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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:16:41 -0700
Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora will be used as a designated pass rusher this season, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:10:49 -0700
Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora has shown a lot of speed during pass-rush during training camp, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure, and has dropped back in pass coverage on occasion.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:12:25 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said DE Osi Umenyiora will be the designated pass-rusher in their defense. Umenyiora has dropped 10 pounds to 250 pounds for this season. "I hope (his regular-season reps) are a lot. That means they're throwing a lot and that means we're in the lead," Smith said. "In a 60-play game, you're looking somewhere in between 25 to 35 (snaps.) He'll be fresh. I think it will be a very good thing. And I think at the end of last season, when we put him in as a defensive pass-rusher and that's all he was doing and his number of snaps went down, I thought he was much more productive."
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:22:20 -0700
Atlanta Falcons DEs Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann will be back with the team in 2014 without having to restructure their contracts. The team originally wanted Umenyiora to take a pay cut but backed off when they saw how he was mentoring younger players.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:12:07 -0800
The New York Giants could have interest in Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora if he is released by the Falcons this offseason. Umenyiora would consider returning to the Giants if he becomes a free agent.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:31:25 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons want DE Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut. Umenyiora is scheduled to make $3.5 million in 2014.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:12:04 -0800
Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora is likely to return to the team for the 2014 season, despite his $4.5 million salary for the upcoming year. Falcons head coach Mike Smith lauded Umenyiora's work on an off the field, saying he did an "outstanding job" as a player and mentor. Smith added that while he "never would say never," he looks forward to continuing to work with the veteran pass rusher.
Fantasy Tip: Atlanta desperately needs pass-rushing threats, so this is a logical move on their part. Even still, the Falcons are a ways off from being a reliable fantasy defense.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:15:58 -0800
Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora wants to remain with the team next season. "I would love to stay, and I think I am," Umenyiora said. "But you really never know what's going to happen." He'll count $4.75 million against the salary cap in 2014 after leading the team with 7.5 sacks in 2013. Umenyiora is also due a $1 million roster bonus in mid-March, and releasing him would save the team $3.5 million against the cap. He wouldn't say if he'd be willing to take a pay cut.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:59:17 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons could consider releasing CB Asante Samuel, FS Thomas DeCoud, RB Steven Jackson, LB Stephen Nicholas and DE Osi Umenyiora this offseason to create some salary cap space.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:00:30 -0800
Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora played just 27 snaps in a reserve role in Week 15 against the Washington Redskins, working as a designated pass rusher. DE Jonathan Massaquoi started in Umenyiora's usual spot. Head coach Mike Smith is trying to keep Umenyiora fresh, and after a meeting with head coach Mike Smith, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan indicated Tuesday, Dec. 17, that the veteran was content with the move. "I thought he did an outstanding job in the game when he did go in," Nolan said. "He was fresher. He was better prepared for the third down because of that. You know, when you play every down, it can wear on you."
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