Falcons Rumors & News

  • The NFL is cracking down hard on illegal celebrations. Players and fans ask, why?

    Washington Post "Twerking? Don’t do it, Antonio Brown. Shooting a fake bow and arrow? No way, Josh Norman and Brandin Cooks. Taking off your helmet? Nope, Odell Beckham Jr. Shooting a jump shot over the crossbar? Forget about it, Vernon Davis. NFL officials are throwing penalty flags for illegal..." October 20

  • Falcons release Dashon Goldson

    Pro Football Talk "When the Falcons placed defensive end Derrick Shelby on injured reserve Tuesday, they promoted safety Sharrod Neasman to the active roster. On Wednesday, they made room for a new addition to the defensive line by saying farewell to a safety. Cliff Matthews is the new arrival on the 53-man..." October 19

  • Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers

    USA Today "It’s an election year, silly. That wasn’t the entire company line, but the impact of the dramatic presidential election cycle was certainly a prevailing sentiment as NFL owners gathered Tuesday for their quarterly meeting and assessed the league's unusual and precipitous dip in TV..." October 19

  • Falcons put defensive end Derrick Shelby on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons lost some defensive depth Tuesday, when they put defensive end Derrick Shelby on injured reserve with an Achilles injury. The team announced that they had promoted safety Sharrod Neasman to fill his spot on the active roster. The Falcons signed the former Dolphins defensive end..." October 18

  • Inside Brett Favre's strange season with the misfit Atlanta Falcons

    SI "Traditionally speaking, the days that follow the draft serve as a period of mental adjustment. Young players come to grips with relocating to foreign cities, and organizations start the process of figuring out who fits where, and how. There are press conferences to attend and papers to sign and..." October 18

  • Sean McDonough rips NFL officiating, blames it for ratings decline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets did not exactly put on a great show Monday night, and the officiating didn’t help. Head official Jerome Boger and his crew threw a whopping 19 penalty flags, making the game — which was never close — extremely hard to watch. Ratings have been down across..." October 18

  • Julio Jones: I was interfered with, but we’re on to the next one

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones said there was no doubt Richard Sherman interfered with Jones on his team's final play in Atlanta's 26-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Jones tried to make a catch deep down the middle on fourth-and-10 with under two minutes remaining. Instead, QB..." October 17

  • Seahawks’ Michael Bennett irate about ‘scary’ cut block from Falcons’ Jake Matthews

    Seattle Times "The initial worry Michael Bennett had about suffering a major knee injury in the third quarter Sunday had turned instead to anger by the time the Seahawks finally pulled out a 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Bennett, Seattle’s standout defensive lineman, left the game with a knee injury..." October 17

  • Seahawks survive Falcons comeback attempt

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Having already mounted a second-half rally from a double-digit halftime deficit, the Atlanta Falcons looked like they might have one more comeback in them on Sunday afternoon. A no-call on a long fourth-down pass into Seattle territory helped decide the Falcons' fate in a 26-24..." October 16

  • Vic Beasley has learned a lot from Dwight Freeney

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley had a breakthrough game on Sunday, with 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. The seeds for that performance were planted in part by the decision to add Dwight Freeney to the roster. “Obviously having Dwight Freeney come in and help us with the pass rush definitely..." October 14

  • NFL changes Week 8 game times for Packers-Falcons, Cardinals-Panthers

    CBS Sports "For the first time this season, the NFL has made a change to the 2016 schedule. The league has switched the times for two games that will kickoff on Oct. 30. The Cardinals' game against the Panthers in Carolina, which was previously scheduled to kickoff at 4:25 p.m. ET, will now kickoff at 1..." October 13

  • Richard Sherman likely to shadow Julio Jones on Sunday

    ESPN "Richard Sherman was asked Wednesday about the criticism that gets directed at cornerbacks who don't shadow opposing No. 1 wide receivers. "People are like, 'Oh man, you're not following him. You're scared of him.' It's like, I don't call the defense," Sherman said. "I don't call the plays...." October 13

  • Donald Trump makes fun of NFL concussion protocol

    247 Sports "Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of the NFL's concussion protocol. The Republican nominee for president made fun of the amount of time players miss now due to head injuries. The NFL has made significant changes in its concussion protocol over the past few years. While players often miss a..." October 13

  • Pete Carroll on Falcons offense: ‘Just out of this world’

    Sportsnaut "The Seattle Seahawks defense will get a big test in the team’s Week 6 showdown against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the Atlanta Falcons. Nobody knows this more than coach Pete Carroll. “Their offense is just out of this world right now,” Carroll said, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN. “Their..." October 12

  • Vic Beasley: I was relentless

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons ran their winning streak to four games in Denver on Sunday with a 23-16 win that followed a different blueprint from the previous week’s victory over the Panthers. Matt Ryan threw the ball all over the field against Carolina, but yards were a bit harder to come by against the team..." October 10

  • Falcons hand Broncos their first loss

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Atlanta Falcons extended their run of success by leaning on their running backs. Quarterback Matt Ryan led five scoring drives against the Broncos' vaunted defense, including two that running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman finished with touchdowns as the Falcons won..." October 09

  • How can an NFL player go broke?

    Sporting News "How can an NFL player go broke? Originally answered on Sept. 7, 2016. This question originally appeared on Quora , the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter , Facebook , and Google+ . Any number of..." October 08

  • Report: NFL Threatens To Fine Teams If They Use Too Much Footage On Social Media

    Deadspin "Buried in Albert Breer’s column for MMQB this morning was a nugget suggesting just how seriously the NFL is taking their declining primetime TV audiences. Ratings in the 18-t0-49 demographic have fallen between 12 and 16 percent for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, and the NFL,..." October 07

  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers

    Pro Football Talk "Fewer people have been watching the NFL on TV this year. The NFL previously had said nothing about it. Now, the NFL has. And it’s along the lines of, “All is well.” “We’re missing some stars out there,” NFL media chief Brian Rolapp said, via the Wall Street Journal. Indeed they are, in part..." October 07

  • Falcons punished for violating off-season practice rules

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Falcons are in trouble with the NFL again. No, this time it’s not due to the fact that the team is pumping artificial noise into the Georgia Dome. Instead, Atlanta was docked three days of organization team activities (OTAs) next offseason for violating the league’s rules on player..." October 06

  • Matt Ryan has better relationship with Shanahan

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan believes a better working relationship with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has fueled the offense’s fast start this season. Ryan, who completed 28 or 37 passes for a franchise-record 503 yards in the 48-33 victory over Carolina on Sunday, has the Falcons off..." October 06

  • Blank credits 'personal connection' between Ryan, Shanahan for Falcons fast start

    NFL.com "That Atlanta Falcons offensive statistics are soaring off the charts to open the season. The Falcons lead the NFL in points per game (38.0), total yards per game (478.8), passing YPG (354.3) and yards per play (7.5). Atlanta earned 1,915 yards through four games this season. Only three teams in..." October 05

  • Falcons interested in A.J. Hawk

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With Sean Weatherspoon out for the season and Paul Worrilow (groin), De’Vondre Campbell (ankle) and Deion Jones (calf) all injured, the Falcons were working the in-season free agent market on Tuesday. Several veterans, including former Falcons Curtis Lofton, are on the list of free agent inside..." October 04

  • Falcons sign veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk

    Pro Football Talk "Apparently, the interest the Falcons had in A.J. Hawk was real. Per a tweet from his agent, the veteran linebacker has signed with the Falcons, giving them a solid fill-in for a position wracked by injuries. The 32-year-old Hawk was needed after the Falcons lost Sean Weatherspoon for the..." October 04

  • Falcons' Tevin Coleman unsure about playing in Denver altitude due to sickle cell trait

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who carries the sickle cell trait, is unsure about playing in the high altitude of Denver next Sunday because it could negatively affect his health. The blood disorder related to sickle cell disease can cause complications if an individual is under..." October 03

  • Jones downplays 300-yard game: 'They're just numbers'

    SI "The smart people in 2011 said the bounty Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff paid the Browns to move up 21 spots in the draft to pick Julio Jones was excessive. Two ones, a two and two fours is quite a premium to move from 27 to six. “Probably one of the greatest trades in draft history,” Cleveland coach..." October 03

  • Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon has ruptured Achilles

    Sportsnaut "A day removed from the team’s outstanding win over the Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons got some bad news in the form of an Achilles injury for linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. On Monday, Weatherspoon told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure his right Achilles tendon ruptured. Weatherspoon made his way..." October 03

  • Devonta Freeman embraces the challenge of facing Carolina

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have won a couple of games against not-so-stellar defenses, racking up 80 points in eight quarters. On Sunday, they welcome one of the best defenses in the NFL to town. But the man who ripped through the Saints defense for 10.9 yards per carry isn’t concerned. “I don’t look at..." October 02

  • Ryan, Jones help Falcons scorch Panthers in historic effort

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are off to great starts this season with the Atlanta Falcons. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers can't say the same. Ryan and Jones set team records in the Falcons' 48-33 victory over the Panthers, who lost Newton in the fourth quarter to a..." October 02

  • Falcons’ Mohamed Sanu to play with separated shoulder

    Today's Pigskin "Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will play through a separated shoulder on Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Sanu injured his shoulder during his team’s 45-32 win over the New Orleans Saints last weekend. While he did not practice on..." October 02

  • Julio Jones insists he’s not hurt, or unhappy with one-catch game

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones didn’t suffer any setback to his calf injury in the game against the Saints. “I’m not injured or anything like that,” Jones said on Thursday. Fantasy football owners were in an uproar after Jones had just one catch for 16 yards against the Saints...." September 30

  • Senator introduces anti-online gambling bill to Congress

    Sportsnaut "Judicial and political systems at the state level continue to take up online gambling and daily fantasy sports. We’ve seen multiple instances in the past where online gaming itself has been banned at the state level. The most recent examples of this include daily fantasy sports in New York,..." September 29

  • Tevin Coleman making time-share work

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After opening last season as the Falcons’ starting running back, Tevin Coleman’s rookie season quickly went off the rails. This fall, he’s back on. Coleman, a third-round pick from Indiana who set out to prove his worthiness, has helped the Falcons to a surprising 2-1 start heading into a big..." September 29

  • Falcons' offensive explosion sends Saints to 0-3

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints did their best to channel the 10th anniversary of their emotional, post-Katrina return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but the Atlanta Falcons decided to turn a poignant history lesson into a teachable moment Monday night. The Falcons unleashed an..." September 27

  • Monday Night Football ratings plummet to record low on night of debate

    Sportsnaut "The high-scoring Monday Night Football affair between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints was significantly overshadowed by the presidential debate. According to Sports Media Watch, the Falcons’ 45-32 victory over the Saints received a paltry 5.7 overnight rating — which is “likely the..." September 27

  • Julio Jones questionable, but he says he’ll play

    Pro Football Talk "Officially, Falcons receiver Julio Jones is questionable for Monday night’s game at New Orleans with a calf injury. He didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday, and he participated on a limited basis on Saturday. He nevertheless says he’ll play." September 25

  • Kyle Shanahan likes spreading the ball, giving Julio Jones more quality looks

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan emphasized Friday the benefits of having quarterback Matt Ryan spread the ball around despite the team having a dominant wide receiver in Julio Jones. In the 35-28 Week 2 victory over Oakland, Ryan completed passes to nine different receivers,..." September 24

  • Falcons 1st-round pick Neal set for NFL debut

    CBS Sports "Head coach Dan Quinn declared Neal (knee) will make his NFL debut on Monday night, ESPN reports." September 24

  • Falcons To Re-Sign O’Brien Schofield

    Pro Football Rumors "For months, O’Brien Schofield has been lobbying for a return to the Falcons. It took a while, but the veteran linebacker is on his way back to Atlanta, as Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets. It’s a one-year deal for the Falcons and Schofield, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com tweets. The Falcons have..." September 22

  • Worrilow out 3 to 4 weeks with groin injury

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow suffered a groin injury and will miss up to three to four weeks, according to his agent Atlanta-based agen Hadley Engelhard. The injury has been lingering since the summer for Worrilow, who was the Falcons leading tackler over the past three seasons. As the..." September 21

  • Why are NFL ratings plummeting this season?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League remains the single most watched entity in North American professional sports. It’s not necessarily close. Really, the other three major sports leagues are simply battling for second place. Take the 2015 calendar year as an example of this. According to Sports..." September 21

  • Falcons Re-Sign OLB O’Brien Schofield To One-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Falcons and veteran OLB O’Brien Schofield have reached an agreement on a one-year contract. Yesterday, D. Orlando Ledbetter reported that the Falcons were likely to sign Schofield on Thursday, but it appears as though the team was able to get a deal sooner..." September 21

  • Coaches complained about lack of offensive holding calls in Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Most coaches complain when too many penalties are called. Following Week One of the 2016 regular season, many coaches complained about the absence of one specific type of penalty. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, complaints arose from the absence of holding calls. And for good..." September 21

  • Julio Jones hurt calf Sunday, but expected to be fine

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones spent the first week of the regular season dealing with an ankle injury from the summer and then spent last week dealing with an aggravation of the injury in their opening loss to the Buccaneers. The ankle didn’t appear to cause Jones any trouble for most of..." September 19

  • 'Harambe' back in business after temporary jersey ban

    ESPN "Fans who want to customize their favorite team's jersey with "Harambe" on the back can do so once again as of Thursday, after the word mistakenly appeared on a retailer's list of banned words. ESPN has learned that an official with a Major League Baseball team, concerned that fans were..." September 15

  • Quinn not worried about Beasley’s confidence

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn is not worried about defensive end Vic Beasley’s confidence after a lackluster performance in the season-opener against Tampa Bay. “I don’t worry about the confidence over one game,” Quinn said. “With that said, I’m looking for his arrow to be going up in this..." September 15

  • Harambe's legacy not respected by NFL Shop

    Sporting News "There are plenty of names you can't put on the back of jerseys at NFL Shop. BuzzFeed compiled a list of 50, and it includes names such as Ron Mexico (Michael Vick's alias), Carruth (as in Rae Carruth, the NFL player who conspired to murder his pregnant wife), He Hate Me (the popular XFL jersey)..." September 14

  • Roger Goodell says eliminating kickoffs remains possible if the NFL can’t make them safer

    Washington Post "The NFL has enacted rule changes to try to make the kickoff safer for players. That effort will continue with further safety-related tinkering with the play, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But if such maneuvers fail, the elimination of the kickoff from the sport remains a future..." September 14

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams 2016

    Forbes.com "Relocation and new stadiums drove NFL team values 19% higher over the past year, to an average of $2.34 billion. The Rams doubled in value, to $2.9 billion, after moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The Rams are scheduled to play three seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before..." September 14

  • NFL to launch new $100 million concussion initiatives to improve player safety

    Washington Post "The NFL is launching a new set of concussion-related initiatives under which the league will devote $60 million to technological development, aimed in part at improving helmets for players, and an additional $40 million toward funding medical research into the effects of head injuries,..." September 14