breaking news

Severe storms plow through metro Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons Blog

Atlanta Falcons blog by D. Orlando Ledbetter, the pro football and Atlanta Falcons reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

5 things we learned from special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong has to start over from scratch every season.

He doesn’t have the luxury of  Matt Ryan returning to play his 10th season in the league. Special teamers come and go and are replaced annually.

So, Armstrong is the authority on the rookie class, because he has to study the bottom of the roster and the newcomers with a keen football eye.

Here are the five things we learned from Armstrong on Tuesday during his discussion with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

1. Hill is impressive. He likes running back Brian Hill and will look at him as a kickoff returner.

2. Turbo switching lanes. He’s staying up late thinking about wide receiver Taylor Gabriel breaking loose on punt returns.

3. Roberts a commodity. There’s a large group of players he’s looking at to replace returner Eric Weems, but Andre Roberts, who was signed from the Lions in free agency, has the best resume.

4. Keep an eye Burton. Armstrong mentioned former Kansas State wide receiver Deante Burton, former South Carolina linebacker Darius English, former Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace and wide receiver Anthony Dable (who’s from France with no college experience) as players to watch.

5. Kicking game. Former Iowa kicker Mike Meyer is being watched closely. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who hasn’t shown any signs of slippage, turned 42 on Sunday.


MUST READ PROFILE: Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

2017 Falcons report card: Falcons earn a B-plus

NFC Champs add a pass rusher, quality depth 

1st rounder: Meet defensive end Takkarist McKinley

3rd rounder: Meet linebacker Duke Riley

4th rounder: Meet offensive guard Sean Harlow

5th rounder: Meet defensive back Damontae Kazee

5th rounder: Meet running back Brian Hill

5th rounder: Meet tight end Eric Saubert



Reader Comments ...

About the Author

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