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Falcons | Julio Jones working on extension
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:01:04 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said his agent has been talking with the Falcons about a contract extension. He said he will participate when practice begins Friday, July 31.

Falcons | Jake Matthews cleared
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:44:33 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (foot) said he has been cleared to participate at the start of training camp. He said he could have his repetitions limited since he is coming off surgery.

Falcons | Roddy White had knee drained
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:37:15 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) had his left knee drained before minicamp, and he could have it drained again before the season ends. White isn't concerned about it, though. He said he's able to recover quickly from the draining and wouldn't miss a game because of it.

Falcons | Jake Long works out
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:20:10 -0700

Free-agent OT Jake Long (Rams) worked out for the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, July 28.

Falcons | Atlanta has high hopes for Jacob Tamme
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:39:36 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Jacob Tamme could be the best tight end the Falcons have had since TE Tony Gonzalez retired, according to Vaugh McClure of

Falcons | Roddy White talks Julio Jones' contract
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:07:34 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be the next big-name wide receiver to receive a multi-year extension. His fellow teammate and wide receiver, WR Roddy White, believes the Falcons should sign Jones right now. White said the longer they wait to sign Jones, the more it will cost them.

Falcons | Julio Jones, ATL to begin talks soon?
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:53:52 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the Falcons could begin discussions on a long-term deal in the near future now that Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas have agreed to long-term extensions. As reported earlier, Jones could receive a new deal before training camp begins Friday, July 31.

Falcons | Leonard Hankerson to have big role?
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:53:19 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson could be used as the No. 3 wide receiver if the team brings rookie WR Justin Hardy along slowly. Hankerson thrived in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system in Washington, so Hankerson could have a chance to re-ignite his career.

Falcons | Justin Hardy could be eased in
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:52:47 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy was selected to be a long-term fixture in the offense, and he has gotten off to a good start in offseason workouts. However, with WR Leonard Hankerson in the mix, Hardy could be eased into the No. 3 role.

Falcons | Tevin Coleman fighting to start
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:52:14 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman has started he plans on being the starter, and he will be in a position battle with RB Devonta Freeman for the starting job in training camp and beyond. Both appear to be schematic fits, and both have the potential to be effective in the NFL.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman in battle for job
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:51:43 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has stated he plans on being the starter, but he will be battling rookie RB Tevin Coleman for the starting job in training camp and beyond. Both appear to be schematic fits, and both have the potential to be effective in the NFL.

Falcons | Julio Jones could sign before camp
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:01:22 -0700

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could sign a contract extension before the start of training camp, according to Vaughn McClure of Jones and the Falcons have not had discussions regarding the extension, however. Atlanta's training camp begins Friday, July 31.

Falcons | No extension talks for Julio Jones
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:50:25 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the Falcons have not had talks regarding a contract extension, according to a source. Atlanta exercised the fifth-year option on Jones' original deal, so he will be in the final year of his contract. Jones has already said he will not hold out and the Falcons have expressed their interested in signing him to a long-term deal.

Falcons | Tevin Coleman a bad fit?
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:19:22 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could lack the patience needed to thrive in the team's zone-based rushing attack, but he is still the favorite to start in Week 1, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports.

Falcons | Tevin Coleman the frontrunner to start?
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:13:21 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman should end up starting Week 1 ahead of RB Devonta Freeman, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports, because Coleman has top-end and was picked by the coaching staff.

Falcons | Tony Moeaki the answer at TE?
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:10:15 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for their work in the past, "They (both) have these unique qualities down in the red zone, and can be featured on third down," Ryan said. "I think (they) have a little uniqueness . . .I would say Jacob and Tony more, in the third down and the route-running and finding ways to match them on a linebacker to see if they can run the options and do the stuff on third downs required to get open," said Ryan. Moeaki has overcome injury troubles and hopes to reestablish himself as the once promising tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Falcons | Mike Person works with starters
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:05:17 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OG Mike Person worked at left guard with the first-team offense during all of the offseason workouts. He is expected to compete with OG Chris Chester for the starting job during training camp.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman enters camp the starter
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:18:11 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Falcons | Jake Matthews likes new offense
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:55:18 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews believes he is a perfect fit for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's new scheme. "It's about athleticism and speed," Matthews said Tuesday, June 16. "We're trying to beat the defense off the ball, outwork them and outrun them, and beat them with angles, all that stuff ... cutting them off. I think it something that's well-suited for me. I feel like I have that lateral quickness and I can be a big help in this offense. So I'm excited for it."

Falcons | Roddy White won't be given days off
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:45:27 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (leg) will not be granted days off once training camp begins, despite his veteran status and recent leg and ankle issues, according to head coach Dan Quinn. White did miss two days of minicamp.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman to be versatile
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:09:37 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. "I knew Devonta had terrific hands, but I probably didn't appreciate the good route-running ability coming out of Florida State and the development he made with (former running backs coach) Gerald (Brown) and the guys here last year. He can really run routes."

Falcons | Make two roster moves
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:16:07 -0700

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, June 18. WR Shane Wynn was waived.

Falcons | Tevin Coleman sitting out
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:58:27 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) is out of practice Thursday, June 18, with a mild groin strain.

Falcons | Roddy White participating
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:16:30 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (undisclosed) is taking part in the walkthrough Thursday, June 18.

Falcons | Lamar Holmes out indefinitely
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:26:17 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OT Lamar Holmes (foot) suffered a broken foot Wednesday, June 17, and will be out indefinitely, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Falcons | Julio Jones won't hold out
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:22:32 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said Wednesday, June 17, that he is not going to hold out for a new contract this offseason.

Falcons | Carlton Mitchell working out
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:08:38 -0700

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) has been participating in the Atlanta Falcons' minicamp on a tryout basis.

Falcons | Roddy White sitting out
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:50:45 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (undisclosed) is out for the second straight day Wednesday, June 17.

Falcons | Matt Ryan likes new offense
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:42:13 -0700

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he likes the offense that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has brought to the team because it is a balanced offense. "Balance on offense is huge," Ryan said. "I think with the run scheme that Kyle brings in, that's going to help us improve in the run game. Certainly, when you get the running game going, that helps the quarterback and that helps the passing game. I'm all for it."

Falcons | Jacob Tamme may be in lead for TE job
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:31:59 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Jacob Tamme appears to be the leading candidate for the starting tight end job but is being pushed by TEs Tony Moeaki and Levine Toilolo. Head coach Dan Quinn indicated Toilolo could be used more as a blocker this season.

Falcons | Justin Hardy impresses Matt Ryan
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:40:00 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy has impressed QB Matt Ryan early this offseason, "He's really picked up things. And you can see him kind of every practice he goes out there, he gets a little more comfortable and he becomes a little more confident. That's going to bode well for us. His production for us this season is going to be important."

Falcons | Devonta Freeman starts as top RB
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:41:18 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman began minicamp as the starting running back.

Falcons | Sam Baker released
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:51:59 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OT Sam Baker was released Monday, June 15.

Falcons | Roddy White not concerned with role
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:26:05 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he is not concerned about the possibility of seeing fewer targets in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system. "I've never concerned myself about that," White said. "When we had Mike Mularkey (as offensive coordinator), we ran the ball and we found ways to get me the ball. I never worry about passes or things like that. My opportunities are going to come. I just have got to hold onto the ball and make my plays when I have to make them."

Falcons | Atlanta's RBs to be busy?
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:20:28 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman and RB Devonta Freeman are set to open training camp as the primary ball-carriers, and WR Roddy White said he expects the offense to run the ball a lot more in 2015. "I just don't think we're going to go out there and throw it 30, 40 times a game like we did in the past," White said. "I'm not saying that we didn't like that, but it's going to be different. We have to get back to our old (style) where we run the football. Play-action passes and convert on third downs."

Falcons | Devin Hester not sure of role
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:24:25 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester still doesn't know exactly what role he'll be playing in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense. "We're just figuring out the offense, figuring out who fits best in what positions and what routes we're running," Hester said. "We're all fresh right now in the new offense, so we're trying to figure out who can run the best routes." Hester said there would be a clearer picture on who will be playing what roles towards the middle of training camp.

Falcons | Vic Beasley signs deal
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:38:36 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley signed a four-year deal worth $14.5 million with the team Friday, June 12. The deal includes an $8.8 million signing bonus.

Falcons | Julio Jones aiming higher for 2015
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:19:43 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is aiming to improve on his 2014 season, during which he set a franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards. "I don't feel like I did my best last year. I'm bigger, faster, stronger than I ever was, to this point now. Shouts out to the trainers. They helped me out. But I definitely can improve on everything," said Jones.

Falcons | Leonard Hankerson impresses coach
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:29:28 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson has been one of the standout players during organized team activities, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Falcons | Coach likes Vic Beasley's quickness
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:20:59 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley's quickness is similar to Denver Broncos LB Von Miller's quickness, according defensive coordinator Richard Smith.

Falcons | Tony Moeaki plays some with first team
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:43:20 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki received first-team repetitions during practice Tuesday, June 9.

Falcons | Sam Baker not with team
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:50:16 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OT Sam Baker (knee) was not present at the team's practice Tuesday, June 9. He is still recovering from a significant knee injury last season. Head coach Dan Quinn said Baker's rehab is taking place at the team's facilities.

Falcons | Jon Asamoah out of workouts
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:47:30 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (undisclosed) was sitting out of practice with an unknown injury Tuesday, June 9. OT Ryan Schraeder was at right tackle, OG Chris Chester was at right guard, C James Stone was at center, OG Mike Person was at left guard and OG Lamar Holmes was at left guard Tuesday.

Falcons | Brooks Reed practicing
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:45:07 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Brooks Reed (groin) was back at practice Tuesday, June 9, after missing some practice time recently.

Falcons | Joe Hawley practicing Tuesday
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:43:44 -0700

Atlanta Falcons C Joe Hawley (knee) was back at practice for the first time Tuesday, June 9, since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Atlanta Falcons

Adams Phillip CB
Akunne Derek LB
Alford Robert CB
Allen Ricardo CB
Anyama Boris LB
Armstrong Keith AC
Asamoah Jon OG
Babineaux Jonathan DL
Baker Sean FS
Bartu Joplo LB
Beasley Vic LB
Biermann Kroy DL
Bolinger Russ TO
Bosher Matt P
Bradford Allen LB
Brown Gerald AC
Bryant Matt PK
Chester Chris OG
Clark Marquez WR
Clayborn Adrian DL
Coleman Tevin RB
Collins Jalen CB
Cox Bryan AC
Davis D.J. WR
Devaney Bill TO
DiMarco Patrick FB
Dimitroff Thomas GM
Durant Justin LB
Fish Jeff AC
Floyd Terell S
Freeman Devonta RB
Gannon Jon AC
Gardner Beau TE
Godfrey Charles FS
Goodman Malliciah DL
Gunn Harland OG
Hagans Maurice FB
Hageman Ra'Shede DL
Hankerson Leonard WR
Hardy Justin WR
Harman Wade AC
Harris Josh X. LS
Havili-Heimuli Ricky DL
Hawley Joe C
Herring Warren DT
Hester Devin WR
Holmes Lamar OT
Huffer Matt OT
Huffler Matt OT
Hughan Bill AC
Ishmael Kemal FS
Jackson Tyson DL
Jarrett Grady DT
Johnson Billy AC
Jones Julio WR
King Akeem CB
Konz Peter C
Lee Mike CB
Lefeld Eric OT
Love DeMarcus OT
Mallory Doug AC
Manuel Marquand AC
Maponga Stansly DL
Martino Freddie WR
Matthews Cliff DL
Matthews Jake OT
Mbu Joey DT
McKay Rich TO
Meredith Sam DE
Mincy Jonathan DB
Mitchell Carlton WR
Moeaki Tony TE
Mooney Collin FB
Moore William SS
Morgan Chris AC
Morris Raheem AC
Nix Derrick AC
Parms Damien S
Person Mike OG
Pioli Scott TO
Polumbus Tyler OT
Quinn Dan HC
Reed Brooks LB
Reedy Bernard WR
Renfree Sean QB
Replogle Adam DL
Robiskie Terry AC
Rodgers Jake OT
Rowen Keith AC
Ryan Matt QB
Scarnecchia Steve AC
Scelfo Chris AC
Schofield O'Brien LB
Schraeder Ryan OT
Shanahan Kyle OC
Shuler Mickey TE
Smith Antone RB
Smith Jared OG
Smith Jerome RB
Smith Richard DC
Soliai Paul DL
Southward Dezmen FS
Spruill Marquis LB
Starr Tyler LB
Stone James C
Stupar Nathan LB
Summers Mike AC
Tamme Jacob TE
Therezie Robenson S
Thomas Glenn AC
Toilolo Levine TE
Trufant Desmond CB
Turner Bobby AC
Ulbrich Jeff AC
Ume-Ezeoke Valerian C
Vital Lionel TO
Ward Terron RB
Weems Eric WR
White Kevin CB
White Roddy WR
Williams Nick WR
Wolthausen Kevin AC
Worrilow Paul LB
Yates T.J. QB