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  1. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/as-roles-increase-falcons-assistant-jeff-ulbrich-remains-in-the-moment/GTOWB2GUQFHZBGJHVCX2IK5I6E/ By Jason Butt Jeff Ulbrich’s progression has placed him on a path where he could become a defensive coordinator or a head coach in the coming seasons. That is if he wants to pursue that route. Entering his sixth season as the Falcons’ linebackers coach, he added an assistant head coach title to his resume this offseason. Having played linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers from 2000-09, Ulbrich i
  2. Glad to see Jason back on the Falcons beat....even if it is with the AJC https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/how-russell-gage-emerged-as-falcons-top-slot-option/4V5UYSEWK5GOZCTDX56BGQ26P4/ Russell Gage didn’t have the luxury of being invited to the Senior Bowl. He wasn’t asked to attend the NFL scouting combine. But upon looking at his statistics at LSU, it’s understandable to see why he was passed over, as the numbers didn’t add up to much. After moving from cornerback to receiver in 2016, Gage accrued 347 receiving yards, 232 rushing yards and five total tou
  3. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/grady-jarrett-furthers-his-focus-i-think-it-might-even-help-me-be-a-better-player/RHU5PBQHHBESREGQV73SSJUNAY/ He won’t have a choice this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced much of the U.S. either to work from home or take extra precautions when forced to go into an office. That also has been the case for the NFL. And when it comes to the Falcons, coach Dan Quinn already advised the players to be responsible once they leave the team facility. For Jarrett, being asked to stay home by his boss isn’t a problem at all. He now has
  4. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-mcgary-has-better-idea-what-to-expect-physically-and-mentally/COWXF2SY25ADLNFAL4WY55LMYY/ Click on the link to give Jason some traffic. Butr yea.. This is a good article...McGary has alllll the tools to be a really good RT.. from strength to athleticism to mauler attitude... Im glad to hear he has that attitude right and has worked on that technique....... Im extra excited to see what the bash brothers can do on that right side in the run game.
  5. https://theathletic.com/1836596/2020/05/26/its-a-smart-group-while-young-falcons-dbs-are-confident-heading-into-2020/ In what has been a unique NFL offseason, players mostly have been on their own when it comes to staying in shape and staying up to date with the playbook. A few Falcons teammates wanted to make sure they were up to speed with everything during this time when no players or coaches, outside of those receiving rehab and treatment, are allowed at the team facility. Therefore, a group of receivers and defensive backs organized some practice time against one another
  6. https://theathletic.com/1814404/2020/05/14/dirk-koetter-we-definitely-need-to-run-the-ball-better-than-we-did-last-year/ File this one in the "No Sh*t Sherlock" column.... Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter offered a blunt assessment of the Falcons’ ground game. “We definitely need to run the ball better than we did last year,” he said. Atlanta finished the 2019 season ranked 30th in the NFL with an average of 85.1 rushing yards per game. A couple of factors worked against the Falcons throughout the season. During the first eight games, Atlanta found it
  7. https://theathletic.com/1809424/2020/05/12/projecting-the-falcons-89-man-depth-chart-in-the-middle-of-a-virtual-offseason/ In any other year, the Falcons soon would be holding organized team activities. Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, players and coaches have been forced to meet on a virtual basis. These virtual meetings had some rocky moments as players and coaches were forced to grow accustomed to using a video chat to connect with one another. There were miscommunications due to time-zone differences or players not realizing they weren’t on mute. But given
  8. https://theathletic.com/1788509/2020/05/01/what-charles-harris-addition-means-to-falcons-defensive-line-rotation/ Back in 2016, Charles Harris was a fourth-year junior in college at Missouri. His Tigers were hosting Georgia in an early season showdown between SEC East teams. The two teams played a thrilling game, with UGA quarterback Jacob Eason finding receiver Isaiah McKenzie for a touchdown on a fourth-down play, which ended up being the game-winning score. But that game became a glimpse at what NFL scouts saw as Harris’ potential. Statistically speaking, his game against G
  9. https://theathletic.com/1778262/2020/04/27/thirty-thoughts-on-the-falcons-roster-now-that-the-nfl-draft-is-over/ Now that the NFL Draft has come and gone, here are 30 thoughts about the Falcons’ roster: 1. Out are Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn and Jack Crawford. In are Dante Fowler and Marlon Davidson. It will be a slightly new-look defensive front for the Falcons this season, with the hope that Fowler can add a consistent pass-rushing presence. Fowler recorded 11.5 sacks for the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 and previously played for head coach Dan Quinn during his first year at Fl
  10. Marlon Davidson woke up at 4 a.m. on Friday in a bad mood. He didn’t get much sleep following the end of the first round of the NFL Draft, and when his eyes opened in the early hours of the ensuing morning, they couldn’t shut again. Davidson is confident in who he is as a player. Therefore, he felt he should have been a first-rounder. But after 32 selections Thursday, Davidson was still waiting to hear his name. That didn’t sit too well with him. As a hulking defensive lineman who started all four years at Auburn, Davidson feels he is the best player at his position in this year’s draft c
  11. Entering the NFL Draft, the Falcons wanted to focus on improving the defense. Needing to fill holes at cornerback and linebacker and on the defensive line, those were positions the team wanted to target in the first four rounds after identifying various targets throughout a yearlong scouting process, which included a hiccup of self-quarantining and social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, the Falcons drafted what appears to be two plug-and-play starters and another player who will be in the conversation for a rotational spot. Cornerback A.J. Terrell and defensive lin
  12. https://theathletic.com/1765337/2020/04/22/what-happens-when-an-angry-football-fan-emails-an-nfl-general-manager/ Kai Hall wasn’t happy. An otherwise positive person by nature, Hall, a longtime fan of the Falcons, was angry, in fact. Having rooted for the franchise since childhood, Hall felt he was at a breaking point after Atlanta lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. Atlanta already had suffered three tough one-score losses with significant injuries to Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones. As a fan, Hall wanted to see something, such as a free-agent acquisition
  13. https://theathletic.com/1759921/2020/04/20/falcons-mock-draft-4-0-the-case-for-isaiah-simmons-familiar-face-taken-at-16/?source=dailyemail What do Falcons do? Trade up! OK, they might. They also might not. With the NFL Draft approaching in three days, much of the speculation surrounding the Falcons has been whether this team will rise, I mean, move up. And if the Falcons do move up, would it be for a cornerback? A defensive tackle? Could they gamble aggressively and sell the farm to the Washington Redskins for Chase Young? That’s what makes following the draft process fun
  14. https://theathletic.com/1754981/2020/04/17/falcons-mailbag-given-recent-rumors-will-atlanta-really-trade-up-in-nfl-draft/ With less than one week to go until the NFL Draft, here’s a Falcons Mailbag. What’s more likely, the Falcons trade back in the draft or that they admit the new uniforms were an April Fool’s joke that went too far? — Josh R. Haha! Now, this is actually a tough one. While I know the Falcons would never admit such a thing regarding the uniforms — especially with all the time and preparation they took for what they hoped to be a dramatic release (only to be u
  15. https://theathletic.com/1747300/2020/04/14/homecoming-todd-gurley-is-ready-to-wear-red-and-black-for-second-time/ Todd Gurley didn’t grow up in Georgia. Born in Baltimore and having attended high school in Tarboro, N.C., it wouldn’t be far-fetched to think he might have a much greater connection to those places than the city and state where he spent three years of college. But as fate would have it, Gurley’s time at the University of Georgia in Athens meant just as much as either of the places he lived beforehand. As one of the best running backs, if not overall players, to ev
  16. https://theathletic.com/1752749/2020/04/16/dawsons-creek-to-the-nfl-draft-overlooked-alex-highsmith-proving-he-belongs/ He belongs. That’s the mindset Alex Highsmith, a former no-star prospect out of high school, has taken to heart during the process of proving why he’s worthy of being selected in next week’s NFL Draft. Not many college programs wanted Highsmith coming out of high school. Davidson and Furman inquired, with Highsmith eventually walking on at Charlotte. And even that came through Highsmith’s own initiative when he asked a rival head coach if he could send his ta
  17. https://theathletic.com/1743772/2020/04/13/its-my-time-now-dante-fowlers-ready-to-prove-2019-wasnt-a-one-year-wonder/ Dante Fowler is primed to enter the third stage of his career. The first stage lasted three-and-a-half seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. And by no means did it go as expected for someone who was taken with the third overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft. Fowler’s rookie season was lost after a torn left ACL during offseason activities. After totaling four sacks in 2016, Fowler had eight in 2017. Even so, Jacksonville declined to position Fowler as a star
  18. https://theathletic.com/1735735/2020/04/09/after-xfl-stints-two-new-falcons-ready-to-prove-they-still-belong-in-nfl/ For those who played in both the AAF and XFL, it must have felt like history was repeating itself — albeit due to a completely different set of circumstances. A year after the AAF folded after eight games, the XFL was entering its sixth week before it was forced to shut down. While the AAF ran out of money, the XFL canceled the remainder of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has put most of the world on lockdown. For linebacker Edmond Robinson, who pla
  19. https://theathletic.com/1719349/2020/04/02/falcons-mailbag-is-it-more-likely-for-thomas-dimitroff-to-trade-up-or-back/ Having gotten through the first wave of free agency, the Falcons are now less than a month away from the NFL Draft. That makes this a good time for a good old fashioned mailbag. As always, thanks for the questions. I hope everyone is remaining safe and at home during this troubling time. What’s the likelihood that the Falcons will trade up in the draft as they have done in the past? — Michael M. Do you think it’s more likely that (Thomas Dimitroff) t
  20. https://theathletic.com/1702758/2020/03/26/as-falcons-top-tight-end-hayden-hurst-ready-to-flourish-with-new-team/ Hayden Hurst had a plan. Knowing that his preferred place to work out could shut its doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hurst wanted to ensure he could stockpile weightlifting equipment to stay in shape throughout the offseason. Like previous years, Hurst was back home in Jacksonville, Fla., visiting The Bolles School, his former high school, to work out on a regular basis. For a month-and-a-half, Hurst was able to hit the Bolles’ weight room. But as COVID
  21. https://theathletic.com/1713808/2020/03/31/roster-reset-analyzing-the-falcons-after-first-wave-of-free-agency/ The Falcons were busier than expected in the early going of free agency. The team addressed needs at edge rusher and running back and also filled holes from a depth perspective. Still, the upcoming NFL Draft will be important to take care of those final needs, such as cornerback and linebacker. For now, here’s a close look at where the Falcons’ roster stands for the (hopefully) 2020 season. Offense Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Kurt Benkert, Danny
  22. https://theathletic.com/1302848/2019/10/17/coverage-woes-go-hand-in-hand-with-falcons-inability-to-rush-the-passer/ A lot of time has passed since the Falcons recorded a sack. The most recent instance when this occurred was Sept. 22 against the Indianapolis Colts, when Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley shared a sack in the third quarter. Since then, the Falcons have only five quarterback hits the past three weeks. Against Arizona in Sunday’s 34-33 loss, Atlanta registered zero sacks and zero quarterback hits, even with the team dialing up what head coach Dan Quinn said was 17 blit
  23. https://theathletic.com/1689722/2020/03/20/five-years-after-passing-on-him-in-draft-falcons-sign-todd-gurley/ Not often have the Falcons signed an upper-tier running back in free agency during the Thomas Dimitroff era. Dimitroff did so in 2008 when he signed Michael Turner. That worked out considerably well, with Turner totaling 6,081 yards and 60 touchdowns. Dimitroff signed Steven Jackson in 2013 in free agency. That one didn’t pan out. Dimitroff went back to the free-agent well on Friday for a third time to sign a No. 1 running back. This time, he landed local folk her
  24. https://theathletic.com/1685338/2020/03/18/dante-fowlers-addition-addresses-pass-rush-concern-in-qb-loaded-nfc-south/ Tom Brady. Drew Brees. Teddy Bridgewater. These are the quarterbacks the Falcons will face twice each next season. With the prevalence of the quick game permeating through the NFL, teams need quarterbacks who can get the ball out quickly against the pass rush, and all three of these quarterbacks possess quick releases. While these quarterbacks aren’t exceptionally mobile, the ability to get the ball out swiftly is a great counter to an opposing defense’s abilit
  25. Sorry guys. Missed this one yesterday. Enjoy! https://theathletic.com/1681049/2020/03/17/where-free-agency-stands-for-falcons-following-trade-for-hayden-hurst/ The Falcons are making a move to replace tight end Austin Hooper, who will officially become the NFL’s highest-paid tight end when his new deal with the Cleveland Browns becomes official Wednesday. That same day, Hooper’s replacement will be officially announced. With Hooper cashing in, the Falcons needed an immediate replacement. They found one by trading a second-round pick (55th overall) and a fifth-round
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