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Carter Breazeale

Rookie recap: Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Calvin Ridley looks like the real deal.

The Falcons dropped their second preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs 28-14, but the first team appeared to be rin mid-season form. How did the rookies look? Let’s dive in.

Offense Calvin Ridley

Let me start with this: I’m not a huge fan of the prospect of Calvin Ridley returning kickoffs, but damn if he didn’t look like the role suited him to begin the game. Ridley secured Harrison Butker’s opening kick and brought it back it 34...

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Cory Woodroof

Are the Falcons ready to withstand an injury to Vic Beasley or Takk McKinley?

The health of each will be vital as the team attempts to mount an elite defense.

There are no more important members to the Falcons defense right now than Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley.

After all, the young pass rushers are the anchor to making this entire unit click. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford can get guys in coverage, Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell can man the middle of the field and Grady Jarrett can lead the push inside.

But if the Falcons aren’t getting consistent...

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Dave Choate

Falcons vs. Chiefs 2018: Snap counts and notes for the second preseason game

The Atlanta Falcons played some preseason football last night, but who got time and who shone?

Snap counts! During the season, they help to illuminate who is dominating snaps and who is limited to special teams after you’ve watched the game, and provide us an opportunity to look for trends. In preseason, they tell us who the Falcons are serious about getting an extended look at.

Let’s break down this week’s snap counts for Falcons vs. Chiefs.

Offense

T Matt Gono: 33

G Ben Garland:...

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Dave Choate

3 winners, 3 losers from Falcons vs. Chiefs

The Falcons got some great performances on offense, but watched backups scuffle.

As I wrote last night and this morning, the Falcons got a lot out of their starters, and that was deeply encouraging. Their night was not without its struggles and stars, and we’ll run down three players who fit the bill for each category right here.

Winners WR Calvin Ridley

Ridley was great, full stop. He looked slippery on the opening kickoff and threw a very effective stiff arm, and then shortly after, he...

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Dave Choate

Falcons vs. Chiefs preseason recap: We saw what we needed to see

All the encouraging signs and health were there, even if the reserves had a tough night.

After a lackluster first preseason game, the Chiefs game we saw last night was a breath of fresh air. Atlanta’s starters did terrific work, scoring on the first drive, shutting down Kansas CIty on their first drive, and generally playing well and staying healthy. If I sound upbeat about that, it’s because we really didn’t need to see much else from Atlanta.

Matt Ryan threw crisp passes and moved...

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Dave Choate

Keanu Neal ran afoul of the NFL’s new helmet rule, and likely not for the last time

Neal’s a hard-hitter, which means he’ll get very little benefit of the doubt.

Keanu Neal is, objectively, extremely fun to watch. He hits like a truck with revenge on its mind, he runs like a deer, and he is always around the ball, which means he’ll deliver a couple of highlight-reel tackles per game. That style means he’s also at risk of being penalized under the NFL’s new, poorly-enforced helmet rule, and we saw that happen against the Chiefs.

You’ll see Neal arrive a split...

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Falcons WR Jones, Under Armour part ways

An Under Armour spokesman confirmed the company had mutually parted ways with Julio Jones with one year left on the Falcons receiver's endorsement contract.

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Dave Choate

Falcons 14 - Chiefs 28 final score: Starters shine, backups falter in a loss

Atlanta balled out when the starters were in.

The Falcons stayed healthy and the team’s starters looked borderline dominant. I really can’t say anything more encouraging about this game than that.

Atlanta moved the ball well on offense and played extremely well on defense until the starters exited the game, and if things got worse from there, that’s perfectly understandable, especially since the Chiefs’ first team offense was going up against backups. We saw what we needed to see,...

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Dave Choate

Falcons vs. Chiefs second half open thread

Let’s keep the good times rolling.

A little late, but the Falcons played an enjoyable first half, and we’ll hope the second half is at least watchable. Continue to follow along right here.

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NFL helmet rule penalties continue to befuddle players and fans

Most of us would agree that it’s important to put player safety first to limit concussions and neck/back injuries in football. That being said, the NFL helmet rule that’s being implemented this preseason and coming regular season continues to be something that is baffling, to say the least.On Friday night, Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal attacked a screen play and made what surely looked like a clean wrap-up tackle, leading with his shoulder pad, rather than his helmet. Yet the flag...

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NFL Week 2 preseason scores, schedule, updates: Matt Ryan, Falcons come out firing

Week 2 of the NFL preseason continues with Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen all in action

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Watch: Falcons TE Austin Hooper hurdles DB on TD catch

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper figures to continue emerging as a go-to option for Matt Ryan in the passing game as he enters his third season. Based on what he did on the team’s first drive Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s well on his way.Check out Hooper hurdling Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Steven Nelson en route to the end zone. That’s some serious air there from the former third-round pick out of Stanford.Last year, Hooper caught 49 passes for 526...

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Dave Choate

Falcons - Chiefs 2018 preseason key info, tracker and open thread

It’s time to enjoy some preseason football, whether you want to or not.

Kickoff is happening right about now, folks, so settle in with your favorite beverage and let’s get to watching some Falcons football.

Tonight’s game is going to feature a full half of the Chiefs’ offensive starters. That should provide an excellent test for this defense, and an even better test for the backups when they inevitably get into the game. Seeing how Duke Riley, Isaiah Oliver and Damontae Kazee fare...

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Kevin Knight

The Falcoholic Live’s Falcons vs. Chiefs Play-by-Play Show

Don’t get Falcons vs. Chiefs on TV or just prefer to hear Kevin and Eric call tonight’s game? Join us right here at 6:45 PM ET as the crew of The Falcoholic Live takes us through Friday’s preseason matchup.

Tonight’s show will begin at 6:45 PM ET. Refresh your page at 6:45 for the live feed.

Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to the second week of Atlanta Falcons preseason football! Kevin and Eric are back tonight with another play-by-play broadcast of the Falcons vs. Chiefs match-up. There...

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Falcons announce Deion Jones, Matt Bryant won’t play

The Falcons announced that two regulars, linebacker Deion Jones and kicker Matt Bryant, won’t play Friday night against the Chiefs. That means Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are among those who will play. They aren’t likely to play long, however. Ryan played one series and threw one pass in the preseason opener last [more]

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Report: Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman also won’t play

The Falcons listed only two regulars as out tonight. However, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution adds two bigger names to the list. Per Ledbetter, the Falcons will hold out running back Devonta Freeman and receiver Julio Jones again this week. The team announced only that linebacker Deion Jones and kicker Matt Bryant wouldn’t [more]

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Cory Woodroof

Deion Jones, Matt Bryant out Friday for Chiefs vs. Falcons; Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman remain absent

Bad news for Atlanta as a surprise absence pops up.

Falcons fans are now privy to what could be a new injury to one of the defense’s best players.

The mothership has shared that LB Deion Jones will be held out Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, mounting speculation as to why exactly that is.

K Matt Bryant is also being held out. We know he’s been ailing for some time now.

Head coach Dan Quinn cites both absences as a coach’s decision, so we don’t know exactly what’s...

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Dave Choate

Thoughts on Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs defense and more from Arrowhead Pride

Learn more about this week’s opponent from one of SB Nation’s best sites.

We had the opportunity to ask five questions of Arrowhead Pride’s Pete Sweeney this week. Before tonight’s game, read up and learn more about the Chiefs.

Dave Choate: Patrick Mahomes is a player I liked a lot heading into last year’s draft, and I’m glad to see him getting a chance so early in his career. What are your expectations for his first full season as a starter, and how has he looked so far?

Pete...

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Kevin Knight

Falcons vs. Chiefs: By the Numbers stats preview

Gameday for the Falcons’ second preseason game has arrived! Let’s take a closer look at how Atlanta and Kansas City match-up statistically on offense and defense.

Gameday for the second week of the preseason has arrived! This week features a more exciting opponent in the Kansas City Chiefs, who should give the Falcons all they can handle on defense and provide an interesting test on offense. In 2017, we saw the Chiefs get out to a red-hot 5-0 start, only to enter a midseason slump and...

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Carter Breazeale

Matt Ryan responds in Matt Ryan fashion to Jalen Ramsey’s ‘overrated’ dig

His reply boosted his indifference rating to 98% in Madden 19.

Festivus came early for Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. His airing of quarterback grievances made the rounds in this week’s GQ interview, where he name-checked Matt Ryan as “overrated” and a “complete bust” in 2017. Ramsey’s litany of signal-caller slander understandably made waves, and the natural reaction from many Falcons fans was: What does Matt Ryan think about all of this?

Turns out, not much....

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