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Falcons Add WR Courtney Roby
June 27th, 2014
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As first reported by FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, the Atlanta Falcons have announced that they have signed free agent wide receiver Courtney Roby. Roby most recently played for the New Orleans Saints (2008-12), where he primarily played on special teams.

Roby, 31, originally was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft and played two seasons with them before being released. His most productive season as a wide receiver came as a rookie when he caught 21 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown. He was also the team’s primary kickoff returner that season, averaging 22.5 yards on 22 returns. He was cut in 2007, and briefly spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and 2008 before signing on with the Saints midway through the ’08 season. Over the next three seasons, Roby only caught two passes for 17 yards with the Saints but averaged 25.6 yards on 94 kickoff returns with one returned for a touchdown in 2009. In 2011, he stopped being the team’s kickoff return specialist and was just primarily a specialist on cover teams. He would earn the distinction as the team’s special teams captain in 2011. He was cut by the Saints prior to the 2013 season and has been out of football since. Roby did work out for the Falcons at the start of last season when the Falcons were exploring depth options with an injured Roddy White.

Roby likely will push for a reserve spot at wide receiver, possibly as a direct challenge to Drew Davis, who serves as one of the team’s gunners on punt coverage. Roby led the Saints in special teams tackles in 2012 with 11, and was among their top performers from 2009 to 2011 with 31 combined tackles. Over the past two years, Davis has combined for 12 special teams tackles.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcons Add WR Courtney Roby
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:25 am 
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He's no Robiskie!


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He could be Peerless though.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcons Add WR Courtney Roby
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Probably only added because of Drew Davis's injury.

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He's no Robiskie!

Robyski....didn't he kill Christ or was it JFK?

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 Post subject: Re: Falcons Add WR Courtney Roby
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His best year was 2005 when he caught 21passes??

So I guess we're looking for old folks who can't get open??

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I believe that the front office dropped the ball on WR and TE this off-season. I believe that we could have addressed our issues at WR in the draft with a mid round pick. I don't think that we could have done much about TE, but there was plenty of room to do something about WR without a huge investment.


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RobertAP wrote:
I believe that the front office dropped the ball on WR and TE this off-season. I believe that we could have addressed our issues at WR in the draft with a mid round pick. I don't think that we could have done much about TE, but there was plenty of room to do something about WR without a huge investment.


We had a lot of holes to fill. Still do. Can't do it all in one draft.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:43 am 
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AngryJohnny51 wrote:
RobertAP wrote:
I believe that the front office dropped the ball on WR and TE this off-season. I believe that we could have addressed our issues at WR in the draft with a mid round pick. I don't think that we could have done much about TE, but there was plenty of room to do something about WR without a huge investment.


We had a lot of holes to fill. Still do. Can't do it all in one draft.



really? I know usually getting a late round pick never or rarely ever develops into anything other then camp bodies, teams or possibly depth.

that being said, we signed an UDFA QB from Cornell that will never, ever see the field. The packers got Janis in the seventh round. we could have picked Kevin Norwood out of Bama that runs the closest thing to an NFL type offense.If Seattle had passed on him , we could have got him in the 5th. We could have picked Kevin Reese out of Baylor. Chargers got him in the 7th.

I know they don't have NFL experience, but I would have chosen them over Roby.

instead, we got two UDFA WR from Toledo and North Carolina school for the Arts.

We used our 5th and last to 7's on Linebackers. I would have used that last 7th on at least a TE/WR project. Or, I would have found a better UDFA acquisition.

but we picked a diminutive QB prospect as an UDFA? then we turned around and signed a competent backup.... you don't have to do,it 'all ' in one draft, but things like this make me scratch my head..... :whistle:

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I know usually getting a late round pick never or rarely ever develops into anything other then camp bodies, teams or possibly depth


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We used our 5th and last to 7's on Linebackers. I would have used that last 7th on at least a TE/WR project


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So, you're just complaining because they didn't pick who YOU thought they should? When they fire TD and or Smitty, have your resume dusted off and fax it in to Blank. You are obviously the man for the job. How could TD/Smitty be so stupid?


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I know usually getting a late round pick never or rarely ever develops into anything other then camp bodies, teams or possibly depth


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We used our 5th and last to 7's on Linebackers. I would have used that last 7th on at least a TE/WR project


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So, you're just complaining because they didn't pick who YOU thought they should? When they fire TD and or Smitty, have your resume dusted off and fax it in to Blank. You are obviously the man for the job. How could TD/Smitty be so stupid?



nice strawman :wink:

I just don't understand it ( why I called it head scratching ). That is :wink: not 'complaining'.

I said the 'best we could hope for is one of these late pick/UDFA guys does what Worrilow/Bartu did last year, and that the 'worst' we could hope for is we get 'depth'. Umm, since we lost Roddy AND Julio last year, where was our 'depth'? Okay, Harry D put up 'numbers', I'll give you that. Other then that? Drew Davis? Robiskie? Wouldn't you have liked ONE more piece in round 7? Look around the league and see what the other teams are doing.


with our 9th pick we chose 'sunshine' here at OLB:


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considering how important TG was in our scheme, and the injuries last year, it would have been wise to roll with two LB's and one WR/TE with our last three picks. Like last year, we had no depth at QB. This season we do. Just because Ryan did not go down last season, that doesn't mean the decision to carry no depth was 'wise'. It was 'gambling', and Ryan manned up, but it still doesn't make it 'smart'. And 'appeal to authority' type rebuttals are silly. :naughty:

We better hope Roddy and Julio don't get dinged up again, or that hot seat will become and ejector seat!

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Umm, since we lost Roddy AND Julio last year, where was our 'depth'?


Lots of holes my friend. Depth at one spot or depth at another? It can't be done in one season. No one can predict what position is going to get hit with injuries and what position isn't.

Pray Roddy and Julio stay healthy. As for Ryan, name some teams who have two legit number ones? Like the old saying goes, "if you have 2 starting quarterbacks you have none."

The Falcons addressed major needs. The lines had to take priority over everything. Kudos to them for not taking shiny hood ornaments and getting some blue collar fat bodies.


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 Post subject: Re: Falcons Add WR Courtney Roby
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AngryJohnny51 wrote:
The Falcons addressed major needs. The lines had to take priority over everything. Kudos to them for not taking shiny hood ornaments and getting some blue collar fat bodies.

The problem is, we drafted exactly two linemen. We drafted FOUR linebackers. We could have used any one of those picks on a tall WR with speed, and I wouldn't be here complaining about it. How many of those four LB's will be on the roster this year?


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The Falcons addressed major needs. .



not so much :whistle:

too bad were not 'smaht' like TD

Im sure the guy from DeVry we took as an UDFA is gonna ball out like Worrilow, or BartuD2

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your last pick and you go Biermann with a ponytail? 4 linebackers? I mean, 2nd round and we go with a DT/End 'project? not a pass rusher? like we needed depth at DT? we could not get some O depth there? * OR..a prototypical DE? (Not clownshoes )

naw, aint buyin it. I mean is this not an indication that all the other guys ( Massy,Beerman, etc) suck? We have to 'spend' ALL of the later draft on defensive guys ? Or is 'this the year' they turn it 'on'?okay, I get that. Another 'gamble'. which makes more sense: they think Hageman is going to be an impact player, or, they 'fell in love' with him at the Senior Bowl? the guy may not even play that many snaps!

c;mon yall be reasonable. Does this not smell funny to you? :ninja:

Now lets have Pudge come in here, and tell us that guys have to 'have' 3 years experience, blah blah. :mrgreen:

bull-hockey...How can that be the case? Here we have two rookies from our last draft at CB. and we 'could' pick up a CB on the heap, right? but we get CB 'depth' while we don't have a pass rusher? and then we address that with one of the Allman Brothers?


if Roddy goes down, we got HD. HD is not a guy who can command 'double teams'. he cannot 'stretch the seam'...But no worries, we have Roby! Whoot!


and, I thought we got Hester for his 'return' ability? do you think he could even be used in the slot? for real?

If Julio goes down, Devin Hester? Does anyone here think he could be the 'answer' if ScrewFoot goes down? or who else? Darius Johnson? Didn't he make one basket catch and then disappeared?

IMO, we needed not to get another longhaired white guy as an 'outside rusher'. I don't care about his 'combine numbers'. he is not going to get it done, where a decent blocking TE or a late round FA WR would be....a much wiser choice.

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Smallwood, a 6-foot-2, 246 pound inside linebacker, is a traditional inside backer who is a run defender, but struggles in coverage. Smallwood has excellent size for an inside linebacker and plays the position well using his eyes and instincts to find the football and lay a bone-jarring hit.

Smallwood does not have elite athleticism by any means and struggles in coverage because of this. His lateral movement skills are quite weak, and he allows backs and receivers to get over-the-top on him too easily leading to a big gain for the offense. He also needs to become a much more consistent tackler overall and must work on his tackling technique to properly wrap up ball carriers at the next level.

Smallwood does have the pedigree as a three-year starter for the University of Connecticut and is a respected captain who plays with leadership and is not afraid to voice his opinion. He is very smart and has a high football IQ to diagnose plays before they happen.

Smallwood is in-line to work into the rotation this season with the starting unit, but he will have to earn his job as the team’s starting inside linebacker. Atlanta has numerous in-house options with fellow rookie LB Marquis Spruill and veteran LB Tim Dobbins also battling for the job."



there is a reason everyone is picking us to be 3rd in the division and 24th in the league..



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 Post subject: Re: Falcons Add WR Courtney Roby
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C'mon fun gus, we draft for need. And we needed four career backups at linebacker. Why would we ever use a late-round pick on a player with legit starting upside? 8-)

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