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A Falcons starter? Not a long reach for former Clemson star Malliciah Goodman

Associated PressMay 5, 2013 

— Malliciah Goodman wasn’t surprised to be asked about his long arms after his first practice with the Atlanta Falcons.

“It’s not weird,” Goodman said. “It’s repetitive. I hear it every single day. You get used to it.”

Such is life for the player with the longest arms of any defensive lineman in this year’s NFL combine. It was a tag that stuck, and it was one reason the former Clemson star was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round.

The Falcons are counting on Goodman to cause problems for quarterbacks with those long arms and strong hands.

Goodman was one of two defensive ends taken by Atlanta in the draft. The Falcons picked TCU’s Stansly Maponga in the fifth round, and the first-year players had their first NFL workouts in Saturday’s rookie camp.

After releasing sacks leader John Abraham, the Falcons signed free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora from the Giants. Goodman has a chance to start with Umenyiora.

Goodman impressed scouts by using those long arms and strong hands to deflect blockers. He is listed as 6-foot-4 and 276 pounds, and his arms measure 36 3/8 inches.

Goodman played behind Da’Quan Bowers, a second-rounder in 2011 for Tampa Bay, and Andre Branch, a second-rounder for Jacksonville last year, early in his career.

Dolphins lose out: Florida’s oldest professional sports franchise was dealt a crushing blow Friday when the Florida Legislature ended its session without passing any funding plan that would assist the team’s quest to refurbish its stadium.

The refusal of the GOP-controlled Legislature to aid the team wasn’t just a defeat for the Dolphins – it could also sack South Florida’s efforts to lure another Super Bowl to the region in the next few years.

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