FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith tested Atlanta Falcons rookies with an overload of information in a short period of time.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Malliciah Goodman wasn't surprised to be asked about his long arms after his first practice with the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff had two major goals heading into the NFL draft - get a starting cornerback and bolster his reserves on defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Robert Alford was too good for the Falcons to pass up in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night, even though Atlanta also selected a cornerback in the first round.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Desmond Trufant will be wearing No. 21 for the Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons pulled off another significant deal in the opening round of the NFL draft, moving up to land Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant on Thursday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux said Tuesday he'd like to see the Falcons make defense their top priority in this week's NFL draft.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Trader Thomas. The Gambler. Monty Hall Jr. Whatever you want to call him, Thomas Dimitroff clearly relishes his reputation on draft day. The general manager of the Atlanta Falcons is always ready to make a deal. This year is no different. Dimitroff is positioned for another busy draft, holding the 30th overall pick and plenty of extra selections in the later rounds to restock the roster of a team that came up ...
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore was arrested on a simple battery charge Thursday.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons will play their first regular-season game outside the United State and five nationally televised games as part of their schedule released on Thursday night.
DULUTH - Matt Ryan says he is not focusing on contract talks as he appears destined to become the NFL's next $100 million quarterback.
The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2013 preseason at the Georgia Dome with a nationally-televised game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 8 in Atlanta. The preseason opener will be televised by ESPN, while three other preseason games will air on CBS Atlanta.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons released starting tackle Tyson Clabo on Thursday, with the move effective after June 1.
ATLANTA - Brian Banks said signing with the Atlanta Falcons is his second-biggest accomplishment. The biggest was Banks' exoneration of rape charges one year ago.
MIAMI - Cornerback Brent Grimes, who missed almost all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have signed four NFL draft picks, including defensive ends Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga.
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