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  1. Going by the numbers on Spotrac, the 2020 Cap is -$6,480,019 in the hole. So notable names being cut are a given. Here’s who I see getting the ax. Good as Gone Luke Stocker: Probably will be the first cut. Cutting him will net $2.6 million in cap space. Hasn’t wowed or done horrible but it’s a numbers game. Ty Sambralio: Didn’t get the resign at the time as I still remember the game Beasley had against him but cutting him nets $3.75 million, $4.75 if designated as a Post June 1st cut Allen Bailey: Hasn’t played horrible but at this point if you aren’t locked in with a Rookie year or big guaranteed deal on this defense your probably won’t be playing for the Falcons next year. Will create $4.5 million in cap space Matt Schaub: With Benkert the Great coming into his own the past preseason (slightly) Schaub becomes expendable. He will probably retire before he’s cut but either way I think he’s gone. Creates $2 million in cap space. Assuming these cut happens, this would leave the Falcons with about $6 million in cap space after climbing out the -$6 million hole. Now the tough decisions come. On the Bubble Mohammed Sanu: Would hate to see him go honestly. Plays with heart and swagger, something every team needs but the Falcons especially. Would love for him to play out the last year of his deal, however cutting him would net $6.5 million in cap space. Devonta Freeman: Some would argue Freeman is as good as gone, I don’t agree. I think he has plenty left in the tank. He’s only 27 and showed he can be one of the best dual threat backs in the lead when showcased and not locked into a timeshare. Cutting him would only make sense as a Post June 1st cut in 2020. Other wise his $6 million in dead money will hurt in 2021 with trying to resign our own as well as anything in Free agency. If he’s cut next year it would create $6.5 million in cap space. Long Shot Alex Mack: By far our best offensive lineman, Mack has been the anchor since he signed. While an intergal piece of our Super Bowl run, Mack is getting long in the tooth. I would love to see him grind a couple more years out like MudDuck McClure, but retirement is a strong possibility next year. After surviving a lot of bad Cleveland teams, I don’t know if he will be ready for another rebuild. Even less likely is it that the Falcons would actually cut him if he still wants to play. Either way, Mack not suiting up would create $8 million in cap space. Takk McKinely: Yes I know the Falcons won’t be cutting Takk. But the trade speculation is something to be monitored. While people make a big deal about nothing with players activity on social media, I think theres some fire to the smoke here of Takk wanting to be traded. He’s not exactly setting the league on fire and the Falcons could opp to scrub the slate clean at DE by letting Beasley walk (likely) and trading Takk away. Ricardo Allen: Dont see it happening at all, but if a new staff comes in a lot of vets fall victim to the purge. Ricardo is a glue guy and does a lot of things the average fan doesn’t pick up on. He sets the defense in plays and acts like a safety in being the last line of defense and cleanup guy. If he’s cut it would create $3 million in space with a $4 million dead cap hit, or as a Post June cut $5 million in space with $2 million dead cap hits spread over the next so years.
  2. Just curious about something. For the first time in a long time free looked like himself and it was awesome. Are we really so pass happy that we can't use the running game? It was the hottest thing we had smoking and even the refs on the first drive said the Atlanta Falcons massive line just swallows up the colts smaller (Defence). The box didn't seem loaded and eve. If the were free was averaging 10 yards a rush attempt well into the game. Just curious about your thoughts on the playcalling and execution. Playing from behind doesn't really mean for e the pass. Enforce your will on O and let the defense rest.
  3. Sometimes when a player has been out for a long time due to injury we tend to forget what he was. I feel that way with Devonta Freeman. Its been so long since i saw fully healthy Freeman I forgot he could do this:
  4. Atlanta Falcons blog by D. Orlando Ledbetter, the pro football and Atlanta Falcons reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By D. Orlando Ledbetter Cover 9@9: Pre-combine Mock Draft 1.0 - Falcons trade Freeman, move up to get Vita Vea February 28, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS — Good morning! Welcome to The Cover 9@9 blog. It's our weekly blog of nine things at 9 a.m. Wednesday that you need to know about the Atlanta Falcons, who are here in Indianapolis to work the scouting combine. Instead of our normal nine items, we decided to drop the blockbuster pre-combine mock draft today. Enjoy! Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff has protested the notion of trading running back Tevin Coleman. But he didn’t say anything about not trading Devonta Freeman. Now, did he? The Falcons’ message since the end of the season has been consistent. In the end-of-season press conference and through a couple of local radio interviews this week, Falcons coach Dan Quinn and Dimitroff have continued to build on the “under-executed” and not “under-achieved” theme of last season. That still sounds like semantics and certainly sounds like some fingering pointing at the players. The players do share some of the burden for the 11-7 season and the dumpster fire that was the offense. The drop passes, penalties, not fighting back to the ball with the game on the line and missing a blitz pickup in the playoffs (again) were just some of the plays that didn’t fall on the coaches. However, there were some coaching issues, too. Quinn got all fired up when he was asked about offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian being forced to call Kyle Shanahan’s offense. He pointed out that it was the “Falcons’ offense.” The offense remained flawed no matter who was calling it. Sarkisian, like Shanahan, had to try to get too cute in short-yardage situations and the deep passing attack was never productive. The coaches should have learned from the third-and-1 debacle in Super Bowl LI that they needed to add some better power options in short-yardage situations. The Falcons haven’t had a lead-blocking fullback since Ovie’s Mughelli was released in 2011. Quinn said Wednesday that the Falcons would address short-yardage situations, perhaps with a fullback. “In the low red zone in some areas, we are going to run it,” Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They know we are going to run it and we are going to do it anyway.” With a smallcut-blocking line, some power is needed to clear out holes for the running backs. Otherwise, your season can end on the 2-yard line. We’ll see if Quinn and Dimitroff were warming up for the combine while doing some local radio or if they have some new things to say today when they take the podium in front of the national media. Well, let’s get on to the mock draft. There are three plays that keep popping up from the playoff game loss to th Eagles: The play at the end of the game where Julio Jones nearly made a circus-like catch on a quarterback rollout that took away most of the field. Coach Tony Dungy pointed to Keanu Neal’s flubbed interception. He’s not a gazelle and it look like he misjudged his jump. The play that’s been bothering me the most was the missed blitz pick up by Freeman. Another Super Bowl lesson not learned. The Falcons were sitting pretty after the Eagles kicked the ball out of bounds. But Freeman’s second whiff in the playoffs was just as costly as the one in the Super Bowl. The look Ryan gave Freeman could have pierced his heart. He was ticked off. It was on the stadium’s big screen for all of the #FlyEaglesFly nation to see. You want to send a message about “under executing” then ship Freeman off to San Francisco for their ninth or 10th pick in the draft. Use the first- and a third-rounder to move up from 26 in order to select massive Washington tackle Vita Vea. He would be the best player available to help the defense that could lose Dontari Poe. Coleman and Terron Ward, since they will also block, can handle the running back duties henceforth. The Falcons could address running back in free agency or later in the draft. The message would be clear: Everybody blocks in this brotherhood. 2018 NFL Draft: First-round order (We project Oakland to win the coin toss) The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl. 1. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State 2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA 3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State 4. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC 5. Denver Broncos — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming 6. New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin Jones, DB, Florida State 8. Chicago Bears — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State 9. Oakland — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia 10. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DT, Washington 11. Miami Dolphins — Quentin Nelson, OG, Notre Dame 12. Cincinnati Bengals — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama 13. Washington Redskins — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU 14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio 15. Arizona Cardinals — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M 16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma 17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama 18. Seattle Seahawks — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia 19. Dallas Cowboys — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama 20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU 21. Buffalo Bills — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State 22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs) — Arden Key, LB , LSU 23. Los Angeles Rams — Josh Johnson, CB, Iowa 24. Carolina Panthers — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan 25. Tennessee Titans — Connor Williams, OT, Texas 26. San Francisco 49ers — Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State 27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia TEch 28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Rashaad Evans, LB, Alabama 29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State 30. Minnesota Vikings -- Will Hernandez, OG, Texas El-Paso 31. New England Patriots -- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville 32. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mike McGlinchey, QB, Notre Dame
  5. So here is the plan for the next week of Breakdowns and some small looks from this last preseason game. HERE IS THE PLAN - Today I will start on the Dontari Poe " Quick look " requested by Rise Up Reader and The Falcoholic Talking about his play during the preseason game. Also at the same time I will be recording an episode on Keanu Neal 2016 "look back" Tomorrow ( Tuesday 15th ) I will start up a "Look back Tevin Coleman " as well as a small look at Grady Jarrett 2016 + Preseason critique. Note I will not be looking into 2015 Coleman tape since hat would take a whole week to look at. So in conclusion I should have 2 vids ready for you guys by Friday and maybe a drop on Wednesday. I didn't see any reason to do a Duke Riley vid yet since I have been busy working on this stuff. That will come later. In the works you can say.
  6. Report: Devonta Freeman’s agent leaves Atlanta without deal (247 Sports) WTF happened at that meeting?
  7. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/falcons-gm-responds-to-demand-from-devonta-freemans-agent-to-pay-up/ After a so-so rookie campaign, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has exploded over the last two years to become one of the NFL's best players at his position. He's taken 619 touches and accumulated 3,175 yards in those two seasons -- more yardsthan any other running back in football. That performance led Freeman's agent, Kristin Campbell, to say this week that, "It's time for the Falcons to pay him like the elite back he is," per NFL.com. It seems like the Falcons got her message, loud and clear. General manager Thomas Dimitroff addressed the subject at Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday, noting that while negotiations for an extension won't begin until after the Super Bowl itself, the Falcons do consider Freeman a priority. "Devonta obviously is a very good football player," Dimitroff said, per ESPN.com. "We want him to be here with us, and we are going to address that in the offseason, which is what we should. I think we're in a really good spot with a number of players on this team that we're going to look to continue to re-up here. Devonta's one we're going to have that discussion with. We're confident that we're going to have him here for years to come." What does "elite" running back money look like these days? Here's a sampling of the most lucrative running back contracts signed over the last two years: Adrian Peterson: three years, $42 million ($20 million guaranteed), signed 2015 LeSean McCoy: five years, $40 million ($18.25 million guaranteed), signed 2015 Doug Martin: five years, $35.75 million ($15 million guaranteed), signed 2016 Chris Ivory: five years, $32 million ($10 million guaranteed), signed 2016 Lamar Miller: four years, $26 million ($14 million guaranteed), signed 2016 So, it looks like Freeman can expect a deal ranging from three to five years, worth between $6.4 million and $14 million per year. That's obviously a huge range, but Peterson's contract is actually an outlier in this group. The other four deals are much more similar: four or five years, $6.4 million to $8 million per year, with between $10 million and $18.25 million in guarantees. It's a good bet that Freeman's next deal falls somewhere in that range.
  8. Here's a little piece on 5 Training Camp & Start of Season Predictions for ours truly - comments or questions? Don't be afraid to spread this on social media for opinions. Mohamed Sanu liked one of my tweets about him last night too! Awesome team player!! http://lastwordonsports.com/2016/07/21/5-atlanta-falcons-training-camp-season-predictions/ Would've loved to get this pic in there, but copyright laws yadda yadda yadda...editors take over and do all that stuff. But this board is freedom land! So enjoy!
  9. Is there no thread for our Falcons in the ProBowl? I thought we'd have video of each play involving our boys. Julio scored a nice TD grab and 2 pt convert. Freeman ran well and caught a TD and made the play of the game with his awesome tackle on Chris Ivory, slamming him hard. Kelce trying to mock fight him after and Freeman wasnt even having none of it. Guys a bulldog man. Respect. Also Dimarco touched the ball a few times and Trufant had some throws his way..I'd love to see them all. Is this something we can try gentleman!? (and ladies) Freeman Tackle - https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/mGtuersTCSb7Cef14ruwzLYiKiU=/800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/5984269/devonta.0.gif
  10. I'm not superstitious, yes I do put an old Atlanta City Limit sign below the front of my TV when we go down by ten. Change into an old falcon Jersey if we are down at the start of the 3rd. and also take a shot for every point the kicker makes in the 3rd.. Nah I'm not superstitious. However. the player that was wearing # 33 seemed to play a lot better than the one wearing # 24. Wait it's the same player Freeman. All I will say is he needs to give his 24 up for a future db and get his 33 back before it's to late and is called a bust with 24 instead of a steal with #33 LOL
  11. Here's the link to the entire article: http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp14/story/_/id/11311542/tennessee-titans-showing-toughness-camp Some good/funny things were said about the Falcon's by the Professor John Clayton. I'm copying and pasting the relevant information about the Falcons below: Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard was infuriated when Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman ran over and through Titans safety George Wilson. The rules of engagement for this dual practice were no fighting, and running backs were not to finish runs. Fortunately, Wilson wasn't hurt, but Pollard considered Freeman's run excessive. For several minutes, Pollard kept verbally jabbing at Falcons offensive players, saying the team was a pretender. He wouldn't stop. O-line could be one of the best: For years, former Titans coach Jeff Fisher had solid offensive lines coached by Hall of Famer Mike Munchak. But inevitably, age and attrition started eating away at the talent and production, leaving left tackle Michael Roos as the only strong survivor. In the past two years, though, general manager Ruston Webster has brought in strong reinforcements. Last year, he signed the top guard in free agency, Andy Levitre, and used a first-round pick on Chance Warmack. In March, he spent $20 million (over four years) for right tackle Michael Oher, and made Taylor Lewan a first-round pick. At center is 318-pound Brian Schwenke, a fourth-round pick in 2013. That overhaul could qualify Webster for one of those house-repair reality shows. As thin as offensive lines are around the NFL, imagine the Titans going into the season with Lewan, a potential star, on the bench. The improvements on the Falcons' defensive line were noticeable in Monday's workout, but what was more apparent is how well the Titans' line handled those rushes. I know it's not much, but it's a slow news day. That first part was pretty funny I thought, and explains why Pollard was going off yesterday. Good for Freeman. I really like what he's saying about our D-Line in that second snippet. He's pretty much calling the Titan's O-Line one of the best, if not THE best, in the league and was saying how noticeable our D-Line improvements were.
  12. Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves14h We've partnered with the @BlueJays for #FinalVote to help get Freddie and Steve Delabar to the #ASG. Let's #VoteFreddie #RaiseTheBar!
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