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Meet the rookies: Marist grad glad to be back in Atlanta

A two-sport star at Marist, William Middleton left high school with a state championship in football and baseball in his possession. After spending four years at Furman, Middleton is back in Atlanta playing for his hometown Falcons. Recently the fifth-round draft pick sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to talk about playing for his hometown team, giving up baseball and what it's like to be known as a small cornerback.

June 23, 2009 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons young QB earning rave reviews from teammates

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons teammates say the quarterback will be even better in 2009 than he was when he won widespread acclaim as the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2008.

June 18, 2009 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign two draft picks and release two players

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons signed third round draft pick cornerback Christopher Owens and fifth round selection offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

June 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Sidbury showing smarts, skill as a Falcon

Lawrence Sidbury made his name on the football field terrorizing quarterbacks as a defensive end at Richmond and blazing through the NFL combine with an impressive showing. But there's more to Sidbury than the sacks that propelled Richmond to an FCS National Championship in 2008 and the 40-yard dash times that made him a hot NFL commodity. The defensive end, who the Falcons picked in the fourth round of this year's draft, ran the 100-yard dash on Richmond's track team and has been an honor roll student since high school. Sidbury spoke with Times sports editor Brent ...

June 15, 2009 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


Get to know rookie Chris Owens

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith calls the battle between prospective starting cornerbacks one of the most competitive he's seen at voluntary workouts. In the middle of that battle is rookie Chris Owens, the former San Jose State standout who the Falcons selected in the third round of this year's draft. Last Wednesday, Owens sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to discuss how he got the nickname 'Flytrap", what he misses most about Los Angeles and how he thinks the Lakers will fare in the NBA Finals.

Q: You grew up in L.A. and weren ...

June 08, 2009 | | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta signs two draft picks

The Atlanta Falcons signed fifth round draft selection William Middleton and seventh round pick Vance Walker on Friday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Middleton a 5-11, 194-pounds cornerback was the first of two draft picks (138th overall) for the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

June 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Jenkins key to Falcons passing attack

FLOWERY BRANCH - With just one play Michael Jenkins quieted the naysayers.

June 04, 2009 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign wide receiver Brandon Godfrey

The Atlanta Falcons today signed undrafted free agent Bradon Godfrey.Godfrey, 6-3, 197 pounds, caught 128 receptions for 1,440 yards (11.3 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 36 career games at the University of Utah.

June 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Clabo signs tender; Falcons release linebacker Brock Christopher

Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Tyson Clabo signed his restricted free agent tender today while the team released linebacker Brock Christopher.

June 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Rookie safety ready to contribute for Falcons

William Moore has a reputation as a ferocious hitter on the football field. He's intense, almost frighteningly so. It's one of the reasons the Atlanta Falcons picked him in the second round of April's NFL draft. But off the field, Moore says he's "just the average guy you see at the grocery store." Moore, who's battling second-year safety Thomas DeCoud to replace departed starter Lawyer Milloy, spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway after a recent team workout about the best halftime speech he never heard, his past and possible future in music, and his ...

June 01, 2009 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons lineman free after arrest

Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka is free on $2,400 bond after being accused of fighting with his wife.

May 29, 2009 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Meet the Falcons' new man in the middle

Peria Jerry, the Atlanta Falcons' first-round pick in April's draft, almost never played a down of football despite coming from a family that has put two cousins in the NFL and numerous others on Division-I football scholarships. Just a few years later he's expected to compete for a starting job with the Falcons this fall. Jerry spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about what finally convinced him to play and stick with football, how he spends his free time in North Mississippi, and how he's recovering from a minor knee sprain.

May 25, 2009 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


White still supports Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White has no regrets for supporting disgraced quarterback Michael Vick over the last two years.

May 20, 2009 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Blank believes Vick deserves second chance

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Arthur Blank won't bring Michael Vick back to Atlanta.

May 20, 2009 | By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Turner out to sustain momentum for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - While reporters scurried from Roddy White to Mike Smith to Matt Ryan with questions about the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Turner sauntered off the practice field almost unnoticed.

It was a rare occasion on a football field for Turner, who quickly caught and kept the attention of opposing defenses in 2008.

May 20, 2009 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


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Putnam: In a game of inches, Goodell can't afford to give Belichick any

Bill Belichick would use a Ferrari to win a soap box derby if he thought he could get away with it.

January 21, 2015 | Jared Putnam | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons' 2nd interview with Quinn 'went very well'

ATLANTA - Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's second interview with the Falcons appears to have strengthened his chances of becoming Atlanta's next coach.

January 20, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Putnam: Atlanta Falcons set to gamble big on Dan Quinn

The Seahawks' miracle comeback on Sunday means the Falcons won't be able to officially begin their honeymoon phase with Dan Quinn for a couple more weeks.

January 20, 2015 | Jared Putnam | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan added to Pro Bowl

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is headed to the Pro Bowl.

January 19, 2015 | For The Times | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons have second interview scheduled with Seattle's Quinn

ATLANTA - Seattle's NFC championship game win won't stop the Atlanta Falcons from talking with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

January 18, 2015 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' coach search could become waiting game for Quinn

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons' coach search could become a waiting game if their top candidate is Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

January 15, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Grant, Vasturia lead No. 12 Notre Dame past Georgia Tech, 62-59

ATLANTA - Jerian Grant scored 12 points, Steve Vasturia added 11 points and No. 12 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 62-59 on Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | By George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Bowles cancels planned interview with Falcons

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have to recast their coaching search after Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles called off a scheduled second interview with the team.

January 13, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Bowles, Austin, Quinn may lead Falcons' search

ATLANTA - With Rex Ryan no longer an option, three defensive coordinators, including Arizona's Todd Bowles, may lead the Atlanta Falcons' coach search.

January 12, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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