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Safety DeMarcco Hellams looks to take 'that extra step' in Year 2 DeMarcco Hellams proved in his first year with Atlanta why he shouldn't be underestimated. ESPN ranks Falcons among top teams in 'under-25 talent' If these rankings are to be believed, the future is bright for Atlanta. 'This guy's active': Why the Falcons took notice of disruptive Brandon Dorlus Talking heads may have dubbed Brandon Dorlus a “tweener” coming out of Oregon, but he’s someone the Falcons feel can “create havoc in the backfield” as he grows. Question of the Week: What are reasonable expectations for Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Bijan Robinson and the Falcons' skill players? With Kirk Cousins and a new scheme in place, the recent investments made in Atlanta's offensive weapons could have a big payoff in 2024.
  1. Safety DeMarcco Hellams looks to take 'that extra step' in Year 2

  2. ESPN ranks Falcons among top teams in 'under-25 talent'

  3. 'This guy's active': Why the Falcons took notice of disruptive Brandon Dorlus

  4. Question of the Week: What are reasonable expectations for Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Bijan Robinson and the Falcons' skill players?

  5. A question about spacing, an issue resolved for 2024 Falcons?

  6. Grady Jarrett excited to get hands-on with DT rookies at training camp

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A question about spacing, an issue resolved for 2024 Falcons? Jul 02, 2024 Speaking with the media this offseason, Falcons receiver Darnell Mooney zeroed in on an aspect of Zac Robinson's scheme he likes. It's an aspect some could argue wasn't consistently there for Atlanta in 2023.
Grady Jarrett excited to get hands-on with DT rookies at training camp Jul 01, 2024 There isn't anyone better than Grady Jarrett for the Falcons' rookie defensive tackles to learn from during training camp.
'He's an enforcer': How Bralen Trice's play caught the Falcons' attention Jun 27, 2024 Bralen Trice's nickname echoed through the pre-draft process, now it's the Falcons who hope his Washington moniker sticks in Atlanta.
Question of the Week: What will Kirk Cousins' immediate impact be when the season starts? Jun 26, 2024 Cousins brings a different presence to Atlanta's quarterback position, and enters an offense with considerable upside.
How Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson is preparing as a first-time play-caller Jun 25, 2024 During offseason trainings, Zac Robinson has simulated live-game play calling to prepare for his new role this upcoming season.
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. signs rookie deal Jun 24, 2024 Penix was the Falcons' No. 8 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Falcons emphasizing speed at wide receiver in 2024: 'Slow feet don't eat' Jun 24, 2024 The Falcons' wide receiver room is leaner, younger and faster this season to best complement quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Question of the Week: What are reasonable expectations for the Falcons in 2024? Jun 21, 2024 After an offseason filled with key changes, our writers assemble to discuss what the expectations should be for Atlanta for the upcoming season.
Falcons sign OT Jaryd Jones-Smith, DT Prince Emili Jun 20, 2024 Both offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith and defensive tackle Prince Emili have NFL experience in addition to a recent UFL history.
'He's always been that guy:' How the Falcons found value three times over in Ruke Orhorhoro Jun 20, 2024 The Falcons packaged draft picks together to move up in the 2024 NFL Draft to select Ruke Orhorhoro with the No. 35 overall pick. This is the story of how they landed on the Clemson defensive tackle.
Falcons to induct owner Arthur M. Blank, quarterback Matt Ryan into Ring of Honor in 2024 Jun 18, 2024 Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank and former quarterback Matt Ryan will become the 13th and 14th members of the Falcons' Ring of Honor.
5 questions remain as Falcons' offseason work comes to an end Jun 18, 2024 The Falcons finished their offseason program last week and won't return to the facility until late July for training camp.

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Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. signs rookie deal Jun 24, 2024 Penix was the Falcons' No. 8 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Falcons sign Harrison Hand, release Anthony Sao Jun 11, 2024 The Falcons make a change at cornerback adding Harrison Hand and releasing Anthony Sao in a corresponding move.
Falcons sign OT Jaryd Jones-Smith, DT Prince Emili Jun 20, 2024 Both offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith and defensive tackle Prince Emili have NFL experience in addition to a recent UFL history.
Falcons sign OL Andrew Stueber, release WR JaQaue Jackson Jun 04, 2024 Offensive lineman Andrew Stueber was waived by the Patriots earlier this week, while wide receiver JaQuae Jackson is a recent undrafted free agent.
Falcons sign defensive tackle Brandon Dorlus to rookie contract May 30, 2024 Atlanta selected the Oregon product No. 109 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Falcons sign WRs Daylen Baldwin, OJ Hiliare May 22, 2024 In a corresponding move, the Falcons released TE Tucker Fisk.
Falcons sign third-round pick Bralen Trice to rookie deal May 17, 2024 The Falcons selected outside linebacker Bralen Trice at No. 74 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Falcons release OLB Ade Ogundeji May 16, 2024 Outside linebacker Ade Ogundeji is a former draft pick for the Falcons who played in 2021-22 but sustained a foot injury during 2023 training camp that landed him on season-long injured reserve.
Falcons sign CB Anthony Johnson May 15, 2024 The Falcons are now at their 90-man roster limit for training camp. Their in the midst of Organized Team Activities, with Day 3 on tap Thursday.

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  1. Bair Mail: Expectations for Kyle Pitts' first game, Josh Rosen and offensive line question marks

  2. Bair Mail: On Kaden Elliss, Terry Fontenot options at No. 8, Taylor Heinicke, Desmond Ridder and more

  3. Bair Mail: On cornerback Devon Witherspoon, signing a defensive lineman in free agency, and Carson Wentz

  4. Bair Mail: On Cordarrelle Patterson's impact, Arthur Smith's flexible scheme and Desmond Ridder's next steps

  5. Bair Mail: On Desmond Ridder development, Richie Grant, Derek Carr and Ryan Tannehill

  6. Bair Mail: On Tyler Allgeier's emergence, Rashaan Evans performance, Arthur Smith and Desmond Ridder starting over Marcus Mariota

NFL Power Rankings

NFL Power Rankings Week 18: Ravens stay on top, Eagles drop and Falcons move after loss to Bears Jan 02, 2024 The wide-open NFC South remains tight as we move toward the last game of the regular season.
NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Ravens move to the top, Chiefs drop a bit and Bucs, Falcons rise after wins Dec 26, 2023 Taylor Heinicke got the Falcons offense going in an impressive victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
NFL Power Rankings Week 16: 49ers stay on top, Bills surge, Cowboys drop and Falcons fall back after Panthers loss Dec 18, 2023 The AFC playoffs should be super competitive, with several upper-tier teams capable of winning it all.
NFL Power Rankings Week 15: 49ers, Ravens, Cowboys in top 3, NFC South tightly packed after Falcons loss to Bucs Dec 12, 2023 Chiefs, Lions tumble a bit after upset losses; Joe Flacco and Jake Browning keep Browns, Bengals afloat.
NFL Power Rankings Week 14: 49ers back on top; Dolphins, Ravens and Chiefs tightly packed in the AFC and Falcons move on up Dec 04, 2023 Atlanta leads the NFC South by a game after beating New York Jets.
NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Eagles keep top spot, 49ers move up and Falcons jump up above Saints Nov 27, 2023 Ravens, Cowboys and Jaguars show well in previous week of games.
NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Eagles on top with Chiefs just behind, Texans move on up and Falcons stand pat after bye Nov 20, 2023 Chiefs and Eagles stay put after their dramatic Monday night battle.
NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Eagles, Chiefs atop the league, 49ers move back to top 3, Falcons tumble after loss Nov 13, 2023 Jaguars, Bengals fall out of elite class (temporarily, at least) after difficult defeats.
NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Eagles stay at No. 1, Ravens join top 3 and Falcons drop a bit after loss to Vikings Nov 07, 2023 Atlanta drops into the lower half of the league after its second straight loss.
NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Eagles on top, 49ers fall, Jaguars move into elite class and Falcons, Saints very close Oct 30, 2023 Falcons still atop the NFC South, but Saints and Bucs close in the division.
NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Chiefs take top spot, Eagles at No. 2 as 49ers lose again and Falcons move up a bit Oct 23, 2023 Atlanta is the top NFC South team in the division and these rankings, moving on up after big win in Tampa.
NFL Power Rankings Week 7: 49ers remain on top, Lions claw into second spot and Falcons fall after losing to Commanders Oct 17, 2023 The NFC South remains tightly packed after all four teams lose in Week 6, setting up a big game Sunday between the Falcons and Bucs.
NFL Power Rankings Week 6: 49ers remain No. 1 after beating Cowboys, Lions on the prowl and Falcons flying higher Oct 09, 2023 Desmond Ridder's performance and the Falcons defense inspires confidence that Atlanta can compete over the long haul.
NFL Power Rankings Week 5: 49ers tough to beat, Bills buck up and Falcons drop a bit after loss to Jaguars Oct 02, 2023 Eagles and Chiefs remain impressive and rank among NFL's upper tier.
NFL Power Rankings Week 4: 49ers stay on top, Dolphins up to No. 2, Cowboys drop and Falcons fall a bit after Lions loss Sep 25, 2023 Lots of shuffling after lots of wacky results in Week 3 action.
NFL Power Rankings Week 3: 49ers remain on top, Dolphins move up and Falcons keep rising after two straight wins Sep 19, 2023 Star quarterbacks Justin Herbert, Kirk Cousins and Joe Burrow leading 0-2 teams off to a slow start.
NFL Power Rankings Week 2: 49ers on top, Eagles and Cowboys up high, with Falcons in solid position after beating Panthers Sep 11, 2023 NFC South goes 3-1 in first week of NFL action.
NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs on top after Super Bowl, Eagles still fly after loss Feb 13, 2023 Let's see how the league shakes out after the 2023 NFL season concludes
NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Eagles still on top after loss to Cowboys, with Joe Burrow and Bengals in hot pursuit while 49ers keep moving up Dec 26, 2022 Falcons drop another spot after loss to Ravens
NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Eagles' Jalen Hurts, Bengals' Joe Burrow, Bills' Josh Allen, Chiefs' Pat Mahomes and 49ers' Brock Purdy(?!?) have teams at the top Dec 19, 2022 Falcons drop some after losing to rival Saints

Falcons Daily

Analysis: How the emergence of Clark Phillips III could change the Falcons cornerback position in 2024 Jan 05, 2024 Fourth-round NFL Draft pick has started the last four games on the outside, opposite A.J. Terrell.
Falcons feel "optimistic" about Taylor Heinicke's ankle injury as Week 18 practices begin Jan 03, 2024 Arthur Smith says the Falcons will monitor Heinicke's progress throughout the week.
'It's no question': Arguing the All-Pro case for Falcons safety Jessie Bates III Dec 29, 2023 Bates has had a career year with the Falcons in 2023, but how does he stack up to other premier safeties in the NFL?
Evaluating the Falcons 2023 draft class nearing the end of the regular season Dec 22, 2023 From first-rounder Bijan Robinson to seventh-rounder DeMarcco Hellams, the Falcons 2023 rookies have made an impact.
Analysis: How late-game struggles have kept the Falcons defense from 'being special' Dec 15, 2023 The Falcons have given up a go-ahead, game-winning drive in their last three losses; it's what they feel is keeping them from being elite.
How Drake London has established trust, commanded respect in his second NFL season Dec 14, 2023 The USC product is finding his voice as a leader, footing as a productive NFL receiver.
Clark Phillips III an example of how the Falcons develop depth in preparation for times of crisis Dec 08, 2023 Atlanta ruled four players out, designated five others questionable ahead of major NFC South clash with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Analysis: How the Falcons and Buccaneers have fared since their Week 7 contest and what that means for Sunday's rematch Dec 07, 2023 The Falcons defeated the Buccaneers back in Week 7 thanks to a game-winning field goal from kicker Younghoe Koo.
Why Falcons need offensive line to be 'tough, nasty and physical' down the stretch Dec 01, 2023 Chris Lindstrom, Kaleb McGary, Drew Dalman, Matthew Bergeron and Jake Matthews didn't allow a sack and helped produce a season-high 228 rushing yards in a key Week 12 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Why the Falcons should unleash all three running backs Nov 30, 2023 The Falcons had a season-high 228 yards rushing in their Week 12 win over the Saints.
Why Saints clash means a little more to Kaden Elliss, David Onyemata, Ryan Nielsen Nov 24, 2023 These three members of the Falcons defense will face their old team on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Bijan Robinson, Arthur Smith weigh in on usage, what's happened and what comes next for first-round running back Nov 23, 2023 The No. 8 overall pick has averaged 4.9 yards over 125 carries through his first 10 NFL games.
What Desmond Ridder learned watching from the sidelines before he returned as starting quarterback Nov 22, 2023 Ridder started the first eight games of the season, and now he regains the starting position in Week 12.
Analyzing Falcons key statistics, outcomes in the red zone Nov 10, 2023 The Falcons are 14-of-28 in their trips to the red zone in 2023. What is there to learn in those 28 trips?
Analysis: Kicker Younghoe Koo shows immense value in 2023 Falcons season Nov 08, 2023 Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo has put up 92 of Atlanta's 166 points this season.
How Ryan Nielsen, defensive line can account for loss of Grady Jarrett, LaCale London Nov 03, 2023 Falcons acquired Kentavius Street in trade from Philadelphia, signed Travis Bell off Chicago's practice squad
Desmond Ridder addresses preparation, ball security and Falcons quarterback change before Minnesota Nov 02, 2023 QB Taylor Heinicke, OC Dave Ragone praised Desmond Ridder's contributions to practice, game prep.
'Gosh, he's back quick': How Jeff Okudah is playing some of his best football after returning from injury Oct 26, 2023 Cornerback Jeff Okudah has played just five games for the Falcons but has already made a big impact.
Ryan Nielsen, David Onyemata, Arnold Ebiketie identify signs of an improving Falcons pass rush Oct 20, 2023 Atlanta doubled its season total with five sacks against Washington in Week 6.
Falcons Daily: Atlanta searching for a breakthrough on the road vs. divisional opponent Tampa Bay Oct 19, 2023 The Falcons haven't won a game on the road since Week 3 of the 2022 season.
How Desmond Ridder's coachability has helped him grow through the Falcons highs and lows Oct 18, 2023 As the Falcons (3-3) come off their first home loss of the season, Arthur Smith underscored Ridder's accountability and progress.
Analysis: Falcons third-down defense getting the job done so far Oct 13, 2023 The Falcons defense is ranked fifth in the NFL with a 32.8% third-down conversion rate.
Storm Norton helps answer key question about Falcons depth at the line of scrimmage Oct 12, 2023 When Kaleb McGary suffered a knee injury in the Falcons win vs. the Texans, Atlanta's offensive tackle depth was tested. Storm Norton didn't miss a beat.
Nate Landman taking Kaden Elliss' advice as second NFL start looms in London Sep 29, 2023 A 2022 opportunity set Elliss up for good fortune in the year after. How will Landman take hold of the opportunity in front of him now?
How the Falcons defensive depth has taken the "next man up" cliché to heart, put action behind it Sep 22, 2023 Nate Landman, Tre Flowers stepping up and stepping in for Atlanta early in 2023.
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NFL Draft

A closer look into what the Falcons valued in the picks of four pressure players in the 2024 NFL Draft Atlanta selected three defensive tackles and an outside linebacker, adding to its defensive front.
Falcons know picking QB Michael Penix Jr. became 'the story of the draft' The talk of the town has been the Falcons' quarterback situation, signing Kirk Cousins and drafting Michael Penix Jr.
Assistant GM Kyle Smith confident in Falcons quarterback situation for next 5 years — 'minimum' The conversation surrounding the Falcons' No. 8 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft continues. This time, assistant general manager Kyle Smith addresses the matter.
Falcons agree to terms with 10 undrafted free agents The 2024 NFL Draft brought the Falcons eight players. Another 10 come in through the UDFA wave that follows the tentpole event each year.

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Free Agency

Falcons sign defensive end James Smith-Williams Apr 10, 2024 James Smith-Williams is a former seventh-round draft pick who had spent all four years of his NFL career so far with the Commanders.
Falcons sign cornerback Kevin King Apr 08, 2024 Kevin King played for the Packers from 2017-21 but sat out 2022-23 due to personal reasons and then an injury.
Falcons sign cornerback Antonio Hamilton Sr. Apr 04, 2024 The cornerback joins the Falcons with eight NFL seasons under his belt.
Falcons sign defensive tackle Eddie Goldman Apr 03, 2024 Eddie Goldman brings six years of playing experience back to Atlanta.
Which 2023 Falcons defensive free agents are still on the market — plus their possible fate in Atlanta Apr 02, 2024 There are 11 free agents available who were on the Falcons roster last season. Five came from the defense.
Which 2023 Falcons offensive free agents are still on the market — plus their possible fate in Atlanta Apr 01, 2024 There are 11 free agents available who were on the Falcons roster last season. Six came from the offense.

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