Falcons Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Vic Beasley likely out ‘at least a month’ with slight hamstring tear

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Falcons will reportedly be without top pass rusher Vic Beasley for an extended period of time after he suffered a slight hamstring tear. This is a troubling injury that will require the utmost caution. Hamstring injuries are notoriously tricky buggers to overcome, and a tear is..." September 18

  • Healthy Desmond Trufant gives Falcons' defense more swagger

    ESPN "Desmond Trufant held the football tightly in his right hand as he sauntered around midfield at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, relishing his Atlanta Falcons' convincing Sunday night win over the Green Bay Packers. The one-time Pro Bowl cornerback had as much to do with the victory as anyone, scooping an..." September 18

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • Falcons want more touches for Julio Jones

    Fanrag Sports "Julio Jones had a relatively quiet Sunday afternoon in the Atlanta Falcons‘ 23-17 Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears. The star wide receiver, only targeted five times by Matt Ryan, brought down four passes for 66 yards and didn’t score a touchdown. The Falcons won the game nonetheless, but there..." September 12

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • Falcons TE Austin Hooper: 'Cool' to be a breakout fantasy pick in second season

    ESPN "It's been a little while, but Austin Hooper used to play fantasy football. The Atlanta Falcons tight end remembered spending one season during his time at Stanford setting fantasy lineups prior to Sunday games. "Oh, man, that was a rough year in the draft," Hooper said with laugh. "Man, that..." September 10

  • Julio Jones: 2,000 receiving yards can be done, but it’s not a goal

    Pro Football Talk "While the NFL has increasingly become a passing league over the years, no player has ever tallied 2,000 receiving yards in a season. Calvin Johnson came close with 1,964 yards in 2012 and Julio Jones took over second place on the all-time list with 1,871 yards during the 2015 season, which..." September 08

  • NFL officially hires 21 full-time officials

    Sportsnaut "It was announced earlier in the summer that the NFL would in fact employ nearly two-dozen full-time officials for the 2017 season. It’s the first time that the league has gone to the extent of hiring full-time zebras. The league has now officially made the move, hiring 21 full-time officials..." September 06

  • Falcons release Ra'Shede Hageman

    ESPN "The Atlanta Falcons terminated the contract of 2014 second-round draft pick Ra'Shede Hageman, a defensive tackle who was arrested last year on domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his then-girlfriend. In a statement Monday morning, the Falcons said they released..." September 04

  • Falcons to start Wes Schweitzer at right guard

    Pro Football Talk "While their coordinator jumped to become the 49ers head coach, the Falcons brought back almost all of their starters on offense from last year’s trip to the Super Bowl. One exception was at right guard. Chris Chester retired after the season came to an end, leaving the team to pit Ben Garland..." September 04

  • Falcons DT Ra’Shede Hageman suspended indefinitely for role in domestic violence case

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, for his involvement in a domestic violence case in DeKalb County from March of 2016, was suspended by NFL under the personal conduct policy on Saturday. The length of the suspension has not been determined yet by the league. “Today the NFL..." September 03

  • Broncos trade Ty Sambrailo to Falcons for 2018 fifth-round pick

    247 Sports "Ty Sambrailo is no longer with the Denver Broncos. The team on Friday traded the third-year offensive tackle to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 9News' Mike Klis confirmed the report. The writing was on the wall for..." September 01

  • Can Sanu carry the receiving corps?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Even with the return of two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones and the speedy Taylor Gabriel, the Falcons’ vaunted passing attack was not in rhythm in the third exhibition game. The key starters are not expected to play against Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium,..." August 31

  • Arthur Blank pledges to match up to $1 million in Houston flood relief donations

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons owner Arthur Blank will join several of his peers in donating money to aid in the relief efforts for those affected by the destructive flooding in and around Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. Blank announced on Thursday that he will match up to $1 million in donations to the Red Cross..." August 31

  • Animal rights group petitions Fox Sports to fire Michael Vick as NFL analyst

    CBS Sports "The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took a vocal role during the scandal that resulted in Michael Vick pleading guilty to felony dogfighting conspiracy in 2007 and subsequently spend 18 months in federal prison. And after Fox Sports hired Vick to serve as an NFL analyst..." August 31

  • Falcons’ Matt Ryan not worried about next contract

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was elated for his pal, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was made the highest paid player in the NFL on Monday. The Lions and Stafford agreed to a five-year $135 million contract extension, with $92 million guaranteed. “I’m happy for Matthew,”..." August 30

  • Devonta Freeman fully cleared from his concussion

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Falcons will see the return of running back Devonta Freeman, who’s been in the NFL’s concussion protocol since the middle of August. Since entering the NFL as a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014, Freeman has become one of the league’s most dangerous running backs. The..." August 29

  • Bigger events ahead, but Mercedes-Benz Stadium gets its start Saturday

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Compared with many of the events already booked for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the first one is pretty tame: an NFL exhibition game Saturday night. The Atlanta Falcons will open the $1.5 billion downtown stadium – in the works for about a decade and under construction for 3 ½ years – with what is..." August 26

  • Manuel has no preference for sidelines or upstairs booth

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel expressed no preference as to where he wants to call plays. “Football, you love it anywhere you do it,” Manuel said Tuesday. “Upstairs, downstairs or in the parking lot. It doesn’t matter.”" August 24

  • Devonta Freeman running full speed, but won’t play Saturday

    Pro Football Talk "Devonta Freeman is back to full speed, but he’s not ready to take the field yet. The Falcons running back remains in the concussion protocol, and coach Dan Quinn said he would not be available this weekend when the Falcons open their new stadium against the Cardinals. “He has a visit with..." August 23

  • NFLPA Prez: 'We Need to Be Prepared for 2021'

    Pro Football Talk "Whatever happens after the expiration of the current labor deal, the NFL Players Association has a clear message for its members: Be prepared. “It’s not something that we can spring on them in 2020 and say, ‘You guys got to get ready for this,'” NFLPA president Eric Winston recently told Keenan..." August 22

  • Roger Goodell on verge of five-year contract extension through 2024

    Washington Post "Roger Goodell is close to completing a five-year contract extension to remain in place as NFL commissioner at least through 2024, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. Financial terms of the deal, which was first reported by the Sports Business Journal, were not..." August 21

  • Owner Arthur Blank: Falcons have 'fastest defense in the NFL'

    ESPN "As Arthur Blank proudly talked about next Saturday's grand opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcons owner was equally excited about the NFL product that has been assembled to play inside the new venue. There are high expectations for Blank's Falcons coming off last..." August 20

  • Wes Schweitzer to start at right guard against Steelers

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Wes Schweitzer will start at right guard for the Falcons in the exhibition game against the Steelers this weekend, coach Dan Quinn said Friday. “In this game at guard, we’ll start Wes and last week we started Ben (Garland),” Quinn said. “That was really by design for me heading into..." August 19

  • 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