Falcons Rumors & News

  • Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

    Yardbarker "On Sunday, an important piece of NFL history was set. No, not Tom Brady winning his 201st game. Quarterback wins is a useless stat, after all. The history I mean is the first-ever interception returned for a two-point score, thrown by Matt Ryan. Ever since defensive two-point scores were..." December 08

  • Falcons optimistic Jones will play vs. Rams

    Larry Brown Sports "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is dealing with a nagging toe injury, but it sounds like he is expected to play through it. Although Jones was held out of practice on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he is expected to suit up against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday." December 08

  • Falcons lock up Alford with 4-year extension worth reported $38M

    Fox Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have one of the top young cornerbacks in the game today in Desmond Trufant, but they’ve found their long-term partner for him on the other side. On Thursday, the team announced it has signed Robert Alford to a four-year extension. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is..." December 08

  • Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

    Yardbarker "On Sunday, an important piece of NFL history was set. No, not Tom Brady winning his 201st game. Quarterback wins is a useless stat, after all. The history I mean is the first-ever interception returned for a two-point score, thrown by Matt Ryan. Ever since defensive two-point scores were..." December 08

  • Robert Alford signs four-year extension with Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "You can scratch cornerback Robert Alford from the list of free agents hitting the market in the offseason. The team announced that Alford has signed a contract extension with the Falcons that will keep him in Atlanta beyond the 2016 season. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is a four-year..." December 08

  • Falcons Sign DL Malliciah Goodman

    Pro Football Rumors "After putting him through a workout earlier today, the Falcons have signed free agent defensive lineman Malliciah Goodman, the club announced. Atlanta also announced that is has promoted offensive lineman Kevin Graf from the practice squad, and waived defensive lineman Cliff Matthews and offensive..." December 07

  • Arthur Blank reveals the last thing Michael Vick said to him before going to prison

    Fox Sports "Back in 2007, quarterback Michael Vick was the face of the Atlanta Falcons franchise – having been selected to three Pro Bowls in the six seasons since the team made him the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the 2001 draft. But the discovery of a dog-fighting operation at Vick’s Virginia..." December 07

  • Looking Ahead To 2017 Franchise Tags

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL’s salary cap for 2017 won’t officially be set until sometime after the Super Bowl, but based on the direction the cap has trended in recent years, we have a general idea of where it may end up. Predicting an increase of about 8.2% on this year’s $155.27MM cap, Joel Corry of CBSSports.com..." December 07

  • Coaches irked by late-season Thursday night division games?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders will square off this week in one of the most important games of the regular season, and some coaches across the NFL are reportedly unhappy that it is taking place on a Thursday night. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report spoke to some coaches who feel it is..." December 06

  • Julio Jones dealing with turf toe

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons are fighting to hold onto their lead in the NFC South after a tough loss on Sunday, and they are hoping their most explosive playmaker can battle through his latest injury. Julio Jones, who has dealt with a number of minor injuries this season, was hobbled late in Sunday’s..." December 05

  • NFL players detail their painful, gritty post-game recovery routines

    SI "It’s 9:35 on a Monday morning in mid-November, 10 weeks into another NFL season and 20 hours after Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson played 67 snaps against the Texans. Sunday was all booming fighter-jet flyovers and screaming Jacksonville fans and defenders inflicting pain. Monday starts in a dimly..." December 05

  • Falcons' Matthews forced from game vs. Chiefs with knee injury

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Falcons watched left tackle Jake Matthews exit late in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a knee injury. The offensive lineman was seen flexing his left leg and trotting up and down the field to plead his case for going back in. He was also working on releasing..." December 04

  • Berry's two INTs lift Chiefs over Falcons

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Kansas City Chiefs have specialized in scoring on a variety of ways this season, but they took it to extremes on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Eric Berry, who already had an interception return for a touchdown, picked off an attempted two-point conversion pass from Matt..." December 04

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Andy Reid on containing Julio Jones: ‘You hope he misses the bus’

    Sportsnaut "The Kansas City Chiefs are facing an extremely important matchup against the Falcons in Atlanta this upcoming weekend. At a surprising 8-3 on the season, Kansas City currently holds the top wild card spot in the AFC and is just one game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. One of the..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to SI.com by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • NFL players from small schools with big debts

    USA Today "Ryan Schraeder, the starting right tackle for the Atlanta Falcons, signed a five-year, $33 million contract extension on Nov. 21. A reporter joked with Schraeder, “That takes care of the student-loan debt from college, right?” “Yep, it’s paid off,” Schraeder said. “It’s gone.” No, seriously,..." November 30

  • Desmond Trufant Done For Season

    Pro Football Rumors "Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant will require surgery for a torn pectoral and will miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. On Tuesday, Atlanta made it all official, announcing that Trufant is headed to IR. In related moves, the Falcons have signed center Trevor Robinson..." November 29

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Adrian Clayborn to miss at least a month with knee injury

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons may be without cornerback Desmond Trufant for the rest of the season and it appears they will be without another defensive piece for most or all of the regular season. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn injured his knee during Sunday’s victory over the Cardinals and Adam Schefter of ESPN..." November 29

  • Matt Ryan reaches 50 straight games with 200 passing yards

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan extended an NFL-record streak today. But how impressive a record is it? Ryan threw for 269 yards in today’s win over the Cardinals, giving him at least 200 yards for the 50th consecutive game. That’s the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in NFL..." November 28

  • Falcons' Trufant needs season-ending surgery

    CBS Sports "Trufant has a torn pectoral that is expected to require season-ending surgery, ESPN reports. Trufant was considered a game-time decision as late as Friday, so his diagnosis took a sudden turn for the worse. " November 27

  • Falcons handle Cardinals 38-19

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons bounced back after their bye week and in the process might have extinguished the Arizona Cardinals' flickering playoff hopes. Taylor Gabriel raced 35 and 25 yards for touchdowns on screen passes from Matt Ryan on Sunday and the Falcons improved to 7-4 with a..." November 27

  • Larry Fitzgerald: Julio Jones 'right at the top' of wide receiver rankings

    ESPN "Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald knows a good receiver when he sees one. And to him, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is one of the best. "Right at the top," Fitzgerald said when asked here Jones ranks among the receivers he studies. This coming from a surefire..." November 26

  • Falcons' Coleman set to return from 3-game absence vs. Cardinals

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Tevin Coleman returned to practice for the Falcons to kick off the week and he’ll end it by returning to game action. Coleman has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, but he’s been a full participant in practice every day this week and doesn’t have a designation on..." November 25

  • Cardinals' Peterson seeking redemption against Falcons' Jones

    Arizona Cardinals "Two years later, Patrick Peterson is a different cornerback. Yes, he made the Pro Bowl in 2014, the last time he took on and clearly lost the battle with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. But he was not nearly as good of a player, not as dedicated in film study off the field and – because of..." November 25

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Freeney on Beasley: ‘A force to be reckoned with’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney has been impressed with the play of defensive end/outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who has 9.5 sacks. “Vic has been great,”Freeney said. “Vic is balling." November 23

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras

    NFL.com "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Falcons add a punter with Matt Bosher’s hamstring a question

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons had a roster spot after putting tight end Jacob Tamme on injured reserve, and they apparently have some concern over the health of their punter. The team announced the addition of punter Matt Wile to the 53-man roster. Wile has done turns in camps with the Panthers and Cowboys, but..." November 22

  • Falcons sign Ryan Schraeder to five-year contract extension

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the franchise on Monday morning, the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension with starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder. With a former first-round pick in Jake Matthews solidifying the left side of the offensive front and Pro Bowl..." November 21

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • Falcons' Neal fined $24K for hit on Jordan Matthews

    Philly.com "Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal was fined $24,309 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Eagles wide reciever Jordan Matthews last Sunday, according to a league source. No penalty flag was thrown on the flag, but the league office told Eagles coach Doug Pederson during the week that it..." November 19

  • Tamme has surgery; to miss rest of season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme, who is in the last year of a two-year contract, had shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. “Unfortunately I had to have season-ending surgery this morning,” Tamme wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Thank you to everyone who has been praying (and)..." November 19

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Doug Pederson: NFL said hit on Jordan Matthews should have been a penalty

    Pro Football Talk "On Monday, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said that he sent tape of an unpenalized hit by Falcons safety Keanu Neal on wide receiver Jordan Matthews to the league office to get clarification about whether or not it should have been called a penalty. The top of Neal’s helmet made contact with..." November 16

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Keanu Neal on Jordan Matthews hit: I thought it was clean

    Pro Football Talk "Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews took issue with the lack of a penalty on Falcons safety Keanu Neal for a hit during Sunday’s game that left Matthews with a bloody lip. Neal hit Matthews as the wideout tried to catch a pass from quarterback Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter of the game and..." November 14

  • Eagles' Leodis McKelvin says Atlanta Falcons are 'front runners'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Eagles cornerback Leodis McKelvin did not hold back when talking about the Atlanta Falcons following his team's 24-15 victory on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. "I was telling the defense, this is the type of team, they a front runner" McKelvin said of the Falcons. "If you go out there and..." November 14

  • Eagles rally in fourth quarter to beat Falcons

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles had lost four games going into Sunday's match-up against the Atlanta Falcons and they had a chance to win all four in the fourth quarter. Finally, the Eagles came through in the clutch. "It's good to get the monkey off our back," quarterback Carson..." November 13

  • Eagles DC: Falcons run 'schoolyard, backyard' routes

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was not very complimentary of the Falcons’ high-powered passing attack. “The Falcons use a lot of [what] I would call ‘individual routes,’” Schwartz said to the Philadelphia media. “They try to spread the field. It’s a little bit basketballesque, I’d..." November 12

  • Desmond Trufant won’t play this weekend

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles called up a cornerback from the practice squad on Friday as insurance against the possible absence of Leodis McKelvin and they’ll be facing a Falcons team with injury issues of its own on Sunday. Desmond Trufant has been ruled out of the game due to the shoulder injury he sustained..." November 11

  • NFL may consider fewer commercials to improve ratings

    Awful Announcing "There’s a lot of infuriating things happening in the world and in the world of sports right now. But for me, what has to be near the top of the list, at least in the top five, is this… Commercial. Touchback. Commercial. You know those interminable points in an NFL game after a team goes on a..." November 10

  • Donald Trump victory reportedly creating racial divide among NFL locker rooms

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the most common lessons a parent teaches a child is to not discuss politics with friends you want to keep. The same can apparently be said of NFL players and their teammates. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has spoken with more than two dozen current NFL players since Donald Trump won..." November 10

  • With ratings falling, the NFL may speed up game pace

    Today's Pigskin "Are NFL games just too slow? That’s one question being asked by executives as the rating continue to falter. NFL Media executive VP and NFL Network president and CEO Brian Rolapp was recently asked if the pace of games needed to increase to draw people back in, and he said: “Could [games] be..." November 10

  • NFL not rushing to rewrite marijuana policy amid new laws

    ESPN "The expansion of marijuana legalization across the United States during this week's elections will not spur any immediate changes in the NFL's joint drug policy with the NFL Players Association, spokesmen for both the league and the NFLPA said Wednesday. The NFLPA, however, will continue its..." November 10

  • How the NFL paved the way for Donald Trump's presidency

    Fox Sports "There was an election in America on Tuesday night and business mogul/reality star/Home Alone 2 starrer Donald Trump pulled off one of the great upsets in history to defeat Hillary Clinton and become the President-elect of the United States. And, if you're one of the 49% of people who didn't vote..." November 09