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Greg Knapp says Matt Ryan 'does remind me a lot of some great ones' Knapp heaped praise onto Ryan, comparing him to some of the other great passers he's coached in the past, per Falcons beat reporter Kelsey Conway. That's saying something, as Knapp has previously coached the likes of Steve Young, Peyton Manning, and of course Michael Vick.

How Le’Veon Bell’s stalled contract extension affects the Falcons When Bell sets the record for what a running back makes every season, the second wave will hit, and it'll be too steep a price for Atlanta to pay to retain their explosive RB. The Devonta and Tevin Show might indeed be in its last season. The smaller part to this is that what it means for Julio Jones.

Atlanta Falcons: 30 greatest players in franchise history Overall, Rison would have 423 receptions for 5,633 yards and 56 touchdowns in his five years with the Falcons. He would bounce around with five other NFL teams before retiring in 2000. Rison did return to the gridiron in 2004 to play for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup that year before retiring from football for good in 2005.

The Atlanta Falcons should get Ito Smith involved early and often in 2018 The Atlanta Falcons made a smart decision drafting running back Ito Smith in April. Give it a little time, let it percolate, and it may be one of the smartest decisions the front office has made in recent years. As we reluctantly look ahead to the 2019 offseason, one fact can't be disputed: the running back depth chart is likely to take a big hit.

Julio Jones works out with Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley before training camp Atlanta Falcons fans can finally breathe a bit easier, with training camp just around the corner. Star receiver Julio Jones, who failed to report to organized team activities, apparently has been working out with the rest of the receiving corps - as well as quarterback Matt Ryan.

Julio Jones works with Matt Ryan, other teammates at pre-camp session Falcons receiver Julio Jones didn't show up for the team's offseason program or mandatory minicamp, but he is working with Matt Ryan at the quarterback's passing camp. Calvin Ridley posted a photo on Snapchat of 10 players posing with Ryan after a pre-camp workout.

Julio Jones shows to Matt Ryan's offseason passing camp, as expected There were many people expecting Jones to oddly skip Matt Ryan's annual offseason passing camp in Miami, Florida. That idea is so funny we wrote this whole article with my favorite photoshop ever.

The Falcons have nearly as much dead money as cap space at the moment, per The Score Yet there's also a flip side to that, which is that the Falcons have nearly as much dead money as they do cap space. That's a combination of bad luck, bad decisions, and Jalen Collins. Here's what that dead space looks like:.

Atlanta Falcons: 5 Breakout Player Candidates for 2018 It has taken a few seasons but Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have constructed a young and talented roster.

Atlanta Falcons offering free football coaching clinic this Saturday The Atlanta Falcons will host a free youth football coaching clinic on Saturday, July 21, inviting football coaches to come improve their teaching skills. At the event, coaches will learn how to better coach football fundamentals, be exposed to new offensive and defensive schemes and discuss important topics related to youth football.

Watch: Falcons WR Justin Hardy trains on a hill in mid-July Observe Falcons wide receiver Justin Hardy training on a hill in the middle of July. During his workout, Hardy runs uphill, downhill, sideways, backwards and every other conceivable way to build speed. Great job, everybody. Let's take five.

Could Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones consider early retirement? In the 2015 season, Julio Jones came close to matching Calvin Johnson's league record for receiving yards in a season, but going forward, there's some speculation around that the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver could follow Johnson in another way, one that fans will not be happy to hear about.

There are 10 days until Falcons training camp, so here are ten players who need to improve in 2018 Part of that is discussing players who need to improve and hopefully will improve so that this team can reach new heights, hoist a Lombardi Trophy, and allow us all to die in peace at some indeterminate time in the future. Here are ten of them.

Jeff Schultz thinks Julio Jones could consider early retirement, à la Calvin Johnson Before leaving his post as one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's longtime sports columnist and recent podcaster, reporter Jeff Schultz dropped some seismic speculation about one of the city's biggest athletes. Hint: it's an Atlanta Falcons player we think about a lot.

Atlanta Falcons: Coaching staff addition will make big impact I think the addition of Jones will ripple through each level of the defense. Obviously his presence and pedigree should lead to the defensive line taking a step forward. Additionally though, it's not far fetched to expect banner years from cornerback Desmond Trufant and safety Keanu Neal as a result of the play in the trenches.

One big question for special teams: Will the Falcons have quality returners? I hate to disrespect Roberts, but I can't help but feel that any of the guys in this competition can make better decision with the football than him, and probably turn in at least a comparable numbers.

Michael Thomas ranked more valuable than Julio Jones by PFF Apparently, PFF had Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas ranked as the most valuable non-quarterback in the NFL last season in terms of Wins Above Replacement. Our first guess would have been Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, but the system favors receiving production a lot, especially from the slot.

Atlanta Falcons' 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks Editor's note: This is the sixth of a 10-part, position-by-position series analyzing the Falcons' roster before the start of training camp. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $30 million man.

One big question for the safety position: What will Ron Parker's role be? Parker will end up being the nominal third safety for the 2018 season, with Kazee getting time at safety, cornerback, and especially on special teams before stepping into a larger role next year.

Should we prepare for a Julio Jones training camp holdout? There's still ample time for the Falcons to get a deal done with Jones before the training camp horn sounds, and it's possible that deal is already hammered out behind the scenes. Part of me wonders if it's time we all strap in for the inevitable moment when the Jet doesn't land on time.

Falcons must prepare for a Green Bay winter The Saints' gamut is particularly treacherous, and could wear them down as the season goes on just as easily as it could rev them up. The Eagles also lost two-thirds of their offensive coaching staff and have to overcome the same pitfalls that have entrapped Super Bowl winners far more talented.

NFC South: Each team's most underrated player New Orleans Saints: Marcus Williams. Most of the attention in the Saints secondary went to rookie Marshon Lattimore last season, but fellow rookie Marcus Williams was just as impressive as his teammate. The second-round picked amassed 73 tackles and 4 interceptions in 15 games in his first year in the league.

One big question for the cornerback position: Will Isaiah Oliver hit the ground running? With so much depth and such talent, cornerback is another one of those positions with very few big picture questions. Here's one, though: Will Isaiah Oliver be an immediate impact player or not? It's a question with some fairly major implications.

Devonta Freeman got far better run blocking than Tevin Coleman in 2017 The Falcons have one of the top running back combinations in the NFL today with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. No matter how good your halfbacks are, they need quality run blocking in order to succeed.

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