breaking news

Congress ends 3-day government shutdown

Falcons say they’ve got handle on new Broncos QB Siemian


The Falcons don’t’ have much video to review of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian, a first-year starter, but coach Dan Quinn said he believes they’ve seen enough of him to know what to expect.

“(It’s) not a bigger challenge than normal when you’ve gone through four games and the preseason,” Quinn said. “You know the experience and you’ve seen the routes. We are preparing for the scheme. (Siemian is) a very accurate player in terms of the discipline that he has. You’ve seen the connection on the deep balls already. We’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

Siemian suffered a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury against the Buccaneers on Sunday. He told reporters he could have re-entered the game if necessary. Coach Gary Kubiak said Siemian is day-to-day and could play against the Falcons without practicing this week.

Rookie Paxton Lynch replaced Siemian against the Buccaneers.

“Who plays? I don’t’ know,” Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith said. “We’ll prepare for both. Their system isn’t going to change.”

Smith, who coached Broncos linebackers from 2011-2014, said ex-QB coach and coordinator Kubiak does a “wonderful job” preparing quarterbacks. He said the Broncos have simplified their offense since Peyton Manning retired after last season.

Siemian’s only action during the 2015 season was to kneel the ball for one play. When experienced Broncos backup Brock Osweiler departed to sign with Houston, the team went with Siemian as the starter.

In three starts plus 20 snaps against the Bucs Siemian is 68 for 101 (67.3 percent) for 824 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions. Pro Football Focus rates him as the No. 20 quarterback in the league.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Falcons

Falcons want to re-sign Poe, Clayborn and Bryant 
Falcons want to re-sign Poe, Clayborn and Bryant 

Normally, in general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s regime, the Falcons have tried to re-sign their players late in the regular season in order to keep them from becoming unrestricted free agents. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe and defensive end Adrian Clayborn are set to become unrestricted free agents if the Falcons can’t reach new deals before...
Q&A: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff discusses the team’s offseason plans  
Q&A: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff discusses the team’s offseason plans  

After the Falcons’ end-of-season press conference last week, general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed the team’s offseason plan with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here’s what Dimitroff had to say:  Q. With the Senior Bowl coming up and then free agency, what are the Falcons’ offseason plans other than extending Matt...
Knapp named new Falcons’ quarterback coach 
Knapp named new Falcons’ quarterback coach 

Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was officially named the team’s quarterbacks coach on Monday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the hiring on Sunday. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with Michael Vick at quarterback...
Players from around state set for Senior Bowl 
Players from around state set for Senior Bowl 

Georgia will be well-represented when players arrive for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Monday. All 32 NFL teams will be on hand for the practices that start on Tuesday. The all-star exhibition college football game, which has some of the top draft prospects, will be played at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “Our focus right...
Greg Knapp to be named Falcons’ QB coach
Greg Knapp to be named Falcons’ QB coach

Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is set to be named the team’s quarterbacks coach, a person familiar with the search told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with Michael Vick at quarterback...
More Stories