"That's what you've got to do," he said. "Put the bull's-eye on your shoulder and step up to the plate. That's how you get better."
The four-time Pro Bowl pick for the Patriots and Eagles has joined Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes to make cornerback an area of strength for the Falcons. And all it cost was a seventh-round draft pick.
"Asante, I thought, did about the same thing he has done to me for four years," Ryan said. "He made a good pick. He's going to make us better. Specifically I think he'll make myself and our wide receivers better going against him and Dunta and Grimes every day."
Not all of the offensive players apparently agreed.
"It makes practice fun," Robinson said. "All the talk, all the yelling. I can tell the offensive guys weren't very used to it. They didn't know how to take it. But it was a lot of fun."
Kolb settles in
Even in the triple-digit summer temperatures of Tempe, Ariz., Kevin Kolb seems relaxed. The former Eagle quarterback acknowledged he puts added pressure on himself to live up to the five-year, $63 million contract he signed with Arizona after the Cardinals traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick to get him.
A lawsuit filed against the NFL Players Association by retirees was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minn., who said she's "empathetic to their concerns" but ruled they had no legal right to money they claim they lost during lockout talks last year.
The Miami Dolphins will appear on Hard Knocks this summer, the popular HBO reality series documenting NFL training camps.
Terrell Owens has been released by the Allen Wranglers and lost his ownership stake in the Texas-based Indoor Football League team.
The team said Owens didn't plan to play in two upcoming road games with possible playoff implications.
The six-time Pro Bowl receiver also was a no-show for a scheduled appearance at a local children's hospital with other players and coaches.