Falcons Rumors & News

  • Falcons sign OL Austin Pasztor to 1-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent offensive lineman Austin Pasztor to a one-year deal for the upcoming 2017 season, his agent announced via Twitter on Friday. Pasztor has spent the past two seasons as a member of the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line unit. For the first time in his..." August 18

  • Ryan says ‘same offense’ with Sarkisian means easier transition

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The record-breaking Falcons offense of 2016 pushed aside memories of the sputtering Falcons offense of 2015. Quarterback Matt Ryan followed what might have been his worst season with his first league MVP campaign. Coordinator Kyle Shanahan went from oft-criticized play-caller to prime..." August 17

  • The Falcons' billion-dollar stadium will have a Chick-fil-A that's almost never open

    New York Post "Tucked inside the Falcons’ new stadium is a Chick-fil-A whose purpose, for NFL fans, is nearly entirely decoration. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is opening this month in Atlanta, where it will host Falcons games and Atlanta United (MLS) matches, as well as a few college football games and concerts...." August 17

  • Falcons add a running back

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is sidelined with a concussion at the moment and that injury may have led the team to make an addition to their backfield on Wednesday. Coach Dan Quinn announced that the team has signed Jhurell Pressley as a free agent. B.J. Daniels, who has flopped between..." August 16

  • Atlanta Falcons: Moving on from last season’s heartbreak

    Sportsnaut "Every Atlanta Falcons article written since February 8 starts the same way, so let’s be a little different here and not harp on the Super Bowl. The Falcons were up 28-3. They lost. It was bad. The Falcons will have to overcome it psychologically. Everything that needs to be said about it for the..." August 16

  • Falcons' Ryan: Super Bowl collapse 'doesn't consume me'

    SI "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wanted to watch the Super Bowl his team had squandered. He actually desired to relive the worst thing that’s ever happened to him—every misstep, every bad throw—and not just once but on three straight afternoons. Ryan now says he’s focused on the future, ready for..." August 15

  • Falcons increase Julio Jones’ practice time

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons increased practice time for wide receiver Julio Jones on Sunday. The All-Pro wide receiver is recovering from offseason foot surgery. He had been working for 5 plays are under in the team’s 11-on-11 drills. Jones did not play in the exhibition opener against the Dolphins and is not..." August 14

  • Falcons want more red zone touches for Julio Jones

    Larry Brown Sports "Atlanta Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones pulled down a modest six receiving TDs in 2016, and now the focus for them is on improving that total. Kelsey Conway of the team’s website reported Monday that Atlanta seems to be emphasizing more red zone touches for Jones in training camp with..." August 14

  • Devonta Freeman Diagnosed with Concussion, Will Not Play vs. Steelers

    Bleacher Report "Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn confirmed Monday that running back Devonta Freeman will be held out of action this week after being placed in the concussion protocol, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Freeman proved last year that his breakout 2015 campaign was no fluke. He ran for 1,079..." August 14

  • Devonta Freeman needs an IV on a steamy Atlanta day

    Pro Football Talk "It’s a damp heat in Georgia, and that made it tough for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman Sunday. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Freeman had to leave practice early and get an IV after having heat-related issues. It’s the second time during camp he’s had to leave practice..." August 13

  • Did Devonta Freeman make the right call?

    Pro Football Talk "The news of a new contract for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has sparked plenty of discussion and debate regarding whether he should have taken the bird in the hand or continued to forage for two in the bush. Before addressing the should-he-or-shouldn’t-he-have-taken-it question, here..." August 10

  • Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games

    WEEI Boston "Every football fan would agree, the NFL preseason is very boring, and it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would agree. “When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards...." August 10

  • NFL To Hire Full Time Officials For First Time In League History

    Real GM Football "For the first time in NFL history, the league will have 21 to 24 full-time officials. Under the plan, each of the seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five coming from one position. The full-time officials will come from the current roster of 124 game..." August 09

  • Devonta Freeman agrees to extension with Falcons

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons and two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman have agreed to a five-year contract extension that makes him the NFL's highest-paid running back, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Michael Silver. It includes $41.25 million in new money. The former..." August 09

  • Falcons aren’t cutting Jalen Collins, at least not yet

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons aren’t going to have cornerback Jalen Collins on the field anytime soon. But they’re not going to cut him anytime soon, either. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter 0f the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team is mulling the future of the suspended cornerback,..." August 07

  • Falcons need to part ways with Jalen Collins

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons knew selecting Jalen Collins was a gamble back in 2015. He had substance abuse issues in college at LSU. Collins, who was suspended for the first four games last season for using performance-enhancing drugs, insisted that he was not in hot water with the coaches or the league on..." August 07

  • Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins suspended for 10 games

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the 2017 football season for violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the Falcons announced on Sunday afternoon. Collins violated the NFL’s PED policy last season and was..." August 06

  • Julio Jones 'easing' back into it after offseason surgery

    NFL.com "Julio Jones isn't pushing to get into training camp practices after undergoing offseason foot surgery. The Atlanta Falcons' receiver has been getting more reps, but sat out most of Friday's team drills. Jones isn't fretting missing practice snaps. "I feel great about it," Jones said of..." August 06

  • Beasley tells McKinley to move to the front of the line in drills

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Just two seasons going, Vic Beasley, despite being the eighth pick overall in the draft, thought he could just blend in a practice. He’d linger at the back of the line in drills. Former defensive line coach Bryan Cox would order him to the front. Beasley has passed that lesson..." August 05

  • Top defenders impressed with Manuel’s approach

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen was quick to let everyone know that the defense has been spanking the offense early in training camp. “That was the sixth straight day we had a turnover,” Allen said Wednesday. There were more interceptions Thursday. It’s not unusual that the defense..." August 04

  • Derrick Coleman eager for career reset with Falcons after hit-and-run accident

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "For some of life’s uncomfortable moments, Derrick Coleman has devised a quick and convenient remedy. Just put his deafness to work for him. As a child he regularly was the new kid in school since his family moved around a half-dozen times. Each place anew, he’d face the teases and taunts of..." August 04

  • Good sign for Falcons: Julio Jones returns to team work

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons receiver Julio Jones returned to 11-on-11 work Wednesday, participating in a handful of plays. Jones was limited in the first five practices of training camp as he returns from offseason foot surgery. “That was good to see,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the..." August 02

  • Ryan: Warriors’ NBA Finals collapse, recovery ‘inspiration’ for Falcons

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With no team returning to the Super Bowl the season after losing since the Buffalo Bills in 1993, the Atlanta Falcons chances at a Super Bowl LII appearance look grim. Out of the past 22 teams to lose the Super Bowl, 11 didn’t even reach the playoffs the next season. Despite the odds,..." August 01

  • Falcons QB Matt Ryan: People read too much into comments about Kyle Shanahan

    Sporting News "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to clarify his comments about Kyle Shanahan after it seemed he had criticized his former offensive coordinator. In an article published by CBS Sports, Ryan was quoted saying that Shanahan took to long too make decisions during the Falcons' Super Bowl meltdown..." July 30

  • Falcons WR Devin Fuller injures knee

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons receiver Devin Fuller has had nothing but bad luck since entering the league. Fuller, who missed all of last season, injured a knee in Friday’s practice. “I know it was a knee, but I don’t know what [the injury was specifically],” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said, via D. Orlando..." July 29

  • Julio Jones says he didn't hire dive team to find lost earring

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones cleared up the story behind the $150,000 earring he lost in Georgia's Lake Lanier after tumbling off a Jet Ski. Jones addressed the media Saturday, following the third day of training camp. An initial television report said Jones hired a dive team to..." July 29

  • Devonta Freeman patiently watches contract talks with Falcons

    ESPN "Two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman vows to remain patient about his contract situation as his agent and the Falcons continue negotiations. Freeman, a 2014 fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State, is scheduled to make around $1.8 million in the final year of his rookie contract...." July 28

  • Report: NFL To Walk Away From Deal To Fund Concussion Research With $16 Million Unpaid

    Deadspin "The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying..." July 28

  • Devonta Freeman takes out $10M insurance policy

    NFL.com "If a complicated contract extension between the Atlanta Falcons and running back Devonta Freeman doesn't go down, the 25-year-old star is taking measures to protect himself. NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Friday on Inside Training Camp Live that Freeman has paid roughly $50,000 for a $10..." July 28

  • Cardinals Sign Veteran LB Philip Wheeler

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Darren Urban, the Cardinals have signed veteran LB Philip Wheeler to a one-year contract. Wheeler, 32, is a former third-round pick of the Colts back in 2008. He spent four years in Indianapolis before signing on with the Raiders as a free agent in 2012." July 27

  • Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones top pass-catchers in 'Madden NFL 18'

    Sporting News "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finished last year's reign as the "Madden" cover athlete rated 99 overall, despite an injury that cut his season short. For "Madden NFL 18," he'll begin at 98. Gronkowski is the highest-rated tight end in the game, with Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, and Delanie..." July 27

  • Stevan Ridley signing with Broncos after workout with team

    Larry Brown Sports "Stevan Ridley’s workout with the Denver Broncos on Thursday is resulting in a contract with the team. Ridley worked out for the Broncos Thursday and the team decided to sign him to a one-year deal." July 27

  • Congress demands NFL pays $18 million bill

    Sportsnaut "The NFL still owes $18 million on a five-year agreement with the National Institutes of Health stemming from a concussion research program conducted by the two organizations. Back in 2012, the NFL announced that it would be handing NIH $30 million to help the Institutes study the long-term..." July 27

  • Devonta Freeman reports for training camp

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who’s hoping to land a contract extension with the team, reported for training camp Wednesday, according to the team. Freeman did not report during the open media period from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., but apparently arrived later. He’s also expected to..." July 27

  • Falcons stadium roof will remain closed, indefinitely

    Pro Football Talk "Last month, the roof at the new Falcons stadium successfully closed. Next month, it may stay that way for a while. Via Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AMB Group CEO Steve Cannon said Tuesday that the roof will be closed when the stadium opens next month, and that it will remain..." July 26

  • No Falcons on PUP list, but Julio Jones and others will be limited

    Pro Football Talk "With training camps opening around the league this week, teams have been placing players who aren’t ready to practice on the physically unable to perform list. The Falcons aren’t one of the teams making those moves. Coach Dan Quinn said at a Wednesday press conference that the team will not be..." July 26

  • Julio Jones hired a diving crew to search for $100K earring he lost while jet skiing

    CBS Sports "The good thing about being a rich professional football player is you can afford $100,000 diamond earrings. The bad news is that if you wear them out jet skiing you can lose them in the water. But, as Julio Jones realized recently, there's a bonus to that too: you can always just pay some divers..." July 26

  • Dontari Poe makes weight, will get another $125,000

    Pro Football Talk "Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and their ilk may not work work everybody when it comes to losing weight, but we’re willing to bet that the Dontari Poe plan would find some success on the open market. Finding someone to finance the venture would likely be a problem, however. Poe had the second..." July 26

  • Devonta Freeman, Matt Ryan contract talks on hold

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons appear to be in a holding pattern on new contracts for two of their top offensive players, Devonta Freeman and Matt Ryan. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Wednesday that Freeman's agent left town after meeting with Falcons brass the past couple of days. The team isn't..." July 26

  • CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players

    CNN "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. The neurodegenerative brain disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to..." July 25

  • Julio Jones set to return to action

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s recovering from offseason foot surgery, is set to return to the field during training camp. The Falcons report on Wednesday and the first practice is Thursday. Jones will likely be limited. “He’s healed up very, very well,” Falcons..." July 25

  • Falcons GM would love to get Devonta Freeman signed long term by start of camp

    CBS Sports "The biggest story out of Atlanta this offseason has been the future of Devonta Freeman. The team's starting running back is headed into the final year of his rookie contract, and he wants a new deal that pays him like one of the NFL's best running backs. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has been..." July 24

  • Matt Ryan amazed by new stadium’s giant video board

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "“Oh my god!” We expect many will have the same reaction as Matt Ryan did upon first seeing the giant video board above the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium. “I can’t get over how big this stadium is,” Ryan exclaims during a tour of the nearly completed facility." July 21

  • Matt Ryan: There was no time to change Shanahan's Super Bowl play calls

    CBS Sports "It's not like Matt Ryan pulled the curtains closed, kept the light at bay, or never left his bed, eating meals brought to him every four hours as he watched bad daytime game shows and simply obsessed about a ring that should have been his, yet somehow got away. No, it wasn't that bad, but..." July 20

  • Devonta Freeman contract situation lingers

    Pro Football Talk "All signs have been pointing to a long-term contract for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. But with no deal happening, maybe it’s time to re-read the signs. Maybe Freeman, who is a year away from the open market or the franchise tag (which currently outpaces market value), has decided to..." July 20

  • Takkarist McKinley reportedly will miss start of camp

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons open training camp next Wednesday, but their first-round pick could be on the shelf for the beginning sessions. Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report noted that Takkarist McKinley is scheduled to sit out the early days of training camp as the pass rusher continues to progress from..." July 20

  • Falcons' Matt Ryan patiently waiting to become NFL's highest-paid player

    Sporting News "In todays' NFL, seemingly every time a quarterback signs a contract they become the NFL's highest-paid player. Matt Ryan is simply waiting his turn. The Falcons starting quarterback for their 2016 Super Bowl team still has two years left on his current $103.75 million contract, but that will..." July 19

  • Matt Ryan expects he will ‘always’ have ‘scar’ from Super Bowl loss

    Larry Brown Sports "Quarterback Matt Ryan has to lead his team back from one of the most devastating defeats in sports history. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback said Tuesday that coming back from that Super Bowl LI loss — a game in which the Falcons blew a 28-3 third quarter lead — is harder than ever, but that his..." July 19

  • Falcons Place C Trevor Robinson On Reserve/Retired List

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Atlanta Falcons officially placed C Trevor Robinson on the reserve/retired list Monday. Robinson, 27, originally signed on with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of back in 2012. The Chargers later signed him off of the Bengals’ practice squad in October of 2014 after they..." July 17

  • ESPN Has Finally Set An Official End Date For ‘Mike And Mike’

    Uproxx "When ESPN announced their new television programming lineup for 2018 would include a solo show for Mike Greenberg, fans of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike knew the end of the show was near. The two made the official announcement of their impending breakup back in May, but even then it was a brief note..." July 17

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