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Butler County Community College

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Troy University

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Jonathan Massaquoi

A Lawrenceville, GA native (and graduate of Central Gwinnett High School) Jonathan enters his 4th season in the National Football League, his first three seasons with his hometown Atlanta Falcons. Massaquoi attened Troy University in Alabama before being selected in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Falcons. Since his rookie season, Jonathan has strived to be as engaged as possible in the Atlanta community, and values giving back as much as he can to the city that built him into the man he is today. Jonathan served as the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 representative for the Falcons; a league-wide initiative that encourages children to be active and play at least 60 minutes a day. During the 2013 season, Massaquoi was named the Atlanta Falcons Community All-Star and Man of the Year finalist. He looks forward to continuing his NFL career with the Tennesee Titans, and continuing to be heavily engaged with the Atlanta community.


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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, is tackled by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Falcons defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi takes the field to play the Titans in their NFL exhibition game on Sunday, August 23, 2014, in Atlanta.


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Prior to arriving at Troy, Massaquoi played two seasons at Butler County (Kan.) Community College, leading the team to the NJCAA Championship. Including the 2009 season at Butler College, Massaquoi played in 36 college games, registering 224 tackles (135 solos) with 37.5 sacks for minus 242 yards, 68.0 tackles for loss, 21 QB pressures, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, four passes defensed and a blocked kick.
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State Farm Player of the Week: Jonathan Massaquoi
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Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews are expected to carve out bigger roles.

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Massaquoi will have most of the attention, as he has good athleticism and burst to be an effective pass rusher off the edge and could push for time behind either starter.
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Falcons may have big plans for Jonathan Massaquoi in 2013
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A big part of the Falcons plan moving forward may rest in hoping that Jonathan Massaquoi develops into this type of player.
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While the Falcons do have nice backup options in Cliff Matthews and Massaquoi eagerly waiting for extended reps in 2013, it may be hard for the Falcons to justify letting a good pass rusher like Sidbury walk given their issues in that area.
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More than likely, Edwards' release will lead to increased reps for Lawrence Sidbury, as well as Cliff Matthews and rookie Jonathan Massaquoi.
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Both Matthews and Massaquoi have been inactive for the majority of Falcons games this season.
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But I think the battle between Jonathan Massaquoi and Matthews has been that close, that I don't think the team wants to part with either.
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Categories: FalcBlogTags: free agency, Hope, James, Massaquoi, Matthews, Mitchell, Owens, practice squad, roster, Schillinger, Walker
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At end, one of the big battles will come in the competition between Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews for the fifth defensive end spot.
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It's not impossible that the Falcons may opt to carry six defensive ends, particularly if they try and work either Massaquoi or Matthews at outside linebacker.
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Massaquoi has the edge given that he has a bit higher upside as a pass rusher.
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When the Falcons employ their 4-3 set, on the opposite side of the field from Werner, the team has used both Lawrence Sidbury and Jonathan Massaquoi in a rotation.
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The Falcons announced that their sixth and final draft pick defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi came to terms with a deal. The Falcons are among several teams that now have all of their draft picks in the fold. Exact terms of Massaquoi's deal are not known, but it is four-year deal with a signing bonus of around $150,000. Massaquoi was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Troy. He is expected to compete for and potentially add depth at defensive end.
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Scouting Report: Jonathan Massaquoi
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Jonathan Massaquoi
I wanted to get this up sooner, but I finally gone back and looked at tape of the Falcons newest fifth round pick on the defensive side of the ball. Massaquoi was a player that first came to my attention in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl, where he utterly dominated Ohio's offensive line to have 8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in that game. From that game he looked like he had the potential to be a stud pass rusher at the next level.
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I think part of hte reason why Massaquoi shined in 2010 vs. Ohio was because he was much lighter than he was in 2011. He was listed at 252 back in 2010, but appeared to play much closer to 260-265 range as a junior in 2011. That additional weight seemed to make him lose a step. While he does have decent burst, it didn't look good enough where he was going to really beat starting-calber NFL tackles with it. The hope for the Falcons is that the burst can return once he gets a bit more used to playing at the additional weight.
Another reason is that Troy's defense doesn't really take full advantage of Massaquoi's skillset. He plays left defensive end in their defense, and too often I saw him lined up in a 5-technique or over the tackle. Forcing him to use his hands rather than his speed. His hands are by far his weakest aspect. But he still managed to be productive in the four games I saw when he was able to pin his ears back and get after the quarterback. But a lot of his pressures came from him being able to time snaps very well rather than him being able to simply win with his burst alone.
Overall, Massaquoi reminds me a lot of Lawrence Sidbury.
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Massaquoi and Sidbury's burst are similar, and like Sidbury I think Massaquoi can be a very good situational/rotational player. But he'll likley be very limited in a starter's role because of his lack of size and the fact that he doesn't have the burst to really be a force off the edge.
And thusly, like Sidbury, I don't see Massaquoi doing a whole lot his rookie season. And may not be a guy that will contribute until his third year. Unless he can add strength and learn how to use his hands better, it's hard to see Massaquoi doing much more. One thing I did like about him that could be developed is his bull rush. He could at times get his hands inside and jolt tackles off the ball. He still hasn't quite mastered the ability to lock on and drive the blocker into the backfield, but that can come in time.
Overall, I believe Massaquoi is a nice depth option for the Falcons that can be developed to help out the rotation in time. His potential to play in coverage might be a little better than the Falcons current group of edge rushers, but it's probably not a skillset that will be developed to any high degree.


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On the first sack, Jonathan Massaquoi was coming from left defensive end and was unblocked as the Bucs slid their protection to the left to account for Jonathan Babineaux and Osi Umenyiora.

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"Sacks are always great," Massaquoi said. "It was just guys running around. Guys playing with fire on their (butt) and ready to go after the quarterback. It was great.
In addition to the three sacks, the 12 hurries were provided by Umenyiora (3), linebaker Paul Worrilow (2), Babineaux (2), Massaquoi (2), Peters (1), nickel back Robert McClain (1) and defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman (1), according to analytics website profootballfocus.com.
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"Guys ran around," Massaquoi said.
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"They are a strong team and very physical," Massaquoi said.
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"He's a rookie," Massaquoi said.
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-- Falcons defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi on the team getting its first sack of the season.

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