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The Atlanta Falcons' first workout in full pads brought a sense of relief to veteran linebacker Mike Peterson.
With the NFL's year-old collective bargaining agreement limiting how many times teams can hit in practice, Peterson liked the spirit he saw from his teammates.
Until Sunday, Peterson, a 13-year veteran, felt as if training camp had yet to start.
''It's been a cakewalk, man,'' he said. ''You have to get your extra work in the film room or studying a little more, but as far as the physical part of it, it's been a cakewalk.''
The Falcons are trying to gauge their nasty factor six months after losing 24-2 to the New York Giants and dropping to 0-3 in the playoffs under coach Mike Smith.
A first day in pads was traditionally one of training camp's toughest, but the new CBA eliminated two-a-day practices and lessened the number of times players will collide in pads.
Such changes mean that players and coaches must carefully...
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Matt Ryan likes to undersell his athleticism in a self-deprecating manner.
The Atlanta Falcons' fifth-year quarterback doesn't talk much about it publicly, but Ryan is usually among the first to poke fun at his speed and arm strength.
''Matt is a very humble guy, and Matt is a better athlete than you think,'' Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. '...
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said Friday that he is pretty sure that this season will be his last. "I would say that I'm 95 percent sure, just in case," Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I talked to my family this offseason. I've had a great run. I feel pretty good about where I'm at as a player. I just want to make sure that...
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez told reporters yesterday that he’s 95% certain that he will retire after the conclusion of the 2012 season. Gonzalez, 36, has lost a step since his days with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he is still a productive player, recording 80 receptions and seven scores last year. A durable player, known for his physical fitness, he has only missed...
Atlanta coach Mike Smith is looking for new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to help the Falcons increase their third-down stops.
In a 25-year NFL head coaching career that has included stops as a defensive coordinator with the Giants, Redskins, Jets, Ravens, Broncos and Dolphins, Nolan has built a reputation for scheming to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks - and receivers...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is close to retiring from the NFL.
How close is up in the air.
Gonzalez said Friday that he’s 95 percent sure the upcoming season will be his last, but he wasn’t ready to completely rule out a return in 2013.
“I’ve had a great run,” he said. “I don’t want to be one of those players toward...
Aron White making most of opportunity
White said he is using every opportunity to benefit from being around Gonzalez, whom he called “the greatest to ever play.”
“Anything that he does mention, you try to take in as much as possible and be a sponge,” White said. “At the same time, you don’t want to crowd a guy. We all have to act professionally and take care of our...
Vince Manuwai Released
Basically, the coaches were impressed with what they’d seen from guards Garrett Reynolds, Peter Konz, Mike Johnson and tackle-guard Andrew Jackson and were also able to make a clear assessment of Manuwai, who played eight seasons in Jacksonville before sitting out last season.
An early camp casualty
A Look Ahead: Day Four
Julio Jones continues...
The St. Louis Rams signed fullback Ovie Mughelli to a one-year contract, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday. Mughelli, 32, was released by the Atlanta Falcons on May 8. He played seven games with the Falcons last year before a knee injury cut his season short. The 2003 fourth-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens went to the Falcons after four years and signed...