Fourth-round selection Devonta Freeman said he felt like the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft when he saw the opportunity awaiting him with the Atlanta Falcons.
Free safety Dezmen Southward is still wondering how good fortune came his way so soon after the NFL scouting combine.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith says he doesn't want his Falcons defense to be predictable or easily labeled.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons hope Florida State's Devonta Freeman can help revive the NFL's worst rushing attack.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are trying to make good on their promise to get tougher on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have selected Wisconsin safety Dez Southward in the third round of the NFL draft.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their pass rush by picking Minnesota defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons picked up some badly needed protection for quarterback Matt Ryan, selecting offensive tackle Jake Matthews of Texas A&M with the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.
BEREA, Ohio - Johnny Football's long wait is over.
NEW YORK - The Houston Texans have made South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney the first pick in the NFL draft.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have an advantage over most teams that have the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft. The Falcons already have their franchise quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH- Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been testing the market for a possible NFL draft-day trade and said Wednesday he won't be reluctant to make a deal.
Two nationally-televised games and a matchup across the pond highlight the Atlanta Falcons' 2014 schedule, announced Wednesday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Just two days into Atlanta's offseason workout program, Falcons coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Flowery Branch - The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday their 2014 preseason schedule, which includes home contests against Miami and Tennessee and road meetings at Houston and Jacksonville, the dates of times of these games will be announced at a later date.
CINCINNATI - Picked apart and run over. The Falcons defense had a horrid day in just about every way.
CINCINNATI - Aaron Rodgers. Tom Brady. Matthew Stafford. Andrew Luck. Philip Rivers. Joe Flacco. Ben Roethlisberger.
One week ago, Gabe Carimi was being groomed to be the Falcons' version of John Havlicek who could play backup roles across the offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson has been the feature running back for most of his 11-year NFL career.
Before the Atlanta Falcons decided to sign Devin Hester, they wanted to make sure he wasn't content just returning kickoffs and punts.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan has turned in plenty of impressive performances for the Atlanta Falcons.
ATLANTA - Say this about a rivalry: It's not much of one if both teams aren't winning on a regular basis.
Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.
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