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  • Falcons Interested In Baker Mayfield?

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    Linked closely to quarterbacks this offseason, the Falcons may be moving close to landing their next starter. Justin Fields-to-Atlanta buzz is heating up, but the NFC South team also looks to be interested in Baker Mayfield — potentially as a contingency plan. The Buccaneers have begun talks with Mayfield, who would stand to lose some […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers Atlanta Falcons Baker Mayfield Desmond Ridder
  • Falcons Not Closing Any QB Doors At Combine

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    The Atlanta Falcons don't plan on closing any doors while evaluating the quarterbacks for the NFL scouting combine, which started on Monday in Indianapolis. Addressing the QB position this offseason is a priority for general manager Terry Fontenot as they look for an upgrade over Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke. The Falcons currently hold the eighth overall pick in the upcoming draft, but if they want an elite signal-caller, they'll most likely have to trade up into the top five. Ridder didn't prove much last year and looks more like a backup than a starting-caliber QB in the NFL through his first 19 games. If the Falcons don't look to upgrade the position through the draft, they could be in the market to trade for a top QB or take a chance on one in free agency. Either way, it would be a big surprise if Ridder or Heinicke were starting under center in Week 1 this fall.

    Feb 26 · Source via NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Taylor Heinicke Desmond Ridder
  • Falcons GM Terry Fontenot Addresses QB Pursuit

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    The Falcons are among the teams to watch on the quarterback market this offseason, either through the acquisition of a veteran passer or a rookie via the draft. A firm course of action has yet to be determined, but the organization has a move of some kind high on the to-do list. Atlanta has 2022 […]

    Feb 20 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Taylor Heinicke Desmond Ridder
  • Falcons Seeking Upgrade Over Taylor Heinicke, Desmond Ridder

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    The Atlanta Falcons finished 21st in the NFL in 2023 in EPA per dropback with quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Desmond Ridder, according to TruMedia. Only six teams threw more than Atlanta's 17 interceptions, and Ridder added 12 lost fumbles. The Falcons appear to be just a quarterback away from being true contenders, and the team is primed to search for an upgrade over Heinicke and Ridder in 2024, either through the draft, free agency or the trade market under new head coach Raheem Morris. Depending on the signal-caller that the Falcons add this offseason, their offense should be expected to be much more aggressive under new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson, which should benefit key offensive pieces such as running back Bijan Robinson, tight end Kyle Pitts and receiver Drake London.

    Feb 16 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Taylor Heinicke Desmond Ridder
  • Bears Discussed Pairing Justin Fields With Rookie QB; Falcons On Trade Radar?

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    When discussing the Bears’ upcoming draft plans, much of the discourse has surrounded two scenarios: they trade the No. 1 pick and continue building around Justin Fields or they trade Fields and select a rookie quarterback with the first-overall selection. There could now be a third scenario: the team keeps Fields and they still select […]

    Feb 14 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Chicago Bears Atlanta Falcons Justin Fields Desmond Ridder
  • Falcons Yet To Decide QB Direction; HC Raheem Morris Will Not Call Defensive Plays

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    The Falcons have a new (but familiar) head coach in place in the form of Raheem Morris, along with an adjusted organizational structure. With those moves taken care of, the team’s top priority will be acquiring an upgrade at the quarterback spot. Both Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke are under contract for 2024, but their collective showings this season left […]

    Feb 9 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Taylor Heinicke Desmond Ridder
  • Desmond Ridder Has Solid Outing In Week 18

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder has struggled throughout most of the season, but ended his 2023 campaign with a bang. The young signal-caller completed 22-of-30 passing attempts for 291 yards with two touchdowns and one interception during the Week 18 loss to the New Orleans Saints. It was a nice finish to the season for Ridder, but it probably wasn't enough to save his job in Atlanta. This season, Ridder threw for 2,836 yards with 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He was benched on two separate occasions for backup Taylor Heinicke. The expectation is that the Falcons add to their quarterback room this offseason and move on from Ridder. Regardless, he won't be much of a fantasy option on any team heading into 2024.

    Jan 7 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Desmond Ridder
  • Arthur Smith Might Not Be Back Next Season

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    According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, there is a growing belief that Falcons head coach Arthur Smith won't be back next season. Owner Arthur Blank hasn't been thrilled with the team's performance throughout the 2023-24 campaign, so sources believe both parties could go their separate ways. Atlanta began the year by winning its first two games. Since then, the team struggled. There appeared to be a chance the Falcons were heading to the postseason. However, the Falcons lost four of their last five games, which could be good enough to get Smith a pink slip. Of course, if things come to fruition, the next coach could significantly impact the fantasy stock of Bijan Robinson, who's projected to be a first-round fantasy option. At the same time, a new coach will determine the fantasy outlooks for underperformers like Desmond Ridder, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts heading into the 2024-25 season.

    Jan 7 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Drake London Kyle Pitts Desmond Ridder Bijan Robinson
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