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Dave Choate

Your Sunday afternoon Falcons open thread, 3/29 edition

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Talk about the Falcons here, and only here. Just kidding, you can elsewhere.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Falcons, who have been busily filling their roster and carving out cap room. Thomas Dimitroff and company assured fans that they weren’t in cap hell at all, but the truth is that they were and wiggled out of it in order to make some moves that might genuinely be impactful. That’s a good thing.

It’s also given us...

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Antonio Brown takes swipe at Julio Jones during Instagram live rant

Antonio Brown doesn’t seem to be embracing the notion that the NFL may be done with him, and he once again aired his thoughts via social media. This time, Brown took a swipe at Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones, who many believe is the best overall receiver in the NFL. B/R Gridiron shared the following quote from Brown, who went on Intagram Live to tout himself as “the best receiver in the game.” The one big thing that Brown seems to be missing right now is that Jones is actually “in...

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Cory Woodroof

What defensive free agents could the Falcons pursue in the second wave?

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Could the Falcons continue to add to their roster?

With the first wave of free agency having come and gone, the Atlanta Falcons were refreshingly aggressive (or much too risky, depending on who you talk to) in their pursuits of guys like Dante Fowler Jr. and Todd Gurley.

The team doesn’t have much cap space at all to continue fishing for big fish, but they could maneuver the rest of the market and continue to add to its roster. Defense seems the most...

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Examining Falcons safety Keanu Neal's merits as an extension candidate

Falcons safety Keanu Neal has had a horrible run of injury luck. In 2018, he suffered a torn ACL in the regular-season opener. In 2019, he suffered a torn Achilles during the third game of the season. Both of those injuries were season-enders, so he has played just four games over the past two seasons. Prior to that, however, he was establishing himself as one of the better young safeties in the game. He was selected by Atlanta with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2016 draft, and he racked up...

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Matthew Chambers

Jay Glazer provides clarity on Todd Gurley’s mysterious knee ailment

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The national reporter confirms that Gurley does indeed have a knee and explains why his carries will likely be limited.

The Falcons made two big splashes in free agency by signing two former Los Angeles Rams. Dante Fowler comes with questions about his performance without Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley comes with questions about his knee. The specifics about Gurley’s knee were always mysterious.

Typically, players rehab from injuries until they are...

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James Rael

The Falcons made a smart, calculated investment in Dante Fowler

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Fact: Dante Fowler has never eaten a mozzarella stick

Imagine life as Thomas Dimitroff right now. You’re social distancing like a responsible American, meandering around your vast, rose bush-adorned estate with an upside-down visor cocked sideways on your head. You saunter past a spare bedroom where you keep your collection of bike shorts, hung neatly on dozens of garment racks. You pause and think about going in, but you’ve already spent hours in...

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Bobby Hebert Jr.'s dad dies from coronavirus

Bobby Hebert Sr. -- the father of former New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert -- died Saturday at the age of 81 after testing positive for coronavirus.

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Adnan Ikic

Julio Jones has the best PFF WR score since 2006

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Julio Jones is the best wide receiver of his generation.

Julio Jones is really good at football. We all know that; we’re all privileged to watch him go to work every Sunday in the Fall. Pro Football Focus went a step further in telling us this when they announced that he has the best PFF score among wide receivers since 2006.

Julio Jones: 94.7 career PFF grade

Best among all WRs since 2006 pic.twitter.com/P8Fznp13Yn

— PFF (@PFF) March 26, 2020

Jones has...

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Dave Choate

A brief history of Falcons free agent pass rushers, 2008-2019

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With Dante Fowler joining the fold, let’s look back at Thomas Dimitroff’s track record.

Dante Fowler is the most impactful pass rusher the Falcons have added in many, many years. With that in mind, I thought we could take a quick look at Atlanta’s track record signing pass rushers (or guys who did a little pass rushing, at least) and see how they’ve fared handing out contracts in the past.

Fair warning: It’s not real pretty, but don’t...

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Falcons set to sign XFL linebacker Edmond Robinson

Another XFL player is heading to the NFL.  Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Atlanta Falcons are signing linebacker Edmond Robinson. ESPN’s Vaughn McClure tweets that it’s a one-year deal. Robinson was a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2015 and spent parts of three NFL seasons with the Vikings, Jets and Cardinals. The 28-year-old Robinson has compiled 13 tackles and one pass defended in 22 career games, including a 12-game stint with Minnesota in 2016. The...

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Evan Birchfield

Todd Gurley talks joining Falcons, which number he’ll wear

He’s coming home, and he’s excited about it.

Last week, the Atlanta Falcons made a splash by signing 3x Pro Bowler and 2x First Team All Pro running back Todd Gurley following his release by the Los Angeles Rams. Gurley, who played collegiality for the University of Georgia is returning home, and he shared his excitement on the fresh start in Atlanta with his former teammate, Chris Long via his Green Light podcast. ...

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Dave Choate

What does Justin McCray bring to the Falcons?

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The veteran could be competing for more than one role on the offensive line.

Justin McCray is an interesting signing in an offseason full of them, one that is going to fly under the radar a bit when names like Dante Fowler and Todd Gurley are justifiably dominating headlines here and elsewhere.

That doesn’t mean we should ignore McCray. He’s joining an offensive line that is returning at least four starters but still feels...

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Dave Choate

Report: Former XFL, Vikings LB Edmond Robinson signing with Falcons

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He’ll give the team interesting depth at a position of need.

The Falcons have been willing to look far and wide for talent with their limited cap dollars to this point and had already dipped into the XFL for one addition, tight end Khari Lee. Now they’re dipping into that particular talent pool again, grabbing former Viking and Houston Roughneck linebacker Edmond Robinson.

Robinson was a 7th round selection by the Vikings back in 2015 who also...

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James Rael

How can Laquon Treadwell help the Falcons win football games in 2020?

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Fact: Laquon Treadwell has auditioned for American Idol 16 times

The Falcons entered their 2019 season with perhaps the best WR trio in the National Football League. Mohammed Sanu is no longer a Falcon but Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley still compromise a fear-inducing, two-headed monster atop the WR depth chart. With Justin Hardy no longer in the picture, the Falcons need a WR3 they can rely on in 2020. Whether Laquon Treadwell, Russell Gage, or someone...

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Falcons RB Todd Gurley not dwelling on missed opportunities with Rams

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley isn't focused on his past. Instead, he's looking forward to his future with the Atlanta Falcons. During his time with the Rams, Gurley didn't see nearly as many touches as he would have liked, and he took the opportunity to reflect on that. The 25-year-old joined former teammate Chris Long's "Green Light" podcast this week and was specifically asked about his lack of touches with the Rams. "I try not to press the issue about nothing, so that's...

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Falcons 2020 NFL Draft scouting report : C.J. Henderson

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Reviewing a top tier CB in a fairly deep 2020 Draft class.

We’re less than a month away from the NFL draft, and the needs of the Falcons have shifted quite a lot with the release of Desmond Trufant and their many signings. The Falcons are in need of a number one cornerback, so we’re going to take a look at another CB in the 2020 Draft: C.J. Henderson.

Henderson had a really good showing his senior year at the University of Florida as a first-team All-SEC...

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Dave Choate

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Friday, Mar. 27

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The NFL offseason rolls on.

We’re going into the weekend, probably housebound, with Falcons news still happening. You need some links, and we’ve got ‘em.

What’s the defensive line going to look like?

With the addition of Dante Fowler and Steven Means, re-signing of Tyeler Davison and the subtraction of Vic Beasley and possibly Jack Crawford and Adrian Clayborn, the defensive line is already quite different. A draft pick could change that...

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David J Walker

What does the future hold for Takk McKinley?

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With Dante Fowler arriving and some intriguing options in the draft, what does McKinley’s future look like in Atlanta?

There are very few Falcons fans who were clamoring for Vic Beasley to be brought back after his 2019 season. The former first round pick was seen as a bust by most fans, but his 8 sacks led the team. At just 3.5 sacks on the year, all eyes now turn towards Takk McKinley - another first round pass rusher who hasn’t quite lived...

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Falcons' collection of former first-rounders could make for historic offense

The Falcons added some former first-round picks in free agency who are eager to prove themselves and could make history if they all end up starting.

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Watch: Laquon Treadwell ready for FRESH START with Falcons

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell talks about why he's looking forward to a fresh start in Atlanta #InBrotherhood #AtlantaFalcons #RiseUp #NFL

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