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  1. Of possible interest to Falcon fans, the prediction is that Sammy Watkins will get the franchise tag from the Rams.
  2. Here's Vaughn McClure's Falcon prediction. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/32for32x180219/franchise-tag-predictions-candidates-all-32-nfl-teams-2018 NFC SOUTH Atlanta Falcons No tag. There's no reason to believe the Falcons, who last used the tag in 2012 for cornerback Brent Grimes, will use the tag this year. Kicker Matt Bryant, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and returner Andre Roberts are the most notable upcoming free agents, and Bryant might be the only one who is a true priority. The franchise tag figure for kickers last season was $4.835 million, so the Falcons are much better off negotiating an extension with Bryant, who made $2.75 million last season. -- Vaughn McClure
  3. Scoring summary. Look at the length of the Falcon field goals. Red zone difficulties are not a new problem. Scoring Quarter Tm Detail RAM ATL 1 Rams David Ray 32 yard field goal 3 0 Rams Tony Baker 2 yard rush (David Ray kick) 10 0 Falcons Nick Mike-Mayer 28 yard field goal 10 3 2 Falcons Nick Mike-Mayer 30 yard field goal 10 6 Falcons Nick Mike-Mayer 12 yard field goal 10 9 4 Rams David Ray 42 yard field goal 13 9 Falcons Nick Mike-Mayer 26 yard field goal 13 12 Falcons Nick Mike-Mayer 16 yard field goal 13 15
  4. I'm glad Smith mentioned one of the lesser known names who could be available later in the draft- Richie James of Middle Tennessee. I wonder if the blueprint might end up being a free agent WR plus a mid to late round pick like James.
  5. If anybody should know WRs, it is Steve Smith. There is more text and an additional video at the link http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000916606/article/2018-nfl-scouting-combine-ten-receivers-im-excited-to-watch?campaign=tw-cf-sf182496114-sf182496114&sf182496114=1 ======================== ARTICLE EXCERPT Published: Feb. 19, 2018 at 08:55 a.m. Updated: Feb. 19, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. 2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Ten receivers I'm excited to watch Steve Smith NFL Network Analyst Here are the 10 wide receiver prospects (in no particular order) I'm most looking forward to seeing in Indy. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M: Captain Kirk is a tone-setter, can line up anywhere on the field and can do everything a coach asks based on his physical ability. Honestly, the kid could be great at quarterback if that's where he wanted to play. At Texas A&M, Kirk played in a non-traditional system. The question I have is can he line up across an A.J. Bouye and beat him in press coverage? He's never been put in that position, so there are questions about if he can thrive in a traditional pro-style offense. I also want to see him catch the ball more consistently with his hands (and less with his body). Today's DBs are too good and make a play on the ball long before it reaches the receiver's body. James Washington, Oklahoma State: A top dog at Oklahoma State, Washington took the Batman role in the offense. The 6-foot, 205-pound receiver is a pure hands catcher and uses his strong physique to finish defenders. He's aware of the sideline and has a great resume coming out of college. Check out the 2016 Alamo Bowl, when Washington repeatedly beat Chidobe Awuzie, who started six games for the Dallas Cowboys this past season. The only knock I have is he can be too stiff at times. I'm curious to see how Washington performs with some of the upper-echelon quarterbacks of this class throwing to him at the combine. The ball was often late, overthrown or thrown behind him at Oklahoma State, so I want to see how he does with good ball placement. Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State: Lining up opposite Washington at Oklahoma State, he was often referred to as the Robin. But no sir -- Ateman absolutely has the makeup to be a WR1. He's an aggressive pass catcher who attacks the ball and plays with a low center of gravity for being 6-4. Ateman's willing to block in the run and steadily improved through the years. His college offense pushed the ball downfield, so he ran a ton of comeback and go routes. I want him to show that he can run more routes than the ones displayed in a typical high-flying offense. Anthony Miller, Memphis Miller's track background shines through the minute he steps on the field. He runs fast, but plays faster. Miller walked on a Memphis and later earned a scholarship, proving he isn't afraid to work. He carries a boulder-sized chip on his shoulder (reminding me of someone I know ...), and he's proven he has what it takes to play at the next level through his explosiveness and blue-collar work ethic. Miller is good at a lot of things, not great at one. He's one of my favorite prospects coming into the combine, and I want to see if the "it" factor he displays on tape shows up at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michael Gallup, Colorado State: Gallup, a.k.a. "Big Smooth," has a PhD in route running. The 6-1 wideout has great body control and can out-jump defenders regularly. He's a well-rounded receiver whose smooth movements make it seem like he's bored when he isn't directly involved in the game (I can't say I blame him). That could hinder his stock Richie James, Middle Tennessee: When the ball is in his hands, unbelievable things happen. James, who never shies away from contact, is very raw, but resembles clay -- he could be molded into whatever the team needs. With the right team and offense, James has the potential to be a Pro Bowl punt returner and chain mover. He needs to get stronger against the press. And I want to see how much work he really needs in Indy. Allen Lazard, Iowa State: The 6-4 receiver is very physical, catches the ball in traffic well and is a willing blocker in the run game. His size allows him to shield defenders from the ball and he can line up in multiple positions. Lazard doesn't blow the top off coverages, so I'm interested to find out if he's quick or fast when running routes. Jordan Lasley, UCLA: The UCLA product high-points the ball extremely well and checks all the boxes as a receiver -- speed, YAC (yards after catch) and height (6-1). Plus, he's out of my hometown, so I know he's got that Cali swag. Lasley tends to not be locked in for the full 60 minutes. So through the long combine days, will he stay alert and honed in? Marquez Valdes-Scantling: South Florida: At 6-4, 204 pounds, Valdes-Scantling is a big target and tough for defenders to guard. Like a gazelle, he can run around and out-jump defenders. The South Florida product understands zone coverages and does a good job finding holes and sitting in the right space. On film, it's easy to see he has big-play ability, but he seldom got the opportunity to show it. In addition, he wasn't asked to run all the routes on tape, so will he be able to execute the full route tree at a high level? Braxton Berrios, Miami: Berrios can play all over the field and makes tough catches look easy. I love what he brings to the table and is capable of being the next Danny Amendola or Julian Edelman. A lot of scouts focus on what players can't do, but if they look at what he can do, they'll be pleasantly surprised. Berrios is certainly deserving of an opportunity. Plus, you know 89 always rolls with the 5-10-and-under crew ..
  6. A guard or defensive tackle is what I want from the 1st round. Elite interior lines while Ryan is in his prime would be nice. Before he retires, he deserves to play behind a dominant line.
  7. The very play that ended his Falcons career suggests some of the things he could have done.
  8. They are not collapsing toward the end of the season like teams sometimes do when a coach is on his way out.
  9. But for a 6th or 7th pick, it might be worth a chance. The Falcons haven't had much success in that part of the draft beyond Ishmael.
  10. If they could add a week to the season and give every team a second bye week before their Thursday game, they could both improve the quality of the Thursday game and give the players an extra break from wear and tear of a long season.
  11. An opportunity might arise to trade down for an extra day two pick.
  12. I remember that one too. It was a real mud bowl and the Falcons upset the Vikings who were on their way to the Super Bowl that year. If my memory is correct, the Falcons made a goal line stand late to save the win.
  13. We can hope. They didn't help their post-Brady future by giving away their backup quarterbacks. And maybe McDaniels will prove to be the latter day Phil Bengston.
  14. The ESPN beat writers each picked a player from their team who could use a new team. Here is Vaughn McClure's pick for the Falcons NFC SOUTH Atlanta Falcons Running back Tevin Coleman Not saying this will happen, with Coleman having one year left on his contract. But it's still hard to imagine the Falcons keeping Coleman and starter Devonta Freeman together after rewarding Freeman with an extension worth $8.25 million per year. Coleman, with 20 total touchdowns in three seasons, has trade value. I asked one high-ranking AFC evaluator about it: "Yes, he does have value. Great complement to a starter and he could fill the role as a starting running back. Great speed and athleticism. Only knock is he hasn't been their featured runner. Can't discount his ability to score [with] the football.'' -- Vaughn McClure http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/32for32x180214/nfl-players-need-change-scenery-all-32-teams
  15. I think the rehab time from the first shoulder operation lessened Takk's 1st year impact. Hopefully the operation this year won't cut too much into his offseason work this year. Kazee was slowed by injury esrly also and I'm hoping for a big jump forward. Like somebody else has posted, the organization seems to think high of Saubert. Harlow can be expected to emerge like wes this season. The big question mark seems to be Duke Riley. He often looked over his headearly, but i'm hoping time and work will help him play up to his talent. Not everybody is an instant standout like Deion Jones.