Falcons on list to acquire Favre

Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Falcons are among eight teams according to a league source that the Green Bay Packers are willing to trade Brett Favre to. Wilde cites that the source indicates that the Packers are in their due diligence stage of listing potential trade partners. Wilde’s report does not indicate that the Falcons have contacted the Packers about acquiring Favre, only that the Packers...

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Training Camp Preview: Defensive Backs

The Falcons secondary is one of the major question marks of the defense, but the team is somewhat hopeful that any growing pains they may suffer this year will be beneficial down the road. The Falcons dumped DeAngelo Hall in the off-season, and while the loss of his locker room presence will be beneficial, there’s no doubt that the team will miss something on the field. It’s doubtful any of their current corners can come...

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Force coach Plank joins Falcons

The AJC reports that Georgia Force head coach Doug Plank will join the Falcons as an assistant coach. Falcons owner Arthur Blank also owns the Force, an Arena League team. The AJC cites teams spokesman Reggie Roberts as indicating Plan will serve as a coaching assistant and work on special projects for the team. The paper also indicates Plank may work with the team’s safeties as well, although Emmitt Thomas and Alvin Reynolds...

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Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

The Falcons linebacker corps looks to have one major addition in the middle in rookie Curtis Lofton and hope that Lofton brings an attitude change in the locker room as well as an impact between the hashmarks. The Falcons hope Lofton can become the centerpiece of a defense that looks to improve under Mike Smith’s watch. The team also hopes it has struck gold with Lofton and he becomes like some recent rookie middle linebackers...

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Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line

The Falcons defensive line also went through some major changes, particularly on the inside. Inside, the team will have some serious competition for the two starting jobs. As of right now, however Jonathan Babineaux and Montavious Stanley are slated to be the team’s starters. Babineaux had his moments as a fill-in over the past few years replacing Rod Coleman when he was down with injury. Now the Falcons hope that Babineaux can...

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Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

The Falcons offensive line could be one of the more interesting positions during the course of training camp due to its greatest potential for roster turnover. The starting positions remain unsettled at four of the five positions. The only player that is sitting pretty as far as job security goes is center Todd McClure. McClure has been the team’s starting center since midway through the 2000 season. McClure in physical terms is...

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Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

The tight end position has been revamped since last year. Gone are the teams’ top two tight ends: Alge Crumpler and Dwayne Blakley. Being replaced with free agent pickup Ben Hartsock. Hartsock is a blocker first, receiver second. But in Mike Mularkey’s offense, that is the way it should be. But Hartsock does possess soft hands and drops rarely have been an issue with him. But he likely won’t be a very big factor as a...

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Tony Gonzalez cut

The Falcons announced today that they released wide receiver Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a first-year player was signed by the team in May. Gonzalez was a favorite receiver of Matt Ryan during their shared days at Boston College. Gonzalez left BC after the 2006-07 season but was unsigned as an undrafted rookie free agent. He worked out with the Falcons during their May mini-camps, and performed well enough that he was signed by the...

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Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

A position that only a few years ago was considered one of the weakest groups in the league, has now transformed into an area of strength for the Falcons. A big part of that is the emergence of Roddy White as a legitimate No. 1 receiver. White has an excellent combination of size, speed, and has improved his hands and concentration by leaps and bounds in the past year. Always considered to have a strong work ethic, the team hopes that...

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Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

Unlike quarterback, running back doesn’t feature any prime time battles. The first two spots on the depth chart are pretty secure barring injury. Michael Turner will open the season as the team’s starter, with Jerious Norwood serving as a reserve. Turner was paid $34.5 million to come here from San Diego as LaDainian Tomlinson’s backup to be the Falcons starter. Turner has a solid blend of size and speed. Able to hit...

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