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Falcons’ addition of LB Duke Riley keeps LSU pipeline open

Duke Riley probably had an idea the Falcons were interested in him, and the former LSU linebacker wasn’t surprised in the least Friday evening when Atlanta used the No. 75 pick of the draft to select him in the third round. He was flat-out excited. The quickish Tiger from New Orleans was one of about 30 college players to have private, pre-draft workouts with the Falcons. He knows a thing to...



Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

The Falcons traded their second-round pick (63rd overall) to the Buffalo Bills to pick up a third-round pick (75th overall) and two fifth-round picks (149th) and (156th) on Friday night. The Falcons’ own fifth-round pick is the 174th overall.
Live updates: Day 2 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

Live updates: Day 2 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

It’s the 2017 NFL Draft and the Falcons braintrust is hunkered down here at the team facilities. The Falcons currently hold the 63rd pick in the second round of the draft. They traded up to select UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley with the 26th overall pick on Thursday. We’ll be posting updates here throughout the evening and night about what’s happening at here and at the draft...
Falcons’ draft picks

Falcons’ draft picks

FIRST ROUND Takkarist McKinley, DE/LB, UCLA Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 250 pounds Arm length: 33 3/8 inches Hand size: 10 1/4 inches 40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 33 inches Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches Three-cone drill: 7.48 seconds Overview: He was a two-year starter for the Bruins after overcoming some early academic issues. He lined up at left and right...
Could Atlanta host an NFL Draft?

Could Atlanta host an NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft is the new Super Bowl. For the last three years, the NFL’s spring showcase has become a roadshow. After almost 50 years in New York, the NFL Draft has ventured to Chicago and now Philadelphia, where nearly 100,000 people attended the festivities surrounding the first round of selections on Thursday. In all, 22 clubs and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, have expressed...
Experts give Falcons high grades for McKinley pick

Experts give Falcons high grades for McKinley pick

UCLA linebacker Takkarist McKinley before the Falcons selected him with the No. 26 draft pick. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) NFL teams selected prospects in the first round of the NFL draft last night.
McKinley’s shoulder is a major concern

McKinley’s shoulder is a major concern

The Falcons were excited after drafting former UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinkey and repeatedly glossed over the fact that he had major shoulder surgery in March on Thursday night. McKinley says he played his final two seasons at UCLA with a torn labrum and fractured socket. He played through the injury not realizing the severity of the injury. The defensive end, who was selected with the 26th pick...
Draft Bio: Takkarist McKinley, linebacker, UCLA

Draft Bio: Takkarist McKinley, linebacker, UCLA

Takkarist (pronounced tuh-CAR-ist) McKinley, linebacker, UCLA Twitter: @Takk Height: 6-feet 4 inches| Arm length: 33 3/8″ Weight: 230 pounds | Hand size: 10 1/4″ 40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 33 nches Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches Three-cone drill: 7.48 seconds Overview: He was a two-year starter for the Bruins after overcoming...
Falcons select UCLA’s pass rusher Takkarist McKinley

Falcons select UCLA’s pass rusher Takkarist McKinley

The Falcons pulled off a trade with Seattle on Thursday night to land UCLA pass rusher Takkarist McKinley with the 26th pick in the NFL draft. The Falcons gave up a third-round and a seventh-round pick to move up from the 31st spot to the 26th spot to draft McKinley, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end. “We’re excited about having him on board,” Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff...
SEC player goes first, Falcons waiting

SEC player goes first, Falcons waiting

The Falcons were poised to strike to land one of the handful of defensive players on their board at the start of the NFL draft Thursday. The defending NFC champions entered the draft with the 31st pick and had to sit back and watch the early portion of the draft. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was the first player selected in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. The Chicago Bears traded a ransom...
Falcons’ drafts have become comfortable days since Dan Quinn’s arrival

Falcons’ drafts have become comfortable days since Dan Quinn’s arrival

The Falcons went through a long period, if not a majority of the franchise’s existence, when the draft wasn’t about restocking the roster as much as it was about setting up the next punchline. You could view early selections at various state fairs, adjacent to the two-headed goat, the bearded-lady and the Smith family guide to sports management. You may want to cover your eyes. Aundray...
Live updates: Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

Live updates: Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

It’s the 2017 NFL Draft and the Falcons braintrust is hunkered down here at the team facilities. The Falcons currently hold the 31st pick in the draft, but are looking to move up to get one of the “handful” of players they have targetted.We’ll be posting updates here throughout the evening and night about what’s happening at here and at the draft in Philadelphia. Please...
NFL experts disagree on where Alpharetta’s Joshua Dobbs will land

NFL experts disagree on where Alpharetta’s Joshua Dobbs will land

Alpharetta isn’t quite sure where one of its native sons will be taken in the 2017 NFL draft. No one is certain, really. Not even some of the NFL experts. With pro football’s annual selection show set to start Thursday night, mock drafts around the web have Alpharetta High graduate and University of Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs going anywhere from the second round to the sixth....
LEADOFF: How mock drafts forecast Falcons’ first-round pick

LEADOFF: How mock drafts forecast Falcons’ first-round pick

It’s draft day, which will be a long day for Falcons fans because the NFC champs won’t make a selection, barring a trade, until the 31st pick of tonight’s first round. So to kick off the day, let’s consult some of the many mock drafts for a preview of who the Falcons might pick in the first round: The latest mock draft by the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter has the...
The latest: What’s being said about tonight’s NFL draft

The latest: What’s being said about tonight’s NFL draft

Who will the Falcons select with their pick in the first round of the NFL draft? Will they even use their pick -- or trade it to someone else? Those questions and many more will be answered over the next three days during the 2017 NFL draft. Here are five things you need to know about the NFL draft: > When: Today through Saturday > Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval...
Falcons waive defensive tackle Staten

Falcons waive defensive tackle Staten

The Falcons waived defensive tackle Jimmy Staten on Wednesday. Staten, who was a fifth-round pick by Seattle in 2014, was a long shot to make the final roster. He played in college at Middle Tennessee.
Temper those hopes. The Falcons don’t need much from this draft

Temper those hopes. The Falcons don’t need much from this draft

The last time — the only other time, to be exact — that the Falcons came off a Super Bowl loss, they spent their first-round selection on Patrick Kerney of Virginia. That was actually a deft use of Round 1’s penultimate pick: They added a pass rusher to what was already a strong defensive line. (Chuck Smith, Shane Dronett, Travis Hall and Lester Archambeau: The Bomb Squad, remember?)...
Falcons to keep open mind with 31st pick

Falcons to keep open mind with 31st pick

The Falcons, despite heavily scouting pass rushers, plan to keep an open mind with the 31st pick in the NFL draft. The draft is set to start at 8 p.m. Thursday in Philadelphia, with each team having 10 minutes to make their pick in the first round. The second and third rounds will be held Friday, starting at 7 p.m. Rounds four, five, six and seven are set for Saturday, starting at noon. “The...
Will diluted urine tests shake up NFL draft?

Will diluted urine tests shake up NFL draft?

Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers and Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster, who are both projected to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft, have flunked their NFL drug test for having diluted urine. Peppers’ agents contend that he was heavily hydrating, drinking eight to 10 bottles of water a day, at the combine because he flew in from San Diego and had to work out with the linebackers...
5 players on the Falcons’ radar screen

5 players on the Falcons’ radar screen

For the Falcons’ personnel men, this time of the year is like Christmas. Some of the scouts have been on the road for about 200 days trying to find more talent for the defending NFC champions. With all of the information gathered, the Falcons are considering their options heading into the NFL draft, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Philadelphia. “We have a few more days to continue...
2017 NFL draft prop bets: Who’s the last one standing in green room?

2017 NFL draft prop bets: Who’s the last one standing in green room?

090316 Atlanta: North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws as Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Davin Bellamy leaps over a defender during the second half of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome Saturday September 3, 2016.
Falcons exercise 5th-year option on Matthews

Falcons exercise 5th-year option on Matthews

The team exercised the fifth-year option on left tackle Jake Matthews on Tuesday. Matthews, who was selected sixth in the first round of the 2014 draft, has played in 47 regular-season games, all starts. He missed one game his rookie season. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said after the pre-draft news conference Thursday that the team planned to exercise the option. Matthews originally signed...
On this day, Falcons history changed with discovery of Michael Vick’s dogs

On this day, Falcons history changed with discovery of Michael Vick’s dogs

On April 25, 2007, the unimaginable happened. A drug investigation involving a cousin of Michael Vick led authorities to a residence in Virginia owned by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. What they discovered was animal neglect. Police found about dozens of dogs, some heavily scarred, and various paraphernalia associated with dog fighting. It was supposed to be a momentous week for Vick....
Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with stadium roof closed

Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with stadium roof closed

Chick-fil-A Kickoff officials aren’t worried about whether the retractable roof on Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open when the college-football event is played there for the first time. That’s because they’ve already decided to play the Alabama-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Tennessee games on Labor Day weekend with the roof closed to eliminate the variable of weather. “Most definitely...
Several Georgia grown players ready for NFL draft

Several Georgia grown players ready for NFL draft

About a month ago, general manager Thomas Dimitroff asked Steve Szabo, the team’s director of college scouting, to come into his office and mark up the entire draft board. “We asked him about all of the guys who were Georgia natives,” Dimitroff said. “It was pretty neat to see how much talent was on that board from this state.” Several players from Georgia are slated...
Top 10 safeties in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 safeties in the 2017 NFL draft

Here are the top 10 safety prospects (with projected draft round) for the 2017 NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia: Malik Hooker, 6-foot, 1-inch and 206 pounds, Ohio State (first): With Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell gone to the NFL, Hooker became a starting safety last season and emerged as an All-American. He led the Big Ten with seven interceptions...
Falcons are not looking for ‘angelic’ souls

Falcons are not looking for ‘angelic’ souls

The Falcons are in the final stages of rating and stacking players on their board for the NFL draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who has been involved domestic violence case, is not on the team’s draft board, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution learned. This was no random decision. The Falcons, even though they drafted cornerback...
Top 10 cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

Here are the top 10 cornerback prospects (with projected draft round) for the NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia: Marshon Lattimore, 6-foot, 193 pounds, Ohio State (first):He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the scouting combine. He played in 20 games with 13 starts for the Buckeyes. He led the Buckeyes in passes defended...
Falcons receiver Gabriel signs $2.8 million contract

Falcons receiver Gabriel signs $2.8 million contract

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel signed his second-round tender worth $2.81 million Saturday. Gabriel, after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns, emerged as the Falcons’ No. 3 wide receiver last season while making $510,000. He added a spark to the offense with his speed and toughness. As the third receiver behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, Gabriel finished with 35 catches for 579 yards...
Top 10 linebackers in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 linebackers in the 2017 NFL draft

Here are the top 10 linebacker prospects (with projected draft round) for the NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia: Reuben Foster, 6-foot and 229 pounds, Alabama (first round): Has had a stormy pre-draft season starting with getting kicked out of the scouting combine and culminating with a flagged drug test. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock doesn’t believe Foster&rsquo...
Top 10 defensive linemen in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 defensive linemen in the 2017 NFL draft

090515 ATLANTA: Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn (from left) shares a laugh with Carl Lawson and Jonathan Wallace as he puts on the “leather helmet” trophy winning the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game 31-24 over Louisville on Saturday, Sept.
Falcons to open new stadium against Packers

Falcons to open new stadium against Packers

The Falcons are scheduled to play their first regular-season NFL game at the Mercedes-Benz Dome against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 17 on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The schedule, released Thursday, has slated the Falcons’ new stadium debut in Week 2. The defending NFC champs, the Falcons will open the season on the road against the Chicago Bears on Sept 10. In their...
A week-by-week look at the Falcons’ 2017 schedule

A week-by-week look at the Falcons’ 2017 schedule

Here’s a week-by-week look at the Falcons’ 2017 NFL schedule: Falcons at Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 Arizona Cardinals at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 Jacksonville Jaguars at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 Sept. 10 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., FOX: The Bears have hitched their wagon to Mike Glennon, the former backup with Tampa Bay. The Bears...
Falcons looking to move up from 31st spot

Falcons looking to move up from 31st spot

The Falcons have heavily scouted the pass rushers who’ll be available for the upcoming NFL draft, which is set to be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. The Falcons hold the 31st pick and Missouri’s Charles Harris and Tennessee’s Derek Barnett will be long gone. However, the Falcons believe there will be opportunities to move up into the 20s to land one of the &ldquo...
Falcons impressed with Jabrill Peppers

Falcons impressed with Jabrill Peppers

Several mock drafts have the Falcons selecting versatile Michigan player Jabrill Peppers in the upcoming NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, which is faster than Seattle All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas. “From our perspective, we talked a lot about him,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Thursday...
Report: Falcons set to open new stadium against Packers

Report: Falcons set to open new stadium against Packers

The Falcons are set to open the Mercedes-Benz Dome against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 17, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing a source.  The game will be a rematch of the NFC championship game the Falcons won 44-21 on Jan. 22 to advance to Super Bowl LI. The full NFL schedule is set to be released at 8 p.m.
Falcons look set up for future but salaries could become an issue

Falcons look set up for future but salaries could become an issue

Let’s start with the Super Bowl, because it seems nobody can think about the Falcons’ upcoming draft or their roster makeup or whether somehow Kyle Shanahan is to blame for the fact every major thoroughfare in Atlanta is collapsing or opening up a new sinkhole to hell without thinking of their last game. The franchise took the city for an incredible ride last season, until suddenly in...
Report: Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl rematch set for Week 7

Report: Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl rematch set for Week 7

The Super Bowl rematch between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is set for Week 7, Oct. 22 at Gillette Stadium and will be televised nationally on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, according to the Boston Herald. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI in Houston. The Falcons held a 28-3 lead before collapsing and losing the game in the most historic comeback...
GWCCA: ‘Remote chance’ Dome needed, but it ‘could be ready’

GWCCA: ‘Remote chance’ Dome needed, but it ‘could be ready’

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority characterizes the chances of the Georgia Dome being used again as “remote,” but says the building “could be ready” if needed. The GWCCA, the state agency that operated the Dome and on whose campus the delayed Mercedes-Benz Stadium is being built, weighed in late Wednesday in response to questions from the AJC. “In the remote...
Top 10 offensive linemen in 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 offensive linemen in 2017 NFL draft

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the top 10 offensive linemen prospects (with projected draft round) for the 2017 NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia: Garett Bolles, 6-feet, 6-inches and 31-0 pounds, OT, Utah (first round): A late-bloomer, who overcame a difficult family situation after getting kicked out of the house by his father.
Falcons working to move forward

Falcons working to move forward

The Falcons appear to be finding it easier to process their stunning Super Bowl loss now that they’re back together — officially — and working out at as a team rather than as individuals. A little more than 10 weeks after losing a 28-3 third-quarter lead and falling to the Patriots 34-28 in overtime in Houston, the Falcons began their offseason program with a Monday workout, and...
Falcons can find offensive line help in draft

Falcons can find offensive line help in draft

The Falcons rode their high-scoring offense to the Super Bowl last season. Nine of the Super Bowl starters are set to return, while the Falcons must find a replacement for right guard Chris Chester, who retired, and fullback Patrick DiMarco, who signed with Buffalo during free agency. The Falcons, who have three picks in the top 100 of the coming NFL draft, have heavily scouted offensive linemen....

Falcons take a flyer on UGA decathlete Scantling

The NFL draft begins April 27, but the Falcons aren’t waiting to add talent from the college ranks, as former University of Georgia decathlon ace Garrett Scantling — who didn’t play college football — signed with the team last week. At 6-foot-3 and about 222 pounds, Scantling is an intriguing prospect. He won three SEC heptathlon titles from 2013-16, was a four-time All-American...
Falcons re-juvenated by “Camp Brotherhood”

Falcons re-juvenated by “Camp Brotherhood”

Fresh from a quick trip to Florida, the Falcons have begun their offseason program quickly, and they look like they’ve been busy. Quarterback Matt Ryan again organized a gathering in south Florida, where for a couple of days last week players — and players only — got together to work out, throw and catch footballs and re-acquaint themselves ahead of the team’s official workouts...
Julio Jones, others limited for Falcons in offseason program

Julio Jones, others limited for Falcons in offseason program

A few players for the Falcons are not participating fully in the team’s offseason program, yet team officials expect wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack, cornerback Desmond Trufant, and defensive linemen Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn to be recovered from injuries for training camp. “At this point we do (believe all the players will be full go by mid-summer), unless there is...

Back to work, Falcons try to leave Super Bowl behind

The Falcons appear to be finding it easier to process their stunning Super Bowl loss now that they’re back together — officially — and working out at as a team rather than as individuals. A little more than 10 weeks after losing a 28-3 third-quarter lead and falling to the Patriots 34-28 in overtime in Houston, the Falcons began their offseason program with a Monday workout, and...
Top 10 tight ends in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 tight ends in the 2017 NFL draft

Former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard on the move against LSU. (Associated Press) FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the top 10 tight end prospects (with projected draft round) for the 2017 NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia: O.
Timeline: History of Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Timeline: History of Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The new home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has been in the making far longer than when the team first broke ground on a site just south of the Georgia Dome in 2014. The opening of the new stadium, which had been set to first open in March 2017, has been delayed several times by what the team has associated with steel structural issues. The new opening date for the facility is a Falcons...
Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s opening is delayed again

Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s opening is delayed again

Construction issues with the roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will delay the opening of the Atlanta Falcons’ new home for the third time and will keep the Georgia Dome standing for a while longer. Steve Cannon, CEO of Falcons parent company AMB Group, said Tuesday that the opening of the $1.5 billion downtown stadium will be pushed back from July 30, when an Atlanta United soccer match was to be...
Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening is pushed back again

Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening is pushed back again

Construction issues have delayed the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a third time. Cannon also confirmed that “decommissioning” and demolition of the Georgia Dome have been put on hold “until we are 100 percent certain of achieving our certificate of occupancy.” “This really does represent an insurance policy,” he said. “We do not expect to use the Georgia...
Atlanta United president understands fans’ frustration

Atlanta United president understands fans’ frustration

Atlanta United has gone from conducting the first event in Mercedes-Benz Stadium when it was supposed to have opened in March, to the first event when it was supposed to open July 30, to not playing in it until Sept. 9, when it hosts Dallas after several football games will have been played in the $1.5 billion building. The most recent delay — caused by issues related the retractable roof...
Dome demolition delay looms amid Mercedes-Benz Stadium questions

Dome demolition delay looms amid Mercedes-Benz Stadium questions

[UPDATE, April 18, 2017: Construction issues with Mercedes-Benz Stadium will delay the opening of the Atlanta Falcons’ new home for the third time and will keep the Georgia Dome standing for a while longer.] Demolition of the Georgia Dome, originally expected to occur in July, could be postponed amid construction delays with its replacement, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “There’s no...
Blank to receive 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Blank to receive 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank will receive the Atlanta Sports Council’s Lifetime Achievement award presented by Coca-Cola at the 2017 Atlanta Sports Awards on July 13 at the Rialto Center for the Arts. “I’m humbled to receive this special honor from the Atlanta Sports Council and grateful for the tremendous recognition it is for our family and all that our teams have contributed...
NFC champions back on the grind in Flowery Branch

NFC champions back on the grind in Flowery Branch

A person passes a large sign that reads “Rise Up” before the ninth annual “Kia Motors Friday Night Lights” at Grayson High School, Friday, August 5, 2016, in Loganville, Ga.
Freeman present, Jones and Trufant limited

Freeman present, Jones and Trufant limited

The Falcons had 100 percent attendance at the start of the first day of their strength and conditioning program on Monday, according to the team. Running back Devonta Freeman, who wants a contract extension, was on hand. Also, wide receiver Julio Jones (foot) and Desmond Trufant (pectoral injury) were both present, but will be limited during strength and conditioning program. But are expected to be...
Top 10 running backs in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 running backs in the 2017 NFL draft

BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 25: Leonard Fournette #7 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball against the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
D. Led’s breakdown of the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

D. Led’s breakdown of the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

090316 Atlanta: North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws as Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Davin Bellamy leaps over a defender during the second half of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome Saturday September 3, 2016.
NFL has tough-love for spread quarterbacks

NFL has tough-love for spread quarterbacks

One of San Francisco rookie general manager John Lynch’s first tasks is to find the next Joe Montana for the 49ers. The job, which is hard enough under any circumstances, has been made more difficult by the proliferation of spread offenses throughout the college and even high school ranks. “I think that’s one of the challenges we’re dealing with and this whole league&rsquo...
More buzz about Falcons opening at home on SNF in Week One

More buzz about Falcons opening at home on SNF in Week One

Will the stadium be ready in time? January 10, 2017, Atlanta: The progress of the new Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium is seen with cranes rising from the floor through the retractable roof on Tuesday, Jan.
Top 10 quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

September 22, 2016 Atlanta – Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) warms up before their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
Falcons plotting another move up in the draft?

Falcons plotting another move up in the draft?

The last media look inside the Falcons’ draft nerve center was a few years back, but is still relevant. There was an 80-inch television on the wall facing general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s desk. He said he, Scott Pioli and others often watched tape of a player on that screen. There was a 60-inch touch-screen draft board, on which Dimitroff can access scouting reports and contract information...
Roddy White announces his retirement

Roddy White announces his retirement

Falcons all-time leading receiver Roddy White announced his retirement on his Twitter account Friday. White was released by the team after the 2016 season and was not signed by another team last season. “Also thanks to everyone for the congrats on my new gig and I’m going to have a lot of fun with these young kids and win some game(s),” White wrote. “… officially retired...
Report: NFL schedule to be released on Thursday

Report: NFL schedule to be released on Thursday

Detroit Lions president Rod Wood said the NFL’s regular-season schedule would be released on Thursday, according to David Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Wood made the statement during the Lions unveiling of their new uniforms on Thursday. The NFL released exhibition schedules for all 32 teams Monday, and every team already knows who it plays in the 2017 regular season. The 2017 Falcons scheduled...
Atlanta Super Bowl date announced

Atlanta Super Bowl date announced

Super Bowl LIII will be held on Feb. 3, 2019, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the NFL announced on Thursday. Atlanta was named the recipient of Super Bowl LIII in May after the NFL Owners Meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Super Bowl LIII will be Atlanta’s third Super Bowl after the Georgia Dome hosted Super Bowl XXVIII on Jan. 30, 1994 (Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills) and Super Bowl XXXIV...
Report: Freeman to attend offseason programs

Report: Freeman to attend offseason programs

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who would like to have his contract renegotiated, plans to attend the team’s offseason strength-and-conditioning program which starts Monday, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News. Freeman, after working out at the players-only camp in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday, spoke to Marvez. “I’m doing everything,” Freeman...
Falcons will have trouble replacing Chester in the draft

Falcons will have trouble replacing Chester in the draft

It’s not a good year for the Falcons to try to find a starting offensive lineman in the draft. The Falcons must replace right guard Chris Chester, who elected to retire. The draft is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. “I talked to an offensive line coach this week who said this is the worst offensive line class that he’s seen in 15 years,” said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel...
Plans unveiled for college football title game in Atlanta

Plans unveiled for college football title game in Atlanta

As questions swirl about when Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open, organizers of the building’s first scheduled mega-event — the college football national championship game Jan. 8 — announced Wednesday the lineup of fan activities leading to the game. The lineup includes several three-day events Jan. 6-8: Playoff Fan Central, a 300,000-square foot interactive attraction inside the Georgia...
COVER9@9: Ryan expecting smooth transition to Sarkisian

COVER9@9: Ryan expecting smooth transition to Sarkisian

CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 24: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Report: Falcons workout ex-Vols cornerback Cameron Sutton

Report: Falcons workout ex-Vols cornerback Cameron Sutton

Former Tennesse cornerback and returner Cameron Sutton worked out for the Falcons on Sunday, according to Pro Football Talk.com. Sutton, 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds, is from Jonesboro High. He played in 45 games for the Volunteers and had 127 tackles and seven interceptions. Sutton finished career as Tennessee’s all-time leader in passes defended with 37 (30 pass breakups, seven interceptions)...
Report: Falcons held private workout for Derek Barnett

Report: Falcons held private workout for Derek Barnett

The Falcons continue to scout the top pass rushers in the coming NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. The Falcons recently had a private workout for Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett, according to NFL Media. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/851771476755828737 Barnett projects as the third best pass-rusher in the draft. He likely won’t be available with the Falcons...
Falcons take a flyer on former UGA trackster

Falcons take a flyer on former UGA trackster

The Falcons signed former University of Georgia decathlete Garrett Scantling to a free-agent contract Monday. He’ll try to make the team as a wide receiver. He worked out for NFL teams at Jacksonville University’s Pro Day in March. Scantling, who last played football in high school in Jacksonville, won the Bulldog Decathlon in 2015 with a school- and facility-record score of 8,232 points...
Falcons’ exhibition opponents announced

Falcons’ exhibition opponents announced

The Falcons’ opponents for the exhibition season were announced by the NFL on Monday. The Falcons, who are scheduled to play in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season, will play their first and second games on the road. Their first home game is slated to be against Arizona between Aug. 24 and 27. The dates and times were not released. The schedule: Falcons at Miami Dolphins Falcons at Pittsburgh...
Ryan still recovering from sting of Super Bowl loss

Ryan still recovering from sting of Super Bowl loss

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s recovery from the team’s historic collapse in the Super Bowl is moving along. Instead of dealing with reality at a later date, the NFL’s reigning MVP subjected himself to the torture immediately. The Falcons held a 28-3 lead before a bundle of miscues, decisions and big plays by the Patriots led to a 34-28 loss in overtime. It was the biggest collapse...
5 things we learned from Matt Ryan today

5 things we learned from Matt Ryan today

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan before his seventh annual celebrity charity golf tournament at TPC Sugarloaf on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Winner: Best Atlanta sports star | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best Atlanta sports star | Best of Atlanta

Last week we were recruiting the best Atlanta sports stars of all time.  Your voice was heard loud and clear on the pick for Atlanta’s true MVP.  Who scores a home run in your personal playbook? You guessed it − Chipper Jones. The third baseman spent his entire 19-year MLB career playing for the Atlanta Braves. On June 28, 2013, the Braves retired Jones' number 10 and inducted...
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