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  1. Atlanta Falcons OTAs: DT/OL hybrid Ben Garland gets early first team snaps at right guard 10 NEW, 10 Fact: Ben Garland first grew a beard when he was four months old by James Rael@falcoholicjames May 31, 2017, 9:52pm PDT TWEET Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports The Atlanta Falcons have quite the renaissance man in Ben Garland. He plays a little defensive tackle. He can play center and guard. He will cook you up a delicious egg white omelet and pair it with some fresh strawberries, if you ask nicely. So when Chris Chester formally announced his retirement earlier in the offseason, no one at Flowery Branch hit the panic button. Garland will battle it out with second-year player Wes Schweitzer and rookie fourth round draft pick Sean Harlow. The first couple days of OTAs aren’t all that telling long-term, but for what it’s worth, Garland is getting the first team reps. View image on Twitter Again, this is really not something anyone should read into too extensively. That said we know Garland is, at a minimum, a solid football player. With Alex Mack on his left and Ryan Schraeder on his right, one would think Garland could get the job done. Heck, if his career trajectory to date is any indication, he may be a Pro Bowler before we know it! Seriously though, I’m definitely curious to see what Garland can do. I’m glad the team intends on throwing him into the fire from the outset. Your thoughts?
  2. Dan Quinn talks about Jack Crawford’s role, disruptive ability 25 NEW, 25 In a brief film session posted on the team’s Twitter feed, Dan Quinn dives in on his newest defensive tackle. by Dave Choate May 21, 2017, 9:00am PDT TWEET The Jack Crawford signing was kind of big news earlier this offseason, and at the time, it only seemed like big news because the Falcons had one of their quieter free agency periods in recent memory. As Dan Quinn sits down and talks a little bit about him, though, you get a better picture of why the team liked him and what they’ll expect him to do. The team put out a short video film session with Quinn on Twitter, and it’s a cool mini-glimpse at how Quinn is evaluating his players. It also further confirms, as the team has suggested before, that Crawford will primarily be playing defensive tackle after splitting his time between end and tackle over the last few seasons. Crawford should be behind several players in the pecking order, but if he’s exclusively playing defensive tackle, there should still be plenty of snaps available for him behind Grady Jarrettand Dontari Poe. Hopefully he’ll be a force for good in this growing Falcons defense. ^^^^film study on Jack Crawford - looks like he will be a situational DTackle in passrush. G-Dawg: While I certainly am not predicting "break-out stardom" for a 28 year old journeyman DE/DT, it does say something that Dan Quinn targeted Jack Crawford very early in free agency and gave him a 3yr, $8.8mm deal which raised some eyebrows. I see him as a NASCAR package type of rotational passrushing defensive tackle capable of 3-5 sacks per year(with limited snaps) but lots of interior pressure and an ability to get upfield and collapse the pocket for opposing QBs that thrive on a clean pocket up the middle - especially short guys like Drew Brees. Dan Quinn is, at his core, a Defensive Line coach - and when he puts his name on a defensive lineman, I'm going to pay attention. We may even be overstocked on the defensive line right now - there is going to be a lot of competition - iron sharpens iron.
  3. Report: Falcons traded up for Takkarist McKinley to leapfrog Dallas Cowboys Dallas was also thirsty for a pass rusher. by Dave Choate May 12, 2017, 8:00am EDT TWEET The Atlanta Falcons needed a pass rusher pretty badly, as we repeatedly argued in the run-up to the draft. To ensure they got the one they liked, they had to swap up a few spots, and now we have our most concrete reports that indicate why they felt they had to go up. It was the Dallas Cowboys, of course. Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys were strongly interested in Takkarist McKinley. Atlanta either figured that out or had a strong hunch that caused them to move up. Dallas took Taco Charlton two picks later. The Cowboys also had first-round interest in UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinely, but the Falcons jumped the Cowboys and picked him at No. 26. The Cowboys selected Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton at No. 28 and were satisfied with the choice. McKinley is a better fit for Atlanta’s defense than Charlton, given his athleticism and pass rushing ability, so it’s little surprise the Falcons made him a priority. The Falcons have faced questions every time they trade up about whether they actually needed to do so, so hopefully this will help set a few minds at ease.
  4. Matt Ryan is the greatest Falcons draft pick ever, per your votes There’s no question that #3 is #1. by Dave Choate Apr 5, 2017, 12:00pm EDT TWE Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images Ever since we launched our polling for the best Falcons draft pick ever, the final result has been pretty obvious. I thought we might have a twist or turn here that turned the whole thing upside down, but instead, Matt Ryan coasted to victory. In his final matchup against Julio Jones, Ryan took close to 75% of the votes. He’s fresh off an MVP season and a Super Bowl run, as we’ve noted many times, and put together easily the best season of his career. He’s still young enough to think there’s several great seasons ahead, too, and he’s already make his mark on the record books. Matt Ryan career franchise ranks (NFL ranks) Passing Attempts: 1st (24th) Passing Completions: 1st (18th) Passing Yards: 1st (21st) Passing Touchdowns: 1st (25th) Passer Rating: 1st (11th) Considering quarterback is widely regarded as the most important position on the field, and considering Ryan’s place in both the team’s and NFL’s record books, there is no question he’s a deserving choice for this honor. Two teams passed on one of the best quarterbacks of the last decade, and the Falcons were only too happy to capitalize on that particular mistake. Ryan will be dogged with questions until he gets his first Super Bowl ring, unfortunately, but if he plays another five years he’s going to have a Hall of Fame-caliber resume whether he gets one or not. Julio Jones can take some solace in the fact that he is regarded with awe by every sentient, decent human being who doesn’t have a hot take about Odell Beckham or Antonio Brown, and that he’ll likely go down as the greatest receiver this Falcons team has ever seen. Thanks, everyone, for voting. Congratulations to Matt Ryan!
  5. Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff isn’t the novice he once was. He’s been there, he’s done that, he’s burned through truckloads of hair product. So even when faced with a substantial challenge, Dimitroff isn’t backing down. Successfully re-signing both Desmond Trufant and Devonta Freeman is one such challenge. Dimitroff sat down with Alex Marvez and Vic Carucci on SiriusXM NFL Radio today and he had some interesting things to say about those contract negotiations. (Spoiler alert: you’re going to like his confidence in getting both deals done.) **Rest of the article on the link above.**
  6. May have already been posted, but I thought it was a good article. Feel like there are a few obvious answers here, but mine would have to be Antone Smith. He made a few home run plays but didn't do much else other than that. Loved that guy...
  7. Make no mistake about it: the Panthers defense will present the most difficult challenge for the Falcons offense so far this year. The Panthers have had one of the top defenses in the league for the past several years, anchored by one of the best linebackers in the league in Luke Kuechly. The Falcons offense, on the other hand, has been almost unstoppable the last two weeks. After hanging 35 on the Raiders in Oakland, the offense stunned the Saints by scoring 38 points in the Super Dome just 8 days later. This match-up could be a very good one. So who has the edge?
  8. A lot of people wanted him when he came out... I think he could provide some solid depth, but hypothetically if he does sign, who gets the ax? -Posted link instead or article because they deserve the clicks...-