Saints sign Falcons offensive lineman Bryce Harris (updated with other notes)

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

Good morning folks. We are settling back in at Falcons headquarters for another day.

Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury was one of the seven players declared inactive for last week’s season-opener against the Chiefs. It was a surprising move as Sidbury enters his fourth season with the Falcons and in playing in all 16 games last season tied for second on the team with four sacks.

Sidbury, a fourth-round pick in 2009, had seven tackles and a sack in four exhibition games this preseason. He was joined on the inactive list by fellow defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, a fifth-round pick this year. The Falcons played with defensive ends John Abraham, Ray Edwards, Kroy Biermann and Cliff Matthews, a seventh-round pick last season who was inactive for all 17 regular-season and playoff games.

“It’s my job, but they always say you can only control what you can control,” Sidbury said. “It’s my job to come to practice every day, perform, produce so I try to do that to the best of my ability. I think I did a pretty good job of that but outside of that what happens, what kind of decisions are made, are out of my hands. It’s my job to come out and work hard, produce and I’m going to keep doing that.”

Roster moves

The Falcons signed offensive guard Phillipkeith Manley to the practice squad Tuesday. Manley, an undrafted rookie free agent from Toledo, made the 53-man roster but was waived Saturday when the team added wide receiver Drew Davis to the active roster. Manley practiced with the team Tuesday.

The Falcons lost offensive tackle Bryce Harris from their practice squad Monday after he was signed to the active roster of the Saints. Harris was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Fresno State. The Saints were in need of a tackle after placing Marcel Jones on injured reserve Friday. The Falcons still have one open spot on their practice squad.

Lost bet

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon proudly sported a black and gold polo shirt with the Missouri logo emblazoned on the chest Tuesday despite the Tigers 41-20 loss to Georgia in their SEC debut Saturday.

Weatherspoon, who played at Missouri, lost a bet to fellow linebacker Akeem Dent. The second-year player out of Georgia got the satisfaction of having Weatherspoon change with Twitter avatar to a bulldog with the victory.

“It was just a weekend thing,” Weatherspoon said. “I took it off [Monday] night.”

Kickoff return job

Jacquizz Rodgers erased any doubt about the Falcons kickoff return position with his 77-yard return against the Chiefs Sunday.

Rodgers’ return in the first quarter gave the Falcons a starting position on the Chiefs’ 24-yard line on their second possession. The drive ended with a field goal.

Rodgers finished with two kickoff returns for 104 yards. Harry Douglas also had a return of eight yards in the final seconds after the Chiefs scored a late touchdown.

“Going into the season we had a concern about our kickoff and punt returner,” coach Mike Smith said. “Jacquizz has kind of showed we’ve got a guy that can do it and do it very effectively. We had some very nice blocking up front. The 77 yarder gave us great field position and was a great run. Jacquizz has got great vision and I think he’s going to be a great returner when he gets his opportunities.”

Ryan up for award

Quarterback Matt Ryan is a nominee for the FedEx Air and Ground NFL Player of the Week award. Ryan completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns in the 40-24 Week 1 victory over the Chiefs. Other nominees for the Air award are the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III and Cowboys’ Tony Romo. The 49ers’ Frank Gore, the Patriots’ Steven Ridley and Bills’ C.J. Spiller are nominees for the Ground award.

- Chris Vivlamore

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57 comments Add your comment

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
10:54 am

Seen’s not first

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
11:04 am

Seems the aint’s get alot of shopping done from the Falcons team. LOL
How’s Curtis Lofton working out for you aint’s ??? hahahahaha…..I know already, a non factor last sunday against RG III ( a rookie) and many more to come !!!!! I can’t blame him, my morale would be in the crapper to if I went from the Falcons to the aint’s !! LOL

Cejay the dum Falcant Fan

September 11th, 2012
11:15 am

Cejay-
You are a dum Falcant fan.
Falcons stand for:
Fans
Always
Left
Counting
On
Next
Season

Rick

September 11th, 2012
11:18 am

Can the Aints pick up my garbarge also? I have some waste that I will put outside my door for them to pick up!

Cejay the dum Falcant Fan

September 11th, 2012
11:20 am

Wow! Ricks a dang Foolcan fan too.
You people are drinking the koolaid again. These guys will fold. They always do.

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
11:21 am

My day is complete, I struck the nerve of a angry aint’s fan !!

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
11:22 am

Thank you for letting me get inside our head, stupid

Cejay the dum Falcant Fan

September 11th, 2012
11:29 am

Cejay-
(y)ou are not in (m)y head. I’m just trying to help the less fortunate.

Falcons will fold sooner or later. It’s in the team’s fabric.

11/11/12 – Saints 35 Falcoons Zip.

Falconfever

September 11th, 2012
11:31 am

Why do Saint’s fans troll our blogs?? I cant remeber the last time I was on the NO times site…. UGH

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
11:34 am

Okay, whatever you say, your screen name is about me (thank you) and your engaging your pathetic rants towards me……..I’d say i’m all up in your head at its a very tight small place, I might ad.LOL

Vulture

September 11th, 2012
11:40 am

Could it get any better? Watch the Falcons play extremely well and then watch the Aints lose!

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
11:42 am

@Vulture
and lose in grand fashion, at home, to a rookie QB……priceless

KC

September 11th, 2012
11:45 am

I don’t understand why Saints fans are always at the top of our blogs. It’s like they hit until a new pops up. Do they not have jobs?

Larry

September 11th, 2012
11:47 am

Falconfever,

If you live or lived in a city contaminated with such pervasive stench and degeneracy, what else is there to do?

sean jones

September 11th, 2012
11:56 am

the AINTS are gonna have a long year. GO COWBOYZ!!!

sean jones

September 11th, 2012
11:58 am

unemployment rate in NO is higher than Drew Brees’ QB rating last Sunday ;) ))

Cejay - I was just fooling around

September 11th, 2012
12:06 pm

My parents are Atlanta natives but we lived in NO in the 70s.
I can’t help what they did to me.
Big Ben still burns in my memory.
I have lived in Atlanta most of my life.
I love the Braves and Hawks.
I troll the AJC cuz it’s my paper.
I hate the Falcons…just the way it is.

Yo Daddy

September 11th, 2012
12:12 pm

The CB market is dry. Not many options out there. Franks and Owens are just going to have to step up. I am kinda intringed by the possibiliy of WR Robiskie uniting with his father (Falcons WR coach)on the sideline as our #4 receiver. He offers some upside at the wr position and he can be an asset on special teams and in the run game.

Say what you want about Franks or Owens, but I would take them over Dunta “I’m lost” Robinson anyday.

A SeenThisB4 sighting

September 11th, 2012
12:15 pm

Seen you changed your name to “Cejay the dum Falcant Fan”…wow what a coward! OR would you be Hiram the other coward? Come on now Man up your Aints got dragged by a Rookie! heheheheeh! A rookie! That D looked as leaky as those waterlevy’s that the put back up in NO! OOOO that was not cool, I should not have taken that shot to the NO……….but I did just like that rookie kept taking shots to that soft porus defense! Wait here is the real deal! Sleazy threw the ball 50+ times?! Are you kidding me? Come on man! Even granny from the senior home knows you not going to win many ball games like that! And the problem is that you have to keep doing it week in and week out. Do you smell that?! I do is the death of your beloved AINTS! And they stink! HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH! Do you have any more Kool Aid? Maybe a side of Arthur Bryant ribs to go with it! We ate pretty good up in KC and now we come home to home cooking! HEHEHEHEHEHEH.

Left Coast Dawg

September 11th, 2012
12:18 pm

OMG,really?? A Saints fan saying that another team will fold because it’s in their fabric. I guess he would know how a folding team looks since that is absolutely in the fabric of the Saints historically (save 1 Superbowl season that’s clouded by bounty-gate). I could start a separate blog on how the Saints blew games left and right so many times. From the Bum days to the Mora days through the Haslett days and any others in between and thereafter even counting the beatdown RGIII just put on you. So, please, consider you own team’s history before you make a comment about about another team folding and don’t forget, it was your team that introduced the paperbag on the head.

Michael M.

September 11th, 2012
12:20 pm

The Saint’s fans are just desperate for some attention………………the thought of drew Sleeze not winning much and not making it to the playoffs has them aint fans a nervous wreck…………….some of them may go over the cliff before mid-season gets here and completely nut-up ! !

I wish I was able to send em all a videotape of the football QB clinic Matt Ryan and the Falcons put on this past week to brighten their week and they could drink their kool-aid and sit there and gasps at the perfection Matt Ryan has on that spiral he throws so beautifully through the air !

Michael M.

September 11th, 2012
12:27 pm

And the talk about the Paper Sacks………………..why, it will not be too long before the Aint’s Fans trade in them bags for some huge moving boxes to completely hide up under………………because they surely will not want to be seen wearing those Drew Sleeze jerseys after about mid-season gets here………………………………………….

Paddy

September 11th, 2012
12:36 pm

Falconforever…….It is difficult to get on a blog site w/ a NO newspaper (Times Pic) because they announced they are going out of business.

Superbowl Wins

September 11th, 2012
12:41 pm

Saints 1
Falcants 0

Michael M.
Ever heard what FALCONS Stands For?

Fans
Always
Left
Counting
On
Next
Season

Superbowl Wins

September 11th, 2012
12:45 pm

Left Coast Dawg-
You Falcoons have been in existance longer that we have.
You have more Losses.
We have more Wins.
Drew Brees-Sean Payton Saints are 10-2 versus your Lame Dirty Birds.
We will continue to dominate the rivalry and the division.
You best be concerned about Peyton Manning.
He plans to expose you Monday.

St. Richt

September 11th, 2012
1:01 pm

Aints are also 0-1 and the Falcons are 1-0.

St. Richt

September 11th, 2012
1:02 pm

You guys get to watch Lofton make tackles 15-20 yards downfield this year, not us. He is slow as molasses.

Chris Eagle

September 11th, 2012
1:42 pm

Hey C-Viv… I think you are mistaken on the PhillipKeith Manley cut… He was moved to make room for Drew Davis to be added to the active roster. Tim Toone was waived-injured to make room for D Franks.

Just saying…

A SeenThisB4 sighting

September 11th, 2012
1:42 pm

Guess you guys are going to live with that tainted Super Bowl for as long as you can…….keep it up you need it considering how long you wore them paper bags so I understand why you must live in the past. Speaking of pass (yes I meant to spell it that way) is that not what RG3 did to that defense on Sunday? Man he decimated that defense!
@Superbowl Wins – - guess that record for Slime Peyton will remain the same this year? What you think? HEHEHEHEHEHEHE! By the way we dont focus on the past we live in the future and the future sure is bright for us! Now for the Aints…..hmmm lets focus on the future…..wait WHAT FUTURE…your past will be your future GET YOUR PAPER BAGS READY! heheheheheheh! As far as exposing someone……..what did that Rookie do to your defense? Was that exposure? Just saying! If Sleazy has to throw the ball 50+ times a game what kind of future does that hold for you and them Aints? Remember he threw that many times last year in your playoff game and the results hold the same. Looks like you guys started where you finished! HEHEHEHEHEEHhahahahahaha! Man this is to easy! Looks like Cam is licking his chops as he looks forward to that soft and cushy defense………Correction…….it should be Defenseless Unit! Any more comments from the Aints?

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
1:43 pm

Cejay – I was just fooling around

September 11th, 2012
12:06 pm
My parents are Atlanta natives but we lived in NO in the 70s.
I can’t help what they did to me.
Big Ben still burns in my memory.
I have lived in Atlanta most of my life.
I love the Braves and Hawks.
I troll the AJC cuz it’s my paper.
I hate the Falcons…just the way it is
—————————————————————————

I can repect that

Cejay

September 11th, 2012
1:43 pm

Cejay – I was just fooling around

September 11th, 2012
12:06 pm
My parents are Atlanta natives but we lived in NO in the 70s.
I can’t help what they did to me.
Big Ben still burns in my memory.
I have lived in Atlanta most of my life.
I love the Braves and Hawks.
I troll the AJC cuz it’s my paper.
I hate the Falcons…just the way it is
—————————————————————————

I can respect that

Chris Vivlamore

September 11th, 2012
2:00 pm

Chris Eagle: You are correct sir. I stand corrected and will change. Thanks for looking out for me.

ParanoidAndroid

September 11th, 2012
2:01 pm

There are many reasons Aints troll this blog:
1. They are Atlanta residents washed over here by Katrina. They’ve realized how nice it is to live in a city that has jobs and doesnt smell like a sewer.
2. New Orleans’ newspaper has about 5 subscribers. They forgot that no one there can read. They now come to the AJC for news updates.
3. They live in their mom’s basements and have nothing better to do.
4. They secretly love the Falcons and can’t get enough Falcons news.

Mr. N.O.

September 11th, 2012
2:05 pm

Everyone will remember the night,the place and the team(FALCONS) when Drew Brees made history.

Falcon James

September 11th, 2012
2:15 pm

Hate to see Tim Toon waived, but understand the reasoning. Looks like we are stuck with Dunta and Franks. Hopefully the Falcon can turn up the heat up front to take some pressure off the back side.

Steve-O

September 11th, 2012
2:37 pm

Cejay the dum Falcant Fan

September 11th, 2012
11:29 am
Cejay-
(y)ou are not in (m)y head. I’m just trying to help the less fortunate.

Falcons will fold sooner or later. It’s in the team’s fabric.

11/11/12 – Saints 35 Falcoons Zip.

Care to wager any money on this? OF course, you are hiding behind many different monikers so you would never pay up even if you did agree to the wager.

Many Different Monikers

September 11th, 2012
2:55 pm

Steve-o
Since I can’t be trusted, I’ll take your bet…What’s the wager?

Sup

September 11th, 2012
2:55 pm

Thanks, Mr. NO wins. Hey I like it, the NoWins Saints.

VP

September 11th, 2012
2:55 pm

Friggin trash dump they call New Orleans doesn’t even have a newspaper, where they hell can they get a blog? I am sure most of the toothless morons there don’t even know what a blog is.

Ofcourse those morons troll here and pick up our trash.

Many Different Monikers

September 11th, 2012
3:02 pm

VP
To call an entire city a trah dump means you aren’t very bright.
Have you even been to NO?

Vulture

September 11th, 2012
3:08 pm

NoWins? I like that!

Vulture

September 11th, 2012
3:17 pm

No, I have never been to NoWins.

Many Different Monikers

September 11th, 2012
3:41 pm

Well now look who’s changing monikers now!
Is it VP or is it Vulture?

injury Bug

September 11th, 2012
3:42 pm

Nibble nibble nibble- Grimeys tendon sure taste good . Who’s next? I’ll surprise you Monday evening !

Seen This B4

September 11th, 2012
3:42 pm

@Vulture: Normally in New Orleans we’d welcome everybodyto visit, but in your case, stay where you are, no invite is forthcoming. LOL!

Left Coast Dawg

September 11th, 2012
3:52 pm

New Orleans Saints Ttl Games Ttl Wins Ttl Losses Ttl Ties Win % Postseason
@ Atlanta Falcons 86 40 46 0 47% 0–1 postseason
Total Record 694 299 395 5 43% 6–8 .462

Atlanta Falcons Ttl Games Ttl Wins Ttl Losses Ttl Ties Win % Postseason
@ N.O. Saints 86 46 40 0 53% 1–0 postseason
Total Record 705 308 397 6 44% 6–12 (.365)

Left Coast Dawg aka Dirty Bird in Cali

September 11th, 2012
3:54 pm

Welcome back “Seen”

St Simons

September 11th, 2012
3:55 pm

Lets hope most of our defensive problems went to Auburn

It sure looks like it

Left Coast Dawg aka Dirty Bird in Cali

September 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

@ Superbowl Wins post from 12:45 pm – buddy you need to check your facts about your team, let alone the Falcons. As you can see in my post above, The Falcons have more overall wins in the rivalry and overall history. And, for the record the Falcons and Saints franchises started a year apart (about a 9 game difference based on total games played I believe). And, as for Peyton Manning supposedly exposing us on Sunday…..you mean kind of like RG3 exposed y’all this past Sunday?

Vulture

September 11th, 2012
4:00 pm

Sorry, I answered for VP. No invite is forthcoming? Luckily, I am thick skinned.