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Falcons trade tight end Eric Saubert to Patriots

The Patriots love bringing in tight ends, and they’ve added another. Eric Saubert was traded from the Falcons to the Patriots today. The Falcons are getting only a conditional seventh-round pick, which likely means they were about to place Saubert on waivers, and the Patriots, who as Super Bowl champions are last in the NFL’s [more]

NFL wants offsetting penalties when players lower helmet into each other

The NFL is planning a crackdown on players who initiate contact by lowering the helmet this season, and in some cases that will mean throwing flags on both players in a collision. NFL head of officiating Al Riveron said in a video distributed by the league that in the Hall of Fame Game, when Falcons [more]

Falcons sign Chase Middleton, waive Hamp Cheevers

The Falcons announced they agreed to terms with linebacker Chase Middleton on Friday. The team waived defensive back Hamp Cheevers in a corresponding move. Middleton spent a few days with the Texans in May after signing as an undrafted free agent. In four seasons at Georgia State, Middleton played 48 games and made 191 career [more]

Thomas Dimitroff: Julio Jones deal is around the corner

The Falcons have said many times this offseason that they are prepared to give wide receiver Julio Jones the new contract he’s been looking to land for the last couple of years. All of that talk has not led to any action to this point. That’s not changing the team’s approach to handling the situation, [more]

Up-and-down night for Josh Rosen in Dolphins debut

The biggest takeaway from game action of this summer’s quarterback competition in Miami is that the Dolphins are going to need to do a better job of protecting whoever winds up winning the job. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen both faced a lot of pressure from the Falcons defense in the first half of Thursday [more]

Matt Ryan closing in on 300 touchdowns, 50,000 yards

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is likely to hit two impressive career milestones during the 2019 season. Ryan has 295 career passing touchdowns, putting him just five away from 300 in his career. And Ryan has 46,720 passing yards, putting him 3,280 yards away from 50,000 in his career. Considering that Ryan had 4,924 yards and [more]

Falcons place Kurt Benkert on injured reserve

Any hopes that quarterback Kurt Benkert had of making the Falcons’ 53-man roster will have to wait until 2020. Benkert hurt his toe in the Hall of Fame Game and it was clear he’d miss some time when the Falcons signed Matt Simms last weekend. We found out just how much time Benkert is going [more]

Tony Gonzalez: Greatness comes only after overcoming fear

Tony Gonzalez was last but certainly not least in a Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony that lasted almost five hours. The former Chiefs and Falcons tight end spoke for 39 minutes and 17 seconds — the longest of the eight Hall of Famers’ time on stage — finishing a few minutes before midnight. Gonzalez’s [more]

Falcons sign Matt Simms

The Falcons’ backup quarterbacks had an ugly night in the Hall of Fame Game, so they’re adding another one. Matt Simms will sign with the Falcons, his agent told Mike Garafolo of NFL Media. In Thursday night’s Hall of Fame Game, starting quarterback Matt Ryan had the night off, and Atlanta’s young backup Kurt Benkert [more]

Falcons sign Hamp Cheevers, cut Kyle Vasey

The Falcons announced Friday night that they have signed cornerback Hamp Cheevers. They cut long snapper Kyle Vasey in a corresponding move. Cheevers signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent this spring. The Titans waived him with an injury designation soon after, and he reverted to their injured reserve list before eventually getting [more]

Falcons sign Ronald Martin, waive Rashard Causey

The Falcons made a change to their secondary a day after opening the NFL’s preseason schedule by taking part in the Hall of Fame Game. The team announced they signed safety Ronald Martin. Defensive back Rashard Causey was waived in a corresponding move. Martin brings some experience to a safety group that recently lost J.J. [more]

Steven Jackson’s one-day contract triggers a drug test

NFL players who sign a one-day retirement contract may also endure the one-minute (or longer if shy bladder kicks in) indignity of urinating in front of a grown man. Former Rams running back Steven Jackson learned this lesson the hard way when returning to the Rams for a ceremonial walk into the sunset. Jackson, via [more]

Falcons “pleased” with Kaleb McGary’s heart procedure

Falcons coach Dan Quinn didn’t offer many details, but said the news on rookie tackle Kaleb McGary‘s heart procedure was good. The team announced Wednesday that the first-round pick from Washington would have a cardiac ablation procedure, which they described as “minimally invasive.” He had two other similar procedures previously. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of [more]

Hall of Fame Game featured shaky quarterback play without Ryan, Flacco

The first football game of the 2019 NFL calendar wasn’t a kind one for the quarterbacks involved in Thursday night’s Hall of Fame Game. Neither Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan played for their respective teams. Matt Schaub had a dreadful night for the Atlanta Falcons, and Kevin Hogan, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien barely eclipsed [more]

Broncos throw first challenge flag for pass interference

Well, that didn’t take long. The Broncos threw the first challenge flag for pass interference in the first half of the Hall of Fame Game, and the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating didn’t need long to make a decision. Al Riveron promised at the NFL’s officiating clinic last month that to overturn a call [more]

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