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Former Bulldog Taylor cut by Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons signed free agents, linebacker Tony Gilbert and tight end Justin Peelle and completed the practice squad with the signing of defensive end Sean Conover and running back Kenneth Darby on Sunday. The Falcons also released tight end Jason Rader and former Georgia linebacker Tony Taylor.

Gilbert, 6-foot, 248 pounds, spent the past five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and was coached by then defensive coordinator Mike Smith, the Falcons first-year head coach. In 56 career games, Gilbert has totaled 23 tackles (15 solo), one sack and one fumble recovery. He left Jacksonville tied for sixth ...

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons

Finneran back on his feet again

FLOWERY BRANCH - Brian Finneran plans to spend some time on the telephone this week, thanking all the people who helped him rehab two years from knee injuries that almost ended his career.

Even those medieval goons in physical therapy, the ones who administered the dreaded "prone knee flexion" exercises, will get some love from the 10th-year Atlanta Falcons receiver.

September 06, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons claim DT Jefferson on waivers from Bills

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons claimed defensive tackle Jason Jefferson off waivers from Buffalo and released defensive tackle Tim Anderson on Sunday.

September 04, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Harrington cut; Milner, Shockley make roster

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons cut quarterback Joey Harrington and offensive guard Kynan Forney as the team reached the NFL's 53-player limit on Saturday.

September 03, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Ryan gets Falcons started in win over Ravens

BALTIMORE - The top two quarterbacks selected in the 2008 NFL draft started their team's final preseason game - for vastly different reasons.

September 02, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons make roster moves

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons moved offensive lineman Renardo Foster to the reserve physically unable to perform list and moved defensive tackle Trey Lewis to the reserve non football injury list on Tuesday.Foster, 6-foot-7, 340 pounds, was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Falcons last season. The Louisville alum competed in seven games in 2007 while starting in two at left tackle.Lewis, 6-3, 323 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. In nine games last season, he recorded 23 tackles (12 solo), one interception ...

August 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons rookies getting defensive

FLOWERY BRANCH - Entering his 10th year coaching in the NFL, Mike Smith knows that preseason stats are essentially meaningless.

August 29, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Ready or not, Ryan named Falcons' starting QB

FLOWERY BRANCH - Rather than give Matt Ryan a few games to watch from the sideline, the Falcons decided on Sunday to throw the rookie into the fire as their starter.

August 28, 2008 | BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Ryan, Falcons pound Titans

ATLANTA - One start, one win for Matt Ryan.

August 26, 2008 | BY CHARLES ODUM The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Hartsock wants no part of Crumpler comparisons

FLOWERY BRANCH - For anyone tempted to compare the starting tight ends for Tennessee and Atlanta on Friday night, Ben Hartsock would like to make one point clear.

August 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons release WR Horn

Joe Horn, released by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday after the team couldn't trade the veteran receiver, said he is relieved he can pursue a job with another team.

August 23, 2008 | CHARLES ODOM The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Single game tickets go on sale Friday

Single game tickets for the Atlanta Falcons 2008 regular season will go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday. The tickets can be purchased by phone at 404-249-6400, online at and, or in person at Ticketmaster locations.

August 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons

Ryan to play full first half Friday

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan's next shot at winning the starting quarterback job for the Atlanta Falcons will come in his first preseason start.

August 22, 2008 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons: Offense sputtered in second preseason game

ATLANTA - Rookie Matt Ryan and fellow quarterbacks Chris Redman and D.J. Shockley combined for three interceptions and one lost fumble in the Atlanta Falcons' 16-9 preseason loss Saturday to Indianapolis.

Running back Michael Turner had two long gains on Atlanta's first two possessions for a combined 115 yards. But neither resulted in a touchdown and the ground game averaged just 2.3 yards on its remaining 22 carries.

August 22, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Holloway: One step forward, two steps back

Unless your paychecks come from an NFL franchise or you're sitting on the No. 1 draft pick in your fantasy football keeper league, you're not going to get much out of most preseason games.

August 21, 2008 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons

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