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  • NFL, officials reach tentative labor deal

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL and the NFL Players Association have yet to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL and the NFL Referees Association are close to doing so. Per multiple sources, the NFL and the NFLRA have struck an agreement in principle.  " September 20

  • Falcons To Promote Punter Matt Wile

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons will have a new punter in Week 3. Shortly after signing Matt Wile to their practice squad, the Falcons will elevate him to their active roster. With Matt Bosher declared out with a groin injury, Atlanta’s roster will carry two punters for the time..." September 20

  • Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson Get Headlines, but They Aren't the Only Young QBs on the Rise

    Bleacher Report "Here we are again, watching a young group of quarterbacks change the NFL. You know the names, and two of the biggest, Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, play each other Sunday. That game spotlights what could turn into a remarkable rivalry not..." September 20

  • Panthers’ Ron Rivera betting favorite to be first NFL head coach fired

    Sportsnaut "The Carolina Panthers head into this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at 0-2 on the season and with quarterback Cam Newton unlikely to play. It’s just the latest example of the Ron Rivera-led squad failing to remain relevant. Carolina finished last season 7-9..." September 18

  • For the Love of God Somebody Needs to Trade for Jalen Ramsey Before the Patriots Do

    12 Up "It's time for 30 NFL teams to come together and think about the good of the league, because even though it may not be the best idea for every franchise, someone has to trade for Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey just so the Patriots don't get the..." September 18

  • Here are five landing spots if Eli Manning wants to be traded

    CBS Sports "After watching Eli Manning get off to an ugly start in 2019, the Giants finally made the decision to bench their Super Bowl-winning quarterback on Tuesday in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. The team's decision means that Manning won't be on the field as..." September 18

  • Ranking NFL's 0-2 teams: Who should hit panic button and who's still alive?

    USA Today "The panic button is typically pushed as a last resort, once time has virtually run out. Yet in the hyper-competitive, hyper-reactive world of the NFL, that often means a mere two weeks into the season.  Consider the New York Giants. In the throes of their third consecutive..." September 18

  • Falcons Waive/Injured DT Ra’Shede Hageman

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that they have waived/injured defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman. " September 17

  • Here are five landing spots for Jalen Ramsey

    CBS Sports "Poor Ben Roethlisberger -- out for the season with elbow surgery -- and Drew Brees -- missing six weeks with a thumb injury -- couldn't even hold the headlines for a full 24 hours before Jalen Ramsey, last seen engaging in a sideline blowup..." September 17

  • Kaleb McGary taken out of the game on cart with knee injury

    The Falcoholic "The Falcons, at the direction of Arthur Blank, took pains to prioritize their offensive line. Part of that was using two first round picks on two of the better linemen available, Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary, and hoping they’d help solidify a shaky offensive..." September 16

  • Julio Jones: They kept giving us zero looks and we made them pay

    AtlantaFalcons.com "Julio Jones became the Falcons’ all-time leading receiver on a play that happened to be the game-winning play for Atlanta. Jones needed 101 yards to tie Roddy White’s record of 10,863 career receiving yards heading into Sunday’s game. Jones now holds the franchise record with..." September 16

  • Falcons’ Matt Bosher punting hurt

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons brought back 44-year-old kicker Matt Bryant just before the start of the regular season, and he may end up pulling double duty tonight. Falcons punter Matt Bosher spent the early part of the game with his right thigh in a wrap, forcing Bryant to kick..." September 16

  • Falcons praise OL for playing with broken foot

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons rookie right guard Chris Lindstrom received high praise from his teammates for playing nine offensive snaps with a broken right foot in last Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Lindstrom, the first-round draft pick from Boston College, suffered the injury..." September 12

  • Marquise Brown and Other NFL Rookies Already Looking Like Future Stars

    Bleacher Report "The NFL Week 1 slate always produces odd occurrences that don't necessarily reflect what happens the rest of the way. Teams throw out new things that aren't on film, and players are still getting used to full speed and contact again, among other reasons for the opening-slate..." September 12

  • NFL creates $3m challenge to develop safer helmet

    Sport Business "The National Football League is offering $3m as part of an initiative to create a helmet which can outperform the equipment currently in use. As part of the NFL Helmet Challenge, experts, innovators and helmet manufacturers have been offered $2m in grant funding to support the..." September 12

  • Hall of Fame reveals 122 nominees for '20 class

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis and defensive lineman Justin Smith are among the first-time eligible players nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. The Hall of Fame on Thursday released a total of 122 players who comprise the list of modern-era..." September 12

  • Could Colts tank for another quarterback? Five NFL teams already looking ahead to 2020

    CBS Sports "Some NFL teams made good of their 2019 season openers over the weekend, confirming themselves as projected playoff contenders -- from the Los Angeles Rams surviving a battle with the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots blowing out the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Dallas Cowboys rolling..." September 12

  • Offensive Holding Calls, The Best Part of the NFL, Are Way Up This Year

    The Big Lead "Folks, the NFL is back and better than ever. And I can prove it with empirical data. Offensive holding penalties, the very best part of the game, are up in a big way. The NFL’s two officiating points of emphasis were obvious in Week 1. Flags for offensive holding rose 32..." September 12

  • Falcons bring back OL John Wetzel with Chris Lindstrom headed to IR

    The Falcoholic "The Falcons elected not to pull up Sean Harlow from the practice squad or address a different position with Chris Lindstrom hitting injured reserve, adding the familiar name of John Wetzel to their offensive line group. The 28-year-old Wetzel joined Atlanta earlier this year as a..." September 10

  • Dan Quinn “disappointed” in all three phases of Falcons in Sunday’s loss

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons left Minnesota with many purple bruises and that annoying horn sound ringing in their ears. The Vikings used a fast start and strong rushing attack to pummel the Falcons 28-12 in a poor season-opening performance on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. “We missed..." September 09

  • Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom headed to IR

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons’ fears about first-rounder Chris Lindstrom appear to have been realized. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the rookie right guard is expected to head to injured reserve, with the possibility of coming back later in the year. " September 09

  • Five top wide receivers who changed teams in 2019

    The Sports Daily "In the third of three series, we will take a look at the top five National Football League wide receivers who changed teams in the offseason. The player number one on the list was always to be Antonio Brown, however on the weekend Brown made NFL headlines when he was cut by the Oakland..." September 09

  • Julio Jones had “peace of mind,” but off day

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was thankful to get his contract situation resolved before the start of the 2019 season. Jones agreed to terms on a three-year, $66 million contract extension before the team flew to Minneapolis Saturday. “I had some peace of..." September 09

  • Falcons fear rookie Chris Lindstrom has a broken foot

    The Falcoholic "All the preparations the Falcons made at the guard position this offseason seemed like overkill when Chris Lindstrom handily won the starting gig at right guard and the Falcons were parking an expensive player in Jamon Brown on their bench. After just one game, it’s looking like a good..." September 09

  • Falcons WR Julio Jones set to sign 3-yr, $66M deal

    CBS Sports "Julio Jones gambled the Atlanta Falcons would stay true to their word and give him a contract extension, showing up to camp and not creating an distraction as talks were ongoing. The Falcons are now holding up their end of the deal.  Jones and the Falcons are finalizing an..." September 07

  • Julio Jones won't commit to playing in Week 1

    Yardbarker "The Atlanta Falcons have a tough test to begin their season on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, and they may have to face it without arguably their most important offensive player. Julio Jones is still seeking a new contract from the Falcons, though he has been..." September 06

  • 5 Underrated Storylines for NFL Week 1

    The Big Lead "After a dud of an opening football game in Chicago, all America wants is…more football. Well, better football, but more better football. The NFL season begins in full this weekend and into Monday night with a full slate of games set to retake the country’s imagination...." September 06

  • Predicting the Next Wave of NFL Megadeals After Zeke, Goff Extensions

    Bleacher Report "NFL teams have handed out more than a half-billion dollars in recent extensions, but don't expect the money to stop flowing anytime soon. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams rewarded quarterback Jared Goff with a four-year, $134 million extension. One day later,..." September 06

  • 10 players set to take flight in NFL Week 1

    Sportsnaut "The start of a new season brings with it a sense of hope for every fan base. NFL Week 1 also sets the stage for some players to explode out of the gate. That’s what we’re diving into here. In particular, we expect 10 players to open their 2019 NFL seasons with huge..." September 06

  • Does NFL Reddit Partnership Mean Streams Will Be Shut Down Like NBA's Soon?

    The Big Lead "The NFL had one more offseason transaction to announce before officially kicking off its centennial season on Thursday. The league has added Reddit Inc. as one of its new digital marketing platforms. This new collaboration is set to take advantage of the “Ask Me Anything”..." September 06

  • 10 NFL players primed for breakout seasons in 2019

    The Telegraph "very year a handful of relatively unknown football players make the leap from respected professional to bona fide superstar. There is no better example than Patrick Mahomes taking the NFL by storm last season, and while the Chiefs quarterback's achievements are near-impossible to..." September 06

  • Five NFL players who benefited most from Elliott, Goff extensions

    Sportsnaut "Two positional markets around the NFL were thrown for a loop in the lead up to the start of the regular season this week. It started with Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff netting a four-year, $134 million extension with a record $110 million in total guarantees on..." September 06

  • Julio Jones Headlines Potential Antonio Brown Replacements for Raiders

    Heavy "With the NFL season here, somehow the news cycle revolves around Antonio Brown drama. The controversial wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders has decided to stir the pot even more than he has already by going on the assault against general manager Mike Mayock. It’s been a bad year for..." September 05

  • Julio Jones might not play if he doesn't have a new deal before Sunday

    Fantasy Pros "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones says "he’s trying to be out there but 'he doesn’t know' if he’ll play on Sunday if he doesn’t have a new contract" before then, according to Kelsey Conway on Twitter.

  • Reporter: Julio Jones was acting ‘bizarre’ at practice

    Larry Brown Sports "Julio Jones is still hoping for a new contract before the Atlanta Falcons take the field against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, and the star wide receiver appeared to be bothered by something at practice on Thursday. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution observed..." September 05

  • Top NFL Free Agents Teams Should Add Before Week 1

    Bleacher Report "Before the 2019 NFL season kicks off Thursday, coaches are continuing to put together game plans for their first opponents. There's still time to cover shallow spots on depth charts with free-agent veterans who are ready to jump into the fray. Clubs released unofficial..." September 05

  • 5 best remaining NFL free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL saw an influx of over 1,000 players added to the free agent market over the weekend as team’s trimmed their rosters to 53 players. The results was a late surge of signings — the very last wave of free agency, if you will. While a feeding frenzy has whittled that..." September 05

  • Falcons create cap space in preparation for Julio Jones deal

    Clutch Points "The Atlanta Falcons have opened up some more cap space as they get closer to signing wide receiver Julio Jones to a long-term deal. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Falcons have restructured the contracts of left tackle Jake Matthews and safety Ricardo..." September 04

  • Each NFL team’s backup quarterback at the start of the 2019 season, ranked by tier

    SB Nation "The preseason has come and gone, and so too have a handful of QB2s. Jacoby Brissett and Case Keenum got drafted into starting duty in Indianapolis and Washington. Paxton Lynch and DeShone Kizer failed their auditions to back up MVP candidates in Seattle..." September 04

  • Dan Quinn: Julio Jones contract situation not distracting Falcons

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite a lot of optimism over the offseason, Week 1 looms with no new contract for Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones. Jones, who would make $9.4 million this season on his current deal, has sought a new contract, and the Falcons have repeatedly said that they’re willing to..." September 04

  • The NFL's highest-paid players by position heading into the 2019 season

    CBS Sports "NFL players are getting paid, and many are breaking league records with their offseason deals.  One player taking home the money is Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is no longer holding out after signing a 6-year, $90 million contract with $50..." September 04

  • NFL Trade Block Big Board Entering Week 1

    Bleacher Report "We have officially reached the first week of the 2019 NFL season. All 32 teams will see their first regular-season action, whether they're equipped to handle it or not. The reality is many teams still have significant holes, and those aren't just going to go away...." September 04

  • Falcons Create Room For Julio Jones Deal

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons are “very, very close” to an extension for Julio Jones, owner Arthur Blank tells Jeff Schultz of TheAthletic.com (on Twitter). Of course, this is roughly what we’ve been hearing all summer, but it’s worth noting since we are days away from the start..." September 04

  • 50 Best Players in NFL Right Now

    The Big Lead "After an offseason that seemed to last ages, football is finally almost here, as the 100th NFL season will kick off with Packers-Bears on Thursday night. There will be storylines to monitor, new players to watch, and highlights everywhere you go. It will be glorious. To celebrate, we..." September 04

  • Survey: 15% of American adults to bet on NFL

    ESPN "The sports betting landscape is evolving rapidly, but one thing remains the same -- American bettors love the NFL. According to survey results released Wednesday by the American Gaming Association (AGA), 38 million Americans --15% of the adult population -- plan to bet on the NFL this..." September 04

  • Matt Bryant was upset with the Falcons until they re-signed him

    Pro Football Talk "Matt Bryant admits his feelings were hurt when the Falcons declined the option on the kicker’s contract in February and bid him farewell. It took almost seven months before the Falcons saw the error in their ways. Bryant returns to the Falcons after Giorgio Tavecchio..." September 03

  • Julio Jones still doesn’t have a contract. What does that mean for Week 1?

    The Falcoholic "In Julio’s time in Atlanta, he’s been nothing but the consummate professional. Unlike other receivers in the league looking for a new contract, Julio hasn’t missed any time with the team this year as he looks for a revised deal. Everyone knows Julio is worth far more than what..." September 03

  • The 6 most fireable NFL coaches heading into the 2019 season

    SB Nation "There are 32 men currently employed as NFL head coaches. Not all 32 will still be employed by their teams when the 2019 season ends. Several coaches are fighting to keep their jobs this season, as a confluence of weak resumes and underwhelming rosters will create some sought-after job..." September 03

  • Julio Jones takes part in first practice

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s in contract extension talks with the team, reported and took part in the team’s first regular-season practice Monday. “I have no new updates to provide you on that,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after..." September 03

  • Top 10 Worst NFL Fan Bases

    The Big Lead "What makes a fan base good or bad? Loyalty? Attendance? Reputation? Social media presence? Celebrity faces? Can you celebrate a group of people who walk away from a bad owner and a perennial loser? Or do you criticize them for not sticking with their team? Do you dislike the way fans act when..." September 03