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  • Did NFL Teams Miss and Let DK Metcalf Fall in the Draft?

    Bleacher Report "Picture this: a college football athlete with a frame loaded with muscle mass, standing 6'3" and weighing 228 pounds. His length, strength and aggressiveness on the field stand out every time you watch him play in a powerhouse conference. Not only does he dominate on..." October 22

  • How Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford and Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan became close friends

    USA Today "Matt Ryan is a scratch golfer, and while Matthew Stafford is far better than he lets on, there’s no comparing the two on the links. “Matt’s a way better golfer than I am,” Stafford said Wednesday. “He’s probably one of the best I’ve..." October 22

  • Five moves that could save the Cowboys season

    CBS Sports "Every man dies, but not every man truly lives. Right now, the Dallas Cowboys are dying as they sit at 2-4 on the season and are just two failed comebacks from being 0-6, their 2020 woes fueled largely by a slate of injuries that include Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, La'El Collins, Joe..." October 22

  • 2020 NFL Trade Deadline: Potential matches teams that need a boost should be exploring

    CBS Sports "The trade deadline in the NFL, even in the best of times, is a tricky proposition. The league is still slow to embrace the process, in general, owners tend to be stuck in their ways and the groupthink about how difficult it is to integrate a new player into such complex and nuanced systems..." October 22

  • NFL teams going for two more than ever before

    Pro Football Talk "NFL coaches are getting more gutsy about going for two. Two-point conversions are up this year, with 58 attempts through 92 games putting the league on pace to have a total of 161 two-point conversion attempts this season. Last season there were 113 two-point conversion attempts..." October 22

  • Matt Ryan is the NFC offensive player of the week

    AtlantaFalcons.com "Matt Ryan bounced back in incredible fashion during Atlanta's 40-23 win against the Minnesota Vikings, and he's been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week as a result. Ryan was both efficient and dynamic in the victory, completing 30 of his 40 pass attempts for 371 yards with..." October 21

  • Thomas Dimitroff discusses his reaction to ‘surreal’ firing by Falcons

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons firing Dan Quinn following the team’s abysmal start to the season was expected by many. In fact, many people thought Quinn’s dismissal was long overdue. But what was surprising was learning that general manager Thomas Dimitroff was also..." October 21

  • NFL Trade Block Big Board Entering Week 7

    Bleacher Report "Injuries continue to pile up around the NFL, with Philadelphia Eagles star tight end Zach Ertz the latest to suffer a long-term ailment. Injuries often prompt contenders to make moves ahead of the trade deadline, while irrelevance often leads rebuilding teams to do the same...." October 21

  • Why COVID-19 team bubbles would make sense for the NFL during the playoffs

    USA Today "Are playoff bubbles coming to the NFL? “The league is running the numbers,” a high-ranking team executive told USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity, referring to financial factors associated with secluding teams as a potential measure in dealing with the..." October 21

  • NFL Backups Who Can Break Out in Season's 2nd Half

    Bleacher Report "It feels like the NFL is on the cusp of a second-half takeover from a wave of backups.  This might be no better personified than by Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who finally hit the field in Week 6, making him the last of the big..." October 21

  • Falcons Sign Ex-Cardinals, 49ers Defensive End And A Versatile Rookie

    Heavy "The Falcons announced on Tuesday that they have signed on defensive end Pita Taumoepenu and rookie defensive back Shyheim Carter to their 16-man practice squad. The two slots became available after the Falcons released safety J.J. Wilcox while LB James Burgess has..." October 20

  • Rumors Suggest Matt Ryan, Julio Jones Could Be Traded Amid Falcons’ 1-5 Start

    Bleacher Report "The Atlanta Falcons have NFL insiders wondering if quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones will be "shopped" ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano. The duo reported Tuesday..." October 20

  • 5 most-likely Julio Jones trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Falcons’ decision to fire head coach Dan Quinn heading into Week 6 has led to a ton of rumors around the NFL world relating to potential trades of star players. That initially included quarterback Matt Ryan. We can now add Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones to..." October 20

  • NFL Announces 8 Positive COVID-19 Tests Among Players in Latest Round of Testing

    Bleacher Report "The NFL and the Players Association announced 19 positive COVID-19 test results, eight from players and 11 from team personnel, during the seven-day testing period that ended Saturday. " October 20

  • No One Is Trading For Ryan Fitzpatrick or Matt Ryan

    The Big Lead "Tua Tagovailoa has been named the Miami Dolphins' new starting quarterback, replacing veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Meanwhile, north of the Florida-Georgia line, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are off to a 1-5 start. There is chatter among media and fans that one or both could or..." October 20

  • NFL Players on the Trade Block Who Should Stay Put

    Bleacher Report "The NFL rumor mill is about to heat up with the Week 8 trade deadline approaching.   And why not? The league has been trade-happy in recent years, and as the season nears the halfway point, contenders and pretenders will mostly have been sorted into their..." October 20

  • 5 more NFL coaches on the hot seat

    The Score "The already bizarre 2020 NFL campaign hasn't been kind to a handful of head coaches. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons already fired Bill O'Brien and Dan Quinn, respectively, early in the season, and more staff shake-ups may be on the way. Here are five more coaches whose..." October 20

  • NFL could delay Super Bowl LV by a month due to COVID-19?

    Sportsnaut "The NFL season has already seen multiple games postponed and delayed due to COVID-19 outbreaks and with more problems on the horizon, Super Bowl LV could be facing a delay. While the NFL hasn’t needed to reschedule its biggest event since Super Bowl XXXVI, which was postponed as..." October 19

  • Raheem Morris makes strong initial case for head-coaching consideration

    Pro Football Talk "At only 32, Raheem Morris became the head coach of the Buccaneers. He got only three seasons to try to improve a team was in gradual and inevitable decline. Now, more than a decade later, Morris gets 11 chances to audition for a second chance. He’s 1-0, with 10 to..." October 19

  • No positives across NFL, all Sunday games set to go

    The Score "There are zero new positive tests around the NFL after the league's latest round of testing, and all of Sunday's games will proceed as scheduled, a source told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The league experienced widespread COVID-19 issues this..." October 18

  • Falcons place John Cominsky on COVID-19 reserve list

    Pro Football Talk "Another Falcons players has landed on the COVID-19 reserve list. However, Sunday’s game between Atlanta and Minnesota remains on. The Falcons have placed defensive end John Cominsky on the COVID-19 reserve list. Although the team didn’t (and can’t) divulge..." October 17

  • After an ugly Week One, kickers have been more accurate than ever

    Yahoo! Sports "Week One was ugly for NFL kickers. Ever since, they’ve been outstanding. Kickers missed more field goals in Week One of 2020 than they’ve missed in any opening week since 1982, when field goal kickers were far less accurate than they’ve become in recent..." October 17

  • Julio Jones good to go vs. Vikings

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Atlanta Falcons appear set to have their top wide receiver back for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Julio Jones practiced in a limited capacity for the first time in two weeks on Friday, and he does not carry a designation for this weekend's..." October 16

  • Raiders Named Potential Trade Suitor for Julio Jones

    Heavy "Things have gone from bad to worse for the Atlanta Falcons. They haven’t been able to regain form since their Super Bowl disaster against the New England Patriots in 2017. They’ve finally fired head coach Dan Quinn and while they still have talent, it could be time..." October 16

  • The NFL Needs to Immediately Add Several Weeks to the 2020 Season

    The Big Lead "The NFL is currently facing a major crisis. Several teams have been hit by COVID-19 outbreaks and the 2020 schedule has been fully reworked already. With more positive cases coming almost daily, the league needs to immediately add several weeks to the end of the season for makeup..." October 16

  • Five teams that should be buyers at NFL trade deadline

    Sportsnaut "The NFL trade deadline is closing with rumors already buzzing about potential players who could be available for contenders. As we look across the league, plenty of teams will have an opportunity to be buyers in the next few weeks. While the COVID-19 pandemic creates a new hurdle for..." October 16

  • NFL updates COVID-19 protocols for newly acquired players

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL updated its COVID-19 testing protocols for newly acquired players, the league announced in a memo to teams Friday. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports free agents and players acquired from another team will have the clock start on their six-day COVID-19 entry testing process..." October 16

  • One Player Who Should Be Traded from Every NFL Team

    Bleacher Report "The NFL trade deadline used to be much ado about nothing. There might be a deal here and there, but it was nothing like the flurry of activity in other sports. It's still not a swap meet on the level of the NBA or MLB, but a lot more NFL general managers have been..." October 16

  • 10 NFL Players Who Could Get Traded Before the Deadline

    Complex "The NFL continues to roll along, pandemic and all, and as the good teams are starting to separate themselves from the bad, GMs are more than likely looking at ways they can improve their rosters for the rest of the season. It’s still super early in the season, but it’s becoming..." October 16

  • 5 players most likely to be dealt by NFL trade deadline

    Larry Brown Sports "As hard as it may be to believe, the 2020 NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Determinations are being made on which teams are buyers and which teams will be sellers. However, this trading deadline may be a bit different than in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it..." October 16

  • Falcons returning to facility, on track to play Vikings

    The Score "The Atlanta Falcons were cleared to return to their facility Friday after recording no new positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday, a source told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. As a result, Atlanta's game with the Minnesota Vikings is on track to be played Sunday as..." October 16

  • Raheem Morris' quest for redemption leads Falcons interim coach to long-sought opportunity

    USA Today "After eight seasons, multiple location changes and even more switching of hats, Raheem Morris finally has gotten another opportunity to prove himself as an NFL head coach. This second chance — as interim coach of the Atlanta Falcons — may not have come in the..." October 16

  • NFL's best deep threats: DK Metcalf, Michael Gallup lead top 10

    NFL.com "The 2020 NFL season has been a unique one, but what has long been common in this game is the excitement generated by the big play, and we've seen plenty from some of the league's finest in this campaign. In fact, as my colleague Cynthia Frelund pointed out this week,..." October 15

  • Four Falcons who could be dealt now that Atlanta is cleaning house

    CBS Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have hit the reset button at the top of their staff, firing both coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after an 0-5 start to the 2020 season. Now all eyes are on the players. Team president Rich McKay said this week the Falcons won't..." October 15

  • ESPN Reporter Vaughn McClure Dead at 48

    People "ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure has died. He was 48. McClure died at his home near Atlanta, Georgia, this week, ESPN announced on Thursday. The reporter's cause of death was not revealed. McClure covered the NFL for ESPN, and was a beat reporter for the..." October 15

  • Why the NFL needs a bubble to save its 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "Before Week 1 began, things looked promising for a full NFL season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, things have taken an alarming turn within the past two weeks and the fate of the regular season and NFL Playoffs could now be in jeopardy. It all started with..." October 15

  • Sick NFL players who test negative for COVID may still have to sit out?

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL is trying to be vigilant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which is why players who test positive for COVID-19 are immediately isolated until they can be cleared. However, the protocols the league has in place could eventually result in even players who do not test positive for..." October 15

  • NFL Personnel Think Daryl Morey Could Succeed as NFL GM After Leaving Rockets

    Bleacher Report "There is reportedly some belief within the NFL that former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey could make a successful transition from the NBA to the NFL. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said he has spoken to NFL personnel who said they believe Morey..." October 15

  • Amazon to make strong push for NFL broadcasting package

    Sports Business Daily "Amazon will stream one of the two new NFL Wild Card playoff games planned for this season -- specifically the one that will be produced by CBS, sources confirmed. " October 15

  • Finding Homes for Players Who Need a Change of Scenery Before NFL Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Within the first two months of the NFL season, some teams may look at a player's situation and realize it's not working out. On the other hand, a player might want to go elsewhere because of demotions, reduced playing time or limited..." October 15

  • Here is why there is no Thursday Night Football today

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL fans have grown accustomed to not having to wait a week between games thanks to “Thursday Night Football,” but they will not have that luxury this week. The NFL has had to make several changes to its schedule this season because of positive coronavirus cases. This..." October 15

  • The NFL keeps following Donald Trump into the abyss — first with Colin Kaepernick then with COVID

    Deadspin "We need to take a quick trip back in time to the year 2017. Something important happened then that explains, in part, the limp response of the NFL to the pandemic. The information stems from Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL that was settled in..." October 15

  • Falcons' Game vs. Vikings 'In Jeopardy' After Positive COVID-19 Test

    Bleacher Report "The Atlanta Falcons are shutting down their team facilities after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter noted the team's Week 6 game against the Minnesota Vikings scheduled for Sunday is now in..." October 15

  • Matt Ryan not worried about future in Atlanta: 'We rent these lockers; we don't own them'

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons fired the GM who selected ?Matt Ryan? in the first round and the coach he's been with the past six seasons. The former NFL MVP is aware of the tenuous nature of football life. "We rent these lockers; we don't own them," Ryan said, via the..." October 15

  • Atlanta Falcons shutting down practice facility

    247 Sports "The Atlanta Falcons are shutting down their practice facility to positive COVID-19 tests, according to Adam Schefter. In an appearance on Get Up, Schefter said the believed number of positives was four. The team is scheduled to travel to face the Minnesota Vikings on..." October 15

  • Officially, it's clear the NFL 'fix' is working with fewer flags and more points

    USA Today "What happened to the flags? Through five weeks of this most unusual, pandemic-wrapped season, the points (3,958) and touchdowns (453) in the NFL have piled up like never before. During the same stretch the rate of penalties across the league has nosedived to their lowest..." October 15

  • NFL reportedly has no plans to implement playoff bubble

    Yardbarker "The idea of holding the NFL playoffs in a bubble is one that has been discussed more as positive coronavirus cases keep popping up, but there has been no indication that the league is seriously considering it. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills and..." October 14

  • Super Bowl in New Orleans pushed back a year to 2025 over Mardi Gras conflict

    WWLTV.com "The city of New Orleans will no longer host the Super Bowl in 2024, but instead 2025 after the NFL approved the city's plan to move hosting back a year due to a conflict with Mardi Gras parades, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation announced Wednesday. The 2024 Super..." October 14

  • Panthers in intensive COVID-19 protocol after playing Falcons

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers have entered the NFL’s intensive protocol related to COVID-19 after at least six players made direct contact in Sunday’s game with Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson. Davidson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. As of..." October 14

  • NFL to reimagine 2021 Pro Bowl; '22 Pro Bowl awarded to Las Vegas

    NFL.com "The NFL Pro Bowl presented by Verizon brings together NFL players, their families and fans for a fun and interactive celebration of the best players in the game. Over the last several months, the NFL has innovated the off-season, preseason and now the regular season. The virtual..." October 14