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  Falcons | Austin Hooper making good impression    Sat Jun 25, 10:22 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has impressed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with his route-running ability and ball skills. 'He really comes off the ball hard,' Shanahan said. 'He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's fast enough. He's got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes.'

Footballguys view: Jacob Tamme isn't a high bar to overcome, so Hooper could be the rare fantasy-relevant rookie tight end by year's end in a Falcons pass offense that lacks a proven #2 target.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan working on feet     Wed Jun 22, 06:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.

Footballguys view: Ryan had one of the worst years of his career in 2015, and he is going to have to rely on Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman again to power the passing game unless Mohamed Sanu is a lot better than advertised. Ryan is no longer among the QB1 or even upper QB2 ranks and he is not worth drafting in the top 15-18 quarterbacks this year.

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  Falcons | Deion Jones bulking up for role    Thu Jun 16, 01:28 AM

Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones has put on weight, checking in at 230 pounds for the team's minicamp. He is in line to serve as the team's starting middle linebacker, and is bulking up in preparation for his first NFL campaign.

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  Falcons | More deep balls for Julio Jones?    Wed Jun 15, 10:08 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to see a lot more work down the field this season, as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan anticipates taking more deep shots. The team added WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy continues to develop, and Shanahan is hopeful their addition will help keep added defensive attention off of Jones.

Footballguys view: We like the sound of that! Jones is without a doubt one of the premiere receivers in the NFL and is just as good in fantasy, where we have him as an easy WR1.

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  Falcons | Chris Chester returned to practice    Wed Jun 15, 02:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons OG Chris Chester (shoulder), who had offseason shoulder surgery, returned to practice Tuesday, June 14. Chester lined up at right guard with the third-team offense.

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  Falcons | Justin Hardy set for big role?    Mon Jun 13, 05:50 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is expected to be a major contributor in the passing game this season.

Footballguys view: Hardy is going to be the team's WR3 behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. We can't see his role being that fantasy relevant on a team that is going to force-feed the ball to Jones and run as much as possible with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

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  Falcons | Austin Hooper to participate in minicamp    Sun Jun 12, 10:54 AM

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will take part in the club's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 14. He was unable to participate in three weeks of organized team activities because Stanford's academic calendar had not been completed.

Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Stanford, Hooper reminds some in the scouting community of Coby Fleener (Saints). Like Fleener, Hooper has the build-up speed to challenge a defense vertically down the seam. The rookie could see significant playing time early on for the Falcons, and his natural pass-catching ability could be featured in the red zone.

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  Falcons | Fewer touchdowns recently for Julio Jones    Sun Jun 12, 08:43 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones scored 18 touchdowns on 133 catches through the first two seasons of his career, and over the past three years, he has caught just 16 touchdowns on 281 receptions.

Footballguys view: Touchdowns can come and go, but Jones was the No.2 fantasy WR last year with 136 catches, 1,871 yards and eight TDs. This season, we could see Jones put up a similar stat line...and perhaps he'll hit double-digit TDs in 2016. Either way, he's a damn good fantasy asset to add once again. His current ADP is WR2 (1.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman limited Tuesday    Tue Jun 7, 03:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (gluteus) was limited during practice Tuesday, June 7, because of a high gluteal strain, but head coach Dan Quinn said the injury is not serious.

Footballguys view: Freeman is in an interesting situation this year. Second-year pro Tevin Coleman was the team's starter last year as a rookie, but an injury caused him to miss time and it opened the door for Freeman. He paid off in a big way for fantasy owners with 1,600 yards combined and 14 total touchdowns. This year, Freeman should be the team's lead back although there may be a larger role for Coleman than some think. Freeman's current ADP is RB5 (2.02) while Coleman's is RB41 (9.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | ATL passing on Dwight Freeney    Wed Jun 1, 08:08 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have decided not to sign free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) at this point, although they could revisit the idea of adding him down the road, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Footballguys view: The Falcons could always use a part-time veteran pass-rusher like Freeney. We'll see if Freeney can land with a team some time before training camp.

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  Falcons | Devin Hester not at full health    Tue May 31, 04:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) said he's at about 75% health coming off his offseason toe surgery.

Footballguys view: Toe injuries can linger if not given enough time to heal. Hester is trying to stick around on the Falcons roster mainly as a return man. They've added talent to the WR position this offseason, so Hester isn't in line to do much as a receiver.

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  Falcons | Waive Cody Elenz    Wed May 25, 06:05 PM

Atlanta Falcons OL Cody Elenz was waived Wednesday, May 25.

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  Falcons | Not signing Brandon Boykin    Wed May 25, 03:05 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are not signing free-agent CB Brandon Boykin (Panthers) after he visited with the team, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Boykin has bounced around the league over the last year. He's talented enough to be a decent slot corner, but there must be attitude/locker-room/off-field issues that prevent him from sticking in any one spot.

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  Falcons | Dwight Freeney to visit Atlanta    Wed May 25, 02:31 PM

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) will likely visit the Atlanta Falcons next week.

Footballguys view: Freeney is visiting with the Bengals this week, and there's a chance he finds a new home with Cincinnati. If not, the Falcons could certainly use a veteran like Freeney as a part-time pass-rusher.

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  Falcons | Sign Laurence Gibson    Thu May 19, 06:18 PM

Free-agent OT Laurence Gibson (Chiefs) was signed by the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 19.


  Falcons | Vic Beasley's shoulder a non-issue    Thu May 19, 01:05 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley's (shoulder) torn labrum in his shoulder is a non-issue this offseason. He was able to take part in practice and received snaps in the regular season last year while playing through it. Beasley said his shoulder is now at full health, and he's also added some upper-body weight in the last few months with the help of a nutritionist.

Footballguys view: The Falcons could use Beasley at 100% this year, to build on his 20 tackle, four sack rookie season.

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  Falcons | Brandon Boykin to visit    Wed May 18, 09:15 PM

Free-agent CB Brandon Boykin (Panthers) is scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, May 23.

Footballguys view: The CB-desperate Panthers decided to get rid of Boykin after signing him earlier this year. He can play at slot corner, but Boykin is running out of chances after stops with the Eagles, Steelers and Panthers.

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  Falcons | Leon Hall not an option    Sat May 14, 12:55 PM

Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) will not be signing with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source. The Falcons did meet with Hall earlier this offseason.

Footballguys view: Hall is recovering from offseason back surgery, and that may be why the Falcons are saying "no thanks" at this time. The Giants have met with Hall, and they might be the team with the most interest.

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  Falcons | Devin Hester has green light on kicks    Thu May 12, 09:30 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) could be fully recovered from toe surgery prior to training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn, and Quinn said he is inclined to allow Hester to try to return kicks out of the end zone. 'There are special players like Dev and other returners around the league, they'll still get green-lighted,' Quinn said. 'Here's a guy who is on the club for this unique reason.'

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  Falcons | Sean Weatherspoon feeling healthy    Wed May 11, 03:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles') said he is in great health and that his movement is light years ahead of where he was last year coming of his ruptured Achilles' tendon.

Footballguys view: Weatherspoon barely saw the field last year for the Cardinals. Now he's back with the Falcons and will compete for a starting job.

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  Falcons | Austin Hooper financials    Tue May 10, 06:52 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's four-year rookie contract is worth $3.165 million and includes a $746,524 signing bonus.

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  Falcons | Keanu Neal expected to start    Tue May 10, 01:09 AM

Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal is expected to make the biggest impact among the team's rookies, and he should serve as the starting strong safety. He might work as the Kam Chancellor-type player in head coach Dan Quinn's defense.

Footballguys view: Neal loves to hit and he can be an intimidating force on the field on every play. He's got good click-and-close ability in coverage, and he can stay with tight ends across the field.

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  Falcons | Two receivers cut    Mon May 9, 06:29 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Malachi Jones and WR David Richards were released Monday, May 9.


  Falcons | Three UDFAs added    Sun May 8, 02:54 AM

The Atlanta Falcons signed Temple OL Shahbaz Ahmed, Oklahoma State WR David Glidden and Southern Illinois DE Brandon Williams as undrafted free agents on Saturday, May 7.

Footballguys view: Glidden was seen as an unsung hero for the OSU Cowboys as a senior. He had a team-high 57 receptions for 866 yards and three touchdowns. Glidden led the Cowboys with 40 receptions for first downs and 382 yards after catch.

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  Falcons | Leon Hall still an option    Fri May 6, 03:56 PM

Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) is still an option for the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Hall underwent a physical during his visit with the Falcons, and the team is looking over his medical reports.

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  Falcons | Austin Hooper to help in red zone    Thu May 5, 09:06 AM

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will help the Falcons in the red zone, where they ranked 17th in the league with a 54.7% conversion rate last season. Stanford tight ends coach Morgan Turner was most impressed with the red zone production Hooper had in a 41-31 win over USC. 'If you go back and watch the game, he goes up and on a corner route, high-points the ball over two DBs,' Turner said. 'He makes another catch when it's Cover 0; a contested catch. Both were in the red zone that got us down to the 1- and 2-yard lines. He's definitely a threat because he will make contested catches.'

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  Falcons | Leon Hall visits with Atlanta    Tue May 3, 10:17 PM

Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) visited with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, May 3, after leaving his visit with the New York Giants without a deal. Other teams are also reportedly interested in his services and he has offers on the table.

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  Falcons | Devin Hester awaiting clearance    Mon May 2, 10:54 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) hasn't been cleared to run yet after offseason toe surgery. He expects to return kicks for the Falcons in 2016.

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  Falcons | Atlanta agrees with several UDFAs    Mon May 2, 12:01 AM

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents RB Brandon Wilds, PK Nick Rose, LB Will Ratelle, RB De'Andre Mann, CB Brian Poole, LB Ivan McLennan, DT Chris Mayes, TE Joshua Perkins, DE Brandon Q. Williams, OL Jordan Walsh, FB Adam Cox, OL William McGehee, WR David Richards, CB Trevor X. Williams, WR Daje Johnson, DE Josh Dawson, DL Owen Williams, DB Tarris Batiste and WR J.D. McKissic.

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  Falcons | Devin Fuller could return kicks    Sun May 1, 11:15 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Fuller could replace WR Devin Hester (toe) as the team's primary kick returner if Hester is slow to recover from toe surgery.

Footballguys view: Fuller is a "twitchy" player with the speed to take it the distance. He may not do much as a receiver, but he could be a fine asset as a return man if he makes the final roster.

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  Falcons | Cory Johnson latches on with Atlanta    Sat Apr 30, 09:38 PM

Undrafted free-agent DT Cory Johnson (Kentucky) signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, April 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Falcons | Atlanta takes TE in Austin Hooper    Fri Apr 29, 10:33 PM

The Atlanta Falcons selected Stanford TE Austin Hooper with the No. 81 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.

Footballguys view: A solid route-runner, who is a bit of a move-tight end only, but could develop into a blocker as well. We'll see if they Falcons try to integrate him into the offense like they used to with Tony Gonzalez, though Hooper isn't in the same class.

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  Falcons | Atlanta trades down in second round    Fri Apr 29, 08:51 PM

The Atlanta Falcons traded the 50th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for the 52nd overall pick and the 195th overall pick. The Texans picked C Nick Martin with the selection.

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  Falcons | Keanu Neal fills important role    Thu Apr 28, 10:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons FS Keanu Neal's ability to close and cover tight ends are some of the reasons head coach Dan Quinn believes he can handle the unqiue role a strong safety plays in his defensive system.

Footballguys view: He's got a lot to offer this defense, and the fact that he can both hit hard to set the tone on defense as well as cover is a big help in this division.

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  Falcons | Keanu Neal to Falcons at No. 17    Thu Apr 28, 10:07 PM

The Atlanta Falcons selected Florida FS Keanu Neal with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

Footballguys view: The Jets were trying to move up, but Atlanta got their guy. Expected to be a second round pick, Neal is a big hitter who will bring some physicality to the defense.

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  Falcons | Atlanta trying to move up in draft    Thu Apr 28, 09:58 PM

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been calling teams to try to move up in the 2016 NFL draft. The Falcons currently own the 17th pick in the first round.

Footballguys view: The Falcons wanted Keanu Neal and were worried the Jets would leapfrog them, which was what New York was trying to do.

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  Falcons | Atlanta likes Clemons linemen     Wed Apr 27, 04:43 PM

Clemson Des Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd could be options for the Atlanta Falcons with their No. 17 overall pick. The consensus of pundits has the Falcons taking Ohio State LB Darron Lee with that pick, however.

Footballguys view: The Falcons will look defense in almost any scenario. Lee would add a lot of speed to their linebacking corps, while Lawson and Dodd would be instant additions of pass rush punch and stout run defense from the edge.

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  Falcons | Two waived Friday    Fri Apr 22, 05:56 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Beau Gardner (undisclosed) and OG Adam Replogle (undisclosed) were placed on no-recall waivers with injury settlements Friday, April 22.


  Falcons | Atlanta pick up Desmond Trufant's option    Fri Apr 22, 03:12 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant's fifth-year option was exercised Friday, April 22, according to a source.

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  Falcons | Re-sign Chris Chester     Wed Apr 20, 04:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons OG Chris Chester re-signed to a one-year deal Wednesday, April 20, worth a maximum of $2.8 million, according to a source. Chester is coming off offseason shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for offseason activities in June.

Footballguys view: Chester played all 16 games at right guard for the Falcons, and will help keep some continuity on the line, which has also added Alex Mack in the offseason. Chester had shoulder surgery in January, but should be ready for the start of the season.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan still confident in offense    Tue Apr 19, 06:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan admitted Tuesday, April 19, that he took too long at times to process offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme in 2015. Ryan said he is excited to have Shanahan back for another season. 'As you're in a system more, you start focusing on the things that are important,' Ryan said. 'What you're going against defensively, what your keys are in protection, what you're looking for from a coverage standpoint.' Ryan also said that he thought all the players involved in a recent passing camp felt more comfortable with the offense, adding that he could tell early on that they were a lot further along than at certain points midway through last season.

Footballguys view: We should see greater results from the Falcons offense in year two of the Shanahan offense. With a healthy Tevin Coleman and a new WR2 in Mohamed Sanu, the Falcons should be able to move the ball with more efficiency in 2016.

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  Falcons | Tevin Coleman among breakout candidates    Sun Apr 17, 09:15 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman, WR Justin Hardy, LB, Vic Beasley, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Jalen Collins and FS Robenson Therezie are the six players head coach Dan Quinn is counting on to elevate their games in 2016.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to remember that Coleman began the 2015 season as the starter ahead of Devonta Freeman. This season, Freeman should be the lead back but Coleman is too talented to keep on the sideline. That's why the Falcons could use a RBBC with a near 50/50 split--directly impacting both RBs fantasy value.

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  Falcons | Jalen Collins to miss four games    Fri Apr 8, 04:28 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

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  Falcons | Ryan Schraeder signs tender    Thu Apr 7, 12:07 PM

Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent OT Ryan Schraeder signed his one-year tender Thursday, April 7, worth $2.553 million.

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  Falcons | Myles Jack visits Falcons    Thu Apr 7, 08:24 AM

UCLA LB Myles Jack is visiting the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, April 7.

Footballguys view: If they want him, they'd best move up from 17. Jack will likely not drop past five.

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  Falcons | Mohamed Sanu working with teammates    Tue Mar 29, 06:44 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu is among a group of Falcons working together in Florida. QB Matt Ryan, RB Devonta Freeman and WR Julio Jones are also among the group of players, as reported earlier.

Footballguys view: Good news here. Sanu needs to get used to the timing with Ryan, and these offseason workouts should help.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan throwing with teammates    Tue Mar 29, 05:07 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is getting together with WR Julio Jones, RB Devonta Freeman and other Falcons for passing sessions this offseason.

Footballguys view: It's that time of year again. Certain teammates will be getting together away from the team facility to get extra time in before OTAs and minicamp start. It's unclear whether or not new WR Mohamed Sanu is joining Ryan and company in these workouts.

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  Falcons | O'Brien Schofield could return    Sat Mar 26, 08:36 AM

Free-agent LB O'Brien Schofield (Falcons) has not ruled out the possibility of re-signing with the Atlanta Falcons but knows he may not have a significant role with the team after they signed LB Courtney Upshaw.

Footballguys view: Schofield has an offer from the Falcons and is receiving interest from other teams. If he can find a larger role with a different team then he'll move on.

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  Falcons | Atlanta to add Courtney Upshaw    Fri Mar 25, 06:30 PM

Free-agent LB Courtney Upshaw (Ravens) will sign with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source.

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  Falcons | Darron Lee working out with Atlanta    Thu Mar 24, 05:48 PM

Ohio State LB Darron Lee is working out for the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, March 24.

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