FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As he prepares for his fifth season as starting quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan is grateful for all the rest he can get.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is having a tough time keeping his starting middle linebacker healthy.
ATLANTA - Mike Smith isn't thinking about the opponent as his Falcons enter their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
DALTON, Ga. - The rule for the Falcons-Titans combined practice was no tackling to the ground.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White and Julio Jones believe they can become the NFL's top receiving tandem.
By CHARLES ODUM
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta coach Mike Smith is looking for new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to help the Falcons increase their third-down stops.
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.
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.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester gets a text every morning from Deion Sanders, usually with some sort of inspirational message.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.
ATLANTA - The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews has returned to practice after missing last week's loss at Cincinnati with a sprained left ankle.
FLOWERY BRANCH - One week ago, Gabe Carimi was being groomed to be the Falcons' version of John Havlicek who could play backup roles across the offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Before the Atlanta Falcons decided to sign Devin Hester, they wanted to make sure he wasn't content just returning kickoffs and punts.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.
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