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Falcons starting right guard spot still up for grabs

The Falcons are not ready to name a starting right guard, with Ben Garland (pictured) and Wes Schweitzer still competing for the job. “I’d rather go through a couple of days here and see how their week goes,” coach Dan Quinn said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s kind of that close.” [more]

Takkarist McKinley has one QB hit in debut

The Falcons, who had 34 sacks last season, used the 26th overall pick on Takk McKinley to help their pass rush opposite Vic Beasley. In his preseason debut, McKinley showed he plans to do just that. McKinley entered Sunday’s game in the third quarter and got a quarterback hit in limited action as the Falcons [more]

Bucs claim Marquis Lucas off waivers from Falcons

The Buccaneers claimed first-year offensive tackle Marquis Lucas off waivers from the Falcons as the team continues to churn the roster at that position. Tampa Bay waived rookie tackle Austin Albrecht, who signed Saturday. Rookie tackle Cole Gardner was waived Saturday with an injury designation. The Bucs are without linemen Demar Dotson and Kevin Pamphile, [more]

Javon Hargrave exits game with concussion

Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave left Sunday’s game with a concussion, the team announced. Pittsburgh selected Hargrave in the third round of the 2016 draft out of South Carolina State. He played in 15 games as a rookie, making 27 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Hargrave added eight tackles and a sack in [more]

Falcons signing veteran OL Austin Pasztor

The Falcons are signing veteran offensive lineman Austin Pasztor to a one-year deal, according to a tweet from Pasztor’s agent, Sunny Shah. Pasztor, 26, started 43 games and played in 15 others the past five seasons for Jacksonville and Cleveland. He started 16 games last season for the Browns, playing both right tackle and right [more]

Julio Jones won’t play Sunday, Takk McKinley will

The Falcons will get their first look at this year’s first-round pick in game action when they face the Steelers on Sunday, but wide receiver Julio Jones won’t be joining Takk McKinley in the lineup. Jones has been practicing fully for the last couple of weeks after getting cleared for team work in his recovery from [more]

Jim Mora had a front-row seat for Takk McKinley’s draft-night excitement

Falcons pass rusher Takk McKinley dropped an “F” bomb on live TV after the team made him a first-round pick. To little surprised, it wasn’t his only utterance of the eff-dash-dash-dash word for the evening. Appearing on Thursday’s PFT Live, UCLA coach Jim Mora shared some details about his evening with McKinley, who played for [more]

Falcons add a running back

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is sidelined with a concussion at the moment and that injury may have led the team to make an addition to their backfield on Wednesday. Coach Dan Quinn announced that the team has signed Jhurell Pressley as a free agent. B.J. Daniels, who has flopped between quarterback and wide receiver [more]

New Falcons stadium will have, essentially, a Chick-fil-A ghost store

Chick-fil-A conspicuously doesn’t operate on Sundays. The Falcons conspicuously play most of their games on Sundays. A Chick-fil-A store will be conspicuously closed for most games played at the new Falcons stadium. Via the Boston Globe, the new venue will have a Chick-fil-A, but it won’t be open on Sunday. Which means that fans at [more]

Devonta Freeman has concussion, won’t play this week

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman left yesterday’s practice with what were reported as heat-related symptoms. As it turns out, he has a different problem. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that Freeman was in the concussion protocol, and won’t play Sunday against the Steelers. Quinn wasn’t ready to rule Freeman out the rest of the [more]

Devonta Freeman needs an IV on a steamy Atlanta day

It’s a damp heat in Georgia, and that made it tough for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman Sunday. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Freeman had to leave practice early and get an IV after having heat-related issues. It’s the second time during camp he’s had to leave practice early. “He had some heat stuff that [more]

Devonta Freeman scores, but Falcons blow another late lead

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The Falcons blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and lost. While that did, in fact, happen last night against the Dolphins, there’s a good chance the thing that will cling to them this time is Devonta Freeman‘s performance right after signing his new contract. The [more]

Raekwon McMillan injured early for Dolphins

Twenty-year-old Dolphins rookie linebacker Raekwon McMillan made his NFL debut on Thursday night. He exited quickly with a knee injury. Officially listed as questionable to return, chances are McMillan’s night is over. The second-round selection from Ohio State debuts on the initial, unofficial depth chart as a starter. After being down on the turf at [more]

Did Devonta Freeman make the right call?

The news of a new contract for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has sparked plenty of discussion and debate regarding whether he should have taken the bird in the hand or continued to forage for two in the bush. Before addressing the should-he-or-shouldn’t-he-have-taken-it question, here are the actual details. 1. $15 million signing bonus. 2. [more]

Devonta Freeman swaps year-to-year dance for six-year commitment

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was a year away from the franchise tag or a shot at the open market. He decided to trade that in for a $43 million deal. Whether he did the right thing is a matter on which reasonable minds can differ. Freeman, a fourth-round pick in 2014 who never has [more]

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