ATLANTA - Mike Smith isn't thinking about the opponent as his Falcons enter their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
DALTON, Ga. - The rule for the Falcons-Titans combined practice was no tackling to the ground.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White and Julio Jones believe they can become the NFL's top receiving tandem.
By CHARLES ODUM
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta coach Mike Smith is looking for new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to help the Falcons increase their third-down stops.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is close to retiring from the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan wasn't satisfied to set a Falcons record for yards passing in a season in 2011.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are making new plans at middle linebacker after losing Lofa Tatupu for the season with a chest muscle injury.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For much of the offseason, it appeared John Abraham was a player the Atlanta Falcons could not afford to re-sign.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Rookies are not the only Atlanta Falcons players going through their first minicamp this week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Lofa Tatupu started to believe his career was over as he spent the 2011 season away football.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is already the vocal leader of Atlanta's defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are installing a new aerial attack, one that emphasizes screen passes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Asante Samuel was impossible to ignore during the Atlanta Falcons' first full-squad practice this offseason on Tuesday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith likes what he's seen from one of the Atlanta Falcons' two high-profile rookie offensive linemen.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
ATLANTA - A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.
HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Antone Smith, best known for his special teams play in his first five seasons with the Falcons, finally has a chance to show he deserves playing time at running back.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jake Matthews' first live NFL action gives Atlanta coach Mike Smith reason to think the No. 6 overall draft pick has potential to become an elite player.
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hope to find clarity in the competition to determine quarterback Matt Ryan's backup in Friday night's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.