10:41 AM EDT, Tue June 18, 2019
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Falcons trivia: Which Atlanta legend has four double digit receiving touchdown seasons?

Falcons trivia: Which Atlanta legend has four double digit receiving touchdown seasons?

No other receiver has more than two. The Atlanta Falcons have entered the deep slumber of the offseason. As I’ve remarked more than once, the only news likely to happen between now and the beginning of training camp is a new extension for Julio Jones, a possible new contract for Grady Jarrett, and perhaps some tweaks to the end of the roster. We’ll have to entertain ourselves as best we can until then. In that spirit, let’s dig into team history and test your collective knowledge of Falcons trivia. Be sure to try to figure out the answer before you scroll down, because you’re...
2 hours ago
5 Falcons who could get new contracts in-season

5 Falcons who could get new contracts in-season

From the star middle linebacker to a valuable defensive tackle, the Falcons could be busy. The Falcons like to try to get new contracts done during the season when they can, in the hopes that doing so will save them a buck or two in the long run. They’ve successfully done that in the past with the likes of Robert Alford and Ryan Schraeder, both excellent contracts at the time that were undone by a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness. It would not be a surprise to see them try to do that again with a couple of players not named Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett, in the hopes that...
3 hours ago
Why are there so few women involved in draft coverage?

Why are there so few women involved in draft coverage?

Some of the talented women from SB Nation’s team brands weigh in. Women of SB Nation is a series featuring our talented team brands contributors and seeks to elevate voices that are often marginalized in sports media. If you’re interested in contributing to one of our team brands, please review our opportunities here under SB Nation Freelance, or reach out to jeanna.thomas@sbnation.com for more information. Cristiana Caruso covered the 2019 MLB Draft for SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish, and one moment of her experience was a perfect metaphor for women’s current place in the draft...
19 hours ago
A post-draft review of the Falcons’ RB position

A post-draft review of the Falcons’ RB position

With Tevin Coleman departing and the addition of Qadree Ollison in the 2019 NFL Draft, just how strong is the Falcons’ RB group heading into training camp? The position on offense that has lost the most production over the course of the offseason, RB is in a bit of an interesting place for the Falcons. 2018 RB2 (and eventual starter) Tevin Coleman was not re-signed, and went to join Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. That left a significant void at RB2, with second-year player Ito Smith expected to step into the role behind presumptive starter Devonta Freeman. Atlanta also added a RB in the...
22 hours ago
The Falcoholic’s Staff Spotlight: Eric Robinson

The Falcoholic’s Staff Spotlight: Eric Robinson

Let’s hear from the staff! Greetings, Falcoholics, and welcome to the sixth edition of The Falcoholic’s Staff Spotlight. This series is similar to the “Fan Spotlight” articles, however, instead we profile a current staff member of The Falcoholic. You’ve read their articles; now get to know them a little bit more. This week’s “Staff Spotlight” is on The Falcoholic’s Eric Robinson. Outside of football, Eric finds joy working out in the gym, to the point where it’s therapeutic for him. He’s an avid listener of hip hop and R&B music, and takes every opportunity presented...
Jun 17, 2019
What kind of numbers will Falcons TE Austin Hooper put up in 2019?

What kind of numbers will Falcons TE Austin Hooper put up in 2019?

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOP Coming off a 2018 season which earned Austin Hooper a Pro Bowl invite, we ask, what will his numbers look like in 2019? It’s still pretty early, but we’ll dive into what they could possibly look like this upcoming season for the young Falcons’ tight end. Targets and Receptions The Falcons have one of the better offenses in the NFL, there’s no denying that. The issue for Hooper is this: How often will he get the ball? For what it’s worth, Hooper’s target share has risen in each of his three seasons. In 2016 he had 27 targets, 2017 he had 65 targets and in 2018...
Jun 17, 2019
Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, June 17

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, June 17

Only the freshest of links to start your week. You’re tired. You’re dreadfully hungover. You really don’t want to be at work right now. Thankfully we’ve got a new edition of Falcoholinks to mitigate the Monday blues. Read on, fellow weekend warrior, to get caught up with all the Falcons headlines. Minicamp’s a wrap The Falcons finished up minicamp at Flowery Branch last week, one that included a visit from future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson. That means summer break is in full swing until the end of July when the squad reports for training camp. If you missed any of the details...
Jun 16, 2019
Dan Quinn getting used to balancing new duties at helm of Falcons defense

Dan Quinn getting used to balancing new duties at helm of Falcons defense

How is DQ learning to handle his new responsibilities? With June mandatory minicamp in the books, the Atlanta Falcons have a better idea of what they have to work with heading into the rest of the summer months. We focus on the players, of course, but how’s head coach Dan Quinn doing with his new responsibilities? He has, after all, taken over as the defensive coordinator on top of his head coaching duties, and per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Steve Hummer, it sounds like he used minicamp to get more comfortable in those roles. “These three days (of minicamp) have been...
Jun 16, 2019
Recently, we’ve gotten a better look at the Falcons behind the scenes

Recently, we’ve gotten a better look at the Falcons behind the scenes

Jason Butt’s reporting at The Athletic has revealed more about how Dan Quinn has approached the offseason. One of the most maddening things about being a fan is that players and coaches rarely seem to share your enduring disgust for their performances. Whether you’re a princely Patriots fan sitting on a hoard of rings like a Smaug who regularly drops the r’s from its sentences or a sad sack Browns or Falcons fan still hoping for that first championship, you’re going to spend quite a bit of your life as a fan angry about something. Even the most level-headed and wise among us...
Jun 16, 2019
A post-draft review of the Falcons’ DE position

A post-draft review of the Falcons’ DE position

Let’s talk pass rush! With the Atlanta Falcons entering into the summer portion of the offseason, the team, by and large, has its 2019 roster complete. People could come and go here and there, but for the most part, the ship has its crew. Will it set sail with success or defeat? We here at The Falcoholic are breaking down the position groups to see how they shape up and where the strengths and weaknesses lie. Our review shifts to the defensive line, particularly those fellows on the edge who are tasked with affecting the quarterback and slowing down the run. These are the Falcons’...
Jun 16, 2019
An unconventional Falcons 2019 season preview

An unconventional Falcons 2019 season preview

The Falcoholic writers preview the 2019 season in visual form. We’re at the point of the offseason when we’re all just ready for football to be back. It’s hard to avoid thinking about what this team is capable of accomplishing in the 2019 season. But we’re also Falcons fans. We’ve been burned plenty of times. Optimism in the wake of heartbreak after heartbreak from this team is a tall order. This is a constant topic of conversation among our writers, and we decided to share our thoughts about the upcoming season with you in visual form. pic.twitter.com/hLtrygdYGN— Jeañña...
Jun 15, 2019
Ra’Shede Hageman is making his case early, but what kind of role might he have?

Ra’Shede Hageman is making his case early, but what kind of role might he have?

Hageman has always had the talent to be a key player, but there’s a lot working against him at the moment. Ra’Shede Hageman’s signing was one of the surprises of the offseason. Hageman seemed to have worn out his welcome in Atlanta after inconsistent years and particularly a domestic violence arrest, but the Falcons have been keeping tabs on the veteran defensive tackle and apparently believe he’s matured and can still contribute. They signed him knowing he’ll be suspended for the first two games and that their depth chart at defensive tackle, in particular, is among the most...
Jun 15, 2019
A post-draft review of the Falcons QB position

A post-draft review of the Falcons QB position

Two Matts and a Kurt. The Falcons have showed in the past they’re unwilling to use a draft pick on a developmental quarterback, and that again was the case in the 2019 NFL Draft. The last time the Falcons selected a quarterback in the draft was seventh-round pick Sean Renfree in 2013. When you have an MVP quarterback, I guess you have that luxury. Let’s dive in to the position group. Starter My, how the time flies. Matt Ryan is heading into his 12th season in 2019, and is still playing at an elite level. Last year, Ryan had one of the best seasons of his career. He completed 69.4% of...
Jun 15, 2019
Can the Falcons break their streak of odd year futility in 2019?

Can the Falcons break their streak of odd year futility in 2019?

The Falcons are a winning team in even years since 2000, but a losing team in odd years. Heading into last year, we talked a lot about the odd pattern of our Atlanta Falcons since the year 2000, which entails even year excellence and odd year awfulness. That even year Falcons success looked something like this: Even Years: 85-58, 6 playoff appearances, 5-6 playoff record, 3 Conference Championship Games, 1 Super Bowl Odd Years: 60-79, 2 playoff appearances, 1-2 playoff record Given that at that point we had almost two decades under our belt, we had seen enough to declare this a trend,...
Jun 14, 2019
A post-draft review of the Falcons TE position

A post-draft review of the Falcons TE position

The Atlanta Falcons can count tight end as a position of strength in 2019. Atlanta didn’t do anything in the draft to address the tight end position, but then, they didn’t really need to. Short of acquiring another elite pass catching tight end to turn this offense into a full-fledged circus of domination, they’ve built out a corps that has a nice blend of quality blockers, versatile players, and of course the Pro Bowl tight end atop the depth chart. Let’s dive in to the position group. Starter It’s Austin Hooper. Playing in a pass-happy environment where receivers regularly put...