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White House announces Mercedes-Benz Stadium will ramp up vaccine site

The NFL told President Joe Biden last month that all 30 of its stadiums were available as mass coronavirus vaccination sites. Half of the NFL’s stadiums now are being used for that purpose, and the White House announced Friday that Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will expand its intake of COVID-19 vaccinations. “We have a total [more]

Arthur Smith: Without Derrick Henry, we’ll use multiple backs and trust our scheme

Arthur Smith has benefitted from calling plays for running back Derrick Henry for the last two seasons. He’s well aware things will change now that he’s the head coach in Atlanta. “We’re not going to have Derrick Henry here,” Smith said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “So, it’s not like I think [more]

Ricardo Allen visited Bengals

NFL rules for this offseason allow for free agents to visit with teams before signing and Ricardo Allen has taken advantage of that opportunity. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Allen visited with the Bengals on Tuesday. It’s the first known visit that Allen has taken since being released by the Falcons last month. Allen [more]

Top 100 free agents 2021: Dak Prescott again tops the list

The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2021 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported. 1. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott 2. Bears receiver Allen [more]

Four of seven new coaches had only one interview in the 2021 cycle

Seven teams, nearly a full fourth of the league, changed coaches during or after the 2020 season. Those seven teams requested a total of 58 interviews. Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press has obtained the internal NFL football operations list of 2021 head coach interview requests. The interviews requested by (but not necessarily conducted by) [more]

Terry Fontenot: We have to really dig and find value in free agency

The Falcons have a new General Manager and new head coach tasked with turning around a team that finished 4-12 in 2020. That’s not going to be the easiest task, especially as Atlanta is one of the teams currently slated to be over the projected 2021 salary cap. But earlier this week, G.M. Terry Fontenot [more]

Arthur Smith: We’ve tried to learn lessons about virtual scouting from last year

There’s no Combine this year and NFL teams are not currently permitted to have in-person meetings with draft prospects at the moment, which means that the pre-draft process is going to be virtual outside of Pro Day workouts. Some of that is the same as last year and Falcons head coach Arthur Smith went through [more]

Arthur Smith plans to lean on Dean Pees’ defensive experience

Longtime NFL defensive assistant Dean Pees retired for the second time following the 2019 season. This retirement lasted a year, rather than just a few weeks like in 2018. But Pees said late last month that he un-retired to work with new Falcons head coach Arthur Smith. Smith and Pees worked together on the Titans’ [more]

Terry Fontenot thinks Falcons in “prime spot” with No. 4 pick

There are a handful of quarterbacks who are expected to be among the top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, which could lead to a big trade offer from a team in need of a quarterback to one that is looking for other things. It’s not clear where the Falcons fall on that spectrum. General [more]

Terry Fontenot: We have to make some hard decisions on Falcons roster

The Falcons overhauled their football operation this offseason with new General Manager Terry Fontenot and new head coach Arthur Smith. But Atlanta has a tall task ahead to get the roster ready for the 2021 season. The club is one of a few in bad shape with the salary cap. Though the final number has [more]

Falcons announce seven additions to their coaching staff

The Falcons added seven people to head coach Arthur Smith’s 2021 coaching staff on Monday. The team announced that Roderick Moore Jr. and Bobby Thomas will be assistant strength and conditioning coach. Mario Jeberaeel has been named a diversity coaching intern and the team also hired four football analysts — Paul Rice, Charles Walker, Sal [more]

Deion Sanders wins debut as Jackson State’s head coach

Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is 1-0 as a college head coach. Sanders became the head coach of Jackson State University last September and waited until Sunday to make his debut on the sideline because the school postponed their season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The opponent in the opener was Edward Waters [more]

Falcons waive Kurt Benkert

News that Atlanta would release safety Ricardo Allen and defensive end Allen Bailey came down earlier on Thursday. But when the Falcons announced the transactions, they included that quarterback Kurt Benkert has also been waived. Benkert was signed to a futures deal just after the season on Jan. 4, before the hiring of General Manger [more]

Falcons release Ricardo Allen, Allen Bailey

The Falcons hired a new General Manager last month and Terry Fontenot is at work on shaping his first roster in Atlanta. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Falcons have released safety Ricardo Allen and defensive end Allen Bailey. Allen joined the team as a fifth-round pick in 2014 and was set to make [more]

Falcons GM Terry Fontenot cites bringing in quarterbacks as key offseason priority

Matt Ryan remains the Falcons’ starting quarterback, but new General Manager Terry Fontenot plans to bring more quarterbacks to Atlanta this offseason. Fontenot said he has studied the work of former Packers GM Ron Wolf, and agrees with Wolf’s assessment that it’s never a bad time to bring in a quarterback. “You look at Ron [more]

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