FALCONS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Falcons’ 2017 rookie profile: Why Takk McKinley fits Dan Quinn’s ‘fast and physical’ mantra

An in-depth look at the Falcons' first-round pick and what he could bring to the team in 2017.
Via AtlantaFalcons.com
12 hours ago

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff will help host a bicycle build day for children in Atlanta

Thomas Dimitroff’s passion for cycling is no great secret.
Via AtlantaFalcons.com
1 day ago

WATCH: Falcons’ rookie linebacker Duke Riley pulls SUV… by himself

Rookie linebacker Duke Riley posts video of his grueling offseason workout
Via AtlantaFalcons.com
1 day ago

Devonta Freeman contract situation lingers

All signs have been pointing to a long-term contract for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. But with no deal happening, maybe it’s time to re-read the signs. Maybe Freeman, who is a year away from the open market or the franchise tag (which currently outpaces market value), has decided to roll the dice. Maybe he’s…
Via Pro Football Talk
1 day ago

Takk McKinley not expected to be ready for start of camp

The Falcons believe first-round pick Takkarist McKinley can bring the same kind of energy to their defense that he brought to the draft. And they’re willing to wait for it. According to Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report, McKinley “is scheduled to sit out the early days of training camp” because of his surgically repaired shoulder.…
Via Pro Football Talk
1 day ago

Falcons Rookie Duke Riley Works Out By Pulling SUVs Around Town

Atlanta Falcons rookie Duke Riley puts your average human’s workout to shame. While most of us are satisfied getting in a certain amount of steps each day, Riley is getting in an evening sweat by pulling an SUV down the street. Riley, who was a third-round pick by the Falcons out of LSU, shared the video on social media with the caption, “Straight work!” That’s one way to...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago

Matt Ryan laments Kyle Shanahan’s play-calling at end of Super Bowl

It will take a long time before the Atlanta Falcons ever live down their overtime Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. It was a brutal loss that saw the Falcons tank a 28-3 lead they owned in the third quarter. Quarterback Matt Ryan, who is obviously still impacted by the devastating 34-28 loss, had this to share regarding his former coordinator’s play-calling. “Kyle’s...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Countdown to Camp: Day 8 – Freeman’s contract situation

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals to tie the game 7-7 during the first quarter Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s...

Matt Ryan expects he will ‘always’ have ‘scar’ from Super Bowl loss

Quarterback Matt Ryan has to lead his team back from one of the most devastating defeats in sports history.The Atlanta Falcons quarterback said Tuesday that coming back from that Super Bowl LI loss — a game in which the Falcons blew a 28-3 third quarter lead — is harder than ever, but that his team has no choice but to do so.“It takes a little bit of time, there’s no question...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

UPDATED DEPTH CHART: After Falcons place Robinson on reserve/retired list

072816 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons Andy Levitre (right) and Alex Mack blocks for quarterback Matt Ryan while Grady Jarrett defends during the first day of training camp on Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com FLOWERY BRANCH — A quick roster analysis reveals that the Falcons are thin at the interior line positions and have no one who’s started...

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Countdown to Camp: Day 9 – The battle at right guard

Atlanta Falcons guard Wes Schweitzer sits in the locker room at the team’s practice facility, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Flowery Branch, Ga. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter his third season with the team. FLOWERY BRANCH — The battle royale...

Falcons fantasy outlook 2017: Devonta Freeman and the carries of doom

Freeman may be due for some slight regression, but he’s a slam dunk top ten back this season. While Matt Ryan enjoyed an MVP season, Alex Mack got a ton of credit for the team’s offensive resurgence in 2016, and Julio Jones remains a beast. For all that, Devonta Freeman was still one of the team’s most vital offensive cogs, and one of the best fantasy running backs of all...
Via The Falcoholic
6 days ago

Calvin Johnson on favorite WR: 'Hard to pass up Julio Jones'

Calvin Johnson knows a thing or three about being the NFL’s best, so when he offers his opinion on the current state of affairs around the league we listen. Megatron was recently asked which receiver is currently his favorite, and he pointed to Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones.Johnson was in Italy when he gave a press conference for the Italian Bowl. We recently covered some pretty...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Falcons’ new concession prices are the least they do

Along with a confirmation that the new Atlanta Falcons stadium will in fact open before the start of the 2017 regular season, a tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell this week served to remind many fans of the new stadium’s most notable feature aside from a puckering roof: reasonably priced concessions! Compared to the going rate for food at other venues around the league, it’s quite...
Via Yardbarker
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons confirm August 26 open date, show off ‘fan friendly’ concessions

New NFL stadiums oftentimes charge sky-rocketing prices for concessions. In order to keep fans coming to their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, set to open August 26, the Atlanta Falcons will offer a “fan-first” price-friendly menu. These prices really aren’t too shabby. One could easily purchase three or four concession items for under $10 bucks. That’s practically unheard of...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 6/30: Buckle up, here comes free agency madness

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome the the YB Box Score, what we're reading while making sure our phone is fully charged in case our agents need to call us this weekend. Happy birthday today to Michael Phelps, Ben Utecht, Chan Ho Park, Jim Montgomery, Mike Tyson and Sterling Marlin. On this date...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Food and drink at Falcons' new stadium will be affordable

It’s unfortunate that nowadays, the average sports fan has been priced out of attending NFL games. The Atlanta Falcons, however, are doing what they can to change that.The team will play in its brand-new venue, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, starting this season, and it appears that both beer and food will actually be affordable for fans, which is a nice change of pace compared to what...
Via The Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons need to get a Devonta Freeman deal done

Devonta Freeman came into the NFL as a fourth round draft pick out of Florida State in 2014. Since then, the running back has gotten off to a great start for his career. Freeman was rarely used in his rookie season, but he burst onto the scene when he got more chances in his sophomore season. His second season in the NFL saw him rush for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also...
Via isportsweb.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons ‘confident’ they will sign Devonta Freeman to extension

Devonta Freeman is entering the final season of his rookie deal with the Atlanta Falcons, but the running back may not have to worry about his contract situation for much longer.ESPN’s Diana Russini reports that the Falcons are “confident” they will be able to sign Freeman to a long-term extension by the start of training camp Freeman has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Vic Beasley ready to take on extra blockers

Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley is expecting more attention from blockers this season after leading the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season.It’s not like this will be new to Beasley. He was held without a sack in three postseason games, which means he needs to do a better job overcoming the extra blockers he’s already seeing.“When they bring three, it’s pretty rough, but the main...
Via The Sports Daily
June 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons’ Freeman and Coleman rated in the top four NFL running back duos

After an outstanding 2016-2017 season with the success and accolades of prominent players Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons look to have another favorable season. According to Good Morning Football, a football talk show on the NFL Network, the Falcons have one of the top four running back duos in the 32-team league: Devonta Freeman, sporting number 24, and Tevin Coleman...
Via isportsweb.com
June 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan really wants Falcons to put Super Bowl loss behind them

Know what Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is tired of hearing about?The Super Bowl loss.Ryan and the Falcons were obviously going to face endless questions this summer after blowing the lead against the New England Patriots and now staring a Super Bowl hangover right in the face.For Ryan, though, the process of putting the gaffe behind the team started months ago, as captured...
Via The Sports Daily
June 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Falcons’ Dontari Poe has $125,000 on the line with weight incentive

Keeping players in peak physical condition is essential for teams to have the bets possible players on the roster. Sometimes you need to provide a bit of a monetary incentive in order to keep some players in shape. The Seattle Seahawks offered free agent running back Eddie Lacy a serious incentive to keep his weight down, but others around the league have similar incentives in their...
Via The Comeback
June 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons and Steve Sarkisian are a match made in heaven

After working with quarterbacks for the Raiders, head coaching at University of Washington and University of Southern California, along with a one-year stint as offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, Steve Sarkisian has moved back to the NFL as the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator- and Matt Ryan couldn’t be happier. The pair have been in talks for offensive...
Via isportsweb.com
June 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Falcons to honor Michael Vick, Roddy White with retirement ceremony

All that talk from Michael Vick about retiring with the Atlanta Falcons apparently was no lie.The Falcons announced on Friday that the franchise will hold a retirement ceremony Monday to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments both Vick and Roddy White had for the franchise.“We consider all former Falcons to be Falcons for life, and part of our family,” Falcons owner Arthur...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 09, 2017  |  Discuss
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