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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of “guilty” is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Port Wentworth, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O’Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Port Wentworth are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O’Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven’t seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O’Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That’s why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation – when you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O’Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Port Wentworth, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Port Wentworth criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O’Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Port Wentworth’s top choice in criminal defense:
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Our firm has represented thousands of criminal defense clients in Port Wentworth and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Port Wentworth, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Port Wentworth, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it’s hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Port Wentworth often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there’s reason to be hopeful: O’Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember – being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O’Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Port Wentworth drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Port Wentworth, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Port Wentworth:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O’Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases

Violent Crime Cases in Port Wentworth, GA

Violent crime offenses in Port Wentworth typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual’s will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Port Wentworth, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O’Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O’Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Port Wentworth, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O’Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Port Wentworth, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons – when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they’re putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused’s life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

DUI Cases

The city of Port Wentworth, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Port Wentworth could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Port Wentworth and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Port Wentworth, GA, Dennis O’Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state’s mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Port Wentworth, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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Port Wentworth Council approves rezoning of largest warehouse project in the city

The Port Wentworth City Council recently approved a rezoning request for the second phase of the largest warehouse complex in the city's history. The approved portions of the project, known as the Varnedoe-Wiggins tract, totals 8.2 million square feet, with a possible 3 million to 4 million...

The Port Wentworth City Council recently approved a rezoning request for the second phase of the largest warehouse complex in the city's history. The approved portions of the project, known as the Varnedoe-Wiggins tract, totals 8.2 million square feet, with a possible 3 million to 4 million more coming in a third phase.

The warehouse park is slated to house 13 buildings along with associated auto parking, trailer parking, drainage, utility, access and infrastructure improvements.

According to planning and zoning documents, tenants have not been named yet, but the project is predicted to create between 400 to 800 new jobs.

Previous reporting:Port Wentworth advances rezoning for major warehouse project, clashing with area residents

Council members Linda Smith, Lynwood Griner and Glenn Jones voted Aug. 26 to approve the rezoning from residential agriculture to planned industrial.

Council member Thomas Barbee, who was having technical difficulties during the virtual meeting and could not participate, automatically counted as a yes vote. Mark Stephens was the only member to vote against the project.

A public hearing was not required for the second reading of the project, but area resident LaRay Benton voiced his opposition during general public comments. He mentioned a lawsuit he filed on Aug. 20 in Chatham County Superior Court against the project.

The lawsuit names Port Wentworth City Council and the City of Port Wentworth as the defendants. Benton and his father and mother are the plaintiffs.

The notice of appeal & petition for judicial review alleges that the rezoning for the Varnedoe-Wiggins tract was fraudulently approved by council, citing concerns about water contamination for neighborhood residents and private property rights.

The warehouse property would encompass 275 acres of wetland areas, according to planning documents. A wetlands permit still must to be obtained.

During the first reading of the project, a representative of the Varnedoe-Wiggins Tract property owners said part of the Saussy Canal would have to be relocated as a result of the warehousing.

Benton said that a portion of the Saussy Canal sits on his mother's property.

The Chatham County Superior Court's office said the case is still pending review.

Residents on the north side of the city, where the warehouses will be built, say they're concerned about traffic, noise, pollution and overall quality of life.

"I don't want a truck stop or a warehouse in my backyard, you wouldn't want it in yours," said Tonya Brown, who lives on Berrien Road, a residential street near the proposed property.

City manager Edwin Booth said about 5 million square feet of warehousing already exists in the city. About 15 million to 20 million more square feet are either in the works or being proposed.

"We're the fastest growing city in the lowcountry," said Booth, who noted about 3,000 units of housing are expected to be built in the next five years as well.

"It's changing the texture of our communities," said Benton. "They're not looking at the long-term effects on the legacy residents that have been here. We're not against growth, but you have to do it in the right way."

Nancy Guan is the general assignment reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Reach her at nguan@gannett.com or on Twitter @nancyguann.

With COVID on the rise, here are contingency plans for major Savannah festivals, museums, parades

Savannah festivals, museums and parades bring thousands of people downtown, boosting the hospitality industry and making this area a tourist-driven economy. The COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on that in March 2020 with events only starting to open up this spring.With COVID-19 cases now rising, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson revoked all permits through Sept. 30 and will make a decision on October and November events by mid-September. Savannah Jazz Festival is the latest to change plans. Here is a roundup of the contingency...

Savannah festivals, museums and parades bring thousands of people downtown, boosting the hospitality industry and making this area a tourist-driven economy. The COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on that in March 2020 with events only starting to open up this spring.

With COVID-19 cases now rising, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson revoked all permits through Sept. 30 and will make a decision on October and November events by mid-September. Savannah Jazz Festival is the latest to change plans. Here is a roundup of the contingency plans major festivals, museums and parades have in place in the event restrictions continue on beyond September.

Festivals

Savannah Jazz Festival: Savannah Station; Sept. 23-26; savannahjazz.org

In 2020, the 39th annual Savannah Jazz Festival, branded as Savannah-Safe Jazz Festival, was livestreamed from Sept. 23 to 27 and was held in front of limited live audience in the North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. The Savannah Jazz Festival was set to be hosted live in Forsyth Park for the 40th annual festival, but the mayor revoked the permit for the event on Tuesday. Fortunately for everyone involved, they've always had a plan B in place.

"We are going to be doing an expanded version of what we did last year, but from Savannah Station. We will have more people allowed in to the live audience this year than we were allowed to have last year at Ships of the Sea. I'm not really sure what that number is yet, but folks can check our website and our two Facebook pages," Paula Fogarty, the interim executive director, said. "We will be opening up, like we did last year, raffle tickets for people to win a pair of tickets to a seating. We'll be having smaller pop up trios and quartets around the city."

Savannah Music Festival (October season): savannahmusicfestival.org

The Savannah Music Festival is a nonprofit organization and is Georgia's largest musical arts event. Traditionally held in March/April, the 2020 Savannah Music Festival was canceled. For their 2021 spring season, performances took place on new dates from May 18 to 30 at two indoor venues with limited-capacity crowds and social distancing in place. While their next major festival isn't until 2022, the October season for SMF is approaching.

"We would work directly with the venues that we planned to use, and then also directly with our artists, and go from there," said Erin Tatum, interim executive director, should they need a contingency plan to a live festival.

SCAD Film Festival: Various locations; Oct. 23-30; filmfest.scad.edu

The annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival is the largest university-run film festival in the world and celebrates the artistry from award-winning professionals, as well as student filmmakers. The festival took place in an all-virtual format in 2020 and plans to return live this year.

"SCAD is closely monitoring the latest local, state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. SCAD leadership is in constant communication with the city of Savannah and the mayor’s office. As of now, we are looking forward to a successful, safe and spirited in-person and virtual event. We are identifying opportunities to move some of the events outdoors and the university is prepared to pivot based on any in-person restrictions," said Christina Routhier, executive director.

More:SCAD steals the show, named one of 2021's best film schools in U.S. and Canada by MovieMaker

Savannah Book Festival: Feb. 17-20, 2022; various locations; savannahbookfestival.org

The Savannah Book Festival brings nationally and regionally published authors to Savannah, giving book lovers the chance to see their favorite authors. The nonprofit is gearing up for an in-person festival for February 2022 after going virtual this year.

"While we are, at the time, planning for the in-person event, we are working on what contingency plans will be. Obviously, we have a little bit more of a wait. We're going to do what recommendations are from CDC, the City of Savannah and Georgia. We are aware and we are working on it," said Erika Dongre, executive director.

Although the ninth season of the Savannah Voice Festival has passed, the nonprofit hosts different events throughout the year.

"We are prepared to stream. We're going to do what we did before, which is we can't go live so we're gonna do the next best thing and do amazing segments," said Maria Zouves, executive director.

Museums

Telfair Museums (Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters); 207 W. York St., 121 Barnard St., 124 Abercorn St.; telfair.org

Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the South, is comprised of the Jepson Center, Telfair Academy and Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters. The museums closed for nearly three months in 2020, from March until their reopening on June 26 with mask requirements and no-touch and low-touch protocols in place.

"We came back under the Savannah Safe Pledge with masks and social distancing, five days a week, and then earlier this year we went to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week at all our sites. We do plan to continue with that this fall and into next year, with the city’s public safety guidelines back in effect," said Jason Kendall, Telfair Museums' public relations manager.

Savannah African Art Museum is a nonprofit institution focused on the introduction and education on the art and culture of West and Central Africa. After closing in March 2020, they reopened with limited hours on Oct. 7 after canceling their first planned reopening for July 8.

"We're just going to follow what the city recommends. If they require a shutdown, then we're going to follow suit with what the mayor suggests and what the city has put in place. We've got plenty of online resources for guests that want to come visit the museum, and should we be in a situation where we do have to go into another lockdown or reduce our hours or put a pause on everything, we have virtual engagements, from tours to workshops to family activities all online, and we'll just continue virtually until things open back up," said Billie Stultz, founding director and chief curator.

The Davenport House Museum is one of Savannah's oldest historic houses open to the public. They began welcoming visitors back in June 2020 with safety measures and precautions.

"We have been keeping our groups small so are led tours are 10 or less, and we will keep that in place until we feel that there's some sort of safety with regard to larger numbers. It has been that way since January 2020," said Jamie Cradle, director of Davenport House Museum.

Parades

• Veterans Day Parade: Nov. 11; veteransofchathamcountyga.org

Traditionally held in Savannah, the annual Veterans Day Parade, held in honor of military veterans, was held in Port Wentworth in 2020 with smaller, socially-distanced crowds. Other socially-distanced ceremonies were also held around the city.

"We actually have two alternative locations that we've been speaking to municipalities about and have received good feedback so far: Pooler and Port Wentworth. Port Wentworth hosted it last year. They would love to host it again this year, but Pooler would like a chance to be able to host it, as well, so we're looking at both," said Joe Higgins, chair of Veterans Council of Chatham County.

Laura Nwogu is the quality of life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at lnwogu@gannett.com. Twitter: @lauranwogu_

Fewer Savannah-Chatham students, staff in COVID quarantine last week

The numbers of COVID-quarantined students in Savannah-Chatham County public schools decreased 784 during the second full week of school from Aug. 16 to 20 according to numbers posted Tuesday on the school district website. For the week ending Aug. 20, the district reported 3,258 students (9.11%) in COVID quarantine. In the previous week that number was 4,042 (11.13%).The numbers are higher in most schools in Bryan and Effingham counties. Bryan County's elementary schools reported a decrease in their COVID numbers for th...

The numbers of COVID-quarantined students in Savannah-Chatham County public schools decreased 784 during the second full week of school from Aug. 16 to 20 according to numbers posted Tuesday on the school district website. For the week ending Aug. 20, the district reported 3,258 students (9.11%) in COVID quarantine. In the previous week that number was 4,042 (11.13%).

The numbers are higher in most schools in Bryan and Effingham counties. Bryan County's elementary schools reported a decrease in their COVID numbers for the week ending Aug. 20 compared to the previous week.

In Savannah Chatham County schools, t The number of quarantined staff also decreased from 215 (3.84%) for the week ending Aug. 13 to 119 (2.13%) for the week ending Aug. 20.

Last week:Savannah-Chatham schools reports more than 4,000 students in quarantine after first week

More:What to do if your child is exposed to COVID: 10 tips for parents and caregivers of SCCPSS students

Numbers posted on the SCCPSS website are for the previous week only and are not cumulative.

The schools reporting the most quarantined students for the week ending Aug. 20 are: Port Wentworth Elementary with 219, Marshpoint Elementary with 171, and West Chatham Elementary with 158.

According to Lisa Wilson, SCCPSS district nursing administrator, “Quarantined students” does not necessarily mean the students were exposed to COVID while at school. Students may be in self-quarantine due to being a close contact from an exposure that happened outside of school.

The new numbers include an additional column indicating the number of students who are “not in-person due to staff unavailability.” The only school with numbers in that column is West Chatham Middle, which lists 150, for the week ending Aug. 20. For the week ending Aug. 13, West Chatham Middle School reported 14 personnel were in quarantine. Two more WCMS personnel were added to the quarantine list for the week ending Aug. 20. The list does not indicate if the affected personnel are teachers, paraprofessionals, office, or other staff.

The SCCPSS transportation department reports three staff members tested positive for COVID the week ending Aug. 20 and 12 staff members are now in quarantine. The list does not indicate if those staff members are drivers, mechanics, or administrative. Transportation numbers were not included in the Aug. 13 report.

The full list can be seen on the SCCPSS website at sccpss.com.

Bryan, Effingham county schools

In Bryan County schools, for the week ending Aug. 20, the district reports:

• six elementary schools: 5,159 students and staff; 81 (1.5%) tested positive (178 last week);

• two middle schools: 2,558 students and staff; 114 (4.4%) tested positive (69 last week), and

• two high schools: 3,355 students and staff; 104 (3%) tested positive (67 last week).

Bryan County Schools does not list cases by school nor indicate how many students or staff are in quarantine. The full report is listed on the Bryan County Schools website at bryan.k12.ga.us.

Effingham County Schools reports student and staff totals and positive cases for the week of Aug. 16. The report does not include individual school data. The list does not indicate numbers of teachers, paraprofessionals, or other staff who tested positive; nor numbers of those who are in quarantine.

The Effingham County Schools interactive dashboard at effinghamschools.com reports 307 of 13,451 (2.28%) students have tested positive (105 last week); and 103 of 1,800 staff (5.72%) have tested positive (34 last week) for COVID.

Barbara Augsdorfer is the education and nonprofits reporter for the Savannah Morning News. Reach her at BAugsdorfer@gannett.com or on Twitter @Babs7983.

Bair Mail: Mike Davis' potential as feature back, realistic Josh Rosen expectations, Kyle Pitts and more

We're nearly through the preseason! How exciting is that? Two games that don't count down, one more to go before this roster trims to 53 players.After that, it's on.We're learning more and more about this Falcons team and the coaching staff leading it, especially with so much new in all areas of the organization.While that has been fun, let's be real. There have been sticking points of frustration during preseason games against Tennessee and Miami. I can feel that through your questions.I also offer this rebuttal:...

We're nearly through the preseason! How exciting is that? Two games that don't count down, one more to go before this roster trims to 53 players.

After that, it's on.

We're learning more and more about this Falcons team and the coaching staff leading it, especially with so much new in all areas of the organization.

While that has been fun, let's be real. There have been sticking points of frustration during preseason games against Tennessee and Miami. I can feel that through your questions.

I also offer this rebuttal: Understand that those preseason games don't paint a full picture of these Falcons. Trust me on that. I've seen every rep taken this training camp, save a few closed walk-throughs. I've seen the starters work, both in camp and during joint practices against Miami. I've seen Kyle Pitts do a lot more than warm-up before a preseason game. Dude's the real deal.

And, if we're still keeping it real: The Falcons aren't deep. They've got problem spots in multiple position groups. But there's foundational talent here. Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith must keep pouring good concrete to build the sturdy base required for sustained success.

They can't do all that now. They have to win as many games as possible with the talent on hand and the 2021 roster moves designed to enhance it. Let's talk about where they're at during Wednesday's edition of Bair Mail.

Arthur Felder from Decatur, Ga.

Why didn't we use our second-round draft pick on a running back? Mike Davis is a career backup

Bair: First of all, that seems a smidge early for a rusher, especially with Richie Grant available. You either take a generational talent in the top 15-ish, or you wait and wait and wait until a productive one falls to you at a value slot. That's my philosophy. I doubt Fontenot would disagree.

And, for every LaDainian Tomlinson or Adrian Peterson, there's a middle-round pick waiting to give you 1,000 yards.

Regarding Mike Davis as a primary back, he was essentially one in 2020. Christian McCaffrey spent a large chunk of that season hurt and Davis churned out 1,015 yards total offense on 224 touches. That ain't half bad, and a reason why the Falcons believe he can be a featured player.

They'll use several in the rushing attack, though I think Davis ends up the workhorse. It will be interesting to see what he can do with 200-plus carries. Falcons certainly hope he can hit four digits on the ground alone.

Will Smith from Summerville, Ga.

Mr. Bair: McCarron's injury got me to thinking, a sometimes dangerous proposition. My best-case scenario for the future is for us to sign Josh Rosen to work behind and learn from Matt. Hopefully something will finally click for him, being coached up by Arthur and mentored by a future HOF-er. And...the Falcons already have their next starting QB on the roster when Matt does hang it up. What do you think? Too farfetched? If so, why? Thanks for your good work.

Bair: Always appreciate the submissions, Will. Keep 'em coming. I understand it's easy to dream about Rosen living up to his NFL Draft stock. I mean, the guy was a former top 10 pick.

I'm also a UCLA alum with an affinity for players who went to my school so, yeah, I'm pulling for Tuioti-Mariner, Moreau, Ankou and Rosen. No shame in that. But, if keeping it real's our Bair Mail theme, let's not set expectations too high.

Maybe he'll come in and wow. Maybe something will click working with Matt Ryan and Smith. That's entirely possible. But Smith also said that signing a quarterback this week won't prevent them from signing one the next. Maybe.

And Rosen has a tough job ahead. He must learn Smith's system quickly and apply the portion he's given well, almost right away. That's a hard way to make a good first impression. But there's talent in there. So is the size and mechanics and footwork. Can he put it all together this time around? We'll have to wait and see.

Stacey Edenfield from Port Wentworth, Ga.

What was missing draft day.......fields

Bair: Let me guess: You don't mean former All-Pro center Joe Fields or two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Fields. You mean Justin Fields, the homegrown quarterback who's now a Chicago Bear. You aren't the only one who keeps bringing him up, methinks because Fields has performed well in the preseason and the tight end the Falcons took seven picks prior hasn't made an impression on you yet, only because he hasn't played.

I knew I'd get caught up in a lot of polarizing arguments as this website's resident columnist. Two I didn't expect: Defending future Hall-of-Famer Matt Ryan and reminding everyone that Kyle Pitts is legit and worthy of the fourth pick.

I (sorta, but not really) get why you wonder about the last one. He hasn't been on TV as a Falcon. He will be soon. Let's judge him and the Falcons' choice at No. 4 overall after we've, you know, actually seen him play.

Scott Bair from Buford, Ga.

Hey man. I heard you just added some new people to the digital team. When do they start?

Bair: Waaaaait ah min-ute. ... We have the same name! What a shocking coincidence. Never met or seen you before, but I'd bet you're a handsome devil.

And, yes. You heard right.

The Atlanta Falcons just hired Tori McElhaney and Kris Rhim to help cover the team, two unreal talents who will bring it with great content all year long.

Read more about them right here:

You're going to love their coverage. Trust me on that.

Call for questions

We've got one more Bair Mail left before the final preseason game. Get your questions in now by clicking this link. I'll answer some (okay, most) and enlist Tori and Kris to chime in for our Friday morning Bair Mail. Ask any of us a question. We'll be ready.

SE Ga Road Work: Weekly Traffic Interruption Advisory August 21 – 27

Georgia DOT continues essential road work throughout Southeast Georgia. As a result, work on construction and maintenance projects will continue Saturday, August 21 through Friday, August 27.All work subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling thru work zones, pay attention and watch for workers.Traffic interruptions are listed below by interstates, categories, and counties.Bryan & Chatham CountiesI-95 Striping Operat...

Georgia DOT continues essential road work throughout Southeast Georgia. As a result, work on construction and maintenance projects will continue Saturday, August 21 through Friday, August 27.

All work subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling thru work zones, pay attention and watch for workers.

Traffic interruptions are listed below by interstates, categories, and counties.

Bryan & Chatham Counties

I-95 Striping Operation

MP 86 to MP 97 (NB & SB)

US 17(Exit 87) to Quacco Rd. Overpass bridge

Slow moving rolling lane closures with temporarily blocking of ramps

Nightly, 7pm thru 7am

Complete corridor multi county

I-95 from Port Wentworth to Florida line

Super load transport of Aerospace Dome

Scheduled move date Sunday, Aug. 22

WIDTH: 16’8 HEIGHT: 13’6 LENGTH: 80 WEIGHT: 80,000 lbs.

Bulloch, Bryan, Effingham and Chatham Counties

SR67 to I-95

Lane closures for pavement markings

Friday, Aug 13 and Friday Aug 27

From Milepost 126 to 142, 6am to 7pm & 7pm to 6am

I-16 Exits 143, 137, 132, 127, 152

Ramp closure for pavement markings

Nightly 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. (one ramp closure at a time)

Fully signed detours installed nightly

Detour: proceed to next exit, cross over interchange,

opposite direction on I-16, for interchange access

Chatham County

I-516 EB Exit 3 Off Ramp

Ramp Closure for Concrete Slab Replacement

Beginning Friday, Aug 13 at 7pm through 5am Monday, Aug 23

Detour: Exit 3 Eastbound Traffic will use Exit 2(Veterans Parkway) turning right onto Chatham Parkway to US 17/Ogeechee Rd.

Bryan County

Olive Branch Road (CR 12) over I-16

Road closure for bridge raising and rehabilitation

Expected reopening in September 2021

Detour Route: US 280, US 80

Screven County

Beaverdam Creek @ Hilltonia-Perkins RD

Road Closure for the bridge replacement project

Expected reopening: December 2021

Detour Route Waynesboro Hwy (Hwy 24), Bascom Rd

Charlton County

Paxton Rd between Dixie Lake Rd & Marshall Crews Rd

Road Closure for bridge replacement project

Expected reopening: December 2021

Detour Route via Dixie Lake Rd and Altman Rd.

Clinch County

SR 168/122 @ Camp Creek

Road closure for bridge replacement project

Expected reopening December 2021

Detour route via SR 168, SR 37 and US 221

Chatham County

Islands Expressway

From Elba Island Rd to Oatland Island Rd

East & West single lane traffic flow on a single bridge

Continuous until further notice

Glynn County

US17/SR25 on Sidney Lanier Bridge

Lane Closures for Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Monday thru Sunday, 6am to 6pm

Appling &Toombs Counties

SR4/US1 Over Altamaha River

West River Rd. to Bob Cato Rd.

Daily Lane Closures for Bridge Construction Activities

Monday thru Friday, from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Wayne County

SR169 at Goose Creek Bridge

From Milepost 3 to Milepost 4

Daily Lane Closures for Bridge Construction Activities

Monday thru Friday; 7am to 5pm (6-28-21 to 2-8-22)

Chatham County

SR 25/US17

Ogeechee River Bridge to I-516 Overpass

NB & SB Lane Closures for Paving Corrective Work

Sunday, Aug 15 to Friday, Aug 27, from 7pm to 6am, Daily

Chatham County

SR 17 (Jimmy Deloach Parkway)

From Prescott Road to SR 21 Overpass

NB & SB Lane Closures for Asphalt resurfacing

Monday, Aug 9 to Aug. 31 from 7pm to 6am, Daily

Bryan County

SR 144

Cherokee St. To Belfast River Rd

Intermittent Lane closures for corrective work

Daily 7am thru 7pm

Screven County

SR 73

Paving complete. Striping taking place. No lane closures.

Glynn County

SR 32

SR 27 (Sterling) to Brantley Co. Line

Lane closures for milling and paving operations

Monday thru Friday, 7am to 6pm, until 09/30/2021

Glynn County

SR 25

SR 303 to South of Sidney Lanier Bridge

Lane closures for milling and paving operations

Monday thru Friday; 8:30am to 6pm until 09/30/2021

Evans County

SR 301

Tattnall Co Line to MM 7

Daily Lane closures for milling and paving operations

Work in School Zone have time restrictions

Daily Saturday thru Friday

Effingham County

SR 17 @ Blue Jay Rd roundabout

Road Open as a 4 way stop.

Camden County

SR 40

Beginning West of Grove Point Blvd and extending

East to Truss Plant Road

Daily Lane Closures for drainage structure installation

Beginning at Truss Plant Rd and extending to Seaparc Circle;

Monday thru Friday 7am to 5pm

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