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Former Bulldog Taylor cut by Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons signed free agents, linebacker Tony Gilbert and tight end Justin Peelle and completed the practice squad with the signing of defensive end Sean Conover and running back Kenneth Darby on Sunday. The Falcons also released tight end Jason Rader and former Georgia linebacker Tony Taylor.

Gilbert, 6-foot, 248 pounds, spent the past five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and was coached by then defensive coordinator Mike Smith, the Falcons first-year head coach. In 56 career games, Gilbert has totaled 23 tackles (15 solo), one sack and one fumble recovery. He left Jacksonville tied for sixth ...

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Finneran back on his feet again

FLOWERY BRANCH - Brian Finneran plans to spend some time on the telephone this week, thanking all the people who helped him rehab two years from knee injuries that almost ended his career.

Even those medieval goons in physical therapy, the ones who administered the dreaded "prone knee flexion" exercises, will get some love from the 10th-year Atlanta Falcons receiver.

September 06, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons claim DT Jefferson on waivers from Bills

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons claimed defensive tackle Jason Jefferson off waivers from Buffalo and released defensive tackle Tim Anderson on Sunday.

September 04, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Harrington cut; Milner, Shockley make roster

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons cut quarterback Joey Harrington and offensive guard Kynan Forney as the team reached the NFL's 53-player limit on Saturday.

September 03, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan gets Falcons started in win over Ravens

BALTIMORE - The top two quarterbacks selected in the 2008 NFL draft started their team's final preseason game - for vastly different reasons.

September 02, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons make roster moves

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons moved offensive lineman Renardo Foster to the reserve physically unable to perform list and moved defensive tackle Trey Lewis to the reserve non football injury list on Tuesday.Foster, 6-foot-7, 340 pounds, was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Falcons last season. The Louisville alum competed in seven games in 2007 while starting in two at left tackle.Lewis, 6-3, 323 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. In nine games last season, he recorded 23 tackles (12 solo), one interception ...

August 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons rookies getting defensive

FLOWERY BRANCH - Entering his 10th year coaching in the NFL, Mike Smith knows that preseason stats are essentially meaningless.

August 29, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ready or not, Ryan named Falcons' starting QB

FLOWERY BRANCH - Rather than give Matt Ryan a few games to watch from the sideline, the Falcons decided on Sunday to throw the rookie into the fire as their starter.

August 28, 2008 | BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan, Falcons pound Titans

ATLANTA - One start, one win for Matt Ryan.

August 26, 2008 | BY CHARLES ODUM The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Hartsock wants no part of Crumpler comparisons

FLOWERY BRANCH - For anyone tempted to compare the starting tight ends for Tennessee and Atlanta on Friday night, Ben Hartsock would like to make one point clear.

August 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons release WR Horn

Joe Horn, released by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday after the team couldn't trade the veteran receiver, said he is relieved he can pursue a job with another team.

August 23, 2008 | CHARLES ODOM The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Single game tickets go on sale Friday

Single game tickets for the Atlanta Falcons 2008 regular season will go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday. The tickets can be purchased by phone at 404-249-6400, online at www.atlantafalcons.com and www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at Ticketmaster locations.

August 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan to play full first half Friday

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan's next shot at winning the starting quarterback job for the Atlanta Falcons will come in his first preseason start.

August 22, 2008 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons: Offense sputtered in second preseason game

ATLANTA - Rookie Matt Ryan and fellow quarterbacks Chris Redman and D.J. Shockley combined for three interceptions and one lost fumble in the Atlanta Falcons' 16-9 preseason loss Saturday to Indianapolis.

Running back Michael Turner had two long gains on Atlanta's first two possessions for a combined 115 yards. But neither resulted in a touchdown and the ground game averaged just 2.3 yards on its remaining 22 carries.

August 22, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Holloway: One step forward, two steps back

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.

August 21, 2008 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


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Falcons lose starting center Konz for remainder of season

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury, dealing their battered offensive line another devastating blow.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


No road remedy for Falcons in 29-7 loss to Ravens

BALTIMORE - With each passing week, the Atlanta Falcons - and their offense in particular - have become progressively worse.

October 19, 2014 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan, Falcons face tough Baltimore road test

BALTIMORE - Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, the two best quarterbacks to come out of the 2008 draft, see more of each other on the dinner circuit than on the football field.

October 18, 2014 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta's top receivers unhappy with own performances

Nobody expected Julio Jones and Roddy White to be a weak link in the Atlanta Falcons' offense.

October 16, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons mired in slump because of weak finishes

Finishing strong is the ultimate goal for any football player.

October 15, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons in big trouble after 3rd straight loss

The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes.

October 13, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Home not so sweet: Falcons lose third straight, 27-13 to Bears

ATLANTA - If there was ever a must-win game in October, this was it for the Atlanta Falcons.

October 12, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta taking on Hester's old team

ATLANTA - Devin Hester danced around the question, knowing that everyone wonders what he thinks - really thinks - about former teammate Jay Cutler.

October 12, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Antone Smith earns bigger role with 4 TDs

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Only two NFL running backs have more touchdowns than Atlanta's Antone Smith.

October 09, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons face must-win in rare home game

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

October 08, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign WR Martino from practice squad

The Atlanta Falcons have signed wide receiver Freddie Martino from their practice squad to the active roster.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons, Ryan still struggling in the red zone

FLOWERY BRANCH - Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have improved their red zone efficiency, statistically speaking, from last year.

October 06, 2014 | George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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