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.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester.
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.
Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.
When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.
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.
HOUSTON - The Atlanta Falcons' focus this offseason was to improve an offensive line that was among the worst in the league last year.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.
HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.
The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.
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.
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.
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