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Will Julio Jones show up for mandatory minicamp?

When the Falcons convene on Tuesday for a mandatory minicamp, the biggest question continues to be whether receiver Julio Jones will be there. Jones skipped all Organized Team Activities, reportedly because he’s not happy with his contract. And while he has denied it during an impromptu discussion with TMZ, the prevailing view continues to be [more]

Steve Sarkisian feels more comfortable in second year with Falcons

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian didn’t have to dig too deep to find the area where his unit needs to improve during the 2018 season. Sarkisian said on Wednesday that the Falcons “didn’t score enough points” last year as they went from scoring 33.8 points per game in 2016 to 22.1 points per game in [more]

Falcons sign Taj Williams, waive Jake Roh

The Falcons kicked off their final week of OTAs by shuffling the bottom of their 90-man roster. The team announced that they have signed wide receiver Taj Williams. Tight end Jake Roh was waived in a corresponding move. Both players went undrafted in April. Williams spent the last two seasons at TCU, where he caught 41 [more]

Free agent DL Ra’Shede Hageman arrested for DWI

Free agent defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman has been arrested for the second straight year. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Hageman was arrested on a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired early on Saturday morning. Hennepin County jail records show he was released 90 minutes after being brought in without having to post bail. Hageman [more]

Falcons will decide on anthem approach as a team

The NFL’s new national anthem policy creates three options for players: (1) stand for the anthem (and respect the flag, whatever that means); (2) stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem; or (3) kneel during the anthem (or otherwise disrespect the flag, whatever that means), triggering league-imposed fines on the team [more]

Falcons sign Jaeden Graham, waive Joey Ivie

The Falcons announced they signed tight end Jaeden Graham on Friday. In a corresponding move, they waived defensive tackle Joey Ivie with an injury settlement. Graham signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Yale. He participated in their rookie minicamp. In his final season at Yale, Graham earned first team All-Ivy [more]

Panthers troll Falcons over Julio Jones

Step aside, Saints-Falcons. Panthers-Falcons could become the best rivalry in the NFC South. Atlanta receiver Julio Jones hasn’t shown up for Organized Team Activities. However, Jones showed up for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton‘s celebrity kickball tournament. And the Panthers have seized on the opportunity to kick some sand in the face of the Falcons. “Julio [more]

Matt Ryan was incredibly unlucky on interceptions last year

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw 12 interceptions last season, which is not an inordinately high number for a quarterback who starts all 16 games. But it was a lot more interceptions than he should have thrown. According to data from FootballOutsiders.com, Ryan threw five interceptions that should have been caught by his own teammates, an incredibly [more]

Tevin Coleman: Falcons will “use me more” this year

Running back Tevin Coleman has seen a steady rise in snaps over his three seasons with the Falcons and he expects that to continue during the 2018 season. Coleman was in on over 41 percent of the snaps in 2017 and touched the ball 183 times while producing 927 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 [more]

Matt Ryan: “Very easy” to get on same page as Julio Jones

Back in April, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said that he was excited about the chance to work with wide receiver Julio Jones this offseason after Jones was limited last offseason following foot surgery. Jones isn’t taking part in voluntary practices with the team, however, and isn’t expected to rejoin the Falcons until next month’s mandatory [more]

Falcons think move back to defensive end will lead to “fresher” Vic Beasley

Vic Beasley was asked to make a move from defensive end to linebacker this season that led to a drop in his pass rushing impact, but Beasley said he was fine with doing it because it was for “the betterment of the team and what the team needed most at that moment.” That move has [more]

Julio Jones on OTA absence: I’m working on myself, no bad blood with the Falcons

Falcons receiver Julio Jones is skipping Organized Team Activities, but he doesn’t want anyone to read anything into that. Asked by TMZ about his contract situation, Jones downplayed any talk that he might be unhappy with the Falcons. “We’re good,” Jones said. “It’s not even about that. Everyone wants a story right now. There’s no [more]

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]

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