Report: DiMarco to Buffalo

NFL media is reporting that former Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco has signed with the Buffalo Bills. 

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Report: DiMarco to Buffalo

FLOWERY BRANCH — NFL Media is reporting that former Falcons pull back Patrick DiMarco has signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. 

The deal is worth 8.5 million with 4 million guaranteed.

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Forrest Lamp to meet with Falcons tonight

INDIANAPOLIS — Western Kentucky offensive tackle Forrest Lamp is set to have a formal meeting with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

He lifted 225 pounds 34 times and is projected as the second rated guard in the draft.

He had a stellar performance against Alabama that NFL scouts  are raving about. 

Lamp said he could play in the Falcons’ outside zone blocking scheme. 

Forrest Lamp. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter)

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Falcons to let Babineaux enter free agency

INDIANAPOLIS — Falcons longtime defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will be allowed to become an unrestricted free agent after 12 years of service, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Wednesday. 

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Jess Simpson to join Falcons’ coaching taff

FLOWERY BRANCH — Former high school coaching legend Jess Simpson, is set to leave Georgia State and join the Falcons.

The terms of the deal are being finalized. 

Simpson, Georgia State’s defensive line coach, was the former Buford High School head coach.

Simpson spent over 20 years at Buford as an assistant and head coach. He was part of 10 of the school’s state championships, seven as a head coach and three as an assistant.

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5 things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday 

Matt Ryan on the move against Arizona. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)


FLOWERY BRANCH —  The Falcons (7-4) are set to face the rugged Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. 

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday:

1. Practice. The Falcons return to practice at 1:50 p.m. and will start installing their game plan for the Chiefs. 

2. Ryan’s corner. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will speak to the media after practice. The offense is on pace to set a franchise record for most points in a season with 521.

3. Defensive plan. Defensive coordinator Richard Smith will discuss how the unit plans to move forward without Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant (torn pectoral surgery) and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (knee surgery), who can make it back by the final game and any potential playoff game(s). 

4. Roster moves. The Atlanta Falcons have signed center Trevor Robinson and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to the active roster. The team has also signed offensive lineman Kevin Graf to the practice squad. In order to make these moves, the Falcons waived punter Matt Wile and placed Trufant on injured reserve.

5. Turnover Kings. The Chiefs are powered by their marauding defense. They lead the league in turnover differential with a plus-14. Former Georgia standout Justin Houston has returned to form. Eric Berry (Creekside High) is laying clean big-hits on folks and Ramik Wilson, who also played at Georgia, is playing well at inside linebacker. Cornerback Marcus Peters (five interceptions, three fumble recoveries) is chief ball-hawker. Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli drafted Houston. 

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Are you ready for Michael Vick: A football life? 

010923 ATLANTA:– Falcons quarterback Michael Vick runs for yardage during 1st half action against the Panthers in the Georgia Dome on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001. (CURTIS COMPTON/staff)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The NFL Network will air “Michael Vick: A Football Life” following the Atlanta Falcons-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Thursday Night Football.

It’s been nine years and seven months since the federal dog-fighting investigation rocked the franchise and robbed it of the dynamic quarterback, who was sent to prison. 

I hope the address why he lied to Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the team at the outset of the investigation when they could have possibly saved him from prison.

“I hope to be remembered as a guy who went through some difficulties but understood what it took to get back on top,” Vick said. “I have to continue to do my work and continue to help make change.” 

Michael Vick: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Michael Vick

Kijafa Vick – Michael’s wife

Dan Reeves – Former Falcons head coach

Jim Mora – Former Falcons head coach

Andy Reid – Former Eagles head coach

Tony Dungy – Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach & mentor

Mike Tomlin – Steelers head coach

Frank Beamer – Former Virginia Tech head coach

Alge Crumpler – Falcons teammate

Jeffrey Lurie – Eagles owner

Kynan Forney – Falcons teammate

Ingrid Newkirk – PETA president

Henry Hudson – U.S. District Judge

Notable missing from the list of subjects are any Atlanta Falcons officials, Keion Carpenter, who played with Vick at Virginia Tech and Atlanta, NFL Network reporter Steve Wyche, who was the beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution during the 2007 season and someone from the American Human Society, which helped construct the case against Vick and the Bad Newz Kennel crew. 

I covered the legal proceedings from Virginia during that bizarre season and know way too much about dog-fighting. 

Provided below are some select quotes from Michael Vick: A Football Life:

– “When you make a mistake, you have to live with the consequences. I think he’ll be remembered as the person who was involved in dogfighting. That’s never going to be forgotten.” – Tony Dungy

– “Virginia Tech – I had never seen them on TV, never seen them in a bowl game. I felt like what Donovan [McNabb] had built at Syracuse was what Donovan had built. I was saying to myself this is an opportunity for me to leave a legacy.” – Michael Vick

 – “Michael had a group of guys that he grew up with and they consistently stayed around him. We had a great bond on the field. We had a great bond in the locker room. But we weren’t going to dinners and eating out as teammates. Those things just weren’t happening.” – Alge Crumpler

– “He’s paid as large a price as anyone could ever pay for what he did, and he’d probably be the first one to tell you he deserved to pay that price. But he’s earned my trust.” – Jim Mora

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