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James Rael

Career Window: Keanu Neal is still one the league’s best young defenders

Fact: Keanu Neal hasn’t eaten a carb since 2004

Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal is an outstanding football player and a fan favorite. Many fans foolishly freaked out when the Falcons took him 17th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. But Neal was head coach Dan Quinn’s guy, and he quickly silenced any naysayers.

Neal only played 37 snaps in 2018, tearing his ACL during the third quarter of the season opener against the Eagles. Neal starting running again last month, and by all accounts,...

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David J Walker

Best Falcons free agents: Alex Mack

The Falcons went from scrubs to an All-Pro with Alex Mack.

Centers are rarely drafted in the first round anymore. For some reason, it has not been treated as a critical position in the past, even as the game has become more focused on the passing game. Yet, when it does happen, you can believe there’s a good reason for it.

Alex Mack was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2009 with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft and he’s been living up to that draft position ever since. Between 2009 and...

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Dave Choate

Best Falcons free agents ever: Terance Mathis

Mathis has to be one of the first two or three names you mention in a series like this.

Welcome to another offseason series, this one a warm-up for free agency. Here, we’ll look at the best—and eventually the worst—Falcons free agents ever signed. We kick things off with a Falcoholic favorite, Terance Mathis.

Years with Falcons: 1994-2001

Stats: 573 receptions, 7,349 yards, 12.8 yards per reception, 57 touchdown receptions

Earlier this week, Evan Birchfield looked back fondly on...

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Evan Birchfield

Falcons Fan Spotlight – Tim Williams

Let’s hear from the fans!

Greetings Falcoholics, I’m back with another Fan Spotlight to highlight a fellow Falcons fan for the week.

This week’s Fan Spotlight is on Tim Williams. He’s a husband, dad, and now a grandfather of two wonderful little boys. He was born and raised in the South, and when he was 10 years old, he wrote to every NFL team asking them for stickers. The first team that responded to Tim would be the team he cheered for. The Atlanta Falcons responded first, beating...

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James Rael

Forgotten Falcons: Lester Archambeau

Fact: Lester Archambeau ghost wrote most of Amy Grant’s discography

If you grew up in Atlanta during the mid to late 90s, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with Falcons alumnus Lester Archambeau. He played 108 games for the Falcons between 1993 and 1999, terrorizing offensive linemen as he went.

A second round pick by the Packers in 1990, Archambeau signed with the Falcons in 1993. He was known by his peers and opponents as a calm, heady player. (Mind you he graduated from Stanford with...

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Kevin Knight

What would it cost to bring a top free agent EDGE to the Falcons?

The Falcons could be dramatically reshaping their defensive line this offseason. We take a closer look at what contracts for top free agent EDGEs like Trey Flowers or Brandon Graham might look like, and whether or not Atlanta can afford them.

With the NFL Combine and the official start of the 2019 NFL league year approaching, we’ve been spending a lot of time talking about potential draft picks and free agents. Mostly, we’ve been focusing on the Falcons’ own free agents—which makes...

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Adnan Ikic

Best Falcons free agents: Michael Turner

The greatest free agent signing in Falcons history?

Thomas Dimitroff really hit a grand slam in his first ever offseason as general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, didn’t he?

First, he used the No. 3 overall pick in the draft to secure Matt Ryan, who would go on to become the team’s franchise quarterback for the next decade plus. Then, he brought in maybe his greatest free agent acquisition ever — Michael Turner.

Turner was the big prize of the free agency pool that offseason, hitting...

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Dave Choate

Forgotten Falcons: Todd Weiner

The man who protected Michael Vick’s blindside was much better than he remembered.

Welcome to Forgotten Falcons, a 2019 offseason series where we remember some quality players who have been largely forgotten by the fanbase over the years. Today, we’ll kick things off with former right tackle Todd Weiner.

Time in Atlanta: 2002-2008

Stats: 96 starts, 1 reception, 0 yards

Why you should remember him

Let’s start with the thing you should know about Todd Weiner, ahead of everything...

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David J Walker

Career Windows: Will Desmond Trufant be with the Falcons much longer?

The team’s top cornerback has a big contract.

When the Falcons cut Robert Alford recently, very few fans were surprised by the move. What was surprising was the number of fans asking for the same to be done with former first round pick Desmond Trufant. While 2018 wasn’t one of his best seasons, the idea that he’s a poor player is foolish. Trufant may not be a top-10 corner like we all hoped he’d be, but he’s still a quality player. The real question is how much longer that is...

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Falcons will not tender CB Brian Poole

The Falcons informed cornerback Brian Poole that he will not be tendered as a restricted free agent, Mike Florio of PFT tweets. Poole has been the Falcons’ primary nickel cornerback for the past three seasons, so the news comes as a bit of a surprise. Last year, Poole set new career highs in tackles (74), sacks (3.0), and interceptions (3), but the team is unwilling to tender him even at the lowest level, which would cost just over $2M. The door is still open to a return, Vaughn McClure of...

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Source: Falcons won't tender RFA Poole

The Atlanta Falcons will not tender restricted free-agent cornerback Brian Poole, which will allow him to become a free agent, a source confirms to ESPN.

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Report: Falcons will let Brian Poole hit free agency

The Falcons will let the cornerback walk. The Falcons have already made one big move in their secondary by releasing Robert Alford after five seasons. They’ve now made another, electing not to tender a contract to cornerback Brian Poole and allowing him to hit the open market. Per ProFootballTalk, Poole has been informed of the decision. Brian Poole has been an integral piece on the Falcons’ defense since he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2016. As Atlanta’s primary...

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Adnan Ikic

Falcons’ Calvin Ridley created the most separation among NFL WRs in 2018

An impressive stat for an impressive rookie.

Calvin Ridley had no business falling to pick No. 26 in the NFL draft last year. He essentially fell into Atlanta’s lap because of draft talk fatigue and general managers talking themselves out of love with the best wide receiver in the class, and he’s proven it.

Ridley came into his first NFL season as the most polished rookie wide receiver in his class, and he was expected to make an impact right away. His crisp route running was on display...

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Jeanna Thomas

What did you love most about the 2018 Falcons season?

We asked, you answered. Happy Valentine’s Day from The Falcoholic.

It’s Valentine’s Day, and what a perfect time to look back fondly at the things we loved about this past Falcons season.

Sure, it wasn’t ideal. Finishing 7-9 amid a disastrous array of injuries to key players wasn’t high on anyone’s wish list for 2018. But still, there were moments to love, and our staff and readers weighed in on Twitter.

In honor of Valentine's Day, tell me what you loved the most about the...

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Evan Birchfield

2 Falcons make NFLPA’s top 50 merchandise sales list

It’s likely who you think.

The NFLPA has revealed their sales list for the top 50 players from March through November 2018. Licensed product categories include everything from game jerseys to bobbleheads.

There’s no real surprise that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished at No. 1, but two Atlanta Falcons players did make the list, and you can probably guess who they are.

Julio Jones – 24th

Coming in toward the middle of the list is none other than wide receiver Julio...

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James Rael

Career Window: the best is yet to come for Falcons star linebacker Deion Jones

Fact: Deion Jones invented hand sanitizer

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones is every offensive coordinator’s worst nightmare. An athletic freak with a high football IQ? Yes, please. A linebacker who is particularly skilled at making the New Orleans Saints look stupid? Oh man. But Debo ain’t a rookie no more. So it’s an apt time to break down his career window. Join me, won’t you?

Impact

Jones only played in 6 games in 2018, but he still earned at 75.8 grade from Pro Football...

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Evan Birchfield

Throwback Thursday: Remembering former Falcons WR Terance Mathis

Reminisce about the Falcons of old,

Hey Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s Throwback Thursday series. This weekly segment highlights a former Atlanta Falcons’ player and discusses what they did for the franchise.

Whether you’ve been a fan since the inaugural season, or just became a fan recently, this series will give insight on players from the past. Without further ado, let’s reminisce about former Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis.

Terance...

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Carter Breazeale

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Feb. 14

Falcons relationship status: It’s complicated

Hey, lovebirds! It’s Valentine’s Day, so what better way to start it then read about your first, unrequited love, the Atlanta Falcons? Eat all the courtesy candies in one fell swoop and indulge on Falcoholinks for Thursday.

Offseason Rumblings

Ah, the offseason. It’s cold, gloomy, dark, and for the most part, boring. It’s also the time to analyze and dissect the Atlanta Falcons ad nauseam — from roster projections to wishlists to...

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Falcons announce signing of DE Steven Means to one-year extension

The Falcons have signed defensive end Steven Means to a one-year extension, the team announced. Means was set to become a free agent in March.  Means, 28, played in eight games (four starts) for the Falcons in 2018, recording 14 tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack. The defensive end has traveled around the NFL since being selected by the Bucs in the fifth round in 2013, so this is welcome stability for Means.  Before coming to Atlanta, Means spent some time with the Eagles and...

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Matthew Chambers

Falcons sign DE Steven Means to one-year extension

The Falcons are bringing back their week 2 signing to help bolster depth.

The Falcons got rid of defensive end Brooks Reed last week, leaving themselves desperately thin at defensive end. While we expect Atlanta to add one or more pass rushers in the offseason, Dan Quinn needs more than Vic Beasley (possibly) and Takkarist McKinley to rely on.

Per Jason Butt of The Athletic, they are starting with Steven Means.

The Falcons are bringing DE Steven Means back on a one-year extension.

— Jason...

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