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Falcons | Waive Cody Elenz
Wed, 25 May 2016 15:05:47 -0700
Atlanta Falcons OL Cody Elenz was waived Wednesday, May 25.
Falcons | Not signing Brandon Boykin
Wed, 25 May 2016 12:05:47 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons are not signing free-agent CB Brandon Boykin (Panthers) after he visited with the team, according to a league source.
Falcons | Dwight Freeney to visit Atlanta
Wed, 25 May 2016 11:31:17 -0700
Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) will likely visit the Atlanta Falcons next week.
Falcons | Jalen Collins will not appeal
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:36:16 -0700
Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins won't appeal his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Falcons | Courtney Upshaw to try defensive end
Mon, 23 May 2016 12:28:58 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Courtney Upshaw will play some defensive end this offseason, according to head coach Dan Quinn, because Quinn knows Upshaw can already play outside linebacker.
Falcons | Ra'Shede Hageman, Tyson to change positions
Fri, 20 May 2016 13:03:51 -0700
Atlanta Falcons DT Ra'Shede Hageman will line up at defensive end during offseason workouts, while DE Tyson Jackson is expected to be used at defensive tackle.
Falcons | Sign Laurence Gibson
Thu, 19 May 2016 15:18:04 -0700
Free-agent OT Laurence Gibson (Chiefs) was signed by the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 19.
Falcons | Vic Beasley's shoulder a non-issue
Thu, 19 May 2016 10:05:22 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley's (shoulder) torn labrum in his shoulder is a non-issue this offseason. He was able to take part in practice and received snaps in the regular season last year while playing through it. Beasley said his shoulder is now at full health, and he's also added some upper-body weight in the last few months with the help of a nutritionist.
Falcons | Jalen Collins may start in 2016
Wed, 18 May 2016 18:20:40 -0700
Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins will have to serve a four-game suspension, but the team is hoping that he will be able to win one of the starting cornerback jobs during training camp.
Falcons | Robert Alford to have new role
Wed, 18 May 2016 18:16:38 -0700
Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford is expected to be used as the nickel back in 2016.
Falcons | Brandon Boykin to visit
Wed, 18 May 2016 18:15:58 -0700
Free-agent CB Brandon Boykin (Panthers) is scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, May 23.
Falcons | Vic Beasley moving to other side
Wed, 18 May 2016 15:49:55 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley is being switched to a SAM linebacker on the strong side in 2016.
Falcons | Leon Hall not an option
Sat, 14 May 2016 09:55:51 -0700
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) will not be signing with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source. The Falcons did meet with Hall earlier this offseason.
Falcons | Devin Hester has green light on kicks
Thu, 12 May 2016 18:30:23 -0700
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) could be fully recovered from toe surgery prior to training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn, and Quinn said he is inclined to allow Hester to try to return kicks out of the end zone. "There are special players like Dev and other returners around the league, they'll still get green-lighted," Quinn said. "Here's a guy who is on the club for this unique reason."
Falcons | Sean Weatherspoon feeling healthy
Wed, 11 May 2016 12:23:48 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles') said he is in great health and that his movement is light years ahead of where he was last year coming of his ruptured Achilles' tendon.
Falcons | Austin Hooper financials
Tue, 10 May 2016 15:52:02 -0700
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's four-year rookie contract is worth $3.165 million and includes a $746,524 signing bonus.
Falcons | Keanu Neal expected to start
Mon, 09 May 2016 22:09:51 -0700
Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal is expected to make the biggest impact among the team's rookies, and he should serve as the starting strong safety. He might work as the Kam Chancellor-type player in head coach Dan Quinn's defense. The team is confident Neal can cover tight ends, too.
Falcons | Two receivers cut
Mon, 09 May 2016 15:29:55 -0700
Atlanta Falcons WR Malachi Jones and WR David Richards were released Monday, May 9.
Falcons | Three UDFAs added
Sat, 07 May 2016 23:54:33 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons signed Temple OL Shahbaz Ahmed, Oklahoma State WR David Glidden and Southern Illinois DE Brandon Williams as undrafted free agents on Saturday, May 7.
Falcons | Wes Schweitzer playing different positions
Sat, 07 May 2016 12:16:15 -0700
Atlanta Falcons OG Wes Schweitzer played at right guard Saturday, May 7, after playing left guard Friday, May 6 at the Falcons' rookie minicamp.
Falcons | Deion Jones expected to compete for MLB job
Sat, 07 May 2016 06:42:45 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones is expected to compete with LB Paul Worrilow for the starting middle linebacker job during training camp.
Falcons | Leon Hall still an option
Fri, 06 May 2016 12:56:18 -0700
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) is still an option for the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Hall underwent a physical during his visit with the Falcons, and the team is looking over his medical reports.
Falcons | Austin Hooper to help in red zone
Thu, 05 May 2016 06:06:11 -0700
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will help the Falcons in the red zone, where they ranked 17th in the league with a 54.7% conversion rate last season. Stanford tight ends coach Morgan Turner was most impressed with the red zone production Hooper had in a 41-31 win over USC.
"If you go back and watch the game, he goes up and on a corner route, high-points the ball over two DBs," Turner said. "He makes another catch when it's Cover 0; a contested catch. Both were in the red zone that got us down to the 1- and 2-yard lines. He's definitely a threat because he will make contested catches."
Falcons | Big money for Keanu Neal?
Wed, 04 May 2016 12:12:14 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons rookie SS Keanu Neal's four-year deal is likely worth at least $10 million, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Falcons | Keanu Neal agrees to deal
Wed, 04 May 2016 12:03:27 -0700
Atlanta Falcons rookie SS Keanu Neal agreed to terms on a four-year deal that is fully guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Falcons | Leon Hall visits with Atlanta
Tue, 03 May 2016 19:17:48 -0700
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) visited with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, May 3, after leaving his visit with the New York Giants without a deal. Other teams are also reportedly interested in his services and he has offers on the table.
Falcons | Keanu Neal expected to start
Tue, 03 May 2016 16:35:48 -0700
Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal is slated to start at the strong safety position.
Falcons | Grady Jarrett to play nose tackle
Tue, 03 May 2016 09:27:42 -0700
Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett will be the team's nose tackle entering the 2016 season, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Falcons | Deion Jones to be used in the middle
Mon, 02 May 2016 16:22:28 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones will be used as a middle linebacker in 2016, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Falcons | Devin Hester awaiting clearance
Mon, 02 May 2016 07:54:11 -0700
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) hasn't been cleared to run yet after offseason toe surgery. He expects to return kicks for the Falcons in 2016.
Falcons | Atlanta agrees with several UDFAs
Sun, 01 May 2016 21:01:25 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents RB Brandon Wilds, PK Nick Rose, LB Will Ratelle, RB De'Andre Mann, CB Brian Poole, LB Ivan McLennan, DT Chris Mayes, TE Joshua Perkins, DE Brandon Q. Williams, OL Jordan Walsh, FB Adam Cox, OL William McGehee, WR David Richards, CB Trevor X. Williams, WR Daje Johnson, DE Josh Dawson, DL Owen Williams, DB Tarris Batiste and WR J.D. McKissic.
Falcons | Devin Fuller could return kicks
Sun, 01 May 2016 20:15:11 -0700
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Fuller could replace WR Devin Hester (toe) as the team's primary kick returner if Hester is slow to recover from toe surgery.
Falcons | Cory Johnson latches on with Atlanta
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:38:48 -0700
Undrafted free-agent DT Cory Johnson (Kentucky) signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, April 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Falcons | Atlanta takes TE in Austin Hooper
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:33:05 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons selected Stanford TE Austin Hooper with the No. 81 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.
Falcons | Deion Jones fits Dan Quinn's system
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:11:52 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones has the speed and range head coach Dan Quinn looks for in his defensive system.
Falcons | Atlanta trades down in second round
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:51:04 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons traded the 50th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for the 52nd overall pick and the 195th overall pick. The Texans picked C Nick Martin with the selection.
Falcons | Keanu Neal fills important role
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:38:31 -0700
Atlanta Falcons FS Keanu Neal's ability to close and cover tight ends are some of the reasons head coach Dan Quinn believes he can handle the unqiue role a strong safety plays in his defensive system.
Falcons | Keanu Neal to Falcons at No. 17
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:07:53 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons selected Florida FS Keanu Neal with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.
Falcons | Atlanta trying to move up in draft
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:58:35 -0700
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been calling teams to try to move up in the 2016 NFL draft. The Falcons currently own the 17th pick in the first round.
Falcons | Chris Chester contract details
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:39 -0700
Atlanta Falcons OG Chris Chester's one-year deal is worth $2.35 million. It comes with a $250,000 signing bonus, a $1.1 million base salary and $1 million total in roster bonuses.
Falcons | Atlanta likes Clemson linemen
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:43:46 -0700
Clemson DEs Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd could be options for the Atlanta Falcons with their No. 17 overall pick. The consensus of pundits has the Falcons taking Ohio State LB Darron Lee with that pick, however.
Falcons | Two waived Friday
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:56:48 -0700
Atlanta Falcons TE Beau Gardner (undisclosed) and OG Adam Replogle (undisclosed) were placed on no-recall waivers with injury settlements Friday, April 22.
Falcons | Atlanta pick up Desmond Trufant's option
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:12:22 -0700
Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant's fifth-year option was exercised Friday, April 22, according to a source.
Falcons | Dan Quinn talking with Dominique Easley
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:19:11 -0700
Free-agent DT Dominique Easley was called a "fantastic competitor" by Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, and Quinn said he has talked to Easley since he was released by the New England Patriots.
Falcons | Not pursuing Josh Norman
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:43:04 -0700
Free-agent CB Josh Norman (Panthers) is not being pursued by the Atlanta Falcons, despite a contrary report, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.