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  1. Freddie Falcon

    Kyle Pitts signs rookie contract

    The Falcons have signed their first-round draft pick. Former Florida tight end Kyle Pitts has signed his rookie contract, the Falcons announced. Pitts was the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, and the first non-quarterback selected. An athlete with a unique blend of size, speed and...
  2. Freddie Falcon

    After calling plays for Derrick Henry, Arthur Smith sees him as “the outlier”

    Getty Images Before becoming the head coach of the Falcons this year, Arthur Smith spent the last decade as an assistant in Tennessee, including the last two years as the Titans’ offensive coordinator. And that gave Smith an appreciation for what running back Derrick Henry could do in his...
  3. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons announce two player development hires

    Getty Images The Falcons have made a couple moves in their player development department. Brynlee Forik has been promoted to director of player development and Kevin Cone has been hired to Forik’s previous position of player development coordinator, Falcons General Manager Terry Fontenot...
  4. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons announce changes within personnel department

    Getty Images The Falcons announced several changes within the personnel department, including the promotions of regional scout Michael Ross and area scout Tokunbo Abanikanda to national scouts. Steve Sabo now will serve as pro director. Phil Emery and Ruston Webster are senior personnel...
  5. Freddie Falcon

    Arthur Smith calls Julio Jones trade a “win-win”

    The Falcons traded away one of the best receivers in the NFL this month, but coach Arthur Smith doesn’t think that was a loss for his team. Smith said on Cris Collinsworth’s podcast that he knew as soon as he took the Falcons head coaching job that Atlanta was going to have to make some...
  6. Freddie Falcon

    Tottenham fans discuss possible protest during NFL games this season

    Getty Images Fans of Manchester United and Arsenal have made it known that they don’t want their NFL owners to continue to own their Premier League teams. Fans of Tottenham plan to use a pair of NFL games as a platform for protesting ownership of their club, even though there’s otherwise no NFL...
  7. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons sign second-rounder Richie Grant

    USA TODAY Sports The Falcons got another draft pick signed ahead of the weekend. The team announced that safety Richie Grant has agreed to his four-year deal with the team. The second-round pick is the eighth of the team’s nine picks to sign. First-round tight end Kyle Pitts is the only one...
  8. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons sign John Atkins, George Obinna

    Getty Images The Falcons are doing some roster shuffling with the offseason programs coming to an end around the NFL. The team announced four signings on Thusday, including the previously reported additions of Jeff Badet and Shareef Miller. The other two new additions are defensive linemen...
  9. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons sign fourth-round draft choices Drew Dalman, Darren Hall

    Getty Images The Falcons signed fourth-round draft choices Darren Hall and Drew Dalman on Thursday, leaving only two of their nine picks unsigned. Only first-rounder Kyle Pitts and second-rounder Richie Grant remain unsigned. The Falcons made Hall the 108th overall choice. The cornerback...
  10. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons sign Shareef Miller

    Getty Images The Falcons added a player to their defense on Thursday. Agent David Canter announced that the Falcons have signed his client Shareef Miller. No terms of the deal have been announced. The edge rusher was an Eagles fourth-round pick in 2019 who played one game for the team as a...
  11. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons signing Jeff Badet

    Getty Images The Falcons traded a wide receiver earlier this month and they are signing one on Wednesday, although it’s unlikely the new arrival will be asked to fill the shoes of Julio Jones. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Falcons are signing Jeff Badet. The move comes after...
  12. Freddie Falcon

    Derrick Henry: Julio Jones is a great guy for everybody to learn from

    USA TODAY Sports The Titans were already one of the NFL’s most explosive scoring teams, led by the league’s back-to-back rushing champion, Derrick Henry. But now that they’ve added receiver Julio Jones, expectations for Tennessee’s offense have gone even higher. Henry and Jones both played...
  13. Freddie Falcon

    Calvin Ridley “pretty sure” he will finish rehab in time for start of camp

    Getty Images Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley isn’t participating in practice this offseason as he rehabs from foot surgery. Ridley, though, said he’s “pretty sure” he will complete his rehab in time for the start of training camp in late July. “It was just minor,” Ridley said, via Scott Bair of...
  14. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons announce signings of five draft choices, including Jalen Mayfield

    Getty Images The Falcons announced the signings of five of their draft choices Tuesday. Rookies Jalen Mayfield, Ta'Quon Graham, Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Avery Williams and Frank Darby now are under contract. That leaves only first-rounder Kyle Pitts, second-rounder Richie Grant and fourth-rounders...
  15. Freddie Falcon

    Calvin Ridley feels “no pressure” with Julio Jones gone from Atlanta

    Getty Images Julio Jones spent the majority of his time with the Falcons as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, but he’s in Tennessee now and that leaves the job open for the first time in a long time. Calvin Ridley is going to get the first crack at filling that spot on the depth chart and the...
  16. Freddie Falcon

    Jerry Jeudy lauds Alabama’s ability to produce NFL receiver talent

    Getty Images Four receivers from the University of Alabama have been selected inside the Top 15 of the NFL Draft in the last two years. Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith were both off the board by the tenth overall selection in this year’s draft while Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy were the 12th...
  17. Freddie Falcon

    Laquon Treadwell trying out for Jaguars at minicamp

    Getty Images The Jaguars have four players trying out for the team at their minicamp and a former first-round receiver is among them. Laquon Treadwell is in Jacksonville for the string of offseason practices this week. Treadwell was the Vikings’ 23rd overall pick in 2016, but never lived up...
  18. Freddie Falcon

    Arthur Smith “very comfortable” with Falcons’ vaccination rate

    Getty Images Falcons head coach Arthur Smith says he’s satisfied with the number of his players who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Smith told reporters the team is “very comfortable with where we’re at” in terms of their vaccination rate, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
  19. Freddie Falcon

    Falcons receiver Russell Gage wanted Steve Bartkowski’s old number, couldn’t get it

    USA TODAY Sports Some numbers that are retired aren’t really retired. Some numbers that aren’t retired actually are. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons receiver Russell Gage wanted to change his number. The Falcons declined to give Gage his first choice, even...
  20. Freddie Falcon

    Major League Baseball prevails in lawsuit over All-Star Game

    Getty Images The lawsuit filed over the relocation of the MLB All-Star Game had various clear problems. Those problems were clear enough to result in a swift dismissal of the lawsuit. On Thursday, a federal judge issued a ruling from the bench that the Job Creators Network had no cause to sue...
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