Training Camp: Day 6 Report

The Falcons will have today off from practice. League rules enacted after the new CBA prohibit teams from practicing after six consecutive days of practice. But here is the buzz emerging from the Falcons on their sixth day of practice from various media outlets: Julio takes on Deion. ‘Nuff said. Rookie offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder has been generating some buzz as he’s worked against the backup defensive line. I should...

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Training Camp: Day 5 Report

Here are the things that happened on the fifth day of the Atlanta Falcons 2013 training camp: Steven Jackson appears to be saving himself for the regular season as he picks up the Falcons offense. He also thinks highly of his own standing within this generation of running backs. Daniel Cox gives his five things we learned from the fifth day of camp. Mike Smith seems to be putting expectations on Jonathan Massaquoi, Kroy Biermann, and...

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Takeaways from Last Week – July 29
Jul29

Takeaways from Last Week – July 29

Training camp has begun for the Falcons. And it’s still early, but there have been a few interesting developments. A lot has been made of the beatings that rookie corners Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford have had at the hands of Julio Jones and Roddy White. It’s somewhat silly, given it’s their first few days in camp. They are going up against arguably two of the ten best receivers in the league (I’d love to...

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Training Camp: Day 4 Report

The Falcons held their first padded practice of training camp on Sunday. Here are some of the main bullet points from observers: Rookie defensive end Stansly Maponga was cleared to return to team drills today, and showcased some athleticism indicating that he appears to be 100% recovered from off-season foot surgery that forced him to sit out OTAs and only get work in individual drills the first few days of camp. Stansly Maponga just...

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Ranking the Falcons: No. 1 Matt Ryan
Jul28

Ranking the Falcons: No. 1 Matt Ryan

To hopefully no one’s surprise, quarterback Matt Ryan is the Falcons top-ranked player. Click here to see how this ranking system was devised. Total Score: 96 Player Grade: 87 out of 100 Teams he could start for: 27 out of 32 Teams he is best position player: 27 out of 32 Teams he could find role on: 32 out of 32 Peak-Year Bonus: +5 Positional Bonus: +5 The main reason why Matt Ryan manages to top Julio Jones as the Falcons top...

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Ranking the Falcons: Recapping the Top 33

In case you missed any of the rankings, you can see how the best 33 players on the Falcons stacked up. I am looking forward to doing this again next summer. Ranking the Falcons: No. 1 Matt RyanRanking the Falcons: Recapping the Top 33Ranking the Falcons: No. 2 Julio JonesRanking the Falcons: No. 3 Tony GonzalezRanking the Falcons: No. 4 Roddy WhiteRanking the Falcons: No. 5 Asante SamuelRanking the Falcons: No. 6 Sean...

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Training Camp: Day 3 Report

Recapping once more what media outlets were discussing from the third day of the Atlanta Falcons 2013 training camp: John Manasso shed a bit more light on the expected absence of tight end Tony Gonzalez, who departed camp today. He’ll be expected back to participate in the final two preseason games (on August 24 and 29 vs. Tennessee and Jacksonville respectively). When he returns prior to that point still remains unknown....

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Ranking the Falcons: No. 2 Julio Jones
Jul27

Ranking the Falcons: No. 2 Julio Jones

The second-best player on the Falcons is wide receiver Julio Jones. Click here to see how this ranking system was devised. Total Score: 95 Player Grade: 82 out of 100 Teams he could start for: 32 out of 32 Teams he is best position player: 28 out of 32 Teams he could find role on: 32 out of 32 Peak-Year Bonus: +5 Positional Bonus: +3 Jones is a special receiver, justifying why the Falcons opted to leap frog the rest of the league to...

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Ranking the Falcons: No. 3 Tony Gonzalez
Jul27

Ranking the Falcons: No. 3 Tony Gonzalez

The third-ranked Falcon player is none other than tight end Tony Gonzalez. Click here to see how this ranking system was devised. Total Score: 90 Player Grade: 82 out of 100 Teams he could start for: 30 out of 32 Teams he is best position player: 30 out of 32 Teams he could find role on: 32 out of 32 Peak-Year Bonus: +0 Positional Bonus: +3 Gonzalez had an uncannily good 2012 season. At age 36, he managed to put together the best...

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Ryan Has His Money, Now He Needs More Help
Jul27

Ryan Has His Money, Now He Needs More Help

Matt Ryan got paid, and deservedly so. While he may not have the accomplishments that put him on par with the other most highly-paid quarterbacks in the league, it certainly doesn’t make him any less deserving of being in that peer group. And by accomplishments, we’re talking about playoff wins and Super Bowls. Now that Ryan is being paid handsomely for his services with the Falcons, more scrutiny is going to come towards...

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