News and Notes: Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons news and notes

Keith Brooking has been particularly pleased with the demeanor of Michael Boley, who became a starter when Ed Hartwell was lost for the season in Week 5 with a torn Achilles. Boley took the same deferential approach that Demorrio Williams used to curry favor last year.

"The thing I love about our young guys is they come in and they don't know everything," Brooking said. "They don't know every defensive call. Just the little things as far as pre-snap and things like that. Sometimes it doesn't all click immediately with those guys, and they make mistakes. But the thing is they're eager to learn. They're so eager to get to that next play, to come to work every day with that mentality, and I love that more than anything about them."

--After getting no more than four chances and having no catches in the previous two games, WR Brian Finneran had a career-high eight receptions. He's still mad at himself for dropping the 3-yard pass in the end zone that Miami's Travis Daniels batted into the air and in front of Finneran.

"I had a pretty good day besides the one ball I dropped down there," Finneran said. "I think all the receivers had a good day. We made plays when we had to. Myself, Roddy (White) and (Alge) Crumpler and Jerome (Pathon) did a good job pitching in when he was in there, too. So we had a good day overall, and we needed it."

--FB Justin Griffith attacks tackles and linebackers with the ferocity you'd expect from a tailback, but position coach Ollie Wilson wants his starter to block with the same explosive burst that he uses on runs at the point of attack.

--PR Allen Rossum simply couldn't handle the punts of lefty Donnie Jones because the backspin caused balls to dive hard from right-to-left at the last second. Rossum said he couldn't gauge the severity of the angles on film.

--SS Bryan Scott was at the forefront of the defense's poor tackling. He simply isn't the same aggressive hitter that he was before suffering a concussion in Week 5 last year against the Lions. Too often, Scott gets confused in open space and whiffs entirely.

--WLB Demorrio Williams looks reborn now that he's three games removed from the strong side. MLB Keith Brooking offers assistance in taking on blocks that free Williams and allow him to use his speed on the edge and keep opponents from big gains down the sideline.

--RCB Jason Webster could give Scott a couple of pointers on tackling. Size doesn't matter when you're smaller than the target. Webster nearly always goes low to take out an opponent's feet. Early in the fourth, Webster made a nice play to bat down the ball against Chris Chambers. When he was younger and faster, Webster could've picked that pass and scored a touchdown, but he's smart to play within his means and not take risks. Recommended Stories

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