Team Notebook: Atlanta Falcons
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Falcons | Julio Jones working on extension
Falcons | Jake Matthews cleared
Falcons | Roddy White had knee drained
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
Falcons | Atlanta has high hopes for Jacob Tamme
Falcons | Roddy White talks Julio Jones' contract
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?
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?
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
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
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
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
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 ESPN.com. 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
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?
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?
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?
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
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
Falcons | Jake Matthews likes new offense
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
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
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
Falcons | Tevin Coleman sitting out
Falcons | Roddy White participating
Falcons | Lamar Holmes out indefinitely
Falcons | Julio Jones won't hold out
Falcons | Carlton Mitchell working out
Falcons | Roddy White sitting out
Falcons | Matt Ryan likes new offense
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
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
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
Falcons | Sam Baker released
Falcons | Roddy White not concerned with role
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?
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
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
Falcons | Julio Jones aiming higher for 2015
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
Falcons | Coach likes Vic Beasley's quickness
Falcons | Tony Moeaki plays some with first team
Falcons | Sam Baker not with team
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
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
Falcons | Joe Hawley practicing Tuesday