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Kempner: Falcons buy into furniture by homeless, recovering addicts
Workers at Lamon Luther, a young Douglasville business, make hand-crafted furniture with reclaimed wood. Employees at the company have been affected by homelessness or addiction. MATT KEMPNER / AJC

4:12 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

Starting a new business is usually brutally hard. Brian Preston made it even harder by hiring homeless guys and recovering drug addicts to make handcrafted furniture.But, hey, Preston is a guy who believes in second chances.That’s turning out to be a good thing now that he and his crew are ...
Neal set to sign $10.7 million deal today
GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18: Bud Sasser #21 of the Missouri Tigers catches a pass out of bounds in the endzone past the defense of Keanu Neal #42 of the Florida Gators in during the first half of the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

2:40 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons safety Keanu Neal is set to sign his four-year, $10.7 million contract later today.The Falcons and Neal, the team’s first-round pick and 17th overall pick in the draft, agreed to terms on the deal. Neal was the first first-round pick from the 2016 NFL draft to ...
A closer look at the Falcons’ undrafted rookie free agents
Former Texas kicker Nick Rose once made an 80-yard field goal in practice. (Associated Press)

1:49 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons opened their rookie minicamp today after signing a class of 22 undrafted rookies.The team will also have some players on had receiving tryouts:Here’s a closer look at the undrafted rookies:Josh Dawson, 6-foot-4, 273 pounds, DE, Georgia: He played in 51 games for the Bulldogs and ...
Rose heads up list of Falcons’ undrafted rookies

1:11 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH —Texas kicker Nick Rose, who once made an 80-yard field goal in practice, heads up the list of 22 undrafted rookie free agents signed by the Falcons on Thursday. The Falcons also signed former Georgia defensive end Josh Dawson and nose tackle Chris Mayes. The other players signed ...
Worrilow has advice for undrafted rookies
Former Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Chris Mayes works out during Pro Day in Athens in March. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

4:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Linebacker Paul Worrilow had some advice for the more than 35 players set to attend the Falcons’ rookie minicamp, which will be held Thursday through Saturday.Worrilow, the Falcons’ leading tackler over the past three seasons, made the team as an undrafted player from Delaware in 2013.“The biggest thing is just ...
Q&A: Worrilow not worried about pass rush
121414 ATLANTA: Falcons defenders Corey Peters (from left), Paul Worrilow, Paul Soliai, and Kroy Biermann prepare to line up against the Steelers in a football on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Atlanta. Only Worrilow remains with the team from this file photo. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

3:14 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, the team’s leading tackler over the past three season, is off to a solid start in the team’s offseason program.He spoke to local media about training, meeting a Navy Seal and welcoming the new linebackers to the team.Here’s what he had to say ...
Falcons, Neal agree to four-year contract
Atlanta Falcons first round draft pick Keanu Neal, center, poses for a photo with his jersey and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, left, and head coach Dan Quinn at the football team’s practice facility Friday, April 29, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

2:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons and safety Keanu Neal, the team’s first-round pick, agreed to terms Wednesday on a four-year contact. Neal is the first first-round pick from the 2016 NFL draft to reach a deal. Terms were undisclosed. Neal’s contract likely will be worth more than $10 million. Defensive ...
Three things to know about Falcons rookie Austin Hooper
Austin Hooper of Stanford catches a 4-yard touchdown pass against UCLA on October 15, 2015. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

2:31 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Falcons drafted tight end Austin Hooper in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft. Here are three things to know about Hooper: At Stanford He played two seasons for the Cardinal and turned pro early. He redshirted as a freshman in 2013. The Cardinal had a combined 20-7 ...
Devonta Freeman is a 'stand up guy'
073115 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (right) looks on as Devonta Freeman runs a drill on the first day of training camp on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

1:36 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was jogging through his neighborhood when he noticed an elderly woman struggling with her lawn work. The Falcons Pro Bowl running back stopped and assisted Eleanor Szendel, 82, with emptying her lawnclippings. “I was just walking in my neighborhood and I saw ...
Alford fine with move to nickel back
101115 ATLANTA: — SUDDEN DEATH — Falcons cornerback Robert Alford intercepts Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and breaks away from wide receiver Ryan Grant during sudden death and returns it for the game winning touchdown and a final score of 25-19 in their football game on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons remain perfect at 5-0 with the victory. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons cornerback Robert Alford is being moved to nickel back over the offseason.Falcons coach Dan Quinn discussed the move at the owner’s meeting recently.Alford has played outside for most of his career since being drafted in the second-round of the 2013 draft.“I’m good with it,” Alford said. ...
Quinn had Navy SEALS speak, work out the Falcons
Atlanta Falcons first round draft pick Keanu Neal, center, poses for a photo with his jersey and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, left, and head coach Dan Quinn at the football team’s practice facility Friday, April 29, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

1:06 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn has members of the Navy Sea Air and Land team (SEALs) to speak to the team and put them through three-days of training last week during the offseason program..Cornerback Robert Alford was impressed.“Just to push through the rough times,” Alford said was the ...
Vegas has Falcons at 50-to-1 to win Super Bowl

Updated: 12:29 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

101115 ATLANTA: Falcons running back Terron Ward takes a handoff from Matt Ryan during pregame warmups before the football game against the Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com FLOWERY BRANCH — With the major part of the offseason — free agency and the draft ...

5 things we learned from the Falcons today

Updated: 8:53 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

122815 ATLANTA: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman gets past Panthers Jared Allen for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7 during the second quarter in a football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons cornerback Robert Alford, running back Devonta Freeman ...

Cover 9@9: Neal makes the Godfather’s instant-impact list

Updated: 5:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Keanu Neal during the Gators’ game against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. / UAA Communications photo by Tim Casey The COVER 9@9 is back every Wednesday at 9 a.m. The rookie minicamp is set to start on Thursday and run through ...

Leon Hall to visit Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) returns an interception as cornerback Morgan Trent (25) blocks Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox (13) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

9:19 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

FLOWER BRANCH — Veteran cornerback Leon Hall, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, is set to visit the Falcons on Wednesday.Hall, 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, played nine seasons with the Bengals. He was a first round pick (18th overall) out of Michigan in 2007.Hall has played in 121 games and made 105 ...
Falcons revised Post-Draft Depth Chart

Updated: 2:07 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 30, 2014: Austin Hooper during Stanford’s game against Maryland in the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl. The Cardinal defeated the Terrapins 45-21. FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s an updated — post- draft — look at the projected Atlanta Falcons depth chart. OFFENSE WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 ...

Arthur Blank: Falcons will be playoff team in 2016
Falcons owner Arthur Blank celebrated this upset of the Carolina Pathers in December with quarterback Matt Ryan but otherwise was disappointed in the team’s 8-8 season in 2015. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 1:16 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Falcons have missed the playoffs three straight seasons and the 2015 season was one of the most “stressful” of all for owner Arthur Blank. He watched his team start 6-1, then spiral to an 8-8 finish.But Blank believes the Falcons will return to the postseason in 2016, despite the ...
 Arthur Blank: On health, Falcons’ moves, playoff hopes
Falcons coach Arthur Blank has been on board with all of the team’s moves and believes this is a playoff team in 2016. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Falcons owner Arthur Blank spent time this week with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to discuss his health and new perspective following recent surgery for prostate cancer, the state of his team’s roster and playoff chances for 2016 against the backdrop of criticism from fans and media.Q: How’s your health?A: I’m doing ...
Falcons have issues but Blank may be right about playoff projection

Updated: 12:58 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff (left) and coach Dan Quinn (right) are counting on big things from first-round pick Keanu Neal, a strong safety and the team’s first round draft pick last week. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com) Arthur Blank says his Falcons will be a playoff team in 2016. I’m not quite ...

Grading the NFC South’s offseason moves
Coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints speaks with Drew Brees during the fourth quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 21, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

11:37 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

While the Falcons were trying to get fast and physical on defense, the rest of the teams around the NFC South also executed some exotic plans in free agency and the NFL draft.Carolina, after electing to part ways with Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman in a bizarre move, loaded up ...
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