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Jeanna Thomas

The Falcoholic staff discusses Austin Hooper’s NFL future

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We’ve got some takes.

Austin Hooper’s going to be difficult for the Falcons to hold onto given the team’s cap situation and his standout 2019 season. But it’s also not ideal for the team to let a player who has improved every season and emerged as one of the league’s top tight ends walk.

On one hand, the team is pretty broke, with just about $4.9 million in space under the Top 51 rule. On the other hand, Hooper finished this past season...

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Kevin Knight

NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Defensive Tackle

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The Falcons have a star in Grady Jarrett, but not much else at the defensive tackle position. We take a closer look at some of the most interesting DTs participating in the 2020 NFL Combine.

The NFL Combine officially kicks off on February 24, and all eyes will be on Indianapolis to see which draft prospects are able help or hurt their stock with their performance. We’ve already covered the wide receivers and tight ends. Now we move...

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Welcome Everett Glaze to The Falcoholic!

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We’re thrilled to have a new member on our team.

Hello, Falcoholic family! It’s awesome to be a part of this so I can speak about the Falcons often, as depressing as that can be at times. I’m happy to share a little about me, so here it goes.

I’m a product of Georgia (shoutout to my 706, 678, 770 and 404 fam!), and I come from a big football family. A good majority of us either played football, coached football, or both. We have had a...

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James Rael

A brief history of the safeties drafted under the current regime

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Fact: Keanu Neal has a pet turtle named “Rabbit”

There’s been a healthy amount of chatter about the Falcons’ perceived need to drastically improve their secondary this offseason. Whether that’s true or not is up for debate. While the Falcons pass rush did manage to grade out fairly well last season, that’s largely attributable to Grady Jarrett. How well would the pass rush have fared if Jarrett hadn’t singlehandedly ruin the careers of...

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Kevin Knight

NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Edge Rusher

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The biggest need for the Falcons in the draft is at EDGE, particularly after the announcement that Vic Beasley wouldn’t be returning in free agency. We take a closer look at the top EDGE prospects participating in the 2020 NFL Combine.

The NFL Combine officially kicks off on February 24, and all eyes will be on Indianapolis to see which draft prospects are able help or hurt their stock with their performance. We’ve already covered the wide receivers and...

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NFL Draft Profile: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

It seems as if the Falcons will be moving on from Devonta Freeman this offseason, who accounted for 51% of the Falcons’ offensive snaps at running back in 2019. During the other 49% of snaps, no Falcons’ backup showed they could handle a starter’s role. With the team only saving $3.5 million by cutting Freeman, it is almost a certainty they find his replacement in the NFL Draft. Otherwise, they would likely not make the cut. The cost of free-agent rushers would certainly exceed the...

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Is Dirk Koetter safe?

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The much-discussed play caller for the Atlanta Falcons may be staring at a hot seat 2020 season.

A crucial season lies ahead for many in the Falcons organization and many eyes will be on how the offense executes under veteran play caller Dirk Koetter.

Transitioning positions within a coaching staff is never easy. From moving on from a position coach who needs more seasoning to hiring a complete new face to guide the team, there is always a calculated...

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Matthew Chambers

Analyst: Austin Hooper to reset tight end market at $11 million per year

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The Pro Bowl pass catcher is not coming cheap.

Things between the Atlanta Falcons and Austin Hooper have not been moving forward. While Arthur Blank previously said Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett will be Falcons for life, when asked about Hooper he has pointed to tough problems with the cap. Just a few weeks ago, Hooper said he has yet to receive an offer from the Falcons.

It sounded like there had been no discussions. Keeping Hooper is definitely possible, but...

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Could the Falcons sign DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison?

Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Lions recently moved on from the top-shelf run stopper, and Atlanta could benefit. Atlanta loves a good run-stopping defensive tackle. They’ve brought through the likes of Grady Jackson, Paul Soliai, Tyeler Davison, Tyson Jackson, and to a lesser extent Dontari Poe in recent years, and they used draft picks on the likes of Deadrin Senat and Corey Peters to bolster the group. That’s why I have to imagine Dan Quinn’s eyes lit up when he...

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Dave Choate

A brief history of Falcons CBs drafted under the current regime

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All the team’s investments at the position have yielded uneven results.

One of the most popular positions in mock drafts this year has been cornerback, which is of course one of the two positions analysts typically have the Falcons going after this time of year.

Is there reason to believe the Falcons will add a cornerback just a year after adding two, and two years after using a second round draft choice on one? The answer is obviously yes, given...

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NFL writer thinks Falcons do not re-sign Hooper, sign pass rusher instead

Austin Hooper’s pending free agency is a dilemma for the front office, but their decision may be simpler than Falcons fans think. With so many various needs, a high percentage of cap allocated to offensive playmakers, and a tight cap situation in itself, they may be forced to simply let him walk. That is Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork’s theory, at least: The Falcons won’t re-sign Hooper as he will cost Atlanta too much money, either via tag or via a multi-year deal. I wouldn’t be...

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Dave Choate

What to know about the 2020 CBA proposal players will vote on today

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There are some significant concessions by owners, but there are a number of sticking points that could derail this whole thing.

Yesterday, NFL owners overwhelmingly (but not unanimously) voted on a hammered-out CBA proposal they could live with. Now the players have to decide if that proposal is good enough or not.

Notably, player revenue share is hiked; gameday rosters, overall rosters, and practice squads would increase in size;...

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Kevin Knight

NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Center & Guard

The Falcons have some significant questions on the interior of their offensive line with Alex Mack’s contract expiring after 2020 and a hole at LG. We take a closer look at some of the top centers and guards at the 2020 NFL Combine.

The NFL Combine officially kicks off on February 24, and all eyes will be on Indianapolis to see which draft prospects are able help or hurt their stock with their performance. We’ve already covered the wide receivers and tight ends. Next up will be the...

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Carter Breazeale

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Friday, Feb. 21

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Koo formally returns and some Combine talk in today’s links.

The 2020 NFL Combine is quickly approaching, so we’ve got some prospect content as well as your requisite news and notes in today’s edition of Falcoholinks.

Younghoe Koo & Ryan Allen contract implications

The Falcons recently inked special teamers Younghoe Koo and Ryan Allen to new one-year deals, keeping them with the team through the 2020 season. So what are the immediate conclusions we can...

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Matthew Chambers

Falcons passing offense statistically lacks aggressiveness regardless of game situation

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Based on advanced stats, Dirk Koetter looks to dink and dunk regardless of the game situation.

The Falcons had back-to-back down seasons, with the team’s offense taking a clear step back after firing Steve Sarkisian. As has been pretty standard throughout nearly the entirety of the franchise, there was a lot of blame to go around. The team’s high-priced free agent guards were eventually benched. Devonta Freeman remained pretty healthy yet ineffective....

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Austin Hooper's next deal could reset the tight end market

Hooper could get more than $10 million per year in free agency, so if the Falcons want to bring him back they'll have to make some moves.

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Potential under the radar free agents for the Falcons

Cornerbacks The Falcons do not have the financial means to go after a number one like Byron Jones this offseason. I already went through some free-agent cornerback prospects, with Jimmy Smith of the Baltimore Ravens being my favorite realistic option. I also went through the pros and cons of signing the recently cut Josh Norman. This offseason, the Falcons should look to bolster their cornerback group by drafting a player as well as adding a free agent veteran. Here are some more guys who...

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Dave Choate

Falcons trivia: Who owns the single game record for receptions?

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It’s not the man pictured, though he’s come close.

Twice in his career, Julio Jones has reeled in 13 receptions on a single day. The first time was back in 2015 against the Giants, when he had 13 for 135 yards, and the second was just this past season against the 49ers, when he went for 13, 134 yards, and two touchdowns. Those are undoubtedly two of the most impressive games in franchise history for a receiving option.

Yet they are not franchise...

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Kevin Knight

NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Running Back

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The Falcons could have a significant need at RB in the 2020 NFL Draft, particularly if the team elects to move on from Devonta Freeman. We take a closer look at some of the top RBs participating in the 2020 NFL Combine.

The NFL Combine officially kicks off on February 24, and all eyes will be on Indianapolis to see which draft prospects are able help or hurt their stock with their performance. We’ve already covered the wide receivers and tight ends....

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Evan Birchfield

Dan Quinn talks new Falcons uniforms

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We’re still trying to decipher what the Falcons’ new look will be.

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