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Best Falcons free agents ever: Terance Mathis

Best Falcons free agents ever: Terance Mathis

Mathis has to be one of the first two or three names you mention in a series like this. Welcome to another offseason series, this one a warm-up for free agency. Here, we’ll look at the best—and eventually the worst—Falcons free agents ever signed. We kick things off with a Falcoholic favorite, Terance Mathis. Years with Falcons: 1994-2001 Stats: 573 receptions, 7,349 yards, 12.8 yards per reception, 57 touchdown receptions Earlier this week, Evan Birchfield looked back fondly on Terance Mathis’ career in Atlanta. Today, I’m going to do the same with a bit of a spin, which is...
17 hours ago
Falcons Fan Spotlight – Tim Williams

Falcons Fan Spotlight – Tim Williams

Let’s hear from the fans! Greetings Falcoholics, I’m back with another Fan Spotlight to highlight a fellow Falcons fan for the week. This week’s Fan Spotlight is on Tim Williams. He’s a husband, dad, and now a grandfather of two wonderful little boys. He was born and raised in the South, and when he was 10 years old, he wrote to every NFL team asking them for stickers. The first team that responded to Tim would be the team he cheered for. The Atlanta Falcons responded first, beating the Dallas Cowboys by one day. His family moved to Atlanta (from Nashville) when he was 17, and...
20 hours ago
Forgotten Falcons: Lester Archambeau

Forgotten Falcons: Lester Archambeau

Fact: Lester Archambeau ghost wrote most of Amy Grant’s discography If you grew up in Atlanta during the mid to late 90s, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with Falcons alumnus Lester Archambeau. He played 108 games for the Falcons between 1993 and 1999, terrorizing offensive linemen as he went. A second round pick by the Packers in 1990, Archambeau signed with the Falcons in 1993. He was known by his peers and opponents as a calm, heady player. (Mind you he graduated from Stanford with a degree in industrial engineering!) He famously called out the Denver Broncos offensive line for...
20 hours ago
What would it cost to bring a top free agent EDGE to the Falcons?

What would it cost to bring a top free agent EDGE to the Falcons?

The Falcons could be dramatically reshaping their defensive line this offseason. We take a closer look at what contracts for top free agent EDGEs like Trey Flowers or Brandon Graham might look like, and whether or not Atlanta can afford them. With the NFL Combine and the official start of the 2019 NFL league year approaching, we’ve been spending a lot of time talking about potential draft picks and free agents. Mostly, we’ve been focusing on the Falcons’ own free agents—which makes sense, seeing as we’ve already seen several cuts and could definitely see more in the next few...
Feb 16, 2019
Best Falcons free agents: Michael Turner

Best Falcons free agents: Michael Turner

The greatest free agent signing in Falcons history? Thomas Dimitroff really hit a grand slam in his first ever offseason as general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, didn’t he? First, he used the No. 3 overall pick in the draft to secure Matt Ryan, who would go on to become the team’s franchise quarterback for the next decade plus. Then, he brought in maybe his greatest free agent acquisition ever — Michael Turner. Turner was the big prize of the free agency pool that offseason, hitting the market after proving himself as a capable running back in San Diego, but blocked from the...
Feb 15, 2019
Forgotten Falcons: Todd Weiner

Forgotten Falcons: Todd Weiner

The man who protected Michael Vick’s blindside was much better than he remembered. Welcome to Forgotten Falcons, a 2019 offseason series where we remember some quality players who have been largely forgotten by the fanbase over the years. Today, we’ll kick things off with former right tackle Todd Weiner. Time in Atlanta: 2002-2008 Stats: 96 starts, 1 reception, 0 yards Why you should remember him Let’s start with the thing you should know about Todd Weiner, ahead of everything else: His middle name is Dewberry. That out of the way, here’s what else you should know about...
Feb 15, 2019
Career Windows: Will Desmond Trufant be with the Falcons much longer?

Career Windows: Will Desmond Trufant be with the Falcons much longer?

The team’s top cornerback has a big contract. When the Falcons cut Robert Alford recently, very few fans were surprised by the move. What was surprising was the number of fans asking for the same to be done with former first round pick Desmond Trufant. While 2018 wasn’t one of his best seasons, the idea that he’s a poor player is foolish. Trufant may not be a top-10 corner like we all hoped he’d be, but he’s still a quality player. The real question is how much longer that is likely to last, which we will dive into here. His age and caliber of play The Falcons drafted Trufant in...
Feb 15, 2019
Report: Falcons will let Brian Poole hit free agency

Report: Falcons will let Brian Poole hit free agency

The Falcons will let the cornerback walk. The Falcons have already made one big move in their secondary by releasing Robert Alford after five seasons. They’ve now made another, electing not to tender a contract to cornerback Brian Poole and allowing him to hit the open market. Per ProFootballTalk, Poole has been informed of the decision. Per source, Falcons have informed CB Brian Poole that he will not be tendered; he will be a free agent on March 13.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 15, 2019 Brian Poole has been an integral piece on the Falcons’ defense since he...
Feb 15, 2019
Falcons’ Calvin Ridley created the most separation among NFL WRs in 2018

Falcons’ Calvin Ridley created the most separation among NFL WRs in 2018

An impressive stat for an impressive rookie. Calvin Ridley had no business falling to pick No. 26 in the NFL draft last year. He essentially fell into Atlanta’s lap because of draft talk fatigue and general managers talking themselves out of love with the best wide receiver in the class, and he’s proven it. Ridley came into his first NFL season as the most polished rookie wide receiver in his class, and he was expected to make an impact right away. His crisp route running was on display all year, and it was even better than I thought it was. RotoUnderworld, which is powered by NexGen...
Feb 14, 2019
What did you love most about the 2018 Falcons season?

What did you love most about the 2018 Falcons season?

We asked, you answered. Happy Valentine’s Day from The Falcoholic. It’s Valentine’s Day, and what a perfect time to look back fondly at the things we loved about this past Falcons season. Sure, it wasn’t ideal. Finishing 7-9 amid a disastrous array of injuries to key players wasn’t high on anyone’s wish list for 2018. But still, there were moments to love, and our staff and readers weighed in on Twitter. In honor of Valentine's Day, tell me what you loved the most about the 2018 Falcons season.— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) February 14, 2019 For some folks, just making it...
Feb 14, 2019
Career Window: the best is yet to come for Falcons star linebacker Deion Jones

Career Window: the best is yet to come for Falcons star linebacker Deion Jones

Fact: Deion Jones invented hand sanitizer Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones is every offensive coordinator’s worst nightmare. An athletic freak with a high football IQ? Yes, please. A linebacker who is particularly skilled at making the New Orleans Saints look stupid? Oh man. But Debo ain’t a rookie no more. So it’s an apt time to break down his career window. Join me, won’t you? Impact Jones only played in 6 games in 2018, but he still earned at 75.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. (That ranked him 15th among NFL LBs and made him “above average,” according to their...
Feb 14, 2019
2 Falcons make NFLPA’s top 50 merchandise sales list

2 Falcons make NFLPA’s top 50 merchandise sales list

It’s likely who you think. The NFLPA has revealed their sales list for the top 50 players from March through November 2018. Licensed product categories include everything from game jerseys to bobbleheads. There’s no real surprise that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished at No. 1, but two Atlanta Falcons players did make the list, and you can probably guess who they are. Julio Jones – 24th Coming in toward the middle of the list is none other than wide receiver Julio Jones. Coming off a phenomenal season where he led the league in targets (170),...
Feb 14, 2019
Throwback Thursday: Remembering former Falcons WR Terance Mathis

Throwback Thursday: Remembering former Falcons WR Terance Mathis

Reminisce about the Falcons of old, Hey Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s Throwback Thursday series. This weekly segment highlights a former Atlanta Falcons’ player and discusses what they did for the franchise. Whether you’ve been a fan since the inaugural season, or just became a fan recently, this series will give insight on players from the past. Without further ado, let’s reminisce about former Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis. Terance Mathis was born in Detroit, Michigan, but then moved to the state of Georgia, where he...
Feb 14, 2019
Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Feb. 14

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Feb. 14

Falcons relationship status: It’s complicated Hey, lovebirds! It’s Valentine’s Day, so what better way to start it then read about your first, unrequited love, the Atlanta Falcons? Eat all the courtesy candies in one fell swoop and indulge on Falcoholinks for Thursday. Offseason Rumblings Ah, the offseason. It’s cold, gloomy, dark, and for the most part, boring. It’s also the time to analyze and dissect the Atlanta Falcons ad nauseam — from roster projections to wishlists to flexing our mathematical muscles when calculating available cap space. The Falcons have already made...
Feb 13, 2019
Falcons sign DE Steven Means to one-year extension

Falcons sign DE Steven Means to one-year extension

The Falcons are bringing back their week 2 signing to help bolster depth. The Falcons got rid of defensive end Brooks Reed last week, leaving themselves desperately thin at defensive end. While we expect Atlanta to add one or more pass rushers in the offseason, Dan Quinn needs more than Vic Beasley (possibly) and Takkarist McKinley to rely on. Per Jason Butt of The Athletic, they are starting with Steven Means. The Falcons are bringing DE Steven Means back on a one-year extension.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) February 13, 2019 The deal is probably near veteran minimum. Means showed more...