Falcons Rumors & News

  • President Trump slams NFL for not forcing players to stand for anthem

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is back on President Trump’s radar Wednesday. The President went on a Twitter spurt Wednesday morning and the NFL’s announcement that there will be no change to league rules regarding the national anthem was part of his agenda. After a day that included a meeting between players and..." October 18

  • Eric Reid doesn’t think rule change on anthem is coming

    Pro Football Talk "In a statement about Tuesday’s meeting between the NFL, NFLPA, players and team owners in New York, the NFL and NFLPA said that everyone in the NFL community has “a tremendous respect” for the national anthem but it doesn’t sound like the anthem was a focal point of the meeting. Albert Breer of..." October 17

  • Dan Quinn: Falcons need to get Julio Jones the ball more

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have failed to reach the same heights that they did in 2016, and part of that has been down to wide receiver Julio Jones’s decreased contributions. Jones has just one red zone target this season and has yet to grab a touchdown, and though he’s still getting catches, he was..." October 16

  • NFL TV audience numbers continue to decline early in 2017 season

    Sporting News "No wonder alarm bells are sounding in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office. The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped 7 percent vs. the same period of the 2016 season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. Worse for the league, the average..." October 13

  • Julio Jones 'ready to go' after hip injury

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones said a hip flexor injury won't keep him from playing against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Jones, who suffered the injury in a Week 4 loss to Buffalo, had last week's bye to rest and recover. He has been limited the last two days of practice. "I feel..." October 12

  • NFL: No Change To National Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "Although reports earlier this week indicated that the NFL may force players to stand for the national anthem, the NFL and NFLPA today released a joint statement indicating that the league’s policy has not been altered. “Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director..." October 12

  • Matt Ryan breaks down issues with the offense

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is his own harshest critic. He won’t point to a rash of tipped and mishandled passes that have led to a shoddy interception total and porous (minus-4, 29th in the NFL) turnover margin. Even if he did, all of the team’s six turnovers are credited to the league’s..." October 12

  • Matt Bryant held out with back injury, Falcons add a kicker

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons were hoping to use their bye week to get some injured players better, but they came back with a new name on their report. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, veteran kicker Matt Bryant has a back injury and did not practice today. The team..." October 11

  • Donald Trump keeps the pressure on the NFL over anthem

    Pro Football Talk "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is really trying to move past the national anthem controversy. But President Donald Trump keeps trying to paint him into a corner, in an effort to prove that he’s the most patriotic. Trump’s at it on the Twitter machine again this morning, with more bluster..." October 11

  • Roger Goodell Sends Letter to Teams Essentially Saying They Are About to Force Players to Stand for Anthem

    Black Sports Online "The NFL is about to get on their knees for Donald Trump. Donald Trump said there should be a policy in place to force players to stand for anthem. Jerry Jones and other owners have already started the process of threatening the players. Now, Roger Goodell who works for the owners has sent a..." October 11

  • Falcons promote Taniela Tupou, place Jack Crawford on IR

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons promoted defensive tackle Taniela Tupou from the practice squad Tuesday. They placed defensive end Jack Crawford on injured reserve in a corresponding move. The Seahawks originally signed Tupou as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He played in one game with Seattle. " October 10

  • Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s “tax breaks”

    Pro Football Talk "The President of the United States is on the warpath with the NFL again this morning, issuing his usual subtle threats. Donald Trump is using the NFL as a foil in his battle to make himself synonymous with patriotism and the flag, after his strong-arming teams into making guys stand for the..." October 10

  • Falcons' Takk McKinley was willing to pay $3K to get dreadlock back

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive end Takk McKinley, who saw his dreadlock auctioned off on eBay for five figures, said he would have paid up to $3,000 to get it back. "I wanted my hair back, so I probably would have went to about $3,000," McKinley said. "That was it for me." McKinley's lost..." October 10

  • Ex-Falcons WR Roddy White Tweets He Found Cam’s Comments Funny

    Black Sports Online "If we are keeping it real there are probably more than a few NFL players who thought it was funny. There are probably more than few people in general who thought it was funny. Still doesn’t make it right and you can’t say that to someone who is just trying to do their job. Cam and frankly..." October 05

  • NFL has 'no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone'

    ESPN "If it is able to identify the person who allegedly shouted a racial slur at Terrelle Pryor on Monday night, the NFL will ban that fan from future games, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call Thursday. "We have no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone," Lockhart..." October 05

  • Personal info on nearly 1,200 NFL players and agents exposed in NFLPA database leak

    USA Today "Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company. Kaepernick, who was the target of death threats last year as he knelt during the..." October 04

  • Anheuser-Busch has no plans to end relationship with NFL despite rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Anheuser-Busch may have created a recording specifically for people who were calling the company to inquire about its sponsorship of the NFL, but that does not mean the company is considering pulling the plug on one of its most profitable partnerships. Over the weekend, rumors began circulating..." October 03

  • Falcons struggle stopping Bills’ tight end Charles Clay in loss

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Falcons’ defense had no answer for Buffalo Bills’ tight end Charles Clay on Sunday. The seven-year veteran out of Tulsa led the Bills with five catches for 112 yards as the Bills handed the Falcns their first loss of the season, 23-17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It didn't matter..." October 02

  • Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Likely out 2-3 weeks

    CBS Sports "Sanu is expected to need two-to-three weeks to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Bills, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The initial timeline suggests Sanu has a chance to avoid any further missed time as the Falcons head into a Week 5 bye. While..." October 02

  • With bye upcoming, Julio Jones not expected to miss any games

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have a bye next week, and it comes at a fortuitous time. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, star wide receiver Julio Jones isn’t expected to miss any additional time after he was unable to finish yesterday’s loss to the Bills with a hip flexor injury. Jones tried to come back..." October 02

  • Falcons' offense could dig deeper against Bills

    ESPN "Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons sent a strong message at the start of last week's game, although the result was unsuccessful. On the very first play against Detroit, Ryan made a play-action fake to running back Devonta Freeman, tried to gather himself, and threw a pass deep..." October 01

  • Julio Jones (hip) questionable to return vs. Bills

    NFL.com "Atlanta's top weapon has left the Falcons' game against the Buffalo Bills due to injury. Julio Jones walked off the field in the second quarter with a hip injury and is questionable to return, per the team's official site." October 01

  • One of Takkarist McKinley’s dreadlocks is up for sale on eBay

    The Sports Daily "Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley lost something on the football field during Sunday’s game against the Lions at Ford Field, and if he wants to pony up enough cash, he can buy it back. One of McKinley’s dreadlocks must have either fallen out or been pulled out on Sunday, because it’s..." September 29

  • NFL has not approved an automatic ejection rule

    Pro Football Talk "When Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan knocked out Packers receiver Devante Adams with a vicious (and illegal) helmet-to-helmet hit on Thursday, some argued that Trevathan should have been the first player to be sent to the showers under the league’s new rule mandating automatic ejections for..." September 29

  • Owners fret over whether fans will make good on threats to flee

    Pro Football Talk "Football fans routinely do plenty of huffing and puffing, but they rarely blow the house down. This time around, the NFL worries about the house getting blown down. Every year, bad teams emerge and their fans (in most non-California instances) still support them. And even if any given season..." September 29

  • We know Falcons' offense is for real, is Buffalo's defense?

    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "The Buffalo Bills defense ranks first in the NFL in fewest points allowed and ranks in the Top 10 in many other significant categories. But is this an oasis in a 17-year playoff desert? Or just an early season mirage? A more definitive answer will appear late Sunday afternoon after the..." September 28

  • Why Grady Jarrett won’t kneel again during anthem

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett said Wednesday that the reaction to him kneeling during the national anthem has been strong - both ways. “It’s been mixed, which is what you expect,” Jarrett said on Wednesday. “It is what it is. I’m just moving on.” Jarrett is not planning to kneel..." September 28

  • Trump: NFL owners 'afraid' to take action against kneeling players

    Fox News Sports "President Trump, in an exclusive interview with "Fox & Friends," said that NFL owners are “afraid” to act against their players protesting the national anthem at games across the country. “The NFL is in a box and they have to do something about it,” Trump told Fox News' Pete Hegseth, in the..." September 28

  • Julio Jones was limited in practice, due to back injury

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons receiver Julio Jones was expected to be limited in practice on Wednesday due to a back injury. Limited in practice on Wednesday he was. According to the team’s injury report, Jones and defensive tackle Jack Crawford (shoulder) participated on a limited basis. Not practicing on..." September 27

  • Justin Timberlake reportedly 'finalizing' deal to perform at Super Bowl halftime

    CBS Sports "The Super Bowl is going to get a familiar face for halftime of Super Bowl LII when the game comes to Minnesota. Pop superstar Justin Timberlake is reportedly "finalizing" a deal to perform at the event for the first time in 13 years. According to US Magazine, Timberlake and the NFL are locking..." September 27

  • DirecTV refunds Sunday Ticket subscribers who are upset over NFL protests

    New York Daily News "NFL fans who are too angry to watch the Red Zone channel can now enter the Green Zone. DirecTV is offering total refunds to Sunday Ticket customers who want to cancel their package due to the national anthem protests around the league, according to ESPN. The Sunday Ticket package, which..." September 27

  • McKinley gets on-the-job training and first sack

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With Vic Beasley out with a hamstring strain/tear, Falcons rookie Takkarist McKinley played 48 of the 70 defensive snaps (69 percent) and finished with two tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, a quarterback hit and a batted pass in the 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. “I..." September 26

  • What’s the solution to the anthem protests?

    Pro Football Talk "The Commander-in-Chief continues to express, in 140 characters or less, his views regarding the NFL and the national anthem. Most recently, President Trump suggested that “[t]he only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!” While that would definitely..." September 26

  • What Dan Quinn said after the 30-26 win

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Here’s what Falcons head coach Dan Quinn had to say after the stunning 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday: Opening statement: “As we get started, before that, I’d like to recognize Arthur (Blank) being down on the field with the team prior to the game and showing his..." September 25

  • Roger Goodell: I’m proud of way our league responded this weekend

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Saturday morning in reaction to President Trump’s Friday night call for the league to get rid of “son of a bitch” players who don’t stand during the playing of the national anthem and his words were followed by many others from owners, players..." September 25

  • Donald Trump continues to take shots at NFL over flag

    Pro Football Talk "If the NFL was hoping Donald Trump would move on to another issue, they were mistaken. The President continued his war on the NFL via Twitter this morning, holding up NASCAR (where owners threatened to fire drivers or crew members who protested during the anthem) as the model for sporting..." September 25

  • Donald Trump Jr. takes a swipe at the NFL, too

    Pro Football Talk "They say football is family. Bashing the National Football League apparently is family, too. Donald Trump Jr. has chimed in regarding the issue his father took to unprecedented heights two nights ago, with this message on Twitter posted within the last hour: “If only Roger Goodell cared as much..." September 25

  • NFL Aiming To Expand London Schedule

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL remains intent on gauging whether or not a franchise could function as a full-time London operation. To measure this, the league wants a team to play in multiple London games during a season. NFL executive VP of international Mark Waller said more games coming to London in subsequent..." September 25

  • Trump urges fans to boycott NFL in ongoing criticism of flag-kneeling players

    Fox News Sports "President Trump on Sunday extended his attack on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, and suggested fans boycott games as he continued his call for team owners to “fire or suspend” the offenders. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag &..." September 24

  • Goodell calls Trump comments divisive, disrespectful

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has responded to Friday night’s comments from President Trump. And the NFL isn’t mincing words. “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “There is no better example than the amazing..." September 23

  • Former Falcons DL Ra’Shede Hageman Suspended 6 Games For Domestic Violence

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that former Falcons DL Ra’Shede Hageman has been suspended six games for a domestic violence issue. The Falcons have placed Hageman on the commissioner’s exempt list coming out of the preseason before cutting him loose just a few days later. A report..." September 22

  • Report: Predatory Lenders Are Preying On NFL Concussion Settlement Plaintiffs

    Deadspin "As the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement winds its way through the process of getting the money into the hands of the former players it’s supposed to compensate, lawyers for some of those retired players told a federal judge this week about how predatory lenders and advisers have..." September 22

  • If NFL ratings stay low, broadcasters could see a $200 million earnings hit

    Awful Announcing "The NFL’s ratings have been a hot topic of discussion, but it isn’t always apparent just how much a dip may damage broadcasters’ bottom lines. That’s the focus of a Hollywood Reporter piece by Paul Bond and Georg Szalai published Wednesday, though, which features several Wall Street analysts..." September 22

  • Matt Ryan not worried about Worrilow stealing signals

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the team’s former starting middle linebacker, Paul Worrilow, used to match wits at practice. Worrilow signed with the Detroit Lions and will face the Falcons on Sunday. “Paul is a guy who did a great job for us here with the Falcons,” Ryan said. “I’m happy..." September 21

  • NFL doesn’t think a 2018 game in China is feasible

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has continued to do business in China, but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be a game there soon. Via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, any hope of the league playing a regular season game in China appears to be on hold for now, according to the head of the league’s international..." September 21

  • Roger Goodell's NFL extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now'

    CBS Sports "After a bit of turmoil, Roger Goodell's extension finally seems to be on the way. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Owner Jerry Jones was reportedly spearheading a small-scale owners' mutiny..." September 21

  • Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen. A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin..." September 20

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19