FLOWERY BRANCH - Ask Osi Umenyiora about playing in Atlanta and the Falcons' new defensive end smiles instantly.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez had to wait until his final season to strike a perfect training camp balance for both him and the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Now that he's wearing a $100 million smile, quarterback Matt Ryan is ready to get back to work for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford aren't having an easy time learning how to play cornerback in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson is still trying to feel his way through his first offseason with the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday he likes what he has seen of his team through offseason workouts.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan said Tuesday his focus is on his new teammates and a new season and he's not fretting about the status of his new contract.
BOSTON - NFL owners approved a $200 million loan Tuesday for the Atlanta Falcons to build a new stadium.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Robert Alford was too good for the Falcons to pass up in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night, even though Atlanta also selected a cornerback in the first round.
DULUTH - Matt Ryan isn't focusing on contract talks as he appears destined to become the NFL's next $100 million quarterback.
ATLANTA - Brian Banks said signing with the Atlanta Falcons is his second-biggest accomplishment.
ATLANTA - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that retiring center Todd McClure will have a new home in the team's Ring of Honor.
ATLANTA - Steven Jackson has wanted to hold up the Lombardi Trophy since he was 10 years old.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons found their replacement for Michael Turner on Thursday by agreeing to terms with Steven Jackson, considered the top free-agent running back, on a three-year, $12 million deal.
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.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
ATLANTA - A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
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