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Falcons off and running as training camp opens

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Flowery Branch The Atlanta Falcons are back in the business of football, and as training camp opened Thursday morning, it was clear that fans are excited about a team that went to the Super Bowl after the 2016 season. More than 1,000 fans are at the first practice, in which players are not wearing pads. They’ll take on full armor for Saturday morning’s session. Here’s a look-in at what’s going on at Flowery Branch: With fans spread out across the hill overlooking practice fields, the Falcons broke into position groups for early work. For the most part, it was all about fundamentals like footwork, lining up in the right place, some simple receiving drills and pass rushers working against padded

Have a seat, coach: Quinn set for training camp with Falcons

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The Atlanta Falcons' roster looks more solid entering training camp than some of the team's office furniture. Dan Quinn, the Falcons' coach, joined general manager Thomas Dimitroff at a news conference on Wednesday as players reported for camp. ''It's either broken or this is a setup,'' Quinn said, drawing a laugh from reporters.

Divers search lake for Julio Jones’ lost $100,000 diamond earring

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Julio Jones lost some valuable jewelry while jet skiing. Julio Jones may want to remove all valuables the next time he decides to try jet skiing. According to a report by Atlanta Alive, the Atlanta Falcons’ All-Pro wide receiver lost a $100,000 diamond earring after hitting a wake and falling into the water of a Georgia lake.

Julio Jones hires dive team to try to find lost $150K earring

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones recently took a tumble off a Jet Ski, and when he emerged from the lake waters, he was missing something. One of his diamond earrings, reportedly valued at about $150,000, had fallen out. So the All-Pro receiver hired a dive team to scour Georgia's Lake Lanier to recover the lost jewelry, according to a report by WXIA-TV in Atlanta. Divers, who went as far down as 65 feet, came up empty-handed on Tuesday, WXIA reported. "It's down in crevasses and nooks and crannies," Richard Pickering, one of the salvage divers, told WXIA. "It's impossible -- absolutely impossible." Asked whether the earring was worth $100,000, Jones told WXIA, "Yeah, yeah, it was worth a

Roof to remain closed for openers at Atlanta’s new stadium

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The retractable roof for the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be closed when the facility debuts for an Atlanta Falcons preseason game next month. There's no date set on when the roof will be open for an event, even though the roof petals were open on Tuesday when Falcons and MLS Atlanta United officials led a media tour of the stadium. ''The roof will be in closed position for our opening events while some remaining work to fully automate the retractable portion of the roof is completed,'' Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank's AMB Group, told The Associated Press.

Atlanta Falcons training camp: Three questions facing the team

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The NFL season is inching closer. Through July, Shutdown Corner will examine three big questions for each NFL team as it heads to training camp. When last we saw the Atlanta Falcons, they were limping off the field in Houston as confetti fell, victims of the greatest single-game collapse in sports history.

PFT preseason power rankings No. 2: Atlanta Falcons

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The thing people will remember about the 2016 Falcons is that they blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. The Falcons have traditionally had skill-position talent, but they pushed it to another level last year, leading the league in scoring (33.8 points per game).

Upon Further Review: Super Bowl LI

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Everything you never knew about Super Bowl LI. NFL Learn a few new fun facts as we look back at the epic showdown between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.

Taking a closer look at Ryan’s criticism of Shanahan

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

There is no shortage of blame to go around for the Atlanta Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl 51. The Falcons built a 28-3 lead in the middle of the third quarter and let it slip away, ultimately falling to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime. Matt Ryan voiced one previously undisclosed factor in the collapse this week in an interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, pointing the finger at the new coach of the 49ers. Kyle Shanahan has been the focus of a lot of the blame, but critique from the league MVP was a new one. The Falcons quarterback faulted his former offensive coordinator for taking too much time to relay the play calls. Ryan said he did not have enough time to change any of the

Falcons rookie LB Duke Riley pulled an SUV by himself like it was nothing

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Duke Riley is one strong man. On Wednesday, he posted a video of himself pulling a GMC Denali that was connected by two ropes. The Denali is around 5,500 pounds, which is like pulling 24 Duke Rileys if you round up on the math. Riley’s friends were hyping him up by telling him to “rise up,” the Falcons’ motto that is often featured in the Georgia Dome (soon to be Mercedes-Benz Stadium) with Samuel L. Jackson. It’s what Falcons do. Riley was — as expected — excited to be drafted. Looking back, some of these excited hugs and handshakes might have hurt for his friends on the receiving end. When Riley reported for Falcons training camp, he had a perfectly good explanation.