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Nineteen 2019 first-rounders had their fifth-year options exercised

Monday was the deadline for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on the contracts of 2019 first-round picks and 19 of those options wound up being exercised.That group includes first-overall pick Kyler Murray, who may land a long-term contract extension before the start of the 2022 season. All the players in the class are now [more]

Falcons exercising Chris Lindstrom’s fifth-year option, declining Kaleb McGary’s option

With Monday’s deadline approaching, the Falcons have made a decision on the fifth-year option for their pair of 2019 first-round picks.Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Atlanta is picking up right guard Chris Lindstrom‘s option while declining offensive tackle Kaleb McGary‘s option.The 14th overall pick of the 2019 draft, Windstorm has started 38 games at right [more]

Troy Andersen will play wherever Falcons ask after seeing time at multiple positions in college

The Falcons made good use of wide receiver turned running back Cordarrelle Patterson last season and is success may have helped pave the way for another hybrid player in Atlanta.The team used the 58th overall pick of the draft on Troy Andersen, who is listed as a linebacker but saw action at multiple positions while [more]

Falcons releasing Mike Davis

The Falcons are moving on from one of their veteran running backs.According to multiple reports, the team is releasing Mike Davis.An Atlanta native, Davis signed a two-year deal with his hometown team last March. He appeared in all 17 games last season, recording 503 yards on 138 carries with three touchdowns. He also caught 44 [more]

Falcons’ Drake London is the betting favorite to be offensive rookie of the year

Falcons wide receiver Drake London is the betting favorite to be the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2022.London, who went to Atlanta with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, is the favorite with +550 odds, via Ben Fawkes.In second place is Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, at +600. Pickett may end [more]

Jim Irsay sees Matt Ryan as a mutiyear acquisition

For the sixth consecutive season, and the seventh in eight years, the Colts will have a different opening day starter. Matt Ryan will follow Scott Tolzien, Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz. The Colts traded a third-round choice to the Falcons for Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP.Ryan looks like another bridge quarterback [more]

Falcons draft picks 2022: All of Atlanta’s selections, NFL draft results, team order

The Falcons finished 7-10 in their first season under Arthur Smith, an improvement from their 4-12 season in 2020 and an encouraging start to Smith’s tenure. That being said, Atlanta is going to look quite different in 2022. For the first time in 15 years, somebody other than Matt Ryan will be under center for [more]

Desmond Ridder calls himself “younger guy just like” Marcus Mariota

Desmond Ridder became the second quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft when the Falcons took him in the third round on Friday night and Ridder said he had an inkling that he might wind up in Atlanta.The reason for Ridder’s premonition was another move that the Falcons made this offseason. They signed Marcus Mariota [more]

Falcons take QB Desmond Ridder

The long, long wait for the second quarterback drafted has finally come to an end.With the 74th pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected quarterback Desmond Ridder from Cincinnati.Ridder is just the second quarterback taken in this year’s draft, following Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, who went with the 20th overall pick.It’s been a [more]

Falcons trade with Giants, select Arnold Ebiketie at No. 38

The Giants have traded down twice tonight. The latest deal came when they sent the No. 38 choice to the Falcons for the 43rd and 114th selections.For a moment, everyone wondered whether the Falcons had traded up for Liberty quarterback Malik Willis. Willis is a Georgia native, having played his high school ball in Roswell.The [more]

Panthers should make their move for Baker Mayfield now

Last night, I argued that any team thinking about drafting a quarterback should instead trade for Baker Mayfield. Given the developments of the first round, I’ve got a more specific suggestion to make.The Panthers should go get Mayfield, before other teams join the hunt.With no second- or third-round picks, thanks to the ill-fated Sam Darnold [more]

Arthur Smith: Drake London and Kyle Pitts complement each other well

A year ago, the Falcons took Kyle Pitts at No. 4 overall. The tight end had a strong rookie season, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards but only one touchdown.Needing another dynamic pass catcher, Atlanta picked the first receiver off the board on Thursday, bringing in USC receiver Drake London with the No. 8 overall [more]

Falcons take Drake London at No. 8

The Falcons had their choice of quarterbacks with the eighth overall choice. They instead selected a receiver over Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett and Liberty quarterback Malik Willis.USC’s Drake London was the choice for Atlanta. He will pair with last year’s No. 4 overall choice, tight end Kyle Pitts, for veteran quaterback Marcus Mariota.Mariota signed a [more]

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