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Aaron Rodgers encouraged Thomas Dimitroff to get Matt Ryan deal done

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran into Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff at the Minneapolis airport during Super Bowl week. Rodgers had a request of Dimitroff. “He just said to me, ‘We don’t know each other that well, but just get this deal done with Matt [Ryan] first so I can get on with my life,’” [more]

Who are the NFL’s best receivers?

We’re always looking for ideas for the patent-pending PFT Live draft. On Wednesday, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry handed us one. He said he’s the best receiver in the NFL. Many disagreed. So Simms and I decided to settle it by making the question the subject of Thursday’s three-round draft. I won the toss and deferred. [more]

NFL hoping Atlanta’s roof actually works for Super Bowl

The Falcons struggled to get their new retractable roof to open last season, but the league is hoping they get the issues solved in time for the reason they got the new stadium to begin with. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, the NFL hopes to be able to open the roof on Mercedes-Benz Stadium [more]

Falcons add Ricky Ortiz to fullback mix

The Falcons didn’t re-sign Derrick Coleman after the 2017 season and they now have three players competing for a spot at fullback. The latest addition is Ricky Ortiz, who was signed by the Falcons on Wednesday. Cornerback Joseph Putu, who signed with the team after going undrafted in April, was waived in a corresponding move. [more]

Falcons don’t expect to see Julio Jones until minicamp

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is skipping OTAs, while he waits for a new contract. And he’s likely to miss the rest of them, as well. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he didn’t expect his star wide receiver back with the team until their mandatory minicamp in [more]

Falcons work out Kevin Bowen

The Falcons are working out free agent offensive lineman Kevin Bowen on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Bowen worked out for the Texans last week. Bowen, 24, spent last season on Washington’s injured reserve after injuring his ankle. He also spent 2016 on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. He originally entered [more]

Arthur Blank on Julio Jones’ absence: A process we have to go through

According to a report last week, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was expected to skip at least the start of the team’s OTAs as he looks for a contract adjustment that would bump up his take-home pay in 2018. Jones has indeed been a no-show on the first two days of voluntary practice this week [more]

Vegas, L.A. to become cornerstones of new Super Bowl rotation

What happens in Vegas really will stay in Vegas. Although the NFL’s newest city somewhat surprisingly won’t receive either of the two Super Bowls that owners are expected to award this week (LVII and LVIII will go to Arizona and New Orleans, respectively), Las Vegas is expected to get one of the next Super Bowls [more]

Would Julio Jones hold out of training camp for a new deal?

Falcons receiver Julio Jones reportedly will skip voluntary offseason workouts as he tries to get an adjustment to a deal that currently pays him far less than other less talented and accomplished receivers. If he doesn’t get the adjustment, what will he do? With a contract that runs through 2020, Jones could have a hard [more]

Report: Julio Jones not expected at OTAs

Odell Beckham is expected to be in attendance at Giants organized team activities, but another one of the league’s top wideouts is reportedly planning to continue working out on his own. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not expected to be with the Falcons when they start the [more]

Only 76 draft picks remain unsigned three weeks after draft

The days of lengthy training camp holdouts for draft picks has long since passed (unless you’re Joey Bosa) given the current rookie contract slotting system in place with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Just three weeks since the NFL Draft came to an end, the vast majority of draft picks have already signed their rookie [more]

Falcons sign Jason Hall, waive Terrence Magee

The Falcons signed rookie free agent Jason Hall on Tuesday. They waived running back Terrence Magee in a corresponding move. Hall originally signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted college free agent. But Seattle waived him last week. In four seasons at the University of Texas, Hall made 162 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five [more]

DeAngelo Hall says he’s “done” playing football

Washington defensive back DeAngelo Hall has decided to call it a career. According to John Keim of ESPN.com, Hall said “I’m done” in reference to his playing future. A respected veteran who has played a number of roles, he is currently weighing some broadcast and potential front office work. The 34-year-old was a free agent [more]

Falcons trying Calvin Ridley in a variety of ways

The Falcons could be getting their money’s worth from rookie receiver Calvin Ridley. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have used Ridley in various ways during rookie minicamp. Ridley played both outside and slot receiver on offense, and he returned punts and kickoffs. “The first impression was that I recognized the [more]

Saquon Barkley the clear favorite for rookie of the year honors

It remains to be seen whether Giants running back Saquon Barkley compiles a career that catapults him to Canton. For now, though, he’s the obvious choice to emerge from his first season with a key honor: Offensive rookie of the year. Bovada has set the odds for the award, installing Barkley as a 3/2 favorite, [more]

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