Who Will Start for the Falcons on Offense?

#159784040 / The Atlanta Falcons are looking for redemption in 2014, after a terrible 2013 campaign.  The team is looking to take a major step in the right direction, with an offense that will look a lot different than last season.  Mainly because of retirees, healed injuries, and draft picks.  Here I project the Falcons starters for the 2014 season.  Quarterback...
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Tennessee Titans: 5 Defensive Players to Watch vs. Atlanta

Starting strong has been a major for the Tennessee Titans defense so far in this preseason. Though the unit has settled in nicely afterwards, it’s a concern that could be amplified if they don’t fix it quickly.When the Titans travel to Atlanta this Saturday to play the Falcons, the starting defense will be under the microscope. The third preseason game will allow the starting...
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Five reasons the Falcons will win Saturday

1- The starters should play a complete half. After going 0-3 on 3rd down the Falcons have a lot to prove to their fans this week. Having the starters playing extended time should result in more productivity. 2- Matt Ryan should have a bounce back game 3-There is no Jadeveon Clowney…. 4- It is hard to imagine Atlanta getting embarrassed on Hard Knocks in back to back weeks, but...
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Buy or Sell: Matt Ryan

Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers remain the Big Three when it comes to fantasy football QBs. After that there’s a mess of guys in the second and third tiers who can win you championships. Matt Ryan falls somewhere in that mix. Even sans Tony Gonzalez, Ryan has all the skill position talent a signal caller could need to rack up money-making stats. Yet Ryan, so far in...
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The Atlanta Falcons don’t need to call Tim Tebow, but these 10 teams should

He hasn’t been seen in awhile, at least on the football field. The only vision of Tim Tebow of late has been on the SEC Network, where he currently is filling the role of a college football analyst. While that gig helps pass the time, and brings in a paycheck, the former Heisman Trophy winner still itches to get back in the game. The quarterback who electrified the league with...
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How Baltimore Ravens Drafted Joe Flacco Rather Than Trading Up For Matt Ryan

From Art Modell's founding of the franchise in 1996 to the decision to draft Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden, to victories in two Super Bowls the past 15 years, the Baltimore Ravens' short history has been full of highlights. Jamison Hensley has covered much of that history, first as a Baltimore Sun reporter for 11 seasons before moving to ESPN. In this excerpt from his new...
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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan holds steady in 1-32 starting QB rankings

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux...
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Forbes ranks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan NFL’s highest paid

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is a solid quarterback. If you were to ask most people to rank their top ten at the position in the NFL, the sane ones would all place him somewhere on that list. But Ryan is at the very top of another prestigious list. According to an article by Kurt Badenhausen in Forbes magazine, Ryan earned a total of $43.8 million between June 2013 and 2014....
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Game Notes: Falcons/ Texans

The Falcons’ second preseason game of the year was an utter disaster: a 32-7 loss to the Houston Texans, a team that won just two games last season. This loss looks even worse when considering the Falcons were crushed by a team coming off a 32-0 defeat just last week. Atlanta was outplayed in every phase of the game and looked nothing like the team we saw just a week before against...
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Falcons: Three observations from 'Hard Knocks' Episode 3

Unfortunately for the Atlanta Falcons, the third episode of "Hard Knocks" from HBO ended in a similar tone to the way it began: focused on a season-ending injury. Tuesday's newest episode began with a rather encompassing look at an ACL reconstruction surgery on rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill. The fifth-round pick went under the knife, and the HBO cameras showed a...
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‘Hard Knocks’ Made Us Watch ACL Surgery

HBO It’s like the producers took exception to all the complaints about this season being boring and said, “Yeah, that’s cool, now you have to watch Marquis Spruill’s ACL surgery.” I mean, I can’t say I really learned anything about how ACL surgeries work, but I got to see shredded tendons up close. That’s something. This episode had a decent amount of Roddy White joking...
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4 Downs NFC South: New Orleans, Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay

Today in 4 Downs we will examine some of the moves from the NFC South’s off-season. 1st Down–New Orleans Saints: Though each team goes through a slew of off-season transitions, New Orleans had two moves on each side of the ball that really stood out. Offensively, First they traded away pass gobbling scat-back Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth round pick. Initial...
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Atlanta Falcons tumble down preseason Power Rankings, check in at No. 18

Every team has played two games. Most of the starters have seen enough action to provide a sense of what a team has to offer. And the picture is becoming clearer around the league. Yes, it’s dangerous to put too much stock in preseason games. But it’s also foolish to ignore information that can be very valuable, which is what exhibitions provide to the keen observer. With that...
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2014 Fantasy Football Team Preview: The Atlanta Falcons

Note: This piece was originally written on July 15th by Andrew Miller and is one of many unique pieces that can be found in our 2014 fantasy football draft guide. None of this information has been updated since it was originally published. Team Profile – Atlanta Falcons Twenty-thirteen was a lost season for Atlanta. The Falcons finished 4-12 after going 13-3 in 2012. While injuries...
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Twitter reacts to Jadeveon Clowney’s play on Saturday

In this week’s edition of “Twitter Tuesday” we will have a look at some of the best tweets that mention Houston Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney’s two big plays on Saturday, which included a big hit on running back Antone Smith and a sack on Matt Ryan. Have a look at these reactions regarding his incredible performance on Saturday night vs the Atlanta Falcons. Jadeveon Clowney...
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Before drafting you need to see Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s fantasy ranking

Halfway through the preseason, things are starting to come into shape; it’s becoming clearer who is going to flourish, who is going to struggle and who might be soon be replaced. That’s important information heading into fantasy football drafts. In order to get a jump on the competition, it’s time to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking...
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Grade Day: Houston Texans unit performances

The Houston Texans dominated the Atlanta Falcons 32-7 after an excellent overall performance. It’s now time to have a look at the units and give them their grades. Offense- B+ The Texans offense finished with 323 total yards of offense in this one. The quarterback play was very strong under Ryan Fitzpatrick, where he had nine passes completed for  97 yards and a touchdown. However...
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5 things we learned from Houston Texans preseason win

The Houston Texans had a strong bounce-back week against the Atlanta Falcons after being wiped out against the Arizona Cardinals a week ago. With a big preseason win now in the books, let’s take a look at five things we learned from their 32-7 victory. 5. Jadeveon Clowney is a beast Clowney, in his limited action, had to major plays which should have Texans fans excited for this...
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Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football Projections 2014

QB Matt Ryan (Atlanta) Last season, Matt Ryan had his worst quarterback rating since 2009, but a quarterback rating of 89.6 is still really solid and most of his statistical decline can be attributed to the decline of his supporting cast. He completed 67.4% of his passes for an average of 6.94 YPA, 26 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. For his career, he’s completed 63.7% of his...
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Atlanta Falcons 7 vs. Houston Texans 32

The NFL logo | photo courtesy of WikiMediaCommons. Atlanta and Houston look to get back on track with a disappointing season behind them. Houston will be checking if Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter. Passing Atlanta Falcons 1. Matt Ryan: 3 of 7 for 37 yards. 2. Sean Renfree: 7 of 10 for 49 yards, 1 TD. 3. Jeff Matthews: 1 of 3 for 18 yards. 4. T.J. Yates: 4 of 11 for 63 yards, 2 INT...
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Jadeveon Clowney Levels Falcons Running Back, Sacks Matt Ryan (GIFs)

There’s a reason Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL draft. At South Carolina, Clowney was known for absolutely leveling offensive players whenever he was on the field. Now, he’s doing the same thing in the NFL. During the first quarter of the Texans’ preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, Clowney delivered...
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Hard Knocks episode II recap: “Time to make that money”

Life is good for rookie fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones. He’s impressing coaches by showing good hands and strength, even cracking one of the sleds with a powerful hit. But life in the NFL can change in the blink of an eye, particularly for an undrafted rookie, and Nix-Jones found that out rather unexpectedly. After injuries to safeties Dwight Lowery and Dez Southward, the team was...
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Is Matt Ryan a Top 10 Quarterback?

Matt Ryan, taken in the 2008 NFL Draft, is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today. In just six years, he has over 23,000 passing yards, 153 touchdowns, and just 77 interceptions.  He is the Falcons franchise leader for passing yards, and set Falcons season records for touchdowns (32), yards (4,719), attempts (615), and completions (422) in 2012. He is also the only Falcon...
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Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant ranked 13th best in NFL…

… In fantasy that is, but maybe in real life as well. With a week of preseason games now in the books, the 2014 NFL season is officially underway. And that can only mean one thing: Fantasy football drafts are about to start happening. In order to get a jump on the competition, it’s never to early to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking...
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Atlanta Falcons Training Camp: Ryan Proves He Still Has Elite Talent

The worst thing that could have happened to Matt Ryan was something he wasn’t even involved in.Two years ago, Joe Flacco won the Super Bowl  with the Baltimore Ravens, which posed the question as to when the Boston College star and third pick in the 2008 NFL Draft would hold a Lombardi Trophy in his hands.Last season was one Ryan and his teammates would just as soon forget. Crippled...
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