Team Notebook: Atlanta Falcons

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Falcons | Tevin Coleman set to return kickoffs
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:48:06 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman will receive a shot at being the primary kickoff returner, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

"It was the ability to break the long runs and the explosive plays and his ability to stick his foot in the ground and go," Quinn said Tuesday, July 26. "And the guys who go, 'I want to make a bigger difference, I want to make an impact on the team.' He's the one that wanted to start if off and say, 'There is more I can do. When a player has something to prove with a chip on his shoulder… that's certainly the way he's approached this off season and I've admired that."

Falcons | Devin Hester released
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:22:10 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester was released Tuesday, July 26.

Falcons | Several Falcons competing for return job
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:51:16 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WRs Devin Fuller, Aldrick Robinson and Eric Weems and RBs Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward are all under consideration to serve as the team's primary returner on kickoffs and punts if WR Devin Hester (toe) is unable to return to form in 2016.

Falcons | Akeem King working to make transition
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:57:02 -0700

Atlanta Falcons CB Akeem King continues to make the transition from wide receiver in college to cornerback in the pros. King is considered raw, but expected to have an opportunity to win a starting job during training camp and the preseason.

Falcons | Austin Hooper is solid blocker
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:55:54 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper drew comparison to fellow Stanford alum and current New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener when coming out of college. However, he is viewed as a much better blocker, and the rookie should help spring RB Devonta Freeman in the run game.

Falcons | James Stone waived
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:35:52 -0700

Atlanta Falcons C James Stone (undisclosed) was waived with an injury settlement Tuesday, July 19.

Falcons | Mohamed Sanu bonding with QB
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:14:36 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has bonded with QB Matt Ryan, working together at Ryan's passing camp in Orlando, and throughout June minicamp. The duo built chemistry as the practices wore on. "He's got great hands," Ryan said. "One of the things I noticed right from the start is how strong his hands are. He's a really good worker. I think he can really help us."

Falcons | Tevin Coleman will be more involved
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:01:46 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman is expected to receive more touches on offense this season, according to running backs coach Bobby Turner.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman may receive less touches
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:33:14 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman likely will receive less carries in 2016 because running backs coach Bobby Turner believes less work will keep Freeman fresher during the season.

Falcons | Keanu Neal's coverage impressing
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:52:29 -0700

Atlanta Falcons FS Keanu Neal's coverage skills are on "another level," according to defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel.

NFL | Roddy White still wants to play
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:24:47 -0700

Free-agent WR Roddy White (Falcons) said he still wants to play in the NFL. White and his agent have received interest and have been going over his opportunities. The veteran receiver added that he wants to play for a winner at this point in his career and still feels like he can play at a high level.

Falcons | Mohamed Sanu impressing Matt Ryan
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 20:54:11 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has been developing chemistry with QB Matt Ryan during spring practices, and Ryan said he has been impressed with how strong Sanu's hands are.

Falcons | Keanu Neal impressing coaches
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:37:25 -0700

Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal was impressive during offseason workouts, according to defensive coordinator Richard Smith. "He's extremely focused, he's very mature, he's very, very talented. I love his demeanor and his work ethic. He's the first one in the building trying to get more coaching; he wants to be coached so much. I think he's going to be pretty special," Smith said. Neal is expected to compete for the starting strong safety job during training camp.

Falcons | Chris Chester, Mike Person up for RG job
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:17:45 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OGs Chris Chester and Mike Person will compete for the starting right guard job during training camp.

Falcons | Atlanta could sign Connor Shaw
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:49:37 -0700

Free-agent QB Connor Shaw (Browns) could be a consideration for the Atlanta Falcons, according to's Tony Grossi.

Falcons | Atlanta won't go for two all the time
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:25:04 -0700

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn understands that attempting two-point conversions is becoming a bigger part of the game but indicated that the Falcons probably will not attempt two-point conversions often. Quinn said sometimes it is a gut decision on whether or not to go for two points.

Falcons | Austin Hooper making good impression
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:22:30 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has impressed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with his route-running ability and ball skills. "He really comes off the ball hard," Shanahan said. "He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's fast enough. He's got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes."

Falcons | Matt Ryan working on feet
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:09:34 -0700

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.

Falcons | Akeem King projected to start
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:23:49 -0700

Atlanta Falcons CB Akeem King is projected to start at right cornerback with CB Jalen Collins suspended the first four games.

Falcons | Deion Jones bulking up for role
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:28:40 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones has put on weight, checking in at 230 pounds for the team's minicamp. He is in line to serve as the team's starting middle linebacker, and is bulking up in preparation for his first NFL campaign.

Falcons | More deep balls for Julio Jones?
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:08:46 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to see a lot more work down the field this season, as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan anticipates taking more deep shots. The team added WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy continues to develop, and Shanahan is hopeful their addition will help keep added defensive attention off of Jones.

Falcons | Tom Compton, Wes Schweitzer battling
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:47:11 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OGs Tom Compton and Wes Schweitzer both saw action with the first-team at right guard in practice Tuesday, June 14.

Falcons | Chris Chester returned to practice
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:45:14 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OG Chris Chester (shoulder), who had offseason shoulder surgery, returned to practice Tuesday, June 14. Chester lined up at right guard with the third-team offense.

Falcons | Deion Jones, De'Vondre Campbell working with first-team
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:44:42 -0700

Atlanta Falcons rookie LBs Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell worked with the first-team defense in practice Tuesday, June 15, with LB Philip Wheeler lining up at weakside linebacker. Jones was in the middle and Campbell was at the weakside spot.

Falcons | Justin Hardy set for big role?
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:50:12 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is expected to be a major contributor in the passing game this season.

Falcons | Austin Hooper to participate in minicamp
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:54:02 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will take part in the club's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 14. He was unable to participate in three weeks of organized team activities because Stanford's academic calendar had not been completed.

Falcons | Fewer touchdowns recently for Julio Jones
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 05:43:53 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones scored 18 touchdowns on 133 catches through the first two seasons of his career, and over the past three years, he has caught just 16 touchdowns on 281 receptions.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman limited Tuesday
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:38:19 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (gluteus) was limited during practice Tuesday, June 7, because of a high gluteal strain, but head coach Dan Quinn said the injury is not serious.

Falcons | Ricardo Allen packs on pounds
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:48:44 -0700

Atlanta Falcons FS Ricardo Allen is up to 196 pounds from 187 pounds last season and said he's eating six or seven times a day to retain the weight.

"I was eating a breakfast and then I was eating at the end of the day," Allen said. "In the middle of it, I was losing a bunch of weight. I was burning everything. We'd come out to practice and before practice, I wasn't really eating much, either. Now, I've got a little bit more weight to come with me. I feel like my speed has stayed the same. I'm running hard. My conditioning feels pretty good."

Falcons | Vic Beasley will still be pass rusher
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:13:18 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley will continue to be asked to rush the passer even though he has been moved to the strongside linebacker spot.

Falcons | Vic Beasley works at SAM
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:27:41 -0700

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley was not working at SAM linebacker with the first-team in a base package during practice Tuesday, May 31. LB Philip Wheeler took those snaps instead and Beasley worked as a nickel edge rusher off the left side. Beasley did play SAM in the base with the second unit, though.

Falcons | Keanu Neal running with first-team
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:23:18 -0700

Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal has been running with the first-team defense in organized team activities this week, along with LB De'Vondre Campbell at Will linebacker. LB Deion Jones, a second-round pick, remained with the second-team at middle linebacker, and LB Paul Worrilow continued with the first-team.

Falcons | ATL passing on Dwight Freeney
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:08:01 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons have decided not to sign free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) at this point, although they could revisit the idea of adding him down the road, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Falcons | Devin Hester not at full health
Tue, 31 May 2016 13:09:16 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) said he's at about 75% health coming off his offseason toe surgery.

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.

Atlanta Falcons

Ahmed Shahbaz OL
Alford Robert CB
Allen Ricardo CB
Armstrong Keith AC
Babineaux Jonathan DL
Batiste Tarris CB
Beasley Vic LB
Blank Arthur TO
Bolinger Russ TO
Bosher Matt P
Brown Gerald AC
Bryant Matt PK
Campbell De'Vondre LB
Capi Nordly DL
Chester Chris OG
Clayborn Adrian DL
Coleman Tevin RB
Collier Joel TO
Collins Jalen CB
Compton Tom OT
Cox Adam FB
Cox Bryan AC
Davis D.J. WR
Devaney Bill TO
Dickson Xzavier LB
DiMarco Patrick FB
Dimitroff Thomas GM
Emery Phil TO
Fish Jeff AC
Floyd Terell S
Freeman Devonta RB
Fuller Devin WR
Gannon Jon AC
Garland Ben OG
Gibson Laurence OT
Glidden David WR
Godfrey Charles FS
Goodman Malliciah DL
Goodwin C.J. CB
Graham Shayne PK
Hagans Maurice FB
Hageman Ra'Shede DL
Hardy Justin WR
Harman Wade AC
Harris Bryce OT
Harris Josh X. LS
Henderson Jerome AC
Hooper Austin TE
Huey Michael OG
Huffler Matt OT
Hughan Bill AC
Ishmael Kemal FS
Jackson Tyson DL
Jarrett Grady DL
Johnson Billy AC
Johnson Cory DT
Johnson Daje WR
Johnson Gus RB
Jones Deion LB
Jones Julio WR
King Akeem CB
Konz Peter C
Leslie Jordan WR
Levitre Andy OG
Lynch Arthur TE
Mack Alex C
Mallory Doug AC
Mann De'Andre RB
Manuel Marquand AC
Matthews Jake OT
Mayes Chris DT
Mbu Joey DT
McGehee William OL
McKay Rich TO
McKissic J.D. WR
McLennan Ivan LB
Moch Dontay DL
Morgan Chris AC
Morris Raheem AC
Neal Keanu FS
Neasman Sharrod S
Nix Derrick AC
Parks Terrance CB
Parms Damien S
Perkins Joshua TE
Person Mike OG
Pioli Scott TO
Poole Brian CB
Q. Williams Brandon DE
Quinn Dan HC
Rahrig Collin C
Ratelle Will LB
Reed Brooks LB
Renfree Sean QB
Reynolds LaRoy LB
Robinson Aldrick WR
Rose Nick PK
Ross Alex QB
Rowen Keith AC
Ryan Matt QB
Sanu Mohamed WR
Scarnecchia Steve AC
Scelfo Chris AC
Schaub Matt QB
Schofield O'Brien LB
Schraeder Ryan OT
Schweitzer Wes OG
Shanahan Kyle OC
Shelby Derrick DL
Shuler Mickey TE
Simms Matt QB
Smith Richard DC
Starr Tyler LB
Summers Mike AC
Tamme Jacob TE
Therezie Robenson S
Thomas Glenn AC
Tialavea D.J. TE
Toilolo Levine TE
Trufant Desmond CB
Turner Bobby AC
Ulbrich Jeff AC
Upshaw Courtney LB
Van Dyke DeMarcus CB
Vital Lionel TO
Walsh Jordan OG
Ward Terron RB
Washington Corey WR
Weatherspoon Sean LB
Webster Ruston TO
Weems Eric WR
Wheeler Philip LB
Wilds Brandon RB
Williams Brandon DE
Williams Nick WR
Williams Owen DL
Wolthausen Kevin AC
Worrilow Paul LB
X. Williams Trevor CB