Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Bryant plans to play 2-3 more years.

Bryant is entering his age-43 season but didn’t show much of a drop off last year, making 34-of-39 field goals. An impending free agent, the Falcons are expected to extend Bryant this offseason.
Feb 7 - 6:14 PM

Devonta Freeman (knee) could be ready for the start of OTAs.

Freeman avoided surgery after playing through MCL and PCL sprains last season. His timetable puts him on track for OTAs, but the Falcons may move him slowly. Even if Freeman is limited this offseason, he'll be fully healthy for training camp.
Source: PFT Live
Feb 6 - 12:04 PM

Falcons owner Arthur Blank expects Matt Ryan’s next contract to be a team-friendly deal.

"I think Matt is the kind of quarterback that will understand, at this point, this is also about what is his legacy going to be," Blank said. "He wants to win championships and make sure the team is in position that we can compete for free agents. We expect him to work with us to ensure there’s talent around him." Entering a contract year, extending Ryan is Atlanta’s top offseason priority. As a Tom Condon client, it would be surprising if Ryan settled for less than top-seven quarterback money.
Feb 2 - 7:26 PM

Updating an earlier item, Falcons DE Takk McKinley is recovering from left shoulder surgery.

McKinley had his right shoulder operated on prior to last year's draft. He did not miss any time as a rookie. The Falcons have deemed the procedure "minor." McKinley could be full-go for OTAs in the spring.
Feb 1 - 8:03 PM

Falcons DE Takk McKinley is recovering from a "minor surgical procedure."

Neither McKinley nor the team disclosed any other details. McKinley dealt with a shoulder issue in 2017 but it's entirely unclear if that's what he had operated on. The No. 26 overall pick of last spring's draft, McKinley played 401 promising snaps as a rookie, notching six sacks. He'll be a "leap forward" candidate in 2018.
Feb 1 - 6:20 PM

Justin Hardy had offseason shoulder surgery.

He's expected to need only a few weeks of recovery and should be ready for the start of OTAs. The Falcons' No. 4 receiver, Hardy is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Jan 24 - 7:22 PM

Falcons hired Greg Knapp as QBs coach.

He's replacing Bush Hamdan, who is leaving to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Washington. Knapp is coming off a four-year stint as Denver's QBs coach and has coached in the league in some capacity since 1997. This will be his second go-round in Atlanta after serving as the team's offensive coordinator from 2004-06.
Jan 21 - 10:21 AM

The Falcons plan to extend Matt Bryant this offseason.

Bryant took a step back from 2016 but was still one of the better kickers in the league last year, converting 34-of-39 field goals and making every extra point. The Falcons should bring him back despite Bryant entering his age-43 season. Bryant has been with Atlanta since 2009.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 6:05 PM

The Falcons will move Vic Beasley back to defensive end in 2018.

Beasley's sack total dipped all the way from 15.5 in 2016 to 5.0 in his 2017 transition to strong-side linebacker. "I have re-assessed it," coach Dan Quinn said. "I’m going to put him full-time, all-the-time back at pass rusher. I thought it was best for the team even though some of his production would go down. His best role is doing what he does. He won’t go back to linebacker."
Jan 19 - 8:41 PM

Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he believed Tevin Coleman could remain a part of the team's backfield beyond 2018.

Specifically, Dimitroff said he could see Coleman and Devonta Freeman having a future together. We're not buying it. 2018 is Coleman's contract year, and Freeman just got $22 million guaranteed last summer. Dimitroff was basically saying what he needed to say at a season-ending press conference.
Jan 18 - 2:34 PM

Devonta Freeman (MCL, PCL) does not require surgery.

Freeman finished the season playing through MCL and PCL sprains. Including the postseason, he averaged just 2.64 yards per carry over his final four games. Freeman should be ready to rock for the offseason program.
Jan 18 - 2:25 PM

Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said his "main focus" this offseason will be extending contract-year QB Matt Ryan.

Going on 33, Ryan followed up his MVP 2016 with a disappointing 20-score campaign but didn't take any physical steps backward. He had the looks of a player who should remain the answer under center for at least 2-3 more seasons. Any extension would have to make Ryan one of the 2-3 highest-paid players in the league.
Jan 18 - 1:32 PM

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian will be retained for 2018.

"Placing blame on one person would be wrong in this instance," coach Dan Quinn said Thursday. "If this was about one person, that decision would’ve already been made." Sark had been loosely connected to the Seahawks' offensive coordinator vacancy, but Pete Carroll hired Brian Schottenheimer. The Falcons' offense took a mammoth step backward this season, with its points per game dropping from 34 to 22. Matt Ryan and company were always expected to regress in 2017, but the fall off was far more dramatic than expected. Sark will be on the spot in 2018.
Jan 18 - 1:13 PM

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will have a second interview for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy.

Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak was also offered a second interview, but declined the invitation. Armstrong has over two decades of NFL experience but has never been a head coach. Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores and Panthers DC Steve Wilks have also been linked to the opening in Arizona.
Jan 17 - 6:52 PM

Falcons signed QB Garrett Grayson, S Marcelis Branch, OL Daniel Brunskill, CB Deante Burton, WR Reggie Davis, TE Alex Gray, DL Joey Ivie, DL J.T. Jones and DL Taniela Tupou to reserve/future contracts.

The No. 75 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Grayson quickly flamed out in New Orleans. He spent 2017 on the Falcons' practice squad.
Jan 15 - 2:13 PM


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