Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn (torn biceps) said he is facing a five-month recovery.

Clayborn suffered a torn biceps in the Falcons' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks in January. The recovery timetable suggests he will not make it back for OTAs, but he should be good to go for training camp. Clayborn recorded five sacks in 13 games playing opposite Vic Beasley last season.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 8:57 AM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure expects the Falcons to re-sign impending free agent DE Courtney Upshaw.

Signed to a one-year deal last March, Upshaw only played 310 snaps over 13 games, but he is a versatile piece who can play both along the defensive line and at linebacker. He also should not cost much to re-sign. The Falcons should be able to bring him back if they want him.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 8:49 AM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure expects the Falcons to move on from DT Tyson Jackson unless he is willing to take a pay cut.

Jackson counts $5.85 million against the cap, and the Falcons can save $2.65 million of that by releasing him. It is a no-brainer move on a player who recorded just 13 tackles and was on the field for just 329 snaps over 16 games. With linebacker and the secondary in good shape, the Falcons' primary focus should be on upgrading the defensive line.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 8:42 AM

According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the 49ers are a "strong possibility" to sign impending free agent Jacob Tamme.

The 31-year-old said he loves being a Falcon but could opt to join his former OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. The 49ers just signed Vance McDonald to a five-year extension, though it wouldn't hurt to bring in a veteran to implement Shanahan's offense. Either way, Austin Hooper is slated for a bigger role.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 9:36 AM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he is not looking for a "short-term fix" at quarterback.

"You want to make a commitment to somebody," Shanahan said. "In order to do that, you better make sure you’re on the same page with everyone else and you put the time in, you talk to people who’ve been with these guys." These comments would seem to shoot down reports of Matt Schaub and Brian Hoyer being options, but those guys will be nothing but bridge quarterbacks at best. The 49ers could commit to an early-round pick like UNC's Mitch Trubisky and still have him compete with a veteran in camp. With little chance of winning right now, that might even be the best option.
Feb 18 - 9:51 AM

Falcons re-signed defensive passing-game coordinator Jerome Henderson.

Henderson lost out on the 49ers' defensive coordinator vacancy to Robert Saleh. Entering his 11th year in coaching after spending eight years in the league as a safety, Henderson's specialty is tutoring defensive backs. His return to Atlanta should be good news for the Falcons' young, promising secondary.
Feb 17 - 10:48 PM

Restricted free agent Taylor Gabriel says he hopes to re-sign with the Falcons.

Per ESPN's Vaughn McClure, the "feeling from the team is mutual." The big-play threat emerged as an important weapon during the Falcons' Super Bowl run, catching 35 passes for 579 yards and six touchdowns. Turning 26 on Friday, Gabriel will likely be tendered at the second-round level.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 6:54 PM

Falcons hired Bush Hamdan as QBs coach.

An unknown to most NFL fans, Hamdan was the University of Washington's WRs coach/passing-game coordinator in 2016. A college quarterback, Hamdan played for his UW boss, Chris Petersen, at Boise State, finishing his collegiate career in 2008. He's rocketed up the coaching ranks since. Falcons coach Dan Quinn has aggressively pursued young coaching talent since losing Kyle Shanahan.
Feb 14 - 6:15 PM

Impending free agent Matt Schaub wants to sign somewhere he'll have an opportunity to start.

The idea of Schaub, 36 in June, starting is comical. His play fell off a cliff his final season in Houston back in 2013, and he's been with four teams over the past four seasons and is probably looking at his fifth in five years in 2017. There have been rumors he could follow Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco to either be a bridge to a younger quarterback or help install Shanahan's offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 13 - 10:04 AM

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, signing CB Desmond Trufant to a long-term deal is the Falcons' No. 1 priority.

"He’s a very valuable asset to this team," said GM Thomas Dimitroff. "We’re going to get him healthy and signed up for years to come." The Falcons have over $29 million in salary cap room. Trufant missed the final two months of the season with a torn pectoral but should be ready for OTAs.
Feb 12 - 8:34 AM

The Falcons have moved WR coach Raheem Morris to pass game coordinator.

He’s taking the place of Jerome Henderson. Morris had been a candidate to join Kyle Shanahan’s staff in San Francisco. He’ll stay in Atlanta after a strong first year on the offensive side. Morris will also maintain his role as assistant head coach.
Feb 11 - 2:35 PM

Falcons hired ex-49ers DT Bryant Young as defensive line coach.

Young was the seventh overall pick in the 1994 draft and spent his entire 14-year career with the 49ers. He replaces Bryan Cox as DL coach in Atlanta. Young was the DL coach for the Florida Gators when now-Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator. Young hasn't coached in four years.
Feb 10 - 10:39 AM

Falcons defensive pass game coordinator Jerome Henderson will interview for the 49ers' defensive-coordinator vacancy.

47-year-old Henderson has been coaching defensive backs for the better part of the past decade. He's never called plays on defense, but could be given that opportunity in San Francisco under offensive mind Kyle Shanahan.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 9:45 AM

Falcons promoted DBs coach Marquand Manuel to defensive coordinator.

Manuel and LBs coach Jeff Ulbrich were the top in-house contenders after DC Richard Smith's firing. Just 37 years old, Manuel played eight seasons in the league before jumping right into coaching. He's made a quick rise, helping develop the Legion of Boom in Seattle before following Dan Quinn to Atlanta in 2015. The 2016 Falcons played a ton of man coverage down the stretch, but they may use more Cover 3 moving forward with Manuel at the controls.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 9:39 AM

New Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian promises to be an "aggressive" play-caller.

"I'm an aggressive by nature play-caller, and that's something (coach Dan Quinn) believes in," was Sark's exact quote. That was certainly true during Sark's time in the Pac-12, and would be a continuation of Kyle Shanahan's philosophy in Atlanta. It's always something fantasy owners should want to hear.
Feb 9 - 3:23 PM


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