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AJ McCarron cleared to return from last year’s knee injury, hopes to be in a training camp

Longtime backup AJ McCarron was slated to be the Falcons’ No. 2 quarterback last year until a torn ACL in the preseason changed those plans. Now McCarron is hoping to get a chance in 2022.McCarron said on NFL Network that he’s hoping some team will call him in.“You never know what your future holds, what [more]

Desmond Ridder: Marcus Mariota is like a big brother to me

When the Falcons traded Matt Ryan to the Colts, they quickly pivoted to signing Marcus Mariota — setting up the 2015 No. 2 overall pick to be the club’s starting quarterback in 2022.Then the club used the 74th overall pick in this year’s draft to select Desmond Ridder, potentially making him Atlanta’s quarterback of the [more]

Falcons will have 13 open practices at training camp

The Falcons have announced the dates for their 13 open practices at training camp.Twelve of the practices will take place at IBM Performance Field, with one at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The Falcons’ first open practice is scheduled for July 29.Fans at the July 30 practice will have the opportunity to hear from Falcons head coach Arthur Smith [more]

11 NFL stadiums to host 2026 World Cup games

The 2026 World Cup will be spread across the United States, Canada and Mexico, and all 11 American host cities will play their games in NFL stadiums.The stadiums for the Falcons, Texans, Dolphins, Eagles, Seahawks, Chiefs, Cowboys, Patriots, 49ers, Jets and Giants, and Rams and Chargers will all host World Cup games.As NFL teams play [more]

Jadeveon Clowney wanted to sign with whatever team Deshaun Watson joined

Jadeveon Clowney returns to the Browns on a one-year deal, the third consecutive one-year contract he has signed. It keeps him in Cleveland for a second consecutive season, the first time he has spent consecutive seasons with the same team since Clowney played his first five seasons with the Texans.As much as Myles Garrett and [more]

Falcons sign Jonotthan Harrison, Jalen Dalton

The Falcons have signed a pair of players who participated in the team’s minicamp on a tryout basis this week.Atlanta announced the club has added offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison and defensive lineman Jalen Dalton.Harrison entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has appeared in 84 games with 42 starts. He’s spent [more]

Arthur Smith: Desmond Ridder is light years ahead of most young QBs from the neck up

Desmond Ridder had to wait until the third round to hear his name called as the second quarterback off the board during this year’s draft.But Ridder may have landed in exactly the right spot as he begins his pro career.On Wednesday, head coach Arthur Smith praised the way the young quarterback has grasped the playbook [more]

Arthur Smith: Marcus Mariota is feeling comfortable

After trading Matt Ryan to the Colts, the Falcons brought in Marcus Mariota to be their starting quarterback.While there’s a chance third-round pick Desmond Ridder could supplant Mariota eventually, it appears Atlanta will roll with Mariota as its QB1 in 2022.Because he played under head coach Arthur Smith when Smith was the Titans’ offensive coordinator, [more]

Cordarrelle Patterson at Falcons minicamp, but not working

Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson was one of a number of veteran players around the league who skipped the voluntary portion of offseason workouts before reporting to their team’s mandatory minicamp to close out the offseason.Patterson is back in only an observational role, however. Head coach Arthur Smith said that he has been in communication [more]

Nyheim Hines: Matt Ryan isn’t missing the layups

Quarterback Matt Ryan has been drawing rave reviews from players all the way up to team owner Jim Irsay since becoming the Colts quarterback earlier this offseason.That trend has continued with Nyheim Hines.The running back signed a three-year contract extension with the Colts at the start of the 2021 season. But his production went down [more]

Frank Reich: Matt Ryan “did everything right” during offseason program

As far as early impressions go, things apparently couldn’t have gone better for Matt Ryan‘s offseason program with the Colts.The veteran quarterback was traded to Indianapolis in March. By all accounts since then, Ryan has easily won over his coaches, teammates, and Colts owner Jim Irsay.As the team’s offseason program came to a close this [more]

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