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  • Latest On Falcons LB Troy Andersen

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    After seeing action in all 17 games (five starts) as a rookie in 2022, Falcons linebacker Troy Andersen opened the 2023 season as a full-time starter alongside Kaden Elliss in Atlanta's defense. Unfortunately, the shoulder and pectoral injuries he sustained in Week 3 sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign, and his replacement -- [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Troy Andersen Kaden Elliss
  • Kirk Cousins Addresses Achilles Rehab

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    Atlanta will receive plenty of attention this summer as both Kirk Cousins and first-round rookie Michael Penix Jr. take part in their first training camp with the team. The latter is slated for backup duties in 2024, but the former faces questions about his rehab from the Achilles tear which ended his Vikings tenure. Cousins was enjoying a productive [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Michael Penix
  • Falcons OC: 'Nothing better' than Kirk Cousins' familiarity with system

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    Cousins' background with a Sean McVay-inspired offense should prove beneficial in Atlanta.

    May 22 · ESPN Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins
  • Bijan Robinson Expected To Be Full-Go For Training Camp

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson (ankle) will be limited throughout the team's organized team activities while dealing with an ankle injury. However, he's expected to be ready to go for training camp, which begins in late July. At this point in the offseason, organizations are careful with minor bumps and bruises, so his injury should not affect his fantasy football value -- barring a setback. After being the highest running back drafted since Saquon Barkley in 2018, Robinson enjoyed a solid rookie campaign. He rushed 214 times for 976 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 58 receptions for 487 yards and four more scores. Fantasy managers are expecting him to take the next step in 2024 with quarterback Kirk Cousins running the Atlanta offense, so he's a consensus first-round pick in all formats.

    May 21 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Bijan Robinson
  • Kyle Pitts Feels Like A Rookie Learning New Offense

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    Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts called himself a "super rookie" as he enters the fourth year of his NFL career in 2024. "I'm not a rookie rookie. But we're all in this new offense, new regime, new schedule. We're all in this fresh," Pitts said. The former first-round pick has a new head coach in Raheem Morris, a new offensive coordinator in Zac Robinson and a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins this year. Pitts had 1,027 receiving yards in his rookie year in 2021 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Year 2, and he wasn't 100% in 2023 despite playing in all 17 games. The 23-year-old is fully healthy now and taking part in OTAs this offense as he works to learn the new offense and gain chemistry with Cousins. Pitts could easily have his best season to date in 2024 if both he and Cousins (coming off a torn Achilles) can stay healthy.

    May 18 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kyle Pitts
  • Kirk Cousins On Tampering: "There's Not A Whole Lot There"

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins was recently asked about the status of the NFL's investigation into tampering allegations by the Falcons. "The league's still kind of going through that," Cousins said. "So, I'll let them do it. But there's not a whole lot there." However, Cousins admitted that he spoke to the team's head athletic trainer during the 52-hour negotiating window where direct communication between the team and impending free agent are strictly forbidden. The QB also said he spoke to director of player personnel Ryan Pace. Cousins said tight end Kyle Pitts actively recruited Cousins for multiple weeks. Cousins also admitted that he personally called former Bears receiver Darnell Mooney to close the deal that brought him to Atlanta during the 52-hour window. It's unclear how deep the league's investigation will be into this matter and whether the Falcons will actually get punished.

    May 18 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins
  • Kyle Pitts Embracing Fresh Start

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    Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts shined as a rookie in 2021, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards and one touchdown after being selected No. 4 overall. His last two campaigns have left a lot to be desired, as he failed to surpass 700 yards or become a major factor in the end zone in 2022 or 2023. However, he is still just 23 years old and is embracing a fresh start with a new quarterback and coaching staff in 2024. "I would say I'm a super rookie," Pitts said Tuesday, via the team's official site. "I'm not a rookie. But we're all in this new offense, new regime, new schedule. We're all in this fresh." Pitts' 2021 success came with Matt Ryan under center, and poor quarterback play from Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, and Taylor Heinicke can help explain his lack of production. The Falcons signed former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to a four-year deal and drafted Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 overall pick this offseason. Despite his lackluster showings of late, he is being selected as the TE7 off the board in early FFPC fantasy drafts. He remains a clear TE1 candidate and has top-five overall upside in his new offense.

    May 17 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kyle Pitts
  • Falcons Cut OLB Ade Ogundeji

    The Falcons have changed defensive coordinators twice since Ade Ogundeji last played, and the Raheem Morris-Jimmy Lake duo does not have the former starter in its plans. Atlanta cut the fourth-year pass rusher Thursday. A 2021 fifth-round pick, Ogundeji worked as a starter for much of his first two seasons before suffering a season-nullifying injury [...]

    May 16 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Adetokunbo Ogundeji
  • Kirk Cousins Addresses Michael Penix Jr. Pick; Latest On Falcons’ Draft Plan

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    A post-draft report pegged Kirk Cousins as stunned by the Falcons' decision to choose Michael Penix Jr. eighth overall. The move came after the team signed Cousins to a contract that includes $100MM in practical guarantees. Some around the league are already wondering if the Falcons will be ready to trade Cousins in 2025, as [...]

    May 15 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Michael Penix
  • Kirk Cousins Jogging, Throwing During OTAs

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) was seen jogging lightly and throwing during organized team activities on Tuesday, according to Zach Klein of WSB. The veteran signal-caller tore his Achilles while playing for the Minnesota Vikings roughly six months ago, but this latest update suggests his recovery is going quite well. Reports out of Georgia indicate that Cousins is already forming a firm rapport with his receivers, including Kyle Pitts, Drake London, and Darnell Mooney. As long as Cousins remains on track to play Week 1, he'll enter the 2024 campaign as a fringe top-12 quarterback in fantasy football.

    May 14 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins
  • CB Jerry Jacobs To Visit Falcons, Vikings

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    Jerry Jacobs has been on the market since the Lions elected not to retain him via an RFA tender. The veteran corner has since drawn interest from a list of teams which is growing. Jacobs has visits lined up with the Falcons and Vikings, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. Jacksonville recently hosted the 26-year-old as well, so [...]

    May 14 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Minnesota Vikings Jerry Jacobs
  • Grady Jarrett Not Practicing Yet

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    Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (knee) is not practicing on Tuesday, according to head coach Raheem Morris. The two-time Pro Bowl selection and one-time All-Pro suffered a torn ACL in the Week 8 loss to the Tennessee Titans last year, so he'll likely be eased into action this offseason and beyond. Jarrett has compiled three seasons of at least six sacks, but he only charted 1.5 sacks in eight games last season. Atlanta's pass rush has been an issue over the last few years, and the organization opted to draft quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 overall pick instead of a defender, so Jarrett's early-season availability and effectiveness will be key as the Falcons look to contend for a Super Bowl with Kirk Cousins under center.

    May 14 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Grady Jarrett
  • Bijan Robinson Dealing With Ankle Injury

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    Atlanta Falcons running backs Bijan Robinson (ankle) and Jase McClellan (foot) were not at practice on Tuesday at organized team activities. It's notable, but shouldn't affect Robinson's 2024 fantasy draft stock. The 22-year-old former first-rounder is expected to be back on the field for the team's mandatory minicamp. As long as Robinson's ankle isn't bothering him once he returns to practice, it should be a non-factor by the time the 2024 regular season begins. Now that quarterback Kirk Cousins is in town, Robinson will be even more attractive as a high-end RB1 in fantasy. The former eighth overall pick in 2023 out of Texas is a do-it-all back that had 976 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 214 rushing attempts in his rookie season, adding 58 receptions for 487 yards and another four TDs in 17 games (16 starts) in 2023.

    May 14 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Bijan Robinson Jase McClellan
  • Ross Dwelley Lands With Falcons

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    The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent tight end Ross Dwelley on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Dwelley was undrafted out of the University of San Diego in 2018, but he stuck around on the San Francisco 49ers' roster for six seasons and played in 84 games. Overall, the 29-year-old has 44 receptions for 518 yards and five receiving touchdowns to his name. He'll look to compete with Charlie Woerner and John FitzPatrick to see the field in multi-tight end sets and to be Kyle Pitts' direct backup in 2024. For now, he's nowhere near the fantasy football radar heading into his seventh NFL campaign.

    May 13 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Ross Dwelley
  • Falcons Add DB Dane Cruikshank, DL Bradlee Anae

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    The Falcons are adding a pair of defenders to their offseason roster. The team is signing defensive back Dane Cruikshank and defensive lineman Bradlee Anae, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The duo auditioned for the Falcons yesterday. Cruikshank is the more experienced of the two, with the defensive back having appeared in 54 career games [...]

    May 11 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Bradlee Anae Dane Cruikshank
  • Kirk Cousins "Pretty Much Full-Go" This Offseason

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is working his way back from a Week 8 Achilles tear from last season, and reports out of Atlanta suggest he is making great progress. "Kirk is every day improving," Falcons head coach Raheem Morris said. "He's been doing all those things, he's been throwing, he's been out there pretty much full-go. Now, we got him in a limited basis, obviously 'cause he's still in his rehab and his treatment and all those types of things." The 35-year-old signal-caller has not been dropping back behind an offensive line or facing a rush, but he's evidently looked good on his dropbacks and reps with his new wide receiver group. Despite Atlanta selecting Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, Cousins remains the clear starter in 2024 as long as he holds up. The four-time Pro Bowler has thrown for at least 4,000 yards seven times in his nine-year career as a starter, while the Falcons have not had a 4,000-yard passer since Matt Ryan in 2020. If Cousins isn't limited by his major injury, he'll remain a fringe QB1 option surrounded by Bijan Robinson, Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Darnell Mooney, and company.

    May 10 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins
  • Bud Dupree Visits Chargers; OLB Drawing Interest From Falcons, Steelers

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    The Chargers elected to keep both Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack in the fold this offseason, but the team is still interested in at least one of the top veteran edge rushers still on the market. Bud Dupree visited the team, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. While the Bolts are interested in adding what would be a high-profile rotational rusher [...]

    May 10 · Pro Football Rumors Los Angeles Chargers Atlanta Falcons Pittsburgh Steelers Bud Dupree
  • Falcons Extremely High On Michael Penix Jr.

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    The Atlanta Falcons shocked the world in this year's NFL draft when they took quarterback Michael Penix Jr. at eighth overall despite just signing Kirk Cousins to a big deal in free agency in the offseason. Word spread a week before the draft that the Falcons loved Penix, to the extent that he ranked as high as No. 2 overall at the QB position. The team's brass flew to Seattle to watch Penix throw for a few hours in a private setting on April 5. According to sources, owner Arthur Blank fully endorsed long-term stability at the position. Cousins is 35 years old and coming off a torn Achilles last year, so Penix will give them that long-term stability at the position that Blank was seeking. Atlanta was criticized for the pick since they had plenty of other needs, but they could look smart years down the line when they transition Penix into the starting role.

    May 7 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Michael Penix
  • Darnell Mooney, Rondale Moore To Have Major Roles In 2024

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    Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Darnell Mooney and Rondale Moore "will be relied on to provide more consistency" throughout the 2024 season, according to Josh Kendall of The Athletic. Notably, the Falcons are expected to deploy numerous three-receiver sets, leaving room for both Mooney and Moore to contribute alongside Drake London. Mooney, a Tulane product, tallied 2,593 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns over his first four pro seasons. His best season came in 2021 when he racked up 1,055 receiving yards and five total touchdowns. If Mooney can return to his 2021 form, he'll be the Falcons' No. 2 wide receiver and a low-end FLEX option in fantasy football. Moore also flashed potential in Arizona prior to his trade from the Cardinals to the Falcons. Over his first three pro seasons, Moore has 1,201 receiving yards, 249 rushing yards, and four touchdowns. He, too, could become a fringe fantasy WR3 in the right situation.

    May 2 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Darnell Mooney Rondale Moore
  • Latest On Falcons’ First-Round Decision

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    The Falcons shocked many last Thursday when the team opted to take Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft. Some saw the pick as a reach in value, thinking Penix could've been acquired after trading back; others saw it as a wasted opportunity to address a position of [...]

    May 2 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Michael Penix
  • Falcons Sign 10 UDFAs

    After finishing the weekend with one of the more questionable draft approaches, the Falcons have rounded out their rookie class with 10 undrafted free agents. The team announced that they've added the following UDFAs: Ryan Coll, OL (Richmond) JaQuae Jackson, WR (Rutgers) John Paddock, QB (Illinois) Nolan Potter, OL (Northern Illinois) Jayden Price, CB (North [...]

    Apr 30 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons
  • Falcons Pick Up Kyle Pitts' Fifth-Year Option

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    The Atlanta Falcons picked up the 2025 fifth-year option on tight end Kyle Pitts on Monday, according to a source. Although the former fourth overall pick in 2021 out of Florida hasn't exactly lived up to his draft status, there's no way the Falcons weren't going to pick up his option. Pitts was a Pro Bowler in his rookie year, when he went for over 1,000 yards receiving, but he played in only 10 games due to injury in 2022 and has underwhelmed with six total touchdowns in his three NFL seasons. Atlanta's QB situation hasn't helped his cause, though. With a new coaching staff in town and with quarterback Kirk Cousins running the offense in 2024, Pitts' fantasy stock is trending up despite back-to-back disappointing campaigns.

    Apr 29 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kyle Pitts
  • Falcons HC Raheem Morris Addresses QB Situation

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    One of the draft's biggest surprises came on Friday night when the Falcons used their top selection on quarterback Michael Penix Jr. That move came about despite Kirk Cousins being on the books for the next four years (including fully guaranteed salaries in 2024 and '25). Cousins will, of course, enter the coming season atop Atlanta's depth chart. [...]

    Apr 29 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Michael Penix
  • Kirk Cousins Still Atlanta's Unquestioned Starting QB

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    Despite the Atlanta Falcons shockingly taking quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft on Thursday night, veteran QB Kirk Cousins' position as the team's starting signal-caller of the foreseeable future has not changed, according to head coach Raheem Morris. Minnesota signed Cousins to a four-year deal worth up to $180 million, with $100 million guaranteed, in free agency in March. Morris said Cousins doesn't have to look over his shoulder, and that there is no QB controversy at all. Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, said there was frustration and confusion coming from his camp because the team didn't use their first-round pick to improve the team in 2024. Cousins will be Atlanta's starter in 2024, but perhaps the Falcons are just giving themselves some extra insurance with Cousins coming off an Achilles tear.

    Apr 28 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins
  • Penix: I had 'good conversation' with Cousins

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    Kirk Cousins and Michael Penix Jr. spoke on the phone Thursday night after the Falcons stunningly took Penix with the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft.

    Apr 27 · ESPN NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Michael Penix
  • Kirk Cousins ‘Stunned’ By Falcons’ Decision To Draft Michael Penix Jr.

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    Upon signing Kirk Cousins, the Falcons informed him they were planning to take a quarterback in the later rounds. Just before the team decided to shift course, the high-priced free agency pickup received a rather important phone call. The Falcons did inform their $45MM-per-year quarterback they were planning to use the No. 8 overall pick [...]

    Apr 27 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Michael Penix
  • Falcons Acquire No. 35 From Cardinals

    After a stunning start (per Kirk Cousins, at least) to Round 1, the Falcons are moving up the board to open Round 2. They are acquiring No. 35 from the Cardinals. Atlanta will pick up Nos. 35 and 186, while Arizona will add Nos. 43 and 79. The Falcons used the pick on Clemson defensive [...]

    Apr 26 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Arizona Cardinals
  • Falcons Surprise And Draft Michael Penix Jr.

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    The Atlanta Falcons selected Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft on Thursday night. This is the first real surprise of this year's draft after the Falcons signed quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason. Injuries are the main concern for Penix, but besides that, he showed plenty of long-term upside in his two seasons with the Huskies, culminating in a national championship appearance earlier this year. The 23-year-old lefty will obviously enter his first season in the NFL as a clear backup in Atlanta, but this pick will give the Falcons insurance with Cousins returning from a torn Achilles in 2023. This selection will be debated for a while, especially given all of Atlanta's needs on defense.

    Apr 25 · Source via NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Michael Penix
  • NFL's Review Of Eagles, Falcons Potential Tampering Won't Affect 2024 Draft

    The NFL announced on Tuesday that their review into potential tampering from the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons is ongoing and will not conclude this week. That said, any potential punishments will come after the 2024 NFL Draft and will not affect this year's draft order. The Falcons are being investigated for allegedly making contact with quarterback Kirk Cousins before they were allowed to, while the Eagles are facing similar circumstances with running back Saquon Barkley. The Miami Dolphins lost their 2023 first-round pick over attempts to acquire quarterback Tom Brady and coach Sean Payton in 2019 while they were active members of other organizations. That said, Atlanta and Philadelphia could be handed similar punishments in future drafts if they are found to have engaged in illegal tampering.

    Apr 23 · Source via NFL Draft Philadelphia Eagles Atlanta Falcons
  • Matt Ryan and the excruciating distance between very good and great

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    Matt Ryan officially announced his retirement on Monday, and his football legacy will remain distinctive.

    Apr 22 · ESPN Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan
  • QB Matt Ryan Retires

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    2023 saw Matt Ryan transition to the broadcast booth, a move which appeared to bring an end to his playing days. The former MVP quarterback remained open to a return to the field last season, but that is no longer the case. Ryan announced his official retirement on Monday (video link). To no surprise, he has done [...]

    Apr 22 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan
  • Matt Ryan Officially Retires From NFL

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    Quarterback Matt Ryan officially announced his retirement from professional football on Monday as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, the team that drafted him third overall in 2008 out of Boston College. Ryan spent 14 of his 15 NFL seasons in Atlanta, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 and an MVP award in 2016. In his lone trip to the Super Bowl in the same season he won his MVP award, the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead at halftime to lose to the New England Patriots. He made just 12 starts for the Indianapolis Colts in 2022 and threw for 3,057 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The 38-year-old four-time Pro Bowler ends his career as Atlanta's all-time leader in passing yards (59,735) and passing touchdowns (367). Ryan ranks seventh all-time in passing yards (62,792) and ninth in TD passes (381) as a future Hall of Famer.

    Apr 22 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan
  • Falcons Could Add To Quarterback Room In NFL Draft

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    The Atlanta Falcons secured quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason on a four-year, $180 million deal, setting them up to have above-average quarterback play for the first time since Matt Ryan parted ways with the organization. However, the team is not done adding to the quarterback room. "We're definitely gonna add a quarterback," Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said. "We're not going to into the season with two arms." The team has Cousins and Taylor Heinicke on the roster, but most teams carry between three and five quarterbacks in the offseason. It's unlikely that Atlanta will consider a first-round quarterback in this year's class, but they could begin to take fliers on signal-callers as soon as Round 2 begins. Cousins will turn 36 years old before the start of the 2024 season, so throwing a dart on players like Michael Penix Jr. or Bo Nix would make sense if they fall to the second round. On Day 3 of the draft, Spencer Rattler, Michael Pratt, and Joe Milton III are potential project options to consider. Although any quarterback Atlanta adds can be safely ignored in single-quarterback formats, they might be worth rostering in deep superflex and two-QB setups considering Cousins' age and the major Achilles injury he is coming off of.

    Apr 16 · Source via NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Bo Nix Michael Penix Michael Pratt Spencer Rattler
  • Ladd McConkey Visiting With Falcons On Friday

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    University of Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey is visiting with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He also recently met with the Cleveland Browns. McConkey didn't have the most prolific college career, but he posted 119 receptions for 1,687 yards and 14 touchdowns in 39 career games. He's also a dynamic weapon in the backfield, compiling 216 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 rushing attempts. After running a sub-4.4 forty-yard dash at the 2024 NFL Combine, he could be selected as the late first-round. Atlanta could use more speed in the new-look Kirk Cousins offense, so it will be interesting to see if they make a move to keep McConkey in the state of Georgia to begin his NFL career.

    Apr 12 · Source via NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Ladd McConkey
  • Falcons Sign DE James Smith-Williams

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    The Falcons have added their second defender of the day. Atlanta has signed defensive end James Smith-Williams to a one-year deal, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. Smith-Williams was a seventh-round pick by the Commanders back in 2020. He ended up playing out his rookie contract in Washington, appearing in 55 total games. [...]

    Apr 9 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons James Smith-Williams
  • James Smith-Williams Agrees To One-Year Deal With Falcons

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    Free-agent pass-rusher James Smith-Williams agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. The 26-year-old defensive end entered the league as a seventh-round pick (229th overall) by the Washington Commanders in 2020 out of North Carolina State and spent the first four years of his NFL career in D.C., racking up just 85 tackles (42 solo), seven sacks, 14 tackles for loss and 31 QB hits in 55 games played (27 starts). He had only 22 tackles (11 solo), one sack and eight QB hits for Washington in 13 games (seven starts) in 2023 and will provide interior defensive-line depth for the Falcons in 2024 behind the likes of Grady Jarrett, Ta'Quon Graham and Zach Harrison.

    Apr 8 · Source via Atlanta Falcons James Smith-Williams
  • Falcons Sign CB Kevin King

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    Sidelined for the past two seasons, Kevin King is set to make an NFL return in 2024. The veteran cornerback signed with the Falcons on Monday, per a team announcement. King had a five-year run with the Packers upon being drafted in 2017. He made a total of 51 appearances during that span, including 42 starts. The [...]

    Apr 8 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Kevin King
  • Falcons Sign Kevin King

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    The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent cornerback Kevin King to an undisclosed deal on Monday. King was originally a second-round selection (33rd overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFL draft out of Washington. He played all five of his NFL seasons with the Packers and has recorded a total of 197 tackles (158 solo), one sack, five tackles for loss, seven interceptions, 30 passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 51 games played (42 starts). King took the entire 2022 season off due to personal reasons and missed all of 2023 due to a torn Achilles that he suffered during an offseason workout. The 28-year-old will simply be looking to stay healthy in training camp this summer in order to win a 53-man roster spot and supply secondary depth for the Falcons.

    Apr 8 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kevin King
  • Falcons Would Consider Re-Signing Calais Campbell

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    Free-agent defensive end Calais Campbell remains unsigned. Although the 2008 No. 50 overall pick hasn't said if he'd return for another season, it appears the Falcons are interested in bringing him back. He played in Atlanta during the 2023-24 campaign, and despite his advanced age, he appeared in all 17 games. Campbell totaled 56 tackles and 6.5 sacks, his most since his final season in Jacksonville in 2019. With that in mind, it's logical to assume serious talks between both sides may not happen until after the NFL Draft. But if the 37-year-old doesn't return to Atlanta, there should be at least a handful of teams interested in acquiring his services, especially if it's at a discounted price.

    Apr 7 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Calais Campbell
  • Dallas Turner An Ideal Fit For Falcons

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    The Athletic's Bruce Feldman believes that Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner is an ideal fit for the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick in this year's NFL draft. The Falcons can use a pass-rushing spark, and Turner was the most disruptive player for Alabama's defense last year, recording 14.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks to go with 13 QB hurries and two forced fumbles. What the 21-year-old lacks in size (6-foot-3, 247 pounds), he makes up for in explosiveness and pure athleticism. "He's violent with his hands and is the best pass rusher we've faced the last two years. He's freaky athletically. We thought he was very versatile," one coach said.

    Apr 6 · Source via NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Dallas Turner
  • Falcons Open To Re-Signing Calais Campbell

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    Calais Campbell remains unsigned well after his debut season in Atlanta. The All-Decade defender could still find himself with the Falcons in 2024 if he elects to continue his career, though. Campbell, 37, joined the team on a one-year deal last offseason. That agreement came amongst questions about his playing future, after his Ravens tenure was [...]

    Apr 5 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Calais Campbell
  • Falcons Sign Antonio Hamilton

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    The Atlanta Falcons are signing cornerback Antonio Hamilton, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN. Hamilton spent the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals following one year with the Kansas City Chiefs, two years with the New York Giants, and two years with the Oakland Raiders. In 99 career games, the former undrafted free agent has tallied 172 tackles (140 solo), two interceptions, and 25 pass deflections. The 31-year-old has started just 18 games in his eight-year career, so he's unlikely to compete for a starting spot in Atlanta.

    Apr 4 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Antonio Hamilton
  • DL Eddie Goldman Attempting Comeback With Falcons

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    Eddie Goldman is attempting another comeback with the Falcons. The veteran defensive tackle is signing with the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 raised some eyebrows earlier today when he passed along that Goldman had been cut from Atlanta's reserve/left squad list. The former Bears standout joined the Falcons during [...]

    Apr 2 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Eddie Goldman
  • Falcons Reuniting With Eddie Goldman

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    The Atlanta Falcons are signing former standout defensive tackle Eddie Goldman to an undisclosed deal on Tuesday, according to a source. Goldman has come out of retirement and is attempting a comeback in 2024. The 30-year-old was a second-round selection (39th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 2015 out of Florida State, and Goldman spent the first six seasons of his career in the Windy City. He signed with Atlanta in 2022 before deciding to retire in each of the last two seasons. Goldman apparently can't make up his mind to walk away from the game and is going to attempt to run it back with the Falcons this year, but he hasn't played in an NFL game since 2021 with Chicago. In his six seasons with the Bears, Goldman has 175 tackles (116 solo), 13 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, 21 QB hits and two fumble recoveries in 81 games (73 starts).

    Apr 2 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Eddie Goldman
  • Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke Accepts Pay Cut

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    Last year's QB2 carousel featured Taylor Heinicke collecting more guaranteed money than most reserve passers. Only Andy Dalton and Jacoby Brissett fetched more money at signing than Heinicke, who collected $6.32MM guaranteed on a two-year, $14MM deal. Heinicke, who logged a few starts last season as Desmond Ridder struggled, remains with the team. The Atlanta [...]

    Apr 2 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Taylor Heinicke
  • Taylor Heinicke Accepts Pay Cut

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Taylor Heinicke took a pay cut recently from an expected $5 million base salary in 2024 to $1.21 million, according to Roster Management System. His $1.32 million roster bonus, which was due just after the league year began last month, was instead classified as a signing bonus. His $40,000 per game active roster bonus was also removed from his contract. The reduction in his deal lowers Heinicke's salary cap number from $8.96 million to $4.53 million, including a cash value of $2.53 million. If Atlanta were to release him, he would cost $3.32 million in dead money with only a cap savings of $1.21 million. The 31-year-old got a chance to start in 2023 when Desmond Ridder was benched, but Heinicke did nothing to separate himself and also got hurt. He'll enter 2024 as the backup to starter Kirk Cousins.

    Apr 2 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Taylor Heinicke
  • Falcons To Make Depth QB Addition; Desmond Ridder Did Not Request Trade

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    The top of Atlanta's quarterback depth chart is set with Kirk Cousins in the fold. His addition has relegated Taylor Heinicke to backup duties as things stand, but the latter may not have the QB2 role by the time the 2024 campaign begins. Heinicke will see competition for the backup gig brought in, head coach Raheem Morris said (via The Athletic's [...]

    Mar 30 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Arizona Cardinals Kirk Cousins Taylor Heinicke Desmond Ridder
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