Behind Enemy Lines: Browns-Falcons Preview

There have been several surprises and disappointments throughout this wild NFL season. We’ve witnessed bizarre moments and matchups as well. I’m not sure that a 6-4 team currently in last place has ever played a 4-6 team that is currently in first place in their respective division. Somehow the Browns have been one of the feel-good stories this year, yet are in last place in...
Via Pro Football Spot
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Falcons back at practice after week off

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons returned to work on Monday, a bit more upbeat after a week off. A look at the standings also gives them a reason to be hopeful. Amazingly, the Falcons are still in the mix despite a five-game losing streak. No one in the NFC South has a winning record midway through the season. The New Orleans Saints (4-4) lead pro football's weakest...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Time for the Atlanta Falcons to Start Leaning on Jacquizz Rodgers a Little More

When fans of the Atlanta Falcons watched running back Jacquizz Rodgers put the spin move on the Saints Sunday and dash in to the end zone from 17 yards out to give their team a 31-27 lead over rhe New Orleans Saints they went a little crazy. They had every right to go crazy too.Not only were they ahead, but they were getting a glimpse of the future of the Atlanta running game.via...
Via FatManWriting
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Jacquizz Rodgers Breaks Multiple Tackles for a 17-Yard Madden-esque TD Run

The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons have put on a show in their Week 1 matchup, but the highlight of the game came from Falcons’ running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Trailing by three points in the fourth quarter, Matt Ryan handed the ball of Rodgers who weaved his way through the Saints defense en route to a 17-yard touchdown. That looked more like a Madden run than a NFL play...
Via Standing O Sports
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Have Discussed The Possibly Signing FB Vonta Leach

  According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Falcons have discussed the idea of signing veteran FB Vonta Leach to a contract. Ledbetter projects the Falcons to keep four running backs including Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman, so there could be room to add a fullback. Leach mentioned a month ago that has received...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Who were the top playmakers from the Atlanta Falcons’ offense in week 1?

It’s always great to come out with a win, even if it’s just the pre-season. Hopefully, this gives the Falcons some confidence moving forward. The team played generally well, although there were definitely a fair share of problems, namely a boatload of penalties and the first team pass defense and a very weak special teams game. While the offense only produced one touchdown, there...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Notes: What We Learned From Beating the Dolphins

The Atlanta Falcons were able to score early and allow their defense to prevent Miami from taking the lead in a 16-10 win on Friday night. Solid play early by quarterback Matt Ryan, coupled with second and third team players making contributions were key in the team’s first preseason game of the year.The team in general was able to show improvement over last season. Here are a...
Via Football Nation
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Battles: Running Backs

Devonta Freeman is gaining a lot of momentum so far in camp. The all-purpose back out of Florida State had a impressive showing in the Falcons first preseason game (107 total yards). However, as we head into another week of camp, Freeman is still #3 on the depth chart. Jacquizz Rodgers is getting the reps with the #1 offense, but is being pushed hard from his back-ups. It is a likely...
Via cover32 - Falcons
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Who is the top fantasy football sleeper for the Atlanta Falcons?

The Atlanta Falcons training camp kicked off this week, which means that the 2014 NFL season is so close we can almost taste it. That also means that another all-important season is about to begin: fantasy football. I know that some of you may not be fantasy football fanatics, but don’t you think it’s time that you got in on the craze? Over 30 million people play every year and...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: 3 Atlanta Falcons to Avoid

Jacquizz Rodgers (24 years old, 4th season in the NFL, contract expires end of 2014)Jacquizz Rodgers has been the bane of my FF-existence for a couple of years now. I don't know how in the world he got to be a 'hopeful' for the Falcons, or for Fantasy Football GMs, from day-one. No matter how poorly Jacquizz plays...the Falcons stick right with him, wasting opportunities...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football Outlook

Matt Ryan may have lost Tony Gonzalez to retirement, but he will get a healthy Steven Jackson, Julio Jones and Roddy White back!  Sure the Atlanta Falcons face some stiff competition in the NFC South with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers (sorry Buccaneers fans), but when this offense is healthy, there is no stopping them!Be sure to read our Julio Jones Effect on...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Option to use Hester at WR position? Grade “C”

The return game for the Falcons has looked like a revolving door for 2013. Jacquizz Rodgers took on the role of kickoff returner for the most part of last year, and after a concussion knocked him out of the game for the rest of the season, Jason Snelling stepped in. Harry Douglas and Robert McClain took turns at punt returning but didn’t leave too much of an impression. It was...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

What should the Atlanta Falcons expect from their runningbacks in 2014?

  Despite two seasons of a running attack that averaged only 77.9 yards per game and finished dead last in the NFL. This, however, does not deter Steven Jackson’s desire for the Falcons to rank within the top 10 this season. The next step of course, is whether the Falcons can achieve this goal, and what can we expect in general from the running attack this season.  I don’t...
Via cover32 - Falcons
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Agree to Terms with Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman has a chance to steal carries from Jacquizz Rodgers. (Phil Sears) The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with running back Devonta Freeman. Falcons announce they’ve agreed to terms with fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 22, 2014 The Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round (103rd overall) out of Florida State. Atlanta...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Draft: Atlanta Falcons take Jake Matthews

The Atlanta Falcons went into the NFL Draft hoping to find a way to acquire the first overall pick from the Texans to select Jadeveon Clowney. That didn’t happen, but the Falcons were more than happy to take offensive tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M off the board. Matt Ryan needed more protection last season in a big way, and Matthews will be able to step in immediately...
Via Sports-Glory
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Host RBs Jeremy Hill, Carlos Hyde and Terrance West

  Vaughn McClure of ESPN, citing a league source, reports that the Falcons brought in a trio of running backs today for a visit: Carlos Hyde of OSU, Jeremy Hill of LSU and Terrance West of Towson. Atlanta appears to be looking to fortify their backfield, despite the fact that they threw the ball under OC Dirk Koetter more often than any team in the NFL. Steven Jackson and Jacquizz...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

National Rewind: Offseason Power Rankings, Atlanta Falcons mock draft pick, more

While the NBA and NHL playoffs are now in full swing, the NFL never rests. Here are the best national columns from the cover32 universe this week. National Columns - The top-10 cornerbacks in the NFL Draft. (READ) - POWER RANKINGS: Grading each teams offseason performance so far. (READ) - NFL Mock Draft Round 1 version 1.0 (READ) - The 10 best games on the 2014 NFL schedule ...
Via cover32 - Falcons
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Falcons Draft Scenario I; Proposed new uniforms for the Facons?; and some hidden gems at running back

Another week has come and gone Falcon fans. This week was highlighted by the first installment of Mike Byers’ Draft Scenarios, a column highlighting the controversial new proposed uniforms, and Shauyan Saki’s take on some under the radar running backs. Here are a few of the columns you might have missed! Mock Draft Scenario I : Click Here for Link The new proposed Atlanta Falcons...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

A case for making Jacquizz Rodgers a feature back

I want to lay out my case for Jacquizz Rogers as the Falcons feature back in 2014. But it would be best to define some terms before we get into that. I feel like we get phrases such as “feature back”, “power back”, “change of pace guy”, and “homerun threat” muddled together far too often. We hear these terms thrown around on the networks, sports radio, and message...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Under the radar prospects: Running Back

The running back position has been devalued in the draft process. In 2013, for the first time in decades a running back was not taken in the first round. However, the Falcons need a consistent running back in 2014. They cannot allow for the broken shell of Steven Jackson and the inconsistent JacQuizz Rodgers to carry the load. Last season, the ball club finished dead last in the...
Via cover32 - Falcons
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers report card: Everything just good enough to get by Falcons

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Handing out grades following the GreenBay Packers' 22-21 home win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14:Passing Offense: BMatt Flynn was far from perfect, but he did enough thingswell that the Packers were able to score 22 points and get the win. Also, noone would ever confuse Flynn with Aaron Rodgers, but for a quarterback who'sbeen released twice this season...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Packers report card: Everything just good enough to get by Falcons

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Handing out grades following the GreenBay Packers' 22-21 home win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14:Passing Offense: BMatt Flynn was far from perfect, but he did enough thingswell that the Packers were able to score 22 points and get the win. Also, noone would ever confuse Flynn with Aaron Rodgers, but for a quarterback who'sbeen released twice this season...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals Preview

Jacquizz Rodgers caught two touchdown passes last week. (Daniel Shirey) The Atlanta Falcons look to notch their first road win as they head out west to face the Arizona Cardinals. The Falcons (2-4)  rode Harry Douglas, who had to step into the role as the top target with Julio Jones being out for the season and Roddy White nursing ankle and hamstring injuries, and Matt Ryan to...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: 20 fun facts to ponder for Week 8

Here are 20 whimsical factoids some positive, some negative to digest before the SundayMonday slate of Week 8 games: 1-10 1. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers boasts absurd averages of 346 yards passing and 3.3 touchdowns in his last four games at the Metrodome. 2. Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson (612 total yards, six TDs) has dominated every NFC North foe through the years...
Via Fox Sports South
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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