1:40 AM EDT, Wed October 18, 2017
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Report: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Marvin Hall moving up the depth chart

Report: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Marvin Hall moving up the depth chart

Fact: Marvin Hall has a pet minihorse named Sparkles Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Marvin Hall displaced fifth round draft pick Brian Hill last week. Not only did Hall take Hill’s spot on the active roster, he made his Falcons debut in dramatic fashion. His 40+ yard touchdown catch will go a long way towards keeping him on the roster going forward. What’s more, it immediately put him ahead of Nick Williams on the Falcons depth chart. Falcons new official depth chart for Sunday night's game has one change from last week: Marvin Hall is ahead of Nick Williams at WR-4.— Mike Conti...
4 hours ago
Atlanta Falcons talk: What do the Falcons need to do to regain your trust?

Atlanta Falcons talk: What do the Falcons need to do to regain your trust?

You’ve been burnt by the Falcons. How do you heal? If you’ve been a Falcons fan for any length of time, they’ve burned you over and over and over and over again, yet you’ve returned to them every time. No matter how many of you say you’re walking away from the Falcons or football after a brutal loss, most of you come back, and you find a way to root for this team and perhaps even believe in them again. After that excruciating Dolphins loss, how does this team win you back? For me, the answer’s pretty simple: Just beat the Patriots. That’s not because it will guarantee future...
9 hours ago
Falcons add quarterback, defensive lineman to practice squad

Falcons add quarterback, defensive lineman to practice squad

Adios, Mike Meyer. The Falcons can’t stop shuffling their practice squad. They will not stop. After we learned earlier this week that the Falcons were bringing back Brian Hill to the practice squad, they’ve made two moves today, adding a defensive lineman and quarterback to the mix. The team has signed DL Joey Ivie and QB Garrett Grayson to the Practice Squad.— Falcons Comm Dept. (@FalconsComm) October 17, 2017 To make way for these guys, the Falcons cut ties with kicker Mike Meyer, who was no longer needed with Matt Bryant clearly healthy enough to kick. They also placed Trevor...
9 hours ago
NFC South Week 6 Report

NFC South Week 6 Report

An eventful Week 6 has shaken up the NFC South standings quite a bit. What a long, strange week it has been. We’ve witnessed the full gamut of performances from the NFC South, including narrow games (Carolina), blowouts (New Orleans), and embarrassing losses (Atlanta and Tampa Bay). The standings reflect that chaos, with the Saints jumping up the rankings on the back of three straight wins. Quite frankly, I’m happy this week has finally come to an end. Let’s take a closer look at the NFC South after the conclusion of Week 6. NFC South Standings - Week 6 Carolina Panthers 4-2New...
11 hours ago
Our laments and takeaways from Falcons vs. Dolphins in Week 6

Our laments and takeaways from Falcons vs. Dolphins in Week 6

It wasn’t pretty, so we’ll be blunt. Adam Schultz Jay Cutler is a joke. A joke just beat the Super Bowl runner up. Think about that. Think. Tom Brady ripping our heart out makes some sorta sense. Jay Cutler?! Anyone that tells me that there is no hangover will get hot coffee to the face. Wake upppppp! Matt Chambers It feels like the Falcons are trying to create their own obstacles they need to overcome. Can you tell me they intentionally alternated trash play and fouls on defense? Did a real human being really think they should stop feeding Devonta Freeman and to stay far, far away...
13 hours ago
Wes Schweitzer has quietly turned in a series of stellar performances at right guard

Wes Schweitzer has quietly turned in a series of stellar performances at right guard

That guard’s good. After Wes Schweitzer got destroyed by Akiem Hicks in the first week of the season, many fans wrote him off immediately. I maintain, as always do, that a week, a month, and even a year typically isn’t enough time to properly judge a struggling young player, and so I once again urged caution with Schweitzer. If he didn’t make it to the halfway mark of the season without struggling, I felt like the team might take a harder look at him, but we were many weeks away. He had his hiccups in Weeks 2 and 3, but now Schweitzer is playing some excellent football, and it’s...
14 hours ago
Falcons vs. Patriots Week 7 odds: New England is a slight favorite at home

Falcons vs. Patriots Week 7 odds: New England is a slight favorite at home

It was inevitable. Just a couple of Super Bowl-defending 3-2 teams getting together to try to erase a disappointing start to the season, you guys! Should be fun! This is not the matchup we anticipated it would be before the season began, to put it mildly. The Falcons have dropped two straight games, scoring a combined 34 points in the process, and they look equal parts listless and sloppy in their losses and even in their wins thus far in 2017. The talent is there, but they have not managed to turn that talent into an elite performance level. The Patriots, meanwhile, continue to largely...
15 hours ago
3 takeaways from Falcons vs. Dolphins

3 takeaways from Falcons vs. Dolphins

This game is why I drink. If you’re a Falcons fan and you don’t drink, I have no idea how you do it. Games like the one we saw on Sunday are why my liver will shrivel up and die before I hit 50, if that. It was a frustrating game against a clearly inferior opponent that used to be the hallmark of the Mike Smith era. I normally have some positive vibes to offer, but alas, I’m all burned out after the Sunday disaster against the Dolphins. Sarkisian is struggling Frankly, this is one of the most frustrating aspects of this team. Many people expected a regression - myself included - but...
17 hours ago
Dan Quinn sends Steve Sarkisian to the press box

Dan Quinn sends Steve Sarkisian to the press box

Sarkisian is on punishment until he gets the offense together. Many people out there are wondering what’s in the box. Well guess what, now it’s Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Atlanta’s new offensive coordinator said he liked being on the sideline and talking with the players, but you don’t get to do what you want to do when your offense stinks. Dan Quinn has sent Sarkisian back to the booth. He’s supposed to be running the same offense as Kyle Shanahan. Maybe he needs to coach from the same place as Shanahan? Quinn explained the decision after the crushing,...
19 hours ago
Dan Quinn: Get Julio Jones more touches

Dan Quinn: Get Julio Jones more touches

I think that message is intended for Steve Sarkisian. Yesterday, I spent some time chronicling Julio Jones’ receptions, targets, and general production in 2017, noting that it was not really that far out of whack compared to what he did a year ago. I did note that he isn’t getting any red zone targets—he’s had just one on the year—and I’m not the only one who noticed. Dan Quinn made it clear in Monday’s press conference that he’s not thrilled with Julio’s target count, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Quinn’s pride and joy is the defense, and despite their many...
Oct 16, 2017
Atlanta Falcons talk: What would you ask Steve Sarkisian to change?

Atlanta Falcons talk: What would you ask Steve Sarkisian to change?

You know you want him to change something. There was not exactly a font of patience waiting for Kyle Shanahan during his first year as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He was a genius for four or five games, then a universally reviled pariah, and by the end of the season many fans were openly talking about firing him. Then the 2016 season happened, and while fans still wanted him gone thanks to some very notable mistakes in the Super Bowl, I think we all recognize that he did incredible work with this offense. Steve Sarkisian is Kyle Shanahan in 2015, minus the excellent early season...
Oct 16, 2017
RB Brian Hill returns to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad

RB Brian Hill returns to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad

Why can’t we quit you, Brian Hill? There is some good news and some bad news for Brian Hill. With Mohamed Sanu injured, Hill was cut a few days ago so the Atlanta Falcons could add a wide receiver to the roster. The bad news is Sanu is likely returning to full health, but the team is not reversing that earlier roster move. The good news is he will stick on Atlanta’s practice squad and give him another chance at showing he wasn’t a wasted pick. Falcons fifth-round pick Brian Hill, waived over the weekend, has just re-signed to the team's practice squad. https://t.co/SXaqoQ3Y1Z—...
Oct 16, 2017
Observations from Falcons vs. Dolphins

Observations from Falcons vs. Dolphins

The Falcons lost in embarrassing fashion to the worst offense in the NFL on Sunday. Here are some thoughts on the game. Whew. That may have been one of the ugliest Falcons games I’ve ever witnessed. It was like taking a time machine back to the Mike Smith days—a beautiful first half performance, only to see the team bumble and fumble away their lead with awful, uninspired play throughout the entire second half. You should be very angry with the Falcons for that weak showing on Sunday. There’s no doubt that Quinn and the team have some serious soul-searching to do after that atrocity,...
Oct 16, 2017
The Falcoholic Postgame Podcast: Falcons vs. Dolphins, 2017 Week 6

The Falcoholic Postgame Podcast: Falcons vs. Dolphins, 2017 Week 6

Mike and Cory parse through the second loss of the 2017 Falcons season. The Atlanta Falcons dropped their second game of the 2017 season in a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins, and Mike and Cory of Rise Up Reader are here to help you scoop those metaphorical scoops out of that peculiar pint of Falcons ice cream. The guys break down the loss, discuss potential reasons as to why Atlanta seems to be in a slump and survey some positives from the afternoon’s debacle. In the discussion: Mike and Cory offer different ideas as to why Atlanta has struggled as of late The guys look at...
Oct 16, 2017
3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down in Week 6 loss to Dolphins

3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down in Week 6 loss to Dolphins

What the hell happened? The Falcons, healthy and coming off a bye week, and looked primed to prey on an struggling Dolphins team. Instead, Atlanta fell 20-17 to Miami, blowing a 17-0 lead in the process and dropping their second straight game at home to an AFC East opponent. Who’s up and who’s down in the loss? Up Wes Schweitzer It looked as if right guard was going to be a major problem this season after the Chicago Bears’ Akiem Hicks took Schweitzer to task back in Week 1. That game has proven to be the outlier as the second-year player has played extremely well since, including...