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Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 12:38pm
“As I said yesterday, that’s one of many concerns that I have. We’ve got to kick the ball between the uprights especially on extra points. When you’re kicking a 50-yarder or a 48-yarder that’s a little bit of a different situation, but we’ve got to make extra points when they’re presented to us. That’s one of many concerns. We’re trying to, right now, go through these last four or five days and put together a roster that we feel like we can go out and compete once the season starts. That’s really my biggest concern right now, putting our roster together. That kicking situation is one of many.”
Saturday, August 28, 2010, 7:15am
The Atlanta Falcons were stout against the run, dug in on third down and came up with a big interception. Coach Mike Smith will take more of the same in the regular season.
Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton led the Falcons' defensive charge with 11 tackles, two for losses. Erik Coleman intercepted a pass in the end zone, and the Dolphins converted only one of nine third- and fourth-down situations with Henne, who played one series into the third quarter.
Lawrence Sidbury had a sack, two quarterback hits and a tackle for a loss.
Atlanta's Matt Ryan threw his first touchdown pass of the exhibition season. He led scoring drives of 60 and 54 yards, the second of which took more than seven minutes.
Ryan played one series into the third quarter and finished 13 of 26 for 103 yards, with one interception. He helped the Falcons convert eight of 14 third-down situations against Miami (2-1).
Michael Turner was a workhorse for Atlanta in the first half, rushing 47 yards in 16 carries. He lost a fumble.
Henne went 10 of 22 for 123 yards with one interception, and at least three of his passes were dropped.
Henne and Brandon Marshall hooked up for completions of 26 and 20 yards in the final 45 seconds of the first half, giving the Dolphins a first down at the 7. But linebacker Mike Peterson tipped a second-down pass, and Coleman intercepted it in the end zone.
The Falcons converted three third-down situations on their second possession before Ryan hit Roddy White for an 18-yard score. White later beat Sean Smith on a deep route, but Ryan overthrew him near the goal line.
Smith did not start because he violated a team rule, Sparano said.
Atlanta's first-teamers had two turnovers, both in the first half. Cornerback Vontae Davis forced Turner's fumble, and Dolphins newcomer Karlos Dansby recovered, while Ryan was intercepted by Yeremiah Bell.
Davis made seven tackles, one for a loss, and three passes defended.
Cornerback Dunta Robinson, the Falcons' major offseason acquisition, did not play because of a lingering hamstring injury. Defensive tackle Peria Jerry , the 2008 first-round draft pick who missed most of his rookie season with a knee injury, made his 2010 debut and had a quarterback hit.
"We went ahead and made that move today," Smith said.
"This is year nine for me and I still try to go out there just like I did when I was a rookie," Bryant said. "Do good today so I can come back tomorrow."
Hauschka and Bryant missed field goals in the exhibition season opener against Kansas City. Hauschka missed a 53-yarder and Bryant missed a 50-yarder, but it had plenty of distance, but sailed wide right.
"I crushed it," Bryant said. "I thought I hit it pretty well. It was one of those deals where it made a, for some reason, a goofy right turn on me and it straightened out again. I hit maybe one of those every 100 balls. It was not a normal ball flight."
Bryant was signed on Dec. 1 after Jason Elam was released.
Bryant probably won't be a fantasy star, but given Atlanta's decent offense, he could be useful to fantasy teams.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 10:41am
“Matt Bryant is under contract for next season. When we signed Matt at the end of the season, we also signed him for next season. We also have Steve Hauschka under contract as well.”
Sunday, January 3, 2010, 10:18am
Falcons PK Matt Bryant, who kicked for the Bucs last season, will test his hamstring in warm-ups this morning. If he can't go, the Falcons signed kicker Steve Hauschka, who was released earlier this season by Baltimore. Bryant hasn't been around the team because of the death of his father.
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