Player News - Falcons

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ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure cautioned to "not count out" Tevin Coleman at running back.

The Falcons' higher-ups have been talking up Coleman since the season ended, with coach Dan Quinn calling Coleman-Devonta Freeman a "unique combination" and GM Thomas Dimitroff labeling the duo a "tandem" in the backfield. Per McClure, Freeman "can't afford to let his guard down" with the team still believing in Coleman's big-play ability. Coleman is a solid late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now. He was handpicked by the current regime.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:57 AM

Vic Beasley (shoulder) is practicing fully at voluntary workouts.

Beasley played with a torn labrum last year, but it didn’t require surgery. He added upper-body weight this offseason to improve his durability. After starting at the LEO spot as a rookie, Beasley is moving to the strong side in Dan Quinn’s defense.
May 21 - 3:04 PM

Falcons sophomore Vic Beasley is expected to move to strong-side linebacker.

The No. 8 overall pick last year, Beasley played defensive end as a rookie. It is a puzzling move for the Falcons, who will likely employ Beasley in a similar role to the one coach Dan Quinn used Bruce Irvin in Seattle. That means Beasley will still rush the passer on most snaps, but he will spend more time dropping into coverage. For a team desperate for a pass rush, taking your best rusher out of the equation for even 100 snaps does not seem like a sound plan, but the Falcons are as weak at linebacker as they are at defensive end. With Beasley on the strong side, newly-signed LB Courtney Upshaw could compete for the middle linebacker job.
May 19 - 9:47 AM

Falcons 2014 second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman will see snaps at defensive end this season.

A tackle by trade, Hageman will take over the strong-side end position in base sets, allowing Tyson Jackson to play inside. This position switch should allow Hageman to focus more on controlling the point of attack and stopping the run rather than penetrating and getting to the quarterback, which he has struggled to do through two seasons.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 9:17 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devin Hester (toe surgery) could be fully recovered for training camp.

"He’s able to do certain things, but he can’t do it all," Quinn said. "I don’t know that I have a timeline, but we’re hopeful it’s prior to camp." Hester still hasn't been cleared to run after January surgery. He's going to miss all of OTAs and remains questionable for camp.
May 14 - 2:47 PM

Falcons signed Florida CB Brian Poole.

Poole (5'9, 213) made an inspired decision in picking the Falcons upon entering this year's rendition of UDFA Roulette. The former five-star recruit is nothing more than a potential NFL slot, but that's exactly what Atlanta could use with Jalen Collins serving a four-game suspension to begin the year. Poole is short, comes with average speed and he can be high-pointed, but he's also an extremely clever slot corner who crowds receivers, reads quarterbacks and breaks up more than his fair share of throws.
May 13 - 2:38 PM

Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon said he feels "light years" healthier one year removed from his torn Achilles'.

Weatherspoon tore his Achilles' in 2014 and signed a one-year deal with Arizona last offseason only to play 128 defensive snaps. Now healthy, Weatherspoon is back in Atlanta where it all started and has a chance to earn a starting job in a linebacker corps that is being remade in order to get faster.
May 11 - 12:49 PM

Chiefs waived OT Laurence Gibson, DB Jordan Kovacs, OL Ben Clarke, and OL Jake Bernstein.

C Drew Nowak, OL Zach Sterup, OLB Garrick Mayweather, and DB Shannon Edwards were signed in corresponding moves. A seventh-round pick of the Cowboys last year, Gibson was released by Dallas at final cuts. He spent last season on the Chiefs' practice squad.
May 10 - 12:46 PM

Coach Dan Quinn made it clear the Falcons view third-round TE Austin Hooper as a potential offensive weapon.

"The biggest thing for us is we saw the separation and the ability for him to break off in the option routes and the one-on-one option," Quinn said. "We certainly intend to use him in that way." With good speed and excellent agility for his size, Hooper has the athleticism to both stretch the seam and make plays underneath. With just Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo ahead of him on the depth chart, Hooper could make a higher-end TE2 impact this season.
May 10 - 9:35 AM

The Falcons want third-round TE Austin Hooper to improve their red-zone offense.

Atlanta ranked 17th in red-zone conversions last year, but led the league in turnovers. Rookie tight ends rarely make an impact, but Hooper only needs to beat out Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo. With Mohamed Sanu their lone notable signing, the Falcons have done little to upgrade Matt Ryan’s supporting cast.
Source: ESPN.com
May 7 - 4:26 PM

Falcons WR C.J. Goodwin is getting a look at cornerback.

Goodwin went undrafted out of California (PA) in 2014 and spent most of last year on the Falcons' practice squad. He got the attention of coach Dan Quinn when he started covering Julio Jones in practice. "Guarding Julio Jones is not the easiest job on the planet," said Quinn. "We said, ‘we might have something here.’" Goodwin has never played an NFL snap.
May 6 - 4:34 PM

Falcons signed third-round TE Austin Hooper, fourth-round LB De’Vondre Campbell, sixth-round OG Wes Schweitzer and seventh-round WR Devin Fuller to four-year contracts.

The Falcons have now signed their entire draft class, becoming the first team to do so. Hooper went pro after his redshirt sophomore year at Stanford. A first-team All-Pac 12er in 2015, Hooper lit up the Combine. A solid blocker, as well, Hooper could develop into an every-down player for a team that's essentially punted the tight end position since Tony Gonzalez's retirement.
May 5 - 7:50 PM

Falcons signed No. 52 overall pick LB Deion Jones to a four-year contract.

Jones is way under-sized at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds, but has 4.4 speed. A reserve and special teamer his first three years of college, Jones stuffed the stat sheet as a senior for LSU. He's expected to get the Falcons' first crack at middle linebacker duties this season.
May 5 - 7:27 PM

Falcons signed No. 17 overall pick SS Keanu Neal to a four-year, $10.737 million contract.

Like all first-round contracts, Neal's comes with a fifth-year team option for 2020. Last year's No. 17 overall pick, 49ers DE Arik Armstead received a $5.42 million signing bonus. Based on the salary cap rising, Neal's should come in close to $6 million. Neal is expected to be coach Dan Quinn's new Kam Chancellor.
May 4 - 2:32 PM

In a radio interview, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said sophomore Grady Jarrett will play nose tackle this year.

Jarrett played the position while Paul Soliai was injured last year, and it will be his full-time spot with Soliai no longer on the roster. Jarrett is a plus run defender who can push the pocket on passing downs. After showing extremely well on limited snaps as a rookie, the Falcons are rightly giving him a bigger role this year.
Source: ESPN
May 3 - 10:07 AM


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