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The Atlanta Falcons weekend training camp photo album

The Atlanta Falcons officially began their 2014 season by kicking off training camp this weekend in Flowery Branch. After a disappointing 4-12 campaign the Falcons have a lot of work to do to get back on top of the NFC South division, which they won in 2012. For those of you who can’t make it out to see the team in action live, we collected the best photos we could find from social...
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Camp Previews: Running Backs look to improve 2014 output

The Atlanta Falcons’ running back corps is coming off of a dismal 2013 — one in which the team finished dead last in the NFL with a paltry 77 rushing yards per game. A lot of blame could be thrown at the offensive line, and rightfully so, but the running backs weren’t particularly impressive in their own right. The Falcons invested heavily in the offensive line this offseason...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Offensive projections for the 2014 NFL season: Atlanta Falcons

This offseason the Falcons spent a majority of their money and draft picks to beef up their offensive and defensive lines. While these transactions aren’t viewed as the “sexy” picks they are the directly effect the production of the skill players. This season the addition of Jake Matthews, Jon Asamoah on top of the return of Sam Baker and Mike Johnson from injuries gives the...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons coach throws support behind Steven Jackson

When the Atlanta Falcons added veteran running back Steven Jackson prior to last season some saw it as the piece that would get the team over the hump and into the Super Bowl. Instead Jackson struggled and the Falcons few victim to early season injuries en-route to a losing season, one year after a NFC Championship loss. Last year the Falcons added Jackson on a three-year deal worth...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' DeCoud misses practice with concussion

Coach Mike Smith says he has not ruled out Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud, who has not practiced this week, for Sunday's game against Washington. DeCoud was held out again Thursday as he continues to recover from a concussion that knocked him out of last week's loss at Green Bay. Smith says if DeCoud has not made progress by Friday, he would then be declared out for...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons' offense is missing in second half of loss

Roddy White says the Falcons' 10th loss was especially painful. Atlanta's offense disappeared after taking a 21-10 lead at Green Bay on Sunday. The Falcons were shut out in the second half of the 22-21 loss to the Packers. It was a disappointing finish after such a strong start. Steven Jackson had 55 yards rushing and White had five catches as the Falcons built the first...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

The Handcuff Report – The Payoff Special

Did you see that? Did you like what I did there? I used Payoff instead of Playoff as a means to be PUNy. *squeezes horn* Yeah, I’m not very funny, the baby’s mama said most people laugh at me instead of with me. Funny I never got that til I met Sky a couple months back. I’m also not very happy right now. I have missed the playoffs almost everywhere, have tried kicking out the...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Green Bay Packers preview

The Atlanta Falcons are still on the road as they travel to Lambeau Field to face off against the 5-6-1 Green Bay Packers who have been losing since they’re beloved QB Aaron Rodgers left five weeks ago with a collarbone injury.  With Rodgers possibly out another week, the Falcons have a better chance at winning.  Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been ruled out or in at this point. It...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Five Atlanta Falcons who have impressed in 2013

The Atlanta Falcons recorded their third victory of the season on Sunday in a 34-31 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills, an achievement that has sadly been celebrated more than a win over any Bills’ team should ever be. The 2013 season has been a bust for the Atlanta Falcons, who are now 3-9 and were the first team eliminated from playoff contention this season. Despite the...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons need young players to thrive during stretch run

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With the straightest of straight faces, Mike Smith decided to crack a joke on Monday. The Falcons head coach, who, in his official business with the media, is mostly as serious as they come, had some fun at the expense of the teams beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution while staring into cameras that would, at some point, carry the news conference...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons looking to finish strong in dismal season

Mike Smith knows the value of a strong finish, even in a dismal season such as this one. The Atlanta Falcons coach has been urging his players to forget their record over the final month of season. They are off to a good start in that regard, beating the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime this past weekend to snap a five-game losing streak. Smith remembered Monday how the Falcons...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Antone Smith’s impact

In the last quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB Antone Smith had his breakout regular season debut with a 50-yard rushing touchdown. He pushed the Atlanta Falcons’ rushing total to 731 yards this season, scraping the Falcons out of the gutter and into to 31st in the league. This may not seem like much to praising, but this year’s squad has had very little...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

FOX Sports.com Week 12 NFL cheat sheet

The schedule makers have taken some hits this year. Carolina faced the 49ers and Patriots coming off byes in back-to-back weeks. The Vikings had three primetime games in 18 days. The Bills got six different opponents coming off their byes. Yeah, the critics have some points. But look at the schedule we've got up ahead. It doesn't get much better than what we've got in...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

FOX Sports.com Week 12 NFL cheat sheet

The schedule makers have taken some hits this year. Carolina faced the 49ers and Patriots coming off byes in back-to-back weeks. The Vikings had three primetime games in 18 days. The Bills got six different opponents coming off their byes. Yeah, the critics have some points. But look at the schedule we've got up ahead. It doesn't get much better than what we've got in...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons trying to come to terms with dismal season

The music was blaring in the Atlanta Falcons locker room Tuesday, which made it seem like old times. Hardly. The Falcons (2-8) are mired in a four-game losing streak and all but assured of their first losing season since 2007 heading into Thursday's prime-time game against the first-place New Orleans Saints. For players such as quarterback Matt Ryan, these are the strangest...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Adds For Week 12

Injuries can damage your fantasy football team’s hopes as quickly as you can say injured reserve. Every week the waiver wire offers owners a chance to infuse new talent onto their roster. Usually at this point of the season a player who wasn’t even a thought on draft day could be the answer to your team’s fantasy needs down the stretch. There are a couple of players who fit...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints-Falcons Preview

A year ago, the Atlanta Falcons were vying for the best record in the NFC while the New Orleans Saints were mired in one of the most frustrating seasons in team history. With the roles reversed in 2013, the visiting Saints can sweep the season series by extending the Falcons' longest skid in six years to five games Thursday night. The return of coach Sean Payton and addition...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons must bounce back quickly for Saints clash

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith might have hedged last week when asked if he would go to young players during the teams bitterly disappointing season. But after the club's latest non-competitive loss, major personnel changes as signified late in the game could be on the way. The Falcons don't have much time to regroup before their Thursday home...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Smith, Folk lead New York Jets past Falcons 30-28

Geno Smith wasn't flustered. Not after all the mistakes in his first four games. Not after the Atlanta Falcons went ahead on a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining. Looking like a wily ol' veteran instead of a rookie, Smith calmly guided the New York Jets to another victory. Smith threw three touchdown passes and directed a drive that set up Nick Folk's 43-yard...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Battered Falcons need next 4 players to step up

The Atlanta Falcons always talk about having a ''next man up'' mentality. This time, the next four men are up. Dealing with the most serious rash of injuries that coach Mike Smith has ever encountered, the Falcons returned to practice Wednesday looking to fill some major holes heading into a game at Miami against the unbeaten Dolphins. Smith greeted the media cheerily...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Hard work paying off for Jones, Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- For Julio Jones, who is making life miserable for the team's young defensive backs, life couldn't be better.After making his first Pro Bowl appearance in his second season in 2012, the wide receiver picked up his first national endorsement deal in the offseason. He appears in a commercial with Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. He also made a...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 2013 Draft Outlook: Running Back

The Falcons are bringing back the same backfield they had last season with the exception of trading up by replacing Michael Turner with Steven Jackson. Behind Jackson we have Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling and Antone Smith. At fullback we have Bradie Ewing and I just don't see us carrying more than one FB on the roster. There are so many needs on defense and now...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Free Agency Tracker

Free Agency isn't exactly moving forward at the speed of light but since we all have lives (well at least some of us) it's still possible to miss a move or two. With that in mind I thought I would re-cap exactly where the Falcons are in free agency in terms of players re-signed, players signed and players lost. Re-Signed  ...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Grits Blitz Mailbag: Osi, Willy Mo and More

Free agency looms in our near future as it kicks off at 4 pm on Tuesday March 12th. Right now we are left to dream about guys like Darrelle Revis and Elvis Dumervil and think about what they would look like in Falcons uniforms (that didn't sound too weird or creepy did it?). Until then the Falcons can re-sign their own guys but as I type this up, the Falcons have only re-signed...
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March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Resign Antone Smith

The Falcons made their first roster move since they cut ties with the trio of Dunta Robinson, John Abraham and Michael Turner as they resigned restricted free agent Antone Smith. {gallery}myfolder{/gallery}   Smith is a 5'9", 190 pound running back that mainly plays on special teams. Not exactly a sexy signing but it is nice to see a familiar name inked to return...
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March 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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