Falcons Rumors & News

  • Defense, Peterson lead 1st-place Vikings to win over Falcons

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Christmas is still a few weeks away, but the Falcons and their quarterback, Matt Ryan, were already in a giving mood Sunday afternoon, turning the ball over three times and hand-wrapping the first-place Vikings a 20-10 victory at the Georgia Dome. Ryan threw a pair of interceptions in Vikings..." November 29

  • Panthers CB Josh Norman on Falcons' Julio Jones: 'He completes me'

    CBS Sports "After shutting down Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant on Thanksgiving, Panthers corner Josh Norman is feeling pretty good. Norman had that matchup circled since the start of the year, and it's safe to say he won the day. After the game, he told the Cowboys to get their $70 million (referring to..." November 29

  • Calvin Johnson said he'd offer congratulations if record broken

    ESPN "Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he would offer congratulations to either Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown or Atlanta's Julio Jones if either one breaks his single-season receiving record in 2015. Entering Sunday, both were on pace to finish within 150 yards of Johnson's mark of 1,964..." November 29

  • Coleman, Ward prepared to step up for Falcons

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Because Devonta Freeman suffered a concussion Sunday, the Falcons may utilize their rookie running backs more this weekend against the Vikings. Coach Dan Quinn said he has full confidence in rookie running backs Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward and their abilities to run the ball if Freeman is..." November 27

  • Falcons sign Shayne Graham, but Matt Bryant not ruled out for Sunday

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirmed the team has signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham with Matt Bryant nursing a quad injury, as first reported by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. Bryant strained his quad during Wednesday’s practice. Graham and Billy Cundiff both worked out for the team, but..." November 27

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    With Matt Bryant nursing a quad injury, Falcons planning to sign former Saints and Bengals kicker Shayne Graham, per source.

  • Semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2016 class

    NFL.com "The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 was trimmed down to 25 on Tuesday during NFL Network's Gold Jacket Semifinalists special. The original field of 108 nominees and these selections will be cut to 15 in early January. The group of semifinalists includes 22 players and three coaches,..." November 25

  • What are the worst calls by referees this season? Here are our top five

    Yahoo! Sports "Super Bowl 50, billed as a celebration of a half-century of what has become the pinnacle sporting event in the Western Hemisphere, was marred — before the game ever started — on an obscure automatic coin toss loss by the Carolina Panthers for sending too many captains (teams are allowed six) out..." November 25

  • Roddy White: We’re all in a funk, not just Matt Ryan

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan got the nickname “Matty Ice” because of how well he played late in close games, but he was ice cold in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Colts. The Falcons took a seven-point lead into the final 15 minutes, but Ryan was 6-of-16 for 52 yards and two..." November 23

  • NFL Targets Massive Payday in Thursday Night TV Deal

    The Hollywood Reporter "One of the last big sports rights opportunities for several years is about to become available to TV networks. The NFL's Thursday Night Football — which for the past two seasons has aired on CBS via one-year deals — is generating intense interest as the league is likely to extend the length of the..." November 23

  • Hasselbeck, Vinatieri pull out 24-21 victory for Colts over Falcons

    Indianapolis Star "Matt Hasselbeck can’t lose. Adam Vinatieri can’t miss. The oldest quarterback in football scripted his most stunning victory in a Colts’ uniform Sunday, pulling Indianapolis back from a pair of 14-point deficits in the Georgia Dome to hand the Falcons a 24-21 defeat. It’s Hasselbeck’s third..." November 22

  • Devonta Freeman (concussion) ruled out for Falcons

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons will aim to beat the Colts on Sunday without the help of Devonta Freeman. The NFL's third-leading rusher piled up 43 yards off three carries before leaving Sunday's game with a concussion. The Falcons quickly ruled him out." November 22

  • Report: 2016 NFL Draft to allow trades for compensatory picks

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is reportedly considering an exciting new twist to the 2016 NFL Draft. Prior to the upcoming draft in Chicago, compensatory draft picks were off the table for any potential trades. However, the league is expected to allow them to be part of the trade equation this spring, which ESPN’s..." November 19

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    D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC

    #Falcons WR/KR Devin Hester (turf toe) returned to practice on Monday. pic.twitter.com/ASsQ6dxpzH

  • NFL likely to charge $500M-$600M relocation fee for move to LA

    CBS Sports "It's not going to be cheap to move to Los Angeles. If the Rams, Raiders or Chargers make the move to Los Angeles in 2016, it's going to cost them some serious money. According to the Sports Business Journal, the NFL is going to charge a relocation fee of at least $500 million to any team that's..." November 16

  • NFL officials in Mexico City, seeing if it’s ready for 2016 game

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL continues to expand its inventory in England, they’re also looking at games outside our borders but on our continent. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, a group of league officials will be in Mexico City through Wednesday, trying to determine if Azteca Stadium is prepared..." November 10

  • Gabbert in control, guides 49ers past Falcons

    CSN Bay Area "The 49ers’ change at quarterback had the desired effect. After being held out of the end zone in the past two games, the 49ers re-familiarized themselves with that strip of real estate at the end of the playing field. Blaine Gabbert, making his first start in his one-and-a-half seasons as..." November 09

  • Roddy White’s doing the whole “be more involved” thing again

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After another game in which he was a small part of the game plan, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said he wants more chances to make plays. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan targeted White just two times on 30 pass attempts during the 17-16 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. White had one catch for 20..." November 09

  • Falcons insulted by reported reason that Kaepernick was benched

    CBS Sports "49ers coach Jim Tomsula finally got a chance on Wednesday to explain why he made the decision to bench Colin Kaepernick and start Blaine Gabbert for this week's game against the Falcons. Basically, Tomsula said the decision was made because he thought Kaepernick needed some space to..." November 05

  • Matt Ryan says turnovers, not scheme, are to blame for struggling offense

    CBS Sports "Through the early part of the season, the Atlanta Falcons' offense was lighting up the scoreboard. Matt Ryan's unit didn't put up any less than 24 points through the first five weeks of the year as the team sprinted out to a 5-0 start. They hung 39 points on the Cowboys and 48 on the Texans while..." November 04

  • Smartphone Breathalyzer Company Ranks the Drunkest NFL Fanbases (Congrats, Buffalo!)

    Complex "Ever wonder which NFL fanbases get the drunkest while watching their respective teams play? Thanks to the folks at BacTRACK -- a company that sells smartphone breathalyzers -- we may have the answer. Using data collected by BacTRACK during the first seven Sundays of the NFL season, and dividing..." November 04

  • Defense holds as Bucs pull surprising 23-20 victory over Falcons

    Tampa Tribune "The defense held. At the end of the day, even when it seemed as if the coach didn’t think it could, even when there was little reason to believe it would, the defense held. “That’s how it’s supposed to be,’’ Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “You get an opportunity to finish a game..." November 02

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Tyson Jackson questionable to return with rib injury

  • Leonard Hankerson, William Moore out for Falcons this week

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have shown at varying points this season they can put up a whole lot of points. But if they’re going to get back to that this week, they’re going to have to lean on one of their older wideouts to play a bigger role. The Falcons announced that wide receiver Leonard Hankerson..." October 30

  • Matt Ryan: I’m healthy, just need to play better

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons were able to outlast the Titans on Sunday for a 10-7 win that left their record at 6-1 and members of their offense talking about the need to improve. Atlanta turned the ball over twice in the game and wide receiver Roddy White said after the game that the unit is “in a funk right..." October 27

  • NFL could change personal conduct discipline without CBA extension

    CBS Sports "Lost amid the actual football on the field is the ongoing lawsuit between Tom Brady and the NFL. The league lamented in its appeal filing Monday the "unfathomable" and "inexplicable" decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to vacate Brady's suspension. All of this further underlines the..." October 27

  • Devonta Freeman first Falcons back to string together 3 100 yard games since Michael Turner

    The Falcoholic "The Atlanta Falcons haven't exactly had a stellar passing game the last three weeks, but what they have had is one of the most consistent running backs in the NFL doing fantastic work on the ground. I refer, of course, to Devonta Freeman. Freeman's keeping elite company here, considering..." October 26

  • Atlanta pulls out ugly 10-7 win against Tennessee

    The Falcoholic "With extra rest following last week's Thursday night loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons looked to get back on track against the Tennessee Titans. It wasn't a pretty game, but the Falcons moved to 6-1 with a 10-7 victory. Matt Ryan became the fifth-fastest quarterback to..." October 26

  • Matt Ryan reaches 30,000 career passing yards

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan surpassed 30,000 passing yards for his career during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. He entered the game with 29,917 yards and surpassed 30,000 with a 2-yard pass to Julio Jones." October 25

  • Trade Names to Watch: Matt Forte, Vernon Davis, Roddy White

    NFL.com "With the NFL trade deadline just 10 days away -- Nov. 3 -- rumors will begin to swirl with more gusto over the next week. Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay First on Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provided us three names to watch, but noted that all three could be difficult to trade..." October 25

  • Cowboys reclaim title of America's favorite NFL team

    The Score "The Dallas Cowboys are once again America's favorite NFL team. After dropping to fourth place in 2014, the Cowboys reclaimed the top spot in the annual Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,368 U.S. adults from Sept. 9-17 to determine the most popular NFL franchises. The Green Bay Packers and New..." October 23

  • NFL teams may cut ties to fantasy sites amid inquiries

    Boston Globe "The US attorney’s office in Boston has subpoenaed DraftKings Inc., seeking information about whether one of its employees had inside information that helped him win a fantasy sports contest on a competitor’s site, according to two people familiar with the federal investigation. The inquiry is..." October 23

  • NFLPA files grievance against NFL teams for use of sleep-monitoring devices

    Sporting News "The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the NFL and its 32 teams, saying the use of sleep-monitoring devices is a violation of the collective bargaining agreement. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith issued a memo to players Thursday. In the memo, acquired by USA Today,..." October 23

  • Will a team play two games in London next season?

    NFL.com "The International Series will continue this weekend when the Bills and Jaguars meet at London's Wembley Stadium. As the festivities surrounding that matchup ramp up, the NFL continues to look at ways to grow the enterprise. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that the NFL is exploring..." October 22

  • Falcons sign Philip Wheeler

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed linebacker Philip Wheeler and have released safety Charles Godfrey. Wheeler, 6-2, 245 pounds was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. Wheeler played in..." October 20

  • NFL, NFLRA discussing new suspension procedures

    Pro Football Talk "Many officials reacted with surprise to last week’s decision to suspend side judge Rob Vernatchi with pay for his role in last Monday night’s clock error and to reassign back judge Greg Wilson away from a prime-time game for his role in the prior Monday night’s illegal bat blunder. The next time..." October 20

  • Falcons star Julio Jones back at practice

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s been in and out practice over the past two weeks with a toe and hamstring injuries, was back at practice on Monday. Jones has been listed as probable for the three of the past four games. He was listed as questionable for the Washington game. He..." October 19

  • New Orleans Saints offense, defense finally 'in sync' in 31-21 win over Falcons

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There was the native son who made a game-changing play on special teams, a 34-year-old tight end who set new career highs and a last-ranked defense that managed to slow down an undefeated team when most were predicting disaster. The New Orleans Saints not only beat an undefeated divisional foe..." October 16

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    Tiffany Blackmon @tiffblackmon

    Source with the Falcons told me Julio Jones will play tomorrow. Said "Jones feels like they've got something special going here."

  • The NFL Players Who Make the Most From Endorsements

    Forbes.com "The NFL is a quarterbacks’ league. Rule changes over the last 20 years have tilted the field in favor of the offense with stricter enforcement of defensive holding, late hits and hits below the knee on the QB. The result is an offensive explosion with 11 different quarterbacks throwing for 4,000..." October 14

  • Julio Jones expected to play vs. Saints, despite hamstring, toe injuries

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he expects Julio Jones to be ready to face the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. That opinion was echoed by the Falcons' top receiver, despite the fact that he is battling right hamstring tightness and a toe injury. Jones said he would "most definitely"..." October 14

  • Julio Jones may miss Saints game due to hamstring issues, per sources

    The Falcoholic "If you've been concerned about the persistent nature of Julio's hamstring injury, your fears may be warranted. Per Adam Schefter, the Falcons are "uncertain" that Julio will be able to play against the Saints on Thursday evening. Jones got off to a very hot start to the season, with three..." October 13

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Tevin Coleman played 9 snaps in his return from a fractured rib. Had 2 carries for 3 yards. Devonta Freeman (153 rushing yards) had 68 snaps

  • Falcons get 25-19 win over the Redskins

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Five things we learned from the Falcons’ thrilling 25-19 victory against the Washington Redskins before a crowd of 70,178 fans on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Cornerback Robert Alford returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown to help the Falcons improve to 5-0. Washington dropped to..." October 12

  • Roddy White on trade rumors: 'I'm a Falcon, I'll be a Falcon for life'

    The Score "Roddy White doesn't believe he's going anywhere. With rumors swirling that three teams are pursuing a trade with the Atlanta Falcons for the veteran receiver, White remained confident that he would finish his career with the team that drafted him. "I'm a Falcon," White said, according to..." October 12

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, hammy) is expected to play today. #Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is not. Hope is he’ll be OK vs. #Lions

  • Three teams interested in trading for Roddy White

    NFL.com "Could Roddy White finish his career in another uniform? According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the lifelong Falcons wideout who recently opened up about his lack of targets this year, is drawing interest from at least three teams as we crawl closer to the trade deadline. If wide..." October 11

  • Plan for Julio Jones could change during pregame warmups

    Pro Football Talk "Earlier on Sunday, multiple reports emerged that Falcons receiver Julio Jones, listed as questionable with toe and hamstring injuries, will play against Washington. As Jay Glazer of FOX explains it, the decision could end up going the other way. Per Glazer, Jones felt the hamstring tighten..." October 11

  • Dolphins' Tannenbaum pushed owner to hire Dan Quinn after 2014 season

    CBS Sports "Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who fired head coach Joe Philbin last week after mulling doing so several times in the past, was insistent that Philbin remain in charge this offseason, which precluded making a switch in the winter. Mike Tannenbaum, who was formally brought in as Miami's vice..." October 11

  • Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against FanDuel, DraftKings

    Complex "Probably the biggest hit to come to sites like DraftKings and FanDuel came this past week when it was reported that an employee for the former won $350,000 in a competition run by the latter. This sparked a lot of raised eyebrows as well as allegations over insider trading (and a general lack of..." October 09