Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Julio Jones (foot) could see action in Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

The Falcons have been taking things slow with Jones, who is coming off offseason foot surgery. He sat out the first two preseason games and Saturday will probably be his last chance to see the field as starters don't usually suit up for the final preseason game. Even if Jones can't get the green light for Saturday, he's in no danger of missing Week 1.
Aug 22 - 2:09 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman is in the "final stages" of the concussion protocol.

He won't practice Tuesday but it looks like he could be ready any day now. Coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, Freeman is a locked-in RB1.
Aug 22 - 1:45 PM

Falcons signed OL Austin Pasztor to a one-year contract.

Pasztor was one of the top free agents remaining. He started all 16 games for the Browns at right tackle last year, but can also play the interior. Pasztor figures to open the season in a swing role.
Aug 18 - 5:51 PM

Falcons first-round DE Takk McKinley (shoulder) will make his preseason debut Sunday against the Steelers.

McKinley is finally healthy five months after undergoing right shoulder surgery. He was limited early in camp but was close to a full participant this week. The 26th overall pick is expected to start at right end opposite last year's NFL sack leader Vic Beasley.
Aug 18 - 3:17 PM

Wes Schweitzer will start at right guard in Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers.

So far there's been little separation between Schweitzer and Ben Garland, who are both competing for the starting job. Garland was listed as the starter on the latest depth chart but perhaps Schweitzer can close the gap with a strong showing. The Falcons are looking to replace retired Chris Chester.
Aug 18 - 3:02 PM

Julio Jones (foot) won't play in Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers.

Devonta Freeman (concussion) has also been ruled out while Taylor Gabriel's (calf) availability is up in the air. The Falcons continue to play it safe with Jones, who is coming off minor offseason foot surgery. Even if Jones doesn't see any preseason action, there's little doubt about his status for Week 1 against the Bears.
Aug 18 - 2:08 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman (concussion) could return soon.

Freeman was placed in the concussion protocol early this week. He'll be evaluated over "the next couple days" before returning to practice. Freeman is out for the second preseason game, but his Week 1 status isn't in doubt.
Aug 16 - 7:20 PM

Falcons.com's Kelsey Conway reports the team has shown a "real emphasis" on getting Julio Jones more red-zone touches during camp.

New OC Steve Sarkisian said that was his goal all the way back in June. After being targeted just nine times in the red zone and six times inside the 10 last season, Jones should see more work near the goal line this year, which will hopefully allow him to score more than the six touchdowns he managed in 2016. Jones is locked in as a top-three fantasy receiver.
Aug 14 - 12:32 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman is in the concussion protocol.

Quinn already ruled him out for the second preseason game. Freeman left Sunday's practice with what was reported as a heat issue, but it looks like he suffered a head injury. The Falcons will certainly take it slow, but he should be ready for Week 1.
Aug 14 - 11:51 AM

Falcons signed RB Devonta Freeman to a five-year, $41.25 million extension through 2022.

The deal contains $22 million guaranteed, including a $15 million signing bonus. He's now the highest-paid running back on a multi-year deal. (Le'Veon Bell will make over $12 million this year on the franchise tag.) Freeman and the Falcons reportedly hit a bit of a snag in talks recently, but they quickly hashed them out to keep Freeman in Atlanta through his age-30 season. Freeman was fantasy's overall RB6 last season after being RB1 the previous year. He remains the clear-cut lead dog in Atlanta, with Tevin Coleman as an electric No. 2.
Aug 9 - 9:30 AM

Julio Jones (foot) will not play in the first preseason game.

Neither will Taylor Gabriel. There is no reason to worry about Jones, who said he is "easing myself back into it" following offseason foot surgery. Atlanta's top weapon should be healed up well before Week 1.
Aug 8 - 12:25 PM

Falcons signed RB Kelvin Taylor.

The son of Fred Taylor, Kelvin has struggled to stick on an NFL roster since being drafted in the sixth round last year. That is unlikely to change in Atlanta.
Aug 8 - 9:38 AM

NFL suspended Falcons CB Jalen Collins ten games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Collins was banned four games for the same violation last year. "We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen," GM Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. "Such are the consequences when certain choices are made." Collins enjoyed a mini breakout as he earned a starting job down the stretch last season. The Falcons are at least prepared for his absence, returning Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford as starters on the outside, and Brian Poole in the slot.
Aug 6 - 3:44 PM

Julio Jones (foot) said, "(I'm) easing myself back into it" after offseason foot surgery.

Jones went on to say "I’m going to be ready when it’s time to go." There's no need to worry about his availability for the season at this point despite the slow return. Jones is a top-three fantasy receiver and should continue to be drafted as such.
Aug 5 - 10:32 AM

Vic Beasley worked with DeMarcus Ware to improve his first step at Von Miller's pass-rush summit in June.

Beasley led the league with 15.5 sacks last season -- two more than Miller -- but he still has kinks to work out of his game. "(Ware) was telling me normally my feet are back too far a majority of the time," Beasley said of his stance. "And he said if I kind of coil up and put my butt up in the air more and take that first step that I'll step out a longer distance." Beasley said coaches have told him the same thing, but hearing it from a former player helped it hit home. With more talent around him on the defensive line, Beasley has a chance to be even better this season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 10:10 AM


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