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    First off, know this much - I get you. At least on a surface level, it looks like we traded Free, a guy who a lot of TATF liked, for a guy with similar injury issues, a guy who had a down year, and we did it with money that could've been dedicated to the defense. But let me point out a few things that have me high as Khalifa on this Gurley signing. 1) Contract conditional on physical: Gurley's deal with us is conditional on him passing a physical, which means if his knee is really as bad as everyone's making it out to be, he won't count a penny against our cap. Plain and simple. 2) Low risk: This contract is for just one year. And his injury isn't ligament damage - it's arthritis. I have yet to hear about someone with an ACL injury that doesn't have some form of arthritis. It's incredibly manageable at 25. Again, this guy is just 25. The people worried about this are mostly going off what others say. Sure, I wouldn't give Gurley 30 carries every game, but he's not this fragile butterfly you have to tiptoe around. And again - if he fails the physical, we're not on the hook for a dime. 3) The money's right: This move doesn't just mean we get Gurley for a year on 5 mil. It also means we can move on from Hill if no one bites on the 5th round tender (it isn't likely) and save another 2.3 mil or so. Then, we either sign him back or draft a RB in a loaded draft. And we don't even know the breakdown - there could easily be incentives and injury stipulation in the contract. It's such a win-win I can barely understand the gripes. 4) Post June 1st workings: I was annoyed with Tru being designated a Post June 1st cut because it didn't help us with signings at the beginning of FA and it didn't help us with the draft class signings since it wouldn't come free until all our draftees were signed. Well, Gurley was a Post June 1st cut too. What does that mean? His money doesn't even hit the cap till June 2nd. In other words, the money we freed up from Tru (10.75 mil) is going to great use when it likely would have sat for months otherwise. Those saying we should have signed defensive players with it, what D guys are you even talking about? I don't see a single guy with a June 1st designation that was released that interests me. It'll only help with the guys still chillin once June 2nd hits, and the Gurley signing doesn't impact that at all imho. 5) Insanely high reward: This can't be overstated. People saying Gurley had his "worst year," were you around in 2016? He averaged 3.2 ypc and had less yards and TDs than 2019. And that year, it wasn't because he was barely being used. He was just worse. They stacked the box against him, forcing Goff to beat them, and he just couldn't. Why? Because Goff ******* blows. When McVay leaned on Gurley this year, it largely worked, except that OL...oof. Go back and watch All 22 of Gurley, it's free. That trash OL is getting him hit behind the line every play. He gets even one step and it's a first down, if not more. There were so many plays Free hesitated or was too slow on that Gurley makes a big gain in his place. Also, in 2017 and 2018, the offense was marginally better, and they couldn't stack the box against Gurley as well. Here? See my next point. 6) Gurley won't be the focus of the defense: And if he is, defenses will get punished. Holy ****, we have SO many weapons compared to the Rams. Our play action game is going to be lethal if Koetter's dumb *** even begins to get into a groove. He has an obscene amount of weapons at his disposal. I'd love to see teams leave 6 or 7 in the box against Gurley like we faced so often last year. He's going to make them pay, especially if our OL takes the next step like I believe they will. 7) Fan turnout: Sure, this is kinda cheating since it's for AB more than anyone, but I bet sales are gonna pop off with Gurley here. It's a fairweather fanbase. Just the way things are. But if we get a legitimate homefield advantage, games are going to be so much more fun to watch. I'm hopeful. 8) McVay is arrogant: And not in the same way Shanny was. Call it rumor and hearsay if you like, but I've heard that there were issues on McVay's part where he didn't like that Gurley got so much credit for the team's success compared to him and Goff. He was a team captain every year minus 2019. Wonder why? And so much of the creativity with Gurley died in 2019 compared to years past. Then there are the games where he was killing it (Pittsburgh, Carolina, both with 6+ YPC) and he only got 12 and 14 carries in each game (respectively). Both were one score games and they were 1-1 in them. There was no reason not to lean on Gurley. Trust me - there were issues there, and a lot of Rams fans have been saying similar things about McVay either not using Gurley or using him poorly. 9) The draft opened up: I like the RBs in this draft a lot. But it sucks when you're hemmed into taking a position. As is, we were practically locked into taking a RB and CB with two of our first three picks, and arguably a LB in those first three two. That's all needs-based drafting. I hate strictly needs based drafting. This move means we have so much more flexibility. Can we still draft a RB? Sure. I'd love it tbh. But now we don't have to. And we can have more BPA drafting in general. This is all good news, folks. Not to mention, if he balls out, we get a comp next year if he walks. 10) Something to prove: People might hate this reason, but to that, I'll say - these players are HUMAN. Gurley was just recently considered the best RB in the NFL. Over the course of a single season where he was horrendously underutilized, he became "washed," "damaged goods," whatever you want to call it. He was cut. That stings. And now, here he is, headed back to the home of his alma mater, where the most raving of Gurley fans reside, and you want me to believe he isn't going to be working his butt off to show everyone he's still got it. Ha. If it doesn't pan out, the reason won't be Gurley not having something to prove. He's going to be putting his all into this offseason and season itself, guaranteed. It's his last chance at a big contract, and more than that (knowing his competitiveness), it's his last chance to ensure he has a chance to cement his NFL legacy. Anyway, that's 10 reasons. Feel free to add your own. I just can't find any big downsides to this. I'm pumped.
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    Everyone please say a small prayer for @GhostofGritz. I'm not gonna post the details on here, he's welcome to if he wishes. But let's just remember him and his family right now as they deal with a family tradegy. I know we all get on each other's nerves at times on here and we last out sometimes but at the end of the day we're one big family and we all lift each other up in times of hardship. I've experienced it and I've seen it happen with others on here. Gritz, we're praying for you brother!!
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    One year deal is smart, if he blows up.resign him if not then let.him go. But something tells me that he will be proving a lot of people wrong. This sounds exciting, Gurley with Julio, Ridley, and Hurst ?? Who can all stretch the field. Dmn
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    I think it is indeed possible that nothing of substance is brewing.
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    TD is killing the off season right now! He needed to have a great off season, and he has started in fantastic fashion. Hooper wanted too much money, so he let him go. Free was over paid, so he let him go. Hated to see Tru go, but I get it. Team balled out 2nd half of the season without him, so it makes sense to let him go. Campbell got more money than we could afford, so he didn't resign him either. Letting Beasley go seemed like a no brainer to most, but with keeping him last year, nobody knew. He definitely made the right call there. After losing the players above, the team had some obvious needs, so he goes out and acquires a TE that should be able to hit the ground running - for a bargain basement price. Possibly provide a better weapon for Koetter's offense. He's faster, and a better blocker. Then he goes out and gets a RB that has injury issues, but he comes on a bargain 1 year, prove it deal. He also went out and replaced Beasley with a better player for not really that much more than they were paying Beasley last year. Now he can focus on the defense that needs a few plug and play starters that can produce at a high level early on. He's set us up for draft success by eliminating some of the glaring needs on this roster. The offense is pretty much set, so he can go get us a DT, a CB, and a LB. Maybe he'll get us a C in the mid rounds that can be developed. With the moves he's made, he can move up or trade down. Fact is, he's earning his money. Some of you may not like him, but he's not staying put. I think we are **** lucky to have him, and I am excited about the coming year.
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    Whiniest board on earth. Sounds like yalls cycles sync’d up
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    Do the fkg Aints ever do anything wrong according to the adoring media hacks? Ever?
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    That's cool. He's given us the best years the Falcons have ever seen. 2 NFCCG appearances and would be 2 SB's without 2 coaching brainfarts. 7th best record in the NFL the last 10 years I believe it was. Dude has his flaws but he's been good for us.
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    Gono's most significant snaps came during week 14 versus the Panthers (36 snaps). It was also Chris Lindstrom's first game back so him and Gono split snaps...I'm rewatching the game on NFL gamepass (free right now) and focusing mainly on Gono....Here's what I see and I apologize in advance if it sounds repetitive because I'm writing as the game goes on. -Has a strong hand punch -Performed a beautiful pulling block to create a hole for Freeman which resulted in a 30 yard run. -He's mean when blocking and really anchors well and uses his lower body well when pass/run blocking. -Gonna stress again that he has a STRONG initial hand punch. He's mean. -Side shuffle when pass blocking is a little heavy footed but makes up for it by turning his body quickly to square up the rusher. Seems smart and aware of his surroundings. -Always finding work and someone to block. -Fires quick off the line when getting to second level. Isn't the fastest guy getting to the second level but good initial burst. -Took the LB on a 5 yard ride backwards on a Freeman rushing TD. Quit blocking when Freeman got past him to avoid holding call. -Does not get pushed back when run blocking head on. At the worst, holds his ground. -Needs some work on outside zone blocking and not allowing lineman to get inside on him. On one run play, Panthers DL got inside on him and disrupted run play. -If he gets his hands on you and you're a defender, you can forget about it for the most part. -Has good lateral agility to mirror effectively in pass blocking. Has tons of positives from this game from what I analyzed... Two biggest negatives are his lateral quickness on outside runs and getting further into the second level after that good initial burst but I'm nitpicking at this point because his positives outweigh the negatives by a good margin... I really like his potential and traits he showed this game and I think he can be a real contender for that LG spot.
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    Ryan. Burrow hasn't even played a down yet in the NFL. This isn't college.
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    If he fails the physical the contract voids
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    /steps up to the mic /clears throat "Troffed"
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    https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/hayden-hurst-atlanta-falcons-who-im-meant-to-be My parents drove five hours to see me. And they had five minutes to talk to me. That’s all the time the doctor would allow while I was under supervision. Five minutes. How do you explain to your parents in just five minutes that you tried to kill yourself? You can’t. That’s the answer. You just can’t. I was so … ashamed. I looked my mom in the eye, felt the handcuffs that locked me to my hospital bed tighten around my wrists, and I just had no words. Nothing. I went through all these different sentences in my head, trying to get them to make sense so I could spit out something. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Blank. I just wanted to sink into my bed and disappear beneath my gown. But the handcuffs wouldn’t let me do anything. So there I was, 22 years old. Twelve hours removed from cutting my own wrists. Five feet from my parents. Five minutes to spend with them. And a lifetime to try to come to terms with what had happened. Putting your thoughts — your darkest, most brutal ones — into words is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. There I was, 22 years old. Twelve hours removed from cutting my own wrists. Five feet from my parents. Five minutes to spend with them. Everyone asks, Why did you do this? And I knew the answer. Maybe I couldn’t say it … but I knew it. Making it clear to someone else, though, is another thing altogether. They nod their heads, they say they understand but, of course, they don’t. How could they? In five minutes? I mean, it had taken me a long time to understand why I felt that there was no option other than to do what I did that night in 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. Not long ago my life looked like it was on track. I was going where I was supposed to go, doing what I was supposed to do. I had been a star athlete my whole life. I was the starting tight end for a big-time college football team. Everything seemed fine. Better than fine, actually. Everything seemed great. Four years earlier, in 2012, I had been picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the MLB draft. My whole life was about sports. I grew up in Jacksonville during Tim Tebow mania. Our family house was on a cul-de-sac, and I’d spend hours on hours playing whatever I could in the street with my dad or my friends. In eighth grade, I threw 91 mph. I was growing so fast — a foot in a year — that I had to have Tommy John surgery when I was 14. Not because I’d thrown out my arm, but because my ligaments couldn’t keep up with the rate at which I was growing and putting on muscle. I recovered from the surgery just fine, and by my senior year I started to get attention from MLB scouts. My parents and I were prepared for a future that involved pro baseball. Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images When the Pirates offered me nearly half a million dollars to sign with them to play minor league ball, I was ready. And my family and I made sure we thought everything through. I remember talking to my dad about the deal. He said, “Hey, worst case scenario, it doesn’t work out. You just come back and play football in college, right?” Right. But in my mind, I just wanted to play baseball. I was 18. Drafted by the Pirates. I was on my way to the Show. There was no other pitcher who was going to outwork me. I knew that. There was no hitter who was going to be more prepared than me. I knew that. But what I didn’t know was that the biggest obstacle — the one that would punch me in the face, over and over again — was … me. It was my body that failed, my mind. And I remember the moment it happened. I was doing a bullpen session down in Bradenton, and I threw a pitch wide. And then threw another one wide. And then another. And another. All of a sudden things started moving quickly. I could feel the tips of my fingers going numb. The ball was drenched in sweat the second it touched my hand. My wrist was shaking. I was embarrassed, shocked, confused. I went back to my apartment and tried to just forget about it. But the next day, same thing. Every pitch — every time the catcher had to move from his squat to go get the ball — this imaginary fist would squeeze my chest. I was being crushed. My heart rate would skyrocket, my mind would race. The pitcher in the pen beside me walked off his mound. “Get this kid away from me.” “That s*** is contagious.” Contagious? What the f***? What is this? What is with me? The next three years were ****. As a man of God, I don’t use that word lightly. ****. Every pitch — every time the catcher had to move from his squat to go get the ball — this imaginary fist would squeeze my chest. Every day was a battle with my mind. Because even though I could work on my body — begging it to come back to me, to work how it used to — the fight was actually in my mind. My family is a tight-knit group. We’re always looking out for one another, making sure nobody ever feels alone. But I couldn’t bring myself to tell my parents the truth. Every year I’d tell them that the next season would be the one in which I’d make it out of rookie ball. I was alone. The days were filled with shame, embarrassment. So were the nights. But I had an out at night. I could drink. So I did. And I would drink as much as I could until I couldn’t feel the shame — until I couldn’t feel the fist gripping my chest. I drank with the sole purpose of blacking out. That’s the truth. I’d wake up a few hours later, and get ready for my 6 a.m. workouts with Scott Elarton. He was a pitching coach for the Pirates. And, along with my parents and my incredible sister, Kylie, Scott is a huge part of why I’m here today, alive, writing this. I owe Scott so much. He used to work with me away from everyone else so I wouldn’t have to feel the shame, see the glares. We did everything he could think of to try to fix my problem. Weighted balls. Huge targets. A new motion. But the yips … they exist in your mind. Not in your shoulder. I think, after a while, we both knew that. Sometimes we’d get close. I’d look like I was getting it back. And then I’d get into a game, and, man … I’ll never forget the sound when I hit a kid in the head with a pitch. Knocked him out. I stood there, 60 feet, six inches away, watching him lying there, still as a rock. The sound of the ball smacking against his helmet echoed in my head, while I screamed into my mind. You f***ing monster. Look what you did. What’s wrong with you? The end came in 2015. Spring training. I was working with Scott and it just wasn’t happening. Nearly three years of trying to beat this … this … whatever it was. And no progress. I threw another one high and wide, walked off the mound and just started crying. Scott came over. We cried together. It was over. We’d lost. He asked me what else I was passionate about. And for so long the answer would be nothing. But that passion had died somewhere along the way in Bradenton. So I thought of football. I thought of watching Gator games as a kid, I thought of playing in high school and how much I’d loved it. I told Scott it was time we got my dad down there to talk about what was going on, and what I needed to do. My dad had coached football when I was younger, he knew I could make the switch. I had the size, the strength. Through the years I had given my parents glimpses into my struggles, but had never quite been able to tell them the whole truth. To open up to my dad, when I had finally decided it was over, felt like a release in a way. He told me, “This thing … these yips, they won’t follow you.” They didn’t follow me. But everything else did. Your mind, well … it comes with you wherever you go. I was lucky enough to know a backup QB at South Carolina named Perry Orth. He helped to get Steve Spurrier, the Gamecocks’ coach, to come down to Jacksoville to watch one of my workouts. He offered me a preferred walk-on spot for the 2015 season. I felt like I was turning a new page. I believe in second chances, and I also believed in myself. My freshman year was solid. I got in a few games, started impressing some coaches and making a name for myself. But, man, there is just something about the nighttime. No matter how good my day had been, or how well I had played … when the sun set, I just felt like the same old Hayden. I kept drinking like I had in Florida. In my darkest moments, I would remember something that had happened long ago. When I was 10, my uncle committed suicide. He’d struggled with alcoholism. Two years after he died, his son committed suicide, too. I remember seeing the paramedics loading his body bag into an ambulance. None of it made sense. But by the time I started drinking in Columbia, my cousin’s decision to commit suicide was beginning to become almost understandable. One drink, and I’d feel the weight of failure. Two drinks, and I’d think about all the lies I’d told myself. Three drinks, and I’d feel the fist on my chest again. And eventually I’d fade into the night. Incoherent, afraid, angry, sad, confused, depressed, anxious. One night in January 2016, I don’t know exactly what happened, but I mixed alcohol with pills and … I really don’t know. When I woke up the next morning, my wrists were all bandaged up and handcuffed to the hospital bed. I still had my shirt on. It was covered in my blood. Someone came and told me what I had done. I didn’t know how to react. I had a thought. If I’d had a gun, I would have died last night. My parents came to see me a few hours later. That day is a blur — those few weeks are, really. But what I remember was the feeling of never ever wanting to be that broken again — maybe it was because the whole experience had scared me straight. I knew that whatever I did next in my life, I was never going to go back to this point. In that hospital bed I barely felt human. But also I had never felt more alive. There’s a lot to absorb in the wake of a moment like that. I knew one thing for sure, though: I had to give myself over to my family and my support group. I had to open up and be real for once. No more secrets, no more isolated emotions. Waking up in those handcuffs — that was my real second chance. That was my real opportunity to rid myself of the demons that had found their way into my mind in Florida. So I did whatever was asked of me. I started meeting with a therapist on campus. Dr. Malone and I would talk through everything. It was just … I can’t explain really how helpful it was just to be able to talk to someone and not feel any fear of repercussions from what I might say. I leaned on our new coach, Will Muschamp. Our strength coach, Jeff Dillman, would open up the weight room to me at all hours so I could get in there and release some energy. So many people on campus knew little bits about what I was going through, and they were all so helpful. I thank God for those people, and for the University of South Carolina. Of all the things Dr. Malone helped me with, the most crucial was the way he made me feel comfortable enough to be more open with my family. Like I said, we are tight-knit, but there are some things that are just hard to tell your parents. Dr. Malone made that easier. And now I’m closer with my family than ever before. Looking back on that day in the hospital, the night before, the yips in Florida — all of it … sometimes I have to pinch myself to realize that I’m here, that I’m alive and that I’m all right. I haven’t had any alcohol since that night. I haven’t touched any substances. My mind is clearer than it’s ever been. There are good days and bad days — and it’s important to acknowledge and accept them. I know that now. I’m heading into my third year in the NFL. After three seasons at South Carolina, the Ravens drafted me in the first round in 2018. Now I’m an Atlanta Falcon. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this organization, but I will also be forever grateful to Baltimore. The Ravens took a chance on me, and I hope I helped build something that will last a long, long time in that city. When I started to tell people what I had been through, I got hundreds of responses from people in Baltimore. They told me that they had been through similar things, or that they had a family member who was going through similar things. All the Ravens fans in my Twitter DMs who were sending me love and saying how proud they were of me — that’s real love. Thank you, Baltimore. Bless y’all. While I was a Raven, I started the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation to raise awareness of mental health issues in adolescents and teens, and to fund mental health services. As much as I love football — and boy, do I love football — I hope that the legacy of this foundation is just as big as the one I leave on the field. When I tell my story now, I try to use detail because, I think, if someone had told me that they had struggled like I did — I never would have believed them. But to find the light, you have to know how dark it can really get. So I hope that, if there’s someone out there who can relate to this story at all, they get this message: There is so much strength in your weakness. Understand that. There is help for you, like there was help for me. I didn’t want to find it at first and it nearly cost me my life. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about that. But I did find help. And it changed my life. I’m thankful for everyone who had a hand in my recovery, especially my family. Mom, Dad and Sis — I love you guys so much. Thank you. If they weren’t the people they are, I wouldn’t be who I am today. And I know, without a doubt, I am exactly who I’m meant to be.
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    Found this fun tidbit with Brown running his big mouth. The article writer sums it up nicely, but there's no comparison. Brown is an embarrassment. Give it up for our guy Julio, the best reciever in receiver and possibly, the best receiver to ever play the game. https://www.sportstalkatl.com/falcons-jobless-antonio-brown-takes-a-jab-at-julio-jones/ Falcons: Jobless Antonio Brown takes a jab at Julio Jones Leave a Comment / Falcons / By Chase Irle / March 29, 2020 These days, if Antonio Brown is in the headline, it’s a safe bet it’s because he is doing something insane. And while this is far less outlandish than some of the other things he’s done over the past year, it still shows the part of his brain that controls logic is missing. On Instagram live, Brown had this to say in regards to who the best receiver in the world is today and specifically took a shot at Julio Jones. 1,823 people are talking about this Of course, it’s challenging to be the best receiver in the game, when you’re technically not even in the game. Who knows if Brown will ever return to the NFL, but the stats (outside of touchdowns, which is the only thing Brown conveniently mentions) do not agree with his claim. He has played in five more games than Jones over their careers and has nearly 1,000 fewer yards. Jones averages over ten more yards per game played and nearly two more yards per reception. And Pro Football Focus agrees. Not only do they have Jones as a better receiver than Brown, but they have him as the best receiver in the game since 2006: Look, I have nothing against Antonio Brown, the player. He is a bonafide stud, and at his peak, he’s probably the only receiver in the league that could compare to Julio Jones (they were indisputably the two best receivers in football from 2014-2018). The difference is Jones is still doing it while nobody wants Brown anywhere near their franchise. Julio is a leader by example that every organization dreams of having, and at 31 years old, he’s just getting started. Brown may never touch an NFL football field again. If I were him, I’d worry about working my way back into the league rather than calling out a true professional — and the best wide receiver in football.
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    Sometimes this group makes me sad to be a falcons fan. Some of y’all seem to just never be satisfied no matter what they do lol. They could draft Jesus as the starting QB and someone would yell bust haha
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    I'm good with this. I appreciate his play for us, but honestly, he just hasn't been the same since he got hurt in 16. And really, I thought the defense played better when he went down that season. He's our veteran, and early last season he wasn't communicating with the other DBs and he was terribly misplaying his assignments. For the money he gets paid, you can't have that. Sorry to see him go, but it was entirely predictable.
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    You should change your screen name to B1TCH247
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    I always liked Terrell Davis. I’m pleased to hear he made lemonade out of lemons by becoming an orthopedic surgeon after his playing days were over.
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    I know I know not Falcons but **** it Traded for an older lineman, losing a probowl lineman and got 0 picks.
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    Love the trade down, hate the player in Round 1.
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    Decided to do this myself to help out those in need like myself who aren't all caught up on every move the Falcons have made. Here's what I know. RE-SIGNS QB Matt Schaub (Option picked up - $2M) FB Keith Smith (3 Years, $4.3M) OL John Wetzel (1 Year) DE Steven Means (1 Year) DT Tyeler Davidson (3 Years, $12M - $4.5M Guaranteed) CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (1 Year - $1.05M - $137.5K Guaranteed) S Sharrod Neasman (1 Year - $950K - $40K Guaranteed) K Younghoe Koo (1 Year) P Ryan Allen (1 Year) P Sam Irwin-Hill (1 Year) CUTS RB Devonta Freeman TE Luke Stocker OT Ty Sambrailo CB Desmond Trufant - Lions (2 Years - $21M - $14M Guaranteed) FREE AGENT ADDITIONS RB Todd Gurley - Rams (1 Year - $5M) WR Laquon Treadwell - Vikings (1 Year) OL Justin McCray - Browns (1 Year) DE Dante Fowler Jr. - Rams (3 Years - $48M) LB LaRoy Reynolds - Bengals (1 Year) FREE AGENT LOSSES QB Matt Simms RB Kenjon Barner RB Brian Hill WR Justin Hardy TE Austin Hooper - Browns (4 Years, $44M - $23M Guaranteed) OL Wes Schweitzer - Redskins (3 Years - $13.5M) DE Vic Beasley Jr. - Titans (1 Years - $9.5M) DE Michael Bennett DE Adrian Clayborn - Browns (2 Years - $6M) DT Jack Crawford - Titans DT Re'Shede Hageman LB/S Kemal Ishmael LB De'Vondre Campbell - Cardinals (1 Year - $8.5M) CB Jamar Taylor S John Cyprien S J.J. Wilcox P Matt Bosher TRADES TE Hayden Hurst, 2020 4th Round Pick (143) from Ravens for 2020 2nd Round Pick (55) and 2020 5th Round Pick (157). Alright folks, help me out if I missed anything. I'll try to keep this OP update.
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    Getting in some more free Gamepass. I suggest anyone that has the time to watch it get it while it’s free. Outside of games they have some very good Falcons featured videos. Anyways, I wanted to watch Lindstrom vs the Niners and ended up watching Sheffield. Played every snap but two, one I know for sure and the other was goal line before the half and I may have just missed him. He was in on goal line late in the game. 3 targets, two receptions allowed. One vs Kittle and he was making the hit as the ball arrived, the other Shanny got him with a motion, then bootlegged back out with that WR running underneath the oline forcing Sheff to cut back into the linebackers. Obviously the target rate was impressive enough but consider Jimmy G threw it 34 times, the 5th most in a game all season and post season, it’s even more impressive. In two WR sets he lined up outside, three WR sets Blidi would come in and kick outside and Sheff would move to the slot. Thats impressive as **** for a rookie and I think we got a big time player in round 4. He def has the speed and quick twitch TD and DQ like. He looks to be a big piece of this D as well as Kazee moving forward.
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    All first round starting line up qb ryan rb gurley wr juio wr ridley wr treadwell te Hurst lt Matthews lg carpenter c Mack rg Lindstrom Rt mcgary
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    Are you allowed to post "pro-Dimitroff" posts in TATF???? (P.S. I agree with you!)
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    Now if we can replace Kutty with an OC that uses a balanced scheme we might be onto something.
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    We'd have fans here crying their eyeballs out over all the guys we'd have to let walk
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    GURLEY'S REBIRTH? Don't underestimate the back's dynamic potential in Atlanta Don't let Todd Gurley's recent release from the Los Angeles Rams fool you into believing he's a washed-up player incapable of making a resurgence as the Atlanta Falcons' RB1. The 2017 Offensive Player of the Year will not only enjoy a major bounceback season, but he will re-emerge as an MVP candidate while serving as the centerpiece of an offense that will light up scoreboards across the league. I know those are lofty expectations for a running back coming off a disappointing season on a team that was supposed to be a Super Bowl contender, but Gurley is joining the best offense that he's ever played on. The 2020 Falcons have better personnel at the marquee skill positions, and their offensive line is a significant upgrade over the unit Gurley left in Los Angeles. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself. Would you rather have Matt Ryan or Jared Goff? How about the combination of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst vs. Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Gerald Everett/Tyler Higbee? What about an offensive line in Atlanta that features five former first-round picks? You want that, or L.A.'s patchwork group that struggled for most of 2019 following the departures of Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan? Unless you're a Rams homer, you'd pick the Falcons' nominees in each scenario. The Dirty Birds have premier players on the perimeter, including one of the best receivers in all of football, as well as a former MVP at quarterback. The mere presence of Jones and Ryan will create more opportunities for Gurley to get loose, and he's proven that he's a monster against light boxes in the recent vintage. According to Next Gen Stats, Gurley faced a light box (fewer than seven defenders) on 43.7 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps in 2017 and '18, compiling a robust yards-per-carry average of 5.8 -- most among running backs with a minimum of 100 rushing attempts in this span. Looking at the Falcons' roster and their potential "11" personnel package (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR), the offense should face plenty of light boxes. Opponents will be forced to largely concentrate on defending the Ryan-Jones connection, with Ridley serving as a high-end complement on the back side. Atlanta will be able to take advantage of those looks by getting the ball to Gurley on an assortment of runs and passes out of the backfield. Before you @ me regarding Gurley's diminishing production in 2019, I think it is fair to ask if No. 30's talents were maximized by Sean McVay and Co. during his final season in L.A. In 2017 and '18, Gurley averaged 22.7 touches, 88.1 rush yards and 135.3 scrimmage yards with 40 total touchdowns. In 2019, those numbers plummeted to 16.9 touches, 57.1 rush yards and 70.9 scrimmage yards with 14 total touchdowns. In addition, Gurley's playtime percentages (75.8 to 74.6 to 71.5) and touch percentage (45.4 to 40.0 to 33.8) steadily decreased over the past three seasons. Did Gurley's health dictate the reduction, or did McVay forget about his top offensive weapon? Remember, McVay pointed the finger at himself in early December. Asked about what caused an uptick in usage for the back, the coach deadpanned, "Me not being an idiot." "Gurley still has it," I was told by an AFC running backs coach who studied the Pro Bowler after his release. "They didn't use him enough, but his speed, burst and running skills are still there. ... He just needs to be featured like he was in 2017 and 2018. If he gets the rock, he will put up big numbers." And as I mentioned before, the Rams' offensive line did not get the job done last season. At the end of the regular season, Pro Football Focus ranked the unit 31st. Tough to run through holes that don't exist. It's easy to dismiss a running back when he has reached a certain point of his career, but I wouldn't underestimate Gurley's chances of re-emerging as one of the top playmakers in football, especially given his upgraded supporting cast in Atlanta. Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @BuckyBrooks. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Not sure if already posted, Brooks makes some very interesting points.
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    OK I'll give it a shot - Basically talks about how much the league has changed since he first became GM. - Talks about the Hooper\Campbell situation and basically how they were unable to essentially pay everybody, doesn't mean they did not want them back. - Called the salary cap situation a non "h.ell" situation says that they will have to be more creative in their spending. It will be difficult, but not impossible. - Was asked about the potential to trade up. says he believes there will be some action between 10 to 20 among NFL teams . Wouldn't be opposed to trading down as well. and maybe trading back up at some point lol. - Asked about the Julio trade and what goes into making a trade like that. says a lot or research and analyzing went into the trade-up of Julio ( contracts, length of contracts, etc.) - Asked what the biggest need, states that they were looking into getting to the quarterback as a big priority doesn't necessarily mean an Edge rusher per-say. "Not honed in on one player". - Asked about selecting a RB before the 3rd round, believes that there is great value in the later rounds, but doesn't mean that they would not be opposed to taking a RB before the 3rd round. That's what i got out of the conversation, not alot of meat lol. Others are free to chime in as well.