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Falcons sell out home opener

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons fans have been granted their wish.

The Atlanta Falcons announced that Sunday's regular season opener against the Detroit Lions at the newly refurbished Georgia Dome has been sold out. Which means fans who are not attended the game will be able to see No. 3 draft pick, and Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan in action.

September 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons responding well to Smith's style

FLOWERY BRANCH. - In his first NFL season as an assistant nine years ago, Mike Smith wasn't sure how professional players would respond to a career college coach.

September 08, 2008 | BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Is rebuilding with Ryan a good idea?

FLOWERY BRANCH - With Michael Vick out of the picture, the Atlanta Falcons wasted little time anointing Matt Ryan as the new face of the franchise.

September 07, 2008 | BY PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons trade pick to Broncos for defensive back

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos traded versatile defensive back Domonique Foxworth to the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday for an undisclosed draft choice in 2009.

September 06, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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


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Falcons linebackers Worrilow, Bartu embrace roles

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.

August 20, 2014 | BY GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Peters relieved to be back in practice

Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.

August 19, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons shift Matthews to left tackle for Baker

When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.

August 18, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons lose LT Baker for entire season

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' revamped offensive line took a major setback Sunday when left tackle Sam Baker was ruled out for the year after injuring his right knee in a preseason game.

August 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' line takes a hit with Baker injury

HOUSTON - The Atlanta Falcons' focus this offseason was to improve an offensive line that was among the worst in the league last year.

August 17, 2014 | By Chris Duncan Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Texans, with Watt and Clowney, await Falcons

HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.

August 15, 2014 | By Chris Duncan Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons, Texans mix it up in combined practice

HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.

August 13, 2014 | Charles Duncan Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Soliai, Jackson bring size to Falcons D-line

The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.

August 12, 2014 | By George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons rookie Matthews impresses Smith in debut

Jake Matthews' first live NFL action gives Atlanta coach Mike Smith reason to think the No. 6 overall draft pick has potential to become an elite player.

August 09, 2014 | By George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan sharp on early TD drive in Falcons' 16-10 win against Dolphins

ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.

August 08, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons ready for first preseason game against Dolphins

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hope to find clarity in the competition to determine quarterback Matt Ryan's backup in Friday night's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.

August 07, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons lose rookie LB Spruill for season with knee injury

Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss the season with a left knee injury.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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