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What kind of numbers will Falcons TE Austin Hooper put up in 2019?

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOP Coming off a 2018 season which earned Austin Hooper a Pro Bowl invite, we ask, what will his numbers look like in 2019? It’s still pretty early, but we’ll dive into what they could possibly look like this upcoming season for the young Falcons’ tight end. Targets and Receptions The Falcons have one of the better offenses in the NFL, there’s no denying that. The issue for Hooper is this: How often will he get the ball? For what it’s worth, Hooper’s target share has...

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Carter Breazeale

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, June 17

Only the freshest of links to start your week.

You’re tired. You’re dreadfully hungover. You really don’t want to be at work right now. Thankfully we’ve got a new edition of Falcoholinks to mitigate the Monday blues. Read on, fellow weekend warrior, to get caught up with all the Falcons headlines.

Minicamp’s a wrap

The Falcons finished up minicamp at Flowery Branch last week, one that included a visit from future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson. That means summer break is in full...

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Cory Woodroof

Dan Quinn getting used to balancing new duties at helm of Falcons defense

How is DQ learning to handle his new responsibilities?

With June mandatory minicamp in the books, the Atlanta Falcons have a better idea of what they have to work with heading into the rest of the summer months.

We focus on the players, of course, but how’s head coach Dan Quinn doing with his new responsibilities?

He has, after all, taken over as the defensive coordinator on top of his head coaching duties, and per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Steve Hummer, it sounds like he...

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Dave Choate

Recently, we’ve gotten a better look at the Falcons behind the scenes

Jason Butt’s reporting at The Athletic has revealed more about how Dan Quinn has approached the offseason.

One of the most maddening things about being a fan is that players and coaches rarely seem to share your enduring disgust for their performances. Whether you’re a princely Patriots fan sitting on a hoard of rings like a Smaug who regularly drops the r’s from its sentences or a sad sack Browns or Falcons fan still hoping for that first championship, you’re going to spend quite a...

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A post-draft review of the Falcons’ DE position

Let’s talk pass rush! With the Atlanta Falcons entering into the summer portion of the offseason, the team, by and large, has its 2019 roster complete. People could come and go here and there, but for the most part, the ship has its crew. Will it set sail with success or defeat? We here at The Falcoholic are breaking down the position groups to see how they shape up and where the strengths and weaknesses lie. Our review shifts to the defensive line, particularly those fellows on the edge...

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Jeanna Thomas

An unconventional Falcons 2019 season preview

The Falcoholic writers preview the 2019 season in visual form.

We’re at the point of the offseason when we’re all just ready for football to be back. It’s hard to avoid thinking about what this team is capable of accomplishing in the 2019 season.

But we’re also Falcons fans. We’ve been burned plenty of times. Optimism in the wake of heartbreak after heartbreak from this team is a tall order.

This is a constant topic of conversation among our writers, and we decided to share our...

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Dave Choate

Ra’Shede Hageman is making his case early, but what kind of role might he have?

Hageman has always had the talent to be a key player, but there’s a lot working against him at the moment.

Ra’Shede Hageman’s signing was one of the surprises of the offseason. Hageman seemed to have worn out his welcome in Atlanta after inconsistent years and particularly a domestic violence arrest, but the Falcons have been keeping tabs on the veteran defensive tackle and apparently believe he’s matured and can still contribute. They signed him knowing he’ll be suspended for the...

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A post-draft review of the Falcons QB position

Two Matts and a Kurt. The Falcons have showed in the past they’re unwilling to use a draft pick on a developmental quarterback, and that again was the case in the 2019 NFL Draft. The last time the Falcons selected a quarterback in the draft was seventh-round pick Sean Renfree in 2013. When you have an MVP quarterback, I guess you have that luxury. Let’s dive in to the position group. Starter My, how the time flies. Matt Ryan is heading into his 12th season in 2019, and is still playing...

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Can the Falcons break their streak of odd year futility in 2019?

The Falcons are a winning team in even years since 2000, but a losing team in odd years. Heading into last year, we talked a lot about the odd pattern of our Atlanta Falcons since the year 2000, which entails even year excellence and odd year awfulness. That even year Falcons success looked something like this: Even Years: 85-58, 6 playoff appearances, 5-6 playoff record, 3 Conference Championship Games, 1 Super Bowl Odd Years: 60-79, 2 playoff appearances, 1-2 playoff record Given that at...

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Watch: Falcons STC Ben Kotwica mic'd up at Minicamp

Watch Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica mic'd up at 2019 Minicamp. #InBrotherhood #AtlantaFalcons #RiseUp #NFL

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A post-draft review of the Falcons TE position

The Atlanta Falcons can count tight end as a position of strength in 2019. Atlanta didn’t do anything in the draft to address the tight end position, but then, they didn’t really need to. Short of acquiring another elite pass catching tight end to turn this offense into a full-fledged circus of domination, they’ve built out a corps that has a nice blend of quality blockers, versatile players, and of course the Pro Bowl tight end atop the depth chart. Let’s dive in to the position...

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Kevin Knight

Do the Falcons have the NFL’s best WR corps?

After Twitter decided that the Falcons have the NFL’s best WR in Julio Jones, it’s worth taking a closer look at the Falcons’ WR corps as a whole. Does Atlanta possess the league’s best WR group heading into 2019?

There’s been a lot of healthy (and not so healthy) debate on Twitter recently about whether or not the Falcons have the NFL’s best WR in Julio Jones. After much deliberation, it was decided by NFL fans that Julio was indeed the best—followed very closely by...

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Matty Ice Moments: Matt Ryan’s first ever division title

Ryan took a big step forward in his career in 2010, leading the Falcons to a 13-3 record and their first division title since 2004. Last offseason, I wrote a series of Throwback Thursday articles looking back at some of the most memorable moments in Atlanta Falcons history. That series culminated with an article looking back at the time newly minted general manager Thomas Dimitroff drafted Matt Ryan with the third overall pick. Here’s how that specific article concluded: As you may or may...

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Dave Choate

Falcons minicamp notes for June 13: Health, open roster spots, and versatility as camp closes

Training camp is a long ways away, but it’s the next major signpost to look forward to.

Minicamp is over, but we have notes!

Everybody’s on track for training camp

Dan Quinn expects everyone to be ready for training camp

— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) June 13, 2019

This is consistent with what’s been said all along, but I share it every time because it represents an update of sorts. Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal in particular—and Devonta Freeman and others to a lesser...

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Watch: Calvin Johnson visits Falcons minicamp

Former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson visited minicamp in Flowery Branch and interacted with Julio Jones and the Falcons wide receivers. #InBrotherhood #AtlantaFalcons #RiseUp #NFL

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Watch: Dan Quinn addresses media as team wraps up minicamp

After wrapping up the final day of minicamp, head coach Dan Quinn speaks to the media about what is to be expected from the team as they take a break before training camp. #InBrotherhood #AtlantaFalcons #RiseUp #NFL

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Evan Birchfield

Calvin Johnson visited the final day of Falcons minicamp

Maybe he was looking for Optimus Prime?

On Thursday, former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson attended the Atlanta Falcons 3rd day of minicamp.

Calvin Johnson on hand at Falcons minicamp today. Having a chat with Owner Arthur Blank and coach Dan Quinn pic.twitter.com/DvbivW7awm

— Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) June 13, 2019

He was seen on the field talking to owner Arthur Blank, head coach Dan Quinn and several players. As Calvin Ridley told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure:

“It...

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Evan Birchfield

Falcons Throwback Thursday: WR Billy “White Shoes” Johnson

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 their life and 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. This week we will be focusing on wide receiver Billy “White Shoes” Johnson.

William...

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The Falcons are banking on Takkarist McKinley breaking out

Since the Falcons once again ignored their pass rush this offseason, all the talk has been about whether Vic Beasley can regain his 2016 All-Pro form. That would be ideal, but after four years of watching Beasley, I’ve come to the conclusion he is what he is. If you’re waiting for him to rack up 12+ sacks again, don’t hold your breath. He’s yet to develop any secondary pass rushing moves, and it’s challenging to sack quarterbacks with speed when there aren’t many teammates that...

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Adnan Ikic

Michael Bennett leaves minicamp with a hand injury

The injury bug has struck in mid-June. Not pictured: Michael Bennett.

The injury bug has struck the Falcons in mid-June, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett left the field today with an apparent hand injury.

Michael Bennett, DL, just walked off the field with an apparent left hand injury. #Falcons

— Michael Hebert (@md_hebert55) June 13, 2019

There isn’t any further information to report at this time. Hopefully the injury isn’t deemed serious, and is nothing more than a precaution...

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