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  Falcons | Ito Smith released    Thu Apr 15, 01:31 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith on Thursday, April 15, was released by the team.

Footballguys view: The Falcons are going to have a new-look running back room in 2021. Mike Davis should be the lead back and they just signed WR Cordarrelle Patterson who can be used as a runner or receiver. We expect them to be interested in running backs in the 2021 NFL draft.

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  Falcons | Duron Harmon signs with Atlanta    Thu Apr 15, 12:44 PM

Free agent S Duron Harmon (Lions) on Thursday, April 15, signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Falcons | Cordarrelle Patterson signs with Atlanta    Thu Apr 15, 11:26 AM

Free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears) agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, April 15.

Footballguys view: The Falcons get veteran depth added to the wide receiver room here. Patterson is a gadget player on offense who can work as a runner or receiver. Most of his value comes on special teams.

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  Falcons | Cordarrelle Patterson nearing deal with Atlanta    Wed Apr 14, 02:05 PM

Free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears) is visiting with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, April 14, and the expectation is both sides will agree on a contract soon, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Footballguys view: Patterson would give the Falcons another veteran presence in the locker room at the wide receiver position. Most of his value would come on special teams and as a gadget player on offense.

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  Falcons | Kyle Pitts destined for Atlanta?    Tue Apr 13, 09:12 PM

Florida TE Kyle Pitts is gaining traction to be the first non-quarterback drafted April 29, as 'many around the league anticipate' the Atlanta Falcons will select him at No. 4 overall, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Footballguys view: If the Falcons keep the no.4 pick, Pitts would be a great addition. He's one of the best tight ends to come into the NFL from the college ranks and that's why he may be drafted higher than any tight end in NFL history. The game has changed, and teams want big-bodied receivers like Pitts at tight end. Think of Darren Waller (Raiders) when you think about the impact Pitts could have in the NFL.

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  Falcons | Ryan Becker catches on with Atlanta    Tue Apr 13, 04:36 PM

Free-agent TE Ryan Becker signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, April 13.

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  Falcons | Atlanta a possible suitor for Kenny Vaccaro?    Sun Apr 11, 01:19 PM

Free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro (Titans) could be an option for the Atlanta Falcons given his connection with new defensive coordinator Dean Pees from their time together with the Tennessee Titans, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Bill Barnwell.

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  Falcons | Five players on ATL draft radar    Fri Apr 9, 01:12 PM

Oregon OT Penei Sewell, Florida TE Kyle Pitts, Ohio State QB Justin Fields, LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase and Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II are on the Atlanta Falcons' draft radar screen if they retain the No. 4 overall pick, according to a report Friday, April 9.

Footballguys view: All of these players would be interesting for Atlanta...and some of them might be there if the Falcons decide to trade back. Fields could be a perfect quarterback to groom behind Matt Ryan for a year and then take over the franchise. Pitts is a playmaking tight end (think Darren Waller) who could make an instant impact on any offense.

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  Falcons | GM, coach now aligned on draft pick    Fri Apr 9, 01:03 PM

Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith, once reportedly at odds over what to do with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 draft, are now 'aligned' in a plan for the selection, with trading down remaining a possibility, according to a report Friday, April 9.

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  Falcons | Kenny Vaccaro an option for Atlanta?    Wed Apr 7, 09:19 PM

Free-agent SS Kenny Vaccaro (Titans) could be an option for the Atlanta Falcons, according to Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com. Barnwell believes Vaccaro's previous experience playing under defensive coordinator Dean Pees would make him a good fit in Atlanta.

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  Falcons | Atlanta signs Jonathan Bullard    Thu Apr 1, 03:44 PM

Free-agent DT Jonathan Bullard (Seahawks) signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Steven Means staying with Falcons    Thu Apr 1, 03:42 PM

Free-agent DE Steven Means (Falcons) re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, April 1. He will receive a one-year contract, but financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Atlanta showing interest in Kyle Pitts    Wed Mar 31, 03:14 PM

Florida TE Kyle Pitts told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter that the Atlanta Falcons met with him twice over Zoom before his pro day Wednesday, March 31, and are scheduled to do so again.

Footballguys view: Every team should be interested in Pitts. He's a super-sized wide receiver who plays tight end and creates nightmares for any defender tasked with covering him. Pitts could step in and start from day 1 in the NFL. He's a top-5 talent in this draft class, and the Falcons may be eyeing him with the no.4 overall pick.

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  Falcons | Josh Andrews joining Atlanta    Mon Mar 29, 04:05 PM

Free-agent OG Josh Andrews (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, March 29. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Matt Gono signs tender    Thu Mar 25, 04:02 PM

Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent OT Matt Gono signed his one-year tender offer Thursday, March 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Fabian Moreau joining Atlanta    Wed Mar 24, 05:16 PM

Free-agent CB Fabian Moreau (Washington) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year contract, according to a source Wednesday, March 24. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Falcons | Barkevious Mingo signs with ATL    Tue Mar 23, 08:28 AM

Free-agent LB Barkevious Mingo (Bears) agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 23. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Falcons | Mike Davis agrees with ATL    Tue Mar 23, 08:27 AM

Free-agent RB Mike Davis (Panthers) agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 23. He'll receive $3 million fully guaranteed in 2021.

Footballguys view: Davis steps in as the no.1 running back for the Falcons...but we expect the team to add more talent to the room in the 2021 NFL draft. He's a good all-around back who can bang it between the tackles or be a reliable receiver out of the backfield. Davis is a natural and powerful runner who can carry a large workload. Expect the Falcons to address the running back position with a premium pick (likely round 2) in the draft which adds competition to what should be a more balanced offense in 2021.

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  Falcons | Atlanta talks with Darius Stills    Sun Mar 21, 06:44 PM

West Virginia DT Darius Stills recently met virtually with the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Falcons | Atlanta gets ink on paper for two free agents    Fri Mar 19, 06:56 PM

Free-agent LB Brandon Copeland (Patriots) and S Erik Harris (Raiders) formally signed Friday, March 19, with the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Falcons | Atlanta lands Brandon Copeland     Fri Mar 19, 02:24 PM

Free agent LB Brandon Copeland (Patriots) on Friday, March 19, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, per his agent.

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  Falcons | Erik Harris signs with Falcons    Thu Mar 18, 11:37 AM

Free-agent S Erik Harris (Raiders) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, March 18.

Footballguys view: The Falcons needed to address a safety group that left the cupboard bare on the depth chart going into this offseason. Harris is in line to start, which is probably good news for opposing quarterbacks.

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  Falcons | Lee Smith officially acquired    Wed Mar 17, 04:11 PM

Buffalo Bills TE Lee Smith was acquired by the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, March 17, in exchange for a 2022 seventh-round draft choice.

Footballguys view: Smith is a big-bodied blocking tight end and that's about it. With his size, tossing a pass or two at him in the end zone might happen but nothing too crazy in terms of production.

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  Falcons | Atlanta acquiring Lee Smith    Tue Mar 16, 07:58 PM

Buffalo Bills TE Lee Smith is being dealt to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a late-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, according to a league source Tuesday, March 16.

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  Falcons | Tyeler Davison reworking contract    Tue Mar 16, 07:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Tyeler Davison restructured his contract Tuesday, March 16, to save the team $2 million in cap space, according to a league source.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan agrees to restructured deal    Tue Mar 16, 03:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who was due to receive a $23 million base salary in 2021, accepted a $21 million guaranteed bonus that spreads out over the next three seasons Tuesday, March 16.

Footballguys view: Ryan reworked his deal in order to give the team more salary cap space. He's sticking around for the 2021 season but expect the team to draft a quarterback of the future with the no.4 overall pick. That means this could be the final season that Ryan plays with the Falcons.

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  Falcons | Jake Matthews restructures contract    Sat Mar 13, 11:38 AM

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews had his contract restructured so that the team could get under the salary cap, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Matthews' $13 million base salary for the 2021 season has been converted into a signing bonus, which will be spread over the final three years of his contract.

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  Falcons | Jaeden Graham returning to team    Fri Mar 12, 03:40 PM

Atlanta Falcons exclusive rights free-agent TE Jaeden Graham signed a new contract with the Falcons Friday, March 12. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Damontae Kazee likely to leave    Thu Mar 11, 04:20 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent S Damontae Kazee is not expected to re-sign with the Falcons this offseason, according to a source. He is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon but should be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Falcons | Three ERFAs sign new contracts    Thu Mar 11, 03:53 PM

Atlanta Falcons exclusive rights free-agent PK Younghoe Koo, WR Christian Blake and CB Tyler Hall signed new one-year contracts with the Falcons Thursday, March 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Jacob Tuioti-Mariner receives extension    Thu Mar 11, 03:36 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner signed a one-year contract extension Thursday, March 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | James Carpenter to be released    Tue Mar 9, 01:25 PM

Atlanta Falcons OL James Carpenter will be released, a source said Tuesday, March 9.

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  Falcons | Keanu Neal won't see tag    Tue Mar 9, 12:07 PM

Atlanta Falcons S Keanu Neal won't be franchise tagged.

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  Falcons | Atlanta adds Dom Maggio    Mon Mar 8, 01:24 PM

Free-agent P Dom Maggio (Ravens) signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, March 8. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Damontae Kazee will be ready for camp    Fri Mar 5, 05:57 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent S Damontae Kazee (Achilles) said he has been running and will be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Falcons | Calvin Ridley gets downfield    Tue Mar 2, 11:01 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has recorded a league-high 89 catches on throws that traveled at least 10 yards in the air since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: That's the best part about Ridley's game. He can track the ball well and has the speed to distance himself from defenders on such passes. Expect more of the same in 2021.

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  Falcons | Kirk Benkert released    Thu Feb 18, 01:56 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Kurt Benkert on Thursday, Feb. 18 was released.

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  Falcons | Ricardo Allen, Allen Bailey released    Thu Feb 18, 01:27 PM

Atlanta Falcons S Ricardo Allen and DE Allen Bailey on Thursday, Feb. 18, were released by the team.

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  Falcons | Younghoe Koo likely to return    Wed Feb 17, 09:32 PM

Atlanta Falcons PK Younghoe Koo status as an impending exclusive-rights free agent 'practically guarantees' he will return to the team in 2021, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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  Falcons | Hayden Hurst likely to thrive under new coach    Tue Feb 16, 08:26 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst is in for a big 2021 season under new head coach Arthur Smith, according to Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Butt expects the Falcons to run more play-action and says the Falcons could use Hurst like the Tennessee Titans did with Jonnu Smith in the red zone.

Footballguys view: Hurst was used more than ever in 2020 in his first season with the Falcons, and he finished as the no.11 fantasy tight end (standard-scoring leagues). That role and production could be even more in 2021.

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  Falcons | ATL to bring in QBs    Tue Feb 16, 10:45 AM

Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said the team will look to bring in quarterbacks whether it's via the NFL draft or free agency. 'You always bring in quarterbacks,' Fontenot said. 'You need to bring in quarterbacks, whether it's in the draft, whether it's in free agency, or signing guys off the street. It's so important, bring in quarterbacks a lot, build strengths.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Falcons owner Arthur Blank does not want to move on from veteran QB Matt Ryan just yet, but he's going to let Fontenot build the team to his liking. We think the Falcons take a quarterback like Justin Fields (Ohio State) at no.4 overall in the 2021 NFL draft, and he could spend a year developing behind Ryan before taking over in 2022.

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  Falcons | Atlanta WRs create big plays    Mon Feb 15, 01:20 AM

Atlanta Falcons WRs Julio Jones (67) and Calvin Ridley (63) lead all receivers in most 15-plus yard receptions since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: The Falcons are going to be an interesting offense under new head coach Arthur Smith. We saw Smith get the most out of the Titans offense over the last couple of years, and now he gets to work with star targets like Jones and Ridley. Expect more big plays from this dynamic duo in 2021.

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  Falcons | Chris Olsen contract details    Sat Feb 13, 11:22 AM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen signed a three-year contract with the team. The deal also includes a club option for a fourth year, according to multiple sources not authorized to speak publicly.

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  Falcons | Darqueze Dennard a priority of Atlanta    Fri Feb 12, 09:43 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent CB Darqueze Dennard is a player the team will prioritize re-signing this offseason, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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  Falcons | Alex Mack intrigued by San Francisco    Fri Feb 5, 08:08 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent C Alex Mack would welcome the opportunity to join the San Francisco 49ers this offseason and play for head coach Kyle Shanahan again, according to comments he made during an interview with NBC Sports on Friday, Feb. 5.'Kyle is an incredible coach. He's an incredible coach, great person, strong motivator and runs an offense that is something that I'd know really well and that I performed very well in. ... Yeah, that said, they (the 49ers) are a very enticing thing,' Mack said.

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  Falcons | Atlanta expects Matt Ryan, Julio Jones back    Thu Feb 4, 05:33 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones are expected to remain with the team in 2021, according to comments made by team owner Arthur Blank during an interview with NFL Network reporter Andrew Siciliano.'I'd be shocked, completely shocked if (Ryan) is not. It really has nothing to do with his contract. Matt has played at a very high level for us since 2008 when we drafted him. Matt can still play at a very high level so we expect him to be a Falcon next year, fully. Same question was raised regarding Jones and we expect Julio to be a Falcon next year and play at a very high level as well. . . . They'll both be with us,' Blank said.

Footballguys view: Blank is reportedly locked in with Ryan, and he wants to see him continue as the starter. However, the buzz is that he will let new GM Terry Fontenot make that ultimate decision. There's a good chance the Falcons could take a quarterback in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft and then groom him behind Ryan for a year.

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  Falcons | No 'trade conversation' for Matt Ryan or Julio Jones    Tue Feb 2, 06:37 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones are expected to be on the roster for the 2021 season. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Tuesday, Feb. 2, the team hasn't had 'any trade conversations' about Ryan or Jones.

Footballguys view: Both seem like they're going to stay with the Falcons for 2021 at least. Reports indicate that Falcons owner Arthur Blank does not want to part ways with Ryan. New GM Terry Fontenot will have the final say, but the team might want to keep Ryan then draft a young quarterback (Justin Fields?) to groom behind him for a year.

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  Falcons | Chandler Henley en route to Atlanta    Mon Feb 1, 05:23 PM

Former Tennessee Titans quality control coach Chandler Henley was named as the new assistant offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, Feb. 1.

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  Falcons | Defensive assistants hired    Sat Jan 30, 01:02 PM

Lanier Goethie has been hired as a defensive assistant and Nick Perry as a defensive backs assistant, according to a report Saturday, Jan. 30

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  Falcons | T.J. Yates new passing game specialist    Sat Jan 30, 12:43 PM

Updating a previous report, T.J. Yates (Texans) has been hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a passing game specialist.

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