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Matt Ryan letting “much more knowledgeable” people direct his $500,000 donation

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan pledged $500,000 to Atlanta’s black community before he knew exactly where that money would go. Ryan said on The Daily Show that he decided to make the donation first, then began conversations with leaders in Atlanta’s black community about the specific programs that the money would fund. “No. 1, I knew [more]

Falcons taking Juneteenth holiday

Atlanta has been the backdrop for the most recent wave of protests over racial inequality and police brutality, and now the team there will take Friday off as a holiday. According to Vaughn McClure of, the Falcons are taking Friday off as an organization for Juneteenth, the recognition of the emancipation of slaves after [more]

Dan Quinn will support players if they kneel in protest

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has already taken to the streets to make his feelings known this offseason. So if any of his players want to protest racial inequality or police brutality this season — including by kneeling during the national anthem — Quinn is all in. “If and when the players choose to protest, in [more]

Matt Ryan: “Rayshard Brooks should be alive — end of story”

Another excessive use of force by police happened in Atlanta on Friday night. Another man who did not deserve to die was killed by an officer who performed the role of judge, jury, and executioner in a fit of embarrassment, ego, and adrenaline. And Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is not happy about it. “I spent [more]

Falcons veterans finished with offseason program

Teams can extend their virtual offseason programs until June 26, but the Falcons aren’t using all that time. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the team’s veterans were finished with the offseason program last week, and that the rookies would wrap up the program Thursday. While coaches will generally complain about not [more]

Matt Ryan found player-only workouts “really effective”

NFL teams didn’t follow the usual offseason schedule this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that meant it was up to players to organize their own workouts. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan did that in Atlanta and California while drawing on his experience going through the 2011 offseason when a lockout created a similar set [more]

Tom Brady tutors Deion Sanders’ high school quarterback son

Trinity Christian High School football player Shedeur Sanders is a four-start recruit heading into his senior year, and he’s the son of a Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders. But it’s not his dad whom Shedeur is modeling himself after. Instead, Shedeur Sanders is trying to be like Tom Brady — and getting some private tutoring [more]

Matt Ryan: NFC South is tough, but it’s about us

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is expecting a tough battle in the NFC South this year, but he likes his team’s chances. Ryan said the Buccaneers were already a good team before adding Tom Brady, and he thinks the Saints and Panthers are going to be good opponents as well. “Their team was tough last year,” [more]

Dirk Koetter expects to see a jump in Calvin Ridley’s play

Calvin Ridley has 127 catches for 1,687 yards and 17 touchdowns through his first two NFL seasons and his offensive coordinator thinks the 2018 first-round pick is just scratching the surface. Ridley was one of the topics of conversation when Dirk Koetter spoke to reporters on a conference call Tuesday and Koetter praised the wideout’s [more]

Matt Ryan audibles out of crowd noise question

NFL teams still don’t know whether they’ll be playing in front of fans when they begin their seasons. But Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan knows he’s not the guy to ask about playing in quiet environments. Via Atlanta writer Jason Butt (formerly of, Ryan was asked about the possibility of playing in empty buildings, and [more]

Dirk Koetter: When healthy, Todd Gurley arguably is best back in the game

Todd Gurley passed his physical this week. That means he’s healthy enough to practice and play. But questions remain about the running back after his knee issues of the past two seasons. Gurley’s knee problems played into his release from the Rams, who cut him less than two years after signing him to a megacontract [more]

Matt Ryan: Hayden Hurst will create problems for Falcons’ opponents

Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst hasn’t yet been to a practice in Atlanta, but he has done some one-on-one work with quarterback Matt Ryan, and that’s enough for Ryan to declare that opposing defenses are going to have a tough time with Hurst this season. Ryan said today that he’s been impressed with Hurst’s athletic [more]

Falcons made additions to coaching staff, nutrition department

The Falcons made a couple of additions to the coaching staff on Tuesday. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Adam Potts has been named the assistant strength and conditioning coach in Atlanta. He’ll work with head strength and conditioning coach Jesse Ackerman and assistant strength coach Brandon Ireland. Potts previously worked [more]

Matt Ryan: Colin Kaepernick should have opportunity to have NFL spot

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made a $500,000 donation recently to provide “active support” for the fight against racial inequality and social injustice while acknowledging that he has not done enough to be part of that battle in the past. Ryan has had plenty of company on that front. The NFL released a video last Friday [more]

Todd Gurley finally passes Falcons physical

The Falcons announced their deal with running back Todd Gurley over two months ago. It was finally complete this week. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Gurley was finally able to get to Atlanta and take a physical Monday. He passed it. While that might seem like a boilerplate part of executing a contract, Gurley’s [more]

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