FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Turner kept running the ball. Matt Ryan worked in some short passes. It wasn't exactly stretching the field, but it sure worked for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is supposed to be one of the NFL's rising stars at quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta coach Mike Smith painstakingly went over every possession the Falcons had in their latest loss, pointing out each little mistake, each little miscue.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After getting embarrassed by Green Bay in the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Falcons knew quarterback Matt Ryan needed another big weapon at his disposal.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are still trying to find their groove.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure hopes he doesn't have to offer another apology to quarterback Matt Ryan.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons, who usually stress their running game, all but gave up on Michael Turner in the second half of last week's loss at Tampa Bay.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons spent Thursday afternoon trying to compensate for a growing list of injured starters.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons didn't have much to be proud of Monday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Heading into the opener Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons are drawing plenty of attention for that high-powered offense.
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown continued his electrifying preseason, catching four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers beat Atlanta 34-16 on Saturday night.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - David Garrard's back has been relatively pain free this week. No swelling, no tightness, no problems walking, sitting or getting out of bed.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Corey Peters' knee injury means more reps in practice for Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry.
ATLANTA - Phillip Livas scored on a 75-yard punt return in the third quarter to help Miami overcome a difficult start by quarterback Chad Henne in the Dolphins' 28-23 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith believes Julio Jones' even temperament will be a big asset in the rookie's preseason debut tonight against Miami.
NEW YORK - Among the Patriots' rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener.
FLOWERY BRANCH,- Even the most established Falcons players are scrambling to make a good first impression with new coach Dan Quinn.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - New Falcons coach Dan Quinn did more than just say hello to his players in the first team meeting this week.
ATLANTA - In the midst of two losing seasons, the Atlanta Falcons tried to pump up the noise.
The Falcons' financially conservative approach to this year's free-agent signings may have been influenced by hopes of keeping star wide receiver Julio Jones from leaving next year.
Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.
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