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(AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn’t expecting moves before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline.More than that, Quinn says he sees no need for the resurgent Falcons to seek help from a trade.The Falcons (3-4) return from their bye week looking to continue momentum from two straight wins as they prepare to play at Washington (5-2) on Sunday.“We really feel this team, where we’re at and how we can go and attack from here, we have the right men to do that,” Quinn said after Monday’s practice when asked about the trade deadline.That’s a strong vote of confidence from the coach of a team with six starters on injured reserve — including both safeties and both offensive guards.Quinn said he and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have discussed inquiries from other teams but haven’t found a trade to pursue. “Not at this point,” he said.Quinn and Dimitroff have been kept busy this season adjusting to the growing list of players lost with injuries.The latest challenge comes on the offensive line.Right guard Brandon Fusco suffered a broken right ankle in Atlanta’s win over the New York Giants on Oct. 22 and was placed on injured reserve last week. Fusco joined left guard Andy Levitre on IR. Levitre suffered a season-ending triceps injury in a Week 2 win over Carolina.Wes Schweitzer has filled in for Levitre. Another veteran with starting experience, Ben Garland, will move up this week to replace Fusco at right guard.Garland will face an immediate challenge against a Redskins defense that sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning seven times in Sunday’s 20-13 win .“I was very impressed with the stoutness of their inside three guys,” Quinn said, naming nose tackle Daron Payne and defensive ends Matt Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen. Ioannidis had 2 ½ sacks against the Giants.Garland, who started three games last season, has experience at both guard spots and even has seen spot duty at defensive tackle.“I’m confident playing left (guard),” Garland said. “I’m confident playing right. Center. It doesn’t matter. Tight end, fullback. Put me anywhere. I’m ready to go.”The Falcons added depth to the line by signing Rees Odhiambo and Austin Pasztor during their bye week. Pasztor, who can play either tackle position Youth Austin Hooper Jersey , played in seven games with Atlanta in 2017. Odhiambo, who will learn the offense while playing left guard, spent the last four weeks on the Colts practice squad.Fusco is Atlanta’s sixth player to be placed on IR this season, joining Levitre, safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, linebacker Deion Jones and running back Devonta Freeman . Jones, who must sit out at least two more games, and Freeman could return later this season.The bye week provided Quinn the rare opportunity to open a practice week without having to discuss a new injury. Instead, the news was positive.Placekicker Matt Bryant, who missed the Giants game with a hamstring injury, has not been ruled out for this week. More will be known about Bryant’s status later in the week. Giorgio Tavecchio was the only placekicker on the field in the portion of Monday’s practice open to reporters.“He’s making a turn for the better,” said Quinn of Bryant. “… The thing I was fired up about is he’s closer than he was last week by quite a bit.”Quinn said the bye week also came at a good time for wide receivers Mohamed Sanu (hip) and Calvin Ridley (ankle). “That’s the good news,” Quinn said, adding he was “hopeful we’ll be at full strength at receiver.” Hey Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s Throwback Thursday series. This weekly segment highlights a former Atlanta Falcons’ player and discusses what they did for the franchise. Whether you’ve been a fan since the inaugural season Stitched Deion Jones Jersey , or just became a fan recently, this series will give insight on players from the past. So let’s begin.Last week’s inaugural article was on middle linebacker Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle, and this week we will focus on another Falcons’ linebacker, Tommy Nobis. If you’re a newer fan, you likely have no idea who he is. The reason is because Nobis was technically the first ever Atlanta Falcon, as the Falcons selected him with the first overall selection in the 1966 NFL Draft. Nobis went to school at the University of Texas, where he’s still known as one of the greatest linebackers in college football history. Nobis finished his collegiate career as a two-time All American (1964-1965), three-time All-Southwest Conference honoree (1963-1965), Maxwell Award winner, and helped the Longhorns win their first national championship in 1963. His #60 is retired by The University of Texas, where he’s joined by Colt McCoy, Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, Bobby Layne, and Vince Young as the only Longhorns to have their jerseys retired by the school.In the 1966 NFL Draft Youth Deion Jones Jersey , the Atlanta Falcons selected Tommy Nobis with the first overall selection. Nobis was also selected in the AFL draft by his home state Houston Oilers, but decided to sign with the Falcons instead, officially becoming the first member of the new franchise. This is where he gained his nickname, “Mr. Falcon.” In his first season, Nobis went on to make the Pro Bowl and be selected as the NFL’s Rookie of the Year. In that season, Nobis made an immediate impact as he was named Rookie of the Year and voted to the Pro Bowl after setting a franchise record with 296 total tackles. In his 11-year NFL career, Nobis went to five Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro selection twice, and was chosen for the NFL’s “All-Decade Team” for the 1960s. Tommy Nobis retired following the 1976 season, and was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. In 2004, “Mr. Falcon” joined quarterback Steve Bartkowski, running back William Andrews, and middle linebacker Jessie Tuggle as an inaugural member of the Falcons Ring of Honor. His jersey #60 is also one of four numbers currently retired by the Atlanta Falcons. More importantly, The Tommy Nobis Center has helped more than 25,000 people with disabilities find and keep meaningful jobs in the community for more than 40 years. Sadly Stitched Keanu Neal Jersey , Tommy Nobis passed away on December 13, 2017 at the age 74. I will admit, I’m not old enough to have seen Tommy Nobis play, but I’m fully aware of the impact he had on the Atlanta Falcons organization. From his success on the field, to the humanitarian he was off it, Tommy Nobis definitely earned the “Mr. Falcon” nickname. Nobis is another addition to the list of former players currently snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will hopefully change one day.Well, that’s all for today’s Throwback Thursday. Share some of your favorite memories of Tommy Nobis aka Mr. Falcon below. As always, you can find me on Twitter @EvanBirchfield. Thanks for reading, Falcoholic’s.
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