Falcons Rumors & News

  • Bengals shake off injuries, down Falcons for 2-0 start

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The injuries continue to mount in this young season for the Bengals, but they overcame that on Sunday to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2006. The Bengals shook off a frustrating first half of missed scoring opportunities, an early game-ending toe injury to wide receiver A.J. Green and..." September 15

  • Jake Matthews out this week for the Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "If the Falcons are going to score 30 a game like Roddy White says, they’re going to have to do it this week without their left tackle. The Falcons just announced that Jake Matthews was out for this week’s game against the Bengals with an ankle injury. That will present a bigger problem..." September 12

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    I don't expect Jake Matthews to play Sun; my thought despite the optimism. Don't see why Falcons would chance the ankle after Roddy in 2013.

  • Roddy White won't let knee deter him

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White revealed he had his left knee drained this offseason, but the 32-year-old veteran expressed no concerns about it affecting his play moving forward. White, who appeared to bang the same knee during Sunday's 37-34 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints,..." September 10

  • Jake Matthews MRI reveals no significant damage

    The Falcoholic "NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that rookie Jake Matthews had undergone x-rays on his left ankle, which Matthews injured just before the half in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Those x-rays were negative and did not reveal any serious injury concerns, per..." September 09

  • NFL Leads Push For Franchise in Europe

    ThePostGame.com "This NFL season has kicked off with more fanfare than ever before, and excitement for the sport isn't limited to the United States. For the first time in the league's history there will be three regular-season games played abroad, all of them at Wembley Stadium in London. The games will come on..." September 09

  • New Orleans Saints' Junior Galette says defense to blame for loss to Atlanta

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There is more than enough blame to go around from the New Orleans Saints' stunning 37-34 overtime loss to Atlanta in Sunday's season opener. Almost every facet played a part. But Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette said Monday that the brunt of the loss falls on the defense, which..." September 09

  • Jake Matthews leaves game with ankle injury, questionable

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons didn’t panic when left tackle Sam Baker went down with a season-ending knee injury, since they drafted his replacement with the sixth overall pick. But they didn’t even get through the first half with Plan B." September 07

  • Falcons warn fans on parking, traffic disruptions at Dome

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With the Falcons set to open the regular season against the Saints on Sunday the team is warning fans about several traffic disruptions around the Georgia Dome because of construction of the new stadium. The construction, just south of the Dome, eliminated four parking lots with a total of..." September 06

  • The Falcons are Super Bowl contenders

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As we know, offseason appraisals of the Atlanta Falcons have run from lukewarm (Football Outsiders projected them to be better but not quite good) to lousy (Pro Football Focus assessed theirs as the NFL’s 30th-best roster). Here’s one, from Bill Barnwell of Grantland, that’s wildly — wildly, I say..." September 05

  • Mike Tice: Falcons’ O-line “won’t be punked over by anybody”

    Pro Football Talk "The toughness of the Falcons’ offensive line has been questioned often in the last year, most notably by owner Arthur Blank, who said he was bothered when none of the Falcons’ offensive linemen reacted to a hit on quarterback Matt Ryan. This year, Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice says his..." September 01

  • Falcons shuffle linebackers, sign eight to practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons kept linebacker Tim Dobbins on their initial 53-man roster, but they opted to go in a different direction on Sunday. The team announce that they have claimed linebacker Nate Stupar off of waivers from the Jaguars and released Dobbins to make room on the roster. Stupar has been well..." August 31

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    Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider

    Falcons cut linebacker Tim Dobbins, according to his agent, David Canter

  • Jones ready to help lead Falcons revival

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones considers his return from a broken foot a football and medical miracle. “Without God, none of this would be possible for me to get back out there,” Jones said. “I’ve just been staying faithful. I had to slowly build that strength back up. I’m almost back to the..." August 31

  • Yates leads Falcons to win over Jaguars

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With a spectacular passing performance, T.J. Yates laid claim to the Falcons’ backup quarterback position. Yates had one sustained drive and two long pass plays that went for touchdowns to help the Falcons defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-14 before 59,031 fans Thursday night at EverBank..." August 29

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    Jay Adams @FalconsJAdams

    RB Steven Jackson is suited up and in uniform. Looks like he's playing. #ATLvsJAX

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    Ben Volin @BenVolin

    Just asked Tony Gonzalez if he would consider coming out of retirement this year: "There is probably no chance of me coming back to play."

  • NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes $1M minimum salary, 18 games, other changes

    Yahoo! Sports "Sean Gilbert and DeMaurice Smith need to go at it, town-hall style battle-royale style in a debate. After all, these are the two men who could go head-to-head for the NFLPA executive director spot soon, even if the sitting executive director Smith has no plans of leaving his post. Gilbert, the..." August 26

  • Jake Locker sharp as Titans edge Falcons 24-17

    Tennessean "Jake Locker passed another preseason test and showed some moxie in the process. The Titans quarterback took way too many hits against the Atlanta Falcons, but he stood in the pocket, made some impressive throws under pressure and put together a performance to be proud of — 12-of-17 for 188..." August 24

  • Ryan plans to pick up the tempo on offense

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "In the regular season tune-up against the Tennessee Titans at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons offense will pick up the tempo. “I expect that our tempo is going to be up-tempo on Saturday night, the way that it has been the last couple of years here,” Ryan said. “Whether or not..." August 22

  • How Baltimore Ravens Drafted Joe Flacco Rather Than Trading Up For Matt Ryan

    ThePostGame.com "From Art Modell's founding of the franchise in 1996 to the decision to draft Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden, to victories in two Super Bowls the past 15 years, the Baltimore Ravens' short history has been full of highlights. Jamison Hensley has covered much of that history, first as a Baltimore Sun..." August 21

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams

    Forbes.com "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • Falcons RB Antone Smith: Jadeveon Clowney is 'just a guy'

    CBSSports.com "You might've seen this quotable nugget in this week's "Sorting the Sunday Pile" but in case you missed it: Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney blew someone up in the backfield again. That someone was Antone Smith, a running back for the Falcons. It looked something like BAM. Smith, as you..." August 18

  • Jake Matthews open to left tackle

    ESPN.com "With the strong possibility the Atlanta Falcons have lost starting left tackle Sam Baker for the season with a patella-related injury, rookie right tackle Jake Matthews said he is ready to switch to left tackle. Baker injured his right knee during the second quarter of Saturday's 32-7 preseason..." August 17

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The early diagnosis for #Falcons LT Sam Baker is a torn patella tendon, per source. If tests confirm, would almost certainly end his season

  • Roddy White not a fan of the preseason

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons had a long night in Houston, losing 32-7 to the Texans and possibly losing left tackle Sam Baker for the entire season. So what does receiver Roddy White takeaway from that or any other preseason game? “Nothing,” White told reporters after the game. “You get nothing out of..." August 17

  • Julio Jones shows flashes in return

    ESPN.com "Sure, Julio Jones didn't score a touchdown or make a spectacular one-handed grab, but just his presence on the field was a positive step for the Atlanta Falcons. The star receiver saw his first game action since suffering a fracture in his right foot Oct. 7. He caught two passes for 20 yards..." August 17

  • Texans bounce back in a major way with big win over Falcons

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans responded from disastrous start to coach Bill O’Brien’s first preseason in resounding fashion Saturday night, pounding the Atlanta Falcons 32-7 Saturday night to secure their first victory of any kind in 335 days. Most significantly, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick recovered from his..." August 17

  • Sam Baker injures knee, leaves game

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Falcons starting left tackle Sam Baker, who missed a good part of last season with a knee injury, was carted off the field in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. The medical staff attended to Baker's right knee as he covered his eyes in obvious..." August 16

  • Jake Matthews relishing the lessons he’s learning now

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "All eyes were on the 9-on-7 run drills between the Falcons and the Texans on Thursday morning. The Falcons first-team did well on the first day against the stout Texans’ front, but they struggled during this second practice. On the fourth play, rookie right tackle Jake Matthews whiffed on a..." August 15

  • Julio Jones expects to play on Saturday

    Pro Football Talk "Earlier this month, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said that he was OK not playing in the preseason and suggested that he might see action in the third week if the team brass decided that was the best course of action. Things may have speeded up in Atlanta, though. Vaughn McClure and..." August 15

  • Falcons struggled run blocking

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "All eyes were on the 9-on-7 run drills between the Falcons and the Texans on Thursday morning. The Falcons first-team did well on the first day against the stout Texans’ front, but they struggled during this second practice. On the fourth play, rookie right tackle Jake Matthews whiffed on a..." August 14

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Smith liked tackling, hated penalties

    ESPN.com "One of the points of emphasis for the Atlanta Falcons going into this season was improving tackling. In fact, coach Mike Smith said new tackling drills were introduced this offseason to get the matter corrected. But a tackling dummy doesn't compare to live action. Smith gave his assessment..." August 10

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Dwight Lowery back on practice field.

  • Penalties ruin big plays for Falcons RB Antone Smith

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons running back Antone Smith made a big play nearly every time he touched the ball in 2013. Smith tried to pick up where he left off during the exhibition opener Friday against the Dolphins but his teammates kept making his big plays count for nothing. Smith had two large gains nullified..." August 09

  • Yates makes a fine debut for the Falcons in win over Dolphins

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons backup quarterback T.J. Yates, a native of Marietta, had a fine debut with his hometown team. The Falcons acquired the former Pope High standout in a trade with the Houston Texans on June 18th after their offseason training program was completed. The Falcons sent linebacker Akeem Dent..." August 09

  • Devin Hester is ‘weapon’ for Falcons’ offense

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Bears eventually gave up on using kick returner Devin Hester as a wide receiver but Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Hester’s “play-making ability” has him excited to use him in that role. In 2013 Hester didn’t play an offensive snap for the first time since his rookie season..." August 08

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

  • Falcons to run the ‘Pistol’ offense

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are implementing the “Pistol” attack into their offensive scheme, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “I would be willing to bet that almost every team in the NFL does,” Koetter said. “The benefits of it have been proven.” The..." August 07

  • Hard Knocks recap: Falcons feisty as training camp begins

    Pro Football Talk "For a team coming off a massively disappointing 4-12 campaign in 2013, the opening of training camp for the Atlanta Falcons has featured some feisty moments. In the season premiere of HBO’s Hard Knocks reality show, the Falcons scrapped frequently over the first few days of training camp. After..." August 06

  • It turns out Falcons rookie Ra'Shede Hageman didn't fracture his wrist

    CBSSports.com "During practice last weekend, Falcons rookie defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman got into a physical altercation with center Joe Hawley, and the team's second-round pick left practice immediately afterward. Later, it was reported that Hageman had suffered a hairline fracture of his wrist, an injury..." August 06

  • Jones has concussion, Hageman a bone bruise

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons reserve offensive tackle Terren Jones suffered a concussion and is the league’s concussion protocol program and defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman suffered an undisclosed hand injury, Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. Jones was taken off the field on a stretcher to an awaiting..." August 04

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Clarity on #Falcons DL Ra’Shede Hageman, who was involved in a fight today. Source said he did not suffer a broken wrist or any broken bones

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    With Dwight Lowery' season in doubt due to concussion, Falcons add vet safety Tyrell Johnson.

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Mike Smith said safety Dwight Lowery suffered a concussion.

  • Biermann getting burst back

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Even the added weight of pads hasn’t slowed Kroy Biermann. The hybrid defensive end is showing positive signs in his return from a torn Achilles tendon that ended his 2013 season in Week 2. The Falcons began padded training camp practices last week." August 02

  • Julio Jones on contract: I want to make Falcons want me for rest of my career

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, part of the 2011 NFL draft class, said he is not concerned about signing a new lucrative contract at this particular time. "That's on them to decide," Jones told ESPN.com following Thursday's practice. "I just have to come here and show up and work..." August 01

  • Peria Jerry Retires From NFL After Five Seasons With Falcons

    The Falcoholic "The veteran defensive tackle will hang up his cleats in training camp. Peria Jerry is walking away from football at the age of 29, according to Jay Glazer. It's a surprising retirement, given that Jerry was coming off arguably his best season in the NFL and was still just 29 years old. We'll..." July 31

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    Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider

    Roddy White three-year extension worth $23 million, $7.55M bonus, salaries $3M, $2.2M, $2.75M, $3M; $500,000 roster bonus due June 3, 2015