The Fight for D-Tackle: Jerry or Lewis?

Who’ll win the Defensive Tackle spot, Peria Jerry or Trey Lewis?

Many Falcons fans may have been surprised that Dimitroff, Coach Smith, & Co. decided to let Big Grady Jackson walk into free agency without even so much as a hint of resigning him. Granted, Jackson is surely on the downside of his career and was a liability in pass rushing downs, endurance, and health issues. But he was a great space eater in run defense on a team that needed help against the run in the worst way. The Falcons defense certainly had its ups and downs throughout the year, but no issue was more glaring than the porous run defense. Atlanta ranked 25th out of 32 teams in defending the run, besting only Green Bay, Denver, Cleveland, St.Louis, Kansas City, Oakland, and Detroit. Not good company. The defense gave up over 2,000 yards rushing to opposing teams, averaging an abysmal 127 yards per game. Falcons run D also hemorrhaged 16 runs for more than 20 yards, with the longest being a 68 yarder. Another blemish had the defense tied for 27th on giving up the most first downs on rushing attempts by opposing teams. Even though the pass defense may not have been much better, it’s easy to point to the biggest weakness on the team overall.

No More Injuries? (AJC.com)

No More Injuries? (AJC.com)

The decision to let Grady walk opened a huge hole in a defense ranked near the bottom in defending the run.Thomas Dimitroff quickly addressed the big weakness with the first pick in the draft, taking Peria Jerry after he fell all the way to the Falcons at #24. Easily rated the best defensive tackle in the draft behind BJ Raji, the decision was a no-brainer combining the mantras of best player available as well as needs-based drafting. Jerry instantly upgraded not only a very leaky run defense, but also a very thin one as well. The accolades are far and wide for Jerry, but helping his team rank 4th nationally in run defense playing in the SEC, ranking second nationally among defensive tackles with 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and registering 7 sacks his senior year are great stats to bring to a run defense desperately in need of help. Besides all the lofty stats that Jerry brings, the biggest praise he receives refers to his amazing work ethic and non-stop motor; traits that can’t be taught. He earns effusive praise as well being a mature player ready to step into the rigors of the NFL at the age of 25.

Ready to Compete (atlantafalcons.com)

Lewis Ready to Compete (atlantafalcons.com)

With Peria Jerry being a first round pick and an all-world defensive tackle coming into a needy run defense, he’s a lock to start alongside Jonathan Babineaux when the Falcons suit up in the Georgia Dome, right? Trey Lewis will have something to say about Jerry’s starting coronation. Trey Lewis may often be left out of the defensive tackle conversation altogether after suffering two knee injuries in a year and half. Before his first injury in the 2007 season, Lewis rocketed to an awesome start, making every stride to lock down the starters spot for good in his rookie year. Lewis competed in nine games while making five starts in his rookie season. He totaled 23 tackles while adding one interception and one pass defensed. His size (6′3, 323) and mobility are what coaching staffs drool over, with the ability to play in a traditional 4-3 defense, or slide over and be a perfect fit at nose tackle in the 3-4 defense. He may be thought of as a younger, quicker, and more agile version of Grady Jackson that can stuff the run, eat space, and rush the passer. All indications are that Lewis is close to being back to full strength, if he’s not already there.

Finally Healthy and Ready to Go?  (atlantafalcons.com)

Finally Healthy and Ready to Go? (atlantafalcons.com)

The competition looks to be one of the most intense of training camp as most everyone assumes that Jerry will win that starting job simply because he was a first round draft pick, who as of yet remains unsigned. Playing devil’s advocate, pairing Jerry (299 lbs) with Babineaux (284 lbs) certainly would give us one of the lighter DT tandems in the league and could run up against some problems with road grading guards combined with some brute force fullbacks. The light load certainly might make it more difficult for Lofton at MLB, having OL or FB’s in his face all game. Trey Lewis at least could be that big body to free up Lofton. Lewis has all the tools, potential, and showed it during the game, but that was almost two years ago.

Can Jerry and Lewis kick the injury bug?
This question has the potential to drive Falcons fans crazy as we approach training camp. We will all be on pins and needles, frantically scanning injury reports to make sure one of our two promising defensive tackles doesn’t fall to the field with an injury. You could say the same about every player, but Jerry and Lewis have a serious history of the injury bug. Even though Jerry was a consensus top defensive tackle in the draft, the big knock on him was his issues with injuries, particularly his senior year. (Missed the first four games of his freshman season with an injury, hampered by a foot injury in 2006 that eventually required some offseason surgery. Underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee in August of 2008). Unfortunately, Jerry didn’t put that myth to rest when he tweaked his knee in one of the first sessions in mini-camp.

The injury history on Trey Lewis is surely well-documented with not participating in a live snap since November of 2007. Lewis suffered an original injury on the field for the Falcons in ‘07, but it certainly was compounded when he re-injured himself for the second time. For a Falcon fan base worrisome about one of the worst run defenses in the NFL in 2008, it clearly will give a lot of sleepless nights with so much potential wrapped in two players with injury concern.

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Discussion Framework:
1) Glad to let Big Grady go?
2) Pick Now: who will start down number 1 DT against the Dolphins on Sept. 12th?
3) Was Peria Jerry the right pick for the Falcons at #24 in the draft?
4) Does Trey Lewis size give him a huge advantage to starting?

Next Topic Preview: Training Camp Special Edition

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85 comments Add your comment

Nookah

July 30th, 2009
1:28 am

D3, good to have another thought provoking topic for us Falcon fans to mull over. For those of us who love football and more specifically our beloved Falcons, it’s great to look at these upcoming internal battles.

I will weigh in with more detail tomorrow but isn’t nice to have a problem like this? When we look at these 2 quality DT’s it makes you salivate and fantacize. I can just imagine Smitty and his coaching staff. I’m hoping and praying that Trey will remain healthy.

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

Ed-Covington

July 30th, 2009
1:36 am

We rated 25th against the run WITH Grady, won’t miss him. Hope Lewis & Jerry can stay healthy; allow us to run a three-man rotation at DT. Also, Jamal Anderson may be moved from DE to DT. Falcons were right to gamble on Jerry with the 24th pick; only question was his health; no one questioned his talent and drive.

DaddyDawg

July 30th, 2009
3:26 am

If Trey Lewis is ready to play, what about the possibility of moving Jerry to the 3 technique DT to replace the lighter Babineaux and play Lewis at the 1 technique, giving us a much larger set of starting DTs than you would have with Babineaux and Jerry? I think Jerry is better suited for the 3 technique, and Lewis’ size makes him ideal to play the 1 technique nose-defensive tackle where greater size is indicated to defend against double teams. Babineaux is a good player, but if Jerry is the player we think he is, it may be better to team him with Lewis to give us more heft in the middle of our defense and let the lighter Babineaux come off the bench in reserve, especially on passing downs.

BT

July 30th, 2009
5:56 am

Ed Covington is correct, Grady was appreciated but won`t be missed as the DT rotation is now much more athletic and versatile.

DaddyDawg- I like the way you think.
The use Lewis in the two gap in the under formation on obvious running downs should work out, if he is as advertised?
That would make Loftons life a lot easier, having a guy right in front tying up two blockers.
Jerry does seem to be a perfect 3 technique DT with potential to be a disruptive force against the run and the pass.
It is my hopes that Jerry is our every down DT.
The combination of Babs and Jerry offers the options more exotic fronts of shifting OVER and utilizing stunts/blitz packages because of their quickness and athletic abilities on passing downs.

It`s going to fun to watch as I think the new DT rotation is going to be the most improved aspect of the team in `09.

BKJ

July 30th, 2009
7:17 am

Great Blog. Really good writing. Puts some of the “official” AJC columnists to shame. Keep up the good work!!

John Waynesworld

July 30th, 2009
8:26 am

Another good one D3. This is another position that is going to worry me with possibility of injury.

Yes, in my mind it would have been a decent investment to pay for Grady’s services for at least one more year, if that could have been possible without a multi-year deal. If there is one position that has more to do with size and physicality than skill or age, I would say nose tackle is that position, and Grady always seemed to be ready to answer the bell for the Falcons.

D3, I think just as you stated that it all depends on injury. Both guys are quality players and could even be superstars IF they can just stay healthy. On that note, I will have to say that Trey Lewis starts on opening day because that little “tweak” on the knee that Jerry had on day one of mini camp may be a sign of things to come.

I really think that both will be able to play well if platooned according to each of their strengths, for instance Lewis on first downs and short yardage, Jerry for passing situations, and both for goalline stands.

Ric Roc

July 30th, 2009
8:43 am

Ed Covington, Daddy Dawg:

It’s like you were reading my mind! When your defense only ranks 25th and 27th against the run and pass, you don’t have too far to fall if and when you lose a player or two from said defense.

We have the potential to be much better WITHOUT Big Gravy than WITH…

Also, great point mentioning how light (although quick and athletic) the D-line would be with Babs and Jerry. Pairing Jerry with Trey Lewis would bring much needed girth and I don’t think is out of the question.

The players all along the defensive line bring a great deal of versatility and allow Coach Smith and Coach BVG to get creative with the defensive fronts we show.

Defense (including the secondary and line backing unit) should be much fun to watch this season.

CBrass

July 30th, 2009
9:31 am

D3,

You’ve done it again. Great writing. I agree with BKJ you’re putting some of these so called AJC columnist to shame. They need to step there game up and actually write like they know what they’re talking about it.

I really do know have enough knowledge to speak on the Jerry and Lewis battle but I will say since there will be competition they will be busting there butts to battle one another. This is the the only way that we will be sure to get the best out of both of them. I just pray to god they are able to stay healthy!!! Grady…I’m going to miss him. As John Waynesworld stated he was always there to answer the bell for the Falcons.

It’s really hard to say who will start against the Dolphins. Again I love that there will be competition between these two. Could both of them start? DaddyDawg made some good points(even thought I hardly know what he’s talking about) is this the way of getting both of them on the field?

Again great writing D3!!!

JackofHearts

July 30th, 2009
9:47 am

Hey All……. I kinda thought that Jerry wasnt the right pick seeing we already had Babineaux starting. If he doesnt get injured and doenst hold out, i would still say he starts because you cant have another first rounder on the bench (anderson)… From the limited times i have actually seen Lewis play pre-injury, i thought he was solid. I think it just all depends with Peria’s contract situation and his durability. Looking over the roster everyone besides Lewis is 300lb or lighter so that could be trouble… I think they still may need to bring in another bigger bodied free agent before the season starts…

John Waynesworld

July 30th, 2009
9:59 am

There seems to be an inference here in the postings about Grady Jackson apparently being largely responsible for the Falcons’ woeful defensive ranking against the run. I am also reading D3’s column that says that Lofton is going to need a large run stuffer to keep the guards and fullbacks out of his face all game long.

“Playing devil’s advocate, pairing Jerry (299 lbs) with Babineaux (284 lbs) certainly would give us one of the lighter DT tandems in the league and could run up against some problems with road grading guards combined with some brute force fullbacks.”

So which is it cagers? Was Big Grady an asset to the Falcons or a pure liability? We have no one except Babs who has ANY consistent experience at the position. Everything at this point is a guess as to who can replace Jackson, and who can stay healthy. I don’t recall we had any injury problems with Grady. So maybe he wasn’t great. But if we go there, won’t we have to have another chat about the ineffectiveness of Keith Brooking and Lawyer Milloy in backing up the run?

After all, Grady Jackson wasn’t ranked 25th against the run, was he? It was the whole team, coaches included.

ghostwriter

July 30th, 2009
10:52 am

Was Peria Jerry the right pick for the Falcons at #24 in the draft?

It’s obviously much too early to tell, and I have faith in the FO that they made the right pick, but I had my sights set on Ziggy Hood for that spot. We’ll see how each of them turn out.

Unca' Bob

July 30th, 2009
10:55 am

P Jerry has played both End and Tackle while at ‘Ole Miss. Do not rule out the possibilities of him playing LDE at some point and time.

chzbykr

July 30th, 2009
11:22 am

Hey all, love this blog and it’s right on the mark for issues concerning the team. Kuddo’s to all involved. I just want to say don’t forget Vance Walker as the next possible big man in the middle. If, and I believe this will be an open competition at most positions, I really want to see what he brings. He was attributed to be a very big help for Johnson at Tech to do as well as he did. Oh my! training camp’s almost here; bring it on!

Marcus

July 30th, 2009
11:24 am

Great topic and arguably the key to the season. We have youth all over the D, but if the line doesn’t step up, DBs get deep-fried almost cajun all season.
I think Lewis comes back and tandems with everyone else to give us a monster DT rotation. Interestingly enough, this and the DE play may also clue us in on next years’ leanings for the draft. If things don’t work out, expect us Falcon fans to clamor for the DT from ‘bama (Cody) UGA (forgot name) or the other DE from Ole Miss (Hardy?).

Marcus

July 30th, 2009
11:26 am

Also notice the 1st few blogs are all focused on D:
When are we gonna talk about the relative youth (Petersen excepted) in the LBs and DBs?

Unca' Bob

July 30th, 2009
11:32 am

Marcus,

Greg Hardy Ole Miss. D Dobbs and/or R Battle.

Unca' Bob

July 30th, 2009
11:37 am

Gino Atkins is a DT at UGA. Any subject, any time.

CBrass

July 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

J Anderson is listed as a guy on the hot seat. I know we’ve talked about this many times but I thought you guys might wanted to read it anyways. Hope everyone is having a great day.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/nfcsouth/0-12-180/Five-NFC-South-players-on-the-hot-seat.html

Nookah

July 30th, 2009
2:56 pm

Grady served us well. That’s what we had and we went to battle with that. No use crying over spilt milk. It was what it was. We’ve moved on. The plain fact, as the stats suggest, is that we were not very effective against the run.

As D3 alluded to, Grady was a liability against the pass. However, that’s not a knock on Grady. We all know what we were getting into when we signed someone like Grady. What we have now is a pair of speedy, young and aggressive DT’s who will make a vast difference to our run-stopping defense. What does speed do? It can go a far way in balancing out the the weight disadvantage we may have against the bigger OL’s. It’s such a difference when you have a DL that explodes off each snap, and we certainly have the tools this year to do just that. The only thing left is the execution on game day and I’m sure we’ll get that done. Speed and explosiveness also gives us a better chance of getting into the back field earlier and more often. Hopefully we will be able to do that this season.

It will be interesting to see what transpires during training camp at the DT position. I am really looking forward to that battle. I think I’ll give the edge to PJerry. As we all know, Smitty and his staff are not averse to throwing the rookies in at the deep end. One of my concerns about Trey is how will he respond after being out for a whole season? It may take him a while to get the rust off but that is what training camp and preseason is supposed to do.

I am optimistic about our 2 DT’s surviving the injury bug this year. I know Smitty has a knack for rotating his players and giving offenses different looks. I really hope we can keep these two assets fresh and distribute the work load in such a way that we can avoid any setbacks there due to injury.

Go Falcons!!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!!

rebar

July 30th, 2009
4:13 pm

D3. .great work. . .best by far on this site. .I was extrememly disappointed that Lewis got hurt again last year. .we seem to get an outstanding player from a small school every year the last couple of drafts. Again, great work. .looking forward to hearing your take on things Falcons as the year progresses.

cutter

July 30th, 2009
5:07 pm

Falcons signed LB Jamie Winborn, formerly of the Broncos.

Winborn, 30, can play both outside positions and finished last year with 99 stops while starting a career-most 11 games for injured D.J. Williams. He’s likely being added to push projected first-string SLB Stephen Nicholas.

JJ

July 30th, 2009
5:34 pm

‘Madden 10′ says Gonzalez tops NFC South

July 30, 2009 3:07 PM

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

If you picked Drew Brees or Steve Smith, who would be my top two choices, as the best player in the NFC South right now, you’d be wrong. If you picked Julius Peppers, who I’d place in the top five, you’d be wrong.

At least that’s according to the “Madden NFL 10” ratings that we’re running over on our video games page. According to their formula, the best player in the NFC South is Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez. He had a 98 overall rating, the highest score of any NFC South player.

JJ

July 30th, 2009
5:35 pm

…not too shabby eh?

BT

July 30th, 2009
6:26 pm

cutter- the Winborn signing is an interesting addition.
He played in a base 3/4 defence in Denver and 99 tackles is a lot of tackles for only starting in 11 games.

I could be wrong but I am starting believe BVG could be looking to install some 3/4 sets to suppliment our base 4/3 D?
Having depth at LB was one of the stumbling blocks, that issue may have just been resolved?
Then you would have the possibility of seeing Babs(DT),Lewis(NT) and Jerry(DT) all on the field at the same time.

BT

July 30th, 2009
6:40 pm

D3

July 30th, 2009
6:41 pm

Great Thursday Evening My Bird Cage Brethren! Its the unofficial start to the weekend, and the start of FALCONS FOOTBALL!!! Less the 2 days now. Yes, we’re finally here. Great feeling, huh?

Nookah – Where’s the Scripe my man? Its that time to toast our the unofficial start to football season. “Every little things” about to be “alright”!

Ed-Covington – Great point my man. Grady was a space eater, but he certainly lost even some on his best ability of run-stopping, not to mention his pass-rushing and overall fitness liability. He was a favorite in Atlanta, but it was time to part ways.

DaddyDawg – Love that possibility my man. Assuming no injuries occur, which is a big IF, this looks to be the deepest D-Line the Falcons have had in a long while. We haven’t even gotten to Vance Walker or the rest of the crew who will be there. That’s for next week. Great to have you in the ‘Cage.

BT – What’s up my brother? You gonna be able to join us at the ‘Branch on Saturday? I would bet that there will be a big 3, or maybe even 4-man, rotation of D-Tackles to keep them fresh. I could be wrong, but I believe Van Gorder was fond of that while at UGA.

BKJ – Thanks for the complement, but there’s some D good writers here at the AJC. Ledbetter was a big reason on helping start the “unofficial” Bird Cage with his analysis and respectful banter.

JohnWaynesWorld – I could definitely see re-upping Big Grady at the time, because that was before we got Peria Jerry in the draft. Turned out to be the right call with him tweaking his knee. Good point on Jerry. He certainly didn’t alleviate any fears after tweaking an injury in the first couple of sessions.

Ric Roc – Spot on. The teams listed that were below us in the run defense were atrocious. Being in the company with Oakland or St.Louis’ defense is not good company to keep. The bar’s so low, that we should go up in alll likelihood.

CBrass – Thanks so much for the complements, but school hasn’t started back yet and that will definitely put a slow-down on me. But Big Grady was a fan favorite because of his play on the field. He was signed and resigned so many times that he became like a part of an extended family. If Stirg doesn’t contact soon, I’m counting you on our fantasy league.

JackofHearts – You’re exactly right about the lightness of our DT’s (excluding Big Trey). You know we’re gonna run up against some big, nasty O-Lines and I’m not sure that quickness can beat out mass all the time. We need Big Trey in the rotation. He would be the perfect NT in a 3-4 Defense.

JWW(2) – Stirring up a little dialogue here in the Bird Cage. Love it. I hate to cop out all the time, but I like presenting both sides and letting you guys run with it.

ghostwriter – You join in good company here in the Bird Cage, wanting Ziggy Hood. We had several members here who were completely sold that the “Ziggy Express” would roll through town. I think we all expected Jerry to be long gone.

chzbykr – Right on with Walker. He’s a big focus of our D-Line conversation coming next week. Many think he was the late round steal of the draft. Even though I’m a UGA grad and fan, I love having Georgia AND Georgia Tech players on the roster.

Marcus – Fantastic reference. I assume you enjoy your food like me. “Deep fried and cajun CB’s”. I’d add blackened steak flavor to that as well if our DL doesn’t step up. Gotta get some more push up front besides Abe if we want to make a playoff run.

Marcus(2) – We’re just kind of going in order on defense first. Here’s a look at next week: M-Babineaux Pro Bowl Time?; T-Vance Walker, etc; W-Nicholas’ Time to Shine?; Th-LB Youth Movement. So we’ll definitely be getting there very soon. If you have any specifics you’d like to see just post or shoot me an email. dawsondevitt@gmail.com

rebar – Much thanks for the awesome complements. I’m really pulling for Trey to keep healthy, because he was a BEAST as a rookie before getting hurt. Join us as a regular.

cutter – Great update pull. I remember him from Vanderbilt and Denver. That definitely throws a wrench into someone’s plans (Nicholas and Wire to start, and Adkins or James to backup).

JJ – Man, you went and did it. I’ve been trying to hold back my Madden urges, but you just took over the top. I can’t wait to line up with Turner, Roddy, Jenks, HD, and especially TG. Second play after a running play, that play action corner route to TONY GONZALEZ for a TOUCHDOWN! Why doesn’t Madden come out earlier?

CBrass

July 30th, 2009
6:59 pm

D3,

I really do not think FF is for me. Maybe next season.

BT

July 30th, 2009
7:01 pm

D3- I am planning to attend Saturday morning.
Meet at the top of the hill, around midfield?
Unless, somebody in holding back a better idea.

falcon21

July 30th, 2009
7:11 pm

BT, what time will the Birds get going Saturday morning?

JJ

July 30th, 2009
7:15 pm

D3 – my man, we’ve been talking about it since the draft…8.16.09 my friend…So you have all local colleges except GSU…kidding (dont care) BUT you have ESPN soccer…eh I know nascar/golf wont fly on this blog but maybee a tiger watch on tournaments he plays?
Or nfl cheerleader pics or 24-7 Tony G.’s wife? lol…ease up col. Uncle bob…lol

JJ

July 30th, 2009
7:25 pm

D3: are you getting paid by FACEBOOK? Why do we have their huge logo? If so, congrats but I bet its the fish wrapper making the ad. They must be concerned their fal. fan blog’ writer is OUT writing all their(PAID) prof.(bradly/shultz) staff EXCEPT our man DOL- pulse of the falcons!

Unca' Bob

July 30th, 2009
7:30 pm

Nookah,

As Coach Ken has pointed out, the only thing that Big Grady could rush is a Buffet Line. Very nice post my friend, per your norm. I too, think they will use a rotational defense to the point that who starts does not matter. It will be on a play to play basis, and they will put players on the field to match what the other side of the ball presents to it. Chess with living, breathing people. This will be a very exciting year for Falcon’s Fans.

cutter,

I don’t know where you get your info from, but you are johnny-on-the spot. Thankx for the up date.

JJ,

You picked a very nice plum, my friend. After all the quality years TG has put into the NFL, not too shabby at all.

BT,

Yes sir. There will be some 3-4 defense thrown in this year. TD, Coach Smith & Co. are in the process of building an extremly fast team on both sides of the ball. Versatility, character, urgency, as well as speed have been stressed from day one. They now have the people on board to make a run at it. Time is always the teller of all things, but I like our chances.

BT

July 30th, 2009
7:42 pm

Falcon21-
Below is a breakdown of the Falcons 2009 training camp practice schedule. Dates and times are subject to change:

Sat., Aug. 1: 8:30 – 10:10 a.m; 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (both practices open to the public).

Sun., Aug. 2: 9:35 – 10:30 a.m; 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (both practices open to the public).

Mon. Aug. 3: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (afternoon practice closed to public)

Tues., Aug. 4: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (afternoon practice closed)

Wed., Aug. 5: 1:30- 3:40 p.m. (open to public)

Thurs., Aug. 6: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (afternoon practice closed)

Fri., Aug. 7: 10:15 -11:55 a.m. (open to public), team scrimmage at Brookwood HS, 7 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 8: Mock game at Georgia Dome, 11 a.m.

Mon., Aug. 10: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (afternoon practice closed)

Tues., Aug. 11: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (afternoon practice closed)

Wed., Aug. 12: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. (afternoon practice closed)

Thurs., Aug. 13: 8:30 – 10:35 a.m.; 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (afternoon practice closed)

Fri., Aug. 14: 10:25- 11:40 a.m. (open to public)

Mon., Aug. 17: 9:30 – 11:35 a.m.; 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (both practices closed)

Tues., Aug. 18: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (both practices closed)

Wed., Aug. 19: 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.; 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (both practices closed)

Thurs., Aug. 20: 10:25- 11:45 a.m. (closed to public)

JJ

July 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

Unca’ Bob,

It’s very rare to catch one since you’ve joined our family, you are still the king of research…just keeping you on your toes my friend!

Unca' Bob

July 30th, 2009
7:49 pm

JJ,

You flatter me young man, keep it coming!

falcon21

July 30th, 2009
7:52 pm

Thank you BT, my son and I will be there early. Hope we will run in to some of the Cagers.

JJ

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7:58 pm

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July 30th, 2009
9:08 pm

Good Late Evening ‘Cagers! Ah, the dark clouds of zero-Falcons-Football are finally lifting. Its almost surreal in a way, since we’ve been at this since early February and March. The best time of the year.

BT – That Winborn signing is VERY interesting. I could understand it more if he was a little younger, but he’s 30 and is essentially in the same mold as Wire in terms of age. I thought for sure that it would be Peterson, Lofton, Wire/Nicholas, Gilbert, and whom ever won between Adkins and James. Wow. Midfield on the hill sounds great. I’ll have my DJ Shockley #3 Red Jersey on with an old black Falcons hat. Maybe I’ll bring a Bird Cage sign.

CBrass – Alright, I’ll stop bugging with joining our fun fantasy football league. Maybe next year.

JJ – Alright, couple of things my brother: you know I hooked you up with Georgia State Athletics, it should be up there with the links. Also put the schedule and PGA Golf as two other links (sorry, can’t do Nascar bro’). And I hate to say it, but the Facebook is all me. I don’t have a personal account, just a Bird Cage account in attempts to get the Bird Cage out there.

Unca’ Bob – Hilarious. Hate to be behind Big Grady at the pizza buffet. Might as well go sit down and wait for the next batch.

falcon21 – Nice. I’ll see you guys up there. Should have a Bird Cage sign in my DJ Shockley #3 Red Jersey in old black Falcons hat.

JJ(2) – Nice pull my man. I’ll have to check out that one. Did you catch my daily tailgate recipe? That will be a daily tradition.

JJ

July 30th, 2009
9:17 pm

D3, it’a all good my man, I told you, my ride has a big G on it and I root for the little bee’s whenever they dont play the big Dog! lol

JJ

July 30th, 2009
9:19 pm

that was for WR, skipping out on vac without telling us!!!

Sarah B

July 30th, 2009
9:32 pm

Can we take cameras to training camp?

CBrass

July 30th, 2009
9:32 pm

JJ

July 30th, 2009
9:35 pm

My 2 fav. ladies of the cage…

Sarah B

July 30th, 2009
9:36 pm

D3 if it takes Facebook to fiind Stirg then by all means use it.

CBrass

July 30th, 2009
9:48 pm

Well I’m heading to bed. Hope everyone has a good nights rest!!!

God Bless

Sarah B

July 30th, 2009
10:02 pm

Sarah B

July 30th, 2009
10:04 pm

Yes! Everybody is signed!

BT

July 30th, 2009
10:06 pm

Sarah B.- Yes you can bring a still a camera and I advise you to do so, along with a portable chair or beach towel to sit on.
You can`t bring any coolers or alcohol but you can bring your own jug of soft drink.
If your the type that wants autographs, bring a sharpie and a piece of gear you want signed.

BT

July 30th, 2009
10:08 pm

The Jerry signing is good news, indeed!
Now, lets hope for Roddy to get his.