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Franks hoping to bolster secondary

At 5-foot-11 and 194 pounds, defensive back Dominique Franks was one of the most dynamic players taken in this year's NFL Draft. The former Oklahoma Sooner was picked in the fifth round by the Falcons, who were looking to bolster a pass defense that finished 28th in the league last season. Franks signed a four-year deal with the Falcons on June 16 and may compete on special teams as well as defense this coming season. The Times' sports reporter James Wolfe spoke with Franks after the last day of Falcons' Organized Team Actvities about his early challenges in the ...

June 23, 2010 | James Wolfe | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign OL Johnson

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons today signed third round (98th overall) pick guard Mike Johnson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

June 19, 2010 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Meet the rookies: Mike Johnson

With Justin Blalock and Harvey Dahl set to become free agents in 2011, the Atlanta Falcons knew they would soon have possible holes to fill on the offensive line. With their third-round pick in this year's NFL draft, the Falcons selected Alabama's Mike Johnson, a solid player that NFL.com states "knows how to get the job done." By drafting the 6-foot-5, 312-pounder, Atlanta hopes to begin grooming a productive starter at the guard position.

June 16, 2010 | James Wolfe | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign pair of draft picks

The Atlanta Falcons signed fourth round draft pick Joe Hawley (117 overall) and fifth round pick cornerback Dominique Franks (135 overall) to contracts on Tuesday. Terms of the each deal were not disclosed.

June 16, 2010 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Meet the rookies: Weatherspoon adapting to NFL life

From the very first pick in this year's NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons showed they were dedicated to improving a defense which finished 21st in the league last season. Instead of trading the 19th pick, an idea that the organization had toyed with, the Falcons selected Missouri outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Falcons coach Mike Smith said, "We have a very urgent and passionate football player that can play both the Sam (strongside) and Will (weakside) linebacker in our scheme." On Wednesday, Weatherspoon spoke with Times sports reporter James Wolfe to discuss how his first series of activities with the ...

June 10, 2010 | James Wolfe | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons looking to sharpen passing game

FLOWERY BRANCH - The NFL prides itself on parity, playmakers, and in recent years, the passing game.

June 10, 2010 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign DT Peters

The Atlanta Falcons signed third-round draft pick Corey Peters on Tuesday.

June 08, 2010 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons lineman suspended over fracas with wife

FLOWERY BRANCH - The NFL says Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka has been suspended without pay for the season opener after being arrested last year.

June 03, 2010 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons plan scrimmage at North Gwinnett High

The Atlanta Falcons will hold its third annual Friday Night Lights team scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at North Gwinnett High in Suwanee. Friday Night Lights is open to the public and admission is free.

May 27, 2010 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons give back to the kids

BUFORD - As 7-year-old Hunter Jones slid across the floor, 6-foot-3, 260-pound Joe Zelenka scooted right behind him.

May 27, 2010 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons looking for new home in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay said Friday the team wants a new stadium within seven years, but it doesn't appear the Georgia Dome is going away.

May 22, 2010 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons focused on youth fitness

Dozens of young girls and boys had a special experience, as several Atlanta Falcons football players participated in the Gatorade Junior Training Camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County at Positive Place on Wednesday in Gainesville.

May 20, 2010 | James Wolfe | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons rookies learning on the fly

It's hard to argue the importance education has on an NFL rookie.

May 17, 2010 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Slimmed down Turner reports to mini camp

FLOWERY BRANCH - Ovie Mughelli isn't swayed when others call Michael Turner "The Burner."

May 09, 2010 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Bierman sees chance to earn a starting role

FLOWERY BRANCH - Kroy Bierman could be John Abraham's new pass-rush complement at defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons.

May 08, 2010 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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