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  Falcons | Chris Cooper activated    Tue Aug 11, 11:32 AM

Atlanta Falcons S Chris Cooper was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aug. 11. OT Hunter Atkinson was waived.

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  Falcons | Chris Cooper to miss time    Sun Aug 9, 03:16 PM

Atlanta Falcons S Chris Cooper was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9.

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  Falcons | J.J. Wilcox officially joins Atlanta    Sun Aug 9, 01:03 PM

Free-agent S J.J. Wilcox (Falcons) officially re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Darqueze Dennard to compete for starting role    Sun Aug 9, 11:38 AM

Atlanta Falcons CB Darqueze Dennard will compete for a starting position in the team's secondary at left cornerback and could be used in nickel packages if CB Kendall Sheffield is moved outside, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Footballguys view: The Falcons let Desmond Trufant go in the offseason and will be playing some inexperienced players at cornerback this year. Dennard is basically the elder statesman of the group and should fit in at least in subpackages.

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  Falcons | A.J. Terrell should play early    Fri Aug 7, 08:53 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB A.J. Terrell is physically ready to contribute right away on defense, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris said he has been impressed with how quick Terrell is picking up the defensive scheme.

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  Falcons | Craig Reynolds removed from roster    Fri Aug 7, 04:25 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Craig Reynolds was waived Friday, Aug. 7.

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  Falcons | Calvin Ridley impresses coach    Fri Aug 7, 02:39 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has 'really put in a good offseason ... he's bigger, stronger,' Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Friday, Aug. 7, in a media conference call.

Footballguys view: Ridley is still going two rounds or so after Julio Jones, but has an outside shot at becoming the most productive Falcons receiver this year. He's part of a wide receiver group that is so deep in fantasy drafts that it has made many good names stay available rounds after they should be.

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  Falcons | J.J. Wilcox expected back with Atlanta    Thu Aug 6, 05:06 PM

Free-agent S J.J. Wilcox (Falcons) is expected to re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons pending COVID-19 testing and a physical, according to a source Thursday, Aug. 6.

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  Falcons | Tyeler Davison rejoins active roster    Wed Aug 5, 04:36 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Tyeler Davison was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5. LB Ahmad Thomas was released.

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  Falcons | Three off COVID list    Wed Aug 5, 12:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Danny Etling, LB Foyesade Oluokun and S Jaylinn Hawkins were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.

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  Falcons | Atlanta waives three    Tue Aug 4, 05:34 PM

Atlanta Falcons DB Rojesterman Farris II, DE Austin Larkin and DE Bryson Young were waived Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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  Falcons | Five removed from roster    Sun Aug 2, 01:04 PM

Atlanta Falcons C Austin Capps, OT Scottie Dill, TE Caleb Repp and LB Jordan X. Williams were waived Sunday, Aug. 2. The team also released P Ryan Allen.

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  Falcons | Foyesade Oluokun on COVID list    Sun Aug 2, 01:02 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Foyesade Oluokun was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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  Falcons | Two players placed on COVID list    Fri Jul 31, 04:48 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Danny Etling and DT Tyeler Davison were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, July 31.

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  Falcons | Darqueze Dennard in agreement with Atlanta    Thu Jul 30, 05:18 PM

Free-agent CB Darqueze Dennard (Bengals) reached agreement on an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, July 30, according to a source.

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  Falcons | Atlanta places two on COVID list    Wed Jul 29, 04:51 PM

Atlanta Falcons FB Keith Smith and S Jamal Carter were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 29.

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  Falcons | Jaylinn Hawkins on COVID-19 list    Tue Jul 28, 04:59 PM

Atlanta Falcons rookie S Jaylinn Hawkins was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, July 28.

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  Falcons | Hayden Hurst relishing opportunity    Fri Jul 24, 01:49 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst was excited for the March trade to Atlanta as he sought a chance to become a featured tight end.

Footballguys view: Austin Hooper turned this role into the fantasy TE1 for a stretch last year. Hurst could add more value after the catch and quickly turn into Matt Ryan's favorite target when he can't get the ball to Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley. Hurst is a solid draft target outside of the top 10 tight ends who can still finish well within the top 10 if he stays healthy.

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  Falcons | Matt Hennessy inks rookie contract    Tue Jul 21, 05:30 PM

Updating a previous story, Atlanta Falcons third-round pick C Matt Hennessy officially signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Falcons | A.J. Terrell terms    Tue Jul 21, 10:40 AM

Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons first-round pick CB A.J. Terrell signed a fully guaranteed $14.31 million deal with a $7.96 million signing bonus.

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  Falcons | Atlanta signs four draft picks    Mon Jul 20, 07:57 PM

Atlanta Falcons second-round draft choice DT Marlon Davidson, fourth-round draft choice LB Mykal Walker, fourth-round draft choice S Jaylinn Hawkins and seventh-round draft choice P Sterling Hofrichter signed four-year contracts with the Falcons Monday, July 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | A.J. Terrell under contract    Mon Jul 20, 07:52 PM

Atlanta Falcons first-round draft choice CB A.J. Terrell signed a four-year contract with the Falcons Monday, July 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Terrell was one of the best cornerbacks in this draft class. In college at Clemson, Terrell displayed great toughness both mentally and physically. He is a very competitive player who plays angry at the position. Terrell does not back down from a challenge and has the skill set to be a starter from day one.

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  Falcons | Matt Hennessy to sign Monday    Mon Jul 20, 06:15 PM

Atlanta Falcons third-round draft choice C Matt Hennessy is expected to sign his four-year contract Monday, July 20, according to sources.

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  Falcons | Qadree Ollison should have role    Sun Jun 28, 02:03 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Qadree Ollison could be used as a short yardage running back this upcoming season. He had four rushing touchdowns that were three yards or fewer in 2019.

Footballguys view: Ollison may be no.4 on the depth chart right now, but he could quickly catapult to as high as no.2 by the end of training camp. Todd Gurley is the team's starter but if he can't stay healthy then the team will be looking for someone to be their lead back. That could be Ollison given his power, balance and burst that the others on the roster (Ito Smith, Brian Hill) don't have. We love him in dynasty formats and will keep him on waiver wire speed dial in redraft leagues.

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  Falcons | Ito Smith healthy    Sun Jun 28, 02:02 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith said he has completely recovered from the neck injury he suffered during the 2019 season.

Footballguys view: Smith only made it through seven games in 2019 before he was injured. He ran the ball 22 times for 106 yards and one rushing touchdown. Smith is a slashing runner who right now is the no.2 back for the Falcons behind starter Todd Gurley. We'll see if he can hang onto that spot in training camp as he will be pushed by Qadree Ollison and Brian Hill.

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  Falcons | Kurt Benkert may push for backup job    Sun Jun 28, 01:56 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Kurt Benkert may push QB Matt Schaub for the No. 2 quarterback job, but Schaub is the clear favorite for the job.

Footballguys view: Benkert is built a lot like Schaub, but just a much younger version. Both quarterbacks played their college ball at Virginia and are known as prototypical pocket passers. Schaub was a third-round pick way back in the 2004 NFL draft, while Benkert was picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and has been developing on the Falcons roster ever since.

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  Falcons | Keanu Neal feeling good    Thu Jun 18, 05:18 PM

Atlanta Falcons S Keanu Neal (Achilles) said he is feeling good and is looking forward to returning to the field.

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  Falcons | WR1 hopes for Calvin Ridley    Fri Jun 12, 12:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has shown definite flashes as a No. 2 wide receiver, but the Falcons would rather he and Julio Jones produce like 'two WR1s' with the team's depth at the position lacking, according to one NFL analyst.

Footballguys view: Ridley is one of the top candidates to make the leap to top 10-12 "WR1" fantasy scoring this year. Austin Hooper is gone and while Hayden Hurst should take up some of the slack left by his departure, Ridley is getting into his prime and Matt Ryan will rely on him even more this year. You should be able to land Ridley with a fourth round pick in many drafts.

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  Falcons | Contested catches no issue for Julio Jones    Thu Jun 11, 09:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has amassed 63 contested catches since the start of the 2015 season - the most by any receiver over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: This is what Julio Jones does. He'll box out smaller defenders with his large frame and he does a good job of high-pointing passes when they come in. Fantasy GMs want him to score more touchdowns (only one season of double-digit TD grabs) but Jones is still a WR1 and must-start player ever week.

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  Falcons | Todd Gurley endorsed by OC    Tue Jun 9, 05:19 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley can be argued to be 'the best back in the game,' according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter Tuesday, June 9.

Footballguys view: That's a pretty bold claim, but Gurley has been in that echelon before. Can he regain his pre-injury form? That's the largest question for Gurley and the Falcons this year.

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  Falcons | Hayden Hurst impressing new QB    Tue Jun 9, 03:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst was called the 'fastest and most athletic tight end' QB Matt Ryan has 'ever played with.'

Footballguys view: Hurst was a first-round pick with the Ravens a couple of years ago but he was outplayed by Mark Andrews and shipped off to the Falcons earlier this year. He's an athletic tight end who can get open down the deep middle seam. From an athletic profile, he's an improvement from last year's starter Austin Hooper. With Hooper moving on in free agency, the Falcons were prompted to add Hurst. He could be a top-10 fantasy tight end in 2020. His current ADP is TE10 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | Todd Gurley passes physical    Tue Jun 9, 09:18 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley flew to Atlanta and passed his physical Monday, June 8.

Footballguys view: Gurley could be a steal for the Falcons if he's able to recapture his old form. He's the lead back for the Falcons in 2020 but Ito Smith is going to get some work behind him. There's RB2 value there for Gurley with upside this season.

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  Falcons | Qadree Ollison efficient with red-zone work    Sat Jun 6, 05:18 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Qadree Ollison scored a team-high four touchdowns on just eight red-zone carries in 2019.

Footballguys view: Ollison was pushed down the depth chart when the team signed Todd Gurley in free agency. Now, Ollison is likely no.3 or no.4 on the depth chart. We'll see if he can move his way up into more playing time opportunities in training camp.

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  Falcons | Todd Gurley impressing QB    Fri Jun 5, 09:27 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley is going to be an 'awesome fit' for the offense, QB Matt Ryan said after working out with the running back.

Footballguys view: If Gurley can get back to the player he used to be, then the Falcons got a steal with a one-year, $5 million contract for the veteran runner. We'll be cautiously optimistic and realize that Ryan is hyping him up a bit here with this quote. The Falcons are known to use multiple backs, and we could see more from Ito Smith than some think. Gurley is likely to be the lead back and should be an RB2 for Fantasy GMs in 2020. His current ADP is RB16 (3.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | Calvin Ridley erupted after Mohamed Sanu trade    Sun May 31, 05:00 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was on track for 66 catches for 853 yards and nine touchdowns on 101 targets prior to the Falcons trading Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots following a Week 7 loss. Over his final six games and before succumbing to an abdomen injury that ended his season prior to Week 15, Ridley's 16-game pace over the final six contests was 91 receptions for 1,315 yards and eight touchdowns on 131 targets.

Footballguys view: Ridley's touchdown rate is among the highest in the NFL over the past two seasons. We'll see how TE Hayden Hurst works into the passing game this year as the Falcons picked him up to replace Austin Hooper. Ridley could be in for career-best numbers in 2020 and might surpass 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his pro career.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones tops in intended air yards    Thu May 28, 11:06 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all running backs, wide receivers and tight ends with 1,912 intended air yards in 2019.

Footballguys view: Jones is dominant all over the field. He's capable of turning short passes into long gains, and he's capable of tracking passes deep over his shoulder. Jones could score more touchdowns from a fantasy perspective but is still a WR1 you start every week.

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  Falcons | Throwing to Calvin Ridley pays off    Tue May 26, 10:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley hauled in 63 of 75 catchable targets and scored seven touchdowns in 2019. Additionally, Atlanta quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of 114.7 when throwing in his direction - the 11th-best passer rating for any receiver or tight end with at least 50 targets. The passer rating mark was lower than it was when Ridley was a rookie in 2018; he finished eighth among receivers and tight ends with at least 50 targets at 119.9.

Footballguys view: If healthy, Ridley should be in line for over 100 targets in a season for the first time in his career. Ridley's touchdown rate is among the highest in the NFL over the past two seasons. His game makes him a flex-worthy player each week for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones still a playmaking machine    Tue May 26, 08:10 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has recorded 286 receptions that have resulted in first downs or touchdowns since 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. Jones trailed only Michael Thomas (299) for the most over that span.

Footballguys view: Jones is still a dominant player, although Fantasy GMs do gripe that he doesn't score enough touchdowns. As the Falcons passing game continues to develop we'll still see Jones at the top of the charts.

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  Falcons | Deone Bucannon officially joins Falcons    Tue May 26, 05:02 PM

Updating a previous story, free-agent LB Deone Bucannon (Giants) officially signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, May 26.

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  Falcons | Not much eluded Tyeler Davison in 2019    Mon May 25, 11:36 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Tyeler Davison made 98.2 percent of the tackles he should have made - defined as being in position to make a tackle and made contact with the ball carrier but failed to bring him down - in 2019. His miss rate of 1.8 percent was the lowest of any defensive lineman with at least 50 tackles.

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  Falcons | Mykal Walker likely for multiple spots    Fri May 22, 09:45 AM

Atlanta Falcons fourth-round pick LB Mykal Walker is likely to be used inside and outside by the team. 'With Mykal, obviously the versatility, he's got the length to play outside at the SAM linebacker, and we'll feature him also at some of the WILL linebacker and play over tight ends and do that based on his length,' head coach Dan Quinn said.

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  Falcons | Deone Bucannon commits to Atlanta    Thu May 21, 06:04 PM

Free-agent LB Deone Bucannon (Giants) agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 21.

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  Falcons | Hayden Hurst working out with QB    Wed May 20, 03:15 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst said he has been traveling to Atlanta over the past four weeks in order to work out with QB Matt Ryan.

Footballguys view: A former first-round pick of the Ravens, Hurst was never able to play up to his potential in Baltimore. He now gets a fresh start, while still having first-round tools, with the Falcons. Hurst said the workouts are improving his chemistry with Ryan and it will pay off during training camp.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan on point the last two seasons    Mon May 18, 09:30 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan led all quarterbacks with 440 on-target passes in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. Ryan finished third with 474 on-target passes in 2018, trailing only Ben Roethlisberger (489) and Andrew Luck (485).

Footballguys view: The Falcons are built around Ryan and they have improving weapons in the passing game. He's been a top-10 fantasy quarterback each of the last three years and this year Fantasy GMs are drafting him at QB10 (8.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | OC expects improvement from Russell Gage    Thu May 14, 04:35 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. should be able to take his play to another level this upcoming season, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Koetter said Gage will need to work on his consistency.

Footballguys view: Gage finished last season strong with 12 catches over the final two games of the year. He's competing as the no.3 receiver for the Falcons behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Gage is a player we'll continue to monitor in dynasty formats.

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  Falcons | Wait-and-see with Todd Gurley's health    Thu May 14, 01:03 PM

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said RB Todd Gurley played in a similar offensive system with the Los Angeles Rams and feels that's fortunate. With a similar terminology and concept base, it could help Gurley hit the ground running faster with his new team. 'He can do everything. He's an excellent running back. He can protect. The main question is that no one seems know is, what's his health status? What's his workload?' Koetter said.

Footballguys view: The team took a chance on the former Georgia Bulldogs superstar. If healthy, Gurley can be one of the best running backs in the league. He may not be the same player he used to be but Gurley can still be an effective lead back. Koetter added the team will just have to wait until they can work with Gurley to see where he's at physically. Gurley has a current ADP of RB27 (6.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | Matt Hennessy dominated    Thu May 14, 08:58 AM

Atlanta Falcons third-round pick C Matt Hennessy allowed zero sacks and four total pressures for a pressure rate of 0.8 percent, which was No. 1 among his position in 2019 at Temple, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Falcons | John Cominsky to move around    Wed May 13, 06:50 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE John Cominsky will line up at defensive end on first and second downs and will move to defensive tackle on third downs so he can rush the passer, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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  Falcons | Dirty Birds want kicking competition?    Tue May 12, 03:56 PM

Atlanta Falcons PK Younghoe Koo is likely to have some competition in training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn Tuesday, May 12. 'We are still definitely considering adding a kicker into that spot,' Quinn said. 'You could imagine that some of those decisions involve workouts and things that aren't at this space.'

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  Falcons | Julio Jones the model of consistency    Sun May 10, 10:25 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards in 2019, and he has finished third or better among wideouts in yards in each of the past seven seasons.

Footballguys view: Jones is incredibly consistent in terms of yards, but Fantasy GMs would like if he scored more touchdowns. He's only hit double-digit touchdowns once in his career (12) and that was all the way back in the 2012 season. Even without a ton of scoring punch, Jones is usually a top-5 fantasy receiver regardless of format and he should be that once again in 2020.

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