Falcons Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Lady Gaga Reportedly in Talks to Perform at Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show

    Complex "Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in Houston in February 2017. According to Billboard, the singer could clinch the biggest stage of the year because the NFL was impressed by her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2016 Super Bowl. The last year..." September 13

  • NFL tabs Sam Rapoport to help open job 'pipeline' for women at team level

    ESPN "The NFL has created a position to address the lack of women in coaching and scouting roles at the team level and named former women's football pro tackle player Sam Rapoport as director of football development. Rapoport's role will be to identify women who are knowledgeable about the game and..." September 13

  • Falcons can't forget about Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman

    ESPN "Entering the season, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn raved about Devonta Freeman's passion and drive, emphasizing how Freeman always challenges himself to elevate his game. That being said, there were times during Sunday's 31-24 season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Freeman stood..." September 13

  • Donald Trump Wants All NFL Protesters to Leave America

    Black Sports Online "Remember Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again”. That means he obviously thinks America isn’t that great at the moment, so it is quite ironic that he wants others who have problems with the country to leave, but not himself. “Well, I think it’s a lack of respect for our..." September 12

  • Ra’Shede Hageman facing domestic violence charges

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman may be in line for league discipline after being charged with three misdemeanors in a domestic violence case this March. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the charges stemmed from an incident with the mother of his..." September 12

  • Winston tosses 4 TDs as Bucs beat Falcons

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Dirk Koetter's first season as Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach got off to a good start. Dan Quinn's second year leading the Atlanta Falcons didn't. Jameis Winston threw four touchdown passes to prevail in a duel with Matt Ryan and Tampa Bay defeated the NFC South-rival Falcons 31-24 on..." September 11

  • Rob Gronkowski helped former Pats teammate after fire burned down his home

    Sportsnaut "Rob Gronkowski is nothing if not a charitable human being. He recently won the New England Patriots’ 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award for his work in the community. Just last week, he extended a helping hand to a former teammate, Joe Vellano, who is now a member of the Atlanta Falcons’..." September 10

  • Josh Norman: Desmond Trufant a top CB; better than Patrick Peterson

    ESPN "Desmond Trufant probably doesn't get the respect he deserves when it comes to discussions about the NFL's top cornerbacks. At least one of the league's best corners recognizes how talented the Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowler truly is. Josh Norman, who left the Falcons' NFC South rival, Carolina,..." September 10

  • Julio Jones “ready to go” for Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said in August that he believes getting 2,000 receiving yards is difficult but that it’s a possibility if everything goes right during the regular season. Missing games would go in the opposite column from everything going right, but that’s not going to be a..." September 09

  • Former NFL head of officiating alleges Roger Goodell assaulted him

    Sportsnaut "With the NFL season mere hours away from kicking off, it’s possible the league could find itself in the midst of yet another scandal. No. It doesn’t surround a players’ off-field issues. It’s also not involving a spat between the union and league over discipline. Instead, it’s all about NFL..." September 08

  • Every NFL Team's Best Weed Story

    Complex "You may not know this, but a lot of Americans smoke weed. And, contrary to what the National Football League wants you to believe, some of those Americans are professional football players. With the NFL season kicking off, let's take a moment to look back and appreciate some of the league's..." September 08

  • The NFL Has an Age Problem

    The Ringer "If you’re worried about the level of play in the NFL, you have an unlikely ally: coaches and executives. “Everything from defensive linemen not knowing where their eyes should be looking, not knowing where blocks are coming from,” said Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “Defensive backs..." September 07

  • Julio Jones expected to be a full participant in practice Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is going to ease into the week, but should be ready by Sunday. Via the team’s official website, coach Dan Quinn said that both his star wideout and running back Terron Ward would be limited in practice today, but should be full participants Wednesday." September 05

  • Baltimore Ravens plan to sign Devin Hester

    NFL.com "Devin Hester's NFL days aren't over yet. The prominent return man will sign with the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per a source informed of the situation. Hester worked out twice and passed a physical." September 04

  • Ravens may still sign Devin Hester, bring back Justin Forsett

    Pro Football Talk "The Ravens may still have some ideas for a couple of veteran players who aren’t currently on the 53-man roster. Running back Justin Forsett, who was cut yesterday, and return man Devin Hester, who tried out in Baltimore last week, both could be signed, according to ESPN." September 04

  • Falcons down to 53 after removing 11 from roster on Saturday

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons’ initial 53-man roster is set. The team got down to 64 players on Friday and they’ve announced 11 more moves to take them down to 53 players." September 03

  • Julio Jones still on track to play in opener

    ESPN "He didn't play Thursday night in the Falcons' 17-15 win over the Jaguars, but Julio Jones' mere presence on the field during pregame warm-ups was a good sign for the Falcons heading into the regular season. Jones injured an ankle during last week's third preseason game against Miami in Orlando...." September 03

  • Shayne Graham out in Atlanta

    Pro Football Talk "Matt Bryant will remain the Falcons kicker in 2016. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Falcons have released veteran kicker Shayne Graham." September 02

  • Still in search of a returner, Ravens work out free agent Devin Hester

    Baltimore Sun "Still exploring their options in the return game, the Ravens worked out free agent wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester on Friday, according to sources. It isn't immediately clear if the team is just doing its due diligence or has significant interest in immediately signing the NFL's..." September 02

  • Bryan Cox hasn’t lost faith in Vic Beasley’s pass rush ability

    Pro Football Talk "After the Falcons played the Dolphins last week, Vic Beasley said the pass rush “ain’t working right now” which is a problem for a player who was drafted eighth overall in 2015 in order to provide pressure off the edge for the Atlanta defense. The Falcons moved Beasley from defensive end to..." September 01

  • Matt Ryan worked to improve deep throws this offseason

    Pro Football Talk "Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Andy Dalton have all worked with former major league pitcher and pitching coach Tom House in recent offseasons in hopes of adding something to their games and House added another client this offseason in Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. The hope in..." September 01

  • Ward rushes for two touchdowns as Falcons jolt Jaguars

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Reserve Terron Ward rushed for two touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons posted a 17-15 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night to finish the preseason with a 3-1 mark. Jaguars rookie quarterback Brandon Allen, a sixth-round pick from Arkansas, had two touchdown..." September 01

  • Falcons Likely To Sign Running Back

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons’ running back corps is hurting, and given that the club isn’t going to play either Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman in its final preseason contest, Atlanta is aiming to sign a back before Thursday’s tuneup against the Jaguars, head coach Dan Quinn told reporters, including Vaughn..." August 30

  • Blacks Represent 70 Percent Of NFL Players, Fan Base 83 Percent White

    Real GM Football "Seventy percent of African-American men comprise NFL rosters despite representing only six percent of the United States' population. While the majority of NFL players are black, the NFL fan base is 83 percent white and 64 percent male. The NFL has no African-Americans who are a majority..." August 30

  • Falcons sign Dashon Goldson

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Falcons add safety depth by signing veteran Dashon Goldson. Goldson was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round (126th overall) during the 2007 NFL Draft out of Washington." August 28

  • Report: NFL thinking about eliminating the preseason

    Sportsnaut "The NFL preseason isn’t for everyone. The casual fan really isn’t interested in watching training camp bodies play in a meaningless game. Though, it’s still a cash cow. Interest is there. Stadiums sell out. The cost of television rights remain relatively high. In reality, it makes very..." August 28

  • Falcons working out veteran safety Dashon Goldson

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons might have avoided the worst-case scenario news with safety Keanu Neal’s knee injury. But they’re making backup plans as well. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Falcons are working out veteran safety Dashon Goldson today." August 27

  • Tannehill leads Dolphins over Falcons

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback Ryan Tannehill engineered a first-half touchdown drive to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons 17-6 in a preseason game Thursday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Tannehill guided the Dolphins to the end zone early in the second quarter, completing..." August 26

  • Falcons first-round safety Keanu Neal suffers leg injury

    Pro Football Talk "The top priority for every team in the preseason is to emerge from it with as many players healthy as possible. The Falcons currently are holding their breath regarding first-round safety Keanu Neal. The rookie seemed to tweak his right knee while trying to make a tackle in the first quarter of..." August 26

  • Keanu Neal tells teammates he’s OK

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons first-round safety Keanu Neal had a short night Thursday due to a knee issue, but signs point to Neal having avoided major injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Thursday night that Neal was telling teammates he believes he’ll be OK and ready to play in the season opener vs. the..." August 26

  • Vic Beasley: Pass rush “ain’t working right now”

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons moved Vic Beasley to linebacker this offseason in hopes of putting him in position to better rush the passer in his second season after being drafted eighth overall in 2015. Beasley missed a little time this summer with a shoulder sprain, but said it wasn’t the reason why he failed..." August 26

  • Falcons rookie Keanu Neal out 3–4 weeks with knee injury

    SI "Falcons rookie safety Keanu Neal will miss three to four weeks with a knee injury, the team announced Friday. Neal was injured during the first quarter of Thursday’s preseason game against the Dolphins. Atlanta called the injury “minor,” and Neal will have a scoping procedure done on Monday. He..." August 26

  • Devin Hester to teams: Call my agent now

    ESPN "The most accomplished return man in NFL history is getting closer to making a comeback. Devin Hester, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons in July, sent out an Instagram message with a video Wednesday, informing those interested that he is almost recovered from offseason toe surgery. Here..." August 25