Asante Samuel admits to relaxing on Green’s TD catch

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green comes down in the endzone with the touchdown catch as he is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green comes down in the endzone with the touchdown catch as he is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

On the play Falcons cornerback Samuel when was beaten, he was playing the left cornerback position that Brent Grimes, the team’s highest paid defender, normally occupies.

But Samuel has told the coaches that he has a preference to play on the left side because the NFL is a right-handed passing league. The coaching staff likely will have to figure out how to deploy their three cornerbacks.

“It was a double move and the receiver separated on the double move,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “It was a nice throw and a nice catch.”

There was a report that the Falcons were able to get Samuel so cheaply — for a seventh round pick — because the Eagles felt his skills were in steep decline. Smith bristled at the notion that the Bengals caught Samuel peeking into backfield or that his reputation for gambling for interceptions was exploited.

“Listen, Asante has played very effective football for a long, long time,” Smith said. “It was a well executed play by the offense.”

Samuel and Green were battling.

“We were going at it,” Samuel said. “I relaxed on the deep ball a little bit, and he got over on top of me.”

Samuel, a noted film student, was not surprised by the deep pass.

“It was third-and-long, so it was time to put the ball up,” Samuel said.

Samuel is the NFL’s all-time leader with four postseason interception returns for touchdowns. He also leads the NFL with 39 interceptions since 2006.

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KC in Smyrna

August 17th, 2012
1:38 am

It’s going to happen. Asante will jump routes and get burned on double moves. That’s what teams will do against him. He just has to get enough picks to offset the potential deep balls he may give up. Risk/Reward player. I’ll take him over our other options at #3 CB.

I just hope he doesn’t become the 2012 version of ‘Lil Play Ray.

Explosive!

August 17th, 2012
3:43 am

“There was a report that the Falcons were able to get Samuel so cheaply — for a seventh round pick — because the Eagles felt his skills were in steep decline”

whether or not that report is the real reason, I’m going to be blind to the fact that they did give him up cheaply … for some reason. I just hope that over the course of the season, whatever the reason the DID trade him cheaply for, it doesn’t show up on the field.

BMBANDITSBITCH

August 17th, 2012
4:04 am

its obvious he got beaten on the play aint no excuse samuel !!!

Ted

August 17th, 2012
6:08 am

The Burner Turner

August 17th, 2012
6:28 am

Yeh Asanit relaxed and got burned deep deep.

probably will happen alot with elite big receivers.

no interceptions.
Run more for me. my -3 yds rushing was the bomb.
I need to eat now.
Trying to lose 30 lbs before the first game in reg.
Damn me hungry
cheeseburger cheeseburger pepsi pepsi

The Burner Turner

August 17th, 2012
6:29 am

oh one more thing

at 5′6″ Jaquizz is like a bug that gets squashed every play.
He take more of my chances from me. hahaha
time to eat

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Gamer

August 17th, 2012
6:31 am

WHAT A THROW AND CATCH, BY THE RED RIFLE TO A.J. GREEN!!!!

RYAN AND JULIO WAS OFF BY 2.inches ON JULIO OUT ROUTE…HAD RYAN PUT THE BALL TWO INCHES CLOSER THEN JULIO WOULD HAVE SCORED….HOWEVER, TIMING AND ACCURACY BETWEEN RYAN AND JULIO IS MUCH BETTER THAN LAST SEASON…

BACK TO A.J. GREEN STALWART CATCH ON ASANTE….I THINK ASANTE UNDER-ESTIMATED A.J. GREEN SAVVY ROUTE RUNNING ABILITY AND SPEED….I SURELY DIDN’T EXPECT A.J. TO CATCH A BALL 2-3 FEET IN FRONT OF HIM…

IT APPEARED THAT ASANTE, SQUAT AND TURN LOOKING FOR BALL NOT KNOWING THAT A.J. HAD ONE MORE JIGGLE MOVE AND ANOTHER GEAR TO GO GET A PASS THROWN 2-3 FEET IN FRONT OF HIM…..EXCELLENT THROW AND CATCH BY DALTON AND A.J. GREEN…..,, A.J. PLAY WIDE RECEIVER LIKE A 10yr VETERAN..

NO KNOCK ON ASANTE,,,ASANTE IS A STAND UP DB….ASANTE SHOWN HIS RECOVERY SPEED TO CATCH AND TACKLE A.J….BUT THE MOMENTUM OF THE TACKLE PUSHED A.J GREEN INTO THE ENDZONE…..

OVERALL, THE FALCONS STARTING UNIT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL LOOKED GOOD…THAT QUARTERBACK DAVIS IS A BEAST….

LOOKING FORWARD TO REGULAR SEASON…

FALCONS ON THREE, DOMINATE…

Ken

August 17th, 2012
7:57 am

shhhh…. its too loud in here.

SeenThis B4

August 17th, 2012
8:07 am

Assante did not relaxed. He just flat out got beat. Beat by Green and beat by his age and time. Going to happen a lot to him this year. He better come up with a more sustainable excuse, than just “I relaxed on the deep ball…” cause he’s going to have to use it a lot.

SirReal

August 17th, 2012
8:19 am

Whatever Seen. The act gets old my friend.

ANYway…Samuel did look like he sat on the route. It happens. Plus Aj Green is a GROWN MAN.LOL Still preseason. I expect professional athletes to be professionals when it truly counts. I’m not worried about glorified scrimmages. However, our secondary still does have issues. He beat Grimes and Decoud on one play. If Dalton (who has a HELL of an arm by the way…WOW) puts it in the right spot…its another TD. Felt like BVG was remotely calling plays in the building last night from Auburn. I dont blame Nolan for this though. The guys have to play the scheme. Next week should be a big improvement. Lastly, WE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO WRAP UP!!! Garbage tackling along with terrible officiating (i.e. the fake facemask call on Babs) has to stop.

tidog

August 17th, 2012
8:25 am

#14 looks like a keeper. It may be interesting to see him on the field with recievers that could hold on to ball. I believe there were 4 to 5 drops that hit either the hands or the chest of a teamate. John Parker Wilson days with this team should be coming to an end.
Asante was beaten by AJ Green. Again, Asante was beaten by AJ Green.

joewhite

August 17th, 2012
8:34 am

Gamer thanks for saying that hell it was clear samuels sat on a undernearth route period. That is why AJ was open. Outside of that Samuels had like three pass break ups. Ryan looked sharp again making some throws last year that was some issues to him. Falcons will be okay. Davis will be the back up i feel by midseason for sure. Go Falcons. All good corners get beat sometimes ask deion he admitted that.

Delbert D.

August 17th, 2012
8:39 am

Pants on the ground. Lookin’ like a fool with pants on the ground, Samuel.

jay

August 17th, 2012
8:41 am

Michael Turner is looking done. I can’t see how he’s going to work in this offense. We can’t give him 20 carries a game or it will zap our passing game and that’s the only way he will be productive.

mountain_jim

August 17th, 2012
9:06 am

No run blocking at all from first string oline.

Aother vote for Dom Davis or #2. Redmond is done.

ChucktownFalcon

August 17th, 2012
9:10 am

He got beat…it happens..

ATL Fan

August 17th, 2012
9:15 am

Samuel got beat, whether he sat on the underneath route doesn’t matter. Seven points went up on the board because his man scored against him. Maybe the pass rush should have gotten to Dalton. Maybe Samuel will get a better sense of the time it takes our D-line to get to the QB as preseason continues.

I still think the Samuel deal is a winner for Atlanta.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 17th, 2012
9:33 am

Jay — I think Turner misses #34, Pro Bowl lead blocker.

ws

August 17th, 2012
9:34 am

Dom Davis is the best backup with upside. I do not think Redman is better than Davis with all the experience he has. He was playing with first and second O-line. Davis was playing with third and fourth line O-line and running for his life. He still made accurate throws. I see several receivers that can’t catch, include big boy James Rodgers.Clone as much as I wanted him to make team, he can’t catch.
John Parker Wilson is a waste of time, needs too be cut soon. If they keep him over Davis, and Davis goes to practice squad. Falcon will not have Davis. Teams have saw what Davis can do and they will pick him up. Put Redman and JPW there on PS and they will be safe. No won will take either of them, same as the great Shockey I see on blog some keep asking falcons too sign. If he was so good why wasn’t he sign or picked up by another team? Shockey had no future will falcons same as JPW. Redman is used up.

Mouth of the NFC South

August 17th, 2012
9:36 am

I think someone should have asked Samuel why he was “Relaxing”. He has only played 3 quarters of football so far this year. Is he already taking plays off? I like Samuel, but he seems to have an “Oh Well” attitude about that play. I know it is just the preseason, but I want to hear, “I am going to work harder”… not “I relaxed”. I still think we have the best starting 3 corners in the league. That should have been Optimus Grimes over there anyway. Samuel did make some nice plays other than that one.

PMC

August 17th, 2012
10:06 am

Samuel covered him very well on a play earlier. We play with basically 2 strong safeties, neither of whom are very good in coverage. Big plays are going to happen this year on the CB’s. It is what it is.

All 3 corners on the team are good football players who have strengths and weaknesses. Guys get beat, it’s no shame to get beat one on one by AJ Green every now and then. He’s one of the best WR’s in the league. That was a great pass and a great route. It’s going to be up to the offense to make up for that this year.

This seasons success hinges on the offenses ability to score well into the 20’s in every single game and that hinges on a very suspect offensive line. A lot of people are going to have to pick thier games up this year.

PMC

August 17th, 2012
10:10 am

Also, it’s not Michael Turner, Turner has been one of the best runners after contact in the LEAGUE. Why? Because he gets hit almost immediately on every play.

The Falcons refused to address the most glaringly obvious talent deficiency on thier team with anything other than a draft pick and that is why they still cannot gain one yard when they need it. Turner is not the quickest player to the line, but he’s one of the hardest runners and he’s good after initial contact. The problem is that he’s getting hit from every direction because we can’t block anyone.

WE ARE NOT TALENTED ENOUGH ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE.

NtheNo

August 17th, 2012
10:34 am

Pretty average team – expectations should be in keeping with realty.

welikebaseball2

August 17th, 2012
10:36 am

Ugh…here we go, Samuel gets beat once & it somehow vindicates his critics. Listen folks, you show me the top CB in this league & I’ll show you a CB that gets beat occasionally. It happens. If it becomes a pattern, then it’s a problem. For now, just cool your jets. Let’s not get carried away about him getting beat once…in the 2nd preseason game. And, for the record, a healthy Samuel (that we only gave up a 7th rounder for) still gives us a better secondary than what we had last year. How quickly we forget.

welikebaseball2

August 17th, 2012
10:40 am

As a blogger pointed out earlier, I am very much concerned about the propensity of our safeties (our last line of defense) to be seemingly out of position on deep balls. I’m not talking about the one to Green, I’m talking about a few deep attempts I’ve seen over these first two games. I’m especially worried about Decoud.

MR. ATL

August 17th, 2012
10:45 am

Everybody talking about Asante got burnt. But they probably were watching highlights and not the full series. Samuel almost had a pick 6 on the previous play because of sitting on the SAME ROUTE. They just noticed it, and hit him with the 2 piece. Had he caught the ball on the previous play, everybody would be standing in line to have a shaved Asante Testee Icee. So get off of his jock. It was just a well executed play by Dalton and AJ.

falCANS

August 17th, 2012
11:27 am

Whats up with knocking our safties?? They played GREAT they were in coverage most of the game because of our blitzes. They werent playing deep like in cover two. Moore didnt mess up once when AJ caught a pass by the goal post but other thani that they shut down the underneath rout. WHY IS GRIMES NOT ON THE LEFT!!! He is CLEARLY our best corner and top 5th in the NFL once again he hasnt allowed a catch

welikebaseball2

August 17th, 2012
11:37 am

The knocking of our safeties has to do with the fact that they (particularly Decoud) were consistently out of position on deep balls completed against us last year. I like their upside, but let’s not act like they weren’t a major part of our being victimized by the deep ball last year. On some of the plays in these first two games where QB’s have simply overthrown wide open receivers who’d gotten behind the CB’s, it seems our safeties were scrambling to get there. I’m not ripping them. I’m just saying that’s the one part of their game I’d like to see improved upon this season.

falconfan

August 17th, 2012
11:44 am

AJ Green is already one of the top receivers in the league and Samuel is our 2nd or 3rd best CB. Yea he got beat but that’s the nature of the beast at the cornerback position. Darelle Revis gets beat occasionally. it was a very well executed offensive play and a great route. No need to make a mountain out of molehill. I don’t think we’d be getting this production out of a 7th round pick anyway.

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
11:55 am

We can forget about it now and move on………..Asante played a good game last night cept on that bomb for a touch……….I see some difference in the cornerbacks this year from last but they need more pressure from Abraham ,Edwards and the rest of the supporting cast.

Have to remember too and that is this………if not for the long throw and grab for the touchdown by Green then Atlanta would have won the game, most likely. Atlanta could move the ball better down the field than Bengals but all in all I wasn’t impressed with the game this week like the opening quarter of last weeks event.

jwhistler31

August 17th, 2012
12:30 pm

His very own comments says it all!!! It was 3rd and long it was time to put it up. Not surprised by the deep pass…. two lines earlier “I relaxed on the deep ball a little bit” So you know its coming and you relax on it anyway…. a perfect description for lazy if you ask me.

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jay

August 17th, 2012
12:48 pm

hey D.Led. I miss him too! Still you gotta admit that he’s looking real slow out there.

old falc

August 17th, 2012
1:06 pm

wilson played like he was drawing unemployment and davis played like he wanted a job A. S. got beat it happens see what he does when he plays again

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falCANS

August 17th, 2012
1:43 pm

Our safeties wernt playing over our CB. They were in man to man most of tge game on underneath routes. Just cuz ug see a safety rushing to help a corner back doesnt mean safety got beat lol gotta watch the games people

falCANS

August 17th, 2012
1:49 pm

Our safeties have not been playing zone these first 2 games thats the point.Just because you see Decoud trailing a play doesnt mean he blew coverage. For the most parts our safeties have been blitzing run stuffing, and covering underneath routes man to man. Theyve done a great job….. So far. Moore messed up 1st play on that deep pass Green caught out of the endzone. But hey it was outa bounds soooo great games Decoud & Moore

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EB

August 17th, 2012
4:35 pm

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The Burner Turner

August 17th, 2012
7:38 pm

Tonight I had weigh in . Looks like I might be heavy like a mofo.

Just came back from chow. I am on a diet. I had two plates spaghetti and meatballs, four pieces of italian bread, a whole chicken on toast,
beef brisket 1 lb, a large salad, four glasses of sweet tea , and for desert I had a lemon pie.

Cant wait until breakfast.

Oh the game. I got stuffed like a christmas turkey. Not sure what is wrong with that offensive line. My legs feel heavy. My butt hurts.
I did catch a pass. I got a headache. Got to sit in whirlpool now to slim down some.

BillBigsby

August 17th, 2012
8:54 pm

Yo D-Led next time u r in Flowery Branch tell Mike smith or Nolan or the roaster maker that, CLEARLY Brent” Optimus” Grimes is our BEST corner. Feel a little disrespected for the boi. NFL Coaches are paid $$$$$ to make the best decisions for the team and this one wasn’t it. Reminds me of “Pop Warner”. FAVORITISM! All respect to Asante Samuel, but he’s #2 in my eyes. He shouldn’t be able to CHOOSE which side to play on

Tracy

August 18th, 2012
4:05 am

Asante Samuel admits to relaxing on A.J. Green’s touchdown catch. . . . . . . yeah right, well he should stop relaxing because there were at least 2 other plays that if the ball is not short he would have been “relaxing” watching Green score again.

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tim

August 18th, 2012
5:38 pm

so far……He’s got a big mouth. Typical of many “I’m so cool” NFL players

We will see……….

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jt money

August 20th, 2012
1:39 pm

Aj green is the real deal and that’s my favorite player give my dawg some respect

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