Falcons Rumors & News

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Falcons release James Stone with injury settlement

    The Falcoholic "Well, you can wonder twice as much, because now the Falcons have opened up another roster spot. Center James Stone was thought to be in the mix for either the center or guard spot coming into the 2015 season. Well, neither of those really happened. He showed up out of shape to camp and couldn't..." July 19

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, ESPN.com reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Tevin Coleman’s role to grow, Devonta Freeman’s role to shrink in 2016?

    The Falcoholic "The Falcons have indicated throughout the offseason that they intend to give Tevin Coleman a larger role, but this is the first time they’ve said it in such straightforward fashion, and it’s the running backs coach saying it. The Falcons, remember, had Tevin Coleman installed as the starter a..." July 12

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • Cowboys in talks to sign Justin Durant

    The Score "The 30-year-old spent last season with the Atlanta Falcons, but missed three games due to various injuries. When healthy, however, Durant was a consistently solid performer for Atlanta. He should provide stability for a Cowboys defense that's been hit hard by suspensions this offseason, with..." July 11

  • Falcons want Devonta Freeman to carry it less often this year

    Pro Football Talk "Few players did more for the Falcons last year than Devonta Freeman. But they’re hoping to make him do less this year. Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the goal was to keep Freeman fresher, and give Tevin Coleman more of..." July 11

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • Falcons offseason report: Retooled team hopes to take flight in 2016

    USA Today "A strong start in 2015 made the second half of the season that much more painful to watch for Atlanta Falcons fans. After winning the first five games, the team lost eight of the last 11, including a six-game losing streak in November and December. There were definite bright spots with Devonta..." July 11

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Roddy White: Falcons lost because of my limited role

    NFL.com "Roddy White continues to recount his final season with the Atlanta Falcons. After 11 seasons in Atlanta, White was cut earlier this offseason after putting up just 506 yards on 43 catches with just one touchdown -- his lowest totals since 2006. The receiver told WZGC-FM in Atlanta that the..." July 07

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Defense is looking to attack, punish in 2016

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons’ defense made some strides last season as the team went 8-8, but, under first-year coach Dan Quinn, they failed to reach the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The unit, which is aiming to get faster in 2016, finished last season ranked 16th in the league in yards allowed..." June 29

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • Dan Quinn doesn’t believe in two-point conversions

    The Comeback "It’s been a debate that has picked up steam since the rule was changed last season, where the extra-point kick attempts were moved to the 15-yard line to encourage teams to go for two. Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn doesn’t feel the needed to go for two still and doesn’t like the idea of..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Julio Jones is probably not going to break any more franchise receiving records in 2016

    The Falcoholic "Over the long haul, it's fair to assume that Julio Jones will someday own every franchise receiving record for the Atlanta Falcons. If he stays healthy, he's simply too gifted and too important to this team's offense not to. There is, however, reason to doubt that Julio will exceed the heights..." June 26

  • Dimitroff: ‘Of course, I’m on the hot seat’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who’s been with the team since 2008, believes that he’s “on the hot seat” heading into the 2016 season. Dimitroff, in an interview on the Talk of Fame network with long-time pro football writers and Hall of Fame voters Ron Borges, Rich Gosselin and..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Antonio Brown, Julio Jones among most-featured receivers

    ESPN "In his record-setting 2012 season, Calvin Johnson was targeted a league-high 201 times. He finished that year with 1,964 yards, an NFL record that very well could be challenged this season, given the talented group of pass-catchers who are in their primes. Just last year, Julio Jones and..." June 18

  • Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long: 'I'm finally healthy'

    ESPN "Jake Long hasn't been this healthy in years. And now, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft is ready to play and find a new team. "I'm finally healthy," Long told ESPN on Saturday before coaching at the University of Michigan Big Man camp. "This is the healthiest and best I've felt in..." June 18

  • Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long: 'I'm finally healthy'

    ESPN "Jake Long hasn't been this healthy in years. And now, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft is ready to play and find a new team. "I'm finally healthy," Long told ESPN on Saturday before coaching at the University of Michigan Big Man camp. "This is the healthiest and best I've felt in..." June 18

  • Falcons demand $200M in changes to new stadium

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons have ordered about $200 million worth of changes to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, half of it last month, according to a report prepared by a state agency. The latest project status report by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority disclosed that the Falcons organization “has..." June 18

  • 5 position battles to watch at Falcons’ minicamp

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn and his staff have done a great deal of experimenting with position changes this offseason. With the team’s mandatory minicamp set for Tuesday through Thursday, those experiments are nearing an end. The staff will then have six weeks to evaluate those moves before the..." June 14

  • Michael Vick wants to play another season, go out with a bang

    Newark Star-Ledger "Michael Vick will be 36 years old later this month. A "healthy 36" as he likes to say. Vick is three years younger than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He's a year younger than Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He's only six months older than Giants quarterback Eli Manning. And Vick's not..." June 13

  • Roddy White says he’ll only play for contender, or will retire

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "For the first time since stepping off the UAB campus 12 years ago, Roddy White finds himself without a team, a paycheck and the certainty of a career. But he’s at peace with that. He has made and banked millions, he has five beautiful children, he’s building his dream home and there are obvious..." June 09

  • Jim Harbaugh wanted to draft Julio Jones

    Sportsnaut "Current Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh has made a point of not throwing his former San Francisco 49ers organization under the bus. Sure he’s made the token off-handed remark here and there, but for the most part the Wolverines head man has remained professional in the face of what..." June 08

  • Julio Jones: Improved communication key for Falcons on offense

    ESPN "As the Atlanta Falcons concluded Tuesday's session of organized team activities, a group consisting of top receiver Julio Jones, quarterback Matt Ryan, coach Dan Quinn, general manager Thomas Dimitroff, and wide receiver Justin Hardy huddled on a far field, engaged in an extended..." June 08

  • Falcons making a splash: cut Dawson, sign Capi and Huey

    The Falcoholic "After weeks wondering if the Falcons will add a potential impact defensive end like Dwight Freeney, they announce they have brought in Nordly Capi. Questions at offensive line? Nothing that Michael Huey can't handle. Remember Josh Dawson? He was not fast and/or physical enough to play for the..." June 07

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium could include ‘Hall of Heroes’ military memorial

    ESPN "The CEO of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank's businesses hopes to honor military veterans inside the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. AMB Group's Steve Cannon, a former artillery officer stationed in Germany, spoke about his vision while attending the Rookie Olympics at the Falcons' facility this..." June 04

  • Mike Vick describes his 'dark road' in documentary trailer

    CBS Sports "Mike Vick was one of the most electrifying college football players I can ever remember watching. Vick played like he had a cannon inside his left arm and, of course, he was also the fastest quarterback we've ever seen. The Falcons traded up to snag him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001..." June 03

  • Bears hosting Jake Long

    Pro Football Talk "Although some have mistaken them for siblings at various points during their careers, tackle Jake Long and guard Kyle Long aren’t brothers. They could be playing together in 2016, however. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jake Long will spend part of Thursday working out for the Bears, who..." June 02

  • Mike Nolan: Desperate Falcons should sign Dwight Freeney

    ESPN "Former NFL head coach and ex-Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has coached pass-rushers 33 years of age or older, including Lawrence Taylor, John Abraham, Jason Taylor, and Osi Umenyiora. So Nolan, now a television and radio analyst who is scheduled to be on ESPN next month,..." May 31

  • Falcons should trade for Ronald Leary

    Cover32 "Reports surfaced early this week that stated the Dallas Cowboys are interested in trading guard Ronald Leary. Leary had been a starting cog in Dallas’s dominant offensive line for a few years. However, since the emergence of La’el Collins, Leary’s role has diminished. So why should the Falcons..." May 26

  • Atlanta Falcons experiment with Courtney Upshaw on d-line

    UPI "Former Baltimore Ravens strong-side linebacker Courtney Upshaw is getting a look at defensive end. Upshaw, a former second-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens, is 6-feet-2 and 272 pounds. "They are trying to figure out where they want to play me," Upshaw said. "I'm just trying to learn every..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Atlanta, South Florida, L.A. chosen to host Super Bowls

    NFL.com "The NFL announced the locations for Super Bowls LIII, LIV, and LV on Tuesday, resulting in a lot of happy folks folks in Atlanta, South Florida, and Los Angeles. The NFL announced at the Spring League Meeting on Tuesday that Atlanta has won the right to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019. It will be..." May 24

  • Jalen Collins admits ‘mistake’ led to 4-game suspension

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins, who lined up at right cornerback in the team’s nickel and with the second-team in the base, addressed his four-game suspension for using performing enhancing drugs for the first time on Monday. “I was just going through some things last year and made a..." May 24

  • Vic Beasley quietly moves from defensive end to linebacker

    Pro Football Talk "In Dan Quinn’s first season as defensive coordinator with the Seahawks, former first-round defensive end Bruce Irvin was moved to linebacker. In Quinn’s second season as head coach of the Falcons, former first-round defensive end Vic Beasley has moved to linebacker. The shift for the eighth..." May 22

  • Falcons bid on 2019-2021 Super Bowls, and will find out if they won Tuesday

    The Falcoholic "The Falcons have a brand-spankin' new stadium opening in 2017, with cheap concessions, plenty of bells and whistles, and an eye on hosting Super Bowls. On Tuesday, they'll find out whether they landed the 2019, 2020, or 2012 game. Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC, all 32 NFL teams will vote..." May 21

  • Atlanta, L.A., Miami likely to host 2019-2021 Super Bowls

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL owners will decide on Tuesday which three cities will host the Super Bowls in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and that decision is expected to show that building a new stadium or rehabbing an old one is the path to hosting America’s biggest sporting event. Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami are likely..." May 21