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.
ATLANTA - Michael Jenkins just wants to have fun.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The last time Brian Finneran caught a pass in a real game for the Falcons, Jim Mora was the coach and Michael Vick was the quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For the past two years, it seemed like all Harvey Dahl did was practice. But now, all that practice is finally paying off.
A youthful position for the Falcons got even younger when veteran cornerback Von Hutchins was lost for the year early in training camp. The injury left a handful of first- and second-year Falcons scrambling for starting spots in the secondary, and rookie Chevis Jackson out of LSU has taken advantage.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan isn't the only rookie having a good training camp with the Atlanta Falcons. As expected of a quarterback drafted No. 3 overall, Ryan commanded everyone's attention with a 105.7 passer rating as Atlanta opened the preseason with a 20-17 loss at Jacksonville. First-year Falcons coach Mike Smith was also impressed, for the most part, with his other high draft picks: ...
The Atlanta Falcons waived injured tight end Brad Listorti on Monday.
The Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia Dome announced the team's Fan Code of Conduct for the 2008 season on Monday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said he wasn't looking for a tie or a moral victory in his team's preseason opener against Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Atlanta Falcons waited about eight minutes to launch the Matt Ryan era.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - No one expects the Atlanta Falcons to finish near first place in the NFC South, but players give new coach Mike Smith credit when they say they already feel they're on top.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent offensive lineman Doug Datish and waived kicker Kevin Lovell on Thursday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Redman has edged out rookie Matt Ryan and will start at quarterback in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason opener Saturday night at Jacksonville.
Single-game tickets for the Atlanta Falcons' two home preseason games will go on sale at 10 a.m. today. The Falcons' first home preseason game is Aug. 16 against the Indianapolis Colts. Atlanta's final home game during the preseason is Aug. 22 against the Tennessee Titans. Fans can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-326-4000. For more information, visit www.atlantafalcons.com
FLOWERY BRANCH - Since Alge Crumpler left the team for Tennessee via free agency in March, tight end hasn't been expected to be a position of strength for the 2008 Falcons. But now that Martrez Milner is injured, the depth is even more spotty.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon took a knee to catch his breath after his lumbering 71-yard interception return for a touchdown.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons don't know if they'll be facing Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson says running the ball in the NFL requires patience and commitment.
LONDON - London is getting its first NFL day game, creating a new morning time slot for viewers in the United States.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith knows the value of a strong finish, even in a dismal season such as this one.
TORONTO - Falcons safety William Moore looked into the crowd in Toronto and began wondering whether he was back home in Atlanta.
LONDON - The NFL has announced the dates of its three regular-season games in London next year, with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10 on Nov. 9.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Terren Jones said Wednesday it will feel like another preseason game with the Falcons if he plays against the Bills on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons have sole claim to the NFC's worst record at 2-9, a dramatic decline for a team which owned the conference's best mark one year ago.
NEW YORK - The NFL has switched the Carolina Panthers' game at New Orleans against the Saints on Dec. 8 from early afternoon to an 8:30 ET kickoff on NBC's "Sunday Night Football."
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