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LB Paull Worrilow is the signal-caller on defense

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow has gone from undrafted rookie to signal-caller on a NFL defense in a little over a year.

With Sean Weatherspoon out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Worrilow will be the unit’s signal-caller. He’ll have the green dot on his helmet.

Worrilow spent a lot of time in the weight room this offseason in an attempt to get stronger. He also reviewed the film on every snap from last season to see what worked for him and to analyze where he needs to make some adjustments.

“We want to come out with a lot more energy and make a statement that we are a lot tougher,” Worrilow said.

He is still able to pick Weatherspoon’s brain. While working with the training staff, Weatherspoon has been attending the linebacker meetings.

The Falcons have added some beef up front in defensive end Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai.

Worrilow believes that he will be free to make more plays in defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s scheme, which allows the linebacker search and flow to the football.

Calling the signals is not totally new for Worrilow. He called the signals in college at Delaware.

Worrilow, after being signed as an undrafted player, played a major role last season and led the team in tackles with 137 tackles.

Right now, he’s working inside with Joplo Bartu.

“We spend a lot of time with each other going over stuff and we try to push each other out on the field,” Worrilow said.


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WR 11 Julio Jones, 15 Courtney Roby, 89 Bernard Reedy, 18 Freddie Martino, 8 Jabin Sambrano

LT 72 Sam Baker, 76 Lamar Holmes, 74 Terren Jones

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 68 Gabe Carimi, 67 Adam Replogle

C 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 62 James Stone, 69 Harland Gunn

RG 75 Jon Asamoah, 69 Harland Gunn

RT 70 Jake Matthews, 79 Mike Johnson 73 Ryan Schrader

TE 80 Levine Toilolo, 86 Bear Pascoe, 82 Mickey Shuler, 81 Jacob Pedersen, 49 Brian Wozniak

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 14 Geraldo Boldewijn, 16 Julian Jones, 87 Tramaine Thompson, 7 Jeremy Ebert,

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 13 T.J. Yates, 12 Sean Renfree, 9 Jeff Mathews

RB 39 Steven Jackson, 32 Jacquizz Rodgers, 35 Antone Smith, 33 Devonta Freeman, 30 Josh Vaughan, 34 Jerome Smith

FB  42 Patrick DiMarco, 45 Maurice Hagens, 43 Roosevelt Nix

3-4 DEFENSIVE FRONT (We just have the two-deep so far)

LOLB – 71 Kroy Biermann, 49 Tyler Starr

LDE – 99 Tyson Jackson, 97 Peria Jerry

NT – 96 Paul Soliai, 92 Travian Robertson

RDE – 95 Jonathan Babineaux , 93 Malliciah Goodman

ROLB – 94 Jonathan Massaquoi , 50, Osi Umenyioria/90 Stansly Maponga

ILB – 59 Joplo Bartu, 53 Prince Shembo

ILB – 55 Paul Worrilow, 44 Pat Angerer


RE 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 50 Osi Umenyiora, 96 Jonathan Massaquoi, 90 Stansly Maponga

DT 99 Tyson Jackson, 97 Peria Jerry, 65 Donte Rumph

DT 96 Paul Soliai, 92 Travian Robertson, 98 Cliff Matthews, *91 Corey Peters

LE 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 49 Tyler Starr, 64 Nosa Equae

OLB 71 Kroy Biermann, 48 Brenden Daley, 45 Jacques Smith

MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 44 Pat Angerer, 52 Tim Dobbins, 54 Yawin Smallwood

OLB 59 Joplo Bartu, 53 Prince Shembo, 51 Marquis Spruill, 46 Walker May,


RCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Javier Arenas, 37 Ricardo Allen,

NB 26 Josh Wilson, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas, 41 Dezmen Southward

LCB 23 Robert Alford, 24 Jordan Mabin, 43 Devonta Glover-Wright

SS 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Kimario McFadden, 22 Zeke Motta

FS 20 Dwight Lowery, 41 Dezmen Southward, 29 Sean Baker


K 3 Matt Bryant, 6 Sergio Castillo

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 17 Devin Hester, 28 Javier Arenas, 14 Courtney Roby

PR  17 Devin Hester, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas

LS  47 Josh Harris

 H 5 Matt Bosher


Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

Monday, July 28                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Tuesday, July 29                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Wednesday, July 30                        Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Thursday, July 31                              Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Friday, August 1                              “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)

                                                            6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 2                          Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 3                             Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 4                           Combined Practice w/Tennessee  3-5:30 p.m.                                                (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 5                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Wednesday, August 6                    Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 7                         Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Friday, August 8                                Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                7:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Saturday, August 9                          Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)

 Sunday, August 10                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

 Monday, August 11                         Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

 Tuesday, August 12                         Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)

 Wednesday, August 13                 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Thursday, August 14                       Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Friday, August 15                             Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                        Falcons at Houston Texans

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

                                                                Break Camp


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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.