11:09 AM EDT, Wed June 20, 2018
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Three reasons Atlanta Falcons fans should just think of 2018 as a year-long running back tryout

Three reasons Atlanta Falcons fans should just think of 2018 as a year-long running back tryout

Fact: Devonta Freeman’s milkshakes never melt The Atlanta Falcons have a deep, talented running back stable. Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and Ito Smith: that’s a formidable trio. The Falcons are completely set at running back as training camp nears. What a luxury! But fast forward a year. One year from today, the running back depth chart will have a different look. If you’re inclined to believe the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, then the writing is already on the wall for Coleman. He’s as good as gone, that narrative goes. Enjoy him while he’s here, they say. But I disagree,...
11 hours ago
Opposing quarterbacks should probably stop targeting Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones in 2018

Opposing quarterbacks should probably stop targeting Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones in 2018

Fact: Deion Jones owns an entire herd of mini goats Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones graduated from high school in 2012; let that sink in for a minute. If you’re a thirty-something like me, that should make you feel really really old. After the so-called “draft pundits” got done chewing out the Falcons front office for “reaching” to select him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Debo never looked back. Fast forward a couple years and Debo is one of the NFL’s best linebackers. And as you probably already know, he thrives in coverage. Pro Football Focused released a...
20 hours ago
The Falcons were among the best in the NFL at generating pressure via stunts

The Falcons were among the best in the NFL at generating pressure via stunts

Does that bode well for 2018, you ask? You bet it does, we answer. Once upon a time, the Atlanta Falcons got by on defensive guile rather than talent. Atlanta under Mike Smith had one great pass rusher (John Abraham), some above average defensive tackles (Jonathan Babineaux was legitimately great some of that time), and a typically strong secondary. Otherwise, the Falcons did much with little, until the wheels really came off in 2013 and 2014 and Smith got swept out of town. Since Dan Quinn took over, he has steadily rebuilt the defense to the point where it’s regularly talked about as...
23 hours ago
Five most euphoric moments of the 2017 Falcons season

Five most euphoric moments of the 2017 Falcons season

Re-live the moments of pure joy from this past season. Let’s look back on something good. While last season ended in disappointment for the Falcons, losing to Nick Foles and the eventual Superbowl champion Philadelphia Eagles despite being favored going into the match, there were some really good moments along the way. Euphoric: “marked by a feeling of great happiness and excitement” (Merriam-Webster). Today, we’ll look back on five moments from last season which put us as fans in a state of sheer euphoria and overwhelming happiness. An important ground rule to establish before I...
Jun 19, 2018
Report: Steve Sarkisian on the hot seat if Falcons’ offense struggles

Report: Steve Sarkisian on the hot seat if Falcons’ offense struggles

Greg Knapp is now the team’s unofficial offensive sounding board. D Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution went on Charlotte radio to drop some Falcons truth bombs, like the status of Julio Jones’ contract, and Tevin Coleman’s nonexistent future with the team. Hey, Ledbetter, we could use that sweet news over here too, and not just on The Wake Up Call on ESPN Charlotte radio. When asked point blank about embattled offensive play caller Steve Sarkisian’s job security, Ledbetter explained the team’s thoughts. Ledbetter said Sarkisian’s job is on the line a “great...
Jun 19, 2018
How easily will you forget Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones’ holdout?

How easily will you forget Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones’ holdout?

Fact: Julio Jones is an amateur broccoli pickler Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made a bold move last week. He had a big decision to make, and he made it. Maybe he made that decision on his own. He’s earned all his guaranteed money, and the Falcons just drafted college football’s best wide receiver. Julio is a smart, saavy guy, and the writing is arguably on the wall. That said, it’s likely he made the decision in consultation with others. (Thanks a lot, Terrell!) No matter who you ask, this is all going to work out. Whether you believe the whispers about a frustrated...
Jun 18, 2018
Tevin Coleman unlikely to be a Falcon in 2019, per D. Orlando Ledbetter

Tevin Coleman unlikely to be a Falcon in 2019, per D. Orlando Ledbetter

D. Orlando Ledbetter cast significant doubt on the Falcons’ ability to retain Tevin Coleman after the 2018 season during a radio interview on Monday. On a boring old Monday with a month or more to go until the beginning of training camp—and the abundance of relevant football news that accompanies it—you’d be hard pressed to find much worth talking about. However, the football world threw us a bone of sorts today, with the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions’ D. Orlando Ledbetter dropping a veritable bomb of insider information. D-Led went on ESPN Charlotte’s The Wake Up Call this...
Jun 18, 2018
D-Led: Expects Falcons/Julio Jones deal to get done; relationship in ‘bad’ spot

D-Led: Expects Falcons/Julio Jones deal to get done; relationship in ‘bad’ spot

We get an idea of the team’s mindset with all of this here. The Falcons and Julio Jones contract extension saga has been the story of the offseason, and now we have a prognostication and some context for the ordeal from someone with a close ear to the ground. Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Charlotte’s ESPN 730AM The Game and gave his take on where the thinks this situation will wind up. “Yes, I do [expect a deal to get done],” Ledbetter said on the show. “I think he’ll be in camp on time, and they’ll work their...
Jun 18, 2018
The post-minicamp Atlanta Falcons 53 man roster projection

The post-minicamp Atlanta Falcons 53 man roster projection

The Falcons load up at receiver, guard, and cornerback. Training camp tends to swiftly make fools of all of us when it comes to roster predictions, but that will never stop us. To predict is to be human, and I’m feeling particularly human today. Here’s my best crack at a 53 man roster at the moment, one that does it best to take advantage of the team’s depth at certain positions by keeping a lot of guys around. That includes wide receiver, where the Falcons get to hold on to three talented young options, and guard, where the Falcons can let 2017 fourth round guard Sean Harlow...
Jun 17, 2018
Atlanta Falcons talk: Who will be on the roster bubble heading into training camp?

Atlanta Falcons talk: Who will be on the roster bubble heading into training camp?

The Falcons will have some tough choices toward the back end of the roster, but let’s get your take. We’re more than a month out from training camp, but once we finally get there, there should be plenty of spirited battles for roster spots. I’d like to take a look ahead this afternoon and talk a little bit about who is going to more or less enter camp scrapping for a job. Besides the obvious cast of undrafted free agents and borderline veterans, there are a handful of players that jump readily to mind. For me, those include Sean Harlow, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, the trio of fullbacks...
Jun 17, 2018
Dan Quinn confident Julio Jones contract situation will be resolved by training camp

Dan Quinn confident Julio Jones contract situation will be resolved by training camp

Another encouraging note for your weekend. This past Thursday, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn mentioned that he believes Julio Jones will have a revised contract by training camp. That would obviously mean #11 will be at Flowery Branch to practice in late July, which is what we all want to see right now. Specifically, Quinn said the following: “The good news is that there are conversations that have begun.. I have a lot of faith in the organization and also in Julio that things will get resolved with good communications. I’m sure that’ll be a part of it as well.” Julio Jones skipped...
Jun 17, 2018
Devonta Freeman impressed with Atlanta’s rookie talent on offense

Devonta Freeman impressed with Atlanta’s rookie talent on offense

The team’s youngest eldest statesman likes what he sees from the younger youth. Devonta Freeman is no one’s idea of an old-timer, given that he’s just 26 years old. He’s still likely to be the senior member of the Falcons running back group this year, however, and he seems plenty qualified to comment on how the team’s incoming rookie class looks. The good news is that Freeman feels as good about the rookies as Dan Quinn appears to, bringing early praise for the likes of running back Ito Smith and receivers Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. The young guys are fitting right into...
Jun 16, 2018
The Falcons are tied for 12th in post-season wins since 2000

The Falcons are tied for 12th in post-season wins since 2000

You’ll be surprised at some of the teams both ahead of and behind them. The Atlanta Falcons have been a Greek tragedy more or less their entire existence, but there have been some legitimate bright spots along the way, most of them coming in the 2000s. But would you have guessed that they placed in the top half of the league for playoff wins since the turn of the century? They have, by the way. They’re tied for 12th with six wins with the 49ers and Jets (?), which puts them right behind the Broncos, Panthers, and Saints. Only eight teams have managed double digit wins over that span,...
Jun 16, 2018
Falcons have best receiving corps for 2018, per The Ringer

Falcons have best receiving corps for 2018, per The Ringer

The Falcons’ receivers get some strong love. NFL writer Danny Kelly over at The Ringer has thrown a pretty big honor in the direction of the Falcons receiving corps. He calls it the best in the NFL, ahead of teams like Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Houston. WR Julio Jones, WR Mohamed Sanu, WR Calvin Ridley, TE Austin Hooper, TE Logan Paulsen, WR Justin Hardy, WR Marvin Hall, TE Eric Saubert Julio Jones anchors this group as an unguardable, unbelievably explosive downfield playmaker. His 411 catches and 6,317 receiving yards over the past four seasons trails only Brown, and while one knock...
Jun 16, 2018
Four legitimate 2018 breakout candidates for the Falcons

Four legitimate 2018 breakout candidates for the Falcons

These Falcons might just put together great seasons. With minicamp wrapping up and a few players standing out extremely early, I got to thinking about one of my favorite topics: Breakout players. It’s not one of my favorite topics because I typically get my selections right, but because on a roster this talented, it’s difficult to come up with just a handful of choices who legitimately qualify as breakout players. You could say that Grady Jarrett or Keanu Neal is set to break out, I guess, but they’re already borderline stars and don’t have that far to go to get here. Here’s four...