On this week there were three particular headlines that were interesting covering the Atlanta Falcons;
1. The Atlanta Falcons after the draft signed 24 college free agents that included; Kicker Casey Barth from UNC, Linebacker Joplo Bartu from Texas State, Fullback Devonte Campbell from the University of Maryland, Linebacker Nick Clancy from Boston College, Quarterback Seth Doege from Texas Tech, Wide Receiver Rashad Evans from Fresno State, Defensive Tackle Deon Goggins from Syracuse, Guard Theo Goins from Central Florida, Defensive End Cam Henderson also from Central Florida, Defensive Tackle Neal Huynh from Ohio, Wide Receiver Darius Johnson from SMU, Tackle Terren Jones from Alabama State, Wide Receiver Martel Moore from Northern Illinois, Defensive Tackle Adam Replogle from Indiana, Running back Donald Russell from Georgia State, Safety Troy Sanders from Appalachian State, Tackle Alec Savoie from McNeese State, Tackle Ryan Schraeder from Valdosta State, Punter Sean Sellwood from Utah, Center Matt Smith from Kentucky, Cornerback Momo Thomas from Colorado State, Defensive End Brandon Thurmond from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Running back Ronnie Wingo from Arkansas, and Linebacker Paul Worrilow from Delaware. From what I can see the acquisitions in college free agents followed the same philosophy as the draft picks; to get better defensively with younger talent. It appears that the Falcons also wanted to add depth on both sides of the trenches. In this group keep your eye on Huynh to become an impact player. At 6’4, 315 pounds, he had an impact in all four years at Ohio and is my “dark horse” to make this squad.
2. The Atlanta Falcons after going through the “hoops” of securing a new stadium deal now has some insight into how it will look. 360 Architecture, the company in charge of designing the new stadium released some futuristic pictures of what the possible facility will look like. You can see those pictures here; http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2013/05/01/new-falcons-stadium-concepts-look-amazing/. It seems they are using some concepts from recently built stadiums like the New Cowboy Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis but want to add its own “flare” by possibly adding impact seating, the 100-Yard Bar, and the Fantasy Football Lounge, just to name a few.
3. Asante Samuel, the Falcons outspoken and confident corner recently chimed in on the Jason Collins situation. For those that may not know, Collins, an active NBA Player most recently for the Washington Wizards, announced to the world via article that he is homosexual. Samuel said in an interview with Fox Sports Radio via CBSSports.com that, “Straight people are not announcing they’re straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer.” He went on to say, “So that’s just how I see it, that’s my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don’t have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I’m saying, we have kids out here, too.” Now, here is the thing, as politically correct as Asante tried to sound, it sounded more passive-aggressive and the fact remained that he singled out a man for being able to speak about his sexual orientation. In the world we currently live in, if Collins was seen with a companion of the same sex engaging in romantic activity or gestures he would have been under media scrutiny and bombarded by people wanting to know every detail of his existence. At least Collins had some control over how the information was distributed but beyond that Samuel is downplaying the need for disclosure. It cannot be a great feeling to feel you have to hide who you are for the majority of your life.
Walker is a Weekend Producer and Atlanta Falcons Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. Follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21 or email him at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.