Five last minute trades the Atlanta Falcons should pursue

When looking at the Falcons’ 2014 roster, there are a few glaring holes that the team wasn’t able to fill during the offseason. Atlanta never acquired a true edge rusher or a pass-catching tight end, among other things. The Falcons are no strangers to completing offseason trades to bolster their roster; Tony Gonzalez, Asante Samuel, and Dominique Foxworth were all acquired via...
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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan ranked 14th best in NFL, full top-30 revealed

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL today, there were plenty of people angry about their favorite team’s signal caller not making the list. It made for a spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. The second batch of QBs, Nos. 11-20, generated a similar response. The next logical step in the ranking of the game’s quarterbacks...
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Atlanta Falcons: 5 Questions at Training Camp

What was supposed to be a Super Bowl season for the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 turned into an absolute disaster. The injury plague hit the team harder than a Mike Tyson left hook, and the team finished dead last in the NFC South. When healthy, the Falcons are one of the most talented teams in all of football. Matt Ryan has a plethora of weapons on the outside, including arguably the...
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Which 2013 losers can have winning seasons this year?

Matt Ryan and the Falcons had a season to forget in 2013, but they and four other teams could be due to turn it around in 2014.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The legendary Larry Munson on the Atlanta Falcons

A long time ago, a very wonderful and magical man called the Atlanta Falcons football games on Sunday afternoons. His name was Larry Munson. Perhaps better known as the legendary voice of the Georgia Bulldogs, Munson did double-duty as the voice of the Falcons from 1989-1992. Gravel-voiced and sober-eyed, Munson was perhaps best known for his dire assessment of his teams and the...
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Training camp preview: Position battles facing the Falcons

ATLANTA -- When the NFL closed up on-the-field action with Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, millions of households began counting down to the start of the 2014 season. Sure, the combine, pro days, and the draft help whet appetites, but nothing's like getting back to work in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons hit the field for training camp on Friday. It's a happy day in NFL circles...
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Analytical love for Matt Ryan and other links

With the cliched talk of "elite" QBs, I feel like I am constantly defending Matt Ryan. The only person who might be a bigger defender of Ryan is Grantland's Bill Barnwell. Barnwell has Ryan in his Top 10 and ahead of Brady, Brees and Eli. I hope the Falcons bounce back this year, but more importantly I hope casual fans start to realize how well Ryan has played the past...
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Falcons, Roddy White agree on four-year extension

The Atalanta Falcons announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Roddy White on a four-year contract extension. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. White, 6-0, 211 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the first round (27th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. In nine seasons with the Falcons, the four-time Pro Bowler owns club records for...
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Who Would You Rather Have - Nick Foles or Matt Ryan

2013 was arguably the worst season of Matt Ryan's career, with the Atlanta Falcons and gave fantasy owners his floor. In contrast, Nick Foles took over for the Philadelphia Eagles last season and has shown fantasy owners his ceiling. The Falcons will get a healthy Steven Jackson, Roddy White and Julio Jones this season, while the Eagles essentially swapped a healthy Jeremy...
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Madden ratings say Matt Ryan not a top five quarterback

Next month EA Sports will release the 26th edition of its insanely popular NFL video game, Madden. To help get gamers excited for that day the company is releasing Madden player ratings every day. Yesterday they toyed with the 2014 rookies by asking them what they thought their ratings should be, then filming their responses when they showed them what they actually were. Today EA...
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Can the Falcons get back to their 2012 form?

All of us would like the Falcon’s to repeat the success they had in 2012, and bounce back from last season’s car-wreck. Missing the Superbowl by less than 5 yards is one of the most disappointing instances in recent Falcons’ history, if not of all time. If this year’s team expects to achieve relative success in comparison to the Falcons’ team that should have made the Superbowl...
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2014 NFL Preview: Atlanta Falcons Edition

With high expectations for the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 after a 13-3 campaign in 2012, the Falcons were expected to exceed their previous playoff run.  That’s exactly what didn’t happen for the Falcons, instead the NFL exposed all their weaknesses, they were hit with injuries and they went from contenders to just pretenders.  With a 4-12 campaign in 2013, the Falcons realized...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Preview: Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan rated as top-10 QB option

With training camps getting underway this week, the NFL season is right around the corner. 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 each position, with updates from now until the start of...
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Projected Falcons 2014 Offensive Starters

The Atlanta Falcons bread and butter during the Mike Smith era, has always been the offense. In this article we will take a look at who the Falcons offensive starters will most likely be. So let’s get started, first up is the leader on the offensive side of the ball.Starting QB – Matt Ryan#459188857 / gettyimages.comMatt Ryan has quietly become one of the league’s best when...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

If the Atlanta Falcons fail to make the playoffs, who will be the fall guy?

Vanilla. Perfectly acceptable as an ice cream flavor, horrific when applied to a football team. Most of the fans I know seem to feel the Falcons have become a vanilla team—predictable, boring, lacking imagination. I asked a friend of mine if he was excited about the Falcons the other day and he replied, “Well, I mean, it is the Falcons.” While rabid fans of Atlanta’s team...
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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...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Julio Jones Effect

So I broke down Matt Ryan’s numbers for the five games Julio Jones was on the field and pulled out a few nuggets.#180991127 / gettyimages.comTouchdowns:In the first five games (when Julio played), Ryan threw two touchdowns in each one of those games.In the final eleven games (when Julio didn’t play), Ryan only threw two or more touchdowns in 5 of those games.Ryan tossed approximately...
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4 hopeful headlines: can Matt Ryan win the MVP award?

The 2014 NFL season is exactly six weeks away and we’re ramping up our speculation machine to full throttle here at cover32. If you’re curious to find out what will happen this year and don’t want to go through that whole messy business of waiting to find out, we’ve got you covered. So dim the lights, turn your fog machine on and gaze into the crystal ball. Yoda said it best...
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5 Pro Bowl candidates for the Atlanta Falcons in 2014

The 2014 NFL season is right around the corner and training camp will begin in just a few short weeks. To help prepare you here’s a list of the top five candidates to make the Pro Bowl for the Atlanta Falcons in 2014. 1. Matt Ryan Injuries took away all of Matt Ryan’s best weapons in 2013, but he’s still one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. At 29 years old he’s entering...
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Atlanta Falcons Camp Battles: Quarterback

As the anticipation mounts for the approach of the 2014 Falcons training camp, the main position of focus for Atlanta is the quarterbacks. Matty Ice is rock solid and the obvious starter come week one. However, it’s the quarterbacks who are typically rocking the headsets and carrying the clipboards on the sidelines who are just as important. The Falcons have added some key backups...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 32: What If Michael Vick Hadn't Committed Criminal Acts?

Starting on February 14, 2014, Sam Quinn and The Sports Post have decided to run down the 52 Greatest What Ifs in NFL History, one per week, for the next year. For a list of published What Ifs, as well as the introductory piece, click here. Michael Vick's criminal history is well known. He missed the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons due to legal issues, which eventually caused...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons have much to ponder before camp

French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire once quipped, “Judge a man by his questions, not his answers.” Obviously, Voltaire spent a lot of time perusing NFL pre-season blogs. At this time of year, there’s a million and one blogs trying to psyche up their respective fan base and get people into “football” mode. Since it’s a down time in terms of action, there’s precious...
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The 10 most overrated players in the NFL

Every year the media, fans and even the league tend to put certain players on a pedestal. Whether it’s a likable personality, self promotion, past success or potential, some players are in the spotlight more than they maybe deserve to be. Below are ten players that fit that description to a T and don’t carry with them the elite status that many suggest they have. 10. Michael...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

I hate that Roddy White could wind up not getting paid

Roddy White has been one of the most unheralded receivers in recent history. A perennial 1,000 yard receiver since Matt Ryan’s drafting back in 2008, White has been one of the most productive players in the NFL for the better part of the past decade. Last season, White tried to play through both an ankle and a hamstring injury, he was merely a shell of his former self. However...
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Top 5: Reasons the New Orleans Saints are the best team in the NFC South

The NFC South is shaping up to be one of the better divisions in all of football, and certainly the team that takes the crown will be poised for a deep playoff run. Here are five reasons to believe the Saints are that team. 5.) They have the best quarterback In a quarterback-driven league, you cannot overstate the importance of having a quality guy under center. Thankfully for...
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