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Devonta Freeman Was 'Supposed' To Be Super Bowl MVP

Jun 23, 2017 11:00 AM

Devonta Freeman believes he lost the chance to be named MVP of this past Super Bowl.

"I hate to go there, but I was supposed to be the MVP this year of the Super Bowl, but it's all good, we got another shot," the Atlanta Falcons running back said.

The Falcons held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots late in February's big game before watching Tom Brady led a historic comeback.

"I don't want to make this no competition thing with me and my quarterback [Matt Ryan, the NFL MVP]. I'm just talking about from based off that game. Let's [say] it like this: If I would have kept getting the ball, if I would have stayed in the game, I don't know why I got out of the game actually.

"But if I would have stayed in the game, I would have got MVP. I'm looking at my stats and I see my numbers didn't lie. Look at my numbers," he said.

Freeman had 75 yards rushing on 11 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run. He also had two catches for 46 yards. But he had just five rushes for 4 yards in the second half and overtime.

Brady was named the MVP of the game.


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Devonta Freeman Expecting Extension With Falcons

Jun 15, 2017 2:44 PM

Devonta Freeman expects to agree to a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons soon.

Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $1.8 million.

"It's that feeling when you know something special is coming, and you're about to be blessed," he said. "It's just an exciting moment in time for me right now."

The running back had 1,634 yards from scrimmage in 2015 and 1,541 in 2016. Seventeen running backs are scheduled to make more during the 2017 season.

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Falcons To Honor Michael Vick, Roddy White

Jun 12, 2017 7:55 AM

The Atlanta Falcons will honor Michael Vick and Roddy White with a retirement news conference and ceremony on Monday.

"We consider all former Falcons to be Falcons for life, and part of our family," Arthur Blank said in a statement. "Both men have made a huge impact on my family, our franchise and this city, and we are thrilled to be able to honor both Roddy and Michael's wishes to retire as Falcons and celebrate their careers."

Neither player will sign a one-day contract to retire with the team or take a current roster spot to signify their retirement.

"We do not need a contract in place to consider them a part of our family and honor their decision to retire as a Falcon," Blank said.

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Dwight Freeney Talking To Falcons About Returning

Jun 2, 2017 8:11 AM

Dwight Freeney says he has spoken to the Atlanta Falcons about playing another season.

The defender is optimistic that things will work out for a 16th season.

The Falcons drafted Takkarist McKinley in the first round last month and Freeney would give him a veteran mentor for his rookie season.

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Michael Vick Hasn't Discussed One-Day Retirement Deal With Falcons

May 30, 2017 9:44 AM

Michael Vick has clarified recent statements regarding his retirement, saying he has not spoken with anyone from the Atlanta Falcons about signing a one-day contract to retire with the team.

"Well, I haven't talked to anybody about it specifically," Vick said. "It's something that I've really been thinking about trying to get done. I was asked the question the other day -- is that what I want -- and I said, 'Yeah.'

"So, yeah, I think in due time, it's something that can potentially happen."

Vick has maintained a close relationship with Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who invited him to attend the final regular-season game at the Georgia Dome.

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Dirk Koetter Apologizes For '28-3' Shot At Falcons

May 26, 2017 11:36 AM

Dirk Koetter has apologized after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweeted a '28-3' joke to the Atlanta Falcons.

"I want to sure on behalf of the Bucs organization that I apologize for whatever that was supposed to be that went out on social media yesterday," Koetter said. "That's not what our organization is about and that was totally unprofessional and not smart on our part, whoever was responsible for that. Heck, we want to be playing in the Super Bowl and we were sitting on our butt while they were playing. So we've got no room to make fun of anyone in the Super Bowl whether they won or not."

The Buccaneers' tweet to the Falcons was in response to Atlanta mocking Tampa Bay's fidget spinner promotion.

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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.

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

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Falcons Foresee More Red Zone Targets For Julio Jones
While speaking about the NFL combine, Dan Quinn said that he foresees Julio Jones getting more attention in the red zone next season.

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Negotiations Between Falcons, Desmond Trufant Gaining Momentum
The Falcons have made signing Desmond Trufant to a contract extension a priority and they have been spending time negotiating towards one.

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Julio Jones Reportedly May Have Foot Surgery
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.

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Kyle Shanahan May Bring Jacob Tamme To San Francisco
After catching 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns with the Falcons, Jacob Tamme is a free agent.


Falcons Considering Marquand Manuel As Defensive Coordinator
The Falcons are considering secondary coach Marquand Manuel as their next defensive coordinator, according to sources.

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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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