Derek Snyder

Derek Snyder

Derek recently covered the Atlanta Falcons for FanSided's NFL Spin Zone from June 2017 to September 2018.
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Can the Falcons rebound from a 1-4 start?

This has definitely been a disappointing start to the Atlanta Falcons 2018 season; there’s really no arguing that. After only one win over the course of their first five games, the DirtyBirds might have already played themselves out of NFC Playoff contention. However, it does look like their schedule might finally start helping them out

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For the Braves offense, the time is now or never

I think we all knew the Braves inexperienced lineup – regarding postseason baseball – would need a few innings to get adjusted to the bright lights of October; however, I don’t believe any of us knew Atlanta would struggle this badly at the plate through two games in the NLDS. After losing 6-0 in Game

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Atlanta Braves: Newcomb faces biggest moment of young career

The Atlanta Braves made a surprising decision on Saturday evening, as they announced left-handed pitcher, Sean Newcomb, will get the ball versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night in Game 3. Braves manager, Brian Snitker, had originally declared right-hander, Kevin Gausman, would start the game for Atlanta, but it seems as though the potential

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Atlanta Braves: 3 Keys to winning the NLDS

BRAVES’ PITCHING STAFF HAS TO BE LIGHTS-OUT For the Braves to stay competitive in this NLDS versus the Dodgers, their entire pitching staff has to be on their “A-game”. Los Angeles led the National League in runs-scored, home runs, runs-batted-in, and slugging percentage in 2018. This Dodgers lineup doesn’t have a weak spot and will

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Braves’ fears come true, Swanson tears ligament in hand

Just a few days after clinching the NL East title for the first time in five years, we’ve learned that Braves shortstop, Dansby Swanson, has a partially torn ligament in his left hand. Needless to say, this is awful news considering Atlanta begins postseason play late next week. Technically, the Braves haven’t ruled him out

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Atlanta Falcons: Next two games are critical for playoff hopes

Heading into the 2018 regular season, the sky was the limit for this talented Atlanta Falcons team. With Mercedes-Benz Stadium landing Super Bowl 53, it definitely looked like the Dirty Birds had a great opportunity to be the first NFL team to play in the big game – on their home turf. Nevertheless, after three,

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Falcons: What are expectations for Calvin Ridley moving forward?

The Falcons loss to the Saints on Sunday afternoon still stings, but Calvin Ridley’s dominating performance has everyone looking forward to what is, hopefully, the beginning of a long and successful career in Atlanta. After putting up 146 receiving yards on 7 receptions for 3 highly-impressive touchdowns this past Sunday against New Orleans, the expectations

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3 Overreactions to Falcons loss versus Saints

THE FALCONS PLAYOFF HOPES OVER I know the loss to New Orleans hurts, especially knowing free safety Ricardo Allen got hurt and will miss the entire season thanks to a torn achilles, but that doesn’t mean the Falcons are out of the playoff hunt just yet. Before Atlanta faces the Saints again, this time on

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Falcons Versus Panthers: 3 Overreactions

STEVE SARKISIAN HAS FIGURED OUT THE FALCONS OFFENSE As much as I want to believe the above statement to be true, I’m not sold just yet. I will give Steve Sarkisian credit for his play-calling on Sunday vs the Panthers, but we need to see that in multiple weeks before we start declaring that he’s

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Tevin Coleman electrifies in “Next Man Up” role

The Atlanta Falcons headed into their Week 2 match-up against the Carolina Panthers with a lot on the line. Not only did they lose Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and Devonta Freeman the week prior, the Dirty Birds were facing a very tough Carolina Panthers defense – just one week after struggling on offense against the

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