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Cover 9@9: Realistic expectations for rookie Calvin Ridley 

Cover 9@9: Realistic expectations for rookie Calvin Ridley 

1. Realistic Ridley: What are the realistic expectations for Falcons first-round pick Calvin Ridley?  Maryland’s D.J. Moore was the first wide receiver selected in the draft. He went 24th to Carolina. Two picks later, the Falcons selected Ridley.   The Falcons were pleased with Ridley’s offseason. “Comfort wise he probably came in a little bit ahead of the curve,&rdquo...
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...
Road to the Super Bowl: 25,000 apply for volunteer roles

Road to the Super Bowl: 25,000 apply for volunteer roles

The Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta for the third time on Feb. 3, 2019. Earlier this month, the NFL sent about 200 representatives here for four days of planning meetings. Here’s an update on the preparations, less than eight months from the big game.  The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee said 2 ½ months ago it was seeking to recruit about 10,000 people to serve in a variety...
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...
Leadoff: Mercedes-Benz Stadium will need real grass for World Cup

Leadoff: Mercedes-Benz Stadium will need real grass for World Cup

If Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosts World Cup matches in eight years, as seems highly likely, a natural-grass playing surface will have to be installed for the occasion.  The home stadium of the Falcons and Atlanta United has artificial turf because the decision was made during the design process that grass couldn’t thrive long-term under the retractable roof and heavy events schedule. But the...
Million Dollar Man: Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen on signing free-agent tender 

Million Dollar Man: Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen on signing free-agent tender 

Before Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen signed his restricted-free-agent tender Monday, he had never made a million dollars. Now the Falcons’ free safety is making nearly three times that much, as the $2.914 million contract quadrupled Allen’s previous base salary of $615,000.  Allen is “feeling good” about his new contract, but he still hopes “the bigger one&rdquo...
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...
Cover 9@9: Knapp happy to be reunited with Quinn

Cover 9@9: Knapp happy to be reunited with Quinn

1. Knapp’s return: Falcons quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was at home working the three practices fields with four quarterbacks at Organized Team Activities and the start of minicamp on Tuesday. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with Michael Vick at quarterback after the 2004 regular season...
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...
2026 World Cup headed to North America (and likely Atlanta)

2026 World Cup headed to North America (and likely Atlanta)

The World Cup is coming to North America -- and a key part of it perhaps to Atlanta -- in eight years.  Member nations of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, voted Wednesday in Moscow to play the 2026 men’s World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The three nations combined on a joint bid to host the tournament, one of the world’s largest sporting events, and defeated...
Schraeder, now a veteran, eager to take on leadership role 

Schraeder, now a veteran, eager to take on leadership role 

Ryan Schraeder looks around at the cavalcade of new names and faces and numbers at minicamp and sees himself.  He sees himself in the dozens of players just trying to make the team. He sees himself in the rotation of guys fighting for the early nod in position battles, young and old. He sees himself in the slew of undrafted players.  Because, as NFL players go, Ryan Schraeder has been there...
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...
The Falcons will try to make Julio happy. But can they?

The Falcons will try to make Julio happy. But can they?

Could they have seen this coming? Possibly. Over the past 10 months, the Atlanta Falcons made Devonta Freeman the NFL’s highest-paid back and Matt Ryan its highest-paid anything. With Julio Jones, once the league’s top-salaried receiver, slipping to No. 7, and with the Falcons taking another Alabama wideout in Round 1 this April … well, maybe they should have assumed some famous...
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.
Leadoff: Atlanta has vested interest in 2026 World Cup vote

Leadoff: Atlanta has vested interest in 2026 World Cup vote

Atlanta’s sports-business community will be paying close attention to the outcome of  Wednesday’s vote by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, on where to play the 2026 World Cup.  There are two bids on the ballot: a joint United States/Mexico/Canada bid and a competing bid from Morocco. The vote by FIFA’s member nations will be held in Moscow on the eve of...
Bradley: Julio Jones is not a happy mini-camper

Bradley: Julio Jones is not a happy mini-camper

Well, well. Curiouser and curiouser. Julio Jones has “informed” the Atlanta Falcons – this from a statement by general manager Thomas Dimitroff, released at 5 p.m. Monday – that “he will not be attending mini-camp.” Dimitroff characterized this as “not ideal,” which I believe can itself be characterized as an understatement.  Then, perhaps through...
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...
Falcons ride along with Atlanta police to move beyond anthem protests

Falcons ride along with Atlanta police to move beyond anthem protests

For the past three months, the Atlanta Falcons have partnered with the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity to get ownership, coaches and players involved in serving the community and creating conversations. In the video released by the Falcons Monday documenting the team’s efforts in the Atlanta area, Falcons owner Arthur Blank...
A look at Julio Jones’ bizarre offseason 

A look at Julio Jones’ bizarre offseason 

So, what’s up with Julio Jones?  There could be answers to the myriad of question surrounding the bizarre offseason of Quintorris Lopez “Julio” Jones. The Falcons All-Pro wide receiver is expected for the team’s mandatory three-day mini-camp, which starts Tuesday.  Jones has not commented about his social media scrubbing of the team’s logo, about working out...
Parmalee helping Freeman to rebound from ‘toughest’ NFL season 

Parmalee helping Freeman to rebound from ‘toughest’ NFL season 

After dodging offseason knee surgery, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman plans to bounce back from the toughest season of his career. Freeman’s 2017 season got to a slow start when he suffered a concussion in the exhibition season. He suffered another one against Dallas and ended the season with a knee injury against Carolina, that hobbled him some in the playoffs.  Banged-up and bruised...
Sarkisian tweaking Falcons’ offensive attack

Sarkisian tweaking Falcons’ offensive attack

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian admitted that he went through “growing pains” last season. Consider that Sarkisian hadn’t been in the NFL since 2004. Then, in his first season with the Falcons, his return to the league was complicated by the fact that he had to learn the team’s offensive system, player capabilities and staff. The Falcons offense was coming off...
Atlanta United dominates at Atlanta Sports Awards

Atlanta United dominates at Atlanta Sports Awards

The Atlanta Sports Council announced the winners of the 2018 Atlanta Sports Awards honoring the area’s best athletes, coaches, teams and community contributors Thursday at The Fairmont in West Midtown.  Former Atlanta Braves general manager and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee John Schuerholz was honored as the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. During his...
10 things we learned from Falcons’ final OTAs 

10 things we learned from Falcons’ final OTAs 

Without All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons concluded their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Thursday. “We were moving guys around to different spots trying to find that versatility,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Receivers who can play more than one spot. (Defensive backs) who can play more than one spot. That’s what we were looking for. I was encouraged by that...
Falcons’ Raheem Morris on the Julio Jones’ status

Falcons’ Raheem Morris on the Julio Jones’ status

Falcons assistant head coach/wide receivers Raheem Morris walked a fine line when discussing the absence of All-Pro Wide receiver Julio Jones on Wednesday. Jones has not attended the voluntary Organized Team Activities, but is expected to be at next week’s mandatory minicamp, which is set for Tuesday through Thursday.
Leadoff: Super Bowl hospitality packages now on sale

Leadoff: Super Bowl hospitality packages now on sale

The NFL’s official hospitality partner began selling ticket packages to the general public Wednesday for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.  Each package from On Location Experiences bundles a game ticket with other benefits, such as access to a party at the Georgia World Congress Center before the game, access to in-stadium clubs during the game and even access to the field for the trophy...
COVER 9@9: Quinn, Bethel on the new kickoff rules

COVER 9@9: Quinn, Bethel on the new kickoff rules

1. New kickoff rules: The Falcons spent part of the OTA session working on the new kickoff rules on Tuesday. New special teams maven Justin Bethel, who was signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with a $400,000 signing bonus, and coach Dan Quinn addressed the changes to the kickoff rule that was passed at the owner’s meeting recently in Atlanta. “I think it’s an interesting rule...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Sarkisian to unveil his improvement plan today

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Sarkisian to unveil his improvement plan today

In the 60th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss how the Falcons’ offense regressed from the top spot in the league to the middle of the pack last season. Today, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will meet the media for the first time since the playoff debacle in Philadelphia and hopefully provide the fans with some detailed answers about how the unit will regroup and move...
Plans coming into focus for Atlanta’s Super Bowl

Plans coming into focus for Atlanta’s Super Bowl

The NFL has about 200 representatives in Atlanta this week, firming their plans for the Super Bowl that will be played here in less than eight months.  “This is our home away from home as we count down,” Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s senior vice president of events, said Tuesday night.  “I will say we feel really good about where we are from a planning process perspective...
Falcons’ Grady Jarrett to keep playing with chip on shoulder

Falcons’ Grady Jarrett to keep playing with chip on shoulder

Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett doesn’t worry about a possible contract extension. It’s not on his to-do list. Jarrett is next in line, with left tackle Jake Matthews, for a contract extension. However, he remains humble and will carry on about his business.  “I’m just going to let that take care of itself,” Jarrett said after Wednesday’s OTA session...
5 things we learned at OTAs

5 things we learned at OTAs

Here are five things we learned at the Falcons’ OTA session on Tuesday:  1. Honor the hustle: The Falcons worked hard for about an hour and a half without wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s taken the voluntary OTAs off.  “Today, was a big day for us on the field,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.  “One of the topics that I spoke to the team about this morning...
Falcons mini-camp will be open to fans on June 13

Falcons mini-camp will be open to fans on June 13

The Atlanta Falcons will open to the public one day of their three-day mandatory mini-camp. Fans are invited to attend the June 13 practice at the team’s Flowery Branch practice facility beginning at 2:30 p.m. Atlanta Falcons Training Camp is located at 4400 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. Admission to the event is free and gates open at 1:30 p.m.  RELATED: Events and Things...
Falcons are $7.2 million under salary cap

Falcons are $7.2 million under salary cap

After the post-June 1 adjustments, the Falcons are $7,238,018 million under their adjusted salary cap of $176,018,958 million, according to NFLPA documents.  The release of tight end Levine Toilolo with a post-June 1 designation saved the team $3.5 million. The 6-foot-8 Toilolo was selected in the fourth round (133 overall) of the 2013 NFL draft out of Stanford and the hope was that he would...
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