Found August 02, 2014 on Route4Sports:
PLAYERS: Matt Ryan
TEAMS: Atlanta Falcons
Raise your hand if you picked the Atlanta Falcons to do big things last year. . . Come on now, it wasn’t just me. The Atlanta Falcons seemed to become depleted on both sides of the line of scrimmage and got hit with the injury bug, which ultimately made future Hall of Famer, Tony Gonzalez’ last season – a forgettable one.Quarterback Matt Ryan is the glue for this team and although last season was by far his worst, it was one that should help in his growth as the franchise QB of the Falcons. With a season ending injury to Julio Jones and Roddy White battling injuries all season long, his options at wideout were limited. Even running back Steven Jackson, was riddled with injuries all season long so Ryan couldn’t rely on a strong running game either. Add to the fact that the offensive line was about as strong as a lamp-shade – the fact that Ryan was still able to throw for over 4500 yards last season is remarkable. Matt Ryan’s talents were never questioned, but his toughness and leader...

Matt Ryan has three years to win the Super Bowl

Ten yards. That’s all that separated Matt Ryan and his first Super Bowl in 2013. As all Falcons fans remember, Ryan and the Birds never made it those final ten yards, watching instead as San Francisco marched off to New Orleans to face the Ravens.Instead of a bitter 2013, though, things turned out pretty sweet for Ryan: in July, he signed a 5-year, $103 million dollar contract...

Weekly Rewind: Camp goes on into its second week, while a former top pick calls it quits

Here are the top stories from the previous week: BLOG: Matt Ryan has a 3-year window to win a championship BLOG: Why training camp should get more coverage BLOG: Five last minute trades Atlanta should pursue NEWS: Peria Jerry calls it quits You may also be interested in:Weekly Rewind: Camp goes on into its second week, while a former top pick calls it quitsAtlanta Falcons WR Julio...

Atlanta Falcons sign Georgia State defensive lineman

If the Atlanta Falcons had a major weakness during the 2013 season, it was defending against the run. They gave up 135.8 rushing yards per game, which ranked them second worst overall in the NFL. To help plug up the holes on its defensive line the Falcons are looking for help from a local product. Yesterday the team announced via Twitter that it has signed Georgia State defensive...

Peria Jerry retires from Atlanta Falcons

Peria Jerry has retired. With that, yet another mediocre tenure in the NFL is over. The 29-year-old was selected 24th by the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 and surrendered a run that was marred by pedestrian numbers thanks to various injuries that consistently killed his momentum at each turn. Going into the 2014-15 run, Jerry was not a guarantee to make Falcons roster if this was a factor...

Falcons safety suffers 3rd concussion in NFL career

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith confirmed Saturday that free safety Dwight Lowery, who has been working with the starters, suffered the third concussion of his NFL career during Friday night’s practice, Vaughn McClure of reports. “Dwight, as I said last night, he had an injury to his head, and he is in the concussion […] The post Falcons safety suffers 3rd concussion...

Falcons Sign DT Theo Agnew

The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of DT Theo Agnew on Friday. The Falcons have signed former Georgia State DL Theo Agnew. #RiseUp — Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) August 1, 2014 Agnew actually tried out for the Falcons during their rookie minicamp. He originally started his college career at the University of Massachusetts before transferring to Georgia State in...

Exonerated Brian Banks accepts job in NFL front office

It took much longer than expected, but Brian Banks has made it to the National Football League. The exonerated former high school football player at famed Long Beach Poly High School has accepted a job in the NFL front office, he announced Saturday. According to the NFL, Banks will be a manager in the football operations department and on game days assist with the officiating department...

Falcons’ Ra’Shede Hageman Fractures Wrist in Fight

This isn’t necessarily how rookie second-round pick Ra’Shede Hageman wanted to start his pro career. The massive and talented defensive lineman apparently fractured his wrist after punching teammate Joe Hawley in practice on Sunday (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution).  AJC writer Tanya Sichynsky had this to say about the incident.  …Rookie defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman...

Falcons’ WR Julio Jones Has Special Cleats Designed

Falcons’ WR Julio Jones Has Special Cleats Designed Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones is returning to practice after suffering a severe season-ending foot injury early last year. Taking extra care to protect his surgery-repaired right foot, Under Armour designed a special cleat that will provide extra comfort while wearing … The post Falcons’ WR Julio Jones Has Special...

Report: Falcons Second-Round Pick Ra’Shede Hageman Fractured Wrist In Fight

  Vaughn McClure of, citing a league source, reports that Falcons second-round pick DL Ra’Shede Hageman suffered a fractured wrist in a fight with C Joe Hawley. According to McClure, Hageman threw a punch at Hawley during pass-rush drills. Hageman’s injury is considered to be a hair-line fracture. Head coach Mike Smith mentioned that he wasn’t pleased with Hageman...

Brian Banks joins the NFL front offices

After spending sixty-two months in prison after being falsely accused of sexual assault, Brian Banks was released from jail in May of 2012. The former high school stand out, spent last year with the Atlanta Falcons after working out for several teams including the Seattle Seahawks. Today, Banks announced via Twitter that he would be taking a front office position with the NFL offices...

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

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 following Thursday's practice. "I just have to come here and show up and work every day. I've got to make them feel like they want me here...

A pair of names to keep your eye on during the Atlanta Falcons camp

It was business as usual Tuesday at Flowery Branch as the Falcons completed day five of training camp. I had the opportunity to attend Tuesday’s training camp and I must say that I was impressed at the first, second, and third-team offense and their drills. It goes without saying that vets such as Matt Ryan, Roddy White (despite a pair of drops), Devin Hester, and Julio Jones had...

Lowery out with another concussion

Do the Falcons have an issue at safety with Dwight Lowery?

Peria Jerry retires from the NFL

The Falcons took a hit on the defense Thursday with an unexpected retirement.
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