Atlanta Falcons: Ray Edwards ready to help stop the run

FLOWERY BRANCH – With the Falcons primarily using their nickel defense in the first two games,

 Ray Edwards borrows a camera from a sports photographer to snap some photos of his teammates during a recent minicamp. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Ray Edwards borrows a camera from a sports photographer to snap some photos of his teammates during a recent minicamp. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

defensive end Ray Edwards’ snaps have been cut dramatically.

Edwards played on 28 of 69 snaps (41 percent) against the Chiefs. He played on 16 of 73 snaps (22 percent) against the Broncos. Overall, he’s played on 30.9 percent of the same this season.

Kroy Biermann has played a hybrid end and linebacker in the nickel and moves around a lot. Edwards plays primarily in the 4-3 base defense.

Biermann played 49 of 69 snaps (71 percent) against the Chiefs and 61 of 73 (84 percent) against the Broncos. Overall, he’s played on 77.4 percent of the snaps.

Edwards was a starter and rarely left the field last season. But he’s fine with the new role.

“I’m adjusting great,” Edwards said. “I have no problems. I’m fresh. I’m ready to roll. There is no problem.”

Falcons coach Mike Smith disagrees with the numbers that suggests Edward’s role has been decreased.

“I don’t think Ray’s role has decreased at all,” Smith said. “In terms of the substitution patterns we had in the game last week, we weren’t able to make changes during our drives when they were in the no huddle. If you do that then you’re going to get Peyton [going] up to the line of scrimmage, so you’re going to see a different substitution pattern this week.”

Edwards is ready if the Falcons call on him to help stop the run against San Diego, which could get back running back Ryan Mathews (broken clavicle).

“Mathews is definitely a great back,” Edwards said. “He gets downhill, and he makes people miss.”

The Chargers averaged 1.6 yards per carry in their season opener against Oakland.

The Chargers got off to a slow start against Tennessee. They gained 66 yards on their first 21 carries for a 3.1 average per carry. Over their last 18 carries they gained 82 yards for a respectable 4.6 average and two touchdowns.

The Falcons have not stopped the run against Kansas City or Denver.

Denver running back Willis McGahee rushed 22 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons, who played 66 of 67 snaps against the Broncos in their nickel defense.

Overall, the Broncos rushed 27 times for 118 yards. The Chiefs rushed for 152 yards on 33 carries against the Falcons in Week 1.

The Falcons are giving up 135 yards per game, which ranks eighth in the NFL.

“We’re giving up too many rushing yards right now for our liking,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ve got to be able to line up and stop the run when people are going to try to run the football. I think they were effective running the football.”


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25 comments Add your comment


September 21st, 2012
2:47 pm

D-Led i have a question… In Edwards contract,… It seem like last year and this year contract were basically guaranteed… So in 2013 does that mean we mostly have his guarantees are out the way ? I thought you would know the contract info

Jimmy Crack

September 21st, 2012
3:33 pm

“Ray Edwards ready to help stop the run”

It’s good to hear that he is ready to do that. Can you ask him if he wants to throw in a sack or two so we can see his diversity?

to real

September 21st, 2012
4:15 pm

I dont wanna her nutin about stoping tha run from ray edwards he needs to sack tha QB dats tha bottom line


September 21st, 2012
4:16 pm

apparently that’s his biggest talent.

Lot of people lot cheaper than him are good at stopping the run, would like to see him in the backfield more sacking the QB.

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

September 21st, 2012
5:10 pm

I thought he was brought in to push pressure on the QB.

Michael M.

September 21st, 2012
5:38 pm

I thought Ray was suppose to do that years ago when he first came to the team………….sure is nice of him to say he will start now……………………………………………………………….

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September 21st, 2012
6:03 pm

The media is so funny. The guy hasnt panned out and you’re just doing your job of saving face for the organization. He was supposedly a guy who could compliment Abe in the PASS rush but that obviously hasnt happened. Biermann isnt much better. I’ve seen the guy. He has like two moves and after they simply wall him. I see our secondary having more sacks than some of the linemen…smh


September 21st, 2012
7:42 pm

Hate to say it but some Minnesota fans warned us when we picked Edwards up that he was overrated. Kind of like we’ve done with Lofton in NO. So far, both have come true.

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September 21st, 2012
8:49 pm

@Post it. This is true. They did…I worked with one who said that we’d make a huge mistake. Whats funny is that he won by default bc we choouldnt get Charles Johnson..but even when you look at him…he hasnt don emuch this season so far either after getting that gigantic contract. We SHOULD have gone after Jason Babin that year. Its like he wasnt even on the radar. All the guy did last year was register 18 sacks…thats all….18….


September 21st, 2012
10:07 pm

I didn’t know Ray Edwards was on the team. I’ watched every game last year and this year and I haven’t seen him yet :)

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September 21st, 2012
10:12 pm

What? Is he (Edwards) moving into the DT rotation on the right side?


September 21st, 2012
10:38 pm

Similar scenario and path forward as Jamaal Anderson. How come we can’t seem to find a good DE and we are spending premium dollars?

Michael M.

September 21st, 2012
10:49 pm

Just got home from going to a high-school homecoming game……..home team scored two touchdowns on two bombs( pass) to the endzone, 1 touchdown on a punt return run for a score, two touchdowns on handoffs to a running back nobody could tackle and all the action in between ……………………………….the final score was, get this, ……………..61- 20…………….these high schoolers sure have tons of energy on Friday nights………………………………..


September 22nd, 2012
4:26 am

I just want to hear his name more. I really don’t care about how many snaps he get’s. At the end of the day he has to make plays, and so far that’s not happening.


September 22nd, 2012
9:54 am

Looks to me like biermann is gettin pressure and makin plays u cant expect too much from a backup and i think hes good enough to be a solid starter i think some of us are overlooking the fact that hes a backup and is still making plays and playing a hell of alot better than ray has been it seems our defensive front is putting more than enough pressure on the oposing quarterbacks for our secondary to make plays id say against the pass this group is in fine shape its the run we need be worried about i think we are running the nickle a bit too much it works against the pass well but against the run its been a let down but i have no complaints as a whole this defense has played well and with alot of heart ex see payton mannings comments on the matter in all every defense has holes but this defense is 100% better than last years


September 22nd, 2012
9:55 am

Of course in the end it doesnt really matter wat u or i think :)

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September 22nd, 2012
5:31 pm

Let’s see ya bring it this week Ray.

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September 22nd, 2012
10:36 pm

Is there anything sweeter than the cheating Aints at 0-2? Their defense looks like it can’t stop anyone without the illegal bounty system.


September 22nd, 2012
10:37 pm

Who dat been caught cheatin? Who dat is 0-2? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

falcon 4 life

September 23rd, 2012
12:38 am

Where’s Sidbury? Beerman is playing decent, but i don’t see all the pressure people say he is getting. When he’s walking around he gets better pressure, but as a hand in the dirt defense end, Beerman isn’t doing anything really. Big Play Ray is stealing from us. If we paid 25 mil, for a defensive end to just stop the run and not lay hands on the QB, we screwed ourselves. We need to give Sidbury a fair shot. If Edwards play doesn’t improve, i hope we let him go, soon as the season is over!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 23rd, 2012
11:21 am

ATLJBO – A total of $11 million of the deal is guaranteed. The $4 million signing bonus, $2 million base in 2011, $2 million (of $3 million) in 2012 is guaranteed and $3 million option bonus in 2012.
His cap numbers: 2011: 2.8
2012: 4.55
2013: 7.050
2014: 6.55
2015: $6.55 (option/$2.5 million escalation available)