Player News - Falcons

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he would like to have a deal done with walk-year RB Devonta Freeman by Thursday.

The Falcons' first practice of training camp is on Thursday. Dimitroff is not certain he will be able to reach that goal, but it is at least clear the two sides are working toward an extension. Earlier this summer, owner Arthur Blank said he is "confident" the two sides will be able to work something out. It seems like just a matter of time.
Jul 24 - 11:12 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure has B.J. Daniels penciled in as the No. 3 running back.

In his initial 53-man roster projection, McClure leaves Terron Ward and rookie Brian Hill off the team in favor of Daniels. That would be a stunning turn of events to rely solely on Daniels, a converted quarterback, as the lone backup to the two-headed duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, especially considering Coleman's injury history. Atlanta would certainly keep one back on the taxi squad.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:25 PM

Falcons first-round DE Takk McKinley (shoulder surgery) is expected to miss the start of training camp.

The news comes from a very interesting profile of the pass rusher by Dan Pompei (linked below). McKinley underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum after impressing at the combine. He may end up missing a few weeks of camp, but there does not seem to be any concern about his availability for Week 1. If McKinley reaches his ceiling, he and Vic Beasley will give the Falcons a dynamic pass rushing duo.
Jul 20 - 9:12 AM

Falcons sophomore TE Austin Hooper worked out with Matt Ryan this summer.

Ryan is once again working out with the QB gurus at 3DQB training, and Hooper joined him at those workouts in an effort to build chemistry. "Just really was able to build some chemistry with him, on and off the field," Hooper said. "It was a getting a deeper understanding of where he wants me to be, and I feel that's what it's all about." Hooper, Jacob Tamme, and Levine Toilolo combined for just 77 targets last season, so there are some workload concerns even if Hooper is able to command the vast majority of the tight end work. That said, the sophomore has some breakout potential.
Source: ESPN
Jul 18 - 9:51 AM

Falcons placed C/G Trevor Robinson on the reserve/retired list.

A 13-game starter for the 2015 Chargers and seven-game starter for the Bengals in 2012, Robinson was expected to compete for a reserve job on Atlanta's interior. 27-year-old Robinson is instead calling it a career before camp.
Jul 17 - 5:50 PM

Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant (chest) is on track for training camp.

Trufant is ahead of schedule after getting in some work during minicamp. It sounds like’s he close to 100 percent. The Falcons are counting on Trufant staying healthy as he enters the first season of a five-year, $69 million extension.
Jul 5 - 7:06 PM

Speaking in a Monday radio interview, Falcons owner Arthur Blank confirmed the team is "confident" it will reach a long-term extension with contract-year RB Devonta Freeman.

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reported so last week. Now the Falcons are putting their name to it. There's strong mutual desire for a new deal. It should be finalized around the start of camp.
Jun 26 - 3:27 PM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Falcons are "confident" of striking an extension with contract-year RB Devonta Freeman by the first week of training camp.

Freeman expressed a similar sentiment last week. It's clearly a priority for both sides. One of the league's most versatile backs, Freeman has earned a big payday after back-to-back huge years.
Jun 20 - 1:17 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said fifth-round SCB Damontae Kazee "has done a good job" this offseason.

Undersized for a boundary corner in the Falcons' scheme, Kazee was initially tried at free safety before moving to slot corner at minicamp. "We are looking for the versatility in him," Quinn said. "He’s a very competitive guy. The more we throw at him, he’s ready for that challenge." Kazee probably will not earn a role this season, but he has long-term upside in Atlanta's up-and-coming defense.
Jun 19 - 11:46 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said DT Grady Jarrett "totally jumped out" during the offseason program.

Coming off a dominant, three-sack performance in the Falcons' Super Bowl loss, Jarrett has apparently not slowed down this offseason. Already a force as both a run defender and pass rusher during his first two years, 24-year-old Jarrett has the talent to breakout as one the best defensive tackles in the league.
Jun 19 - 11:42 PM

Contract-year RB Devonta Freeman is optimistic about getting an extension done.

Freeman said "things look good" after speaking with GM Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons haven’t been in a rush to extend Freeman, but talks should start to heat up before camp. Freeman is pushing for Doug Martin money ($7M annually).
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 7:32 PM

Falcons QB/WR B.J. Daniels is now practicing at running back.

Daniels has bounced around teams since being drafted in 2013 by the 49ers. Daniels has been mostly used as a gadget player in wildcat formations, but coach Dan Quinn described Daniels as a running back. Daniels is a longshot for a roster spot on a loaded Falcons RB depth chart.
Jun 15 - 1:17 PM

Matt Ryan's 2016 touchdown rate (touchdowns/pass attempts) of 7.1 percent was nearly two full percentage points above his previous career high and 2.6 percent higher than Ryan's previous career average.

Whereas Ryan was a prime progression candidate entering 2016, he is a major regression candidate for 2017. Prior to last season, Ryan had never before finished above the fantasy QB7 in a nearly decade-long career. Ryan has now lost OC Kyle Shanahan, and Julio Jones underwent his third known left-foot surgery in March. You can read more about Ryan's 2017 outlook in Evan Silva's Falcons Fantasy Preview, accessible at the link below.
Jun 15 - 12:59 AM

Speaking at minicamp, Matt Ryan said sophomore TE Austin Hooper has improved "exponentially" this offseason.

Ryan expects Hooper to be "a big part of our offensive success this year," and said the second-year pro is "playing like a veteran out there." As a rookie, Hooper quickly emerged as one of the NFL's best blocking tight ends and flashed an ability to stretch the field. Hooper offers 2017 breakout potential.
Jun 13 - 9:51 PM

Taylor Gabriel has been sidelined by a "lower leg strain" at OTAs and minicamp.

It sounds like a calf injury. The Falcons are being cautious, but speedy guys like Gabriel always seem more susceptible to muscle pulls. He may not participate in minicamp this week, but Gabriel should be fine by July.
Jun 13 - 9:23 PM


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