ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are offering an extra $8 million to purchase a church property that sits at the site of a proposed $1 billion, retractable roof stadium that the NFL team wants to build, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, there was no time for a leisurely transition to the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have some of the most dynamic offensive players in the league.
NEW ORLEANS - Just like last season, Matt Ryan had the Atlanta Falcons achingly close to a late go-ahead touchdown against New Orleans at the Superdome. Once again, they could not finish the deal.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White isn't promising he'll be 100 percent for the Falcons' opener at the Saints on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan knows that being a quarterback comes with certain responsibilities.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith isn't terribly concerned that his offensive line and secondary had some big leaks in a preseason loss at Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Beating a team that played in the NFC championship game is nice in the preseason. Winning when both the Titans and Atlanta Falcons played their starters into the second half makes it even better.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans certainly are getting tested this preseason by one playoff team after another. And now they get to play Atlanta, a team that just missed a trip to the Super Bowl.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson is even more excited about the potential of the Atlanta Falcons' offense now that tight end Tony Gonzalez is back at practice. Jackson signed a three-year, free-agent contract as the NFL's active leading rusher in March for a myriad of reasons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - While the Atlanta Falcons hustled their way through a drill Tuesday, Tony Gonzalez grabbed a clipboard from an assistant coach, a bit perplexed about what was going on.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith was in a good mood after practice Saturday because his starting offense rolled Thursday night a 27-23 preseason loss at Baltimore, and it figures to get better Sunday with the return of Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Sean Weatherspoon returned to Atlanta Falcons practice on Monday after sitting out a week because of a left finger injury.
ATLANTA - A jubilant Brian Banks described his preseason debut with the Atlanta Falcons as "better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on."
FLOWERY BRANCH - The matchup to watch in tonight's Falcons-Bengals preseason opener will be Atlanta right tackle Lamar Holmes against Cincinnati defensive end Robert Geathers.
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.