Falcons Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 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