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NFL owners convene in Atlanta to potentially discuss new rules, anthem protests

NFL owners will meet in Atlanta this week, tackling topics that range from player protests during the national anthem to changes in kickoff rules.  Owners and other top executives of the 32 NFL teams will attend the league’s annual spring meetings at a Buckhead hotel Tuesday and Wednesday.  There’s a lot of business on the table for the meetings, including the expected approval...


Several Falcons on Gosselin’s all-time special teams unit

Several Falcons on Gosselin’s all-time special teams unit

Before the NFL butchers its kickoff-return rules and forever alters the way the game is played at the league owner’s meeting, which will be held Monday through Wednesday in Atlanta, let’s look at Rick Gosselin’s all-time special teams unit.  Gosselin has covered the NFL for 44 years, including stints reporting on the Lions, Giants, Chiefs and Cowboys. He has been a Pro...
Atlanta’s Super Bowl planning includes focus on winter weather risk

Atlanta’s Super Bowl planning includes focus on winter weather risk

As Atlanta prepares for the Super Bowl in February, the memory of the ice storm that marred the mega-event’s last visit to the city in 2000 looms large.  Atlanta’s unpredictable winter weather is an important variable that must be taken into consideration in planning for the event, a host committee executive said during a Super Bowl panel discussion that drew about 200 people Wednesday...
Vegas: Saints have best odds to win NFC South 

Vegas: Saints have best odds to win NFC South 

The good folks over at Bovoda.lv installed the Saints as the early favorites to win the NFC South.   New Orleans Saints 9/5   Atlanta Falcons 2/1    Carolina Panthers 3/1   Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6/1  Here’s a look at the odds in the rest of the divisions:       Philadelphia Eagles 5/8    Dallas Cowboys 7/2    New York Giants...
Which ex-Falcon is engaged to ‘Empire’s’ Cookie Lyon?

Which ex-Falcon is engaged to ‘Empire’s’ Cookie Lyon?

Former Falcons cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who played one season for the team in 2011, got engaged to superstar actress Taraji P. Henson on Mother’s Day. We first noticed Henson’s work in Hustle and Flow, but she’s since gone on to star as Cookie Lyon in the television show “Empire,” the movie “Hidden Figures” and several other works. Hayden played in eight...
Cover 9@9: A closer look at the McClain signing 

Cover 9@9: A closer look at the McClain signing 

1. The McClain file: The signing of defensive tackle Terrell McClain didn’t get analyzed properly because it was done on the eve of the rookie mini-camp. So today, we’ll double back and examine the signing of the 29-year-old veteran defensive tackle, who’s set to play for his sixth team. He agreed to a one-year, $4 million contact.  “Another inside guy and (he has) the...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Legally betting on the Falcons  

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Legally betting on the Falcons  

In the 57th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a federal ban on sports betting outside of Nevada. When will you be able to legally place a Super Bowl bet on the Falcons in Georgia?  Also, Falcons draft picks Russell Gage and Foye Oluokun stop by to discuss how the rookie minicamp went. Listen (then subscribe...

Tuesday spring scores

Buford’s Evan Place put the ball in play during the bottom of the seventh to score the winning run. The Wolves bested the Falcons 3-2 in game one of their class 5A semifinal series. In game two, Grant James’ RBI single in the top of the seventh helped seal the 1-0 victory the Wolves needed to advance to the finals. Jefferson swept a strong Blessed Trinity with scores of 10-7 and 2-0. This...
Falcons sign defensive back, release running back 

Falcons sign defensive back, release running back 

The Falcons made a roster move on Tuesday, when they released reserve running back Terrence Magee and signed safety Jason Hall. Hall, who played at Texas, was one of the 23 players to tryout with the Falcons during their rookie mini-camp last weekend.  Hall, 6-feet-2 and 216 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. 
Freeman rated 70th best player in NFL

Freeman rated 70th best player in NFL

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who battled through two concussions and a knee injury, was revealed at the 70th rated player in the league on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2018 show on Monday. It was Freeman’s third appearance on the list. He was 41st last season and 50th in 2016.  The show counts down the top players in the NFL as voted on by current NFL players. Freeman...
DVR alert: Freeman to be revealed  tonight on the Top 100 player show 

DVR alert: Freeman to be revealed  tonight on the Top 100 player show 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who battled through two concussions and a knee injury, will be revealed on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2018  at 8 p.m tonight. “This player will be making his third career appearance on the list, and will be the first Falcons player to be revealed on this year’s list thus far,” according to NFL Media. The show counts...
Five things we learned from Falcons’ rookie mini-camp 

Five things we learned from Falcons’ rookie mini-camp 

Here are five things we learned from the Falcons’ rookie mini-camp that was completed on Sunday: 1. Military training: After the Saturday practice, the rookie draft picks and the undrafted signed rookies started classroom work on the Navy SEALs styled training conducted by the Acumen Performance Group. The players who were on tryouts were released to go home. Also, the team released former Colorado...
Division III player trying to put those 16-hour bus trips in his rearview mirror 

Division III player trying to put those 16-hour bus trips in his rearview mirror 

For Falcons rookie offensive lineman Matt Gono, those 16-hour bus trips are over. If the undrafted rookie from Wesley College, a Division III school in Delaware, can make the team, he’ll fly chartered jets to his games.  “I remember one game, my freshmen year, we had a game in Alabama,” Gono said after rookie minicamp’s Saturday practice. “It was a 16-hour bus ride...
Photos: Falcons get a look at rookies at minicamp

Photos: Falcons get a look at rookies at minicamp

The Falcons are back on the field. Well, players hoping to be Falcons are at least. The team is holding its rookie minicamp this weekend at Flowery Branch. The camp ends Sunday.  Take a look at a photo gallery (above) from the scene.
Falcons look at Ridley at kickoff, punt returner 

Falcons look at Ridley at kickoff, punt returner 

Falcons first-round draft pick Calvin Ridley moved around a lot at the rookie minicamp Saturday. While his snaps were reduced, he saw action returning kickoffs and punts, and on offense, he played both in the slot and on the outside.  “So, we got a chance to see him (do) a variety of things, and that will continue through the OTAs,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. Ridley was selected...
Undrafted rookies McNitt, Marx compete for Falcons FB job

Undrafted rookies McNitt, Marx compete for Falcons FB job

The Falcons have a vacant fullback spot, and the likely reality is it will be filled by an undrafted rookie. Luke McNitt of Nebraska and Daniel Marx of Stanford are the leading candidates as rookie minicamp opened Friday. Both players got their first taste of the NFL, though neither stood out in the brief first practice. They joined the Falcons with an eye on the open spot on the depth chart. ...
Russell Gage works at CB in Falcons rookie camp

Russell Gage works at CB in Falcons rookie camp

The Falcons traded up into the sixth round to select Russell Gage. They loved his versatility, which was on full display Friday at the first day of rookie minicamp. Gage, a receiver and special-teams ace, worked as a cornerback. He played cornerback for two seasons at LSU before moving to receiver. “I thought OK, why not take a look,” coach Dan Quinn said. “He’s such a...
Falcons exhibition dates and times announced

Falcons exhibition dates and times announced

The Falcons will open their exhibition season on a Friday night in New Jersey. The NFL released a detailed exhibition schedule Friday, including dates and times for the already unveiled matchups. Here’s the Falcons’ complete exhibition schedule: Week 1: Friday, Aug. 10, at Jets, 7:30 p.m. Week 2: Friday, Aug. 17, vs. Chiefs, 7 p.m. Week 3: Saturday, Aug. 25, at Jaguars, 7:30 p.m. Week...
Kurt Benkert begins bid to stick around Falcons QB room

Kurt Benkert begins bid to stick around Falcons QB room

Kurt Benkert is vying to be the second Virginia quarterback on the Falcons’ depth chart. Benkert was not drafted last month despite a record-setting season with the Cavaliers. The Baltimore native became the first Virginia quarterback to surpass 3,000 yards, throwing for 3,207 and 25 touchdowns on a 58.5 completion rate. He commonly was projected as a Day 3 choice, but that didn’t come...
Falcons sign defensive tackle Terrell McClain

Falcons sign defensive tackle Terrell McClain

The Falcons signed defensive tackle Terrell McClain on Friday, the team announced. McClain visited the team earlier in the day as part of free-agent visits. McClain played for the Panthers, Patriots, Texans, Cowboys and most recently the Redskins. The 6-foot-2, 302-pounder was drafted by the Panthers in the third round (No. 65 overall) out of South Florida in the 2011 NFL Draft. McClain signed a...
A look at how Matt Ryan’s historic $150 million deal got done

A look at how Matt Ryan’s historic $150 million deal got done

Shortly after last season, the Falcons pronounced that signing quarterback Matt Ryan to a long-term contract extension was the franchise’s No. 1 priority. The quarterback market was shifting and there was one major surprise bombshell when the 49ers signed unproven quarterback Jimmy Garropolo to a five-year, $137.5 million deal, which averaged $27.5 million annually.   The Falcons were...
Falcons sign third-round pick Senat

Falcons sign third-round pick Senat

The Falcons agreed to terms with third-round draft pick Deadrin Senat, the team announced on Thursday. The defensive tackle from South Florida was selected with the 90th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Senat, 6-foot, 314 pounds, was all-conference first-team in the American Athletic Conference last season. The Falcons begin a three-day rookie mini-camp on Friday. The Falcons have only first-round...
Falcons invite 23 players to rookie mini-camp tryouts 

Falcons invite 23 players to rookie mini-camp tryouts 

Georgia Tech defensive backs Lance and Lawrence Austin are on the list of 23 tryout players who will participate at the Falcons rookie mini-camp that will run Friday through Sunday.  Last year, the Falcons brought in 27 tryout players to their rookie mini-camp and signed two. Both, though, were put on the team’s practice squad and one (defensive tackle Taniela Tupou) was promoted to the...
Five undrafted players to watch at Falcons’ rookie mini-camp 

Five undrafted players to watch at Falcons’ rookie mini-camp 

As soon as the draft ended, the Falcons started to assemble their class of undrafted rookie free agents.  The team’s six draft picks, the 27 undrafted players and several players on tryouts will take part in the rookie mini-camp which will be held Friday through Sunday. “You want to talk about being hungry and determined, a number of these guys certainly are that,” Falcons...
NFLPA, NFL to host mental health symposium here on Monday 

NFLPA, NFL to host mental health symposium here on Monday 

A program to deal with mental health issues in sports will be held 8 a.m. Monday at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.  The NFL Players Association and NFL are partnering with Cigna to host the event, which is titled, “Beyond the Physical: A Symposium on Mental Health in Sports.”  May is mental health awareness month. The Symposium is open to the public.  Atlanta...
Falcons agree to terms with four draft picks

Falcons agree to terms with four draft picks

With rookie minicamp set to start on Friday, the Falcons agreed to terms with four draft picks on Wednesday. Second-round draft pick cornerback Isaiah Oliver, fourth-round pick running back Ito Smith and sixth-round picks wide receiver Russell Gage and linebacker Foyesade Oluokun signed with the team. First-round pick wide receiver Calvin Ridley’s four-year deal will be worth $10.9 million...
Cover 9@9: Ranking the Falcons’ 27 undrafted rookies financially

Cover 9@9: Ranking the Falcons’ 27 undrafted rookies financially

The Falcons rookie mini-camp is set to start on Friday. Today, we rank the 27 undrafted players based on how much guaranteed money they received from the team. It’s clear that the Falcons want to take a good look at quarterback Kurt Benkert, who received $60,000 in guaranteed money. No other player received more than $10,000 from the team and several received as low as $500.  Here&rsquo...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Matt Ryan committed to winning Super Bowl for city

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Matt Ryan committed to winning Super Bowl for city

In the 56th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan discusses what it feels like to be the league’s highest paid player and his burning desire to bring a Super Bowl to the city. He’s reached one Super Bowl and has been knocked out of the playoffs by five eventual Super Bowl teams. There’s also a tribute to Philip Wheeler for getting his degree from...
Even with NFL’s richest contract, Super Bowl motivates Ryan

Even with NFL’s richest contract, Super Bowl motivates Ryan

Since signing his five-year $150 million contract extension on Friday, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has put the lucrative deal in perspective.  “I’ve always felt like that your job as a player is to go earn every dollar,” said Ryan, who’s now the NFL’s highest paid player, on Monday. “Have that mindset that every day you wake up, it’s about working as...
The Falcons asked Matt Ryan to save their franchise. He did

The Falcons asked Matt Ryan to save their franchise. He did

He’s the exact definition of a franchise quarterback. The Falcons drafted him No. 3 overall a decade ago. He has since started every game save two, both absences coming in 2009. He has taken them to the playoffs six times in 10 seasons. He has presided over six seasons of 10-plus wins. He has led them to the Super Bowl and a 28-3 lead therein. He was rookie of the year. He has made the Pro Bowl...
Hear the buzz? It’s early, but Braves have our attention again

Hear the buzz? It’s early, but Braves have our attention again

What’s that noise? Sounds familiar. “There’s a buzz in the city,” Freddie Freeman said. “It’s great. We’re drawing the interest of the occasional fan again.” There are lines outside the stadium stores. There are neatly folded stacks of Ronald Acuna jerseys inside. Seats are filled at game time. People are excited to watch a first-place team that for...
Expert: Ryan’s contract left room for team to build around the franchise quarterback

Expert: Ryan’s contract left room for team to build around the franchise quarterback

For now, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. He’s set to make $169.25 million over the next six seasons, after agreeing to a five-year $150 million contract extension Thursday. The contract has not been filed and posted by the NFLPA, but Andrew Brandt, a former executive with the Green Bay Packers, had seen the contract details.  “It looks pretty...
Arthur Blank on Matt Ryan’s new $150 million contract

Arthur Blank on Matt Ryan’s new $150 million contract

Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted to take care of Matt Ryan, but didn’t want to be in a position where the team was not able to keep players in the future.  Ryan and the Falcons agreed to a five-year, $150 million contract extension Thursday. A total of $100 million of the deal is guaranteed. “Matt has earned this extension, and I fully recognize the value of having a franchise quarterback...
Falcons focused on role-players and special-teamers in 2018 draft  

Falcons focused on role-players and special-teamers in 2018 draft  

The dust has settled from the 2018 NFL Draft and the Falcons’ operation could best be described as an utilitarian effort.  When a team is picking in the back of the draft it is not expected to always find pillars for the football team. The Falcons were clearly looking for players who could fit specific utility roles at the expense of their offensive line and the fullback position. With...
Matt Ryan gives Falcons shot to win title, they had to give him this deal

Matt Ryan gives Falcons shot to win title, they had to give him this deal

It was five years ago when the Falcons signed Matt Ryan to a contract extension worth $103.75 million, and some among the lunatic fringe found this to be an affront against all that is football holy when it comes to paying a quarterback who didn’t own a drawer full of championship rings and hadn’t parted one or two large bodies of water. “Matt Ryan is not elite!” they screamed...
Falcons agree to $150 million contract extension with Matt Ryan 

Falcons agree to $150 million contract extension with Matt Ryan 

Matt Ryan is a very rich man. The Falcons reached a five-year, $150 million contract extension with their quarterback on Thursday. Overall, Ryan’s contract is now worth $169.25 million, with $100 million guaranteed. After next season, he will average $30 million per season. Ryan is now under contract through the 2023 season.  “This extension was our primary focus this offseason,&rdquo...
Falcons’ OTA, mandatory minicamp dates are set 

Falcons’ OTA, mandatory minicamp dates are set 

The Falcons dates for their organized team activities (OTAs) and the manadatory minicamp were released by the NFL on Thursday. The Falcons will hold OTAs on May 21, May 23-24, May 30-31, June 1, June 4-5 and June 7. The team’s mandatory minicamp will be held June 12 through 14. 
Chuck Smith named to rules-committee post with NFL  

Chuck Smith named to rules-committee post with NFL  

Former Falcons defensive end Chuck Smith has accepted a position as a special advisor to help the NFL rules committee, according to the league.  Smith, who participated in the two working sessions at the league office Tuesday and Wednesday, “will continue to be a part of the process moving forward,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Odds (and moves) say Falcons should return to top of NFC South

Odds (and moves) say Falcons should return to top of NFC South

Winning a division title doesn’t ensure an NFL team will make a deep playoff run, but losing it generally means it won’t. Since the wild-card system began in 1970, only 10 wild-card teams have advanced to the Super Bowl. Only six have won it. The Falcons need look only at their own recent history: • 2016 playoffs: They won the NFC South, hosted two playoff games and went to the Super...
Ridley’s four-year rookie deal worth $10.9 million  

Ridley’s four-year rookie deal worth $10.9 million  

Falcons first-round draft pick wide receiver Calvin Ridley’s four-year deal will be worth $10.9 million with a signing bonus just over $6 million, an NFL source told Zach Klein of Channel 2 Action News. Ridley was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday.  Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft is set to make close to $33 million over four years...
Leadoff: What’s the story on Super Bowl tickets in Atlanta?

Leadoff: What’s the story on Super Bowl tickets in Atlanta?

The next Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta, raising a natural question for many local football fans: Will tickets be available?  Tickets won’t be available in the traditional sense of an open-to-the-general-public sale at face value. The NFL doesn’t do that with Super Bowl tickets.  Tickets will be available at face value to a relatively small number of holders of high-end...
Neal fine with league’s new helmet-hitting rule 

Neal fine with league’s new helmet-hitting rule 

Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal, the team’s designated big-hitter, is just fine with the National Football League’s new tackling rule. The rule, still being formulated, disallows a player lowering his head to use his helmet to deliver a hit. It can result in a 15-yard penalty or an ejection. “We do a good job here of keeping our head out of the tackle,” Neal said on Wednesday...
Five things we learned from Devonta Freeman 

Five things we learned from Devonta Freeman 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman discussed his recovery from a knee injury that slowed him last season on Wednesday. Here are five things that we learned from Freeman: 1. Breaking down his game: Freeman didn’t rush for 1,000 yards last season after two consecutive seasons over that mark. He was slowed by the knee injury and two concussions.  “Just a lot of time, when it comes...
Cover 9@9: Final thoughts on the Falcons’ draft 

Cover 9@9: Final thoughts on the Falcons’ draft 

1. Final draft thoughts: My man Jerry Springer always closes out the best show in American with a final thought for the masses. We have a few of those final thoughts about the Falcons’ 2018 draft. They didn’t address their offensive line weaknesses nor did they add any power to their finesse offense. But like former coach Mike Smith told me on the banks of Lake Lanier one day, while...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Where’s the power? 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Where’s the power? 

In the 54th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss one of the finer points of the Falcons’ offense that has nothing to do with the first-round pick wide receiver Calvin Ridley. The Falcons said they wanted to add some power to the attack and they did in the form of two undrafted rookies. Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D. Orlando...
Depth chart: A post-draft look at the Falcons’ roster 

Depth chart: A post-draft look at the Falcons’ roster 

The NFL draft is over and the Falcons have signed their undrafted rookie class.  Here’s a look at the Falcons’ depth chart: OFFENSE  WR 11 Julio Jones, 18, Calvin Ridley, 14 Justin Hardy, 16 Reggie Davis, Detrich Clark,  Lamar Jordan LT 70 Jake Matthews, 74 Ty Sambrailo LG 67 Andy Levitre, 63 Ben Garland, 64 Sean Harlow, 75 Jamil Douglas  C 51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland...
Falcons rookie mini-camp to be held May 11-13

Falcons rookie mini-camp to be held May 11-13

The Falcons will hold their rookie mini-camp May 11-13 at the team’s facilities in Flowery Branch. Calvin Ridley, Isaiah Oliver, Deadrin Senat, Ito Smith, Russell Gage and Foyesade Oluokun were selected in last weekend’s 2018 NFL Draft. The following are the 27 undrafted free agents signed by the Falcons. The team announced the list of participants Tuesday. Kurt Benkert, quarterback, Virginia ...
Rate the Falcons’ 2018 NFL Draft

Rate the Falcons’ 2018 NFL Draft

The Atlanta Falcons used four of its six picks in the 2018 NFL Draft this weekend on deep south products. First-round wide receiver Calvin Ridley and third-round defensive tackle Deadrin Senat hail from Florida. Fourth-round running back Ito Smith is from Alabama. Sixth-round special teams ace Russell Gage is from Louisiana. Do you like who the Falcons picked on draft weekend? What grade would you...
Falcons continue dipping into South’s talent pool

Falcons continue dipping into South’s talent pool

Falcons General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn want to make the most of their southeastern advantage.  So far, so good. The team used four of its six picks in the 2018 NFL Draft this weekend on deep south products. First-round wide receiver Calvin Ridley and third-round defensive tackle Deadrin Senat hail from Florida. Fourth-round running back Ito Smith is from Alabama. Sixth-round...
Draft Bio: Yale linebacker Foye Oluokun

Draft Bio: Yale linebacker Foye Oluokun

Here’s the bio on Falcons sixth round pick Foyesade Oluokun: Sixth round (200th overall) Foyesade Oluokun, S, Yale. HEIGHT: 6-foot-2 WEIGHT: 230 pounds ARM LENGTH: 33-7/8 inches HAND SIZE: 9 3/8 inches 40-YARD DASH: 4.48 BENCH PRESS: 18 (pro day) VERTICAL: 37 inches (pro day) BROAD JUMP: 7 feet, 3 inches (pro day) 20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.12 seconds OVERVIEW...
Draft Bio: LSU receiver Russell Gage

Draft Bio: LSU receiver Russell Gage

Here’s the bio on Falcons sixth round pick Russell Gage:  HEIGHT: 6-foot WEIGHT: 186 pounds ARM LENGTH: 33 inches HAND SIZE: 9-1/8 inches 40-YARD DASH: 4.42 BENCH PRESS: 15 (pro day) VERTICAL: 39 inches (pro day) BROAD JUMP: 10 feet, 2 inches (pro day) THREE-CONE DRILL: 7.03 seconds OVERVIEW: Gage recorded a career-best 285 yards and...
UGA’s Wims picked by Bears; Trenton Thompson not drafted

UGA’s Wims picked by Bears; Trenton Thompson not drafted

Georgia receiver Javon Wims will be joining former teammate Roquan Smith with the Chicago Bears after Wims was picked in the seventh round of the NFL Draft Saturday. Three key Bulldogs were not drafted: linebacker Davin Bellamy, nose tackle John Atkins and defensive tackle Trenton Thompson. They will seek tryouts or free-agent contracts with teams. Thompson elected to leave Georgia with a season of...
Falcons add versatile weapon Ito Smith on Day 3

Falcons add versatile weapon Ito Smith on Day 3

The Falcons entered Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft prioritizing running back depth behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.  The result was the selection of Ito Smith, a quick-twitched running back from Southern Mississippi, in the fourth round (126 overall).  Smith fits the versatile mold of the Falcons’ top two backs. He doesn’t profile as a lead rusher but expects to be another...
Draft Bio: Southern Miss running back Ito Smith

Draft Bio: Southern Miss running back Ito Smith

Here’s the bio on Falcons fourth round pick Ito Smith:  Fourth round (126th overall) Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi.  HEIGHT: 5-foot-9 WEIGHT: 195 pounds ARM LENGTH: 33-7/8 inches HAND SIZE: 9-3/8 inches 40-YARD DASH: 4.49 BENCH PRESS: 22 (pro day) VERTICAL: 37.5 inches (pro day) BROAD JUMP: 9 feet, 11 inches (pro day) THREE-CONE DRILL: ...
Oops: Vick’s attempt to troll Cowboys is epic fail

Oops: Vick’s attempt to troll Cowboys is epic fail

Note to Michael Vick: If you are going to troll, you best get your facts correct. The former Falcons quarterback introduced the team’s second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday night. The event, held in AT&T Stadium, became a podium for some to poke fun at the host Cowboys. Former Eagles kicker David Akers took the trolling to new heights when he informed the crowd that the last time...
Without his parents, draft day was bittersweet for Senat 

Without his parents, draft day was bittersweet for Senat 

Draft day was bittersweet for Deadrin Senat.  The South Florida defensive tackle was selected in the third round, 90th overall, by the Falcons on Friday in the NFL draft. But he had mixed emotions.  “It hurts,” Senat said. “I see everybody else with their mom and their dad and I don’t have my dad to talk to me. I’m real secretive. I don’t put nobody...
Draft bio: South Florida defensive tackle Deadrin Senat

Draft bio: South Florida defensive tackle Deadrin Senat

Here’s the draft bio on Falcons third round pick Deadrin Senat: THIRD ROUND (90th overall) DEADRIN SENAT, DT, SOUTH FLORIDA HEIGHT: 6-foot WEIGHT: 314 pounds ARM LENGTH: 31-5/8 inches HAND SIZE: 9-3/4 inches 40-YARD DASH: 5.16 seconds BENCH PRESS: 35 VERTICAL JUMP: 26 inches BROAD JUMP: 8 feet, 4 inches THREE-CONE DRILL: 7.7 seconds ■ ...
Falcons select defensive tackle Deadrin Senat in the third round of 2018 NFL Draft 

Falcons select defensive tackle Deadrin Senat in the third round of 2018 NFL Draft 

The Falcons selected defensive tackle Deadrin Senat from South Florida in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday. He was the 90th overall pick. Senat is 6-foot and 314 pounds. He lifted 225 pounds 35 times at the NFL scouting combine. He had 179 career tackles and 23.5 tackles for losses. The Falcons had a need at defensive tackle after letting Dontari Poe leave in free agency.  Both...
Draft bio: Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver 

Draft bio: Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver 

Here’s the bio on Falcons second round pick Isaiah Oliver:  HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 WEIGHT: 190 pounds ARM LENGTH: 33½ inches HAND SIZE: 9-3/4 inches 40-YARD DASH: 4.5 seconds BENCH PRESS: (Had a dislocated finger on his right hand). He said that 12 lifts of 225 pounds was his best. VERTICAL: 36 inches BROAD JUMP: 10 feet, 8 inches at Colorado Pro Day...
Falcons select cornerback Isaiah Oliver in the second round of 2018 NFL Draft

Falcons select cornerback Isaiah Oliver in the second round of 2018 NFL Draft

The Falcons selected cornerback Isaiah Oliver in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday. He was the 58th pick overall.  The Raiders selected Sam Houston State defensive tackle P.J. Hall with the 57 pick, an area of need for the Falcons. The Falcons selected defensive tackle Deadrin Senat from South Florida in the third round with the 90th overall pick. Oliver, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds...
Quinn to look at Ridley as a returner 

Quinn to look at Ridley as a returner 

The Falcons have an opening at kickoff and punt returner, and they will at least experiment with first-round pick Calvin Ridley as a returner. “At the rookie camp, I’d certainly like to look at it,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “He has the skill and the ability to do it. ... Based on his sheer explosiveness, we definitely want to look at it.” Ridley returned only two...
What Calvin Ridley had to say 

What Calvin Ridley had to say 

Here’s what Calvin Ridley had to say after getting drafted by the Falcons: On getting the call from the Atlanta Falcons and how he fits into their offense:“It was amazing. I’m very, very excited. I’m happy that the Falcons gave me the opportunity to come in. I’m going to prove a lot of people wrong and I’m very excited to be coming in with Julio Jones. I know I&rsquo...
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