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  1. Devonta Freeman out for Falcons vs. Cardinals; Still in Concussion Protocol Adam Wells Bleacher Report | August 23, 2017 Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will miss the team's third preseason game on Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals due to a concussion. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn announced Wednesday that Freeman would be held out of action this weekend. "He's doing well," Quinn said, via ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "He's going to visit with the independent part of the protocol come up here soon. He won't play in this ball game. He won't practice today. He's back to full-speed running. But it's soon that he'll be back participating full speed in practice. But you won't see him suited up for this weekend.'' The Falcons placed Freeman in concussion protocol after he showed concussion-like symptoms during practice on Aug. 13. Freeman has been an integral part of the Falcons offense since being drafted in 2014. The 25-year-old came into his own in 2015 with 1,056 rushing yards, 578 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns. Last season marked the first time Freeman appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons. He racked up 1,079 rushing yards, 462 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns to help Atlanta reach the Super Bowl. After Freeman signed a five-year extension with the Falcons in August, Pro Football Focus noted he was the eighth-highest-graded running back during the 2016 season with an 83.3 overall mark. The good news for Atlanta is the regular season doesn't begin for two more weeks. The offense remains loaded with skill-position talent to play at a high level without Freeman. Tevin Coleman has been a strong backup to Freeman with 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns last season. Beyond the running backs, quarterback Matt Ryan is the reigning NFL MVP and wide receiver Julio Jones has had at least 1,400 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons. Freeman gives the Falcons a more complete offense, but they are still good enough to remain atop the NFC South without him if he is forced to miss an extended period of time due to his concussion.
  2. Thanks @atlfanstckndenver.
  3. Atlanta fans can ‘Rise Up’ on the wings of 73,000-pound falcon sports By Jill Vejnoska - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  4. John Collins has every chance to prove himself to the Atlanta Hawks by Austin Williams 6 hours ago
  5. ATLANTA HAWKS DEEMED UNWATCHABLE BY NEW RANKING Author: Kristen Reed Published: 08/22/17 WXIA | 8/22/2017 4:46:07 PM In a CBS Sports article that hopes to help NBA fans choose which teams to select on the League Pass, the Atlanta Hawks are deemed unwatchable. The list is based off of three criteria, how often they're on National TV, if they're fun to watch on the floor and if the team is fun to follow. Our Atlanta Hawks are ranked dead last, completely unwatchable. They cite Paul Millsap's departure and say "this is the start of a rebuild, so just avoid the Hawks in any form. At the top of the list are the Bucks, 76ers and Pelicans. The 2017 NBA National Champions, The Golden State Warriors, are ranked 18th. So, success level is not the driver of this list. We want to know how you feel. Vote in this 11Alive poll: Do you think the Hawks are an unwatchable team? © 2017 WXIA-TV. All Rights Reserved. So what the real fans will tune in.
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  7. Hawks signing Cook to two-year contract Amico Hoops Free agent point guard and former G-League Rookie of the Year Quinn Cook has agreed to a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks, Cook’s agent told The Vertical. According to the report, the deal is partially guaranteed. Cook, 23, debuted in the NBA last season, appearing in 14 games — nine with the New Orleans Pelicans, and five with the Dallas Mavericks. He has compiled NBA averages of 5.6 points and 1.9 assists per game. Fifth-year man Dennis Schroder was the lone true point guard on the Hawks’ roster prior to the Cook signing. The Hawks are expected to invite at least one more point guard to training camp next month. Along with gaining G-League rookie honors with the Canton Charge in 2016, Cook was named to the All-Defensive first team in 2016 and ’17, and won the G-League All-Star Game MVP. He went undrafted in 2015 after winning a national championship with Duke, then attended training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  8. names Atlanta Falcons rookie safety Damontae Kazee one of NFL’s “rising defensive players” by James Rael@falcoholicjames Aug 17, 2017, 11:59pm EDT The Falcoholic Atlanta Falcons rookie safety Damontae Kazee hasn’t played a single regular season game yet. Heck, he’s greener than grass. (Unless we’re talking about Dave’s grass, which is weed-ridden and brown.) But that hasn’t stopped Kazee from getting an incredible amount of hype, particularly given his status as a fifth round draft pick.’s Ike Taylor published an interesting list yesterday afternoon. It highlights five defensive players on the rise, at least from Taylor’s perspective. Three of the five players have NFL experience, while two are rookies. Kazee was one of the two rookies. T.J. Watt, the 30th overall pick in April’s draft, was the other. Here’s part of Taylor’s glowing review: Kazee has balled out in training camp and preseason as a free safety for the Falcons. He's earned first-team reps and has made several impressive plays. Kazee has outstanding awareness and ball skills, which will make it hard for Dan Quinn to keep him off the field, even with a deep secondary. Expect big things from a guy who reminds me a lot of Earl Thomas and Tyrann Mathieu -- both small, dominant free safeties. Taylor is so bullish on Kazee that he goes on to suggest that the Pro Bowl could be in the 24 year old’s not-so-distant future. While I love seeing any Atlanta Falcons draft pick get hyped, this all seems a little premature. For now Kazee looks to have been a steal in the draft, and the Falcons are lucky he fell so far. He’s solid depth headed into the season, and I doubt Ricardo Allen doesn’t have his head on a swivel. That said, it’s going to take more than complimentary write ups by NFL analysts to help him unseat Allen. Your thoughts? © 2017 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sports data © STATS 2016
  9. LMAO to the OP. Since you have a crush on Horford you can follow his azz to Boston, .
  10. Owner Arthur Blank: Falcons have 'fastest defense in the NFL' Vaughn McClure | 7:19 PM ET ATLANTA -- As Arthur Blank proudly talked about next Saturday's grand opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcons owner was equally excited about the NFL product that has been assembled to play inside the new venue. There are high expectations for Blank's Falcons coming off last season's Super Bowl run, which ended with a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots for the title, during which the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead. “For some reason, during the Super Bowl, they decided to extend the game by one quarter; it wasn't good for us,” Blank said with a laugh during a news conference at the stadium Saturday afternoon. “So we're getting ready to play a full four quarters now in the Super Bowl. I couldn't be happier with where our team is.” Coach Dan Quinn, going into his third season, returns the league's top-scoring offense behind Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman. The former Seattle defensive coordinator has quickly put together a Seahawks-style defense in Atlanta. “I think that Coach Quinn has done a fabulous job,” Blank said. “Thomas Dimitroff, our general manager, a fabulous job; I think all of the coaches and the personnel department and the players. We'll have one of the youngest defenses in the NFL. And we do have the fastest defense in the NFL right now. “And when you're being led by the Most Valuable Player in the league last year as your quarterback last -- Matt Ryan, who lives up to MVP both on the field and off the field -- and the tremendous about of talent behind him [with] Julio and many, many other players, we're in a good position to compete. But everybody is that way.” The Falcons have gotten faster on defense with the additions of first-round pick Takkarist McKinley, a defensive end from UCLA; third-round pick Duke Riley, a linebacker from LSU; and fifth-round pick Damontae Kazee, a defensive back from San Diego State. They already have one of the league's fastest rushers off the edge in reigning NFL sack champ Vic Beasley Jr. as well as two starting cornerbacks with speed in Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, along with a speedy middle linebacker in Deion Jones. The Falcons also added two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe up front to team with up-and-coming nose tackle Grady Jarrett, another player with good speed. Hard-hitting Keanu Neal and fast-thinking Ricardo Allen are the safety combo, and De'Vondre Campbell adds even more speed at linebacker. Nickelback Brian Poole gives the Falcons yet another talented defensive back. With all that speed, the Falcons still have plenty of ground to make up from a statistical standpoint. Last year, they ranked 25th out of 32 teams in total defense, 28th in passing yards allowed per game, tied for 29th in first downs allowed per game and dead last in red-zone defense. Not to mention how much the defense contributed to the blown, 25-point lead in the Super Bowl. The Falcons have a new defensive coordinator in Marquand Manuel, who previously was the secondary coach. The Falcons will continue to shake off any Super Bowl hangover and build momentum toward the regular season with Sunday's exhibition at Pittsburgh against a Steelers team that's also considered a Super Bowl contender. “I'm going to Pittsburgh tomorrow, and I spoke to [Steelers owner] Art Rooney the other day, and their quarterback [Ben Roethlisberger] has decided to play a couple more years, so they're ready to compete. It's the beauty of the NFL. Every fan across the country in July and August and even September feels like they have a chance to win. And that's the way it should be. ... We'll take it a game at a time, but we're ready to compete.” The Falcons open the regular season Sept. 10 in Chicago against the Bears.
  11. Former Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner helping with coverage this season by James Rael@falcoholicjames Aug 19, 2017, 4:00pm EDT The Falcoholic Former Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner is back! But don’t get too excited, he isn’t taking a victory lap as the Falcons third running back. He’s got a whole new gig at The Mothership, this time as a part-time reporter covering the team. Turner’s credentials are outstanding. He was an amazing asset during his five year tenure with the Falcons. He rushed for over 1,300 rushing yards three times, racking up 1,699 rushing yards during Matt Ryan’s rookie campaign. That 2008 season meant the world to Falcons fans, as the team tried desperately to reinvent itself after Michael Vick went to prison and Bobby Petrino ghosted us following his thirteen game experiment as an NFL head coach. Turner scored 60 rushing touchdowns during his time with the Falcons, including 17 rushing touchdowns in 2008 alone. It’s not clear exactly how involved Turner will be in covering the team or how frequently we will see his features. The Mothership is giving us just enough to get excited, like when your local Piggly Wiggly lets you sample the fancy wine. Michael Turner, you are our fancy wine. Your thoughts? © 2017 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sports data © STATS 2016
  12. Atlanta Hawks draftee Isaia Cordinier to remain overseas, per report by Jeff Siegel Aug 18, 2017, 12:23pm EDT Peachtree Hoops The Hawks’ 2016 second-rounder will not be joining Atlanta’s G League affiliate. Per a report from the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore, 2016 second-round pick Isaia Cordinier will not be coming to the United States to continue his basketball career in 2017-18. Cordinier and his agent had made some noise about wanting to join the Erie Bayhawks, the Hawks’ G League affiliate, but Atlanta GM Travis Schlenk has reportedly decided not to offer him that opportunity. Cordinier is a free agent after playing last season in France for Antibes and it remains to be seen which European team picks him up. To this point, he has spent his entire five-year professional career in France. Cordinier has joined the Hawks’ Summer League team each of the last two years, but failed to impress in his initial NBA appearances in Las Vegas. Still just 20 years old, it’s possible that he’ll take the necessary steps forward to realize his goal of making the NBA, but at this point it seems rather unlikely that Cordinier will have an impact in the United States anytime soon. © 2017 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sports data © STATS 2016
  13. Hawks unveil new corporate logo on their uniform Tim Darnell, WXIA