The free agency free-for-all has begun, mostly with obscure names from the college ranks.
BUFORD - The NFL lockout hasn't affected an emerging friendship between Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and rookie receiver Julio Jones.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons added depth at linebacker on Friday night with only their second pick in the NFL draft.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have made a bold draft-day trade to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored 34 points and the Atlanta Hawks turned back New York's late comeback to beat the Knicks 111-102 on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Bart Starr. Lambeau Field. Ray Nitschke. Titletown USA. Reggie White. Heck, they even named the Super Bowl trophy after Green Bay's most famous coach.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Thomas Dimitroff looked out the window of his office at the Falcons practice facility and saw something real unusual for these parts: a steep hill covered in several inches of pristine powder.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - They'll be trying like mad to knock each other's teams out of the playoffs on Saturday. As two of the NFL's top young passers, they're bound to be compared for the rest of their careers.
ATLANTA - A winter storm that closed schools, government buildings and many businesses in the Atlanta area couldn't stop the Atlanta Falcons from their first chance to prepare for the Green Bay Packers.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Having showered and dressed after practice, Michael Turner is heading for a weekend off Friday when Roddy White nails his Atlanta Falcons teammate with a cupcake to the side of the face.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons hope their home-field advantage in the playoffs will make up for a shortage of players who have won in the postseason.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith is trying to establish business as usual during the Atlanta Falcons' bye week.
ATLANTA - With so much to protect, the Atlanta Falcons are wary about playing a Carolina team with so little to lose.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan and the Falcons are expecting better offensive production in Atlanta's important final regular-season game against Carolina.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith says the Atlanta Falcons take pride in three core principles.
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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