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  Falcons | Duke Riley selected by Atlanta    Fri Apr 28, 10:11 PM

The Atlanta Falcons selected LB Duke Riley with the 75th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: He was consistent put only produced for a year. Riley could be a solid fit as a weak side linebacker, but he seems to have a low ceiling.


  Falcons | Takkarist McKinley selected by Atlanta    Thu Apr 27, 11:09 PM

The Atlanta Falcons selected UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.

Footballguys view: McKinley is a solid edge rusher who could be really impressive when he gets a little more refined. He has good athleticism, and a solid motor but isn't a finished product.


  Falcons | Jimmy Staten let go    Wed Apr 26, 01:10 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Jimmy Staten was waived Wednesday, April 26.

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  Falcons | Jake Matthews option picked up    Tue Apr 25, 12:16 PM

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews had his fifth-year option exercised Tuesday, April 25. He's under contract through the 2018 season.

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  Falcons | Coach fine with Dontari Poe's weight    Sun Apr 23, 07:12 PM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said he was comfortable with DT Dontari Poe's weight when he reported for offseason workouts this past week but did not disclose the weight.

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  Falcons | Taylor Gabriel signs RFA tender    Sat Apr 22, 06:04 PM

Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel signed his one-year tender worth $2.81 million on Saturday, April 22.

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  Falcons | Atlanta eyeing a move up in the draft    Fri Apr 21, 02:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff believes there will be opportunities to move up from the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta has heavily scouted pass rushers. Missouri DE Charles Harris or Tennessee DE Derek Barnett are among those pass rushers who could be available in the 20s.

Footballguys view: The Falcons have no issues moving up in the first round as they proved with WR Julio Jones years ago. With the 31st pick, there's a chance Harris would be there but Barnett should be long gone. There will be movement in the 20s, and expect the Falcons to be a player in that mix.

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  Falcons | Charles Harris worked out for Falcons    Fri Apr 21, 11:06 AM

Missouri DE Charles Harris worked out for the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago.

Footballguys view: Harris is getting a lot of buzz right before the draft...and for good reason. He was a basketball star in high school, and he takes that type of fluid athleticism to the football field as a pass rusher. He can make plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage, and Harris has good burst when the ball carrier is within range. He could be an option for the Falcons with the 31st overall pick in the first round.

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  Falcons | Kemal Ishmael moving to LB    Thu Apr 20, 10:39 PM

Atlanta Falcons FS Kemal Ishmael is expected to switch positions and play outside linebacker in 2017, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman deal won't come soon    Thu Apr 20, 03:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to receive a contract extension, but a deal is not anticipated in the near future. It is not likely that the two sides will commence negotiations before training camp and negotiations could spill into the regular season. Freeman has one year remaining on his rookie contract.

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  Falcons | Dwight Freeney's status unclear    Thu Apr 20, 03:30 PM

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Falcons) has already said he is not retiring from the NFL, but it's still unclear if the Atlanta Falcons will re-sign him. Atlanta will not decide on whether or not to make Freeney an offer until after the draft.

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  Falcons | Several Falcons limited during workouts    Wed Apr 19, 04:52 PM

Atlanta Falcons C Alex Mack (leg), CB Desmond Trufant (pectoral), DE Derrick Shelby (Achilles') and DE Adrian Clayborn (biceps) have been limited during offseason workouts this week but all four players should be ready for training camp.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones limited    Wed Apr 19, 04:51 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) has been a limited participant during offseason workouts this week.

Footballguys view: They don't need to rush him back at all. He is expected to be ready for training camp and is not walking with any limp.

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  Falcons | Taylor Gabriel reports without signing    Mon Apr 17, 11:54 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel reported for organized team activities Monday, April 17, without yet signing his free-agent tender of $2.746 million.

Footballguys view: Other teams have until Friday, April 21, to sign Gabriel to an offer sheet, so it is possible he is just waiting until the last minute to see if he can generate any outside interest.

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  Falcons | Elijah McGuire worked out for Falcons    Mon Apr 17, 08:32 AM

Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire worked out for the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago.

Footballguys view: McGuire is a dangerous change-of-pace back who can excel in space. He's not a banger between the tackles, but he's good as a receiver and can make defenders miss in the open field. McGuire is likely to be a late-round pick or priority free agent. The Falcons may be looking for another playmaker behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

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  Falcons | O.J. Howard to visit Atlanta    Sat Apr 15, 09:46 AM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard's final pre-draft visit will be with the Atlanta Falcons.

Footballguys view: The Falcons could use a talent like Howard at the tight end position. They drafted Austin Hooper last year in the third round, but he's not the type of talent that Howard is. Arguably the best tight end in arguably the best tight end draft class in NFL history, Howard has size, speed and the ability to make plays down the seam. He's big, fast and physical...plus Howard was known to shine brightest in the biggest games.

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  Falcons | Jordan Willis works out for Atlanta    Fri Apr 14, 07:34 PM

Kansas State DE Jordan Willis recently worked out for the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Falcons | Roddy White calls it a career    Fri Apr 14, 02:10 PM

Free-agent WR Roddy White announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons Friday, April 14.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones recovering well    Wed Apr 12, 09:02 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) watched from the sidelines Wednesday, April 12, as a number of teammates took part in a players-only workout led by QB Matt Ryan. However, Jones showed no signs of a limp and didn't need crutches or a protective walking boot after undergoing surgery in early March.

Footballguys view: He is not expected to participate in Atlanta's offseason workout program, which begins April 17, but he should be ready for the team's regular-season opener in September.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman will be at workouts    Wed Apr 12, 05:20 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he will participate in the offseason workouts and minicamp even though he is entering the final year of his contract. Freeman is optimistic that he will receive a contract extension before the 2017 season.

Footballguys view: He should be optimistic as Freeman's contract is now likely the team's top priority. They got an extension done for CB Desmond Trufant, and Freeman is the next man up. Look for something to go down as we get nearer to the start of training camp.

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  Falcons | Derek Barnett works out for Falcons    Tue Apr 11, 08:25 AM

Tennessee DE Derek Barnett had a personal workout with the Atlanta Falcons recently, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Barnett is one of the most productive players in this draft class. He's technically sound, strong and has a great work ethic. Barnett broke Reggie White's all-time sack record at the University of Tennessee and has plug-and-play ability with star upside as a pro.

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  Falcons | More on Desmond Trufant deal    Mon Apr 10, 09:23 AM

Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant's five-year, $68.75 million extension lands him a $14.75 million average over three years. He'll earn $33 million by March 2018 and has $42 million guaranteed. The deal makes him paid in the top four at the position.

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  Falcons | Desmond Trufant making progress    Sun Apr 9, 05:03 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (pectoral) said he is making good progress in his recovery from a torn pectoral but is not ready for practice at this point.

Footballguys view: The Falcons just extended Trufant last week, so they don't have any concerns about his recovery. He said he will be in great shape once training camp begins.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman extension likely around camp    Sat Apr 8, 06:30 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff expects to address a contract extension for RB Devonta Freeman 'going into training camp,' Dimitroff said an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, April 4.

Footballguys view: First up, the team had to take care of CB Desmond Trufant. With his extension done over the weekend, Freeman is next up to get a new deal.

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  Falcons | Desmond Trufant receives extension    Sat Apr 8, 09:36 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have signed CB Desmond Trufant to a five-year contract extension worth $69 million, including $42 million in guaranteed money, according to multiple sources.

Footballguys view: The Falcons were working on this for some time, and extended Trufant was a priority for them this offseason. Trufant will play the final season under his rookie contract in 2017 before the extension goes into effect.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones making progress    Fri Apr 7, 12:54 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is in the 'strengthening phase' of his recovery from surgery, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Footballguys view: Jones is on the road to recovery, and the Falcons will wisely take it easy on him as they progres through the offseason workout program. We'd imagine by the time training camp rolls around in August that Jones will be good to go.

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  Falcons | Forrest Lamp to work out for ATL    Wed Apr 5, 07:03 PM

Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp is scheduled to have a private workout with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, April 11.

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  Falcons | Atlanta works out two Utah linemen    Wed Apr 5, 03:01 PM

Utah OT Garett Bolles and OG Isaac Asiata worked out for the Atlanta Falcons last week.

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  Falcons | Atlanta's RG spot open for competition    Sat Apr 1, 07:00 PM

Atlanta Falcons OGs Ben Garland, Wes Schweitzer and Hugh Thornton are expected to battle it out in training camp to start at right guard in the wake of Chris Chester's retirement.

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  Falcons | Three Falcons may compete for RG job    Sat Apr 1, 03:07 PM

Atlanta Falcons OGs Ben Garland, Wes Schweitzer and Hugh Thornton are expected to be candidates for the starting right guard job next season.

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  Falcons | Ben Garland officially re-signs    Thu Mar 30, 03:58 PM

Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent OG Ben Garland officially re-signed Thursday, March 30.

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  Falcons | Desmond Trufant to sit out workouts    Wed Mar 29, 03:51 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (pectoral) will not participate in the offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Quinn said Trufant will be held out as a precaution.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman could receive extension    Wed Mar 29, 02:33 PM

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension later this year.

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  Falcons | Desmond Trufant extension expected soon    Wed Mar 29, 02:29 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant is expected to receive a contract extension in the near future, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

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  Falcons | Ryan Schraeder cleared to run    Tue Mar 28, 07:58 PM

Atlanta Falcons OT Ryan Schraeder (ankle) has been cleared to begin running and is expected to participate in the offseason program, which commences April 17, according to a source. Schraeder tore a ligament in his right ankle during Super Bowl LI.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones should be fine for camp    Thu Mar 23, 02:27 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is expected to be at full health in time for the start of training camp in late July. Jones was wearing a boot, but he appeared to be moving around well and was not using crutches. A minor procedure was performed on Jones' foot March 6 after he played with the injury for most of the second half of last season.

Footballguys view: Jones should be fine in time for camp, so he'll be more than ready for the start of the season. We expect him to be a top receiver option in fantasy circles again come September.

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  Falcons | Atlanta signs two fullbacks    Tue Mar 21, 05:07 PM

Free-agents FBs Derrick Coleman (Seahawks) and Soma Vainuku (Texans) were signed by the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 21.

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  Falcons | Hugh Thornton joining Falcons    Tue Mar 21, 02:53 PM

Free-agent OG Hugh Thornton (Colts) will sign a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Rich McKay signs extension    Tue Mar 21, 10:29 AM

Atlanta Falcons president and chief executive officer Rich McKay received a five-year extension Tuesday, March 21, through June 2022.

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  Falcons | Dontari Poe's contract features weight clause    Sat Mar 18, 09:41 AM

Atlanta Falcons DT Dontari Poe's one-year deal includes a $500,000 bonus connected to meeting a consistent weight level, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Footballguys view: The Falcons are just being smart here. Poe weighed 346 pounds at the 2012 Scouting Combine and has been listed at that amount ever since but has stated that he wants to play at 330 pounds with the Falcons.

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  Falcons | Dontari Poe turned down additional dollars    Thu Mar 16, 06:52 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Dontari Poe ended up turning down a one-year, $9 million deal (plus incentives) that was fully guaranteed from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He favored the Falcons all along.

Footballguys view: The Falcons appear to be closer to a championship, a likely factor for Poe. He may also stand out more in Atlanta, where there are less potential impact defenders. That would give him a better chance of cashing in on a contract in 2018.

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  Falcons | Dontari Poe joining Falcons    Thu Mar 16, 01:05 PM

Free-agent DT Dontari Poe (Chiefs) agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal Thursday, March 16, according to a source. He can earn up to $10 million with incentives.

Footballguys view: This is a nice addition to the Falcons as they continue to improve their defense. It's essentially a prove-it deal, which is a little surprising considering Poe's ability but it leaves both sides flexibility next year - something which seems a theme for this year's free agency.

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  Falcons | Coach hopes Dontari Poe joins Falcons    Wed Mar 15, 02:16 PM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said he had a good meeting with free-agent DT Dontari Poe (Chiefs) and hopes Poe decides to sign with the Falcons.

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  Falcons | Dontari Poe leaves Atlanta without deal    Wed Mar 15, 08:14 AM

Free-agent DT Dontari Poe (Chiefs) left his visit with the Atlanta Falcons without a deal.

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  Falcons | Jerome Felton expected to sign with ATL    Wed Mar 15, 12:29 AM

Free-agent FB Jerome Felton (Bills) is expected to sign with the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Falcons | Andre Roberts signs with Atlanta    Tue Mar 14, 08:25 AM

Free-agent WR Andre Roberts (Lions) signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 14. The deal includes $750,000 guaranteed.

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  Falcons | Kemal Ishmael re-signs with Atlanta    Mon Mar 13, 11:56 PM

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed free-agent FS Kemal Ishmael to a one-year, $2.5 million deal Monday, March 13.

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  Falcons | Dontari Poe to visit Falcons    Mon Mar 13, 01:35 PM

Free-agent DT Dontari Poe (Chiefs) is scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Falcons following his visits with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.

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  Falcons | Rex Burkhead meets with Atlanta    Sat Mar 11, 05:25 PM

Free-agent RB Rex Burkhead (Bengals) met with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, March 11, according to a source.

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  Falcons | Atlanta checked in on T.J. Lang    Sat Mar 11, 05:15 PM

Free-agent OG T.J. Lang (Packers) has received some interest from the Atlanta Falcons, but the Falcons are not believed to be in the mix to sign him at this point, according to a source.

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