FALCONS RUMORS & GOSSIP

NFL assistants can now be hired during playoffs, with team consent

A longstanding and oft-discussed NFL rule is being changed. With the consent of their employers, assistant coaches of playoff teams can now be hired before the playoffs end. Assistant coaches of the NFL’s best teams have long had their promotion chances hurt by deep playoff runs. Teams who need to hire coaches are often impatient and don’t want to wait until after the Super Bowl...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Headlines: New Mocks Have Falcons Focused on Trenches

Only have a few minutes to get caught up on your football news? Each weekday, AtlantaFalcons.com will keep you updated with the latest Falcons information you need to know.
Via AtlantaFalcons.com
9 hours ago

Here are the Atlanta Falcons’ top 10 cap hits for 2017

  January 30, 2017, Houston: Julio Jones is all smiles taking questions during Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons stated that their No. 1 off season priority was to re-sign cornerback Desmond Trufant. While both side have worked on the deal, things are set to be finalize...
Via AJC's Atlanta Falcons Blog
13 hours ago

Remaining roster holes for the Atlanta Falcons after free agency

Now that virtually all the big-name free agents are off the market and the Atlanta Falcons are perilously low on cap space, it’s safe to say the team is unlikely to add any more pieces before the draft. The front office has worked to patch a majority of the holes in the roster, but there are still some positions in need of an infusion of talent. With the additions of DT Dontari...
Via isportsweb.com
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Who are the Atlanta Falcons you irrationally love most?

We’ve all got a few. As I noted yesterday for our draft pick nomination story, when we hit the doldrums of the offseason—and frankly, we’re just about there!—we like to talk about Falcons history more than we would in, say, August or September. We’ll kick things off with something a little off the beaten path. When we think about our favorite Falcons over the years,...
Via The Falcoholic
1 day ago

Atlanta Falcons 2017: Hey, What’s Your Problem?

We are close to wrapping up our latest series from End Zone Score. NFL free agency is in full swing. Teams continue to make decisions that will affect the franchise’s immediate future. The focus here will be on each of the 32 teams’ biggest problems. What is the biggest negative facing each club. More importantly, how is each organization addressing the matter? In this edition...
Via EndZoneScore
1 day ago

Introducing the field for the greatest Falcons draft pick ever

There are 16 choices. Over the weekend, I asked all of you to nominate your choices for the best draft picks in Atlanta Falcons history. You delivered, even if half your answers were predictably sarcastic. The net result is that we have 16 players (10 on offense, 6 on defense) who will be in the running for our greatest franchise draft pick ever. There’s the usual suspects, a...
Via The Falcoholic
1 day ago

Headlines: Falcons Near Top of ESPN's Power Rankings

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Via AtlantaFalcons.com
1 day ago

Will the Falcons exceed their 2016 sack total this season?

We think yes. I would not say the Falcons pass rush was great in 2016, but I would say it was improved, and that was reflected in the team’s dramatic gain in sacks year over year. That’s in a year where Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn missed significant time, too, and both were legitimate pass rush assets. They finished the year with 34 in total. It’s fair to say I...
Via The Falcoholic
1 day ago

2017 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Post-Free Agency 7-Round Mock Draft

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Potential first round picks for the Atlanta Falcons

After a productive beginning to the offseason, the Atlanta Falcons have surprised many with their aggressiveness in free agency with the little cap space they started the offseason with. Along with bringing in depth at fullback and on the defensive line, their biggest signing being Dontari Poe, they finally brought in a guard, Hugh Thornton who has experience at both left and right...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Falcons Target a DB in the 2017 NFL Draft?

The Falcons currently boast a strong defensive backfield, but that doesn't mean they won't focus on that area in the upcoming draft.
Via AtlantaFalcons.com
4 days ago

Brett Favre still has a rocket for an arm

After watching a video of legendary former NFL quarterback Brett Favre throwing balls, it’s clear he is still better than half the guys playing today. It’s also crystal clear the gunslinger hasn’t lost a single whit of speed off his heater.Favre was on a practice field throwing balls to Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and others, and my lord he can still sling the...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Devonta Freeman on Super Bowl loss: ‘Like a scar you’ll see forever’

The Atlanta Falcons are now far removed from their Super Bowl LI meltdown against the New England Patriots. The players have moved on to off-season workouts, vacations and spending time with their families.In no way does this mean that members of the Falcons will soon forget about the team blowing a 25-point lead on the game’s grandest stage. It will stick with them forever, as...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons sign Dontari Poe

The Atlanta Falcons might have made the signing of the offseason by adding defensive tackle Dontari Poe to their defensive line on a one-year $8 million deal. The Falcons had a good defensive line last season in their Super Bowl game run, but adding Poe really makes them a much better line. Dontari Poe was not himself last season, and this is partially due to his weight gain. The...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dontari Poe reportedly has weight clause in Falcons contract

Newly-minted Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe has said he wants to get down to 330 pounds, and it sounds like he has some incentive to do just that.According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the $2 million in incentives in Poe’s contract includes a $500,000 bonus if he consistently meets a certain weight goal. It’s not clear what that goal is, but Poe specifically...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dontari Poe signs one-year deal with Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive tackle Dontari Poe to a one-year contract.Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the deal is worth $8 million, with incentives that could bring it up to $10 million. Poe, who weighs nearly 350 pounds, is one of the better nose tackles in football. The former first-round pick spent the first five seasons of his career with the Kansas City...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons re-sign S Kemal Ishmael, sign WR Andre Roberts

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed safety Kemal Ishmael and have signed wide receiver and return specialist Andre Roberts from Detroit. Ishmael, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract, saw his value rise in 2016 as he made four fill-in starts. He also showed his versatility at linebacker. Ishmael matched his career high with 15 tackles in a 35-28...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons can win free agency with Dontari Poe signing

The Atlanta Falcons need to overcome a Super Bowl loss by any means necessary. This is one of the harder tasks in sports outside of New England, so smart additions to help reinforce the core that got Atlanta to the big game in the first place is a must. Alas, the Falcons have been rather quiet in free agency—until Monday. That’s where tackle Dontari Poe comes into play, according...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Devonta Freeman shouldn’t demand a trade from the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have one of the best running back duos in the NFL in large part thanks to Devonta Freeman. Freeman, who is set to become a free agent after the 2017 season, has been the subject of constant trade speculation. Freeman himself put an end to this recently, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com: “This is coming out of my mouth: I definitely know I’m going to...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons re-sign backup cornerback Wreh-Wilson to 1-year deal

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed backup cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year, $775,000 deal. Wreh-Wilson is the seventh Atlanta player from the 2016 NFC championship team to be re-signed or have his contract extended. The Falcons signed Wreh-Wilson in 2016 after starter Desmond Trufant's season-ending shoulder injury. General manager Thomas Dimitroff...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Devonta Freeman says he will not ask Falcons for trade

Devonta Freeman isn’t going to push for an exit from the Atlanta Falcons right now.The star running back is headed for the final season of his rookie deal, but he made clear he’s not looking to leave Atlanta after his mentor, Luther Campbell, seemed to float the possibility of a trade on Twitter.“This is coming out of my mouth: I definitely know I’m going to be playing for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Latest: Falcons retain backup QB Schaub and Upshaw

The Latest on NFL free agency (all times local): 12:04 p.m. The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to contract extensions with backup quarterback Matt Schaub and defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw. The NFC champions have focused on retaining players in the offseason. ''Courtney proved to be versatile in our defensive scheme and he will continue to play several roles along our defensive...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Fantasy Outlook: Atlanta Falcons

Despite their crushing Super Bowl LI loss, the Atlanta Falcons had the league's most potent offense, scoring nearly five more points per game on average than any other team, per Team Rankings. The Falcons are deep, but also have top ranked talent across the field as Julio Jones (WR), Devonta Freeman (RB), Matt Ryan (QB) and Matt Bryant (K), all finished sixth or better in fantasy...
Via The Sports Quotient
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Deion Sanders has great story about snubbing Giants at Combine

Deion Sanders without question is among the most brash, brazen and confident — not to mention athletically gifted — players ever to suit up in an NFL uniform. And Sanders apparently established as much even before his professional football career started.The superstar athlete-turned-NFL Network analyst was appearing on his employer’s 2017 NFL Combine coverage when he relayed...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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