FLOWERY BRANCH - This time last year, Matt Ryan was a wide-eyed rookie with a limited understanding on the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith is still waiting for two starters to win jobs on the left side of the Atlanta Falcons' defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - As a resident of the nearby Lake Lanier Islands, Chris Redman has shown Matt Ryan the right way to fish in fresh water.
FLOWERY BRANCH - No player carried the ball more than Michael Turner last season and no NFC team ran more than the Atlanta Falcons.
ST. LOUIS - Atlanta Falcons starters were flawless. St. Louis Rams starters had no answer, even against the second-stringers.
FLOWERY BRANCH - From the time the Atlanta Falcons made Tommy Nobis their first draft pick in 1966, the franchise has always had a long-term leader at linebacker.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Owens isn't kidding about the informational overload facing most NFL rookies.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Eric Weems, a third-year reserve who played in six regular season games last year for the Atlanta Falcons, won't buy into the addage that NFL preseson games are boring.
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford took his first snap as a pro and perfectly executed a play-action pass.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is doing his best to get through another training camp.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When Michael Turner arrived at training camp a year ago, he had to put all doubts out of his mind.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jonathan Babineaux seized the opportunity to remind an impatient Peria Jerry about post-practice protocol in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White practiced for the first time Monday as one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After holding out for the first week of training camp, receiver Roddy White agreed to a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't know how the Atlanta Falcons will be without Roddy White, so he used a scrimmage Friday night to work with other receivers.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - Devonta Freeman believes he is next in line to be the Falcons' starting running back.
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