Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) will play in Saturday's game against the Dolphins.

Coleman missed the Falcons' first two exhibition contests. Coleman has a shot at a big role this season, but has set himself way behind by missing the majority of camp. As of now, he's not a realistic RB3 for the season's first month.
Aug 27 - 1:27 PM

Falcons waived/injured RB Evan Royster.

Royster's roster spot was needed for Rex Grossman. Signed 10 days ago, Royster played 10 snaps in the Falcons' second preseason game, logging one carry for one yard. He hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2012.
Aug 26 - 10:06 AM

Falcons signed QB Rex Grossman to a one-year, $1 million contract.

A follower of OC Kyle Shanahan, Grossman will always have a job as long as Shanahan's in the league. Grossman, 35, hasn't attempted a regular-season pass since 2011. His signing likely means bad news for T.J. Yates and/or Sean Renfree. Yates has been particularly horrible the past two preseasons.
Aug 26 - 9:40 AM

Falcons DT Ra'Shede Hageman (concussion) has been cleared to return to practice.

Hageman suffered the concussion in practice on August 18. Hageman started the Falcons first preseason game, but was forced to sit out last week.
Aug 25 - 12:37 PM

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said there was "no hold up at all" in negotiations with Julio Jones.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported talks have "stalled significantly," but Blank dismissed those rumors as just part of process. "It's just the process that you have to go through," Blank said. "It's a bit of a dance." Whether he signs an extension this year or gets hit with the franchise tag next offseason, Jones is not leaving Atlanta anytime soon.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 12:29 PM

Free agent QB Rex Grossman will work out for the Falcons on Tuesday.

Grossman is undergoing a physical Tuesday morning and will work out for the team in the afternoon. Grossman has a long history with new Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, and neither T.J. Yates nor Sean Renfree has shown well this preseason. If all goes well in the physical, Grossman should have a deal in the very near future.
Aug 25 - 9:37 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports long-term contract talks between the Falcons and contract-year WR Julio Jones have "stalled significantly."

Jones, however, is believed to be content playing out the final year of his contract, which is set to pay him over $10 million. The two sides remain optimistic, but there's no rush for a deal to get done. If worse comes to worst, the Falcons will slap Jones with the franchise tag next offseason. He's not leaving Atlanta.
Aug 24 - 7:54 PM

Falcons C/G Peter Konz will miss "a few weeks" after undergoing a knee scope.

This is usually a 2-4 week injury. The 55th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Konz has settled in as an NFL backup and wasn't in the hunt for a starting job.
Aug 23 - 4:44 PM

Roddy White will undergo surgery on his troublesome right elbow, but is expected back for Week 1.

The surgery is being called "minor," and the expectation that White will still be healed by Opening Day comes via coach Dan Quinn. Still, the injury is another indication that White's body seems to be breaking down. He also requires sporadic drainings of his knee and has been banged up in each of the last two seasons. White turns 34 years old this November. Leonard Hankerson stands to benefit with more first-team reps the rest of camp.
Aug 23 - 4:42 PM

Jacob Tamme "hasn’t done much" in training camp.

The Falcons did little to upgrade their tight end situation this offseason, adding Tamme and oft-injured TE Tony Moeaki to compete with Levine Toilolo. Tamme worked with the first team in the second preseason game and remains the favorite to start. None of Atlanta's tight ends are on the TE2 radar.
Aug 22 - 5:30 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RBs Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and Tevin Coleman (hamstring) are "getting close" to returning.

Both players returned to practice this week, but they were held out of the second preseason game. Barring any setbacks, both should get carries during the regular season dress rehearsal. With not much time left to separate themselves, Freeman and Coleman look poised to open the season as a running back by committee.
Aug 22 - 8:26 AM

Jacob Tamme did not catch his only target in the Falcons' second preseason game.

The stat line was not impressive, but the real story is Tamme worked with the first team offense. He appears to be ahead of Tony Moeaki and Levine Toilolo on the depth chart. In what could be a high-scoring offense, Tamme could be useful as a streamer at some point this season.
Aug 21 - 10:54 PM

Leonard Hankerson caught 3-of-3 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' second preseason game.

Hankerson saw two straight red-zone targets on the second offensive drive, converting the second into a two-yard touchdown. It was somewhat concerning Devin Hester saw snaps in two-wide sets with Roddy White (elbow) sidelined, but Hankerson is the favorite to open the season as Atlanta's third receiver. He is a name to keep in mind if Julio Jones or Roddy White goes down.
Aug 21 - 9:18 PM

Matt Ryan completed 4-of-5 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' second preseason game against the Jets.

Ryan has more touchdown passes (2) than incompletions (1) this preseason and has led the Falcons' first-team offense to a touchdown on every drive. Though Ryan could see his volume decrease with OC Kyle Shanahan in town, the defense is bad enough and Julio Jones is good enough for Ryan to remain in the QB1 conversation this season.
Aug 21 - 8:19 PM

Roddy White will miss Friday's preseason game with an elbow injury.

The injury isn't considered a major concern. White practiced all week and hasn't missed any time during camp. The Falcons are also holding out Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
Aug 21 - 7:07 PM


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