9:59 PM EST, Tue February 25, 2020
4 hours ago
Dan Quinn jokes, yearningly, about Chase Young dropping in the 2020 NFL Draft

Dan Quinn jokes, yearningly, about Chase Young dropping in the 2020 NFL Draft

Photo by Alika Jenner/ Quinn got comedic about Chase Young not working out at the NFL Scouting Combine. If the Falcons had any realistic aims of selecting Ohio State’s Chase Young in the 2020 NFL Draft, it would come with an extremely hefty price tag. Young is without a doubt a generational talent — a player that can transform the defense of the lucky team that lands him, even if he doesn’t plan to show off his talents at the upcoming Combine. With the Falcons sitting at pick 16 and Young unlikely to stick on the board beyond where Washington sits at 2, the Falcons would have to...
6 hours ago
NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Cornerback

NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Cornerback

The Falcons struggled at the CB position in 2019 despite a lot of investment over the past several seasons. Does the position remain a major need in 2020? We take a closer look at the CBs 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. The final group is the defensive backs, which consists of the cornerbacks and safeties. These groups will officially participate in...
9 hours ago
Dan Quinn says Falcons won’t pick up Takk McKinley’s 5th year option, then walks it back

Dan Quinn says Falcons won’t pick up Takk McKinley’s 5th year option, then walks it back

Photo by Mark Brown/ We’re guessing he gave the true answer at first. The Combine has been bringing us a ton of Falcons news at last, and one of the most intriguing bits of information came just a short time ago, when Thomas Dimitroff said the team was still weighing whether to pick up Takk McKinley’s fifth year option. The only problem with that? Dan Quinn followed that up by saying the team had decided not to pick up the option, something he almost immediately walked back. A story in three Tweets: Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons have not decided to pick up Takk McKinley’s...
9 hours ago
The lack of a new CBA may be a factor for the Falcons when it comes to contracts and cuts

The lack of a new CBA may be a factor for the Falcons when it comes to contracts and cuts

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ The lack of movement by the normally swift-moving Falcons suggests that’s the case. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been puzzled about the lack of movement on contract talks and cuts for the Atlanta Falcons. This is traditionally a team that likes to make swift moves and then sit back while other teams unload players and make signings, but they’ve been unusually quiet thus far. Consider that a year ago, the Falcons were knee deep in what turned out to be lengthy negotiations with Grady Jarrett’s representation by this time. They also had already made...
10 hours ago
Falcons plan to let Austin Hooper, De’Vondre Campbell test the open market in free agency

Falcons plan to let Austin Hooper, De’Vondre Campbell test the open market in free agency

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Reading between the lines, it’s at least likely both will be gone. Throughout the current era of Falcons football, this team has been pretty consistent about locking up the players they think are most valuable before they have the opportunity to hit the open market. Notable examples include Ryan Schraeder, Robert Alford, Grady Jarrett (franchise tag), Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman in recent years. Austin Hooper and De’Vondre Campbell will not be on that list, as Thomas Dimitroff said today that both are going to be allowed to dip their toes into free...
11 hours ago
Dan Quinn gives update on S Keanu Neal, how the safety group might shake out

Dan Quinn gives update on S Keanu Neal, how the safety group might shake out

Josh Lefkowitz/ It’s good news. In 2018, the Atlanta Falcons found themselves with injuries across the board. Arguably, the most impacted spot was the safety group, where the team lost both starters...
13 hours ago
Best moments of the 2019 season: Olamide Zaccheaus’ long touchdown and Younghoe Koo’s fumble recovery

Best moments of the 2019 season: Olamide Zaccheaus’ long touchdown and Younghoe Koo’s fumble recovery

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ The longest play from scrimmage in the 2019 NFL season begins our list. The 2019 season was one which left more to forget than to remember. Coming off of a 7-9 season in 2018, the Falcons fell well short of expectations and repeated their 7-9 mark a year later. However, there were some positive moments to pick out from the disappointing campaign. Those moments may have been few and far between for a team that started the year 1-7 and elected to make no major changes to its coaching staff or front office, but they were still present. Over the course of the next...
14 hours ago
NFL Scouting Combine 2020 Day 1 recap: Hands were measured

NFL Scouting Combine 2020 Day 1 recap: Hands were measured

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Joe Burrow’s came up short (or small). The Combine kicked off in earnest yesterday with the most august tradition imaginable: Hand measurements. There are many useful things to be gleaned from the workouts and measurements at the Combine, certainly, but teams and analysts who are too reliant on them usually suffer for it. The focus on hand size for quarterbacks is probably the most consistently hilarious and misguided thing that comes out of Combine week, though, and that’s saying something. Yesterday’s brouhaha concerned the hands of one...
15 hours ago
Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Tuesday, Feb. 25

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Tuesday, Feb. 25

Let young Dan Quinn haunt your dreams | Photo by Michael Zagaris/ Good morning. Let’s Falcons. Or not and say we did. It is the offseason yet the Falcons are busy at work... we assume. Actually, outside of a few interviews about the upcoming NFL combine, they haven’t done much. Or anything. In fact, all of the guaranteed cuts are still on the roster, Austin Hooper hasn’t had so much as a contract offer, and fans are dying. Speaking of guaranteed cuts, apparently some will stick around. We don’t know why. While Jamon Brown’s contract was so bad that he can’t be cut despite...
Feb 24, 2020
Falcons GM suggests James Carpenter, Jamon Brown, and Matt Gono will be involved in LG competition

Falcons GM suggests James Carpenter, Jamon Brown, and Matt Gono will be involved in LG competition

Photo by Mark Brown/ This doesn’t mean the Falcons will stand pat, but it does mean we shouldn’t expect Brown or Carpenter to be cut. The left guard spot is the sole source of real intrigue along the offensive line, as the team’s other four starters are set barring a surprise Alex Mack cut in the name of cap space. That ensures we’ll be eating up any and all indications of who might be competing for the left guard job in training camp, and we just got an indication earlier than anticipated. In an interview with AtlantaFalcons.com writer Will McFadden, Thomas Dimtiroff suggested...
Feb 24, 2020
What was the single greatest season by a Falcons CB?

What was the single greatest season by a Falcons CB?

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ There have been some truly tremendous ones in the team’s long history. Today, it’s time to talk about the best cornerback seasons in team history, and to vote. We’re getting close to the end of our all-time seasons campaign, and then we’ll vote on the best single season fo any player, regardless of position. The Falcons are still waiting for their next truly great cornerback to come along, as the latest season I saw fit to include here was Brent Grimes’ 2010. That’s not a knock on Desmond Trufant or Robert Alford, who both had...
Feb 24, 2020
Report: Falcons will pick up Matt Schaub’s contract option

Report: Falcons will pick up Matt Schaub’s contract option

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Schaub still could lose out on the battle to Danny Etling or Kurt Benkert, but he’ll at least be here to push for the job again. For what seems like the 10th consecutive season, the Falcons have a Matt Schaub decision looming. As has been the case for what seems like 10 consecutive seasons, it appears they’ll be bringing the wily veteran backup back. Schaub will keep one of the most entertaining and unusual careers in Falcons history going. He’s one of the few players who began his career and Atlanta and will likely finish it here, and he’s now...
Feb 24, 2020
The Falcons must franchise Austin Hooper by tomorrow, and there’s no indication they’ll do it

The Falcons must franchise Austin Hooper by tomorrow, and there’s no indication they’ll do it

Photo by Michael Reaves/ We’re drawing ever-closer to Hooper hitting the open market. Perhaps the most buzzed-about topic of the offseason for the Falcons, both here and out in the larger world of NFL analysis, is Austin Hooper. Throughout the season it seemed like a slam dunk that he’d be the nice man in line for a big contract extension, but since we’ve hit the offseason talk from both Hooper’s camp and the Falcons has cooled things down significantly. There’s another milestone looming tomorrow, when clubs have to designate franchise or transition players for 2020. The...
Feb 24, 2020
The Falcons can franchise Austin Hooper starting tomorrow, but there’s no indication they’ll do it

The Falcons can franchise Austin Hooper starting tomorrow, but there’s no indication they’ll do it

Photo by Michael Reaves/ We’re drawing ever-closer to Hooper hitting the open market. Perhaps the most buzzed-about topic of the offseason for the Falcons, both here and out in the larger world of NFL analysis, is Austin Hooper. Throughout the season it seemed like a slam dunk that he’d be the nice man in line for a big contract extension, but since we’ve hit the offseason talk from both Hooper’s camp and the Falcons has cooled things down significantly. There’s another milestone looming tomorrow, when clubs can first franchise or transition players for 2020. The original...
Feb 24, 2020
NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Linebacker

NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Linebacker

Photo by Joe Robbins/ The Falcons are in a strange place at LB, with a star in Deion Jones and a solid rotational player in Foyesade Oluokun, but with nothing but unproven depth behind them. We take a closer look at the LB group 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 on to the defensive side of the ball, which starts with the defensive linemen...