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Falcons post-draft roster review: Cornerbacks

Falcons post-draft roster review: Cornerbacks

Kevin C. Cox/ Arguably the most depth on the roster is at cornerback. When looking at the Atlanta Falcons projected roster for the 2022 season, there’s arguably no more promising unit than their cornerback group. It’s wild to say, considering some of the secondary units we’ve seen in recent history, but this group on paper, is the strength of the defense in my opinion. We did witness some turnover this offseason, as notables Fabian Moreau and Kendall Sheffield are no longer on the team. They added some pieces this offseason which seem promising, most notably...
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The Kyle Pitts hype train should be picking up speed

The Kyle Pitts hype train should be picking up speed

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports The second-year pro will only be held back by the offense around him. Way back in the summer of 2012, a tiny lifetime and a significant amount of hair loss ago for me in particular, The Falcoholic asked fans who the year’s breakout player would be. It was more or less unanimous at the time that it would be one Julio Jones, then a second-year wide receiver on a loaded offense. I wrote at the time that “Jones is the one player on the Falcons today with a limitless ceiling,” something that was obvious to just about everybody. Jones was...
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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, May 23

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, May 23

Photo by Dario Oliveira/NurPhoto via LINKS With rookie minicamp now behind us, we got a solid look at Atlanta’s batch of new players. Training camp is a little more than two months away, so the offseason program is slowly ramping up. Player profiles and more in Monday’s Falcoholinks. Player profiles With free-agent additions and their selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Falcons have virtually transformed their roster. So who are some of the new Birds to hit the field this year? Our Kevin Knight has been doing yeoman’s work with his Player Profiles series, so...
May 21, 2022
Falcons weekend trivia: Which team holds the single season record for sacks?

Falcons weekend trivia: Which team holds the single season record for sacks?

Photo by Focus on Sport/ Atlanta once put together over 50 sacks in a season. What year was it? Last year, the Falcons pass rush hit rock bottom, which is saying something. Atlanta’s pass rush has rarely been a team strength over the past decade, but they topped out at a league (and franchise) low with 18 sacks and rarely impacted the quarterback, allowing luminaries like Tim Boyle and Tua Tagovailoa to pass all over them. We’re hoping the pass rush is headed in the right direction with the addition of Arnold Ebiketie, Lorenzo Carter, and DeAngelo Malone, among...
May 21, 2022
Falcons preseason schedule now set

Falcons preseason schedule now set

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports With confirmation of the date and time for the first tilt against the Lions, we now know what’s ahead this summer for Atlanta. We recently heard Arthur Smith say we will likely see more Falcons starters this preseason, which should make for a little more intrigue for the three games ahead of them. Yesterday, we finally learned when the Falcons will play the Lions, which means we now know preseason kicks off on August 12 at 6 p.m. Obviously, preseason is something that tends to be much more exciting in the run-up when we’re...
May 20, 2022
Falcons post-draft roster review: Inside linebacker

Falcons post-draft roster review: Inside linebacker

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via After losing the NFL’s leading tackler, the Falcons have several new faces at inside linebacker. How does the group stack up after the draft? It’s been easy to overlook the Falcons’ interior linebacking group this offseason because of the team’s outlook at other positions. Although the loss of Foye Oluokun, the NFL’s leading tackler last season, in free agency certainly hurt, the team’s non-edge group of linebackers is a really intriguing bunch. Falcoholic post-draft roster reviews: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL...
May 20, 2022
Falcons player profile: FB Keith Smith

Falcons player profile: FB Keith Smith

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Now that free agency and the draft are behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the Falcons roster heading in to the summer. Next up in our player profile series is FB Keith Smith. Now that free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft draft are (mostly) behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the Atlanta Falcons’ roster heading in to the summer. Outside of a few additions and subtractions here and there in the course of training camp and the preseason, this is the roster Atlanta will be working with during the 2022 season. We’ll...
May 19, 2022
Falcons once again raided the Senior Bowl for their draft class

Falcons once again raided the Senior Bowl for their draft class

Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta came away with five players from Mobile for the second straight year. When your favorite team hires a new front office and coaching staff, you’re naturally eager to learn as much as you can about their habits and how they intend to be successful. In year two with Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith, we’re slowly learning what they care about and value when building the team. We also know one thing for certain: If you’re going to pay attention to any one pre-draft event, it should probably be the Senior Bowl. In 2021, the Falcons...
May 19, 2022
Falcons player profile: RB Tyler Allgeier

Falcons player profile: RB Tyler Allgeier

Photo by Wesley Hitt/ Now that free agency and the draft are behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the Falcons roster heading in to the summer. Next up in our player profile series is RB Tyler Allgeier Now that free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft draft are (mostly) behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the Atlanta Falcons’ roster heading in to the summer. Outside of a few additions and subtractions here and there in the course of training camp and the preseason, this is the roster Atlanta will be working with during the 2022 season. We’ll kick...
May 18, 2022
Falcons schedule release, rookie minicamp, Bryan Edwards trade: The Falcoholic Live, Ep190

Falcons schedule release, rookie minicamp, Bryan Edwards trade: The Falcoholic Live, Ep190

Join the crew of The Falcoholic Live at 8 PM ET and special guest Aaron Freeman as they discuss the Falcons schedule release, the biggest news from rookie minicamp, and the trade for WR Bryan Edwards. Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to episode 190 of The Falcoholic Live! On tonight’s show, we’ll be joined by special guest Aaron Freeman of Locked On Falcons to discuss a busy weekend, including the NFL’s schedule release and the Atlanta Falcons’ rookie minicamp. We’ll also touch on the trade for WR Bryan Edwards and the signing of veteran LB Nick Kwiatkoski. Watch the...
May 18, 2022
Falcons land at No. 31 in ESPN’s post-draft power rankings

Falcons land at No. 31 in ESPN’s post-draft power rankings

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta’s being viewed as one of the worst teams in the NFL, but they’re looking to prove that view is hokum. The Falcons don’t want to hear that they’re not a good football team, and they don’t want to talk about 2023. Atlanta’s brass knows this roster is still a work in progress, but they’re insisting they’ll be competitive and that things are headed in the right direction, and talk of tanking and rebuilds and generally conceding that this might be a losing squad just isn’t on the table. We’re all hoping this team is...
May 18, 2022
Falcons set to hold joint practices with Jaguars and Jets this summer

Falcons set to hold joint practices with Jaguars and Jets this summer

Photo by Tom Jenkins/ After practicing with the Dolphins a year ago, the Falcons are going to get a look at their preseason opponents a little early. Last year, the Falcons traveled to Miami for joint practices with the Dolphins ahead of their preseason game, seeking to test their mettle and get some live work against an opponent in practice. Those session were mostly encouraging for the team and the Falcons, partly on the strength of those practices, eschewed rolling out starters through most of preseason. This year, Arthur Smith has made it clear we’ll see more of...
May 18, 2022
Falcons post-draft roster review: Edge rusher

Falcons post-draft roster review: Edge rusher

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The Falcons have totally revamped their EDGE group with the additions of Lorenzo Carter, Arnold Ebiketie, and DeAngelo Malone in free agency and the draft, respectively. How does the position as a whole look heading into the summer? Perhaps the weakest position group on the roster heading into the offseason, the Atlanta Falcons knew they had significant work to do at EDGE to improve the NFL’s worst pass rush. With just 18 sacks in 2021, Atlanta’s defense simply lacked the ability to affect the QB—even with Dean Pees sending a...
May 17, 2022
Falcons player profile: RB Damien Williams

Falcons player profile: RB Damien Williams

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Now that free agency and the draft are behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the Falcons roster heading in to the summer. Next up in our player profile series is RB Damien Williams, a versatile back who can play on all three downs. Now that free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft draft are (mostly) behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the Atlanta Falcons’ roster heading in to the summer. Outside of a few additions and subtractions here and there in the course of training camp and the preseason, this is the roster Atlanta will...
May 17, 2022
Competition will define the summer for the Falcons WR group

Competition will define the summer for the Falcons WR group

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta hasn’t gone from decimated to great, but they’ve at least given themselves options. I think the idea that the Falcons have one of the absolute bottom of the barrel rosters in the NFL is a bit overblown. This is not a particularly good football team on paper, but seeing them fall from 29 to 31 in ESPN’s latest NFL power rankings after a successful draft and a handful of useful, low-key additions is a little surprising. That said, this Falcons team is going to be reliant on a number of things breaking their way this year if...