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  • Dynasty | Julio Jones rumored to be a Colts target

    May 12 · Dynasty League Football Falcons Colts Julio Jones Michael Pittman
  • Falcons Extremely Confident In Matt Ryan

    Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Charles London has been a staunch supporter of quarterback Matt Ryan since he joined the team. "We studied every drop-back pass, every play-action pass, everything that Matt did this past year," said London. "We thought as a staff that he was still performing at a high level. He could still do everything that was needed to do to run this offense. I look forward to working with him. He has a very unique skill-set." The Falcons committed to the 36-year-old when they restructured his deal and then didn't select a QB in the draft. On top of that, they gave him a new tight end with the fourth overall pick in Kyle Pitts. Ryan will need better protection up front from the offensive line, but he has all the weapons to be a very strong QB1 again in 2021.

    May 11 · Source via Falcons Matt Ryan
  • Falcons To Have Open Competition At Running Back

    Atlanta Falcons running backs coach Desmond Kitchings said that the team will have an open competition at running back after they did not add to the position through the most recent NFL draft. They finished 27th in rushing in 2020 and let Todd Gurley II, Brian Hill and Ito Smith -- their top three backs -- walk out the door. Mike Davis signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal with Atlanta in free agency after totaling 1,000 yards from scrimmage last season in Carolina. He plays the game physical and has also developed into a solid pass-catcher, so there's opportunity for him to have a feature-back role in 2021. The Falcons are also counting on former wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to play some running back. He had a career-high 64 carries for 232 yards and a score last year with Chicago. It sounds as though the Falcons have plans to use Patterson as more than just a gadget player, but he may not have much fantasy appeal unless Davis misses time with an injury. The Falcons also retained Qadree Ollison, who played just 13 snaps in 2020.

    May 11 · Source via Falcons Mike Davis Qadree Ollison Cordarrelle Patterson
  • Falcons Cut K Elliott Fry

    May 11 · Pro Football Rumors Falcons Elliott Fry
  • Better than 50/50 Chance That Julio Jones Is Traded

    NBC Sports' Peter King left with the impression that there is more than a 50/50 chance that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will be traded this offseason after speaking with general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith after the first round of last week's NFL draft. "The reason is, obviously the Falcons are basically in cap jail right now, and they could clear an awful lot of space by trading Julio Jones June 2 or after," King said. Jones has 12,896 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns in his 10-year career, but the 32-year-old played in only nine games in 2020 and averaged 85.7 yards per game, his lowest mark since 2012. With the emergence of wideouts Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage and the selection of tight end Kyle Pitts at No. 4 overall, it might be the best time for the Falcons to move on from Jones.

    May 6 · Source via Falcons Julio Jones
  • Falcons Won't Pick Up Hayden Hurst's Fifth-Year Option

    The Atlanta Falcons will not pick up the fifth-year option for the 2022 season on tight end Hayden Hurst, according to a source. Hurst will become a free agent after this season. The Baltimore Ravens selected him with the No. 25 pick of the 2018 NFL draft and then traded him to Atlanta last March. Hurst had a career year in 2020 with the Falcons, catching 56 passes for 571 yards and six touchdowns on 88 targets. But the Falcons drafted Kyle Pitts at fourth overall last week, potentially shifting Hurst's role and future in Atlanta. The team also added blocking tight end Lee Smith this offseason. The 27-year-old has $1.349 million of his base salary fully guaranteed in 2021 and should be the No. 2 tight end behind Pitts. Had his fifth-year option been picked up, he would've made $5.428 million in 2022.

    May 3 · Source via Falcons Hayden Hurst
  • Falcons Pick Up Calvin Ridley's Fifth-Year Option

    The Atlanta Falcons picked up wide receiver Calvin Ridley's $11.1 million fifth-year option for the 2022 season on Monday. This comes as no surprise, as he's been excellent for the Falcons since entering the league as a first-rounder in 2018. The 26-year-old is a great route-runner and has a nose for the end zone. If Atlanta were to trade veteran Julio Jones, Ridley would become the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver. Ridley had a true breakout season in his third year in the NFL in 2020, hauling in 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. If Jones remains in the fold, both he and Ridley will continue to form one of the better receiving tandems in the league for quarterback Matt Ryan. Ridley will remain a highly coveted WR1 in fantasy.

    May 3 · Source via Falcons Calvin Ridley
  • Falcons To Sign UDFA RB Javian Hawkins

    May 1 · Pro Football Rumors Falcons Javian Hawkins
  • QB Feleipe Franks, Falcons Agree To Deal

    May 1 · Pro Football Rumors Falcons
  • Falcons Take Receiver Frank Darby

    With the 187th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons have selected Arizona State wide receiver Frank Darby. Darby's path to snaps this year might depend on what happens with the Julio Jones trade rumors, as the Falcons with Jones don't seem like they'll have a lot of available snaps at receiver. Darby had just six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown last season in three games, but had a strong 2019 campaign, with 31 receptions for 616 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. He has some nice speed on the outside and has shown an ability to make big plays. Right now, he's just a dynasty stash, but that could change before the 2021 season begins.

    May 1 · Source via Falcons NFL Draft