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  1. 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,
  2. https://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-41081830-4
  3. 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
  4. The Atlanta Falcons, in need of safety help, traded linebacker Duke Riley and a 2020 sixth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for safety Johnathan Cyprien and a '20 seventh-round draft pick, the teams announced Monday. Cyprien, 29, has started 70 career games in six seasons, including four years as a starting strong safety in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars run a scheme similar to that of the Falcons. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Cyprien is known more as an in-the-box safety but has been a liability in coverage. The Falcons lost their in-the-box safety when strong safety Ke
  5. Calvin Ridley on Dirk Koetter saying he has to do a better job getting Ridley involved after one target vs. Colts: ``If you watch the film, there was nothing for me. There was no windows for me, really. It just wasn’t there. I think [Koetter] does a great job getting me involved. I can’t even be mad because I went back and looked at the film as soon as I got on the plane. Every play was zone, so there were no routes. It was hard to get open.’’ Ridley had 10 targets vs. Philly in Week 2 and 6 targets vs. Minny in Week 1. Calvin saying there was no 1on1 opportunities for him to showcase him
  6. 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
  7. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/34584/falcons-unconcerned-with-key-injuries-to-nfc-south-foes FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn never likes to look ahead, but he isn't oblivious to what's going on around him. As a coach who preaches taking care of division play first, Quinn certainly understands how the complexion of the NFC South might have changed to his team’s benefit. Injuries suffered by New Orleans star quarterback Drew Brees (thumb) and Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (foot) make the Saints and Panthers more vulnerable on paper.
  8. 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. "
  9. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/34204/falcons-rookie-qadree-ollison-keeps-the-faith-through-brothers-murder Falcons Rookie chooses compassion over hate for his brothers killer! "For some reason, you thought it was right to go and gun down my brother that morning of Oct. 14. You had that choice. My brother, at gunpoint, didn't have a choice to live. It wasn't up to him. He lost the two greatest things God gives us as people: He lost his ability to choose, and he lost his life. Now here I am, and I have this choice to hate you or not. I choose not to. I don't h
  10. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Maybe the public didn't get to see his initial reaction, but Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan no doubt smiled with relief at some point during last week's NFL draft. At least that's the impression general manager Thomas Dimitroff left when asked by ESPN if Ryan applauded the organization for drafting a pair of offensive linemen in the first round. Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, the second-highest total in his career. “He texted me, and actually, he just said, 'Thanks, I appreciate that a lot, wow,'" Dimitroff said of Ryan's response. Pro
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/33332/falcons-players-never-jumped-off-steve-sarkisian-bandwagon FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper wore a smirk on his face when asked about the early-season criticism directed toward offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. "In the city of Atlanta, everyone's a critic," Hooper said. "When we were 1-4, everyone hated us. Now everybody seems to be back on the train. All we worry about is the guys who are in the building. So, we had Sark's back from Day 1. And that's all that matters: The connection we
  15. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/33313/return-of-the-alex-mack-cleveland-helped-falcons-center-become-great FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Alex Mack might soon be subject to a fine under the category of excessive celebration. No, the Atlanta Falcons center hasn't orchestrated a touchdown dance with props hidden inside goal posts. Actually, the circumstances surrounding such a punishment would be beyond Mack's control. As right tackle Ryan Schraeder explained, the entire Falcons' offensive line assessed a "fine" to Mack when the team visited Cleveland in the preseason o
  16. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24883563 FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman, sidelined the past three games due to a right knee contusion, will play in Sunday's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that Freeman will play. Freeman said Wednesday that he was comfortable enough to return to action. "I'm in-tune with my body and myself, so I know when I can be me,'' Freeman told reporters Wednesday. "Just getting back out there when I'm comfortable enough. I think right now, I'm comfortable
  17. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/32993/no-touchdowns-yet-for-julio-jones-but-he-prefers-wins-instead FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank shook his head about the commotion created by top wide receiver Julio Jones not catching a touchdown pass through the first four games. "Julio doesn't care about stuff like that," Blank told ESPN. "Julio is a very selfless player. He cares about the team." Blank pointed to the last play of last week's 37-36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals as evidence of what type of mentality Jones plays with on a w
  18. Don't shoot the messenger. Just posting it up.... http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/32867/falcons-duke-riley-used-to-adversity-ready-to-tackle-it-again FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Duke Riley laughed sarcastically while reflecting on the "hate" that followed a subpar individual showing in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers. Critics flexed their Twitter muscles at Riley, who was thrust into the spotlight at middle linebacker after foot surgery landed Pro Bowler Deion Jones on injured reserve. They jabbed at Riley about his performanc
  19. Pretty interesting read. I think Sark is going to get this offense clicking. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/32354/entering-year-2-oc-steve-sarkisian-ready-to-unleash-falcons
  20. link Falcons' Deion Jones came of age in Philadelphia last year FLOWERY BRANCH , Ga. -- It was far from Deion Jones' best outing, but it was probably the one with the most impact for the young Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker outside of the Super Bowl. In Week 10 of the 2016 season, Jones and the Falcons visited Lincoln Financial Field to face the Philadelphia Eagles. It was Jones' 10th NFL game and sixth on the road during his rookie season. Deion Jones, a Rookie of the Year contender in 2016, managed to step up his game even more a year lat
  21. Falcons' defense 2017: Yards per game (9th), rushing ypg. (9th), passing ypg. (12th), red zone (5th), points (8th). 2016: Ypg. (25th), Rypg. (17th), Pypg (28th), red zone (32nd), points (27th). espn.com/espn/now?nowId… So stoked about what this defense can be.
  22. Devonta Freeman on Matt Ryan's Top 100 spot: 'It ain't real' Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer MIAMI -- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman spoke up for quarterback Matt Ryan in discussing the NFL Network's recent segment of the league's Top 100, as voted by the players. Ryan, coming off an MVP season, was revealed at No. 10 on the final night. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who defeated Ryan and the Falcons in the Super Bowl, earned the top spot. Von Miller, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Khalil Mack, Aaron Rodgers, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham Jr. and
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