With the offseason over, it's time to con sider if the Falcons did enough to catch up to the New Orleans Saints. The Falcons didn't make major moves as they elected to take care of Matt Ryan and add some utility players in guard Brandon Fusco, cornerback Justin Bethel, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and this week, safety Ron Parker. We take a look around the NFC South and invite young aspiring journalist to attend the NABJ convention in Detroit later this summer.
The Falcons wrapped up their offseason program, which was highlighted by four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones electing to stay away from the team. We take a look at the training camp dates, the wide receiving corps and realistic expectations for rookie Calvin Ridley.
Teams don't always honor contracts so why should the players? The Falcons are trying to separate business and football with four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones. We take a look at the top wide receivers salaries in the NFL, the team upcoming USO trip.
Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is set to talk to the media for the first time this offseason and most can't wait to hear his plan to improve the unit. The offense had four big issues they stymied them in 2018: Dropped passes, fewer big plays, lack of scoring touchdowns in the red zone and the lack of power in short-yardage situations.
Defensive line coach Bryant Young and defensive passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson stop by to discuss the defensive front and the back end of the defense. Young breaks down how he plans to teach rookie Deadrin Senat and Henderson discusses the depth in the secondary.
Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones has the 7th highest salary cap number at his position in the league. He has the 12th highest cash value/base salary at his position for the 2018 season. Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the shrewd businessman, said "work will be done" on Jones' contract.
The United States Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting outside of Nevada on Monday. A total of 32 states are expected to have legalized sports betting within five years, but will Georgia be one of those states?
After signing his five-year $150 million contract extension, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan discusses his desire to bring a Super Bowl to Atlanta. He believes it would help re-shape the image of the city's sports fans. Also, we discuss five players to watch at the rookie minicamp, Philip Wheeler earning his degree from Georgia Tech, how the Saints will down a key player in the third game of the season, the key dates for OTAs, mandatory minicamp and the NFL Owner's Meeting.
The Falcons haven't had a traditional battering-ram fullback since Ovie Mughelli was mowing down defenders for Michael "The Burner" Turner. Mughelli was 6-1, 250 pounds. The Falcons signed two undrafted rookie fullbacks who are 253 and 256 pounds. So, for all those folks tired of seeing finesse pass plays on third-and-1, go out and do your happy dance. A new day has arrived for the short yardage attack.
The NFL Draft is here! We look at the Falcons' options in the first round and discuss how the team needs the quarterbacks to be over-drafted in order to push a good play to them. The Falcons hold the 26th overall pick and are hoping that the quarterbacks and other players get over-drafted. They would love it if Alabama defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne slides to them or gets close enough for them to trade up.
With a week to go, the Falcons' draft board is set. The team needs include defensive tackle, offensive guard, wide receiver, linebacker and fullback. The draft is set for next Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has his message ready for the team when they return to start their offseason program on Monday. He plans to discuss discipline and consistency. He wants everyone in a meeting and on the practice field to be purposeful.
The Falcons have accomplished running backs in Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman. They clearly have other needs at defensive tackle, offensive guard, fullback and wide receiver. Exactly why are they looking at Georgia running back Nick Chubb? We offer some insight. Also, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell drops by to help us celebrate the 50th episode.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn was asked to give us five players who needed to elevate their play in 2018 and he gave us six. Two on offense and four on the defensive side of the ball. Quinn also told us what's expected from the new players signed in free agency and how Derrick Shelby returned to the team after being released for financial reasons.
The Falcons have a glaring hole at defensive tackle now that free agency is essentially over. They lost Dontari Poe and don't have an experienced replacement on the roster. Jack Crawford has played some rush tackle in the nickle, but was a defensive end. Taniela Tupou is also on the roster. All signs are pointing to the Falcons taking a defensive tackle in the upcoming NFL draft.
With the NFL quarterback market starting to settle, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is set to agree to a hefty new contract extension with the team that will likely average just under $30 million dollars per year. Ryan's agent, Tom Condon, who had a deadline while working on a deal for New Orleans' quarterback Drew Brees, is now free to shift over to Ryan's deal. Ryan has all of the team's quarterback records and has been only the second quarterback to guide the franchise to the Super Bowl....
The NFL scouting combine is in the books. We take a look back at some of the top players from Georgia through the eyes of Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Also, former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, a projected top 10 pick, gives us his views on leadership and why it was so hard to make the decision to leave Athens, Ga.
We are at the NFL Scouting Combine where the Falcons need to address their weakness in short-yardage situations. The offense came up short over the last two seasons when it was time to pick up a few yards. Also, NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock stops by to discuss some of the University of Georgia products.