NFC South: Bear Woods

Falcons make roster moves

September, 2, 2011
The Atlanta Falcons just announced some roster moves and there are no major surprises.

There is, however, one big name with one big salary. That’s defensive end Chauncey Davis. As expected, his $3.75 million cap figure and the signing of Ray Edwards made Davis expendable. The Falcons will clear up the entire $3.75 million in salary-cap space.

There were a couple of other veterans released -- defensive tackle Trey Lewis and linebacker Coy Wire. The release of Lewis is a sign the Falcons firmly believe the Peria Jerry’s knee is now healthy. If there's anyone in the Bank of America Stadium offices reading this, please go tell Marty Hurney that Lewis has been released. He's better than any defensive tackle the Panthers have at the moment.

Wire’s release is a sign the Falcons are happy with some younger linebackers who can give them more speed on special teams.

The Falcons also waived tight end Marquez Branson, fullback Lucas Cox, center Paul Fenaroli, safety Matt Hansen, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey, running back Gartrell Johnson, defensive end Tom McCarthy, cornerback Kamaal McIlwain, center Ryan McMahon, safety Rafael Priest, defensive end Kiante Tripp, safety Suaesi Tuimaunei and linebacker Bear Woods. The team also reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Andy Strickland.

NFC South links: NFLCA surprises Rivera

June, 3, 2011
Atlanta Falcons

Fox-5 in Atlanta has video of some Falcons players -- including Stephen Nicholas, Bear Woods and Harry Douglas -- working out with area children.

The American Institute for Stuttering will host a benefit gala honoring Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Carolina Panthers

Seventh-round draft choice Lee Ziemba isn't too worried about the lockout. “I feel like it’s all going to get worked out in the end. I’m not too stressed right now about it,” Ziemba said.

Coach Ron Rivera was as surprised as anyone when the NFL Coaches Association filed a brief with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the players in the NFL's ongoing labor dispute.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints ranked No. 2 in's NFL organizational rankings, which grades teams based on six categories -- owner, quarterback, head coach, front office, coaching staff and intangibles. The Falcons were No. 8, the Bucs 13th and the Panthers were 31st.

First-round pick Mark Ingram is striving to make an early mark with the Saints.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The attorney for cornerback Aqib Talib will ask for a quick trial in his case of an alleged assault with a deadly weapon. In an interview with, fellow cornerback Ronde Barber described Talib as "a great teammate ... a fun-loving, kind of gregarious guy" and that the team is "somewhat responsible for him."

The Bucs signed their longtime radio play-by-play man, Gene Deckerhoff, to a two-year contract extension.

Falcons make moves to replace Norwood

September, 21, 2010
The Atlanta Falcons just announced they have placed running back Jerious Norwood on the injured-reserve list after he suffered a major knee injury in Sunday’s victory against Arizona.

Although Norwood and starter Michael Turner both were injured in the victory, the Falcons were able to get by with Jason Snelling carrying 24 times for 129 yards and scoring three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). Turner was cleared to return in the second half of the game and the team has said his groin injury was minor.

Turner should be fine for Sunday’s game at New Orleans, but the Falcons aren’t wasting any time shoring up their backfield Tuesday. They just signed Gartrell Johnson III to the active roster.

They also signed running back Shawnbrey McNeal to the practice squad and released linebacker Bear Woods from the practice squad.

While Turner and Snelling fit the power-back mold, Johnson is viewed as more of a speed back, like Norwood. A fourth-round pick by San Diego in 2009, Johnson was released by the Chargers last September. He then signed with the New York Giants and played a minor role, getting only 13 carries for 43 yards in 10 games. A Colorado State product, Johnson ran for 1,476 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final college season.

McNeal came out of Southern Methodist University and went undrafted this year. He spent training camp with San Diego, but was released by the Chargers before the start of the season.

Atlanta Falcons set practice squad

September, 5, 2010
The Falcons just announced their eight-man practice squad and you’re going to recognize a lot of the names if you followed Atlanta through training camp and the preseason.

The list includes tight end Robbie Agnone, receiver Tim Buckley, running back Dimitri Nance, receiver Andy Strickland, offensive tackle Jose Valdez, safety Rafael Bush, defensive end Emmanuel Stephens and linebacker Bear Woods.

Buckley, Nance, Bush, Stephens and Wood all were signed as rookie free agents and were cut near the end of the preseason. Strickland spent part of last season on the practice squad and Agnone was signed by Atlanta just before camp started.



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