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Rookie Falcons RE Vic Beasley believes he can be an every-down player.

Most projections have Beasley operating as a situational pass rusher as a rookie. "I think I'm an every-down player," Beasley said. "I think that's just motivation for me to go out there and prove that I can be an every-down player." A freak athlete, Beasley certainly has the upside to develop into an every-down asset, but that's unlikely to be the "Leo" rusher's role as a first-year player.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 6:21 PM

Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will enter training camp healthy.

It's more surprising when Moeaki is actually intact than when he's sidelined. The talented athlete has dealt with elbow, hand, leg, concussion, ACL, shoulder and hamstring issues in his career, resulting in him bouncing around the fringe of rosters. Still only 28, Moeaki will try to stay healthy and beat out favorite Jacob Tamme for pass-catching tight end duties in August.
Jun 25 - 9:32 AM

Tevin Coleman will enter training camp behind Devonta Freeman on the depth chart.

Freeman held serve during OTAs and minicamp, getting the first rep with the starters as the incumbent. It doesn't mean he'll hold the job through training camp. The Falcons continue to talk up Freeman's pass-game skill set, but have left the early-down work open to competition. Coleman's ceiling as an explosive, home-run hitter is far higher -- and he was hand-picked by run-game guru Kyle Shanahan. Ultimately, a committee to open the season appears likely.
Jun 23 - 9:15 AM

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports Devonta Freeman "has the edge" to start over rookie Tevin Coleman.

The Falcons gave Freeman first-team reps throughout OTAs, and McClure believes Freeman's more-natural receiving ability has placed him in front for now. Freeman will enter training camp as the slight favorite to start, but will face heavy pressure from more-talented Coleman. Ultimately, this looks like a backfield committee and potential 50:50 split. If Coleman's ADP stays in the sixth round, he'll be a worthy upside flex pick with low-end RB1 upside in run-game guru Kyle Shanahan's zone scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 6:51 PM

Ricardo Allen is expected to open the season as the Falcons' starting free safety.

Drafted in the fifth round last year, Allen crashed and burned as a cornerback, failing to make the Falcons' 53-man roster out of camp. An offseason switch to free safety has revitalized his career, and he is now in a position to open the season as a starter. A ballhawk with 13 career INTs at Purdue, Allen may slot in well as a playmaking free safety, though his lack of speed (4.61) is a concern.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 9:50 AM

Coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman will be "featured in a lot of different ways," including as a receiving option.

"He’s tough," Quinn added. "He’s got great quickness. He’s a factor for sure." Quinn stopped just short of naming Freeman the starter, but it's clear he's a couple steps ahead of rookie Tevin Coleman. Coleman should still be a factor on game days, as Freeman isn't equipped to handle more than 15 touches per game.
Jun 19 - 10:36 AM

Falcons signed WR Carlton Mitchell.

It's been over two years since we'd last heard from Mitchell. He hasn't appeared in a game since catching three balls for 31 yards across 11 games for the Browns back in 2011. Now 27, the former sixth-round pick has good size (6'3/215) and speed (4.41 forty) but faces an uphill battle to make it to final cuts.
Jun 18 - 3:30 PM

Falcons DE Malliciah Goodman suffered a strained knee at this week's minicamp.

Goodman, a 2013 fourth-round pick, has appeared in 30 games for the Falcons, starting 10 last season, but has zero career sacks. He'll compete for a roster spot this summer after the Falcons added O'Brien Schofield and Adrian Clayborn.
Jun 18 - 1:16 PM

The Falcons have moved Ricardo Allen to free safety.

Allen, a ballhawking corner at Purdue, was the Falcons' fifth-round pick in 2014. He didn't make the 53 out of camp last year, but was promoted off the practice squad in December. Allen has a chance to beat out Kemal Ishmael for the starting gig.
Jun 18 - 8:34 AM

Jacob Tamme has "taken early control" of the Falcons' tight end competition.

Tamme's competition is oft-injured Tony Moeaki and lumbering giant Levine Toilolo. It's a battle he's certainly favored to win, although it's worth noting the Falcons bid on Tim Wright when he was waived by the Patriots last week. Regardless, Tamme will be worth monitoring as a possible streamer at the thin tight end position. He's had more than 50 catches in a season twice in his career.
Jun 18 - 8:27 AM

Contract-year WR Julio Jones said a holdout would be "selfish."

Jones' agent and the Falcons are in the midst of extension negotiations. But unlike Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, Julio has been at practice every day to get reps in the new Kyle Shanahan scheme. (Of course, Dez and Demaryius are not under contract, while Jones is.) "I'm not going to hold out for anything," Julio insisted. "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here and doing what I need to do."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 8:20 AM

Falcons OT Lamar Holmes is out indefinitely with a broken foot.

Holmes had been lining up as the first-team left tackle in Jake Matthews' (foot) absence and as the second-string right tackle behind veteran Tyler Polumbus. Schematically, Holmes projected as a poor fit in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking offense before the injury and now faces an uphill battle.
Jun 17 - 3:39 PM

Falcons second-year LT Jake Matthews is excited about OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.

"I think it something that's well-suited for me," Matthews said. "I feel like I have that lateral quickness and I can be a big help in this offense." Matthews fits the new scheme to a T. He's highly athletic and moves well for his size. Matthews had a terrible rookie season, but injuries were partially to blame. He sprained his ankle early in the year before suffering a Lisfranc fracture late in the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 9:09 AM

Fourth-round pick Justin Hardy has mixed in with the first-team offense at minicamp.

Roddy White (knee) and Devin Hester (personal) have been sidelined, so Hardy worked as the No. 1 slot receiver between Julio Jones and Leonard Hankerson. After Tuesday's session, Matt Ryan "singled out Hardy as impressive." A rugged possession receiver, Hardy should eventually replace Harry Douglas.
Jun 16 - 6:50 PM

Devonta Freeman opened minicamp as the Falcons' first-string tailback.

He also opened OTAs as the starter. This is expected treatment of a veteran over a rookie, but Tevin Coleman is going to give Freeman a serious run for his money in training camp, and we'd ultimately expect Coleman to win. New Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan has been very willing to utilize RBBCs before, however. The Atlanta beat writers expect Freeman and Coleman to share time this year.
Jun 16 - 5:17 PM


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