FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is expanding his leadership role to include teaching young players and other newcomers in his seventh training camp with the Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Through the first two days of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons look just fine along the offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons won't be easing their way into this season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White on the eve of training camp on Thursday.
ATLANTA - Mike Smith didn't like seeing the Atlanta Falcons pushed around in 2013.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan likes to hang out with family and friends, play golf and take a vacation or two in the offseason.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White promises to give his teammates the spotlight when the Atlanta Falcons star in HBO's "Hard Knocks" series during training camp.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Julio Jones, eight months away from football "feels like an eternity."
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith hopes defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has a full complement of healthy players after the Atlanta Falcons endured so many injuries last year.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have an advantage over most teams that have the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft. The Falcons already have their franchise quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Just two days into Atlanta's offseason workout program, Falcons coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
ALPHARETTA - Deanna Kathumbi-Jackson feels better about letting her young sons play tackle football.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons began a major overhaul Tuesday after a dismal season, signing three linemen at the start of free agency, re-signing defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, and cutting former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired Scott Pioli as assistant general manager on Wednesday, reuniting him with GM Thomas Dimitroff.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan says he and the Atlanta Falcons face no added pressure with everything on the line this week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Another Falcons practice without Julio Jones was followed by another vote of confidence from coach Mike Smith that the star wide receiver will make it back from his hip injury this week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - It's possible 5-8 never looked so good.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday the "intention" is for wide receiver Julio Jones to play this week against Pittsburgh after hurting his hip in Monday night's loss at Green Bay.
FLOWERY BRANCH - An impressive win over Arizona's strong defense was a confidence-booster for running back Steven Jackson and the Falcons' offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - At 5-7 and sporting the NFL's most leaky defense, the Atlanta Falcons look like a mismatch against Green Bay star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are two games below .500.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Desmond Trufant knows the Atlanta Falcons' secondary faces a major challenge as Josh Gordon returns this week for Cleveland.
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