Falcons Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by Bloomberg.com. The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • Vic Beasley preparing for move to SAM linebacker

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons are transitioning Vic Beasley from his role as a LEO pass rusher last season to SAM (strongside) linebacker. "It's off to a great start," Beasley said of the change, via the team's official website. "I just know that it's a new position. I played a little bit of linebacker..." May 19

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16

  • Falcons' new stadium to feature 'game-changing' concession prices

    The Score "The Atlanta Falcons will be putting on a clinic when it comes to fan experience in their new stadium. Looking ahead to the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017, the Falcons announced Monday that concessions are set to feature a "game-changing" pricing structure. From the team's..." May 16

  • Atlanta Falcons will pass on veteran cornerback Leon Hall

    ESPN "The Atlanta Falcons are not going to sign veteran cornerback Leon Hall at this time, a league source told ESPN.com. Hall, 31, visited the Falcons' facility last week. Coach Dan Quinn said Hall was a player capable of helping the defense, but Quinn said the team wanted to fully review Hall's..." May 14

  • Devin Hester worries about the future of the kickoff

    TMZ "NFL superstar Devin Hester -- one of the greatest kickoff returners of all time -- is imploring Pop Warner football to reconsider its ban on kickoffs because... well, isn't it obvious? "I disagree with that decision," Hester tells TMZ Sports. FYI -- Pop Warner recently announced it would be..." May 14

  • Arthur Blank: More data needed that Vegas can support NFL team

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank understands the allure of having an NFL franchise in Las Vegas, but Blank said he wants to make sure the city is fully committed to supporting a team before he can advocate such a move. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis made clear his intentions to relocate the..." May 13

  • 10 players on the roster bubble heading into training camp

    The Score "The most exciting stage of free agency has come and gone, but there are still plenty of moves to be made before the 2016 season gets underway. With the NFL draft now in the books, and teams having added plenty of competition to their respective rosters, a number of veteran players will be..." May 11

  • Study reveals interesting data about NFL player suicide rate

    The Comeback "According to government research, NFL players are less likely to commit suicide than the average man in the general population. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed research on over 3,000 retired players, and that research showed that NFL players were less likely..." May 11

  • 10 NFL players who are destined for breakout seasons in 2016

    USA Today "As rookie camps and OTAs get going around the league, prepare yourself for hype season. You know, that’s the time of the year when you start to hear that Young Player X is dominating in practice and primed for a big year. We’ve picked out ten players who will undoubtedly create that buzz over the..." May 11

  • Familiarity with coach helps Schweitzer

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Picking up the scheme of the offensive line has been a little easier for guard Wes Schweitzer than for most rookies. The key to Schweitzer’s knowledge of the Falcons’ offensive line in the Falcons’ minicamp is that he previously played for Falcons’ assistant line coach Keith Carter. “Keith..." May 09

  • N.F.L. Concussion Payouts Have Lenders Circling

    New York Times "The offers seem too good to pass up: Loans worth tens of thousands of dollars with no money down and no time limit for paying it back. The main catch, sometimes buried in the fine print, is the interest rate of 40 percent or higher. “We take the weight off your shoulders,” reads one pitch,..." May 09

  • Falcons sign three tryout players

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons signed three tryout players from their rookie minicamp on Saturday. Earning 90-man roster spots were offensive lineman Shabaz Ahmed, wide receiver David Glidden and defensive end Brandon Williams." May 08

  • Falcons considering signing Leon Hall

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team is still considering signing cornerback Leon Hall, a free agent who formerly played for the Bengals. The Falcons have had him take a physical exam and they are reviewing his medical reports. Hall visited the Falcons on Wednesday. Hall, 5-foot-11, 193..." May 07

  • Falcons become first team to sign all their draft picks

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have become the first team to sign every member of their 2016 draft class to their rookie contracts. Atlanta got the ball rolling with safety Keanu Neal on Wednesday and announced on Thursday evening that they have secured deals with their other five picks. At the rate that rookies..." May 06

  • Falcons Agree To Sign 22 UDFAs

    Pro Football Rumors "Despite the fact that Atlanta only selected six players during last weekend’s draft, the Falcons’ rookie minicamp will be a busy place. The team confirmed today that it has signed 22 undrafted free agents to fill out its roster, with another 27 free agent rookies headed to the minicamp to try out..." May 05

  • Falcons, Keanu Neal Agree To Terms

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have become the first NFL team to agree to terms with their first-round pick from the 2016 draft, striking a deal with safety Keanu Neal less than a week after selecting him. The team announced the agreement today in a press release, adding (via Twitter) that Neal will officially sign..." May 04

  • Falcons GM: ‘I don’t think we’ve hired anyone from Scouts Inc.'

    Sportsnaut "Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s decision to take Keanu Neal was viewed by many in the NFL Draft community at a pretty big reach. That sentiment has reached the ears of the Falcons G.M., who doesn’t appear to respect those opinions very much. Draft grades vary from person..." May 03

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Arthur Blank: Falcons will be playoff team in 2016

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons have missed the playoffs three straight seasons and the 2015 season was one of the most “stressful” of all for owner Arthur Blank. He watched his team start 6-1, then spiral to an 8-8 finish. But Blank believes the Falcons will return to the postseason in 2016, despite the backdrop..." May 03

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    Gator Country "University of Florida safety Keanu Neal became the second Florida Gator drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft when the Atlanta Falcons selected him No. 17 overall in the first round. Neal said deciding to forego his final season of eligibility at Florida was the “hardest he ever made,” but the..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Falcons prepared to stand pat at 17, upgrade defense

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The visits with draft prospects are completed. No more private workouts or three-cone drills on college campuses. Arthur Blank’s private plane gets a rest. All scouting reports have been submitted. Now, the Falcons are ready to turn in their draft card in the first-round of the NFL draft,..." April 28

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • Goodell: NFL Draft likely to leave Chicago, Denver, Atlanta want to host

    Chicago Sun-Times "Though commissioner Roger Goodell was thrilled with Chicago’s staging of the NFL draft last year — and is bracing for a bigger event downtown next week — he expects it to be held elsewhere in 2017. During an informal meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors, Goodell said Thursday it’s “very..." April 24

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Falcons exercise 2017 option on Desmond Trufant

    AtlantaFalcons.com "Share Link Print Email RSS Falcons Exercise Option on Pro Bowl CB Trufant Posted 2 hours ago Kelsey Conway AtlantaFalcons.com Twitter The Falcons have exercised their fifth-year option on Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant which allows Atlanta to extend his rookie deal through..." April 22

  • Falcons considering trading down in 1st round

    ESPN "The Atlanta Falcons have done their share of wheeling and dealing under general manager Thomas Dimitroff, including a blockbuster trade in 2011 that landed Julio Jones in exchange for five draft picks. But with only five selections this year after losing their fifth-rounder for a crowd noise..." April 22

  • Dimitroff says Falcons believe Matt Ryan can win them a Super Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff says the quarterback position is one place where he has no doubt at all about the team’s personnel. Dimitroff said this morning on PFT Live that he’s completely confident that Matt Ryan is a quarterback who can win a Super Bowl in Atlanta. “Matt has..." April 22

  • Could the Falcons select offense in the first round?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are putting the final touches on their draft board this week. With the mega-trade between the Rams and Titans, the Falcons are virtually certain to have a strong defensive player available when they select with the 17th pick overall. The have heavily scouted linebackers, safeties..." April 19

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Falcons searching for hybrid linebacker-safeties

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "One of the interesting evaluations for the upcoming NFL draft is how to assess the hybrid defensive players at the safety-linebacker position. Last season, St. Louis and Arizona buttressed their run defense by using former safeties closer to the line of scrimmage and had Mark Barron and Deone..." April 18

  • Falcons still counting on Justin Hardy to be quite a catch

    ESPN "A receiver caught Matt Ryan's attention when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback gathered teammates in South Florida for workouts recently. Sure, the dynamic Julio Jones always stands out, so that was a given. And, of course, Ryan recognized newcomer Mohamed Sanu, with Sanu signed to be the No. 2..." April 14

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Former Falcons star Jamal Anderson sentenced to 12 days in jail on DUI charge

    Gainesville Times "A former Atlanta Falcons running back pleaded guilty recently to two traffic-related offenses and was sentenced to 12 days in confinement. Jamal Sharif Anderson, 42, pleaded guilty on March 18 to less safe driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. He turned himself in to the..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

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