Early Bird Report: ESPN ranks Falcons' backfield among the very best in the NFL

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Today’s Early Bird Report includes the Falcons’ place in a ranking of all 32 NFL backfields as well as some high praise for new Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Enjoy! MAIN FALCONS HEADLINES ESPN: Ranking all 32 NFL backfields: Projections and 2018 outlook The Falcons’

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Michael Bennett Trade Rumors: Falcons Discussing Possible Deal with Seahawks

The Atlanta Falcons have discussed acquiring defensive end Michael Bennett in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure reported Sunday. ESPN.com’s Brady Henderson reported Friday the Seahawks were willing to deal Bennett. Seattle general manager John Schneider said the team

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Exploring trade for Michael Bennett should be on Falcons' agenda

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Bears for seven seasons at Chicago Tribune Also worked at Chicago Sun-Times, Fresno Bee Honorable mention, Football Writers Association of America for enterprise writing, 2002 Follow on Twitter INDIANAPOLIS — Since the Seattle Seahawks have decided to make

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Matt Tabeek's 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons waste little time addressing defensive tackle

If we’ve learned anything this week, it’s that there’s a very good chance the Atlanta Falcons will be in the market for at least one or two defensive tackles this offseason. In case you missed it, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis that Dontari

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3 reasons why the Packers and Falcons need to sign Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan now

The cost of quarterbacks keeps on going up. The problem that creates is that signal callers can take up such a large portion of the cap that it becomes tough to build a well-rounded team. Nevermind if the franchise quarterback goes down and the team isn’t lucky enough to have a Nick Foles level replacement

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Flashback Friday: Matt Bryant waited 4 years to get chance in NFL

Very few people make it all the way to the National Football League. Even a 16-year veteran like Falcons kicker Matt Bryant had to wait for his chance. Undrafted out of Baylor in 1999, things looked grim for Bryant early in his career. He worked at a pawn shop after college but did everything he could

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Dontari Poe on playing with Falcons: 'Definitely' one of the most enjoyable

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – As Dontari Poe finished cleaning out his locker on Sunday following the Falcons divisional round loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, he reflected on his first season in Atlanta. “It was fun,” Poe said. “It’s a great organization, a great city. The coaching staff [does] a great

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Falcons vs. Eagles: Score, live updates from divisional playoff game in Philadelphia

The bottom-seeeded Falcons are fresh off a win over the NFC West-champion Rams, but they face another tall task in the divisional round. The top-seeded Eagles host the Falcons on Saturday afternoon. With Carson Wentz injured, the Eagles will depend on Nick Foles at quarterback. The Eagles’ defense

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Sean Payton says he “had enough” in tirade that drew unsportsmanlike flag

After Drew Brees was intercepted by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, the New Orleans Saints still had a chance to force an Atlanta punt and get one final chance to chase a game-tying field goal. That chance evaporated when head coach Sean Payton sprinted on the field toward an official and was flagged

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Falcons running back Tevin Coleman being evaluated for a concussion

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s win over the New Orleans Saints. Coleman appeared to be injured with just over six minutes remaining when he was hit in the backfield by Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins for a 3-yard loss

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Saints vs. Falcons takeaways: Deion Jones seals crucial win with interception in final minutes

ATLANTA – Deion Jones picked off a Drew Brees pass in the end zone with 1:25 remaining in regulation to thwart a potential go-ahead score and preserve the Falcons’ 20-17 win over NFC South rival New Orleans on Thursday night. With the win, the Falcons improve to 8-5 and keep pace in the NFC South

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NFL: Highlights from Sunday's National Football League games

(Reuters) – Highlights of Sunday’s National Football League games: Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 16 Rookie Joe Mixon rushed for a career-high 114 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown, and Andy Dalton passed for 214 yards and two touchdowns, lifting the Cincinnati Bengals to a 30-16 victory over the winless

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Julio Jones: Falcons getting 'swagger' back after beating Seahawks

SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports NFL insider Jarrett Bell on the Eagles’ blowout of the Cowboys and the Saints’ impressive comeback win against Washington. SEATTLE — By winning consecutive games for the first time since September, the Atlanta Falcons got a much-needed confidence boost. After Monday

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Julio Jones limited, kicker Matt Bryant’s not kicking today

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was visibly uncomfortable Sunday, and they’re giving him a few days off this week to see if it helps. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran kicker was held out of practice Wednesday because of a calf  injury, and coach Dan Quinn

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