Originally posted on WJCL News:

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and No. 12 Georgia gained some early style points in the national race with a 45-21 victory over No. 16 Clemson on Saturday night.

If rating Heisman Trophy favorites after Week 1, Gurley would surely be among the favorites. He made the most of his limited touches on a sweltering night, averaging 17.2 yards every time he got his hands on the ball. He set a school record for all-purpose yards with 293, breaking the record of 290 set by Rodney Hampton in 1987.

Georgia (1-0) broke open a game that was 21-21 at the half, shutting down Clemson (0-1) and a fast-break offense that didn’t look nearly as effective without Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins.

Gurley pretty much finished off Clemson by himself, scoring on runs of 23…

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Originally posted on Atlanta Falcons blog:

FLOWERY BRANCH — Wide receiver Eric Weems, who made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player while with the Falcons, was re-signed by the team on Thursday.

Weems was recently released by the Chicago Bears.

The Falcons waived wide receiver Jabin Sambrano.

Weems, 5-foot-9. 195 pounds, was originally signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Bethune-Cookman following the 2007 NFL draft.

He played five seasons with the Falcons before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2012.

Weems set a franchise record for the longest kick return touchdown in Falcons history with a 102-yard return at Tampa Bay

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Originally posted on CBS Atlanta:

I hope you have been watching HBO Hard Knocks. The third episode last night took us more inside the organization. I don’t know how you can not see who the clear leader of the this team is? It’s Matt Ryan he wants to win, and has the desire to be the best and throughout this episode its very clear that he has his teammates trust and they listen to him. Matt Ryan was extremely bothered by the team’s performance in last Saturday’s 32-7 exhibition loss to the Houston Texans and rightfully so.

In the locker room afterward, Ryan asked for each player to get their “mind right so we can go out there and have a good week of work and go play the way we’re capable of.” I left out a couple of “F” bombs.

The guy that steals the show is Defensive line coach Bryan Cox as he…

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Originally posted on Colossal Now:

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After a miserable 3-12 stretch, the Atlanta Braves responded with a much needed sweep over the Oakland Athletics, who are in a downward spiral of their own. Now  the Braves are 64-60, trailing the Washington Nationals by six games in the NL East and the San Francisco Giants by 1.5 games for the second Wild Card spot. After temporarily emerging from a cloud of poor play, the Braves still have their sights on securing a playoff spot. But do they have what it takes to get there?

The Bad: Atlanta’s offense has been bad this season, and down right anemic at times. In fact, Atlanta ranks 28th in the majors in runs scored. The struggle to generate runs can largely be attributed to their lack of production from the leadoff spot, propensity for strikeouts and a severe lack of depth.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has tried numerous players at the leadoff spot…

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Originally posted on Rise Up Reader:

Life is good for rookie fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones. He’s impressing coaches by showing good hands and strength, even cracking one of the sleds with a powerful hit. But life in the NFL can change in the blink of an eye, particularly for an undrafted rookie, and Nix-Jones found that out rather unexpectedly. After injuries to safeties Dwight Lowery and Dez Southward, the team was forced to bring in safety Tyrell Johnson, and Nix-Jones was consequently waived to open a roster spot. Nix-Jones was called to head coach Mike Smith’s office, where viewers were able to witness one of the most difficult parts of pro football take place. “This is not the fun part”, Smith said as he severed ties. Nix-Jones said that’d he keep working out and wait for a call. “Just roll with the punches”, he said. He was then escorted off the premises. Word about Nix-Jones’ departure spread…

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Originally posted on CBS DC:

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – While watching the final offering of the Nationals and Braves three-game series today, you’re likely going to hear a lot about Bryce Harper doing his part to reignite the rivalry between the two clubs.

The reason being: Harper dragged his foot across the Braves ‘A’ as he made his way to the batters’ box late last night early this morning, an act he insisted after the game was unintentional.

With one out in the top of the second inning, Harper, entering the batter’s box from the visitors’ dugout on the third base line, appeared to stutter-step as he neared the ‘A’ — located directly behind where the umpire would stand — cocking his right foot outward and dragging it along the ‘A,’ causing some dirt to brush over it.

Here are a few separate angles.

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Harper would single on a slow roller to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, and later…

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Originally posted on Get The Picture:

Here’s what ESPN has to say about its top rated player in the SEC this season.

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
Coaches, players and sports writers can agree on at least one thing: Gurley is a beast. At SEC media days, nearly every player surveyed by ESPN called Georgia’s lead tailback the most intimidating player to tackle in the league. Reporters, meanwhile, made Gurley a first-team All-SEC choice, awarding him the second-most votes overall. If he can stay healthy, he’s the league’s best shot at winning the Heisman Trophy. With 2,374 yards in the past two seasons, only Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah has more career rushing yards entering 2014.

Man, I sure hope we get a full and healthy year out of him.  Go out with a bang, Todd.

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Originally posted on Atlanta Falcons blog:

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey after his daughter put on his gold jacket for the first time on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey after his daughter put on his gold jacket for the first time on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

CANTON, Ohio — Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey was emotional after receiving his gold jacket at the Canton Civic Center on Friday night.

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey waving to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey waving to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

“I love it,” Humphrey said when asked how his jacket felt.  “I’m glad it took so long. I get to enjoy it a little bit more.”

Humphrey, 70, who had a 22 year wait to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was concerned how he would hold up under all of the activities.

“I’m great,” Humphrey said. “I’m feeling great.”

The enshrinement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday…

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Originally posted on Atlanta Falcons blog:

Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow knocks over a tackling dummy running a drill during team practice on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Flowery Branch. (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow knocks over a tackling dummy running a drill during team practice on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Flowery Branch. (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow has gone from undrafted rookie to signal-caller on a NFL defense in a little over a year.

With Sean Weatherspoon out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Worrilow will be the unit’s signal-caller. He’ll have the green dot on his helmet.

Worrilow spent a lot of time in the weight room this offseason in an attempt to get stronger. He also reviewed the film on every snap from last season to see what worked for him and to analyze where he needs to make some adjustments.

“We want to come out with a lot more energy and make a statement that we are a lot tougher,” Worrilow said.

He is still able to pick Weatherspoon’s brain…

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Originally posted on Atlanta Falcons blog:

FLOWERY BRANCH — Finally, training camp is here.

The team takes the field this morning and holds an afternoon practice that will be open to the public.

We’ll have updates throughout the day, so feel free to check back at AJC.com for updates.

We started our countdown 10 days out.

Countdown to camp: Day 10 – The new coaches

Countdown to camp: Day 9 – Special teams

Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

Countdown to camp: Day 7 — Linebackers

Countdown to camp: Day 6 — Defensive line 

Countdown to camp: Day 5 – Offensive line

Countdown to camp: Day 4 — Wide receivers

Countdown to camp: Day 3 — Tight ends

Countdown to camp: Day 2 — Running backs.

Countdown to camp: Day 1 — Quarterbacks.

Today, we’ll look at the quarterbacks.

Here’s our projected depth chart for the quarterbacks.

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 T.J. Yates, 12 Sean…

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