Player News - Falcons

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said OC Kyle Shanahan will be free to interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.

Shanahan's second interview with the Niners keeps getting pushed back because the Falcons keep on winning. The Falcons will have a normal week of practice before traveling to Houston on Sunday, leaving Shanahan free to interview on Saturday. The Niners' head-coaching job is Shanahan's to lose after most of the other candidates dropped out including Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Jan 23 - 3:03 PM

Taylor Gabriel caught 2-of-3 targets for 24 yards in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game win over the Packers.

Gabriel's missed connection was a rare drop. The Falcons will need Gabriel to bust a big play or two to bring home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 51.
Jan 22 - 6:55 PM

Mohamed Sanu caught 5-of-7 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

Sanu added a seven-yard rush out of the Wild Cat formation. The Falcons' No. 2 receiver on paper, Sanu is really just a role player in an offense that spreads the ball around like few in recent memory. A big game in Super Bowl 51 is highly unlikely.
Jan 22 - 6:51 PM

Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers, adding three catches for 35 additional yards.

It was business as usual in the Falcons' backfield, with Coleman operating as the 1B to Devonta Freeman's 1A. Coleman's big-play ability will be a potential X-factor in a Super Bowl 51 matchup with either New England or Pittsburgh.
Jan 22 - 6:48 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game win over the Packers, adding four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

It was a typical day at the office for Freeman, who split work with Tevin Coleman and looked better than his relatively modest stats. Freeman slashes and burns like few backs in the NFL. He will be a Super Bowl 51 handful for either the Patriots or Steelers, who won't have the luxury of keying in on Freeman and Coleman thanks to the Falcons' electric passing attack.
Jan 22 - 6:42 PM

Julio Jones caught 9-of-12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

Playing through what FOX's Jay Glazer described as three separate foot injuries, Jones dismantled the Packers' woeful secondary. The highlight was a 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter where Jones took ownership of Ladarius Gunter's soul. Jones is at far less than 100 percent health, but it hasn't been a problem on the field. With two weeks to heal up for Super Bowl LI, Jones is going to be a nightmare for either the Patriots or Steelers.
Jan 22 - 6:33 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' 44-21, NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

Ryan was scary good, surgically guiding the Falcons’ offense to score after score. He was doing so against a comically undermanned defense, but Ryan has been shredding all comers for all of 2016-17. He looked genuinely unstoppable this afternoon, spreading the ball around to every Falcons skill player and always locating the open man. He entered halftime with 271 yards. Ryan is the leader of a well-oiled machine, one that will have a great chance of bringing home the Falcons’ first Lombardi regardless of their Super Bowl LI opponent.
Jan 22 - 6:31 PM

FOX's Jay Glazer reports Julio Jones is playing through three separate foot injuries in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Per Glazer, Jones has two ligament issues in his toe in addition to a "mid-foot" ailment. Glazer says Jones is playing though a "lot" of pain. Jones caught two passes on Atlanta's opening drive, so the injuries haven't been an issue on the field yet.
Jan 22 - 3:18 PM

Falcons declared RB Terron Ward, WR Nick Williams, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Dashon Goldson, LB Josh Keyes, OL Wes Schweitzer, and TE DJ Tialavea inactive for the NFC Championship Game against the Packers.

There are no big names here for the relatively healthy Falcons.
Jan 22 - 1:45 PM

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan will interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy for a second time next week.

Shanahan will interview on Tuesday if the Falcons lose to the Packers on Sunday, but if Atlanta wins to advance to the Super Bowl, the interview won't be until Friday. Tom Cable and Josh McDaniels both withdrew their names from the Niners' coaching search last week, leaving Shanahan as the odds-on favorite to replace Chip Kelly. The Niners are already talking as if Shanahan has the job, so next week's interview should be just a formality.
Jan 22 - 12:35 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons are expected to "explore" a contract extension with Matt Ryan this offseason.

After this season, Ryan will have two years remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million contract. Rapoport expects Ryan's agent Tom Condon to capitalize on his career-best season with the goal of making Ryan the league's highest-paid quarterback, a title currently held by Andrew Luck. Ryan's current annual salary is 11th-highest among NFL signal-callers. Ryan carries a $23.75 million cap hit for next season and an extension could help to reduce that number.
Jan 22 - 10:40 AM

Taylor Gabriel wasn't listed on the Falcons' final injury report for Sunday's NFC Championship Game

Gabriel was limited with a toe/foot injury earlier in the week, but he was upgraded to full practice on Friday. He won't have any restrictions against the Packers. Gabriel caught all three of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown when he faced Green Bay in Week 8.
Jan 20 - 3:50 PM

Updating a previous item, the Falcons listed Julio Jones (toe) as "limited" in Friday's practice.

Julio was listed as DNP on Wednesday and Thursday. Early-Friday reports had him returning to a full practice, but Julio was officially limited. Either way, Julio is going to play against the Packers. While his health remains a lingering question mark, Julio's mere presence on the field -- even if for some reason he isn't heavily targeted -- is a massive boon to Atlanta's offense. Daily Slant: Jones is expected to be followed by Ladarius Gunter, who allowed Dez Bryant a 6/85/2 line in his coverage last weekend. However, his use as a scorer limits his ceiling. Atlanta has an arsenal of playmakers and as a result, Jones has scored seven touchdowns this year. That's a 17% share of his team’s receiving scores whereas Antonio Brown’s 14 is a 40% share. In addition to Jones’ injury, this could be a useful tiebreaker when deciding between the two, especially in cash games.
Jan 20 - 3:42 PM

Julio Jones (toe) returned to a full practice on Friday.

Coach Dan Quinn said he looked good and won't have any limitations in Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus Green Bay. That's good to hear after Jones played just 58.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps in last week's win over Seattle. Jones had a tough time when he faced the Packers in Week 8, securing just 3-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Falcons' one-point victory. Packers DC Dom Capers sold out to stop Jones, a tactic Capers may be uncomfortable repeating with the emergence of so many other weapons in Atlanta's offense.
Jan 20 - 1:19 PM

Taylor Gabriel (foot) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

The Falcons are just managing Gabriel's reps ahead of Sunday's NFC title tilt.
Jan 19 - 4:34 PM

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