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  1. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/26093/dan-quinn-past-the-super-bowl-but-not-over-it-and-might-never-be INDIANAPOLIS -- Almost a month later, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn reflected on his team's historic collapse in a 34-28 overtime loss to New England in Super Bowl LI, a loss that could linger for quite some time considering the Falcons blew a 25-point lead. "When they ask me if I've watched it, I say, 'Yes, I am past it. I am not over it,'" Quinn said Wednesday at the NFL combine. "I don't think I ever will be, and that's a good thing. Sometimes those ki
  2. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/26036/patrick-dimarco-looks-to-keep-fullback-role-alive-with-falcons-or-elsewhere Atlanta Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco was well aware of how NFC South rival Carolina released Mike Tolbert, a three-time Pro Bowl fullback, on Tuesday. “I was surprised,” DiMarco said. “Mike’s been a good player in this league for a long time. It’s kind of goes to show you how cutthroat it is. Mike will land on his feet. Mike will have a job, probably in the next few days.” Although DiMarco is set to become an unrestricted free agent on M
  3. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/26020/jacob-tamme-would-love-to-stay-with-falcons-but-49ers-a-possibility Jacob Tamme could be a factor in the Atlanta Falcons' future under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Or Tamme could end up helping his old coordinator establish the offense in new surroundings. Tamme, a veteran tight end who turns 32 next month, is one of 17 Falcons set to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins March 9. He was an integral part of the NFL's top-scoring offense until he suffered a season-ending right shoulder inj
  4. http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/231030/expect-falcons-defense-to-reflect-marquand-manuels-no-nonsense-approach Don't mess with Marquand Manuel during pregame warm-ups. You're liable to catch some heat. On any given game day, you'll see the 37-year-old with his headphones on, drowning out the noise as he bobs his head to the beat. He'll run a few laps around the stadium with a menacing stare on his face, like an assassin fixated on his next victim. Folks unfamiliar with the Atlanta Falcons likely would mistake Manuel for a player. His players view him as a guy who wi
  5. http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/229222/falcons-feed-off-mohamed-sanus-authentic-swag LOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Mohamed Sanu talks. And he talks. And he talks. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver has no problem trash talking anyone. Just watch one of those clips of him "Mic’d Up" during a game, like last week’s divisional matchup with Seattle when he had plenty to say to Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. "I told him he can’t guard me," Sanu shouted to the camera after hauling in a 3-yard touchdown reception over Lane. Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen has
  6. http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/229152/dan-quinn-admires-how-mvp-candidate-matt-ryan-has-not-backed-off FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is far from satisfied, and coach Dan Quinn knows it. Ryan certainly has silenced a lot of doubters by posting an MVP season while guiding his team to Sunday's NFC Championship Game against Green Bay. From the start of the season, Ryan vowed to block out any negative chatter and just worry about what he could control regarding his own play. Quinn, the second-year Falcons coach, was asked Monday how reward
  7. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/24803/playoff-ups-downs-prepared-atlantas-matt-ryan-for-this-moment FLOWEREY BRANCH, Ga. -- The guy they call "Matty Ice" was somewhat of a nervous wreck. Matt Ryan, then just a 23-year-old NFL baby, walked into the University of Phoenix Stadium on Jan. 3, 2009, greeted by a raucous crowd of about 63,000. A good portion of those spectators twirled white Arizona T-shirts in unison as a deafening roar welcomed Ryan to his first-ever postseason appearance. "I think I can remember probably being a little bit too excited in th
  8. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/24312/falcons-rookie-deion-jones-raises-his-play-and-now-his-voice-too "Alert. Alert. Back up. Back up." When Deion Jones says those words these days, he shouts them with much more authority. The Atlanta Falcons rookie middle linebacker’s voice is a lot louder now, a product of him settling into his role as the primary on-field conductor of the defense. At the beginning of the season, it was almost as if he was whispering at the opera. "At a practice, I remember Grady [Jarrett], when we had to line some stuff up, him
  9. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/24246/dissecting-film-not-just-spin-move-has-helped-dwight-freeney-flourish Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney offered simple advice to teammate and fellow Atlanta Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley Jr. leading into last week’s game. Freeney saw the movements of Los Angeles Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein on film and knew Beasley could flourish. "I advised Vic to use his athleticism against No. 79," Freeney said. "I said, 'All he wants you to do is run into him, so the last thing you want to do is run into him
  10. http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/224783/revised-pregame-routine-helps-matt-ryan-preserve-his-arm FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Catch Matt Ryan early enough in warmups on a given Sunday and you’ll see the Atlanta Falcons quarterback strolling from sideline to sideline with his hands in air, wiggling his fingers in unison with fellow quarterback Matt Schaub. You’d think they were practicing dance moves or mirroring synchronized swimming, without the water. Observers find the practice a little odd, or at least they did initially. “Our guys gave us a ton of s--- on it fo
  11. http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/216304/matt-ryan-silences-critics-for-now-but-much-more-to-accomplish FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Mohamed Sanu hasn’t been around Matt Ryan long, but the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver has spent enough time with Ryan to appreciate his quarterback’s demeanor, regardless of the situation. "Matt just goes about his day and does his job,’’ Sanu said. "He goes about his day and he has fun doing it. He’s always in a great mood. He’s always happy.’’ Ryan has reason to smile. His Falcons are 2-1 and boast the league’s top offense in terms of
  12. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/22769/devonta-freeman-tevin-coleman-looking-like-the-next-dynamic-running-back-duo Devonta Freeman is very familiar with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. The Atlanta Falcons running back knows Stewart and Williams made up a rather potent running back tandem for the Carolina Panthers from 2008 to 2014. In fact, Stewart and Williams, nicknamed both “Smash and Dash” and “Double Trouble,” each rushed for 1,000 yards back in 2009. "They were really good with that 1-2 punch," Freeman said. "I still talk to DeAngelo sometimes. W
  13. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/22728/matt-ryan-pokes-fun-at-himself-after-failed-block-tumble NEW ORLEANS -- Matt Ryan's teammates are sure to give him a hard time about it all week. One of them already did. Defensive lineman Derrick Shelby playfully nudged Ryan on Twitter after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback had a comical tumble while opting not to block 6-foot-4, 308-pound New Orleans Saints nose tackle Nick Fairley on a Devonta Freeman cutback run Monday night. Matt Ryan's wife, Sarah, got in a shot via Twitter, too: Even Ryan h
  14. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/22684/falcons-sean-weatherspoon-knows-plenty-of-layers-to-defending-saints-drew-brees NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees is 10-5 all-time against the Atlanta Falcons while a member of the New Orleans Saints, and Brees has thrown for 300-plus yards in 12 of those 15 meetings going into Monday night's matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Brees has two or more touchdowns in nine of those 15 games, but he has thrown only one touchdown in each of his past four games against the Falcons. The teams split those four con
  15. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/22657/devonta-freeman-its-aint-about-me-lets-get-this-win I love both of these young men's attitudes. And they can flat out ball, too! True to his team-first mentality, Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman refused to take the bait. When asked what's a realistic weekly goal for combined rushing yards or touchdowns between himself and fellow running back Tevin Coleman, Freeman deflected the attention away from any such statistics. “To be real? Get the win. That's the best goal ever,” Fr
  16. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/22617/22617 Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to fix a lingering groin-related issue and is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks. Worrilow’s agent, Jim Ulrich, confirmed the timetable, with a three-week recovery period hopeful but highly unlikely. The surgery will be performed in Philadelphia by noted sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers, who also performed surgery on Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed last year. Worrilow’s injury is related to tearing in his a
  17. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/22626/matt-ryan-falcons-looking-to-air-it-out Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan vowed to take more shots down the field this season. Thanks to Week 2, he’s on a good pace. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Ryan trails only Oakland’s Derek Carr in completion percentage of passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield through two games. Ryan has hit on 4 of 6 of those passes for 185 yards. (Carr is 3-of-4 for 108 with one touchdown). Ryan was 3-of-3 on balls thrown 20-plus yards in the air during Sunday’s 35-28 vic
  18. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/22342/jameis-winstons-third-and-19-play-still-haunts-falcons FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- To put it simply, it was an embarrassment for every Atlanta Falcons player involved. Late in the fourth quarter of last year's 23-19 loss at Tampa Bay, defenders watched Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston keep a play alive they thought was dead on third-and-19 from the Falcons' 43-yard line. Winston scrambled up the middle, maintained his balance after being hit by Paul Worrilow and Brooks Reed, bounced off a few more weak tackle atte
  19. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/21948/falcons-dwight-freeney-to-vic-beasley-stand-out-be-dominant FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons figured signing veteran pass-rusher and seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney would have a positive impact on the younger players. It has. A couple weeks ago, Freeney pulled aside second-year rusher Vic Beasley Jr. and relayed a strong message to the former eighth-overall draft pick. "He said, `It's all about standing out and being a dominant player,'' and obviously he's been that,'' Beasley said. ``We talk on
  20. I think we see how much our o-line has improved on Thursday night.... http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/211312/falcons-will-see-whats-on-the-line-against-dolphins FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder would rather forget what happened the last time he faced the Miami Dolphins. In the third preseason game of 2015, Schraeder and the Falcons' offensive line looked like boys vs. men against the Dolphins' defensive line of Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh, Olivier Vernon, and Earl Mitchell. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked thre
  21. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/21973/pro-bowler-desmond-trufant-getting-beat-deep-will-help-falcons-in-long-run FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Desmond Trufant made a mistake, and his teammates will benefit from it. The Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl cornerback, who was rarely targeted by opposing quarterbacks last season, was beat deep last Thursday night when Cleveland Browns quarterback-turned-receiver Terrelle Pryor got a couple of steps behind him on a 50-yard touchdown reception from Robert Griffin III. Trufant relaxed for a second, and that second proved costly.
  22. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/21748/falcons-step-on-the-gas-with-aldrick-robinson ATLANTA -- To Mohamed Sanu, it was no surprise to see Atlanta Falcons teammate Aldrick Robinson blaze down the field for a pair of explosive plays against the Washington Redskins Thursday night. It's become routine this preseason. ``He's just a phenomenal player,'' Sanu said of his fellow receiver. ``He came in and seemed a little tentative. But now, he's just aggressive and showing aggressive hands. He has tremendous speed. We all call him ``gas'' because he's got strai
  23. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/21662/hazing-for-falcons-means-stocking-up-on-candy-nuts-and-energy-drinks FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- It used to be all about the red gelatin. These days, red candy will suffice. Atlanta Falcons veteran linebacker Sean Weatherspoon altered his expectations of rookies over the last few years. In 2013, when Weatherspoon was in his fourth season, he would summon undrafted rookie linebacker Paul Worrilow and order him to bring fruit punch-flavored gelatin from the cafeteria to the meeting room. After a one-year detour to the Ariz
  24. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/21518/big-defensive-paydays-not-offensive-to-falcons-desmond-trufant-yet FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant is well aware of the lucrative contract extension cornerback Darius Slay just received from the Detroit Lions. Slay, a second-round draft pick in 2013 who has yet to be named to the Pro Bowl, received a four-year, $48 million extension that included $21.3 million guaranteed and a $14.5 million signing bonus. Slay's average salary of $12 million per season ranks eighth among cornerb
  25. http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/208657/falcons-rookie-linebackers-showing-flashes-as-they-learn-on-the-fly FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A noticeable image from the first few days of Atlanta Falcons' training camp was rookie De'Vondre Campbell nodding his head and demonstratively moving his hands while engaged in conversation with linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich. It wasn't a tongue-lashing, but the conversation certainly was intense. One could tell Campbell took to heart the words of Ulbrich, a former NFL linebacker who played 10 NFL seasons with the 49ers. "The thin
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