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Asante Samuel

Asante Samuel - #22 - CB

Status Active
Height/Weight 5' 10"/ 185 lbs.
Birthday 01/06/1981
Birthplace Fort Lauderdale, FL
College UCF
Years played 11
Drafted 2003, 4th round, 23rd pick by Patriots

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
36 0 5

Week Eight primer: Falcons-Eagles a game in contrasts

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 7:06 p.m. ET
Here are the top 15 story lines for Week Eight as we approach the midpoint of the season.

NFC South Spin cycle: Panthers are in disarray

Posted Oct. 22, 2012 @ 2:05 p.m. ET
The Saints beat the Bucs, and the Panthers are still a mess, as most of the NFC South came up short with the Falcons on bye.

Run defense under Falcons' microscope during bye

Posted Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:56 p.m. ET
The Falcons anticipated there would be a drop-off vs. the run, but it's an area the team is focused on improving.

Falcons' Turner wrestles with signs of decline

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 8:14 p.m. ET
Michael Turner expressed his frustration with the team’s running game after he rushed only 11 times in Atlanta’s win over the Raiders.

NFC South Spin cycle: Freeman roller coaster continues

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
With the Panthers and Saints on bye, the NFC South went 2-0 vs. the AFC West on Sunday.

Bryant's game-winner keeps Falcons undefeated

Posted Oct. 14, 2012 @ 4:25 p.m. ET
Roddy White caught a TD pass and Matt Bryant kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks as the Falcons remained unbeaten.

Power rankings: Watt keeps Texans in top spot

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 10:18 a.m. ET
J.J. Watt had another big game as the Texans avoided an upset in Week Five to remain 5-0 and No. 1 in PFW's Power Rankings.

NFC South Spin cycle: Week Five

Posted Oct. 08, 2012 @ 1:02 p.m. ET
The Falcons are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, and the Saints finally have a victory, but the Panthers continued their downward spiral.

Falcons still unbeaten after win over 'Skins

Posted Oct. 07, 2012 @ 4:43 p.m. ET
Michael Turner ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:46 to play in a 24-17 win over the Redskins.

Knowledge, experience paying off for Falcons QB Ryan

Posted Oct. 04, 2012 @ 11:51 p.m. ET
Theories explaining Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s outstanding start to the season are in abundance, and don't overlook the role intangibles have played.

Key matchup: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III vs. Falcons defense

Posted Oct. 03, 2012 @ 4:40 p.m. ET
The Falcons' defense will have its hands full with another dual-threat quarterback after struggling against Cam Newton in Week Four.

Power rankings: Cardinals fly up the ranks

Posted Oct. 02, 2012 @ 10:46 a.m. ET
The undefeated Cardinals moved up in this week's edition of the PFW Power Rankings, but they still sit behind fellow undefeateds the Texans and Falcons.

NFC South Spin cycle: Week Four

Posted Oct. 01, 2012 @ 1:11 p.m. ET
For the second week in a row, the Falcons are the only NFC South team celebrating a victory on Monday.

Bryant field goal lifts Falcons past Panthers

Posted Sept. 30, 2012 @ 5:22 p.m. ET
Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and Matt Bryant added three field goals as the Falcons rallied past the Panthers, 30-28.

McClure says Falcons need to make defenses respect run

Posted Sept. 27, 2012 @ 10:22 p.m. ET
The Falcons are in a somewhat unfamiliar position with their running game ranked 25th in the league heading into Week Four.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Nov. 30, 2012
Samuel was active and started for the Falcons on Sunday against Carolina after being listed as questionable.||||||| Samuel aggravated a right shoulder injury against the Saints last week.
Posted Nov. 18, 2012
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and Samuel have returned to practice in a limited role on Friday for the Atlanta Falcons.||||||| Samuel is nursing a sore shoulder. He and Jerry were injured in last week's home win over Arizona.
Posted Oct. 15, 2012
Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes and Matt Bryant connected on a 55-yard field goal with 1 second remaining, allowing the Falcons to escape with a sloppy 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.||||||| Including the postseason, Samuel leads the NFL with 45 INTs since 2006.
Posted Sept. 06, 2012
Samuel says he doesn't care if he starts at cornerback Sunday against Kansas City.||||||| With the Falcons, the label of being a starting cornerback is somewhat less relevant. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is likely to use more schemes with three cornerbacks and two linebackers than he deploys in the base 4-3 scheme.
Posted April 25, 2012
A person familiar with the deal says the Falcons have acquired four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the deal has not been announced.||||||| The trade was made after Samuel agreed to restructure his contract to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with Atlanta. His current contract with Philadelphia calls for him to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.

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