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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round

Apr 27, 2017 11:47 PM

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

12. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

22. Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

25. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

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Taylor Gabriel Signs Tender With Falcons

Apr 22, 2017 4:00 PM

Taylor Gabriel has signed his second round tender with the Atlanta Falcons worth $2.8 million.

Gabriel said in February that he wanted to stay with the organization "forever".

Gabriel had a breakout 2016 season at wide receiver.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Mercedes-Benz Stadium May Not Be Ready For Start Of Falcons' Season

Apr 18, 2017 1:43 PM

Construction issues have delayed the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a third time.

The first game was supposed to be an Atlanta United match on July 30th but instead it will be an Atlanta Falcons' preseason game on August 26th.

Steve Cannon also confirmed that “decommissioning” and demolition of the Georgia Dome have been put on hold “until we are 100 percent certain of achieving our certificate of occupancy.”

“This really does represent an insurance policy,” he said. “We do not expect to use the Georgia Dome whatsoever.”

The $1.5 billion retractable-roof stadium was originally scheduled to open on March 1. That was pushed back to June 1 and then pushed back again to July 30.

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Matt Ryan Not Shying Away From Watching Super Bowl Tape

Apr 12, 2017 7:43 PM

Matt Ryan watched game film of the Super Bowl immediately following the Atlanta Falcons' loss to the New England Patriots.

"I watched it the day after. I watched it two days after. And then I watched it three days after," Ryan told 680 The Fan radio in Atlanta during a Monday interview prior to his charity golf tournament. "For me, it was one of those things, I think; you kind of want to be able to deal with it appropriately. Maybe that's different for everybody. Some people bury it away. ... For me it was, 'All right, let's watch.'

"Does it feel the same way it felt as we were going through it? I think everybody is going to be really hungry to get back there because the one thing I'm proud of is we have a young team. We were ready to play. I thought we played well. And we were right in the mix and fell a little bit short. But we should have every bit of confidence that we're going to be right back there next year and getting a different outcome because we're going to be more experienced."

Ryan isn't pointing the blame at anyone.

"You play," Ryan said. "As a player, you play. And your focus, I guess, is always on, 'All right, what's coming in? How do I do the best job with what's coming in?' That's what (you're) like in those types of situations.

"Now on the sideline, it's a different story. That's where you talk about stuff before going out. ... That's the time when you can kind of discuss those things. But when you're on the field, whatever comes in, you're trying to execute it as best you can."


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Desmond Trufant Agrees To $69M Extension With Falcons

Apr 8, 2017 10:31 AM

Desmond Trufant has agreed upon a five-year, $69 million extension with the Atlanta Falcons. Trufant's deal includes $42 million in guaranteed money.

Trufant was slated to earn $8.026 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie deal for this upcoming campaign.

Trufant's contract puts him amongst elite cornerbacks in the NFL such as Josh Norman and Patrick Peterson.

Trufant was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2015.

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Falcons Foresee More Red Zone Targets For Julio Jones

Mar 6, 2017 8:17 AM

While speaking about the NFL combine, Dan Quinn said that he foresees Julio Jones getting more attention in the red zone next season.

The Falcons were very efficient on offense in 2016, but some minor tweaks may be made.

"Certainly, when players have unique stuff, they sometimes get a lot of attention, and the red zone is one of those ways," Quinn said of Jones. "As long as the production is where we'd like it to be. Every play that's going to Julio is generally a pretty good play, in my opinion."

"But when there's opportunities based on the coverage going a certain way for other guys who are singled to get open, I'm comfortable with that, too. As we go through the offseason, for sure, that's going to be a spot to say, 'Can he become even more involved in what we do?' Fortunately for us, we've got some weapons at a number of different spots: at tight end, running back, the other spots at receivers (who can) attack."

Jones received 11 red zone targets last season, according to NFL Savant. 77 players received more looks in the red zone.

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Negotiations Between Falcons, Desmond Trufant Gaining Momentum

Mar 6, 2017 7:59 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have made signing Desmond Trufant to a contract extension a priority and they have been spending time negotiating towards one.

The Falcons negotiated with Trufant's representatives in Indianapolis during the combine.

"Our next major move is going to be Desmond [Trufant]," Thomas Dimitroff said. "Once we get that done, we have the next tier of guys that we are going to get finalized. Then we'll keep our eyes open in free agency."

Trufant's working on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, but they want to extend him now.

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Julio Jones Reportedly May Have Foot Surgery

Mar 3, 2017 4:21 PM

Julio Jones is set to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson on Monday to evaluate the foot/toe injury he dealt with during the 2016 season.

Dr. Anderson is a foot specialist based in Charlotte.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Jones will be having a minor surgery, while ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports that no decision on a procedure has been made.

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Kyle Shanahan May Bring Jacob Tamme To San Francisco

Feb 20, 2017 7:46 AM

After catching 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns with the Atlanta Falcons, Jacob Tamme is a free agent.

There is a strong possibility Tamme will follow Kyle Shanahan to the San Francisco 49ers.

"I love being a Falcon, love my teammates, love what we have going on here in this organization," Tamme said. "I'm interested to see what the future holds."


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Falcons Considering Marquand Manuel As Defensive Coordinator

Feb 8, 2017 9:07 AM

The Atlanta Falcons are considering secondary coach Marquand Manuel as their next defensive coordinator, according to sources.

The team has confirmed that they would not retain defensive coordinator Richard Smith or defensive line coach Bryan Cox.

Manuel, who played eight seasons at strong safety, has been praised by Dan Quinn for his hands-on approach in developing the secondary.

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Rams To Hire Matt LaFleur As Offensive Coordinator
Sean McVay views Matt LaFleur as capable of helping him implement his offense and teaching former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff how to excel in the NFL game.

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Steve Sarkisian Hired By Falcons As Offensive Coordinator
Steve Sarkisian will replace Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator of the Falcons.

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Chip Kelly Could Be Candidate For Falcons' OC Job
With Kyle Shanahan leaving to become the head coach of the 49ers, the Falcons are in need of a new offensive coordinator.

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Super Bowl LI Sets Betting Records In Nevada
More money was bet on Super Bowl LI at Nevada sportsbooks than any other Super Bowl in history.

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Kyle Shanahan Hired As Head Coach Of 49ers
Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator of the Falcons over the past two seasons.

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Kyle Shanahan To Accept 49ers' Head Coaching Job
Kyle Shanahan was not able to accept a contract offer from the 49ers until after the Falcons' postseason run concluded.

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Dan Quinn Believes Falcons 'Ran Out Of Gas'
The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to win 34-28 in overtime.

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Patriots Win Super Bowl LI Erasing 25-Point Deficit
Tom Brady, who was named MVP, went 43-for-62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns.

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Matt Ryan Beats Out Tom Brady To Win 2016 NFL MVP
Matt Ryan received 25 votes for MVP while Tom Brady finished second with 10.

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Matt Ryan Named 2016 AP Offensive Player Of The Year
Matt Ryan drew 15 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members, beating out Aaron Rodgers.


Michael Vick Officially Retires From NFL
Michael Vick didn't play during the 2016 season.

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Patriots Have Two Receivers Playing Julio Jones Role On Scout Team
The Patriots have placed such a high priority on stopping Julio Jones in the Super Bowl that they have two receivers playing his role on the scout team.

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NFL Continues To Sanitize Super Bowl Transcripts
Reporters asked members of the Patriots and the Falcons a number of questions about Donald Trump and Roger Goodell during Monday's media availability.

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Matt Ryan Sought Out Advice From Peyton And Eli Manning
Matt Ryan spoke with Peyton Manning last week about how to prepare for Super Bowl week.

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Reporter Accidentally Takes Kyle Shanahan's Playbook
After Kyle Shanahan's Super Bowl media night session on Monday, the Falcons offensive coordinator had his backpack accidentally taken by a reporter.

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Agent: Devonta Freeman Should Be Paid Like Elite RB
Devonta Freeman has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons.


Dimitroff Has Implemented Some 'Patriot Way' Elements With Falcons
Thomas Dimitroff was the Patriots' director of college scouting (2003-2007).

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Kyle Shanahan: Patriots Have Best Defense Falcons Have Seen
Kyle Shanahan built the NFL's top-scoring offense in Atlanta this season, but says the Super Bowl will bring a challenge unlike the Falcons have seen.

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Arthur Blank Plans To Send All Falcons Employees To Super Bowl
The Falcons employ about 500 people.

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Kyle Shanahan To Have Second Meeting With 49ers On Saturday
Kyle Shanahan will meet with the 49ers to discuss their head coaching vacancy for the second time on Saturday.

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