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  • Banks Adjusting Well to Time Away From Game

    1 year, 6 months ago

    For 10 years, Falcons linebacker Brian Banks was kept from chasing his dream to be an NFL football player after being convicted of a crime he was eventually exonerated for. Weeks into his first NFL training camp, Banks is adjusting to the differences he’s noticing in mental and physical abilities from his rookie teammates, who [...]

  • Key Players Get High Percentage of Snaps Thursday

    1 year, 6 months ago

    Head coach Mike Smith said earlier this week that he was excited to get a true evaluation on some of his key players heading into Thursday night’s preseason game against the Bengals. He certainly got that, as the playing time percentages from Thursday show. Below are some of the top playing time percentages for offense [...]

  • Matthews Sees Cross-Training As Big Opportunity

    1 year, 6 months ago

    When drafted in the seventh round, players have no choice but to be flexible so it’s a good thing Cliff Matthews is the picture of defensive line versatility. Listed as the backup to Kroy Biermann at defensive end on the first depth chart the Falcons released this week, Matthews cannot be boxed into just one [...]

  • Jones, Spoon Ruled Out vs. Bengals

    1 year, 7 months ago

    Head coach Mike Smith has reiterated time and again during Russell Athletic Training Camp how important it is for the Falcons to stay healthy and get to Week 1 with a fresh roster, and he’s doing everything he can to make sure that happens. Smith said today that Julio Jones and Sean Weatherspoon would be [...]

  • Scoring System Announced for Friday Night Lights

    1 year, 7 months ago

    The Falcons will take to Bobby Gruhn Field at City Park Stadium in Gainesville, Ga., Aug. 2 for the annual Kia Motors Friday Night Lights event, during which a scrimmage will occur. The scoring system for the scrimmage, however, is much different than a traditional football game where touchdowns and field goals are the objective. [...]

  • Falcons Countdown to Camp: QBs, RBs

    1 year, 7 months ago

    Russell Athletic Atlanta Falcons Training Camp is around the corner, beginning July 25, and AtlantaFalcons.com will take you through some of the need-to-know information for all position groups, including additions, departures and key battles. QUARTERBACKS Starting quarterback Matt Ryan has a very different looking meeting room this year than he did a year ago. With [...]

  • Goodman, Rookies Eager For Next Steps

    1 year, 8 months ago

    We’re still weeks away from the first time the Falcons strap on pads and get a little more physical, and rookies like defensive end Malliciah Goodman are looking forward to the experience. During rookie minicamp, OTAs and now veteran minicamp, the team has been in helmets only. Pads don’t come until 2013 Russell Athletic Atlanta [...]

  • Coaching Staff Gets Another Look at Toilolo

    1 year, 8 months ago

    Falcons coaches were able to get a second look at fourth-round tight end Levine Toilolo this week as the rookie returned to Flowery Branch after completing his academic obligations at Stanford. Toilolo, who along with first-round pick Desmond Trufant missed most of voluntary offseason training activities to finish his degree, got to the Falcons’ headquarters [...]

  • Gonzalez Excused from Next Week’s Minicamp

    1 year, 8 months ago

    Head coach Mike Smith said Friday that veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez has been excused from next week’s mandatory veteran minicamp at Falcons headquarters in Flowery Branch. For the minicamp schedule and dates open to the public, click here.

  • Matthews Impressing So Far in Year 3

    1 year, 8 months ago

    Seventh-round selections are always a low-risk gamble. Sure, there’s plenty of solid talent that comes out of the last round of the NFL Draft, but expectations for players selected then are relatively short. In preparation for his third season with the Falcons, seventh-round defensive end Cliff Matthews is looking to be quite the payoff so [...]

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