Atlanta Falcons


A matter of wounded pride: Julio Jones versus the Falcons 

Pride is at the heart of this. Among humans, it often is. The NFL’s best receiver awakes one morning to find he’s the NFL’s seventh-highest-paid receiver, this on a team that just made its quarterback the league’s highest-paid player and last year minted the highest-paid running back. (Never mind that this same receiver was, as of 2016, the highest-paid at his position.) ...


Matt Ryan on Forbes’ list of top celebrity earners for 2018

Matt Ryan on Forbes’ list of top celebrity earners for 2018

Matt Ryan more than made the cut for the highest-paid celebrities in the world, according to Forbes. The publication released its annual list of the top 100 paid celebrities for 2018 and it included Ryan, the Falcons quarterback, as the highest-paid NFL player. According to the publication, Ryan is No. 29 with at an estimated earnings of $67.3 million. The figure included his recently signed contract...
Nkemdiche holds youth camp while plotting NFL breakthrough season

Nkemdiche holds youth camp while plotting NFL breakthrough season

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is excited about returning home to host a football camp while planning for an NFL breakthrough season. The free youth camp will be held on Saturday at Grayson High in Loganville. Nkemdiche, 23, the former number one recruit in the nation and first-round pick of the Cardinals, has a message for the youth and for his NFL doubters.  “Collectively...
Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan’s Camp Brotherhood held at new venue in California 

Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan’s Camp Brotherhood held at new venue in California 

1. Camp Brotherhood goes West: Now, it has been three straight offseasons that the Falcons have gathered for a players-only camp. This year, because of the birth of quarterback Matt Ryan’s twins and him doing his father duties, the camp was a little later and at a different venue. The last two were in South Florida and held before the offseason program started. The latest one was held...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Champions are made in the offseason 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Champions are made in the offseason 

In the 65th episode of the Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and wide receiver Calvin Ridley stop by to help wrap up the offseason. We asked them about the notion that champions are made in the offseason and how they felt after their first offseason with the Falcons. Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the ...
Warrick Dunn gets Super Bowl role as Atlanta countdown hits 200 days

Warrick Dunn gets Super Bowl role as Atlanta countdown hits 200 days

The countdown to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta marked a milestone Wednesday – 200 days to go – with an announcement that former Falcons star Warrick Dunn will serve as honorary captain of the large team of volunteers being recruited to help stage the mega-event.  Dunn was chosen by the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee because of his considerable philanthropic work and...
Atlanta’s Super Bowl just 200 days away

Atlanta’s Super Bowl just 200 days away

Super Bowl 53 is 200 days away and a lot has already been accomplished before 71,000-plus pack into Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the NFL’s marquee event.  The Feb. 3, 2019, game culminates a 10-day celebration that will feature an array of ancillary events.  A security plan for the game, involving federal and local agencies, is already being set into action. Other plans are coming...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers 

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers 

While four-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones elected to stay away from the Falcons’ offseason program and skip the mandatory minicamp, the Falcons tried their best to remain upbeat. They probably made one of those “Keep Calm: Julio will be back” signs and posted in the locker room and flashed it on the big screen televisions.  “I understand...
Ticket packages for Atlanta’s Super Bowl offer luxury — at a price 

Ticket packages for Atlanta’s Super Bowl offer luxury — at a price 

Want to watch the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from a 50-yard-line club seat, attend a three-hour pregame party at the Georgia World Congress Center and stroll onto the field for the winning team’s postgame celebration?  All of that comes with a hefty price: $17,500 per person.  That’s the high end of ticket packages offered by the NFL’s official hospitality partner...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Running backs 

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Running backs 

When the Falcons open training camp on July 26, they will have a new running backs coach for the second straight year. Bernie Parmalee replaced Keith Carter, who spent one season coaching the position after the legendary Bobby Turner left to join Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers. Carter left to become the offensive line coach for the Titans.  Parmalee, who starred at Ball State in the Mid-American...
Julio Jones attends workout with Matt Ryan 

Julio Jones attends workout with Matt Ryan 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who didn’t attend the offseason program nor the team’s mandatory minicamp, was on hand for quarterback Matt Ryan’s passing camp, per Calvin Ridley’s Snapchat post.  Falcons fans and the team’s website quickly retweeted the social media news that included a picture of 11 individuals. Ridley, the team’s first-round...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the NFL’s first $30 million man. He’s the top paid player in the league because the Falcons valued his steady leadership and winning ways, which include a franchise-record six playoff trips.  After becoming the first Falcon named the NFL’s most valuable player in 2016, Ryan’s stats dipped last season. There were several factors for the...
Atlanta: Soccer City, USA

Atlanta: Soccer City, USA

It is a realization that I have put off for as long as possible. Fought it, really, like the very idea of growing old.   But there is no more denying the patently obvious.  I live in a soccer city. We all live in a soccer city. Perhaps one of the most vibrant soccer cities in the whole of the US of A. A veritable hub of hands-free athletic ability. Quite abruptly, the game has become...
Cam Newton’s foundation hometown gala is set for tonight

Cam Newton’s foundation hometown gala is set for tonight

The Cam Newton Foundation’s Hometown Gala is set tonight at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel. The Cam Newton Foundation is the charitable arm of Atlanta native and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The foundation is dedicated to providing strategic programs and events in the Atlanta and Charlotte communities, the foundation has donated more than $3.5 million through programming...
Falcons’ defense, special teams look to improve in 2018

Falcons’ defense, special teams look to improve in 2018

Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel had a strong first season. The unit showed improvement. However, when the team reports for training camp on July 26, Manuel plans to keep pushing with the hopes of elevating his unit to elite status in the NFL.
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Special teams 

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Special teams 

With the kicking and punting operations in good shape with Matt Bryant and Matt Bosher, the Falcons sought to improve their special teams units over the offseason. The Falcons, who report to training camp on July 26, hope they landed a dynamic coverage duo in veteran Justin Bethel and rookie Russell Gage. “One thing is that you are bringing speed that is coming off the edge,” Special teams...
LeSean McCoy hires lawyer; Details scarce on Milton home invasion

LeSean McCoy hires lawyer; Details scarce on Milton home invasion

Milton resident and Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has hired a high-profile Atlanta attorney to defend him against allegations of domestic violence after his ex-girlfriend was assaulted during a home invasion Tuesday. Police in Milton are remaining tight-lipped about the early Tuesday morning incident that ended with Delicia Cordon, 34, in a hospital. Cordon is McCoy’s ex-girlfriend...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Safeties

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Safeties

There was a surprise player on Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s list of six players who can elevate their play in 2018. Hard-hitting strong safety Keanu Neal, who went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season, was on that list. With Neal and free safety Ricardo Allen, the back end of the Falcons’ defense is strong. In a late offseason move, the Falcons added versatile veteran safety...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: The countdown to training camp 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: The countdown to training camp 

In the 64th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we start the countdown to the opening of the Falcons’ training camp. The team reports Thursday, July 26 and will hold the first practice July 27. The biggest question will revolve around getting an update from wide receiver Julio Jones. 
Cover 9@9: Falcons not only NFL team to charge for practice

Cover 9@9: Falcons not only NFL team to charge for practice

1. Paying for practice. The Falcons are not the only NFL team to charge its fan base to watch practice. The Falcons will charge fans to view a single practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium later this month, the team announced Monday. The team will charge $5 to attend the 12:30 p.m. practice Sunday, July 29, with the proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee's capital improvement project...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Cornerbacks

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Cornerbacks

Falcons coach Dan Quinn believes that starting cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford will have something to prove when they report for training camp on July 26. Both have been starting cornerbacks since being drafted back in 2013, but only have one Pro Bowl season between them. Trufant was selected after the 2015 season.  The Falcons want both of them to make more plays on the ball. Alford...
Dewey Jarvis navigates transition from Ivy League to NFL

Dewey Jarvis navigates transition from Ivy League to NFL

Skim the Falcons’ roster, and note where your eyes stall. While searching for the staples and prominent newcomers, it’s possible to overlook someone such as Richard “Dewey” Jarvis, an undrafted free agent out of Brown.  Even diehard football fans might have missed out on Jarvis’ collegiate performance. This isn’t surprising, given that Brown is far more known...
Ronaldo could make Juventus debut in MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Ronaldo could make Juventus debut in MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the greatest soccer player in history, could make his debut for new club Juventus in the MLS All-Star game Aug. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Ronaldo’s $123 million transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus was announced Tuesday. Because the transfer was just announced, Ronaldo’s summer plans with the club haven’t been announced. Ronaldo, a 33-year-old native...
Can Duke Riley become linebacker Falcons envisioned?

Can Duke Riley become linebacker Falcons envisioned?

When the Falcons report for training camp on July 26, the will be set at two linebacker spots and will count on second-year player Duke Riley to step up at the weakside linebacker position.
Falcons to hold practice under Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s open roof

Falcons to hold practice under Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s open roof

The Falcons will charge fans to view a single practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium later this month, the team announced Monday. The team will charge $5 to attend the 12:30 p.m. practice Sunday, July 29, with the proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee's capital improvement project. Super Bowl 53 will played Feb. 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. » More: Complete...
Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive line 

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive line 

When the Falcons report for training camp on July 26, one of the major questions will revolve around the defensive line. While Vic Beasley is slated to return to defensive end full time, the team must replace last season’s leading sacker (DE Adrian Clayborn) and defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Also, reserve tackles Courtney Upshaw and Ahtyba Rubin were not re-signed.  - Training camp...
Michael Vick and flag football - the past makes non-contact with the future

Michael Vick and flag football - the past makes non-contact with the future

So, this is the future of football, once the carnage of full contact becomes too much to bear. After our self-driving cars deliver us to the stadium and the robot ushers take us to our seats, we will be treated to some seven-on-seven drills that have been elevated to the level of drama. Saturday night at Kennesaw State was an early glimpse of when tackle football becomes as primitive and obsolete...
Falcons sign first-round pick Calvin Ridley

Falcons sign first-round pick Calvin Ridley

The Falcons signed first-round draft pick Calvin Ridley to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option Wednesday, according to his agents. The team has not announced the signing.  The signing of Ridley completes the signing of the Falcons’ rookie class. Ridley was selected 26th overall in the NFL draft.  His deal previously was projected to be worth $10.9 million.  He caught...
2 Chainz to headline MLS All-Star concert

2 Chainz to headline MLS All-Star concert

Hip-hop artist and Atlanta native 2 Chainz will headline the free concert during the MLS All-Star week, the league announced Monday. » More: Five-day MLS All-Star events in Atlanta The concert will be held on Sunday, July 29, at the Historic Fourth Ward Park at 6 p.m. Fans wishing to attend the concert must secure an RSVP reservation at www.mlssoccer.com/allstarconcert. With space limitations...
The Alliance of America Football to host Atlanta combine

The Alliance of America Football to host Atlanta combine

The Alliance of America Football will hold a scouting combine Aug. 25-26 in Atlanta, the league announced Monday.  The league will also have combines in Los Angeles (Aug. 4) and in Houston (Aug. 18). Teams will hold additional group and individual tryouts in their respective markets this fall. Players must pay a $175 registration fee. If the are signed by a team, they’ll be reimbursed...
Vick: ‘Julio should get everything that he deserves’

Vick: ‘Julio should get everything that he deserves’

Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick stays on top what’s happening with his former team. When discussing his upcoming flag football game on Saturday at Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Vick was asked about the Julio Jones’ contract situation with the Falcons. “To my knowledge, Julio is holding out for a bigger contract and Julio deserves it,” Vick said...
Michael Vick’s flag football team to play at Kennesaw in semifinals

Michael Vick’s flag football team to play at Kennesaw in semifinals

Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is set to lead his team, the Roadrunners, against Chad Ochocinco’s team in the semifinals of the American Flag Football League’s U.S. Open of Football at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, home of the Kennesaw State Owls. “We are looking good,” Vick said Monday. “We need probably one more day of preparation to get...
Eagles to be without Nigel Bradham for opener against Falcons 

Eagles to be without Nigel Bradham for opener against Falcons 

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for one game by the NFL and will miss the season opener against the Falcons on Sept. 6.   “I would like to apologize to my fans, coaches, teammates and the entire (E)agles organization for the (one) game suspension,” Bradham wrote on Twitter. “This stems from a July 2016 incident and the matter is now resolved. I look forward...
Falcons officially waive Devin Fuller 

Falcons officially waive Devin Fuller 

The Falcons officially waived wide receiver Devin Fuller on Friday, according to the NFL’s transaction data.  Fuller never played a down for the team after he was selected in the seventh round (238th overall) of the 2016 draft. The Falcons hoped the speedy receiver could turn into a dangerous returner.  Fuller had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in his three exhibition appearances...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Can the Falcons dethrone the Saints in the NFC South? 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Can the Falcons dethrone the Saints in the NFC South? 

In the 63nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we look at the NFC South and determine if the Falcons did enough to dethrone the Saints in 2018. Also, linebacker Deion Jones and right tackle Ryan Schraeder stop by to discuss the offseason and missing Julio Jones. As a founding member of the sports task force, we close by inviting aspiring millennial sports journalists to attend the NABJ convention...
Cover 9@9: Can Oliver challenge Alford for starting spot

Cover 9@9: Can Oliver challenge Alford for starting spot

1.  The Oliver file: Every since Dan Quinn was hired and given final say on the 53-man roster, he’s been looking for a big cornerback. The Falcons selected Jalen Collins (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) in the second round of the 2015 draft. The Falcons spent two years trying to convert C.J. Goodwin (6-4, 220 pounds) into a cornerback. They are also in the middle of trying to convert former Kansas...
Atlanta’s Super Bowl launches ‘Legacy 53’ program

Atlanta’s Super Bowl launches ‘Legacy 53’ program

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee announced Tuesday a community engagement initiative aimed at creating a lasting legacy from the big game’s visit here next year.  Super Bowl LIII will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, 2019, the event’s third time in Atlanta and first since 2000.  » Road to the Super Bowl: Updates on Atlanta’s preparations...
Parker coming off his worst NFL season

Parker coming off his worst NFL season

The Kansas City Chiefs moved on from safety Ron Parker after he turned in his worst season in the NFL. Parker, who signed with the Falcons on Monday, was just in the second year of a five-year $30 million deal he signed with the Chiefs in March of 2015. “Parker earned a career-low 40.1 overall grade across 1,099 defensive snaps with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, ranking 84th among the...
Falcons sign veteran safety Ron Parker 

Falcons sign veteran safety Ron Parker 

The Falcons signed veteran safety Ron Parker on Monday. Parker most recently played for the Chiefs. Parker, who will turn 31 in August, entered the NFL in 2011 when he was signed as undrafted free agent out of Newberry (S.C.) by the Seahawks.  Parker, who’s 6-feet and 206 pounds, has spent time with four NFL teams over his nine-year career, playing in 90 games with 64 starts. » More...
T.I. says he is boycotting the NFL, Super Bowl in Atlanta

T.I. says he is boycotting the NFL, Super Bowl in Atlanta

Atlanta rapper and well-known Atlanta Falcons fan T.I. said he is boycotting the National Football League.  On BET’s Genius Talks with host Jemele Hill, the rapper explained why he is boycotting the NFL even though the Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta in 2019.   » More: Follow the AJC’s coverage of Super Bowl 53 “I think there is a violation of constitutional...
A.J. Green supports Julio Jones’ holdout

A.J. Green supports Julio Jones’ holdout

While shopping in Beverly Hills, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, the former Georgia standout, was approached by TMZ and was peppered with a few questions by a couple of fan boys and fantasy football enthusiasts. The TMZ reporter asked Green about the NFL players’ response to President Trump on who he should pardon before asking about Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones’ holdout. Green...
Report: Bucs’ Jameis Winston suspended for three games 

Report: Bucs’ Jameis Winston suspended for three games 

Tampa Bay, which finished last in the NFC South last season, will be without starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 NFL season. Winston is slated to be suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy, according to the Tampa Times.   The suspension stems from an NFL investigation after a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., accused Winston...
Ex-Falcons kicker Shayne Graham moves on to college coaching career 

Ex-Falcons kicker Shayne Graham moves on to college coaching career 

Kicker Shayne Graham, who helped the Falcons through a rough patch in 2015, has started his career as a special teams coach, according to the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance via ProFootballTalk.com. Graham, who played at Virginia Tech, was a special teams quality control coach with Central Michigan last season and will served as a special teams intern at Michigan State in 2018. Graham was...
Expert: Falcons likely to make minor adjustment to Julio Jones’ contract

Expert: Falcons likely to make minor adjustment to Julio Jones’ contract

The Falcons are expected to make an adjustment to All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones’ contract and not grant an extension, according to CBS Sports NFL business analyst Joel Corry. Corry, a former agent for 16 years, Emory graduate and NFL salary cap expert, wrote a column about 12 prime candidates to sign contract extensions prior to the season and did not include Jones’ in that grouping...
Sanu making money moves in juice industry

Sanu making money moves in juice industry

Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and Redskins tight end Vernon Davis have entered in a business partnership in order to bring juice stores to the Washington, D.C., area.  Sanu and Davis, a native of the District, are planning to develop six Jamba Juice stores throughout the region. They expect to open their first store in Northern Virginia, likely in Loudoun County. Sanu believes franchising...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: A trip through the Julio Jones free zone 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: A trip through the Julio Jones free zone 

In the 62nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we take a flight through the Julio Jones free-zone, discuss the killing off of the Friday Night Lights event during training camp, the wide receiving corps and realistic expectations for rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. » Listen: D. Led’s Interview with ESPN Charlotte’s “The Wake Up Call.”  ...
Falcons training camp dates set, several practices open to public

Falcons training camp dates set, several practices open to public

The Falcons will open training camp on July 27, the team announced on Friday. The camp will run through Aug. 4 with selected dates open to the public. The team reports on Thursday, July 26.  Practices are open to the public on Friday, July 27; Saturday, July 28; Monday, July 30; Wednesday, Aug. 1; Thursday, Aug. 2; Friday, Aug. 3; Saturday, Aug. 4. Gates will open to the public at 8:20 a.m. for...
Even with Julio Jones absent, Falcons say offseason program was a success

Even with Julio Jones absent, Falcons say offseason program was a success

Before spreading out to cities around the country, the Falcons gathered in the far corner of their practice field one last time.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn told the team, which was minus its four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, that they had the “finest” offseason he’d ever been associated with before dismissing them on Thursday.
Quinn confident a deal with Jones will get done before training camp 

Quinn confident a deal with Jones will get done before training camp 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is confident that Julio Jones’ contract situation will get resolved in time for him to attend training camp, which is set for late July. “The good news is that there are conversations that have begun,” Quinn said on Thursday after the team’s three-day minicamp was completed. “We’ll keep those private. I have a lot of faith in the organization...
10 things we learned from Falcons’ minicamp

10 things we learned from Falcons’ minicamp

Without wide receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons concluded a mandatory three-day minicamp and their offseason program on Thursday.  The Falcons tried their collective best to downplay the absence of the four-time All-Pro player, who’s holding out in a contract dispute. “I told them this is the finest offseason that I’ve been a part of from a player and coaching side of it in terms...
Ryan believes Jones will catch up quickly to new offensive wrinkles

Ryan believes Jones will catch up quickly to new offensive wrinkles

The Falcons are installing new wrinkles to the offense this offseason. However, quarterback Matt Ryan believes that wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s missed the entire offseason program and is skipping a mandatory minicamp, won’t have problems catching up.
Day 2 - Five things we learned at Falcons’ minicamp 

Day 2 - Five things we learned at Falcons’ minicamp 

Here are five things we learned at second day of the Falcons’ minicamp on Wednesday:  1. Ridley is human: Falcons first-round draft pick Calvin Ridley showed he was human in 11-on-11 drill. He dropped a pass on a deep crossing route.  2. Basketball Jones: New Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was at practice. He spent a long time with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. 3. Wreh-Wilson...
Falcons make minor roster move 

Falcons make minor roster move 

The Falcons signed running back Terrence Magee and waived running back Demario Richard on Wednesday.  The Falcons released Magee on May 15 to make room for safety Jason Hall. Richard was a highly productive back at Arizona State. He rushed for over 1,000 yards twice in his career and caught the ball well out of the backfield. He rushed 646 times for 3,196 yards and 26 touchdowns. He caught...
DAY TWO: Julio Jones’ holdout – Will the Falcons levy fines?

DAY TWO: Julio Jones’ holdout – Will the Falcons levy fines?

Falcons four-time All-Pro wide receiver Juilo Jones is set to miss his second day of the team’s mandatory minicamp and amass another fine on Wednesday. The Falcons, per the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, can fine Jones $14,070 for the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the third day, for a total of $84,435. Once new deals are done, the fines are often waived as a show...
Teams don’t always honor contracts, why should players? 

Teams don’t always honor contracts, why should players? 

In the 61st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles Podcast, we look at Julio Jones’ offseason contract holdout. The Falcons, like most NFL teams, cut players annually in what has come to be known as “salary-cap casualties.” Teams don’t always fully honor their contracts, so why should Jones when there’s been a market-shift at his position? We also discuss the team&rsquo...
Quinn, Jones talk but little revealed on star wide receiver’s minicamp absence

Quinn, Jones talk but little revealed on star wide receiver’s minicamp absence

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, after putting the team through its first mandatory minicamp practice, said he wasn’t disappointed that All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones elected to not attend in an offseason contract holdout. “Sometimes football and business intersect,” Quinn said.  The Falcons were fully expecting Jones to participate in the offseason program. However, after the market...
What Falcons had to say about Julio Jones’ absence from minicamp

What Falcons had to say about Julio Jones’ absence from minicamp

Here’s what the Falcons had to say about Julio Jones’ absence from minicamp on Tuesday: “I would say (they) are two of the hardest working athletes that I’ve seen. My first year in the NFL, I was out in San Francisco when T.O. was there. One of the remarkable things that I can remember from 18 years ago was watching him and the way that he finished plays. It might have been...
Quinn on Jones: ‘Sometimes football and business intersect’

Quinn on Jones: ‘Sometimes football and business intersect’

Falcons head coach had few answers to questions concerning the absence of All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones from from mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Jones informed the team on Monday that he would not be attending the three-day camp, presumably over a contract dispute. Watch Quinn on the Jones’ situation.
Quinn, several Falcons to make USO visit to Iraq

Quinn, several Falcons to make USO visit to Iraq

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and several players will make a USO tour visit to three military bases in Iraq this offseason, the team announced Tuesday. The team will be represented by kicker Matt Bryant, guard Ben Garland and center Alex Mack in addition to Quinn.  The team did not announce the dates of the trip. “We are fired up to have this rare opportunity to show our appreciation for...
Watch: Keith Armstrong discuss special teams

Watch: Keith Armstrong discuss special teams

Changes are coming to special teams - with the NFL and with the Falcons. Special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will have to coach his way through the news rules and new roster.  Watch what Armstrong had to say, including the addition of Justin Bethel. “You are bringing speed of the edge,” Armstrong said. “The film demonstrates he can go make plays.”
Watch: Greg Knapp talks about his return to Falcons

Watch: Greg Knapp talks about his return to Falcons

Greg Knapp has returned to the Falcons, this time as quarterbacks coach. Knapp served as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2004-06. “The energy, the feeling in this building ... it’s really neat to see everybody pulling in the same direction,” Knapp said during a recent interview. Watch what Knapp said about his return and his relationship with head coach Dan Quinn.
Julio Jones to skip Falcons’ mandatory mini-camp

Julio Jones to skip Falcons’ mandatory mini-camp

The answer is: No Julio. Falcons four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones will not attend the team’s mandatory mini-camp this week. Jones’ attendance has been the subject of much speculation since he declined to attend voluntary Organized Team Activities over the past two months. The Falcons announced Jones’ decision Monday evening on the eve of the three-day mini-camp. »...
Five things to know about Falcons’ mini-camp

Five things to know about Falcons’ mini-camp

For the first time in several seasons, there will be some intrigue around the normally mundane Atlanta Falcons’ mini-camp. Four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s in a contract dispute with the team, will not attend the mini-camp, which will held Tuesday through Thursday.  Jones alsoskipped the voluntary organized team activities. Here are five things to watch at mini-camp...
Ricardo Allen signed $2.9 million restricted free agent tender 

Ricardo Allen signed $2.9 million restricted free agent tender 

Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen, who was tendered as a restricted free agent at the second-round level at $2.914 million, signed his tender on Monday, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations. Allen, who recently graduated from Purdue, was  hoping for a long-term deal with the team. But the deal is nearly four times as much as he made last season when he had a...
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