2:14 PM EDT, Wed August 15, 2018
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Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey takes shots at “overrated” Matt Ryan

Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey takes shots at “overrated” Matt Ryan

Ramsey had some strong words about Matt Ryan among others in his interview with GQ Magazine. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is away from the Jacksonville Jaguars this week following a suspension he received from the team for criticizing a reporter on Twitter. That hasn’t stopped him from making headlines, however. In an interview with GQ Magazine, the loquacious corner gave his opinion on most of the quarterbacks in the league, handing out praise to some and taking shots at others. Ramsey doled out praise to the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Marcus Mariota, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Kirk...
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Brandon Fusco vs. Wes Schweitzer isn’t over yet, but it may be after the Chiefs game

Brandon Fusco vs. Wes Schweitzer isn’t over yet, but it may be after the Chiefs game

The right guard battle has been spicier than anticipated, but how long will that last? Brandon Fusco signed with the Falcons with the assumption that he would be the team’s starting right guard. That’s probably exactly where he’ll be in Week 1’s Thursday Night Football matchup against the Eagles, but say this for Wes Schweitzer: He hasn’t made it easy. Schweitzer was one of the most improved players of the summer, impressing Dan Quinn and company again and again from minicamp through training camp. He earned the starting nod at RG against the Jets and proceeded to have a game...
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ESPN: the Atlanta Falcons are the NFL’s 9th best team

ESPN: the Atlanta Falcons are the NFL’s 9th best team

Fact: Logan Paulsen has no hair on his ears The Atlanta Falcons are a confident football team right now. Setting aside a sloppy performance in their first preseason game, they’re fielding arguably the best roster in franchise history. Head coach Dan Quinn is hitting his stride as an NFL head coach. And Thomas Dimitroff just purchased a new pair of bike shorts. Even if they don’t win the Lombardi in 2018, the Falcons are a dangerous team. Underestimate them at your own risk. ESPN released their latest power rankings yesterday. Surely the Falcons are listed among the league’s best...
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Where do the Falcons stand heading into Week 2 of the preseason?

Where do the Falcons stand heading into Week 2 of the preseason?

Still healthy, still probably going to look bad against the Chiefs. That first preseason game was a dreadful viewing experience, but it sounds like the coaching staff got a lot out of it. You can expect the same to be true in Week 2, though I’m hopeful we’ll get some more highlight reel plays to sate us as we grind our way toward the regular season. As was the case a week ago, I think it’s worth taking a look at where the Falcons stand at the moment as they gear up for the Chiefs. Roster Update The only change we saw this past week was the release of a tackle with no prayer of...
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Falcons will reportedly face Andy Reid’s first-team offense for entire first half during Friday’s game

Falcons will reportedly face Andy Reid’s first-team offense for entire first half during Friday’s game

Fact: Andy Reid’s mustache smells like pineapple The Atlanta Falcons will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in their second preseason game Friday evening. In just about 72 hours, we’ll get to complain on Twitter about Steve Sarkisian’s play calling another glimpse at Dan Quinn’s squad. Winning and losing don’t necessarily matter, but this is an important game, for various reasons. First, fans want to see the offense put some points on the board. Second, there are some heated position battles that still need to be sorted out. According to a Chiefs reporter BJ Kissel tweet, the...
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Falcons 53-man roster projection: Preseason Week 2

Falcons 53-man roster projection: Preseason Week 2

How has the first preseason game affected the battles for the Falcons’ 53-man roster (and practice squad)? We take a closer look in our latest roster projection. After the Falcons first preseason game, we finally have some concrete information on how the team values many of the players on their roster. We saw some exciting performances from a few players (Kurt Benkert, Deadrin Senat) and some rather disappointing ones (Duke Riley). The big question is: how do these performances affect the Falcons’ roster construction? In this article, I’ll update my 53-man roster projection (plus...
Aug 14, 2018
Dan Quinn’s Brotherhood has eliminated training camp fights

Dan Quinn’s Brotherhood has eliminated training camp fights

One side effect of the Falcons’ team-focused approach is apparently the lack of training camp fights. Training camp fights used to be so common that I did not even realize they stopped happening. We famously saw Joe Hawley fight basically everyone, perhaps most famously on Hard Knocks. Fans and coaches liked that the players showed aggressiveness during training camp, but it did not seem to ever translate to the field. We had an absurd number of fights in Mike Smith’s last year, and we also had the league’s worst defense and an abysmal offensive line. Maybe fights just don’t help...
Aug 14, 2018
Kurt Benkert is the first exciting young quarterback the Falcons have had in years

Kurt Benkert is the first exciting young quarterback the Falcons have had in years

Truth, if a depressing one. Think back to the last legitimately intriguing Falcons backup quarterback we’ve seen in the Matt Ryan era. That wasn’t D.J. Shockley, who had been here for a couple of seasons already before Ryan showed up. It wasn’t John Parker Wilson, a man who Mike Smith and company loved for his grit and smarts but not his horse and buggy-powered arm. It might have been Sean Renfree, the seventh round pick back in 2013 who never lived up to his billing thanks to injuries and scuffling preseason performances. Maybe it was Dominique Davis, the undrafted free agent with...
Aug 14, 2018
Could the Falcons acquire former draft target Obi Melifonwu?

Could the Falcons acquire former draft target Obi Melifonwu?

No, not Obi-Wan Kenobi. Scenario The Falcons love to collect athletes with talent, and another opportunity may present itself soon. Dan Quinn and company, who were previously interested in Raiders strong safety Obi Melifonwu when he came out in the draft, could look to acquire him as Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reportedly becomes increasingly becomes frustrated with the health of Melifonwu. As Vaughn McClure reported in 2017, in the same piece that first mentioned the Falcons’ interest in Duke Riley, the team also had its eye on the safety from UConn, Obi Melifonwu. So, like I said...
Aug 14, 2018
How the Chiefs have changed heading into the 2018 season

How the Chiefs have changed heading into the 2018 season

One of the AFC’s better teams has a new quarterback, but expectations are still high. The Kansas City Chiefs are, year-after-year, one of the few bright spots in an AFC that boasts only a handful of contenders. They’ve been a model of stability, too, with the Alex Smith-Andy Reid pairing lasting for a long time, especially for the NFL. Chance comes for everyone, though. The Chiefs decided to move on from Smith and start rocket-armed second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who carries a ton of upside. They still have a deep, loaded roster and should be one of the conference’s better...
Aug 13, 2018
Vic Beasley once again dedicating season to raise funds for childhood cancer research

Vic Beasley once again dedicating season to raise funds for childhood cancer research

Here’s how you can help. You may know Vic Beasley from such hits as “being selected by the Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick in 2015” and “leading the NFL in sacks in 2016.” But the most lasting legacy Beasley will leave behind when his days on the field are done may be his work with the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Since the 2016 season, Beasley has partnered with Rally Foundation to raise money to support their efforts. With his Tackle and Sack Challenge, fans can pledge a dollar amount per sack and tackle and at the end of the season, Rally will total it...
Aug 13, 2018
Dan Quinn gives Falcons injury update, puts preseason play calling in perspective

Dan Quinn gives Falcons injury update, puts preseason play calling in perspective

It’s about evaluating players, of course, not gaining yards. As is often the case, Dan Quinn was able to stand in front of reporters and deliver some reassuring words. Today, it was on two fronts: Injuries and play calling. Let’s start with the former, as it concerns us more than any other. Injury update The good news: The Falcons are basically totally healthy, with all but one player expected to suit up for Friday’s game against the Chiefs. The bad news, which isn’t even that bad: Matt Bryant might be the one man who doesn’t suit up. That’s not terrible news because Bryant...
Aug 13, 2018
Sign up to join The Falcoholic FanPulse

Sign up to join The Falcoholic FanPulse

Want to make your voice heard on a weekly basis? Read on. On a weekly basis, we already ask you things like “will the Falcons win?” and “who will be the standout player for this week’s game?” Now, we’d like to make that more of a regular thing, collecting If you’re interested, you can sign up to be polled weekly about your feelings regarding the team (how good they are, your confidence level), whether they’ll win (especially against the Saints, your answer better be yes), and how you’re feeling about some leaguewide issues (protests, helmet rule changes, Roger...
Aug 13, 2018
Thomas Dimitroff and the well-oiled front office machine

Thomas Dimitroff and the well-oiled front office machine

Through careful planning and number crunching, Thomas Dimitroff and the front office have been able to re-sign everyone. The Atlanta Falcons have made great strides since those mediocre to awful seasons in 2013 and 2014, basically rebuilding their entire foundation through incredibly savvy draft selections and free agent signings. Between 2013 and 2018, the Falcons have added the following players via the draft: Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, Jake Matthews, Devonta Freeman, Ricardo Allen, Vic Beasley, Tevin Coleman, Grady Jarrett, Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell, Austin...
Aug 13, 2018
What you need to know for Falcons vs. Chiefs on Friday night

What you need to know for Falcons vs. Chiefs on Friday night

The Chiefs should provide a nice challenge for the team’s reserves. The Falcons got their player evaluations out of the first preseason game against the Jets, but we didn’t get many plays that were all that fun to watch. Hopefully that’ll change here in the second game, and we’ll get to see our Falcons do some cool stuff, regardless of whether they win or lose. This week’s opponent is a Chiefs team that typically winds up among the AFC’s elites, one with a new quarterback (Patrick Mahomes) and plenty of genuine talent on both sides of the ball. We’ll only get a glimpse at...