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  1. It’s hard to find positives in a 4-10 season, especially after surrendering a 17-0 lead against a divisional opponent in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the Atlanta Falcons do have an opportunity this week to evaluate some talent and test some of their building blocks for next season, and to do so against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Here’s a closer look. What can the Falcons get out of Ito Smith? Coach Raheem Morris announced Monday that Smith would be taking over as the "lead dog runner." Smith rushed for only 25 yards on six carries against the Bucs, but
  2. Thinking about the future, as far as Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is concerned, is a waste of time. Unless it's the next practice or the next game. A day ahead, a week ahead, he'll go there. But whether Ryan thinks he'll be back next season? Speculating is useless and does nothing but clutter his mind, so why bother? "There will be time for that at some point, but we've got [nine] games to go," Ryan said. "We've got some good football teams that we've got to play, some really good defenses in front of me. I think that if I worry about what's going to happen in four months, f
  3. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/35476/facing-the-goat-falcons-defense-must-respect-but-not-fear-tom-brady FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen has a simple message to his young defensive backs now that Tom Brady has joined the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Go make a play on him. Allen doesn't care that Brady is arguably the best quarterback of all time. He doesn't reflect on how Brady erased that 28-3 deficit to beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. And Allen doesn't dwell on Brady's 6-0 career record against the Falcons (incl
  4. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/35447/what-kind-of-impact-can-falcons-rookie-corner-a-j-terrell-have It didn't take long for A.J. Terrell to impress new Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. Morris knew their 2020 first-round pick had the measurables, standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 190 pounds with length. Terrell’s speed and athleticism speak for themselves with his 4.42-second time in the 40 and 34.5-inch vertical. But what really caught Morris’ attention was the intelligence his new young cornerback displayed during the virtual offseas
  5. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/35391/better-worse-or-the-same-falcons-hope-new-look-d-line-creates-more-pressure Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Raheem Morris helped lead a midseason resurgence in 2019. The Falcons had a 6-2 finish following a 1-7 start after Morris was switched from coaching receivers to defensive backs. Now it’s up to the defense to carry that momentum into 2020, especially against quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater in the NFC South. Here’s a position-by-position look at whether the Falcons are better,
  6. Hi #Falconsfam, I'd keep an eye on this guy TCU DT Ross Blacklock. Dude is rising. He was mocked 47 pick to our team. My first mock ever. I tweeted out 2 weeks ago on Twitter. And in my mind. Fits what the #Falcons need up front. I think he'd pair well with Grady Jarrett. And is becoming a viable legitimate option for #Falcons at 16. His stock and brand are picking up. http://www.nfl.com/m/share?p=%2Fvideos%2Fnfl-now%2F0ap3000001105458%2FRoss-Blacklock-describes-how-a-college-injury-made-him-a-better-athlete
  7. Hi #Falconsfam, checkout Pound 4 Pound ATL video. As J.R. Clark speaks on why #Falcons need to invest more in the secondary. To help the pass rush. If they can't bolster the d-line in 2020. Share your thoughts. #Riseup #InBrotherhood
  8. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28648779/five-2020-offseason-moves-nfc-teams-bill-barnwell-predicts-trades-free-agency-cuts Just posting the Falcons part of the article. Atlanta Falcons Projected 2020 cap space: $6.1 million 1. Clear out cap space. The Falcons don't have much room to work with as they try to rebuild their defense. What's even worse is that they don't even really have all that much flexibility to create room; after converting $12.5 million of Matt Ryan's $20.5 million base salary into a bonus in January, there's no other massive salary they would f
  9. https://es.pn/2sZdDYI 6:00 AM ET Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- In a perfect world, the Atlanta Falcons would bring back tight end Austin Hooper next season as a pass-catching threat alongside wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. The salary cap makes matters imperfect -- the Falcons currently have about $200 million in contract commitments for 2020 -- which is why Hooper’s future with the franchise is unclear. Best of NFL Nation
  10. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28348064/lessons-six-disappointing-nfl-teams-barnwell-went-wrong-next?platform=amp Atlanta Falcons (6-9) 1. They ignored the preponderance of evidence and believed their defense would be good. While the Falcons' defense was good during the 2016 and 2017 postseasons, Dan Quinn's unit ranked 26th, 22nd and 31st over the three seasons prior to 2019. The Falcons evidently wrote off 2018 as an injury-riddled, wasted season and essentially ran things back in 2019 with the same core of talent. General manager Thomas Dimitroff used two first-round picks on
  11. https://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-41081830-4
  12. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/34628/austin-hooper-could-be-the-next-falcon-to-cash-in There haven’t been many bright spots so far for the 1-3 Atlanta Falcons, but tight end Austin Hooper qualifies. Hooper, now in his fourth season, continues to evolve as a top pass-catching threat. Through four games, he leads the Falcons with 28 receptions, which ranks fifth-most among all pass-catchers in the league. Hooper has been targeted 33 times and has 307 receiving yards, two touchdowns, 14 first downs and 131 yards after the catch. Although the attention given t
  13. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/34600 Ricardo Allen was as emotional as anyone after he saw teammate Keanu Neal suffer yet another season-ending injury on Sunday, but the Atlanta Falcons free safety has learned not to dwell on the uncontrollable. Of course, Allen knows that Neal’s presence will be missed on defense for the remainder of the season following an Achilles tendon tear, which typically requires eight months for recovery. But Allen, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear last season, isn’t about to let his fellow defenders use Neal’s injury as
  14. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/34392 FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Vic Beasley Jr. isn’t oblivious to the criticism. Skeptics wonder why the Atlanta Falcons' defensive end hasn’t been nearly near as productive the past two years (10 sacks combined in 2017-18) as he was during his 15.5-sack 2016 season. His decline has turned the 2015 first-round pick into a punchline on talk radio and the subject of angry rants from fed-up fans. Beasley knows the only way to silence the doubters is to perform at a high level every week, which is what he intends to do. "
  15. NFL CBA quirks that could have a big effect on the 2020 offseason Its a long article.. You can read it at the link but here is a summery IF A NEW CBA DEAL IS NOT SIGNED BY NEXT OFFSEASON 1.In a normal year you can use either the franchise or transition tag on 1 player per team... Next year in 2020 you can usage both the franchise and transition tag on players (so you have 2 tags) 2.There is no No post-June 1 designations next year... Since there is no guaranteed year after next year.. If we cut a player next all season the team would have to tak
  16. I'll just post what ESPN, Bill Barnwell said about the Falcons. The link is below. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25966875/five-2019-offseason-moves-nfc-team-make-bill-barnwell-predicts-trades-free-agency-cuts
  17. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/33656/ex-falcon-roddy-white-believes-julio-jones-can-catch-jerry-rice FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Roddy White knew his standing as the Atlanta Falcons' all-time leading receiver would be in jeopardy sooner than later with Julio Jones still on the roster. But as Jones sits 381 receiving yards from surpassing White's franchise mark of 10,863, White has much loftier goals set for his close friend and former teammate. "The pace that he's at right now, he can not only be the all-time leading receiver in Falcons history, to me he ha
  18. Falcons will consider keeping Freeman-Coleman tandem together http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/33644/falcons-will-consider-keeping-freeman-coleman-tandem-together FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- At the end of last season, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he could envision a scenario in which the team would re-sign running back Tevin Coleman, even after inking starter Devonta Freeman to a long-term contract. That scenario remains a possibility, according to coach Dan Quinn. As the 4-9 Falcons dig deeper into the process of evaluating the roster
  19. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/33587/falcons-offense-fails-at-wrong-time-of-season ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons were supposed to be carried by an explosive offense this year. Sure, it would have been a tall task to ask the Falcons to duplicate what they accomplished during the Super Bowl run in 2016, when they led the league at 33.8 points per game. But when you have a one-time MVP in Matt Ryan, a five-time Pro Bowler in Julio Jones, an electric rookie in Calvin Ridley, and a host of other capable weapons, points are supposed to come a little easier. Such h
  20. Despite 4-7 record, Falcons owner Arthur Blank supports coach Dan Quinn http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25352056/atlanta-falcons-owner-arthur-blank-says-supports-coach-dan-quinn NEW ORLEANS -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank gave coach Dan Quinn a vote of confidence after Thursday's 31-17 loss to the Saints dropped the Falcons to 4-7 and all but ended their playoff hopes. Blank expressed total faith in Quinn, who guided the Falcons to the 2016 Super Bowl. "Absolutely. We love our coach," Blank told ESPN. "Our coach is not the problem." Quinn and general manager Th
  21. A little something positive in this season http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/33430/gunshot-survivor-now-in-falcons-brotherhood-thanks-to-austin-hooper ATLANTA -- If he could walk, Louisiana native Kyron Greenup probably would strut into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday, proudly wearing his custom-made Atlanta Falcons jersey. If he could move his hands freely, Greenup probably would pump his fist every time the Falcons score a touchdown, especially if his new friend, tight end Austin Hooper, is the one crossing the goal line. But Greenup can't
  22. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/33383/even-brian-urlachers-eager-for-falcons-deion-jones-to-return FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones has picked up quite a few fans during his 32-game NFL stint. Brian Urlacher is among them. Urlacher, the Hall of Fame middle linebacker who starred for the Chicago Bears, didn't hold back on the superlatives when discussing Jones' likely return to the lineup from early-season foot surgery. "That's a bad mother f-----," Urlacher said of Jones. "Is he coming back? I know he got hurt
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