August 4th, 2012
2:21 am

As long as Smitty lets Nolan run his own defense and use Sidbury like the weapon he is, the pass rush should be better. Abe and Edwards are the main guys but you gotta get Sidbury on the field and let him make plays.

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Jesse

August 4th, 2012
8:17 am

How did Dent play?

The Real Falcon

August 4th, 2012
8:22 am

If we are signing DTs Corey is really hurt and will be for a while.
Sure would be nice to get that asked and answered by the ATL media.

FAILCANTS open high school season last night

August 4th, 2012
8:35 am

What a joke…they are equivalent to a high school team playing on a Friday night…

Saints will own you again this year…fact…

Ringless in ATL…lmao…

Saints will get ring #2 this year…fact…enjoy watching us win from your trailer parks, little birds

Rise up? Fall down….no playoff wins with Melted Ice….comical…

Stay classy,
Saints troll

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2012
9:10 am

The Real Falcon — We told you at the beginning of training camp that Corey would be re-examined in three weeks. It’s been just two weeks.
“With Peters expected to miss at least three more weeks with a foot injury, Joseph, who’s 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, was needed for depth. He played at Temple. He’s spent time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.”
http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2012/07/25/atlanta-falcons-lofa-tatupu-released/

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2012
9:12 am

Jesse — No. 1s didn’t scrimmage. So it was just a practice for Dent. He looked good practicing and stretching. We should get to see how he does against Tenn. No. 1 offense in a practice (no tackling) period or two on Moinday.

mars

August 4th, 2012
9:12 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2012
9:13 am

canadian falcon — I love the wide fields.

Left Coast Dawg

August 4th, 2012
10:29 am

Calvin is my sleeper to make the team. Glad to hear he is turning heads. He may not get a lot of playing time this year but he could develop into an insurance plan for Roody White.

Left Coast Dawg

August 4th, 2012
10:29 am

…you can’t deny the speed

Michael M.

August 4th, 2012
11:04 am

I am ready for Football Season to begin and for the Falcons to win a ton of Football games this year. With all the rant and rave about what they can do this year, I see them at least 4-2 in the NFC South which means they would beat one of the NFC South opponents twice this year.

to real

August 4th, 2012
11:23 am

Sounds like a good I hope dis calvin kid keeps on making plays and dat def is wat i really cant wait to see guys flying to tha ball and making plays

The Burner Turner

August 4th, 2012
11:38 am

cheeseburger , cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, triple cheeseburger

Nativebird

August 4th, 2012
12:07 pm

What’s up with the Corey Peter’s injury? I’ve never seen a Franchise leadership talk so much to the Press, and say nothing, zip, nada about anything important. This regime hasn’t won a playoff game, but they’ve sure won the Superbowl of flapping their gums for nothing. Learned at the Master’s Knee of Corporate mumbo jumbo buzword nothing speak…CEO A. Blank.

Big Ray

August 4th, 2012
12:39 pm

That’s because the Saints already are way over the projected 2013 salary cap. They have $141.1 million committed. The Panthers aren’t far behind at $131 million.

The Falcons and Bucs are in better cap shape for 2013, each with about $116 million committed.

Yep. All that money for Brees, who I predict will be injured this season, and has already had the best season of his career. It’s all downhill from here, and the Saints are gonna pay for doling out so much to Brees while losing the NFL’s best Guard, and one of their WR core.

If you think Meacham was no loss, check this out:

•New Orleans receiver Joe Morgan, who had been making some plays early in camp, had a tough day Friday as he dropped a couple of passes. But Andy Tanner and Adrian Arrington, who are competing with Morgan for jobs as backup receivers, each made big plays in Friday’s practice.

Yep. Your scrap-heap replacements stink.

Big Ray

August 4th, 2012
12:42 pm

•New Orleans starting cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson and rookie receiver Nick Toon will sit out Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game due to injuries.

Looks like coverage is gonna be a struggle as well. Greer and Robinson already are gonna have a rough time because Spagnuolo likes to work with a mean front 4 (which the Saints don’t have). Lack of pressure means overworked secondary (Falcons fans know about this) and Spags don’t know how to blitz so good. Oooops….and now that leaves Malcolm “where do I fit in this defense without Gregg Williams” Jenkins by himself in the backfield. LOL….rough times are a-comin’….

1,699 yard Burner

August 4th, 2012
12:44 pm

Well rested Turner might get 1,700 yards this year.

Michael M.

August 4th, 2012
1:22 pm

When you have to put a poster up of your MIA { missing in action } head coach up just to motivate your players that is a sign you are in serious trouble ….what makes it so bad it all starts with the Head Coach and just flows down the bottle……….there he is suspended for Bountygate for a year, cheating on his wife,going through a divorce and out here living it up and partying…………no wonder that team is already having so many problems. I look for them to be 9-7 at best this year and that is being sincerely nice to them. No way that team even has the chance of playing in the Superbowl let alone win a playoff game even if they made it. Just too much off season shenanigans for them to rebound and make a playoff run. Its a shame for it all to be out in the open but really a shame for the other teams in the NFC South because they in the same division.
As for the Falcon Hate Mongers………you need to go to your own sports site and brag about them and stay off here and stop cutting down everything Falcon and the Fans that post them. Grow a pair and man up to reality…………….It Won’t happen for them in 2012 !

Hey, Mkey M...yeah, redneck above...

August 4th, 2012
1:33 pm

I will troll where I choose to, loser….and, as a Saints fan aka SB Champ, aka a team better than the FAILCANTS, I choose to troll here…must be terrible to be a fan of a loser, no SB ring, no playoff win team..so sad…not really…can I get a who dat? Lmao…

D man

August 4th, 2012
1:35 pm

5 more days Falcon fans… I can’t wait…

Falcon James

August 4th, 2012
1:38 pm

Nice article.

Michael M.

August 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

You need to go way back over your complete Team history and take a long hard look at it and you will see you owned the record for being in the cellar of divisions . Loser…………………….

hiramsaint

August 4th, 2012
3:46 pm

wow -gameballs from the thriller in gwinnett ! i bet those will be the centerpieces in their homes as the failclowns have nothing else to claim-except a 0-3 playoff record with matty melt and smitty the peroxide bandit

Steve O

August 4th, 2012
5:10 pm

Pretty sure the Saints fans around here were concieved through anal sex. There is no way that much of a A-Hole is naturall.

Left Coast Dawg

August 4th, 2012
8:33 pm

Steve O – I’m a Falcons fan but that last comment was classless.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2012
10:56 pm

Falcon James — Thank you!

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Just Wing It

August 5th, 2012
1:29 am

Sounds like Steve O s comment is what it is to them so called who dat wannabes, they just be a bunch of low down dumb idiots anyway. It took them boys in new orleans twentyone years to get to a playoff game and then the dummies went on to lose it, if it took that long to get to it you would think they could at least win their first game in playoffs Falcons made their first playoff game in ten years or it might be eleven years but they at least won it and been to the nfc title game two times and won it once and played in the big game but lost to a legend

One thing you can say about the Orleans team is if it were/nt for mr fancy pants qb they got they been losing end of the stick a lot more years so take Steve O s comment as priceless cause if your shoe aint shiny then you done got mad and kicked one of them idiots that come on here in the butt and bank your money on that bud.

FalconPride66

August 5th, 2012
2:27 pm

It’s nice to see Moore back in action but could someone please tell Blalock that is called HOLDING!

hiramsaint

August 5th, 2012
4:19 pm

@ just wing it- so whats the failclowns excuse ’cause they can’t even score much less win a playoff game.