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  Falcons | Atlanta interested in Niles Paul?    Tue Mar 3, 02:07 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent TE Niles Paul figures to draw interest from the Atlanta Falcons once the free agency period begins. Paul is familiar with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme and TE Levine Toilolo hasn't exactly proven himself to be the answer at the position.

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  Falcons | Jonathan Massaquoi waived    Fri Feb 27, 05:20 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Jonathan Massaquoi was waived Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: The Falcons have to make big improvements to their defense. Massaquoi was not part of their plans after compiling only six sacks in three seasons.

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  Falcons | Justin Blalock cut    Fri Feb 27, 02:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons OT Justin Blalock was released Thursday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: Another salary-cap move by the Falcons here. Blalock started 125 games over eight seasons, and he should attract some interest on the open market. He's a powerful road-grader who was not a good fit for Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman to be full-time back?    Fri Feb 27, 02:06 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be the full-time back in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme next season, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. 'My first impression of him is that you can feel the quickness. In our outside-zone-system, I feel like this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge,' head coach Dan Quinn said.

Footballguys view: Freeman is a FANTASTIC fit for the Kyle Shanahan offense. He's built low to the ground, and he can change direction instantly without losing much speed. Freeman could perform like a top-20 fantasy RB in 2015 with the lead role.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas released by Atlanta    Fri Feb 27, 10:26 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: A bruised foot in 2014 slowed Douglas down last year, and he played in a career-low 12 games. Douglas finished with 51 catches, 556 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Some teams should be interested in the veteran receiver.

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  Falcons | Antone Smith coming back to Atlanta?    Thu Feb 26, 07:49 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent RB Antone Smith is a priority for the team to re-sign this offseason, but the Falcons could add another running back in free agency instead.

Footballguys view: We like the Falcons potentially bringing back Smith. He's been hanging around with the Falcons for some time since coming out of Florida State in 2009 as an undrafted free agent. He had a career-high five touchdowns in 2014 before a broken leg suffered covering a punt ended his season.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson to be cut    Thu Feb 26, 07:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson will reportedly be released Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: This move has been anticipated for some time. Jackson's not the same player he used to be, and signing him has been a disappointing move for the Falcons. This move will clear $3.75 million in cap space for the team. Jackson still believes that he's got 1,000-yard seasons left in his legs. His recent play says otherwise.

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  Falcons | Bear Pascoe moving on    Thu Feb 26, 07:33 AM

Free-agent TE Bear Pascoe (Falcons) is moving on from the Atlanta Falcons and checking out other options, according to Pascoe's agent.

Footballguys view: Teams in need of a behemoth who can block will be looking at the former Rodeo champion. Pascoe isn't much of a receiver, but he has the size and nastiness to be a dominant blocker. A team like the Broncos could have interest.

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  Falcons | Matt Bryant gets extension    Wed Feb 25, 05:40 PM

Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant signed a contract extension Wednesday, Feb. 25. Details were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Nick Williams signs    Tue Feb 24, 02:40 PM

Free-agent WR Nick Williams (Steelers) signed with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, Feb. 24. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Falcons | Justin Forsett interests Atlanta    Mon Feb 23, 11:28 AM

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent RB Justin Forsett is of high interest to the Atlanta Falcons if he reaches free agency.

Footballguys view: Forsett is going to get some interest on the open market after his 1,000-yard season with the Ravens last year. The Falcons added Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator this year. Forsett and Shanahan spent time together in Houston when they were both with the Texans.

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  Falcons | Might pursue David Harris    Sun Feb 22, 11:15 PM

Updating previous report, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to pursue New York Jets impending free-agent LB David Harris if he hits the market. Head coach Dan Quinn was the defensive line coach for the Jets during Harris' first two seasons.

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  Falcons | Likely interested in Mason Foster    Sun Feb 22, 11:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent LB Mason Foster is expected to draw interest from the Atlanta Falcons. Assistant head coach Raheem Morris drafted Foster when he was head coach with the Buccaneeers.

Footballguys view: Foster does a good job of finding the ball-carrier as the plays unfold in front of him. He could be a tackling machine for head coach Dan Quinn and the new-look Falcons defense.

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  Falcons | Dan Quinn praises Dwight Lowery    Sun Feb 22, 11:14 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent SS Dwight Lowery has left all negotiations with the team up to his agent, and the two sides were expected to meet Sunday, Feb. 22.

Footballguys view: Quinn's praise holds a lot of weight around the league. The Falcons new head coach should be able to help this defense play better in 2015. Quinn mentioned how he likes Lowery's versatility, and he had Lowery as a player when he was a coach with the New York Jets.

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  Falcons | Expected to tender Nathan Stupar    Sun Feb 22, 11:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Nathan Stupar is expected to receive the exclusive rights tender before the start of the new league year.

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  Falcons | Keeping an eye on Jason Pierre-Paul    Sun Feb 22, 07:32 AM

Free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants) may be pursued by the Atlanta Falcons if he hits free agency.

Footballguys view: The Falcons need to do anything they possibly can to improve their pass rush in 2015. Adding Pierre-Paul would be part of the answer. Pierre-Paul is talented, but his career has been set back by injuries. He's entering free agency on a high note after compiling 12.5 sacks in 2014.

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  Falcons | David Harris expected to be target    Fri Feb 20, 04:46 PM

New York Jets impending free-agent LB David Harris is expected to receive interest from the Atlanta Falcons if he hits the free-agent market, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Jets might be interested in bringing Harris back if the price is right, but he isn't worth the money on a huge contract. Atlanta is looking to reboot their defense again, and Harris could at least be a solid rotational player for them.

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   Falcons | No talks with Dwight Lowery yet    Fri Feb 20, 12:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent SS Dwight Lowery has not had any talks with the team about a new contract to this point.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman built for scheme    Fri Feb 20, 08:36 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman fits well in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'My first impression: I can feel the quickness,' Quinn said of Freeman. 'In our outside zone scheme I thought this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge. I love this guy's competitive spirit.'

Footballguys view: We are super excited about Freeman's fit in this new scheme. Freeman has the ability to make quick cuts, and he can accelerate in the blink of an eye. He's a back you could likely get in the later rounds of your draft, and Freeman could pay off like a good flex play or low-end RB2 if the role is large enough.

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  Falcons | Byron Maxwell has team's interest    Fri Feb 20, 07:18 AM

Free-agent CB Byron Maxwell (Seahawks) may have interest from the Atlanta Falcons, according to team sources. Maxwell played under Falcons coach Dan Quinn when Quinn was defensive coordinator in Seattle.

Footballguys view: The Falcons need as much help on defense as humanly possible. Maxwell is looking for a pay day after getting plenty of playing time with the Seahawks.

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  Falcons | ATL has interest in Julius Thomas    Fri Feb 20, 07:12 AM

Free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Broncos) has some likely interest from the Atlanta Falcons, who are looking for an upgrade at the spot this offseason.

Footballguys view: The move would make a ton of sense for the Falcons. Since Tony Gonzalez retired, they have had zero help at the tight end position. Julius Thomas would provide them with an upgrade and fit in nicely with Roddy White and Julio Jones.

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  Falcons | ATL has talked with Matt Bryant    Fri Feb 20, 07:07 AM

Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant and the team have had contract talks, but no substantial progress has been made. Bryant's agent will meet once again with the Falcons this weekend in Indianapolis.

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  Falcons | ATL has not started Julio Jones talks    Fri Feb 20, 07:00 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has not had contract talks start yet despite hearing how much the team likes him from owner Arthur Blank and head coach Dan Quinn.

Footballguys view: Jones is entering the final year of his contract in 2015. He has a cap number of $10.1 million this season, and there's no way the team is going to let him go. We could see the two sides begin to talk about extending his deal in the near future.

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  Falcons | Matt Bryant set to be free agent    Mon Feb 16, 07:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant is set to become an unrestricted free agent this March.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora set to be free agent    Mon Feb 16, 07:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora is set to become an unrestricted free agent this March.

Footballguys view: Umenyiora's 2.5 sacks were the lowest of his career since his rookie season (2003) when he finished with a single sack. He's no longer the player he used to be, but there might be a few teams interested in adding Umenyiora as a part-time pass-rusher. We could even see him return to the New York Giants.

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  Falcons | Peria Jerry, Jason Snelling released    Fri Feb 13, 05:32 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Peria Jerry was released from the Reserve/Left Squad list Friday, Feb. 13, while RB Jason Snelling was released from the Reserve/Retired list.

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  Falcons | Allen Bradford signed    Fri Feb 13, 04:54 PM

Free-agent LB Allen Bradford (Seahawks) has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Bradford follows former Seahawks DC (and new Falcons head coach) Dan Quinn to Atlanta. He'll compete for a depth spot at the linebacker position with the Falcons.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman in favor with new OC?    Tue Feb 10, 05:46 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman caught new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's eye coming out of college, though Shanahan is still evaluating the offensive personnel in Atlanta.

Footballguys view: An important note for dynasty owners here. Freeman has a running style reminiscent of a young Maurice Jones-Drew, and he could start to see more playing time in 2015. It wouldn't shock us to see the Falcons eventually lean on Freeman as the lead back. Of course, veteran Steven Jackson will have something to say about that.

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  Falcons | Atlanta will have up-tempo offense    Tue Feb 10, 05:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the tempo of the offense will be very fast, but that there won't be a lot of no-huddle implemented.

Footballguys view: This is a good idea for the Falcons. They have a few offensive weapons, now they just need to put their foot on the gas and make the most of that side of the ball. The move to an up-tempo system is good for guys like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson could be leaving    Tue Feb 10, 04:35 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson is expected to be on his way out of Atlanta with a new coaching staff and a new zone-blocking running scheme on the way under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers would take over backfield duties if Jackson were to leave, assuming Rodgers is retained.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Jackson having much left in the tank. The Falcons may decide to move on with younger/quicker/faster options. If they let Jackson go, the Falcons could show interest in a running back during the 2015 NFL draft.

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  NFL | Nick Boyle a sleeper tight end?    Wed Feb 4, 07:39 PM

Peter Stein, from the New Jersey Herald, reports that Delaware tight end Nick Boyle is working hard in preparation for the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Boyle is excited to show scouts what he can do. "Through high school, you watch the Combine, and then to finally hear you're going to the Combine, it's exciting. You've really got to embrace it and look to get better at everything you can do, because you're only able to do it once. ... I just want to be at my best and prepared when I go there."

Footballguys view: This is not a good draft class for tight ends. You have two top picks in Maxx Williams (Minnesota) and Clive Walford (Miami), then you have some late-round sleepers. Boyle could pay off with a late-round pick. He was impressive during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl earlier this year. Measuring in at 6'6" 270 pounds, Boyle has the size scouts are looking for. A team like Atlanta should have interest.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones in it for the long haul?    Wed Feb 4, 12:41 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is likely to stick around with the team long term, as new head coach Dan Quinn indicated in his introductory press conference that Jones is an asset he'd like to keep around. Jones is entering the last year of his contract in which he'll make $10.176 million. It will be Quinn's decision as to whether to extend Jones' contract. 'For me, just to have the chance to start the process with him, I can't wait. ... We love great players, and we want to celebrate all the good guys that we have. We're trying to collect more great players, not the other way around,' Quinn said.

Footballguys view: Jones is a rare talent, and so long as he stays healthy Jones will continue to dominate on the field. The Falcons should do everything they can to keep him around.

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  Falcons | Chris Morgan added to coaching staff    Mon Feb 2, 05:29 PM

Seattle Seahawks assistant line coach Chris Morgan has joined the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff as their new offensive line coach, according to a source.

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  Falcons | Dan Quinn agrees with Atlanta    Mon Feb 2, 10:01 AM

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reached an agreement to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Feb. 2. According to a source, it's a five-year deal.

Footballguys view: This move has been anticipated for quite some time. The Falcons get their man, and Quinn now gets to prove himself as a head coach. He should make an immediate impact on the Falcons horrific defense. They need to add more talent to that side of the ball, and the Falcons will be searching high and low for defenders through the draft and free agency.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones extension on hold    Mon Feb 2, 03:17 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will have contract-extension talks delayed. Incoming head coach Dan Quinn wants to fully assess the team's roster before he starts making personnel decisions. Jones is under contract through next season.

Footballguys view: Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he has a $10.1 million cap number in 2015. That's a bargain price compared to what other elite WRs are getting--or will get this offseason in free agency. After the new head coach analyzes the roster, we should see some movement on this contract extension.

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  Falcons | Wade Harman switching roles    Mon Jan 26, 02:28 AM

Atlanta Falcons assistant offensive line coach Wade Harman will change jobs and coach the tight ends.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan added to Pro Bowl    Mon Jan 19, 09:07 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been named to the 2015 Pro Bowl as a replacement for New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.

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  Falcons | Dan Quinn expected to be new head coach    Sun Jan 18, 11:02 PM

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to be hired by the Atlanta Falcons for their head coaching position after the Super Bowl. Quinn and new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan planned to be a package deal.

Footballguys view: The Falcons are just playing the waiting game. They will have to wait until after the Super Bowl since Quinn's Seahawks made it through the NFC Championship.

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  Falcons | Atlanta's tabs Kyle Shanahan as OC    Sun Jan 18, 10:59 PM

The Atlanta Falcons hired free-agent Kyle Shanahan (Browns) as the offensive coordinator Sunday, Jan. 18, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Shanahan knows how to craft an offense that features play-action passing and a strong ground game. Dynasty owners should consider this good news for Devonta Freeman. Shanahan and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is expected to take over as head coach, planned to be package deal.

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  Falcons | Jake Matthews dealing with foot injury    Sat Jan 10, 10:31 AM

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (foot) is dealing with a Lisfranc injury he suffered during the team's Week 17 game, according to sources.

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  Falcons | Dan Quinn interviews with Falcons    Sun Jan 4, 10:11 PM

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 4, for their head coaching position.

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  Falcons | Doug Marrone to interview Monday    Sun Jan 4, 08:25 AM

Updating a previous report, free-agent coach Doug Marrone (Bills) will interview with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, Jan. 5.

Footballguys view: Marrone seems to be a fit with the Jets as they continue to search for a head coach. However, the Falcons are not going to let him go without kicking the tires.

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  Falcons | Reid Fragel signs futures deal    Sun Jan 4, 08:05 AM

Atlanta Falcons OT Reid Fragel signed a Reserve/Futures contract with the club on Saturday, Jan. 3.

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  Falcons | Mickey Shuler signs futures deal    Wed Dec 31, 06:53 PM

The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent TE Mickey Shuler (Jaguars) to a futures contract Wednesday, Dec. 31. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Falcons will interview Rex Ryan    Tue Dec 30, 09:51 PM

Updating a previous report, former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has lined up an interview for next week with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We feel Ryan's most likely destination is with the Falcons. He's a defensive minded coach, and their defense needs a ton of work. We'll see if the two sides can come to an agreement quickly after they meet.

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  Falcons | Interested in Rex Ryan    Tue Dec 30, 05:49 AM

Free-agent head coach Rex Ryan, who was fired by the New York Jets on Monday, Dec. 29, will be contacted by the Atlanta Falcons.

Footballguys view: We wouldn't be surprised if Ryan was added in the near future. He's a defensive-minded coach, and the Falcons need the most help on the defensive side of the ball.

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  Falcons | Nine players signed to futures deal     Mon Dec 29, 06:34 PM

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed FS Brandan Bishop, DT Ricky Havili-Heimuli, CB Jordan Mabin, WR Freddie Martino, TE Kyle Miller, WR Bernard Reedy, OG Adam Replogle, LB Jacques Smith and RB Ronnie Wingo to futures contracts Monday, Dec. 29. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners in super super deep dynasty leagues should be monitoring Reedy here. He's a quick/fast receiver who can make plays after the catch. He's a deep sleeper worth keeping an eye on.

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  Falcons | Mike Smith fired    Mon Dec 29, 09:30 AM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was fired Monday, Dec. 29.

Footballguys view: Smith had a lot of success early on as the Falcons head coach, but he failed to get the team in the postseason each of the last two years. This move comes as no surprise.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones in the starting lineup    Sun Dec 28, 03:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is active and starting in Week 17 versus the Carolina Panthers. Jones was listed as questionable entering the game.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson inactive    Sun Dec 28, 03:35 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is inactive for Week 17 versus the Carolina Panthers.

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