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Falcons' Ryan tries to put dismal year behind him

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan likes to hang out with family and friends, play golf and take a vacation or two in the offseason.

June 19, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Roddy White mourning, motivated

FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White promises to give his teammates the spotlight when the Atlanta Falcons star in HBO's "Hard Knocks" series during training camp.

June 17, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


WR Jones recovery taking 'an eternity'

FLOWERY BRANCH - For Julio Jones, eight months away from football "feels like an eternity."

June 10, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Nolan tinkering with schemes to improve defense

FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith hopes defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has a full complement of healthy players after the Atlanta Falcons endured so many injuries last year.

June 04, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Dimitroff might seek OL help for Ryan in 1st round

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have an advantage over most teams that have the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft. The Falcons already have their franchise quarterback.

May 05, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Smith wants bigger, stronger lines for Falcons this season

FLOWERY BRANCH - Just two days into Atlanta's offseason workout program, Falcons coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

April 22, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Moms learn youth safety from Falcons

ALPHARETTA - Deanna Kathumbi-Jackson feels better about letting her young sons play tackle football.

March 18, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign 3 linemen on 1st day of free agency

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons began a major overhaul Tuesday after a dismal season, signing three linemen at the start of free agency, re-signing defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, and cutting former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud.

March 11, 2014 | by PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Pioli to Falcons

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired Scott Pioli as assistant general manager on Wednesday, reuniting him with GM Thomas Dimitroff.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Blank puts his support behind Smith

ATLANTA - Falcons owner Arthur Blank fully supports coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff and believes they'll lead his team back to the playoffs in 2014.

January 06, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Sunday one last hurrah for Falcons' Gonzalez

FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is having a harder time saying goodbye to the NFL than he imagined.

December 27, 2013 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Peters injury brings Falcons' IR total up to 11 for season

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are finishing the season with 11 players on injured reserve, including two additions this week.

December 26, 2013 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Smith bemoans second half woes

December 25, 2013 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


49ers host Falcons in NFC title game rematch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.

December 21, 2013 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Last road trip for Falcons' Gonzalez

ATLANTA - When he first looked at Atlanta's 2013 schedule, Tony Gonzalez was thrilled to see a late December rematch with the San Francisco 49ers.

December 20, 2013 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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Youth leads Falcon defense

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.

August 20, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Peters back in practice

FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.

August 19, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


With Baker out for season, Falcons shift offensive line

FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.

August 18, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Watt and Clowney await Falcons

HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.

August 15, 2014 | By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons, Texans practice together

HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.

August 13, 2014 | By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Soliai, Jackson beefing up D-line

FLOWERY BRANCH - The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.

August 12, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Smith a pleasant surprise at RB

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.

August 11, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons rookie OL Matthews impresses Smith

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.

August 09, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan comes out sharp, Falcons win

ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.

August 08, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' backup QBs in spotlight vs. Dolphins

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.

August 07, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons host Titans

FLOWERY BRANCH - A visit from the Tennessee Titans on Monday didn't change the tone of the Atlanta Falcons' fight-filled training camp.

August 04, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Backup RBs prepping quickly

FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson's latest hamstring injury is giving Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith a chance to fill the void at running back for the Atlanta Falcons.

August 02, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Matt Ryan teaching, adjusting to new faces on offense

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is expanding his leadership role to include teaching young players and other newcomers in his seventh training camp with the Falcons.

July 29, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Trufant, Alford step into Atlanta defense leadership roles

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly.

July 28, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Better protect Matt

FLOWERY BRANCH - Through the first two days of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons look just fine along the offensive line.

July 26, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


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