FALCONS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jones pulled from Falcons' first practice with minor injury

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons were cautious on the opening day of training camp Thursday, pulling star wide receiver Julio Jones out of practice with an injury coach Dan Quinn described as minor. Quinn wouldn't describe the injury, and Jones showed no apparent difficulty as he walked off the field at the end of the session. ''He just had a little tweak, so we just...
Via Associated Press
16 minutes ago  |  Discuss

5 Things to Know From Day 1 of Falcons Camp

As the Falcons got back on the football field, the chemistry between QB Matt Ryan and WR Mohamed Sanu, as well as the speed of the defense, was among the many things that stood out.
Via AtlantaFalcons.com
2 hours ago

Report: Atlanta Falcons have been in "constant contact" with free agent linebacker O'Brien Schofield

Fact: O'Brien Schofield ghost wrote the dictionary The Atlanta Falcons have totally overhauled their linebacker corps this offseason. Through free agency and the draft, it looks remarkably different today than it looked a year ago. That said, noticeably absent is arguably the Falcons' best linebacker from 2015: O'Brien Schofield. Schofield was brought aboard last offseason because...
Via The Falcoholic
15 hours ago

Key 2017 NFL off-season dates: Don't worry Atlanta Falcons fans, we've got you covered

Fact: Thomas Dimitroff's legal middle name is "Whaaaat?!" Atlanta Falcons training camp kicks off this week and players are already rolling into Flowery Branch. This is an important milestone for football fans everywhere. It's simple: training camp immediately precedes the preseason which immediately precedes meaningful football. It's been a long off-season and we've tried our best...
Via The Falcoholic
19 hours ago

With Devin Hester cut, who will the Falcons try at returner?

It’s time for the young guys to step up With the not-so-surprising cut of Devin Hester today, the Falcons created an expected competition in camp for punt and kick return duties. Hester was phenomenal for the team in 2014, but missed most of 2015 with injury. Given his age and the risk of not being fully healthy, it made sense to move on. So, who will compete for the open returner...
Via The Falcoholic
21 hours ago

Godfrey Retires, Falcons Sign Two Players

Safety Charles Godfey has decided to hang his cleats up after two seasons with the Falcons. Atlanta also signed TE Arthur Lynch and WR Corey Washington.
Via AtlantaFalcons.com
23 hours ago

Falcons expecting camp battles at right guard, linebacker

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) There could be some last-minute additions to the Atlanta Falcons' roster, possibly before Thursday's opening of training camp. General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn already believe they are opening camp with a stronger roster after an 8-8 finish in Quinn's 2015 debut. Quinn expects stiff competitions at several positions, including right...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Falcons release return specialist Devin Hester before camp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have released star return specialist Devin Hester before the opening of training camp. Hester is a three-time All-Pro who set an NFL record with 20 career returns for touchdowns. A turf toe injury knocked out most of his season in 2015. He had 269 total return yards during the last five games of the year. The injury prevented him from...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons to train with elite UFC fighters

The Atlanta Falcons are adding mixed-martial arts (MMA) cross-training to the mix this year. With UFC 201 taking place in Atlanta next weekend, multiple big-name UFC fighters will be cross-training with the Falcons this coming week. Excited to announce that several of our athletes will be cross-training with the @AtlantaFalcons this week! #SportsPerformance — Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Vick said there were times when he was 'dominating too much'

Michael Vick isn't currently on an NFL roster. The 36-year-old is a free agent campaigning to play another season in the league, specifically for a contender. Vick still has the ability to make an impact as a backup quarterback as evidenced in spot duty last season, though he's well past his prime. There's no doubt about that.His best years came back in the mid-2000s when he was...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

TGS 2016 Preview: Atlanta Falcons

Between now and the end of August, TGS will offer up a quick snapshot of every NFL team heading into the 2016 regular season. Today, the Atlanta Falcons. 2015 in a nutshell: Despite starting 5-0 and possessing a ton of talent, the Falcons finished 8-8 in their first season under Dan Quinn, failing to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Why 2016 could be different: Year...
Via This Given Sunday
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan: Deflategate will not affect Brady's legacy

Whether he deserves it or not, Tom Brady is going to have a four-game suspension on his resume when his playing career comes to an end. Will that negatively impact his legacy? Matt Ryan doesn’t think so. TMZ recently caught up with Ryan to get his opinion on Deflategate. When asked specifically if it puts a stain on what Brady has accomplished, Ryan defended the Patriots quarterback...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Who knew Matt Ryan was actually funny?

The offseason has been very informative for Atlanta Falcons fans when it comes to Matt Ryan. After coming off as a pretty boring, bland dude for the first eight years of his career with the Falcons, he’s finally showing some of his personality on his Twitter feed this offseason. It all started in May with this gem: What Julio sees when I throw him a go route #RiseUp pic.twitter...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: 2016 the year of Matt Ryan?

When Matt Ryan left Boston College and was drafted 3rd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons knew they would have a franchise quarterback for at least a decade.  Fortunately for the Falcons, a five-year extension signed in 2013 will keep him with the team until the end of the 2018 season.  His first five years with the team brought some of the most unprecedented numbers...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons want to reduce Devonta Freeman's workload

As a sophomore, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman ranked fourth in the NFL with 264 carries last season. Now the team is working toward easing off the gas pedal heading into 2016. The Falcons are looking to reduce Freeman’s workload next season, according to running backs coach Bobby Turner. “It’s about growth,” Turner said to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Roddy White was 'miserable' with the Falcons last season

Former first-round pick Roddy White spent 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before his release following the 2015 season. While the four-time Pro Bowl receiver had pleasant memories during his long stint in Atlanta, he recently discussed the major disconnect he experienced with the team this past season. “Being released wasn’t a bad thing for me, because I wasn’t going...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Justin Hardy Spotlight

Justin Hardy has the skills to be an effective wide receiver in the Atlanta Falcons offensive scheme.  The 5’10” receiver was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of East Carolina University.  Hardy had a very successful college career. He finished his college career with 387 receptions for 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns.  He is the all-time leading NCAA receptions...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons DC says Keanu Neal will be ‘pretty special’

The Atlanta Falcons had many options to choose from with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, ultimately selecting Florida safety Keanu Neal. So far, it looks like the coaches in Atlanta are impressed by the player and believe he could be a big part of their defense going forward. Defensive coordinator Richard Smith recently spoke with the team’s official website and talked...
Via Campus Sports Net
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Quinn doesn’t believe in two-point conversions

It’s been a debate that has picked up steam since the rule was changed last season, where the extra-point kick attempts were moved to the 15-yard line to encourage teams to go for two. Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn doesn’t feel the needed to go for two still and doesn’t like the idea of doing it every single time, as he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ...
Via The Comeback
June 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff knows he’s on hot seat

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is on the hot seat entering the 2016 season, and he’ll be the first to tell you. “Of course I’m on the hot seat. Every year I’m on the hot seat,” Dimitroff told the Talk of Fame Network. Dimitroff has been the Falcons’ GM for nine years and acknowledges how fortunate he is to be in that position for that long at age 49. While...
Via The Sports Daily
June 22, 2016  |  Discuss
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