GLENDALE, Ariz. - Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft.
ATLANTA - Just 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Darius Johnson could pass for one of the equipment guys in the Atlanta Falcons locker room.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offense out of their three-game losing streak last week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, is expected to practice on Wednesday.
ATLANTA - Tight end Tony Gonzalez has talked a lot over the last three years about opponents having to "choose their poison" when facing the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez put off retirement for one more year with a single goal in mind: winning his first Super Bowl ring.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith is facing the biggest challenge of his six seasons as the Falcons' coach.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons returned from their bye week Tuesday with big holes to fill on offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' fears were confirmed on Wednesday when a second medical opinion found star wide receiver Julio Jones' foot injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith sounded dismayed while discussing his team's latest major injury.
ATLANTA - After plenty of mistakes in his first four games, Geno Smith suddenly looked like a wily ol' veteran for the New York Jets.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are hurting - on the field and in the standings.
FLOWERY BRANCH - If the Atlanta Falcons are going to get back on track Monday night against the New York Jets, they'll have to do it with an offensive line that has not yet proven to be ready for prime time.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The bottom line doesn't look good for the Falcons' red-zone production.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White and Osi Umenyiora say that the Atlanta Falcons can fix their mistakes.