Falcons Rumors & News

  • New Gatorade ad champions losing, showcases Matt Ryan

    Pro Football Talk "This isn’t based on an item from The Onion. But I checked several times to be completely sure. Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a new Gatorade commercial sells sugar water (with electrolytes) by championing losing, and by reveling in the motivation that comes from failure. “Make Defeat..." June 27

  • Falcons corner Robert Alford: It's about to be a big year

    NFL.com "The Falcons' embrace the suck strategy this offseason was brilliant because it anticipated the current media landscape so well. Every player was going to be asked about it, and every player needed to remain positive, humbled and resilient. Enter cornerback Robert Alford, who was all of the..." June 26

  • Arthur Blank expects Devonta Freeman extension soon

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman’s contract has been a storyline since Super Bowl week with Freeman making it clear he wants an extension as he moves into the final year of his rookie contract. Freeman said recently that he believes “something special is coming” and the guy who would..." June 26

  • Freeman says he would have been Super Bowl MVP if kept in game

    Bleacher Report "Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman believes he would have been named Super Bowl LI MVP, an award eventually won by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, if he'd been given more chances during Atlanta's 28-3 collapse. On Wednesday, JuliaKate E. Culpepper of the Atlanta..." June 22

  • Michael Vick’s father facing federal heroin distribution charges

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Michael Vick’s father has been charged with federal crimes relating to heroin distribution and money laundering, the Virginian-Pilot reported. Michael Dwayne Boddie, 55, of Hampton, Va., was among 12 people named in a federal indictment in Norfolk, Va. Seven of the 12 made initial..." June 22

  • Do the Falcons have a Devonta Freeman problem?

    Pro Football Talk "When we had the opportunity last month to have a 70-minute conversation with Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff (the video is embedded in this item), one of the areas of inquiry focused on the presence of players on the roster who may have a hard time getting over the devastating manner in which Super..." June 22

  • Julio Jones at center of lawsuit between super-agents Pat Dye Jr., Jimmy Sexton

    Alabama "Pat Dye Jr. is suing fellow sports super-agent Jimmy Sexton following the dissolution of their partnership in 2011, according to court documents obtained by AL.com. Among other things, Sexton is accused of stealing away key clients when he left SportsTrust Advisors for Creative Artists Agency..." June 21

  • Falcons reportedly ‘confident’ they will sign Devonta Freeman to extension

    Larry Brown Sports "Devonta Freeman is entering the final season of his rookie deal with the Atlanta Falcons, but the running back may not have to worry about his contract situation for much longer. ESPN’s Diana Russini reports that the Falcons are “confident” they will be able to sign Freeman to a long-term..." June 20

  • Falcons' Justin Hardy carries father's memory on back of jersey

    ESPN "Sam Hardy would be proud to know that his son found another way to honor his memory. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Justin Hardy wrote his late father's name on his wrist tape, his towel and his cleats before games over the past three years. Sam Hardy died of a heart attack in February 2013. He..." June 19

  • Matt Ryan: Lessons learned, Falcons are pushing forward

    Pro Football Talk "From the moment they blew a 28-3 lead and lost the Super Bowl, the Falcons have been asked how they’ll deal with the lingering impact of blowing a 28-3 lead and losing a Super Bowl. But after wrapping up their offseason program, and as they head into the break before training camp, quarterback..." June 19

  • Falcons’ Deion Jones led NFL linebackers in pass breakups in 2016

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones led all NFL linebackers in pass break ups in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. In the Falcons’ Super Bowl run, Jones broke up eight passes. Close behind Jones were Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (6) and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker..." June 18

  • Brian Poole embracing competition, versatility on Falcons

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Brian Poole went from undrafted free agent to camp body to depth to key contributor for the 2016 Falcons. Now he’s fending off competitors for his starting spot. The University of Florida product didn’t hear his name called in the 2016 NFL draft, but familiarity with Dan Quinn, once his..." June 16

  • Campbell can see clearly now

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "There were times when Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell couldn’t read the numbers on the scoreboard. His eyesight was that bad. But after offseason Lasik surgery, Campbell, who is being moved from weakside linebacker to strongside linebacker, can see clearly now. “It’s different,”..." June 15

  • Devonta Freeman anticipates contract extension

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is looking forward to signing a contract extension, preferable before training camp. “It’s that feeling when you know something special is coming and you’re about to be blessed,” Freeman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after minicamp concluded on..." June 15

  • Dwight Freeney tells Dan Quinn he's ready for comeback; Falcons won't commit just yet

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he recently spoke with Dwight Freeney, and this time, the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end made it clear he is ready for a comeback. "He wants to play," Quinn said on Wednesday of the 37-year-old. "I’d say he’s further along in the decision than he was..." June 15

  • Michael Vick told Roddy White he was destined for NFL stardom

    ESPN "Roddy White couldn't recall the exact day, but the former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver remembered it was at OTAs during his rookie season. White, the 27th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, was approached by quarterback Michael Vick, the first overall pick in 2001. "He told me I was going..." June 12

  • Dontari Poe has 125,000 reasons to weigh 340 pounds or less

    Pro Football Talk "Eddie Lacy isn’t the only NFL player with a lucrative weigh-in looming. Falcons nose tackle Dontari Poe has a weigh-in tomorrow. If he weighs 340 pounds or less, he gets a $125,000 bonus, according to Field Yates of ESPN. A total of $500,000 is riding on Poe’s weight this year. He gets three..." June 12

  • Patriots rings have 283 diamonds

    Pro Football Talk "And there it is. When seeing the box last night containing the new Super Bowl rings to be distributed to the New England Patriots, the jokes emerged about the presence of a 28-3 reference somewhere on the ring. I went with the obvious, low-hanging-fruit suggestion that 28-3 should be etched..." June 10

  • Georgia Dome to be imploded on November 20

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Recent progress on the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has led officials to set a date for demolishing the Georgia Dome next door. The Dome — the Falcons’ home for the past 25 years — is now scheduled for implosion at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 20, the team said Friday. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is..." June 09

  • Falcons to honor Roddy White, Michael Vick at retirement ceremony

    AtlantaFalcons.com "On Monday, June 12, Falcons owner Arthur Blank will honor two of the most iconic players to ever wear the red and black. Roddy White and Michael Vick will be honored in a special retirement press conference and reception to recognize the contributions and impact both men made to the Falcons..." June 09

  • Falcons’ Alex Mack rated one of the NFL’s top three centers in 2016

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons offensive lineman Alex Mack ranked as one of the top three centers in the NFL in 2016, according to ratings from Pro Football Focus. Mack, who the Falcons signed to a five-year, $45 million deal as a free agent last winter, was one of the biggest keys to the team’s resurgence in the..." June 08

  • How Scott Van Pelt and CC Sabathia helped Steve Sarkisian decide to get sober

    CBS Sports "One of the best things to come out of ESPN's rebranding "SportsCenter" has been the late-night version hosted by Scott Van Pelt. It's legitimately one of the most entertaining sports-related shows on television; the only downside is it comes on too late for those of us soaking in the mid-30s glory..." June 08

  • Falcons aiming to maximize Julio Jones' red-zone usage

    ESPN "New Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian hopes to enhance one of the league's top offenses, and that could mean more red-zone touches for top receiver Julio Jones. Sarkisian reiterated Wednesday how he hopes to enhance the offense, not just "uphold it." "The competitor in me..." June 08

  • Players' union believes language in many rookie deals violates CBA

    ESPN "The NFL Players Association has identified language in about 160 of this year's rookie contracts that it believes violates the collective bargaining agreement and is considering filing grievances to have the deals voided. "The union has undergone a comprehensive review of rookie contracts and..." June 07

  • Quinn on Freeney: ‘We haven’t talked about playing’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he has talked to former defensive end Dwight Freeney, but noted that the team is committed to evaluating the current players on the 90-man roster on Tuesday. Quinn also noted that he has talked to other former players, too. “I haven’t even found out if he’s ready..." June 06

  • Scoreboard now in focus for Falcons' De'Vondre Campbell after Lasik surgery

    ESPN "De'Vondre Campbell clearly sees the difference. Last year, the Atlanta Falcons linebacker had trouble making out letters while reading without his glasses. Those issues translated to the football field. "Like when I was looking at the scoreboard, I couldn’t even read it, really," Campbell..." June 05

  • Steve Sarkisian is making all the right adjustments as he reboots with Falcons

    CBS Sports "You expect an NFL coach to use a football analogy when talking about his life. Steve Sarkisian did just that recently as he discussed his long and winding path back into the league for the first time since 2004, one that included self-inflicted wounds on his resume, temporarily derailing a..." June 05

  • The Falcons don't look like a team about to succumb to a Super Bowl hangover

    CBS Sports "The signs are nowhere to be seen. There is no sluggishness, no apparent want to lie around, nobody running for the bathroom or holding stomachs in agony. Sure, there is plenty of Gatorade being consumed, but for different reasons. Where are the supposed hangover symptoms for the Atlanta..." June 04

  • Officials deem Mercedes-Benz Stadium on track for opening

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials provided a media tour of the still-under-construction building Thursday, pointing to signs of progress that they said signal the massive stadium is on track to open for the start of football season. “We are in the home stretch,” said Mike Egan, senior vice..." June 03

  • Here’s why Panthers aren’t scared by Bucs’ O.J. Howard, Falcons’ Devonta Freeman

    Charlotte Observer "The quietest player in the linebackers’ corner of the Carolina Panthers locker room could very well be that group’s most important defensive weapon in the years to come. Shaq Thompson won’t be Carolina’s starter in Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season, and he knows it. That’s still veteran Thomas..." June 03

  • Is The NFLPA Still Preparing For A Lockout?

    Pro Football Rumors "We learned back in May that the NFLPA’s board of representatives had approved a plan that would set aside millions of dollars into a “work-stoppage fund,” allowing the players to make some money if an NFL season is cancelled or delayed. Now, it sounds like the Players Association wants the..." June 03

  • The NFL will allow liquor ads during their games this year

    The Comeback "You’re about to start seeing liquor ads during NFL games this season. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL has relented on allowing liquor ads during games, though the total spots will be limited to just four per game and two during pre and postgame shows. The NFL said it will accept..." June 03

  • Schweitzer, Garland declared front-runners at right guard

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Perhaps the Falcons’ biggest offseason project is to figure out who will replace Chris Chester at right guard. At the start of OTAs, the Falcons have been rotating several players at the position, but coach Dan Quinn declared the front-runners. “The first two guys who will be battling for it..." June 02

  • Dontari Poe’s weight “pretty much where” it needs to be

    Pro Football Talk "The contract defensive tackle Dontari Poe signed with the Falcons this offseason included $500,000 tied to four weigh-ins over the course of the season. The first of those weigh-ins comes at the start of mandatory minicamp on June 13 and calls for Poe to weigh 340 pounds at the most in order to..." June 02

  • Von Miller invites Vic Beasley to 'pass rush summit' in San Francisco

    ALL 22 "Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., edged out Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller for the league lead in sacks last season. The friendly rivals are apparently getting together this summer for a conference designed to help them hone their crafts. Miller invited Beasley to his..." June 02

  • Michael Vick: 'I would love to coach' in the NFL

    ESPN "Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick, who officially retired this offseason, would like to return to the NFL -- as a coach. "I would love to coach in the National Football League one day," Vick told ESPN's Adam Schefter on his "Know Them From Adam" podcast. "... At some point, I'd..." June 02

  • Matt Ryan and the Falcons are “on to 2017”

    Pro Football Talk "If you can’t beat them, start talking like them. After a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter became an overtime loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Falcons now slide back to 0-0 and try to climb close to the top of the mountain again. And quarterback Matt Ryan suddenly is sounding a lot..." June 02

  • Dwight Freeney talking to Falcons about returning

    Pro Football Talk "Dwight Freeney said he wasn’t going to make an immediate decision about returning to play in 2018 when asked about his plans in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, but it wasn’t long before a report that he wanted to remain in uniform surfaced. Freeney’s name hasn’t come up for much public..." June 02

  • John Clayton cracks joke after being laid off by ESPN

    Sportsnaut "With ESPN since 1995, long-time NFL reporter John Clayton received news that he was the latest victim of layoffs from the sports leader. It’s just the latest example of ESPN cutting its budget as a way to make up for sagging ratings and profits. In confirming the news on Wednesday, the..." May 31

  • NFLPA wants players to start saving money in advance of next work stoppage

    Pro Football Talk "It’s already been six years since the last NFL work stoppage. Which means that it’s only four years until, possibly, the next one. The NFL Players Association wants its players to be ready for it then by saving money now. “We wound up in a situation where unfortunately [savings] didn’t..." May 31

  • 11 recent NFL Draft picks on the verge of becoming busts

    Fox Sports "Every year, a handful of players taken in the first round turn out to be busts. It’s a disappointing trend in the NFL, but it’s the harsh reality teams and players have to face. There are a number of guys taken in recent drafts who are on the verge of becoming draft busts. Whether it’s due to..." May 31

  • Vick clarifies he hasn't talked to Falcons about 1-day retirement contract

    Bleacher Report "Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick clarified to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com on Sunday that he has not yet spoken to the Atlanta Falcons organization about his desire to sign a one-day contract and retire with the team. On Friday, he revealed his desire to retire with the team during an..." May 28

  • Michael Vick plans to sign a one-day contract, retire as a Falcon

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been a decade since Michael Vick went from a Falcons superstar to a convicted felon, and after his release from prison he’s been an Eagle, a Jet and a Steeler. But he’ll be remembered for his greatness in Atlanta, and that’s where he wants his career to come to an official end. Vick told..." May 27

  • Arthur Blank on NFL touchdown celebration, overtime rule changes

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday to discuss the new NFL rule changes. On Tuesday, the NFL announced touchdown celebration rules would be relaxed in 2017, allowing players to use the football as a prop, celebrate on the ground and take part in group..." May 26

  • Falcons visited league office to determine limits of OTA contact

    Pro Football Talk "Last year, excessive contact during offseason workouts resulted in the Falcons losing a week of Organized Team Activities. This year, the Falcons left nothing to chance. G.M. Thomas Dimitroff, appearing on a special 70-minute special edition of PFT Live, explained that he and coach Dan Quinn..." May 26

  • Thomas Dimitroff reflects on trading up for Julio Jones

    Pro Football Talk "When Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff gave up two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks to get the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft, plenty of people thought he was crazy. Even Bill Belichick advised Dimitroff not to give up that kind of draft capital for one..." May 26

  • NFL continues to punish top assistant coaches

    ALL 22 "There are probably a lot of disappointed assistant coaches around the NFL this week. At the beginning of the week, there was a sense of joy and triumph amongst them. However, that elation and satisfaction has been tabled. On Tuesday, when the NFL owners met in Chicago for their annual May..." May 26

  • Dirk Koetter criticizes Bucs’ Twitter for trolling Falcons with ’28-3′

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons got into a friendly Twitter joust Wednesday, with the end result being the Bucs account trolling the Falcons with a 28-3 reference. As you might be aware, that represents the score of Super Bowl LI before the Falcons allowed the New England Patriots..." May 25

  • Falcons ranked NFL’s third-most talented team

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "NFL.com’s Gil Brandt ranked the NFL’s 10 most talented teams, and the Falcons came in third in the league, along with being the top team in the NFC. “The Falcons’ roster is loaded with players who are the best in the NFL -- or close to it -- at their respective positions,” Brandt wrote, going..." May 25

  • Falcons sign England rugby sevens star Alex Gray to practice squad

    The Telegraph "ormer England Sevens player Alex Gray has become the first English rugby union professional to quit the sport to take up American Football, signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Gray was England Sevens player of the year in 2015 and made over 40 Premiership appearances for London..." May 25