Atlanta Falcons News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The Falcoholic: Falcons' Durrant Miles is ready to take his inspiring journey and mentality to the NFL
There is usually something inspiring about an undrafted free agent signing with a team. Although the player wasn't selected in seven rounds of the draft, a team decided he was good enough to warrant an opportunity to compete for a roster spot. The Falcons signed Durrant Miles last month to help bolster the defensive line. While some remember him making plays for Boise State, Miles was making a difference long before playing college football.
After graduating high school, Miles didn't go the standard route of immediately jumping into college football. He decided to spend two years away from football to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Falcoholic: Falcons WR Christian Blake to compete in 40 Yards of Gold competition
Christian Blake has yet to play a regular season down for the Falcons, but he's got a chance to make his mark in another type of competition. Blake will compete alongside some of the fastest players in the NFL in the new 40 Yards of Gold 40-yard dash tournament.
This year marks the inaugural event, and it will be held on June 29, 2019. The venue has yet to be announced.
The tournament seeding will be established based on fan votes. Fans can vote here, and voting will remain open until midnight on Sunday, May 26.
The Falcoholic: Julio Jones has the most receiving yards in NFL history vs. Panthers, Buccaneers, and Packers
It's unquestioned that Quintorris Lopez Jones, also known as Julio Jones, is the best wide receiver in the NFL. But in regards to NFL history, three NFL franchises have Julio in their history books.
The image above displays the most yards allowed in a single game all time by each of the NFL's 32 teams. The Atlanta Falcons allowed former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress to put up 253 yards in 2002. It was a rare tie-ending game, where both teams scored 34 points.
"Offensive and defensive line... you don't have a chance if you don't play well there." - #MattyIce https://t.co/WkjAJtt99p
Fansided: Atlanta Falcons' Vic Beasley no showing at OTA's is just fine
No other Atlanta Falcons player will be more heavily watched in 2019 than defensive end Vic Beasley.
It is not secret that Beasley will be watched and criticized more than any player on the Atlanta Falcons roster, not named Matt Ryan. People are demanding that Vic finally live up to the expectations that come with being a top 10 pick in any major sports draft.
Vic Beasley has decided to skip the Falcons OTA's this off-season and this has really upset a lot of the fan base. If you follow any of the major reporters following the team on twitter, you will notice a common theme among their twitter responses - it is unacceptable that Vic Beasley not be in Flowery Branch with the Falcons given his massive 13 million guarantee this year.
Fansided: Injury Bug To The Atlanta Falcons: We Meet Again
By week four of the 2018 season, the Atlanta Falcons and injury bug were practically dating. They had lost Devonta Freeman, Keanu Neal, and Ricardo Allen to season ending injuries. And Deion Jones was on injured reserve, returning well after any meaningful games were left.
Derrick Shelby and even Josh Harris, the long snapper, made a trip to IR.
It's what every fan pointed to as the reason for the first losing season under Dan Quinn. It's what made you tear your hair out and shout an expletive every time a play should've been made, could've been made, or would've been made if the starters were in.
Fansided: Atlanta Falcons can't wait for return of the Takk
The Atlanta Falcons ended up selecting Takkarist Mckinley and from what I saw he was a solid player with an awesome motor. The moment after he was drafted and was interviewed might be one of the realest moments in NFL draft history.
Never meant to disrespect the NFL or whoever else felt uncomfortable watching a young black kid who came from nothing show raw pure emotion https://t.co/Ce5wfPHsDx
What we saw during the interview was raw emotion. Atlanta has loved him since and it was apparent that Takk was going to be a beast for our defense and a very important cog in out machine.
The Falcoholic: Report: Falcons have at least 'some interest' in free agent DT Gerald McCoy
As many of you know, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers swapped out defensive tackles recently, releasing long-time force Gerald McCoy in exchange for a one-year, more cost friendly deal with Ndamukong Suh.
The move sends one of the league's better defensive tackles into the free agent pool, and gives many an Atlanta Falcons fan dreams of landing such a big fish at this stage in the offseason.
Well, it looks like those dreams might be a little more realistic than any of us previously thought. It looks like Atlanta's contemplating bringing in McCoy, at least in a sense.
Keep sleeping on our defense @Keanu_Neal knows we have a great defense. https://t.co/iNUFqLpjiW
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The Falcoholic: Falcons make front office moves, will not fill Scott Pioli's assistant GM role
The Atlanta Falcons are making some changes to their front office in wake of Scott Pioli's departure.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports that GM Thomas Dimitrof will return to a more traditional structure on his side of the organization, with director of college scouting Steve Sabo being promoted to the director of player personnel role (Dimitroff's second-in-command).
Florio says regional scout Anthony Robinson is being elevated to replace Sabo in his old post, on top of the previously-known promotion for Shepley Heard, the new director for pro scouting.
The Athletic's Jeff Schultz noted the incoming changes himself and said the team will confirm the front office moves here shortly,
The moves are what they are.
The Falcoholic: The evolution of the Falcons DE position, 2008-2018
The Falcons' pass rush is an ongoing punchline for a reason. Whether it's been due to unimaginative scheming, prioritizing run defense over pass rushing acumen, or just failures in drafting and player development, the Falcons have pretty consistently failed to get a great front seven going over the last decade-plus. Defensive end has been at the forefront of that problem.
It should be noted that in that span, the Falcons have invested two first round picks and tens of millions of dollars in free agent contracts to try to find their next John Abraham and effective complements to him, and they've pretty consistently struck out.
JULIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO@nateburleson named #JetJones one of the receivers with the best hands . https://t.co/loWyKgwSIZ
The Falcoholic: The Falcoholic's Falcons Fan Spotlight: Charlie Harris
Greetings, Falcoholics, I'm back with another edition of The Falcoholic's "Fan Spotlight." This segment highlights Atlanta Falcons fans from around the globe and shares how they became a fan of the team and their thoughts on the franchise.
This week's Fan Spotlight is on Charlie Harris. Charlie is a passionate Atlanta Falcons fan from the United Kingdom. He grew up in rural Kent, a quintessential English countryside area where cricket is a more mainstream sport than American football. He fell in love with the Falcons and the NFL as a teenager as the game surged in popularity and coverage in the UK.
Fansided: Devonta Freeman is one of the worst signings in Falcons history
During the Atlanta Falcons 2015 and 2016 season, Free was able to elevate his game with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and a total 22 rushing touchdowns in both seasons.
Freeman looked like a premier running back after the 2016 season but his career has started to fall downhill. Freeman only missed two games in 2017, however, his numbers started to decline. During the 2018 season he only played two games before suffering a season ending injury.
The Falcons gave Freeman a contract extension after the 2016 season making him the highest paid running back at the time.