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.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons cleared an opening for rookie fullback Bradie Ewing on Tuesday when they released veteran Ovie Mughelli in a move that also frees salary cap space.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons didn't have a pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
ATLANTA - Asante Samuel was willing to restructure his contract to play for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons made quite a splash in last year's NFL draft.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have changed their mind in wanting to build a new retractable-roof stadium that would result in the demolition of the Georgia Dome.
BALTIMORE - With each passing week, the Atlanta Falcons - and their offense in particular - have become progressively worse.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Finishing strong is the ultimate goal for any football player.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have improved their red zone efficiency, statistically speaking, from last year.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith says the Atlanta Falcons aren't concerned about the injuries that have reshuffled their offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Osi Umenyiora still goes online to play video games against his buddy Victor Cruz.
MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater playing with calm and poise beyond his years. Jerick McKinnon running hard between the tackles. Anthony Barr coming up with a big sack in the fourth quarter.
FLOWERY BRANCH - These days, the game looks so much slower to Julio Jones.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan has received plenty of accolades for his mammoth passing numbers in the opening month of the season. Another came Wednesday, when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons' defense was handed a new challenge on Monday as players returned from their long weekend: How to contain Teddy Bridgewater.
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