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NFC South teams making moves, trying to catch Falcons

The past two NFC champions have come from the South Division, the Falcons and the Carolina Panthers. Tampa Bay and New Orleans have been active in free agency trying to catch the Falcons, and the Panthers are trying to revive their operation after dipping from 15-1 in 2015 to last place at 6-10 in 2016. With free agency basically over and the teams now pointing squarely toward the draft, here&rsquo...

Falcons’ free agency tracker: Team $2.2 million under the cap

Falcons’ free agency tracker: Team $2.2 million under the cap

Stanford’s Trent Murphy being blocked by new Falcons fullback Soma Vainuku during the 2013 college season.
Cover 9@9: Julio Jones makes trip to the State Capitol

Cover 9@9: Julio Jones makes trip to the State Capitol

October 23, 2016 Atlanta: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hauls in a long reception from Matt Ryan between Chargers defenders Adrian Phillips (left) and Dwight Lowery during the second quarter in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct.
Newness of Kirby Smart has worn off at Georgia; now it’s about winning

Newness of Kirby Smart has worn off at Georgia; now it’s about winning

A year ago at this time, Kirby Smart was all about getting people excited. He talked about a higher standard and increased accountability at Georgia. He stumped for a sellout of the spring game. He helicoptered onto high school football fields, dazzling recruits. He hired new coaches and overhauled the strength and conditioning program. He inflated the size of the support staff (non-coaches) to include...
Falcons sign guard, two fullbacks

Falcons sign guard, two fullbacks

The Falcons signed guard Hugh Thornton, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, and fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku on Tuesday. Thornton, 25, was a third-round pick (86th overall) out of Illinois in the 2013 draft. Thornton has started 32 games for the Colts. He missed last season with a foot injury. The Falcons haven’t re-signed starting right guard Chris Chester, who’s contemplating...
Falcons rewind: Looking back at the 1992 draft

Falcons rewind: Looking back at the 1992 draft

As the Falcons prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft, let's look back 25 years at the franchise's picks in the 1992 draft.
Heaviest players in NFL have ties to Georgia

Heaviest players in NFL have ties to Georgia

With Dontari Poe a member of the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia now has ties to four of the heaviest players you will see in the NFL next season.
Falcons give Rich McKay a five-year contract extension

Falcons give Rich McKay a five-year contract extension

The Falcons re-signed team president and CEO Rich McKay to a five-year contract extension through June 2022. McKay is entering his 14th year with the Falcons. He was hired in 2004 as president and general manager and became the team president and CEO in 2011. He is chairman of the NFL’s Competition Committee, of which he has been a member for 23 years. McKay also serves as president of AMB Sports...
Falcons’ free agency tracker: Team $9.6 million under the cap

Falcons’ free agency tracker: Team $9.6 million under the cap

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
2017 NFL mock draft 2.0: Falcons select Jabrill Peppers with 31st pick

2017 NFL mock draft 2.0: Falcons select Jabrill Peppers with 31st pick

Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, March 6, 2017.
5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Photos: Would Isaiah McKenzie be a good fit for Falcons?

Photos: Would Isaiah McKenzie be a good fit for Falcons?

The Falcons need a kick returner and checked out former UGA star Isaiah McKenzie at Georgia’s Pro Day. Take a look at photos showing what McKenzie has to offer.
5 positions the Falcons need to fill

5 positions the Falcons need to fill

The Falcons are not undergoing a makeover this offseason. Currently, 19 of the 22 starters in the Super Bowl are set to return, but that doesn’t mean the team is standing pat. “Not every team is the same, year to year,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I’ve never been someone that’s said, let’s reload and do everything exactly like it was.” Only right...
Poe plans to be mega-force for Falcons

Poe plans to be mega-force for Falcons

Dontari Poe doesn’t know if he can still run the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds. In 2012, when word started to circulate that a 6-foot-3, 346-pound defensive tackle from Memphis broke the five-second barrier, the walls along the hallways of Lucas Oil Stadium at the scouting combine starting shaking. Who’s Poe? Edgar Allan’s kid? Who’s Poe? “I think so, man,” Poe said...
Dan Quinn’s master plan for Dontari Poe

Dan Quinn’s master plan for Dontari Poe

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, fresh off a recruiting trip to Philadelphia and Youngstown, Ohio, was at Georgia Tech’s Pro Day on Friday. Quinn, who spent a lot of time with Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof, shared his thoughts on how he plan to used newly signed free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who played 821 defensive snaps last season for the Kansas City Chiefs. “It&rsquo...
5 reasons why the Chiefs let Dontari Poe become a free agent

5 reasons why the Chiefs let Dontari Poe become a free agent

Dontari Poe. (Associated Press) FLOWERY BRANCH – Back in my days in law school at the University of Cincinnati along with renowned announcer Cris Collinsworth  — we took Tax and Corporations together — I learned a lot of new and fancy words.
Falcons’ post-Super Bowl free agent moves

Falcons’ post-Super Bowl free agent moves

Tracking the Atlanta Falcons’ additions in free agency before the 2017 NFL season.
Grady Jarrett on adding Poe, Crawford

Grady Jarrett on adding Poe, Crawford

Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who had three sacks in the Super Bowl, attended Clemson’s Pro Day as an observer Thursday. Jarrett, who said the team reports for the offseason program April 17, was excited about the team’s offseason moves along the defensive line with the addition of Dontari Poe. “That’s awesome,” Jarrett told the AJC. “That makes us a better...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

An Atlanta Falcons cheerleader celebrates in the confetti after the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta.
Poe to add to some beef to defensive line

Poe to add to some beef to defensive line

After reaching the Super Bowl with a young, but leaky defense, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff noted the team would continue to concentrate on the defense during the offseason. The franchise landed a big piece Thursday when free-agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal. The Falcons hope that Poe, a two-time Pro Bowler, can help add some teeth to their hard-hitting...
Poe agrees to one-year, $8 million deal with Falcons

Poe agrees to one-year, $8 million deal with Falcons

Coveted defensive tackle Dontari Poe, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Falcons on Thursday. Poe had visited with Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Miami in free agency after not being re-signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was slated to visit Oakland. Poe is a 6-foot-3, 346-pounder from Memphis who was taken 11th overall in 2012 draft. Poe made...
Watson dazzles NFL scouts at Clemson’s Pro Day

Watson dazzles NFL scouts at Clemson’s Pro Day

Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had a spectacular Pro Day for NFL scouts in the school’s indoor facility Thursday. He used some advice from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to help him relax and get through a scripted, but rigorous passing workout in front of an audience that included four NFL head coaches. “Cam is a big brother, and he’s always been there to give me advice...
Photos: See new Falcons DT Dontari Poe throw a TD pass

Photos: See new Falcons DT Dontari Poe throw a TD pass

Coveted free agent Dontari Poe, a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Chiefs, agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Falcons on Thursday.
Tweetcap of Clemson’s Pro Day

Tweetcap of Clemson’s Pro Day

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is seen in a drill at the 2017 NFL football scouting combine Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Indianapolis.
See who was at UGA’s 2017 Pro Day

See who was at UGA’s 2017 Pro Day

Former Georgia Bulldogs and NFL hopefuls run agility drills before scouts at Georgia Pro Day at the Bulldogs’ new indoor practice facility Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Athens.
Tweetcap of Georgia’s Pro Day

Tweetcap of Georgia’s Pro Day

Georgia wide receiver Isaiah Mckenzie runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 4, 2017.
CB Brian Poole earns extra $371,873.11 after stellar rookie campaign

CB Brian Poole earns extra $371,873.11 after stellar rookie campaign

Falcons rookie nickel back Brian Poole, who played in all 19 games and made nine regular-season starts, received the largest bonus from the NFL’s performance-based pay system. In addition to his base salary of $540,000, the undrafted rookie from Florida will receive an additional sum of $371,873.11. The league’s system rewards players for outperforming their contract based on playing time...
5 questions with Falcons prospect Malik McDowell

5 questions with Falcons prospect Malik McDowell

The Falcons are interested in improving their defensive line, and Michigan State’s Malik McDowell is one of the top prospects in the coming NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Here are five questions with McDowell from his scouting combine media session: Q: What sets you apart from the other defensive linemen? A: Versatility. Play everything up and down the line. I&rsquo...
Malik McDowell could be a fit for Falcons

Malik McDowell could be a fit for Falcons

https://players.brightcove.net/4350897284001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5349269556001 If the Falcons can’t land Dontari Poe, there are plenty defensive tackles in the NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.
Plenty of defensive tackles in draft for Falcons

Plenty of defensive tackles in draft for Falcons

The Falcons, after releasing Jonathan Babineaux and Tyson Jackson, are in the market for a defensive tackle. They clearly are not desperate after kicking the tires on Dontari Poe and Terrell McClain in free agency. Poe, a former two-time Pro Bowler, left town Tuesday without reaching a deal with the team. If the Falcons don’t address the position in free agency, there are several options available...
Photos: Happy birthday Devonta Freeman

Photos: Happy birthday Devonta Freeman

Falcons star running back Devonta Freeman celebrates his 25th birthday on March 15.
COVER 9@9: Freeman deal is on the back burner for Falcons

COVER 9@9: Freeman deal is on the back burner for Falcons

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals to tie the game 7-7 during the first quarter Sunday, Nov.
Poe leaves Falcons without a contract, to see Dolphins

Poe leaves Falcons without a contract, to see Dolphins

The Falcons had cleared some salary-cap space, presumably to get in better position to sign free-agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe. But it apparently wasn’t enough to help land Poe, arguably the best defensive tackle left in free agency. Poe left Atlanta on Tuesday without a deal after meeting with the Falcons, according to CBS Sports.com. Poe, who earlier interviewed with the Indianapolis...
Falcons have spent $109.7 million on the roster

Falcons have spent $109.7 million on the roster

The Falcons are not the splash brothers. Instead of sexy, headline grabbing and splashy free-agency moves, the Falcons have been methodical in their approach since the start of the NFL’s new business year Thursday. General manager Thomas Dimitroff stated that the Falcons would concentrate on their own roster and try to find some value on the open market. The Falcons re-signed safety Kemal Ishamel...
Dimitroff on signing returner/receiver Andre Roberts

Dimitroff on signing returner/receiver Andre Roberts

Detroit Lions wide receiver Andre Roberts (12) returns a punt return for a 55-yard touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov.
Dimitroff on bringing back safety Kemal Ishmael

Dimitroff on bringing back safety Kemal Ishmael

FILE PHOTO: Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kemal Ishmael (36) returns an interception 23 yards for a touchdown in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept.
5 things to know about defensive tackle Dontari Poe

5 things to know about defensive tackle Dontari Poe

The Atlanta Falcons targeted free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Poe, 26, spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. At 346 pounds, he is among the heaviest players in league history. The Falcons are looking to boost up the defense under new coordinator Marquand Manuel. “To our point about rotations, to our point about having versatility to not only aligning...
Falcons’ free agency tracker: Ismael, Roberts signed

Falcons’ free agency tracker: Ismael, Roberts signed

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 9: Strong safety Kemal Ishmael #36 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles running back C.
Report: Falcons sign returner/receiver Roberts

Report: Falcons sign returner/receiver Roberts

The Falcons, in need of depth at the wide receiver position, signed veteran journeyman Andre Roberts to a one-year, $1.8 million contract, according to ESPN report. The Falcons lost wide receiver depth when Aldrick Robinson signed with San Francisco and Eric Weems signed with Tennessee. Also, Nick Williams has not been re-signed. Roberts, who played at The Citadel, was a third-round pick by the Arizona...
Falcons re-sign Ishmael to one-year, $2.5 million deal

Falcons re-sign Ishmael to one-year, $2.5 million deal

Safety Kemal Ishmael, who was allowed to reach unrestricted free agency status, has re-signed with the team. He’s agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Ishmael is a valuable hybrid safety and weakside linebacker.
Why is finding a NFL quarterback a crapshoot?

Why is finding a NFL quarterback a crapshoot?

NFL scouting departments spend millions of dollars each year evaluating quarterback talent. Most teams have at least three levels of scouts to check, cross-check and re-check the players they are evaluating, but over the eight-year period from 2008-14, NFL teams hit on only five of 21 quarterbacks selected in the first round as franchise quarterbacks. “Of that group, there are either four or...
Lawson making charge up NFL draft boards

Lawson making charge up NFL draft boards

All of the NFL scouts in attendance, plus Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, could easily see Carl Lawson Jr.’s football talent. While standing on his stellar numbers at the NFL scouting combine, Lawson, who played at Milton High, powered his way through the defensive lineman and linebacker drills during Auburn’s Pro Day on Friday at the school’s indoor facility. But what the NFL teams...
NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs detailed in court filings

NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs detailed in court filings

National Football League teams violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, and plied their players with powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories each season, according to sealed court documents contained in a federal lawsuit filed by former players. ...
Robinson follows Shanahan to San Francisco; Weems to Titans

Robinson follows Shanahan to San Francisco; Weems to Titans

Aldrich Robinson (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Speedy former Falcons wide receiver Aldrick Robinson signed a two-year contract with San Francisco 49ers, according to NFL Media.
5 questions with new Falcons defensive end Jack Crawford

5 questions with new Falcons defensive end Jack Crawford

Falcons defensive end Jack Crawford, who signed a three-year deal worth $10.3 milion on Thursday, spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about joining the team. Here’s what he had to say: A: “I’m excited right now.” A: “The philosophy that I played in the past few years under Rod Marinelli with the Cowboys is similar. To me, when I watch Atlanta on tape, I like how...
Falcons to sign defensive end Jack Crawford

Falcons to sign defensive end Jack Crawford

Looking for help along the defensive line, the Falcons will sign defensive end Jack Crawford to a three-year deal Thursday, according to his agent David Canter. The Falcons cut defensive tackle Tyson Jackson and did not extend an offer to Jonathan Babineaux. Both are now unrestricted free agents. Crawford, 28, started 11 games and played in all 16 for the Cowboys last season. He played 529 snaps (50...
Falcons’ on free agency: ‘Off to a good start’

Falcons’ on free agency: ‘Off to a good start’

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is pleased with the team’s start to free agency. The Falcons are not expecting to land any big-name targets like last year, when they signed center Alex Mack and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Since the end of the season, Dimitroff has stated that the team planned to re-sign their own players. Backup quarterback Matt Schaub, defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw...
Falcons not ‘trading’ Freeman but Tweets forecast ugly negotiations

Falcons not ‘trading’ Freeman but Tweets forecast ugly negotiations

NASHVILLE — Random thoughts rolling through my head my while waiting for Georgia to open play in the SEC tournament: • Once more, with feeling: There was a case for firing Georgia coach Mark Fox. There also was a case for keeping him another year. That’s why I didn’t take a position, either way. But there should be NO QUESTION that there is a mandate for success next...
Falcons: ‘Ridiculous, asserting that we would trade Freeman’

Falcons: ‘Ridiculous, asserting that we would trade Freeman’

Devonta Freeman’s agent, Kristen Campbell, said the offseason talks with the Falcons are going well and distanced herself from Luther Campbell’s tweet suggesting that the Falcons should trade the two-time Pro Bowl running back. “I have had a conversation with Nick Polk about how the process is going to go,” Campbell said. “That’s where we are.” Her husband...
Falcons interested in pass-rusher Nick Perry

Falcons interested in pass-rusher Nick Perry

The Falcons are one of three teams interested in signing Green Bay Packers defensive end Nick Perry, who set to become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday. Perry, who’s 6-foot-3 and 271 pounds, was taken in the first-round (28th overall) of the 2012 draft. He’s played mostly right outside linebacker in their 3-4 alignment. Perry had 11 of his 23.5 career sacks last season. The Packers...
Worrilow set to sign with the Lions

Worrilow set to sign with the Lions

Former Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions on a one-year contract, according to his Atlanta-based agent Hadley Engelhard. Worrilow, 26, lost his middle linebacker job to rookie Deion Jones last season as the Falcons tried to get faster on defense. He helped Jones transition into the position...
Georgia extends Mark Fox’s lifeline — the rest is up to him

Georgia extends Mark Fox’s lifeline — the rest is up to him

A coach doesn’t need to look for signs to know if he’s in trouble. The signs are obvious. They strike him like daily paper cuts. “You can sense the silent treatment,” Mark Fox said. “I never felt that. I never felt anybody was trying to distance themselves from me or the team.” There was no silence Tuesday, when Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity phoned Fox...
Falcons close to reaching deal with Trufant

Falcons close to reaching deal with Trufant

The Falcons are close to finalizing a lucrative contract extension for Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant. Negotiations between the Falcons and Trufant’s representatives picked up at the combine and will likely be finalized within the next 24 hours. Trufant’s deal is expected to land in the $12 million to $14 million per year range, just south of the five-year $75 million deal that Redskins...
Falcons place second round tender Gabriel, other moves

Falcons place second round tender Gabriel, other moves

The Falcons placed a second-round tender on wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, the team announced officially on Wednesday. Gabriel’s agent had previously confirmed the move. The Falcons also tendered exclusive rights free agents: free agent Ricardo Allen, defensive tackle/guard Ben Garland and cornerback Akeem King. Gabriel is in line to receive a hefty raise. He set to make $2.7 million after playing...
COVER 9@9: Peppers a nice fit for Falcons’ defense

COVER 9@9: Peppers a nice fit for Falcons’ defense

Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, March 6, 2017.

Top 3 Falcons personnel needs

Dan Quinn’s Falcons don’t need much. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) The sting of the Super Bowl collapse has subsided somewhat, the NFL scouting combine is over and free agency negotiations began today.
Jalen Myrick turned some heads at the combine

Jalen Myrick turned some heads at the combine

Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick, who played at Savannah Christian Prep and is from Bloomindale, ran his 40 in 4.28 seconds. (See video below) He became the second player at the combine to run a sub-4.3. Washington wide receiver John Ross ran a record 4.22. Here’s Myrick’s bio: Myrick, Minnesota, 5-10, 205, DB, Savannah Christian Prep, Bloomingdale. He started all 13 games and recorded...
Falcons’ Free agency tracker: Legal tampering periods starts today

Falcons’ Free agency tracker: Legal tampering periods starts today

February 5, 2017 Houston, TX – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) instructs in the second half at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
Minor foot surgery for Julio Jones

Minor foot surgery for Julio Jones

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones had a minor surgical procedure performed on his foot in Charlotte on Monday. Jones, who played most of the last half of the season with a foot injury, saw noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson for an examination. The Falcons said the procedure went well and that Jones is expected to be at full strength by the start of training camp in late July. The dynamic...
Watson among the group of combine winners

Watson among the group of combine winners

Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, in a bid to convince his critics and land a NFL job, improved his status with a solid showing at the NFL scouting combine. The combine concluded on Monday with the defensive back drills. “(Watson’s) footwork was better than expected coming out of their offense,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “His accuracy was consistently...
Georgia State’s Robert Davis draws Julio Jones comparisons at NFL combine

Georgia State’s Robert Davis draws Julio Jones comparisons at NFL combine

Georgia State wide receiver Robert Davis made an impression at the NFL combine. The Panthers’ all-time leading wide receiver ran a 40 in 4.44 seconds. He finished in the top three in three categories among wide receivers: • First among all wide receivers with a broad jump of 136.0 inches. • Second in the vertical jump among wide receivers with a 41.0-inch leap. • Third among wide...
Report: Four teams interested in Worrilow

Report: Four teams interested in Worrilow

Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, has drawn interest from four teams, according to the Boston Herald. Worrilow, 26, lost his middle linebacker job to rookie Deion Jones last season as the Falcons tried to get faster on defense. He helped Jones transition into the position and played on special teams. “I know I can go and play...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
2017 Pro Days across Georgia, SEC and the South

2017 Pro Days across Georgia, SEC and the South

With the NFL scouting combine drawing to a close, teams turn to college Pro Days to examine prospects ahead of the April 27 Draft in Philadelphia.
A rousing debut for Atlanta United, this city’s team of the future

A rousing debut for Atlanta United, this city’s team of the future

I’ve been here a while. I’ve seen stuff. I covered an Atlanta franchise in team tennis, wretched Arena football and roller hockey. (Anybody remember the Fire Ants?) I saw the Beat play for the inaugural WUSA championship — and lose on penalties — in Foxborough, Mass. I missed the Flames but caught the Thrashers and even the IHL-winning Knights. None of those teams, I note,...
Trufant negotiations are heating up

Trufant negotiations are heating up

Negotiations between the Falcons and cornerback Desmond Trufant picked up here on Saturday. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn meet with Trufant’s agents Doug Hendrickson and C.J. Laboy sat together to around midnight at a popular steak restaurant. Dimitroff has repeatedly been clear about Trufant being the team’s first offseason priority. “Our next...
Atlanta United radio partners confirmed

Atlanta United radio partners confirmed

Atlanta United and radio station 92.9 the Game reached an agreement to make the radio station the flagship partner of the MLS expansion team, the team announced Saturday via Twitter. Adam Schick (play-by-play) and Jason Longshore (commentator) will serve as the broadcast team for 92.9. Schick has broadcast games for Orlando City of MLS. The Spanish-language station La Mejor, which broadcasts on 1130...
John Ross sets combine record with 4.22 seconds in 40-yard dash

John Ross sets combine record with 4.22 seconds in 40-yard dash

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 04: Wide receiver John Ross of Washington runs the 40-yard dash in an unofficial record time of 4.
Photos: Georgia’s Isaiah McKenzie at NFL scouting combine

Photos: Georgia’s Isaiah McKenzie at NFL scouting combine

Former Bulldogs receiver tries to impress pro scouts at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
5 questions with Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram

5 questions with Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram

Mississippi tight end Evan Ingram, who is from Powder Springs and played at Hillgrove High, is one of the top players at his position at the scouting combine. Engram is the third rated tight end in the draft and NFLDraftScout.com projects him to be drafted in the second round. Here’s what Engram had to say when he met with the combine media: Q: What’s it take to stand out in this tight...
5 questions with Wayne Gallman at the combine

5 questions with Wayne Gallman at the combine

Here’s what Clemson running back Wayne Gallman, who played at Loganville, had to say at the scouting combine: A: “I believe that I’m pretty much one of the best all-around backs in this draft. That’s something I really took advantage of this past season knowing that I had to do a little extra to get to that championship. I was accountable for myself for that.” A: &ldquo...
5 questions with Joshua Dobbs at the combine

5 questions with Joshua Dobbs at the combine

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who played at Alpharetta High, is one of the most intriguing NFL prospects at the scouting combine. Dobb, who has his degree in aerospace engineering, has a backup plan if he doesn’t’ make it in the NFL. “I want to design and build airplanes,” Dobbs said. “I know you get the connotation of being an astronaut from it. That’s the...
Dimitroff’s plan for the post-Super Bowl roster

Dimitroff’s plan for the post-Super Bowl roster

With the NFL’s new business year ready to start, the Falcons, flush with cash, are ready for action. The reigning NFC champions want to retain much of their roster and then possibly add a few in free agency. “I want to stress more than anything, our free agency, 100 percent, is going to start with our guys,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
What Alvin Kamara had to say at the combine

What Alvin Kamara had to say at the combine

Here’s what Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara, who played at Norcross High, had to say at the scouting combine: A: “Am I confident I’m a first-round pick? I feel like after my combine performance you know, it’s up to the teams to decide. I wouldn’t really comment on it.” A: “It was just a long road, you know? From transferring from Alabama, going to junior...
Deshaun Watson is under intense NFL scrutiny at combine

Deshaun Watson is under intense NFL scrutiny at combine

The quarterback shaming of Deshaun Watson is real. Despite a decorated career and a national championship, NFL scouts are skeptical that Watson, who played at Gainesville High and Clemson, has what it takes to be a successful pro quarterback. “All the coaches that I’ve heard from want to know if I can change the protections, run the offense and recognize defensive coverages,” Watson...
Falcons place second-round tender on Gabriel

Falcons place second-round tender on Gabriel

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel is in line to receive a hefty raise after the team place a second-round tender worth $2.81 million on the potential restricted free agent, his agent Brian Mackler confirmed Friday. Gabriel, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, was paid $510,000 last season. He added a spark to the offense with his speed and toughness. As the third receiver behind...
Photos: Athleticism on display at NFL scouting combine

Photos: Athleticism on display at NFL scouting combine

Top pro prospects show their skills at annual testing event in Indianapolis.
MLS Eastern Conference: Team-by-team look

MLS Eastern Conference: Team-by-team look

ATLANTA UNITED Last year: Not applicable. Coach: Gerardo Martino, first year. Designated Players: Midfielders Hector Villalba and Miguel Almiron and forward Josef Martinez. Key stat: First season in MLS. Other players to watch: Forward Kenwyne Jones brings a wealth of experience from the Premier League, and centerhalf Michael Parkhurst, right fullback Tyrone Mears, midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and...
Q&A: Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank

Q&A: Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank

Though speaking by phone from his office, the energy and excitement that Arthur Blank feels about Atlanta United’s opening game came through as the noise of his hand hitting his desk as he emphasized his points again and again. It’s been almost 15 years since Blank first considered buying a franchise in MLS. It’s been almost three years since the moment when league commissioner Don...
MLS: Team-by-team look

MLS: Team-by-team look

EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTA UNITED Last year: Not applicable. Coach: Gerardo Martino, first year. Designated Players: Midfielders Hector Villalba and Miguel Almiron and forward Josef Martinez. Key stat: First season in MLS. Other players to watch: Forward Kenwyne Jones brings a wealth of experience from the Premier League, and centerhalf Michael Parkhurst, right fullback Tyrone Mears, midfielder Jeff...
LEADOFF: This is it -- the last event at the Georgia Dome

LEADOFF: This is it -- the last event at the Georgia Dome

The Georgia Dome has been the scene of a series of goodbyes – the last SEC Championship game there in early December, the last Peach Bowl there on New Year’s Eve, the last Falcons game there in January. This weekend, the Dome will hold its last public event of any kind. A doubleheader of Monster Jam trucks shows on Saturday and Sunday will close out the 25-year-old building, which is slated...
Report: Kaepernick will stand for national anthem next season

Report: Kaepernick will stand for national anthem next season

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly will stand for the playing of the national anthem next season, ending a protest that started a national conversation and spread across multiple sports at all levels last season. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Kaepernick, who is expected to opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and become a free agent, believes that his message about police...
Atlanta United gives impression soccer may work this time

Atlanta United gives impression soccer may work this time

My earliest memory of soccer, other than watching the guy with one name (Pele) score a goal on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” every week, was covering the Los Angeles Aztecs of the NASL in the early 1980s. The Aztecs played in the 104,000-seat Rose Bowl. But they generally drew only 3,000 fans per game, except for the one on the Fourth of July, when 70,000 suddenly poured in with about...
When to watch Georgia talent at the NFL scouting combine

When to watch Georgia talent at the NFL scouting combine

The NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis runs through Monday March 6.   About 330 prospects, including more than two dozen with Georgia ties, will run through a series of tests and agility drills designed to allow teams an up-close look at potential picks ahead of the April 27 NFL draft in Philadelphia.  Here's a look at when you can catch a glimpse of some of the best talent with connections...
Atlanta United, 92.9FM working on radio deal

Atlanta United, 92.9FM working on radio deal

Atlanta United and radio station 92.9 the Game are working on an agreement to make the radio station the flagship partner of the MLS expansion team, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions who isn’t authorized to speak on the record. An email to two Atlanta United representatives hasn’t been returned. A voicemail left for 92.9’s program director hasn’t been...
Shanahan still haunted by Super Bowl collapse

Shanahan still haunted by Super Bowl collapse

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator in this year’s Super Bowl, has had some time to reflect on his play-calling. He has re-watched the game, which New England won 34-28 in overtime, and has second-guessed his every move, including not running the ball with an eight-point lead after the team reached the 22-yard line with 4:40 minutes to play...
Falcons set to re-sign Toilolo; Tamme headed for free agency

Falcons set to re-sign Toilolo; Tamme headed for free agency

The Falcons hope to re-sign tight end Levine Toilolo before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “Levine is a guy that we’re talking to,” Dimitroff said. “He’s still a young guy here.” Toilolo, who’s 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft and has continued to develop. The...
Falcons’ free agency tracker: Who’s staying, who’s leaving

Falcons’ free agency tracker: Who’s staying, who’s leaving

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel scores a 35-yard touchdown against the Cardinals for a 17-10 lead during the second quarter Sunday, Nov.
Quinn trying to shake Super Bowl hangover

Quinn trying to shake Super Bowl hangover

He has replayed the scenario over and over. An eight-point lead. First down-and-10. Ball on the opponents’ 22-yard line. Four minutes and 40 seconds left in the Super Bowl. What do you do? “You’ve got to do what you think is best at the time,” Falcons coach Quinn said, when asked about the game on Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. In hindsight, if the Falcons ran the ball...
Quinn took over play-calling, Manuel to call plays

Quinn took over play-calling, Manuel to call plays

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who took over calling the defensive plays during the Kansas City game last season, believes that first-time defensive coordinator Marquand Manual will be just fine in his new position. “Marquand has been someone that’s been a very trusted aide to me for a long time,” Quinn said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. Former defensive coordinator Richard Smith...
Julio Jones close to decision on foot surgery

Julio Jones close to decision on foot surgery

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is still contemplating having offseason surgery on his foot that slowed him last season. “He’s going to visit with the docs again coming up next week,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Wednesday. “We’ll make a determination after that. It hasn’t been determined when or if (he’ll have surgery) at this point. But it’s something...
What Dan Quinn had to say at the scouting combine

What Dan Quinn had to say at the scouting combine

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say at the scouting combine on Wednesday: OPENING: Good morning. Good to see everybody here. As you know this marks the kickoff for us as we get into our offseason…I’m excited. We had a meeting with our staff on Monday. During that meeting we told them that there are 110 days until the end of our mandatory minicamp and 49 days until our...
Photos: The fate that awaits the Georgia Dome

Photos: The fate that awaits the Georgia Dome

Sports fans saw Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and The Omni dramatically dismantled with explosives in 1997. This summer, twenty years later, it will be the Georgia Dome’s turn.
Roddy White goes on Twitter rant about quarterbacks

Roddy White goes on Twitter rant about quarterbacks

A few weeks ago, Roddy White sounded off to the AJC’s Jeff Schultz about the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl loss. During the “We Never Played the Game” podcast with Schultz and WSB TV’s Zach Klein, White explained he would’ve challenged then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan over the play calling in the loss to the New England Patriots in Houston. &ldquo...
Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s presser at the NFL Combine

Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s presser at the NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS — Falcons coach Dan Quinn spoke to the media at the scouting combine on Wednesday.
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