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Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Running Backs

Running back Devonta Freeman is set to make $1.838 million in 2017, but would like a contract extension. The team is not expecting any issues despite rumblings from Freeman’s representation that surfaced at the Super Bowl. While the Falcons hope to continue the blend of Freeman and Coleman, the did draft running back Brian Hill in the fifth round. He’ll have to beat out Terron Ward while...



Michael Vick’s father facing federal heroin distribution charges

Michael Vick’s father facing federal heroin distribution charges

Michael Vick’s father has been charged with federal crimes relating to heroin distribution and money laundering, the Virginian-Pilot reported. Michael Dwayne Boddie, 55, of Hampton, Va., was among 12 people named in a federal indictment in Norfolk, Va. Seven of the 12 made initial appearances Wednesday in U.S. District Court but Boddie was not one of them. The alleged conspiracy stretched from...
Julio Jones is focus of Pat Dye Jr.-Jimmy Sexton lawsuit

Julio Jones is focus of Pat Dye Jr.-Jimmy Sexton lawsuit

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones is the center of a lawsuit between Pat Dye Jr. and Jimmy Sexton, according to AL.com. It’s possible, if the civil suit continues into the fall, that Jones may be called to a disposition to give his testimony during the season. Dye, of Atlanta, and Sexton, of Memphis, merged firms in 2010. After the dissolution of the firm, Sexton left...
Falcons not hosting ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage

Falcons not hosting ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage

For the first time in 11 seasons, the Falcons will not hold the wildly successful ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage during training camp, the team announced on Wednesday. The Falcons, the defending NFC champions, will report for training camp on Wednesday, July 26. The team has gone into the community for a scrimmage at local high schools since first holding the event during the Jim Mora...
Allen: Defense ‘is going to be amazing’

Allen: Defense ‘is going to be amazing’

Kicked to the curb just three years ago, Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen has successfully made the transition from cornerback to free safety and is now an entrenched NFL starter. He played 1,101 defensive snaps (99.1 percent), most on the team last season, in just his second year at free safety. Drafted as a cornerback in the fifth-round of the 2014 draft out of Purdue, Allen was cut and then made...
Falcons report for training camp on July 26

Falcons report for training camp on July 26

The defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons will report for training camp on July 26, the team announced on Wednesday. Training camp will be held at the team’s facilities in Flowery Branch for the 13th consecutive season. Selected practices will be open to the public, but there is not a “Friday Night Lights” event listed. The team has gone into the community for a scrimmage at local...
Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan to stay on the move

Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan to stay on the move

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass during their NFL football practice Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga.
Trufant ready to lead in the secondary

Trufant ready to lead in the secondary

Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel believes that cornerback Desmond Trufant grew as a leader while recovering from his torn pectoral injury. Trufant returned during the team’s mandatory minicamp and appears set to open training camp healthy in late July. With Trufant, Robert Alford, Brian Poole and Jalen Collins all seasoned now, the Falcons have some options to mix and match their...
Collins gives Falcons’ secondary options

Collins gives Falcons’ secondary options

Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins, who was forced to start down the stretch last season, quietly went about his offseason. With the return of starting left cornerback Desmond Trufant, the Falcons now have some quality depth at the position. “That’s the cool part,” Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel said. “Now you have a guy who can play dime. He can play outside....
Beasley plotting new path to the quarterback

Beasley plotting new path to the quarterback

On the night he was drafted by the Falcons in 2015, Vic Beasley wryly stated that he’d get “double-digit” sacks as rookie. Humble and soft-spoken, Beasley wasn’t bragging. The country music fan, who was drafted eighth overall out of Clemson, knew that expectations were high for the Falcons’ then-dormant pass rush. While battling with a torn labrum injury, Beasley finished...
Q&A with Falcons quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan

Q&A with Falcons quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan

Falcons quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan, after spending seven seasons in the college ranks, was named to his current position in February. Hamdan, a former quarterback at Boise State, coached at Washington the past two seasons after making stops at Davidson, Arkansas State, Florida, Sacramento State and Maryland. He was also a student assistant at Colorado. He replaced Matt LeFleur, who became the...
Freeman stays in pursuit of his degree

Freeman stays in pursuit of his degree

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, while hoping to land a contract extension, is still taking online classes toward earning credit toward his degree in Social Psychology of Groups and Intro to World Cities from Florida State. “I’m still in classes,” Freeman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’ve been taking like one class online, because I know I’m not...
Ryan to keep grinding through prime of his career

Ryan to keep grinding through prime of his career

Matt Ryan, at age 32 and set to enter the prime of his already sterling career, has doggedly remained true to his self, the team as he’s continue to work on his game over the years. It’s his stable, understated and dynamic leadership that has vaulted the Falcons from a solid playoff team early in his career to defending NFC champions and Super Bowl contenders. Ryan has put the historic...
Falcons’ Jarrett tries to take best from Super Bowl, move on

Falcons’ Jarrett tries to take best from Super Bowl, move on

Mostly, Grady Jarrett had been leading a quiet career. Built like a post office letter box, he seemed just about as flamboyant as one, too. All that speed and flash on the Falcons’ defense, someone had to do the hard trench work on the interior of the line. Utility doesn’t often grab a lot of attention. No one steps on a yacht and says first thing, “Gee, what a spiffy anchor.&rdquo...
Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s ‘halo’ video board nearly complete

Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s ‘halo’ video board nearly complete

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, the early buzz in Atlanta sports. Installation is almost complete at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on the largest video board in U.S. sports, a 63,800-square-foot screen that figures to be a centerpiece of the Falcons’ new home. The halo-shaped screen, which measures 58 feet tall and 1,100 feet around, is being assembled in 600 pieces — all but 44 of which had been...
Brian Poole embracing competition, versatility on Falcons

Brian Poole embracing competition, versatility on Falcons

Brian Poole went from undrafted free agent to camp body to depth to key contributor for the 2016 Falcons. Now he’s fending off competitors for his starting spot. The University of Florida product didn’t hear his name called in the 2016 NFL draft, but familiarity with Dan Quinn, once his defensive coordinator in Gainesville, prompted a reunion. Poole fought his way into the nickel spot...
Installation almost complete on Falcons’ massive video board

Installation almost complete on Falcons’ massive video board

Installation is almost complete at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on the largest video board in U.S. sports, a 63,800-square-foot screen that figures to be a centerpiece of the Falcons’ new home. The halo-shaped screen, which measures 58 feet tall and 1,100 feet around, is being assembled in 600 pieces — all but 44 of which had been installed as of Thursday afternoon, when the media got a tour...
Falcons’ Keanu Neal emphasizing coverage improvement

Falcons’ Keanu Neal emphasizing coverage improvement

Keanu Neal is faster. That’s a scary thought. Coming off one of the better rookie seasons in Falcons’ history, Neal ascended the ranks to becoming an elite NFL safety. Now the challenge is consistency, which starts with polishing his own admitted flaws. Among them, man coverage. The Falcons’ defense requires frequent man coverage on its back end, according to defensive backs coach...
Former Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney among top free agents on market

Former Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney among top free agents on market

Former Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney is one of the NFL’s 10 best available free agents, according to the Sporting News’ David Steele.  At 37 years old, Freeney isn’t the dynamic playmaker he was when he was racking up double-digit annual sack totals over 10-plus years with the Indianapolis Colts, but he’s a veteran presence on the line who notched...
5 things we learned at Falcons’ minicamp

5 things we learned at Falcons’ minicamp

The Falcons, the defending NFC champions, finished their mandatory minicamp and offsesason program Thursday. The team will reconvene in late July for the start of training camp. Here are the five things we learned from the minicamp: 1. Functioning on the field. Coach Dan Quinn wanted to see how the team would operate with the coaches on the sidelines throughout the minicamp. “That was as important...
Freeman looking forward to signing new deal

Freeman looking forward to signing new deal

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman looks forward to signing a contract extension, preferably before training camp. “It’s that feeling when you know something special is coming and you’re about to be blessed,” Freeman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after minicamp concluded Thursday. “It’s just an exciting moment in time for me right now.” Freeman is...
Quinn reminds players to ‘protect the team’

Quinn reminds players to ‘protect the team’

At the conclusion of minicamp, Falcons coach Dan Quinn addressed the team and then had a longer session with the rookies before releasing them for the offseason. “We reminded our guys that rule No. 1 for us is protecting the team and having a conscience for that all the way,” Quinn said. “We have a good break here, and I want everybody lined up, ready to go and recharged in (little...
Well-traveled Daniels makes move to running back

Well-traveled Daniels makes move to running back

Falcons coach Dan Quinn caught some people off-guard when he talked about how well B.J. Daniels was playing at running back after the first minicamp practice Tuesday. The former quarterback and wide receiver, who’s thrown passes, returned kicks and caught passes in the NFL, was moved to the backfield. Daniels, who played quarterback at South Florida, signed with the Falcons on Dec. 18 and placed...
Young gives update on Crawford, Shelby

Young gives update on Crawford, Shelby

Falcons defensive line coach Bryant Young is overseeing the remaking of the defensive line. It has been clear at minicamp, even without first-round pick Takkarist McKinley, that Young has several options at defensive end. Among them, Jack Crawford, who was signed as a free agent from Dallas, has made a good first impression. “Jack is a relentless in his pursuit,” Young told The Atlanta...
Video: DeVondre Campbell on his offseason eye surgery

Video: DeVondre Campbell on his offseason eye surgery

June 13, 2017, Flowery Branch: Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell walks off the field at the conclusion of the first day of mini-camp on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Flowery Branch.
5 things we learned at Falcons’ second minicamp practice

5 things we learned at Falcons’ second minicamp practice

The Falcons closed out their second day of minicamp practice with a two-minute drill. Backup quarterback Matt Simms drove the offense down for a field goal attempt with 28 seconds left on the clock. Here are five things we learned: 1. Roberts injured. Wide receiver Andre Roberts, signed as a free agent over the offseason, suffered an injured back and was working on the side with the trainers. 2. Upshaw...
Jones, Ryan rank among top 10 players of 2017

Jones, Ryan rank among top 10 players of 2017

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan were named two of the top 10 NFL players of 2017. On CBS Sports’  Pete Prisco’s list of the NFL’s top 100 players in 2017, Jones landed at No. 6 and Ryan at No. 8. The only other team with two players in the top 10 was the New England Patriots who were represented by quarterback Tom Brady (No. 2) and tight...
Cover 9@9: Vick and Petrino marriage was going to work

Cover 9@9: Vick and Petrino marriage was going to work

June 12, 2017, Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank honors former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (right) and wide receiver Roddy White as they officially retire from the NFL on Monday, June 12, 2017, in Atlanta.
LEADOFF: Steps taken to strip and liquidate Georgia Dome

LEADOFF: Steps taken to strip and liquidate Georgia Dome

Before the Georgia Dome is imploded, it will be emptied. That considerable process has restarted following last week’s decision to move forward with preparing the Falcons’ former home for implosion Nov. 20. Schneider Industries, a St. Louis-based company hired earlier this year to liquidate the contents of the 25-year-old Georgia Dome, is holding a sealed-bids sale of equipment...
Falcons keeping McKinley up to speed via Facetime

Falcons keeping McKinley up to speed via Facetime

The earliest that Falcons first-round pick Takkarist McKinley could be in the team’s building is on Friday, head coach Dan Quinn said on Tuesday. McKinley, who’s recovering from shoulder surgery, can not attend any team functions because UCLA’s spring quarter is not over until Thursday, per NFL rules. The Falcons conclude minicamp Thursday. “Well, of course, you’d like...
Poe earns $125,000 weight-clause bonus

Poe earns $125,000 weight-clause bonus

Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe picked up a $125,000 weight clause bonus after meeting his target of lower than 330 pounds on Tuesday. “We checked in on his weight today and we are pleased with where Dontari is weight wise,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Workout wise. We’ve got some strong men and he’s one of them. As we are going through some of the testing strength...
Falcons cautious with Gabriel’s lower leg injury

Falcons cautious with Gabriel’s lower leg injury

Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has been slowed by a lower leg strain, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said on Tuesday. “He’s close,” Quinn said. “He’s running, but we are just trying to be extra cautious.” Gabriel, who signed his second-round tender worth $2.81 million on April 22, emerged as the Falcons’ No. 3 wide receiver last season while making $510,000 after...
Robinson excused from minicamp for personal reasons

Robinson excused from minicamp for personal reasons

Falcons guard Trevor Robinson has been excused from the rest of the offseason workouts to deal with a serious family matter, Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “He’s got a family situation, that’s difficult,” Quinn said. “He’s been excused for the spring and hopefully we’ll have him back for training camp.” Excluding...
Ryan aims for good health as mini-camp begins

Ryan aims for good health as mini-camp begins

With minicamp marking the final stage of the offseason for the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan highlighted his good health and competitive drive after a scorching day of practice Tuesday. Heading in to his 10th NFL season, Ryan has amazingly missed just two games, a career of rare longevity. “You just don’t know, said Ryan when asked how much longer he thinks he can keep playing. &ldquo...
Quinn gives Falcons pass-fail minicamp exam

Quinn gives Falcons pass-fail minicamp exam

On the first day of the Falcons minicamp, coach Dan Quinn surprised the team with a pass-or-fail exam. He pulled his assistant coaches off the field, yanking the safety net from under the backups and reserves trying to make the team. “We want to stress them out as much as we can, honestly,” Quinn said after Tuesday’s workout. “That’s the game that we live in.” With...
5 things we learned at Falcons’ first minicamp practice

5 things we learned at Falcons’ first minicamp practice

The Falcons went through a 90-minute workout on the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Here are five things we learned: 1. Ifedi gets tryout. The Falcons gave defensive end Martin Ifedi a tryout after releasing defensive end Darius English, the former South Carolina and McEachern High product. English wanted to move on with his life. Ifedi had been with the Falcons for parts of the past two...
Video: Roddy White walks down memory lane

Video: Roddy White walks down memory lane

June 12, 2017, Atlanta: Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is all smiles during his speech while being honored by the Falcons as he officially retires from the NFL as the Falcons all-time leading receiver on Monday, June 12, 2017, in Atlanta.
Falcons’ waive local kid Darius English

Falcons’ waive local kid Darius English

Former South Carolina linebacker Darius English, who was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 1, was waived by the team on Tuesday. English was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press after leading South Carolina with 9 sacks as a senior in 2016. He also had 57 tackles, a team-leading 13 tackles for loss (10th in the SEC), and five quarterback hurries in his final season with...
Q&A with Falcons’ passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson

Q&A with Falcons’ passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson

Falcons defensive passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson is set to enter his second season with the team. Henderson, 47, previously coached with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. Henderson, a native of Statesville, N.C. played at Clemson and was a second-round pick by New England in the 1991 draft. He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL with the Patriots (1991-93, 96)...
Video: Michael Vick walks down memory lane

Video: Michael Vick walks down memory lane

Click here to see the video.    June 12, 2017, Atlanta: Michael Vick takes the podium to speak while the Atlanta Falcons honor the former Falcons quarterback and wide receiver Roddy White as they officially retire from the NFL on Monday, June 12, 2017, in Atlanta.
Vick, White’s paths cross again at retirement ceremony

Vick, White’s paths cross again at retirement ceremony

Michael Vick and Roddy White, two football players from two Southern coastal cities, took different paths to Atlanta. Vick was an All-American from Virginia Tech and the Tidewater city of Newport News, Va. White, a little-known wide receiver from UAB, came from Charleston, S.C. Many years later, their paths crossed again during a retirement ceremony hosted by Falcons owner Arthur Blank on Monday....
Falcons receiver Julio Jones stacked up against Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown

Falcons receiver Julio Jones stacked up against Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown

Pro Football Focus used their grading system Monday to compare Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones’ past three seasons to Pittsburgh Steelers standout Antonio Brown. Brown has been one of the league’s elite receivers since posting 1,499 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Steelers in 2013. In the first two years of this comparison, Brown’s rating beat Jones. But, in 2016, Jones took a leap...
Two Falcons make list of best Virginia Tech draft picks since 2000

Two Falcons make list of best Virginia Tech draft picks since 2000

Two Falcons choices were among the top five draft picks out of Virginia Tech since 2000, according to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.  Goodbread’s pick for No. 3 was quarterback Michael Vick, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2001. Vick had a great deal of success for a few years in Atlanta before legal issues from dog-fighting charges sidetracked his career.  At No. 4, Goodbread listed...
Vick, White honored by Falcons

Vick, White honored by Falcons

Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Roddy White were humbled and appreciative of the franchise’s honoring them as retired former team members on Monday. “He was like a god in Atlanta,” White said of Vick, who ruled over the city for six brief seasons while helping to make the franchise respectable. Vick was elated to recognized in the ceremony, even though he...
Babineaux: ’50-50 about retiring’

Babineaux: ’50-50 about retiring’

Jonathan Babineaux played 12 years with the Falcons. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Former Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux told the AJC he’s “50-50” about retiring on Monday.
Falcons’ Dontari Poe set to collect minicamp weight-bonus

Falcons’ Dontari Poe set to collect minicamp weight-bonus

With the acquisition of Dontari Poe, not only did the Falcons sign a former Pro Bowl defensive tackle. They picked up a player with a technological and entrepreneurial spirit. Poe, who expected to take part in his first mandatory minicamp with the Falcons on Tuesday through Thursday and possibly pick up a $125,000 weight bonus, has several investments in Silicon Valley firms. He most recently invested...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday

It’s going to be a busy week for the defending NFC champions. Here are five things to know about the Atlanta Falcons on Monday: 1. Controversial ceremony: The Falcons are set to host a retirement ceremony for former quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Roddy White at 1 p.m. on Monday. There is a hearty dissent to Vick being honored. More than 36 percent of...
5 things to watch at Falcons’ minicamp

5 things to watch at Falcons’ minicamp

The defending NFC champion Falcons are set to wrap up their offseason program with a three-day minicamp that runs Tuesday through Thursday. The Wednesday practice, which starts at 2:05 p.m., will be open to the public. This will be the final time the coaching staff gets an up-close look at the 90-man roster before the team reconvenes for training camp in late July. Here are five major issues the Falcons...
Date is set for implosion of Georgia Dome

Date is set for implosion of Georgia Dome

Recent progress on the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has led officials to set a date for demolishing the Georgia Dome next door. The Dome — the Falcons’ home for the past 25 years — is now scheduled for implosion at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20, the team’s parent company, AMB Group, said Friday. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Dome’s successor, is slated to open Aug. 26 with...
Bleacher Report ranks Matt Ryan the NFL’s best deep passer

Bleacher Report ranks Matt Ryan the NFL’s best deep passer

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the NFL’s best at connecting with his receivers on passes 20 or more yards downfield, according to an analysis by the Bleacher Report’s Doug Farrar. “Of all quarterbacks who attempted at least 25 deep passes last season, Ryan is the only one who didn’t throw an interception,” Farrar wrote. “Instead, he completed 32 of 63...
Should the Falcons host a ceremony for Michael Vick?

Should the Falcons host a ceremony for Michael Vick?

January 1, 2017, Atlanta – Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (7) greets fans at the Georgia Dome during the NFL football game against the Saints in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
Georgia Dome implosion date set

Georgia Dome implosion date set

Recent progress on the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has led officials to set a date for demolishing the Georgia Dome next door. The Dome — the Falcons’ home for the past 25 years — is now scheduled for implosion at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 20, the team’s parent company, AMB Group, said Friday. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Dome’s successor, is slated to open Aug. 26 with...
Ranking the 10 most important non-quarterbacks for Falcons, NFC South rivals

Ranking the 10 most important non-quarterbacks for Falcons, NFC South rivals

Wide receiver Julio Jones leads the Falcons’ list of its 10 most important non-quarterbacks, almost a unanimous No. 1 for Sports Illustrated’s NFL writers, who ranked the top 10 non-quarterbacks for each NFC South team. Jones easily outpaced his teammates, getting 48 out of a possible 50 points. The only other player to receive a first-place vote was center Alex Mack, a 2016 free agent...
Falcons to host retirement ceremony for Vick, White

Falcons to host retirement ceremony for Vick, White

The Falcons will host a retirement ceremony for former quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Roddy White on Monday, the team announced Friday. The Falcons’ roster is full with 90 players, and there are no plans to release a player and sign Vick to a one-day contract. White, however, has submitted his retirement papers. “We consider all former Falcons to be Falcons for life, and part...
Atlanta United FC fan guide: Everything you need to know

Atlanta United FC fan guide: Everything you need to know

Atlanta United FC  soccer has officially begun, so the eager anticipation has turned to spirited excitment and record attendance at each game. The city was awarded the Major League Soccer expansion team on April 16, 2014, and its inaugural season begins this year. The team is owned by Arthur Blank, who is also owner and chairman of the Atlanta Falcons, and Gerardo Martino...
Part III: What Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian had to say

Part III: What Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian had to say

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian met with the local media in person for the first time since being hired in February on Wednesday. Here’s the third and final part of what he had to say: ON THE EVOLUTION OF DEFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS: “I think a lot of what’s happening in football these days, a lot of what happens is a trickle-down affect, the NFL does it first and it works...
New runners, same style for Falcons

New runners, same style for Falcons

The Falcons say they’re not going to change the style of their high-powered offense even though coordinator Steve Sarkisian is new to running the show, yet they’re changing some of the horses in their running-back room. You might say the front of the stables will appear the same, but a few of the studs inside will be different after fullback Patrick DiMarco left the team via free agency...
Deaf fullback fitting in with Falcons

Deaf fullback fitting in with Falcons

Derrick Coleman, 26, appears to be the leading candidate to replace Patrick DiMarco at fullback for the Falcons. Coleman, who’s deaf, lost most of his hearing before turning 3 years old. He’s a master lip-reader and plays with hearing aids. He gets hand signals from his teammates, primarily the quarterback. “With Derrick, first of all I commend him for getting this...
Q&A with Falcons defensive line coach Bryant Young

Q&A with Falcons defensive line coach Bryant Young

Falcons defensive line coach Bryant Young, after sitting out of football to attend to his son’s battle with cancer, was named to the staff in February. He replaced Bryan Cox, who’d been the defensive line coach for the past three seasons. Young, a prospective Pro Football Hall of Famer who played defensive tackle and end, was a player with the 49ers when Falcons...
Part II: What Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian had to say

Part II: What Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian had to say

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian met with the local media in person for the first time since being hired in February on Wednesday. Part I: What Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian had to say Here’s the second part of what he had to say: ON HIS RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOLISM AND BEING BACK IN COACHING: “It’s amazing. I just got goose bumps thinking about it. I love the game of football...
Sarkisian to call plays from press box or sideline?

Sarkisian to call plays from press box or sideline?

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has called played from the sidelines for his entire career. He plans to experiment with calling plays from the press box during the exhibition season. “One of the biggest things for me that I’m going to have to figure out here in the (exhibition) season is the ability to talk to the quarterback from the press box,” Sarkisian said. &ldquo...
Steve Sarkisian plans to maintain elite offense

Steve Sarkisian plans to maintain elite offense

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had a special welcoming committee on his first day on the job. “I walked in the building, and Matt Ryan was waiting for me,” Sarkisian said Wednesday. “We had lunch together.” The league’s reigning MVP was waiting for his new boss, who was given the keys to the NFL’s top scoring attack after Kyle Shanahan left to become...
Falcons’ Alex Mack rated one of the NFL’s top three centers in 2016

Falcons’ Alex Mack rated one of the NFL’s top three centers in 2016

Falcons offensive lineman Alex Mack ranked as one of the top three centers in the NFL in 2016, according to ratings from Pro Football Focus. Mack, who the Falcons signed to a five-year, $45 million deal as a free agent last winter, was one of the biggest keys to the team’s resurgence in the running game, going from 19th in rushing yards per game in 2015 to 5th last year.  Mack also helped...
Part I: What Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian had to say

Part I: What Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian had to say

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian met with the local media in person for the first time since being hired in February on Wednesday. Here’s the first part of what he had to say: ON IF THE OFFENSE IS GOING TO CHANGE: “Dan and I really felt this was a great fit. Systematically, we fit really well. Anytime that you bring in a new coordinator there are going to be some nuances,...
Fox Sports: Falcons have NFL’s best RB tandem

Fox Sports: Falcons have NFL’s best RB tandem

The Falcons backfield tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman represents the NFL’s best backfield situation, according to Fox Sports’ Cameron DaSilva. DaSilva ranked the NFL’s top 12 running back situations, and the Falcons’ duo that helped the team finish fifth in the league in rushing last season came out on top. “The Falcons can line up Freeman as a single back...
Video: Dontari Poe on his weight and other issues

Video: Dontari Poe on his weight and other issues

Falcons defensive tackle defensive tackle Dontari Poe. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT MUST READ PROFILE: Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself 2017 Falcons report card: Falcons earn a B-plus NFC Champs add a pass rusher, quality depth  1st rounder: Meet defensive end Takkarist McKinley 3rd rounder: Meet linebacker Duke Riley 4th rounder: Meet offensive...
Beasley preparing to see more blockers

Beasley preparing to see more blockers

After All-Pro outside linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley led the NFL in sacks with 15.5 last season, he’s preparing for teams to start sliding protections his way. “I’m going to accept the attention,” Beasley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “I know that other elite pass rushers around the league like Khalil (Mack) and Von (Miller), they get a lot of...
LEADOFF: College Football Playoff puts ‘game plan in place’ for Atlanta

LEADOFF: College Football Playoff puts ‘game plan in place’ for Atlanta

College Football Playoff staffers made another of their regular visits to Atlanta on Tuesday, continuing preparations to hold the upcoming season’s national championship game here. “We’ve got a number of staff, different contractors (and) partners from ESPN here, as we do every month, to be able to put a game plan in place,” CFP chief operating officer Michael Kelly said. &ldquo...
Passes to Falcons receiver Taylor Gabriel netted highest passer rating in 2016

Passes to Falcons receiver Taylor Gabriel netted highest passer rating in 2016

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel netted the highest passer rating of any receiver on passes thrown to him in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. The passer rating of 148.1 on balls thrown to Gabriel last season was significantly better than the second-best rating of 129.8 on passes to Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan. Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams had the third-highest, at 124.6...
Ticketmaster will be exclusive ticketing partner for Falcons, United

Ticketmaster will be exclusive ticketing partner for Falcons, United

Ticketmaster has extended a deal that will make it the exclusive online ticketing partner for the Atlanta Falcons and United when they open up Mercedes-Benz Stadium in August. Under the deal, AMB Sports & Entertainment -- the investment management and support services entity for Falcons/United owner Arthur Blank’s businesses -- will use Ticketmaster both for listing tickets and for providing...
Jones’ recovery from foot surgery on schedule

Jones’ recovery from foot surgery on schedule

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones’ rehabilitation from his offseason foot surgery is progressing well and he has targeted the start of training camp for his return to action. He had a bunion, a bony bump on his left foot that caused him to miss substantial practice time late last season, surgically removed in March. “I just had to get something repaired,” Jones said in an...
Video: Julio Jones on his foot surgery rehab

Video: Julio Jones on his foot surgery rehab

Julio Jones talking with the media after OTAs on Tuesday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT MUST READ PROFILE: Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself 2017 Falcons report card: Falcons earn a B-plus NFC Champs add a pass rusher, quality depth  1st rounder: Meet defensive end Takkarist McKinley 3rd rounder: Meet linebacker Duke Riley 4th rounder: Meet...
Julio Jones hasn’t watched Super Bowl LI

Julio Jones hasn’t watched Super Bowl LI

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones has not watched the replay of the team’s collapse in Super Bowl LI. The Falcons had a 28-3 lead before going on to lose 34-28 in overtime to the New England Patriots on February 5 in NRG Stadium in Houston. “I haven’t even seen the Super Bowl,” Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “I haven’t watched the...
Quinn on Freeney: ‘We haven’t talked about playing’

Quinn on Freeney: ‘We haven’t talked about playing’

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he talked to former defensive end Dwight Freeney, but noted Tuesday that the team is committed to evaluating the current players on the 90-man roster. Quinn also noted that he has talked to other former players, too. “I haven’t even found out if he’s ready to play yet,” Quinn said. “I know he was pretty committed to golf. He’s such a...
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio says Falcons are trending down for 2017

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio says Falcons are trending down for 2017

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said the Falcons are trending down this season and could be among the 2016 NFC playoff teams that fail to reach the postseason in 2017. Florio discussed last season’s NFC playoff teams during Tuesday’s episode of Pro Football Live, looking at which ones helped themselves over the offseason, and which ones would likely struggle to replicate a successful...
Q&A with Falcons defensive backs coach Doug Mallory

Q&A with Falcons defensive backs coach Doug Mallory

Falcons defensive backs coach Doug Mallory, after spending the first two seasons with the team as a defensive assistant, was promoted in February. He worked with the defensive backs under Marquand Manuel, who was promoted to the defensive coordinator position, last season. In 2015, he worked with the linebackers. Mallory, 52, the son of former college coach Bill Mallory, coached in the collegiate...
LEADOFF: What’s next for Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof?

LEADOFF: What’s next for Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof?

Now that the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been moved to the closed position, the plan is for it to remain there for a few weeks while a plastic-like covering is attached. “They’ll recommence the process of putting the ETFE – that’s the translucent plastic covering – over those (roof) petals,” Mike Egan, senior vice president of Falcons parent...
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