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Falcons sign sixth-round selection

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have signed their sixth-round draft choice, linebacker Spencer Adkins.

June 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


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


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Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn feels first draft was a success

FLOWERY BRANCH - General manager Thomas Dimitroff and new coach Dan Quinn say the Atlanta Falcons got exactly what they were looking for on the last day of the NFL draft.

May 02, 2015 | George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons fifth-round pick Grady Jarrett loses home in Friday fire

FLOWERY BRANCH - New Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had a major scare while he waited for his name to be called in the NFL draft Friday night.

May 02, 2015 | George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons stick to their needs, draft LSU cornerback Collins, Indiana running back Coleman

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons second-round pick Jalen Collins said Friday night his positive drug tests are "all behind me."

May 02, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons select pass rusher Vic Beasley with first-round pick

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was prepared to trade up to get his pass rusher.

April 30, 2015 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Dan Quinn's focus turns to draft following Atlanta Falcons' mini-camp

Dan Quinn is entering his first NFL draft as Atlanta's coach with a fresh understanding of the talent already present on the Falcons' roster.

April 29, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons expected to look for edge rusher, RB in draft

FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff appears poised for more NFL draft trades even with a change in Atlanta's front office.

April 28, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Dan Quinn leads first mini-camp practice as Atlanta Falcons coach

FLOWERY BRANCH - There are almost too many milestone moments for Dan Quinn to squeeze into one week.

April 28, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons' GM Dimitroff receives positive medical reports on two top draft prospects

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Friday he believes Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, whose toe injury kept him from participating in the NFL combine, will be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

April 24, 2015 | Charles Odum | Atlanta Falcons


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