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  Falcons | Rookie QB Ridder Making it a Competition    Wed Jun 22, 04:01 PM

Josh Kendall, from The Athletic, reports Atlanta Falcons rookie QB Desmond Ridder is going to make a competition at the position during training camp.

Footballguys view: The Falcons picked up Ridder in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft. During his college career at Cincinnati, Ridder showed all the tools needed for success in the modern league. Marcus Mariota is there as the veteran and projected starter, but Ridder has talent and is known as a leader. He could push for the starting job sooner than some think. Let's watch this battle unfold in camp.

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  Falcons | Tyler Allgeier, Cordarrelle Patterson likely top-two backs    Tue Jun 21, 04:19 PM

Atlanta Falcons RBs Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson are expected to serve as the team's top two running backs to begin the season, according to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

Footballguys view: Allgeier is the rookie from BYU who reminds some in the scouting community of John Conner (Cardinals). Patterson is the seasoned veteran who transitioned from wide receiver to running back and has flourished. We see Patterson as a RB2 with upside in PPR formats. Allgeier is powerful and could be used near pay dirt - giving him at least 'what the heck' flex appeal.

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  Falcons | TE Pitts Wants to Improve Pre-Snap    Thu Jun 16, 03:45 PM

Scott Blair, from AtlantaFalcons.com, reports Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts wants to improve pre-snap in 2022.

Footballguys view: It would be a natural progression for any player, but especially at the tight end position where it takes some time to get used to the pro game. Pitts is a mismatch nightmare for opponents, and he's a no-brainer TE1 for Fantasy GMs this season. Being better pre-snap will help him rip off more big plays and not allow defenses to complicate things for him with coverages as they did sometimes during his rookie season in 2021.

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  Falcons | Atlanta parts with two    Thu Jun 16, 01:25 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Jeremy McNichols and WR Austin Trammell were released Thursday, June 16. The Falcons also signed DL Jalen Dalton and OL Jonotthan Harrison to replace them on the roster.

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  Falcons | Jonotthan Harrison tries out    Wed Jun 15, 07:19 PM

Free-agent C Jonotthan Harrison (Giants) participated in the Atlanta Falcons minicamp this week on a tryout basis.

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  Falcons | Five players trying out    Tue Jun 14, 06:07 PM

Free-agent LB Dakota Allen (Jaguars), DE Isaiah Buggs (Raiders), OG Adam Coon (Titans), DT Jalen Dalton (Saints) and WR Emeka Emezie (Ravens) are participating in the Atlanta Falcons minicamp this week on a tryout basis.

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  Falcons | Atlanta holds Cordarrelle Patterson out of minicamp    Tue Jun 14, 12:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson won't participate during minicamp due to a coach's decision, head coach Arthur Smith said Tuesday, June 14. Smith said they want to be smart with Patterson to keep him fresh for the regular season.

Footballguys view: Patterson is their do-everything running back who can play wide receiver and is basically a Swiss Army knife for the offense. It's wise to keep him fresh for the regular season, and his usage in the preseason might be minimal. Fantasy GMs are best to add Patterson as a RB2 with upside to be a low-end RB1. The Falcons don't have much offensive firepower outside of him and TE Kyle Pitts, so the veteran Patterson should be used extensively.

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  Falcons | Feleipe Franks working as a 'hybrid' player    Thu Jun 9, 04:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Feleipe Franks is 'working more at tight end than quarterback, but he is also a quarterback,' according to offensive coordinator Dave Ragone.

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  Falcons | Kyle Pitts better prepared    Sun Jun 5, 09:44 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts said there is a 'night and day' difference in how he feels entering his second season compared to his rookie year.

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  Falcons | Marcus Mariota to run more?    Sat Jun 4, 10:18 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota's mobility will be utilized in the offense, according to quarterbacks coach Charles London. 'I think we'd be crazy if we didn't try to roll these guys out of the pocket a little bit,' London said.

Footballguys view: Mariota can pull down the ball and attack a defense with his legs, so the Falcons offense will use that to their advantage. Not only can Mariota do that, but 2022 third-round pick QB Desmond Ridder is an athletic quarterback. If Ridder is being groomed to be an eventual starter in this offense it would make sense to get him on the run too.

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  Falcons | Feleipe Franks working as TE    Fri Jun 3, 11:40 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Feleipe Franks has spent time working at tight end during individual drills at OTAs.

Footballguys view: It's an interesting move but not overly surprising for the 2021 undrafted free agent. Franks is big (6-feet, 7-inches) and athletic, so he's got the natural athletic ability to play tight end (plus his brother Jordan plays TE for the Chiefs). The Falcons drafted Desmond Ridder in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft, and he's likely to be the primary backup to starting QB Marcus Mariota this season.

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  Falcons | Isaiah Oliver still sidelined    Fri Jun 3, 11:24 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Isaiah Oliver (knee) still doesn't have a timetable for his return, head coach Arthur Smith said Friday, June 3.

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  Falcons | Rashaad Coward off roster    Thu Jun 2, 05:06 PM

Atlanta Falcons OG Rashaad Coward was waived Thursday, June 2.

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  Falcons | Atlanta adds Cameron Batson    Wed Jun 1, 05:52 PM

Free-agent WR Cameron Batson (Titans) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, June 1, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Big WRs Make QB Mariota Look Good    Sun May 29, 01:17 PM

Josh Alper, from Pro Football Talk, reports Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota believes the big-bodied WRs they have around him help to make him look better. "With those guys in there, they make you look good," Mariota said, via the team's website. "You don't always have to be perfect with your throws. Being able to have these guys whether it be their catch radius, whether it's their ability to get in and out of cuts, the receivers have really made all of us quarterbacks look good this offseason."

Footballguys view: The Falcons made a strong statement when they selected USC WR Drake London in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft - the first wide receiver off the board. London is a huge target who reminds some in the scouting community of Mike Evans (Buccaneers). Add in free agent addition WR Auden Tate and the trade for former Raiders WR Bryan Edwards, and you can see the tall options Mariota has to throw to. Mariota is looking more like a bridge QB than any sort of long-term answer, but he's going to do his best to rejuvenate his career with his opportunity in Atlanta.

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  Falcons | Marcus Mariota 'hungry' to start again    Sat May 28, 01:44 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota says he's 'hungry to get back on the field again' after being a backup the past two seasons. 'For me personally, the last couple of years was a learning opportunity,' Mariota said on Thursday, May 26. 'Previously when I was at Tennessee I had an opportunity to play. I was a starter. Being around that and then going and learning for a couple of years, I'm kind of hungry to get back on the field again.'

Footballguys view: Mariota is more of a bridge starter to the next quarterback for the Falcons (not yet on the roster) than he is a long-term solution. We'll see how he plays under Smith again, since he knows the system from their days together in Tennessee (where Mariota was benched for Ryan Tannehill). Mariota's contract with the Falcons is "effectively" a one-year, $6.75 million deal with a $12 million option in 2023.

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  Falcons | Atlanta moves on from John Cominsky    Thu May 26, 04:32 PM

Atlanta Falcons DL John Cominsky was released Thursday, May 26.

Footballguys view: Cominsky was moved to the edge by the new regime in Atlanta, but the team added talent in free agency and the draft this offseason and decided to let Cominsky go to save $965,000. He was a 2019 fourth round pick and should at least get on a roster for the open of camp elsewhere.

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  Falcons | Avery Williams trying his hand at RB    Thu May 26, 01:16 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Avery Williams is moving from cornerback to running back this offseason, according to head coach Arthur Smith.

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  Falcons | Jeremy McNichols joins Falcons    Thu May 26, 12:05 PM

Free-agent RB Jeremy McNichols (Titans) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 26.

Footballguys view: McNichols is a veteran all-purpose back who can contribute as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He's familiar with Falcons HC Arthur Smith from their time working together with the Titans. McNichols will compete for a roster spot behind Cordarrelle Patterson, Damien Williams and rookie Tyler Allgeier.

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  Falcons | Deion Jones has surgery    Thu May 26, 10:30 AM

Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones (shoulder) will miss all offseason activities following shoulder surgery.

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  Falcons | DeAngelo Malone contract details    Wed May 25, 02:56 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons LB DeAngelo Malone signed a four-year, $5.22 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $983,332.

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  Falcons | Troy Andersen agrees to terms    Wed May 25, 02:51 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Troy Andersen agreed to terms on a four-year rookie contract on Wednesday, May 25. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | DeAngelo Malone signs contract    Tue May 24, 07:53 PM

Atlanta Falcons third-round draft choice LB DeAngelo Malone signed a four-year contract with the Falcons Tuesday, May 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Marcus Mariota tops the depth chart    Wed May 18, 12:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota is at the top of the quarterback depth chart ahead of the 2022 season, head coach Arthur Smith said recently. 'We've added competition certainly,' Smith said. 'Marcus being the veteran gives us a chance going forward. As with any position on this team, the best player is going to play, but obviously Marcus being the vet, that's the way it'll go starting out.'

Footballguys view: Third round pick Desmond Ridder was reportedly the team's top quarterback in this year's class. While they didn't feel any urgency to move up to ensure they got him before the third round, that won't matter if Mariota falters or Ridder impresses in camp and the preseason. Both are good enough threats to produce as runners and the Falcons are likely to be playing from behind a lot, so both have value in superflex leagues.

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  Falcons | Tyrone Truesdell worked out    Mon May 16, 07:36 PM

Undrafted free-agent DT Tyrone Truesdell (Florida) recently worked out for the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source. Truesdell had agreed to a deal with the New York Giants but failed his physical.

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  Falcons | Atlanta makes roster moves    Mon May 16, 12:05 PM

Undrafted free agent TE Tucker Fisk (Stanford) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, May 16, after a rookie minicamp tryout. Also, the Falcons cut WR Chad Hansen, S Luther Kirk and TE Daniel Helm.

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  Falcons | Geronimo Allison to Falcons    Mon May 16, 09:57 AM

Free-agent WR Geronimo Allison (Packers) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, May 16.

Footballguys view: Allison is a big-bodied receiver who can fly down the field, but his game is inconsistent as the day is long. He appeared in three games last year for the Lions, was targeted twice and had zero receptions. Allison joins a Falcons team in desperate need for help at the position, so he could make the 53-man roster after training camp.

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  Falcons | Tre Webb signing deal with ATL    Sun May 15, 04:41 PM

Undrafted free agent DB Tre Webb (Montana State) is signing an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons following a rookie minicamp tryout, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports on Sunday, May 15.

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  Falcons | Three to try out for Atlanta    Sun May 15, 11:37 AM

Free-agent WR Geronimo Allison (Lions), QB Anthony Gordon (Chiefs) and C Evan Boehm (Giants) are trying out for the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

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  Falcons | Drake London a full participant    Fri May 13, 05:40 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London said he fully participated in practice Friday, May 13. He was limited by an ankle injury during the pre-draft process.

Footballguys view: London was the top receiver in the 2022 NFL draft, and the Falcons are going to use him as one of their primary weapons in the passing game. He's a big-bodied receiver who can win at the catch point regularly. We'll see if he can do more as training camp gets here later in the summer.

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  Falcons | Atlanta cuts two players    Fri May 13, 05:21 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Ryan Becker and CB Kendall Sheffield were released Friday, May 13.

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  Falcons | Atlanta lands Bryan Edwards    Fri May 13, 03:45 PM

Las Vegas Raiders WR Bryan Edwards was traded along with a 2023 seventh-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick Friday, May 13.

Footballguys view: With the addition of Keelan Cole earlier this week, the Raiders could move on from Edwards - who mostly disappointed in two seasons with the team. The Falcons need all the help they can get at the wide receiver position, even after selecting WR Drake London with a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Edwards could be in for a larger role with the Falcons than he was going to be in with the Raiders as just a depth receiver in 2022.

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  Falcons | Atlanta signs two draft picks    Thu May 12, 07:44 PM

Atlanta Falcons sixth-round draft choices OG Justin Shaffer and TE John FitzPatrick signed four-year contracts with the Falcons Thursday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Tyler Allgeier under contract    Thu May 12, 07:36 PM

Atlanta Falcons fifth-round draft choice RB Tyler Allgeier signed a four-year contract with the Falcons Thursday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Allgeier reminds some in the scouting community of James Conner because of his size and intent as a runner. He's a big back who can power through the line of scrimmage. Algeier is also a good check-down receiving option out of the backfield. He's used to being a workhorse and could handle a large load if asked. The rookie will compete for touches with Cordarrelle Patterson in the Falcons backfield this year.

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  Falcons | Drake London signs rookie contract    Thu May 12, 07:32 PM

Atlanta Falcons first-round draft choice WR Drake London signed a four-year contract with the Falcons Thursday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal includes a fifth-year option.

Footballguys view: London was the first wide receiver off the board in the 2022 NFL draft. He reminds some in the scouting community of Mike Evans because of his size/speed combination and the ability to play with great strength. A former basketball player, London can play 'above the rim' and win with size in the red zone. He immediately steps into the no.1 wide receiver role for the Falcons and has WR2 upside for Fantasy GMs.

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  Falcons | Atlanta locks up Nick Kwiatkoski on one-year pact    Thu May 12, 04:49 PM

Free-agent LB Nick Kwiatkoski (Raiders) reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, May 12. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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  Falcons | Nick Kwiatkoski visited Atlanta    Thu May 5, 01:12 PM

Free-agent LB Nick Kwiatkoski (Raiders) visited the Atlanta Falcons, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network on Thursday, May 5. Kwiatkoski also has two other undisclosed visits lined up.

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  Falcons | Tyler Allgeier chance to start Week 1?    Wed May 4, 03:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier has a chance to be the team's opening day starter in 2022, in the opinion of ESPN's Michael Rothstein. 'So there will be opportunity for Allgeier to make an impact as a rookie. There is even a chance he ends up as the team's opening day starter in September because it's a room that's wide open. It would have been that even if Davis had remained on the roster,' said Rothstein.

Footballguys view: There's always a chance, but Cordarrell Patterson is going to play a large role for the offense no matter if he's the starter or not. Allgeier is a big-bodied rookie from BYU who loves to win collisions. The Falcons should feature some sort of RBBC this season.

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  Falcons | Grady Jarrett signs extension    Tue May 3, 10:22 AM

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett agreed to a three-year extension Tuesday, May 3, worth up to $51 million. The deal includes $34.5 million guaranteed.

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  Falcons | Beau Brinkley lands on injured reserve    Mon May 2, 04:32 PM

Atlanta Falcons LS Beau Brinkley (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, May 2.

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  Falcons | Atlanta moves on from two    Mon May 2, 04:26 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB James Vaughters and OL Willie Beavers were released Monday, May 2.

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  Falcons | Kaleb McGary headed into walk year    Mon May 2, 01:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons OG Kaleb McGary's fifth-year team option for 2023 was not exercised Monday, May 2.

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  Falcons | Atlanta picks up Chris Lindstrom's option    Mon May 2, 01:40 PM

Atlanta Falcons OG Chris Lindstrom's fifth-year team option for 2023 worth $13.2 million was exercised Monday, May 2.

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  Falcons | Mike Davis released    Mon May 2, 12:30 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Mike Davis was released Monday, May 2.

Footballguys view: The Falcons added BYU running back Tyler Allgeier in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL draft, and he brings plenty of power to the field. The rookie will mix in with Cordarrelle Patterson and free agent addition Damien Williams to construct the Falcons backfield. Add in the Falcons salary cap woes, and you can see why this move was a cost-cutting one. Davis provides veteran experience and three-down ability which should get him some interest on the open market.

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  Falcons | Tre Webb catches on in Atlanta    Sun May 1, 07:37 PM

Undrafted free-agent DB Tre Webb (Montana State) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, May 1.

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  Falcons | Jared Bernhardt unlikely to be used as QB    Sun May 1, 10:56 AM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons QB Jared Bernhardt is expected to be used by the team as a wide receiver and kick returner, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Bernhardt is going to have to make his way in the NFL on practice squads as a developmental "OW" (offensive weapon) instead of quarterback. He's a good athlete but does not have elite speed or measurables.

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  Falcons | More UDFAs head to Atlanta     Sat Apr 30, 11:13 PM

Undrafted free-agent DT Bryce Rodgers (California-Davis) and undrafted free-agent WR Stanley Berryhill (Arizona) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, April 30.

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  Falcons | Atlanta adds a pair of UDFAs    Sat Apr 30, 07:46 PM

Undrafted free-agent DT Derrick Tangelo (Penn State) and undrafted free-agent OT Tyler Vrabel (Boston College) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, April 30.

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  Falcons | Atlanta bringing in Jared Bernhardt    Sat Apr 30, 07:22 PM

Undrafted free-agent QB Jared Bernhardt (Farris State) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, April 30, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Tyler Allgeier picked by Atlanta    Sat Apr 30, 02:21 PM

Brigham Young RB Tyler Allgeier was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 151st overall selection with the 2022 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Allgeier reminds some in the scouting community of James Conner - and for good reason. The BYU back is big, strong, physical and has a nose for the end zone (23 rushing touchdowns in 2021). We'll see how he works into the mix with the Falcons this season.

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