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  • Looking at the coming waves of quarterback deals

    Looking at the coming waves of quarterback deals

    When it comes to quarterback contracts, the player’s circumstances tend to have much more relevance to the final numbers than the broader market at the position. On Thursday, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr combined his status as a second-round pick entering the fourth and final year of his contract along with a clear message that he’s…
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  • Do the Falcons have a Devonta Freeman problem?

    Do the Falcons have a Devonta Freeman problem?

    When we had the opportunity last month to have a 70-minute conversation with Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff (the video is embedded in this item), one of the areas of inquiry focused on the presence of players on the roster who may have a hard time getting over the devastating manner in which Super Bowl LI…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jun 17, 4:32am -
  • Falcons expect experience to pay off in tougher defense

    Falcons expect experience to pay off in tougher defense

    The Falcons defense didn’t wind up with impressive rankings compared to the rest of the league last season, although any hand-wringing about that was rendered fairly moot by the fact that the Falcons won the NFC. Their chances of doing so again would be helped by a thornier unit this time around and safety Ricardo…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jun 17, 4:06am -
  • Michael Vick: The NFL has done a great job on player safety

    Michael Vick: The NFL has done a great job on player safety

    Not every retired NFL player is criticizing the league over concussions. Michael Vick said this morning on Mike & Mike that he believes the league is sincere about reducing brain injuries and that during his time in the NFL, which began in 2001 and ended when he couldn’t find a team to sign him in…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 6:15am -
  • Devonta Freeman: Super Bowl will always play in back of my head

    Devonta Freeman: Super Bowl will always play in back of my head

    At the end of offseason workouts, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said that he and his teammates have put their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots behind them and shifted their focus to what’s in front of them rather than on the lead that evaporated in Houston. Running back Devonta Freeman agrees with Ryan that the…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 4:17am -
  • Vic Beasley expecting more attention from blockers this year

    Vic Beasley expecting more attention from blockers this year

    Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley took a big jump in his second NFL season as he went from four sacks as a rookie to leading the league with 15.5 of them last year. Beasley’s production as a pass rusher off the edge last year helped lift the Falcons to the NFC title and other teams surely…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 9:09am -
  • Matt Ryan: Lessons learned, Falcons are pushing forward

    Matt Ryan: Lessons learned, Falcons are pushing forward

    From the moment they blew a 28-3 lead and lost the Super Bowl, the Falcons have been asked how they’ll deal with the lingering impact of blowing a 28-3 lead and losing a Super Bowl. But after wrapping up their offseason program, and as they head into the break before training camp, quarterback Matt Ryan…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 3:55am -
  • Falcons safety Keanu Neal works on coverage skills

    Falcons safety Keanu Neal works on coverage skills

    Keanu Neal played all over the field for the Falcons last season. In playing 83 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, Neal lined up at linebacker, nickel, corner and both safety spots. Neal has spent the offseason working on his man coverage skills, hoping to become a more complete and consistent player. “I just want…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 4:50pm -
  • Devonta Freeman anticipates contract extension

    Devonta Freeman anticipates contract extension

    Devonta Freeman expects to have a contract extension soon. The Falcons running back enters the final year of his rookie deal, scheduled to make $1.8 million. “It’s that feeling when you know something special is coming, and you’re about to be blessed,” Freeman told D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s just an exciting…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 11:27am -
  • Matt Ryan wants a “15- or 20-year career”

    Matt Ryan wants a “15- or 20-year career”

    Matt Ryan still is only 32, but Roddy White’s retirement has made the NFL’s MVP consider the end of his career. “I still feel pretty young,” Ryan said, via Matthew Tabeek of the team website. “It puts things into perspective, for sure. I had eight (seasons) together with Rod, and I’ve never had a better…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 5:25pm -

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  • Falcons on the List of Teams That Can Upset the Patriots for the Super Bowl in 2018

    Falcons on the List of Teams That Can Upset the Patriots for the Super Bowl in 2018

    The loss for the Falcons in the Super Bowl in February will never go away fully, but the team and others are already looking ahead to the 2017 season, and with it the hopes of finishing the job this time. While the Pats are the favorites, NFL.com has a piece out about six teams that […]The post Falcons on the List of Teams That Can Upset the Patriots for the Super Bowl in 2018 appeared first on Falcons Gab.
    - 14 days ago, 11 Jun 17, 11:55am -
  • Michael Vick Says He’s Not Talked to the Falcons About Returning to Retire with Atlanta

    Michael Vick Says He’s Not Talked to the Falcons About Returning to Retire with Atlanta

    Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick clarified recent statements regarding his retirement, saying he has not spoken with anyone from the organization about signing a one-day contract to retire as a Falcon, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Vick, hosting his V7 Elite Playmakers Showcase Series football event Sunday, said he is hopeful that it will happen. […]The post Michael Vick Says He’s Not Talked to the Falcons About Returning to Retire with Atlanta appeared first on Falcons Gab.
    - 27 days ago, 29 May 17, 2:36pm -
  • Former Falcons QB Michael Vick Wants to Retire with the Organization He Started With

    Former Falcons QB Michael Vick Wants to Retire with the Organization He Started With

    Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick says he is in talks with the Atlanta Falcons to sign a one-day contract and officially retire with his first NFL team, ESPN reports. “Hopefully soon,” Vick, 37, told CBS Atlanta about the potential of the ceremonial deal. The former Falcons quarterback had bounced around after his playing days and […]The post Former Falcons QB Michael Vick Wants to Retire with the Organization He Started With appeared first on Falcons Gab.
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  • Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Says He Has No Intentions of Holding Out in 2017

    Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Says He Has No Intentions of Holding Out in 2017

    The good news for Falcons fans is it looks like things will be just fine when it comes to Devonta Freeman coming to camp and not holding out. Freeman gave a quote to ESPN’s Josina Anderson that seems to state that he’ll be more than happy to come to camp and eventually see where things […]The post Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Says He Has No Intentions of Holding Out in 2017 appeared first on Falcons Gab.
    - 39 days ago, 17 May 17, 11:28am -
  • Devonta Freeman Says He Wants to Be ‘Disrespectful’ When it Comes to Running in 2017

    Devonta Freeman Says He Wants to Be ‘Disrespectful’ When it Comes to Running in 2017

    Falcons running back Devonta Freeman wants to establish himself as less of a defender-friendly running back in 2017, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports. “Little things like breaking arm tackles,” Freeman told reporters Tuesday when talking about what he needs to improve on. “Running through — I feel like I could get better helping our offensive […]The post Devonta Freeman Says He Wants to Be ‘Disrespectful’ When it Comes to Running in 2017 appeared first on Falcons Gab.
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  • Sports Illustrated Likes Overall What the Falcons Did in the 2017 NFL Draft

    Sports Illustrated Likes Overall What the Falcons Did in the 2017 NFL Draft

    While it could take years for the Falcons and the rest of the NFL to be able to give a grade to the teams’ draft class this year, it’s never early to start throwing out how teams did last week in the annual picking of players. Chris Burke of SI has thrown out his grades […]The post Sports Illustrated Likes Overall What the Falcons Did in the 2017 NFL Draft appeared first on Falcons Gab.
    - 51 days ago, 5 May 17, 7:53am -
  • A Rundown of All the Atlanta Falcons 2017 NFL Draft Picks

    A Rundown of All the Atlanta Falcons 2017 NFL Draft Picks

    Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Falcons 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well. Round 1, Pick 26 (No. 26 overall) (From Seahawks) Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA: The defending NFC champions only had six picks to begin with in this draft. They just gave up two of them (95 and […]The post A Rundown of All the Atlanta Falcons 2017 NFL Draft Picks appeared first on Falcons Gab.
    - 56 days ago, 30 Apr 17, 9:10am -
  • A Look at the 2017 Falcons Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

    A Look at the 2017 Falcons Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

    The 2017 NFL Schedule is out, and here’s a look at the Falcons slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold: Sep. 10 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM Sep. 17 Green Bay Packers 8:30 PM Sep. 24 at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM Oct. 1 Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM Oct. 8 BYE Oct. […]The post A Look at the 2017 Falcons Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad appeared first on Falcons Gab.
    - 64 days ago, 22 Apr 17, 1:10pm -
  • Jacob Tamme Would Like to Stay with the Falcons; But May Leave for the Niners

    Jacob Tamme Would Like to Stay with the Falcons; But May Leave for the Niners

    Jacob Tamme could be a factor in the Falcons’ future under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Or Tamme could end up helping his old coordinator establish the offense in new surroundings, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Tamme, a veteran tight end who turns 32 next month, is one of 17 Falcons set to become unrestricted […]The post Jacob Tamme Would Like to Stay with the Falcons; But May Leave for the Niners appeared first on Falcons Gab.
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  • WR Taylor Gabriel Wants to Stay a Falcon for Life

    WR Taylor Gabriel Wants to Stay a Falcon for Life

    Taylor Gabriel wants to continue his career with the Falcons. The feeling from the team is mutual, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The wide receiver is a restricted free agent, meaning the Falcons have the upper hand with him even if another team has the intent to sign him to an offer sheet. However, it […]The post WR Taylor Gabriel Wants to Stay a Falcon for Life appeared first on Falcons Gab.
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  • Atlanta Falcons: New Stadium Offers Eco-Friendly Home

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  • Atlanta Falcons: 2017 Schedule Breakdown And Analysis

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  • Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel signs restricted free agent tender
    When then Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sought to bring Taylor Gabriel on last offseason, no one really expected the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver to play a huge role in Atlanta’s offense.After all, the team had Julio Jones on the roster and just signed Mohamed Sanu to a big money free agent contract. Though, Shanahan knew what he was getting in Gabriel from their time together in Cleveland.Once the former Abiline Christian star found a connection with Matt Ryan, it was pretty much over. Gabriel ended up recording 35 receptions for 579 yards and six touchdowns f…
    - 64 days ago, 22 Apr 17, 1:32pm -
  • Ten best games on the 2017 NFL schedule
    The 2017 NFL schedule has been released, revealing the exact dates and locations each of the 32 teams will play this fall. There are obviously way too many games at 256 total to dissect here right now. Instead, we have broken down the best matchups on the schedule.Some feature the nitty-gritty divisional tilts that we enjoy each season. Others covered will see some players and head coaches pitted against their former teams.Beginning with what can be considered a Super Bowl revenge matchup, here are 10 exciting NFL games to look forward to come September.1. Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriot…
    - 66 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 5:39pm -
  • Falcons GM on drafting red-flagged prospects: ‘We’re not looking for angels’
    The Atlanta Falcons may be willing to take a risk on a prospect with potential character concerns in the NFL draft later this month.Speaking on Thursday about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other red-flagged prospects, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to Knox Bardeen of CBS Atlanta. However, Dimitroff wouldn’t commit to Mixon specifically still being on the team’s draft board, per Alex Glaze of 11Alive. The defending NFC champion Falcons have a pick at the end of the first round (where we’ve heard whispers that Mixon may actually be in play) as well as at the…
    - 66 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 10:10am -
  • 10 teams with glaring NFL Draft needs
    Every team in the NFL has a need, perhaps even more than one. That’s the nature of the free agency age as it’s much harder for teams to keep their talent for the duration of player’s career. That results in an added emphasis on drafting well.This year is no different as 32 teams — yes, even the New England Patriots — have holes that must be filled. But for some, that need is more extensive than others. For those teams, April’s draft could either make them or completely break them.With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 teams with glaring draft needs that must be addressed before t…
    - 66 days ago, 19 Apr 17, 8:51pm -
  • Dirk Koetter admits he would rather not be on ‘Hard Knocks’
    There probably isn’t an NFL coach that actively wants his team to be on “Hard Knocks,” and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is no exception.In a Wednesday press conference, Koetter admitted that, while a fan of the show, he would rather not be the subject of it.“I like watching the show. I wish I wasn’t on it,” Koetter said, via Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report.Koetter, who was part of “Hard Knocks” in 2014 as the offensive coordinator of the featured Atlanta Falcons, did downplay how big a distraction the show is during camp.“Yeah, I don’t buy that,” Koetter said o…
    - 67 days ago, 19 Apr 17, 5:19pm -
  • NFL Draft do’s and don’ts for the Atlanta Falcons
    With the NFL Draft just days away, every fan is eagerly awaiting to see what rookies will join their team next season. The pressure is highest for NFL front offices to make the right calls so no pick is wasted. The Atlanta Falcons find themselves in a good position entering the draft, having filled multiple needs already this offseason, but the draft is one of the craziest days in an NFL season so it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos.Do’s Defense is the key to this draft for the Atlanta Falcons. The defensive guru that is Dan Quinn should look to bring in more young and athletic player…
    - 67 days ago, 18 Apr 17, 10:06pm -
  • Atlanta Falcons 7-Round Mock Draft
    With the NFL Draft less than two weeks away, the Atlanta Falcons are in full-on draft mode trying to fill the remaining holes on the roster. The team has a major vacancy at right guard, needs a young option opposite Vic Beasley, and needs to find depth at safety, tight end, and linebacker. This is a reasonable wish list for the team and if this year provides similar returns to last, the Falcons should be just fine heading into 2017.Thomas Dimitroff has been known to be open to trading draft picks, but he has usually preferred to trade up for a player he likes rather than trade back to acquir…
    - 69 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 3:59pm -
  • Former Falcons Pro Bowler Roddy White retires from NFL
    Longtime Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday in a series of tweets. White did not play football last season after being released by the Falcons, but had not officially retired until now. He finishes his career with a franchise-record 10,863 receiving yards and 808 receptions — over 200 more than Terance Mathis, who is second on the list. He is one of just 45 receivers to hit 10,000 yards.White also holds Falcons records in career receiving touchdowns and is behind only Julio Jones in single-season receiving yards and receptions…
    - 72 days ago, 14 Apr 17, 11:41am -

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  • 6th Annual Falcons Cage Full Mock Draft Competition

    6th Annual Falcons Cage Full Mock Draft Competition

    Time to Get Those Mocks InClowney's Coming - Prepare Yourself!!! (Getty)It’s that time Ladies and Gents………our 6th Annual Cage Mock Draft Competition!!! Hard to believe it’s been 6 years. Time flies when you’re having fun. Sorry for the delay on getting it up, but it times out perfectly with the draft FINALLY only a week away. Seems like eons ago since the Falcons ended their season in misery with Matt Ryan getting sacked an eye-gouging 10 times in one football game. That came at the hands of our bitter rivals that wrapped up a 1-5 record in the NFC South. Just remembering the las…
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  • Ten Questions as Atlanta Falcons Head for Draft

    Ten Questions as Atlanta Falcons Head for Draft

    Fans Anxious as Draft Draws CloseIs It Inevitable? (AJC)The “2014 NFL Draft Spreadsheet” is still in the works, but should be finished very soon. It will certainly be done in plenty of time for the draft. Aiming for early next week at the latest. And don’t look now, but the countdown is officially under a month to go (22 days, 17 hours, 15 minutes, but who’s counting) until the NFL Draft commences. Even though it was painful to hear that the NFL moved it back two weeks, it’s seemed to sneak up a little bit this year, so the heads of the NFL 4th Arm of Government must be very please…
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  • Atlanta Falcons Draft Outlook – Offensive Line

    Atlanta Falcons Draft Outlook – Offensive Line

    Should Be “When,” Not “If” Falcons Go OLWill Robinson Be Headed to ATL? (AJC)Deciding which respective line, offensive or defensive, has been worse the last 6 years is an impossible argument. The pass rush has been miserable and the offensive line has been wretched. The pass rush has been nonexistent for some time and it’s almost been accepted by most fans. The offensive line has had it’s ups and downs, but they’ve been good enough, a few times at least, to get the Falcons in the playoffs and generally good enough to be one of the better teams in the NFC. Until last year of cou…
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  • Atlanta Falcons Biggest Holes – Post Free Agency

    Atlanta Falcons Biggest Holes – Post Free Agency

    Still Plenty of Holes after Free Agent SigningsHester's Nice, but Needs Role on O (AJC)The Falcons added a total of 5 new free agents and have filled some of the gaps in a roster that went 4-12, but they’ve also created a few more that weren’t originally there. They also have some major concerns in terms of depth at many positions as well. There may be a few more small additions between now and the draft, but nothing more than some lesser, depth signings. The Falcons have brought in NT Paul Soliai, DE Tyson Jackson, RG Jon Asamoah, CB Javier Arenas, and KR/PR Devin Hester. That likely re…
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  • Your Thoughts on Atlanta Falcons Free Agency

    Your Thoughts on Atlanta Falcons Free Agency

    What’s Your Take on Falcon’s Move to DateWelcome, Welcome Mr. Soliai!! (AJC)The Falcons struck quickly in free agency, locking up three major pieces along both lines, definitely adding some beef and girth and, hopefully, some toughness as well. The front office’s buzz words for this off-season are “recalibration” and “grittiness.” They seemed to follow that theme in the beginning, but there remains just as many questions about the 2014 version as there are holes on the current roster. This from a team that was a true bottom dweller in 2013. It’s a decent start, but there’s…
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  • Atlanta Falcons Potential Free Agents

    Atlanta Falcons Potential Free Agents

    How Active will Falcons Be in 2014?One of Few Great FA Signings (AJC)(Part 3 of Thomas Dimitroff’s Moves will Come After Free Agency)With a little over a week away until the free agency bonanza hits, the Falcons actually seemed more poise to make moves than they had in quite a long time. That could be a good thing (Michael Turner), a bad thing (Osi Umenyiora, Steven Jackson), or something to give fans nightmares as they head to sleep (Dunta Robinson, Ray Edwards). The Falcons haven’t made many moves in free agency because they’ve recently focused on keeping their own and not needing t…
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  • Atlanta Falcons Free Agency Open Thread

    Atlanta Falcons Free Agency Open Thread

    A Few Transactions as Free Agency NearsSnelling will be missed (AJC)(((Finishing up new Comprehensive Free Agent post, but wanted to get a new thread up as Free Agency draws close)))After a decent lull following the Super Bowl, the NFL is ready to burst to life once again. This is particularly true for fans of a team that had given up most hope around the midpoint of the season. The Falcons have been relatively quiet in free agency the last few years and it appears that will change this off-season. Whether it be due to the fact that the Falcons simply have tons of holes to fill or that job…
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  • Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, 2010-2011 (Part 2)

    Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, 2010-2011 (Part 2)

    Comprehensive Analysis of Dimitroff’s Moves, 2010-2011Dimitroff Over the Years (AJC)After a general manager has been with a team for several years, the best analysis that can be done is to look at every move over their tenure and see if it was great, good, bad, or terrible. Obviously, the GM’s that have more hits than misses, like Schneider, Ozzie Newsome, Jerry Reese, and Ted Thompson before him, give their teamsC the best chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Dimitroff has constructed a team that has made the playoffs 4 out of 6 years, held the #1 NFC seed twice, and hosted an NFC Title…
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  • Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, 2008-2009 (Part 1)

    Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, 2008-2009 (Part 1)

    A Comprehensive Analysis of Dimitroff’s Moves, 2008-09Detailed Look at TD's Moves (AJC)*****Part 1 in a 3 Part Series on All of Dimitroff’s Moves as Falcons GM*****As fans get geared up for the 2014 off-season and all the action that follows, the front office and coaching staff have a lot at stake in trying to correct the nightmare of 2013. There’s plenty of time before free agency starts and even longer until the draft kicks off. That provides a good opportunity to look every aspect of the Falcons organization the last 6 years: the good, the bad, and the really ugly.Not Exactly Patr…
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  • Falcons – Seahawks take Divergent Paths from 2012/13 Playoffs

    Falcons – Seahawks take Divergent Paths from 2012/13 Playoffs

    One’s a Super Bowl Champ; The Other Won 4 GamesThe Seattle Seahawks finish the 2013 NFL season as the Super Bowl Champions. All Falcons fans could do was wonder how the Seahawks made it look so darn easy. Many also probably didn’t actually believe that it was the Falcons who beat the Seahawks in last year’s playoffs. Yes, it did happen, even though it’s impossible to believe after Seattle’s team hoist the prized Lombardi. On the most obvious level, the two teams couldn’t be farther apart. One just won the Super Bowl in one of the biggest lopsided blowouts in recent memory. The Fa…
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  • Aaron Rodgers, 2-Time NFL MVP, Huddles Up With CAA Sports Off The Field

    Aaron Rodgers, 2-Time NFL MVP, Huddles Up With CAA Sports Off The Field

    CAA will create commercial opportunities for Rodgers — a Super Bowl champ and two-time NFL MVP, — in such areas as film, television, endorsements, speaking, business development, digital media, publishing and philanthropy, among others. “I have always been interested in exploring ways to parlay the things I am most passionate about into new business endeavors,” said Rodgers. The popular QB and commercial pitchman — NFL viewers see his “Discount Double Check” ads for State Farm every week — is coming off a terrific season.
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  • Falcons trivia: Who had the best rushing season in franchise history?

    Falcons trivia: Who had the best rushing season in franchise history?

    Warning: Slightly subjective trivia ahead. We’ll dive into some trivia today that’s both a little easier than normal and a little more subjective, in that I’ll accept one of a couple of answers here. Who had the best rushing season in team history? When you’re thinking about this, consider a few factors, including usage, yardage, scoring, and the offense the player was functioning within. While there’s a pretty slam dunk season on this list, I do think you could point to one campaign from each of the previous three decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s) and make a strong case for any…
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  • Marquand Manuel seems like an ideal fit for the Falcons defense

    Marquand Manuel seems like an ideal fit for the Falcons defense

    The new defensive coordinator looks like an excellent fit for Dan Quinn, which isn’t particularly surprising. The Falcons had to know that if they didn’t at least get Marquand Manuel fast-tracked for a promotion, they might lose him to another team. Manuel got himself in hot water with a wildly inappropriate question for cornerback Eli Apple before the 2016 draft, but talent is what wins out in the NFL, and Manuel is widely regarded as a rising star in the profession.So the Falcons did a pretty logical thing and hired Manuel as their defensive coordinator. He’s tight with Dan Qui…
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  • Some people don’t think Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman are the best RB tandem in the NFL

    Some people don’t think Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman are the best RB tandem in the NFL

    What? I would not expect NFL analysts to be in universal agreement about the best running back duos in the NFL. While we all know that Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are the best, we are also all homers, which does complicate our ability to be unbiased.That said, I really don’t get how people can look at the Falcons or the Tennessee Titans, who have DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, and sort of dismissively wave their hands. The Saints have Mark Ingram, who is very good, and Adrian Peterson, who was both very old and very bad in 2016. The Vikings lol jeez.Top RB duos in the NFL…
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  • Brian Poole to play at safety and corner

    Brian Poole to play at safety and corner

    The undrafted defensive back had an awesome rookie year, and looks to improve his versatility in year two. I fully believe Dan Quinn could coach up a team of football bloggers into a pretty decent defense. This is on display with Brian Poole. Scouting reports call him slow, short, and a bad tackler. Despite being undrafted, Poole shot up the depth chart in a way we never saw under Mike Smith. He had a fantastic rookie campaign, and plans to become a bigger part of the defense.Per Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Poole will have a shot at both corner and safety duties.…
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  • Will Takkarist McKinley set the Falcons rookie record for sacks?

    Will Takkarist McKinley set the Falcons rookie record for sacks?

    We’re guessing no, but he certainly has the talent. It’s fair to suggest that injury or no injury, fans have high expectations for rookie Takkarist McKinley. He’s a #fast and #physical pass rusher with a ton of upside, and while it’s usually not a good idea to anticipate huge results from a rookie defender, I think we can make an exception for McKinley.While I think he’s going to fare well, though, does McKinley have it in him to break the franchise rookie sack record? Given the history of the Falcons, who have very few great pass rushers with huge sack totals in their 50-plu…
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  • Deion Jones broke up more passes than any other linebacker in the NFL

    Deion Jones broke up more passes than any other linebacker in the NFL

    A sign of things to come. There was no defensive rookie outside of Joey Bosa that drew as much buzz as Deion Jones last year, and with good reason. Jones was a revelation as a #fast and #physical linebacker for Dan Quinn’s emerging defense, a player who got gobs of tackles, made some highlight reel interceptions, and just generally wreaked havoc whenever he was near the football. The following stat is little surprise, then. No linebacker broke up more passes in 2016 than @AtlantaFalcons rookie LB Deion Jones. pic.twitter.com/rhpZv9OxGB— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 16, 2017…
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  • Keanu Neal still looking to learn from, work out with Kam Chancellor

    Keanu Neal still looking to learn from, work out with Kam Chancellor

    The gifted second year safety is still striving. Now 29 years old, Kam Chancellor has been considered one of the best safeties in the NFL since 2011. While Keanu Neal looks like he will be as good or even better than Chancellor—a hot take, but a measured one—he’s still looking to learn from a player he has long admired. It’s not unusual for players from different teams to train together in the offseason, and ideally when you’re talking about a rookie or a young player like Neal, it’s with an experienced veteran they can learn a lot from. Neal was wildly successful his rooki…
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  • 3 high level takeaways from Falcons mandatory minicamp

    3 high level takeaways from Falcons mandatory minicamp

    This is an improving team that’s getting healthier. Will it translate over into preseason and the season? We’ve had a day to digest mandatory minicamp and what it meant for the Falcons. While the short answer is and always will be not much, there’s still some things to unpack here, and we will do so now. ewfHere’s three takeaways we can keep with us as we navigate the June-to-July football desert. #1: Bulking up, speeding upOne of the most tired story lines of the offseason is so and so is in the best shape of his life. That doesn’t mean we can let what looks like legitimat…
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    • Steve Sarkisian: CC Sabathia spurred rehab decision
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    • Ex-Falcons QB Mike Vick 'would love to coach' in NFL
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      2017 Atlanta Falcons Team Outlook

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      State of the Broncos: Offensive Line

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      Film Room: Understanding What McKenzie Offers

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      Who Must Step Up for a UCLA Special Season

      Jun. 13 -- What's the difference between UCLA moderately living up to expectation for the 2017 season, or then going beyond expectation and having a special season? UCLA would need some step-up type of performances from various players on the roster, other than guys named Rosen, Young and Miller that are expected to be good...
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      Long before Alonzo Carter worked his way up the college football coaching ranks and landed at San Jose State, and long before he dove into his past life and broke out the Hammer dance in front of his newest players this past spring, the former backup dancer for Oakland native Stanley Kirk "MC Hammer" Burrell met one of music’s most powerful voices while riding in the same car in early-1990s East Oakland.
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    • Did Denver Do Enough To Upgrade The O-Line?

      Did Denver Do Enough To Upgrade The O-Line?

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      Marshall Gives His Take on QB Competition

      He's the guy in the middle of the action. What does Brandon Marshall have to say about the two young quarterbacks?
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    • Ty Sambrailo Getting Work With The Ones

      Ty Sambrailo Getting Work With The Ones

      Perhaps we shouldn't count Ty Sambrailo out just yet.
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