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Not your average 9 to 5: Pro football affords athletes a comfortable living, just not during camp

Linebackers call an audible to signify that Joe Horn is going in motion. The ball is snapped and play begins. Horn heads up field, stopping on a dime while going to his left, then diving to his right in an attempt to catch a Joey Harrington pass.

August 01, 2008 | Katie B. Davis | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons fans flock to first day of camp

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matthew Eichenblatt was like many fans who couldn't wait to see the Atlanta Falcons in person at training camp.

July 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Milner ready to earn starting spot

FLOWERY BRANCH - Martrez Milner was moving at real game speed during the opening day of Atlanta Falcons training camp Saturday in Flowery Branch. When the football came in the direction of the Falcons second-year tight end and West Hall High graduate, he latched onto the pass and darted toward the end zone like he was going for a touchdown.

July 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


A complete guide to Falcons training camp

Since 2007 ended, the Falcons have gone out of their way to put the most tumultous year in franchise history in the rear view. The front office shakeup, the overhauled coaching staff, the purging of unhappy veterans and the drafting of what the franchise hopes will be the quarterback of tomorrow were all intended to make certain that the 2008 season marks the beginning of a new era.

July 30, 2008 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign second round pick

The Atlanta Falcons signed second round (37th overall) draft pick, linebacker Curtis Lofton Friday to a four-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lofton, 6-foot-0, 248 pounds, logged 197 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, three interceptions and one sack in three seasons at the University of Oklahoma. His 157 tackles in 2007 tied for the seventh-best season total in school history and were the most by a Sooner since 1979. Lofton also earned first-team All-America honors from The NFL Draft Report, Football Writers Association of America, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News last year. The Falcons ...

July 29, 2008 | | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign draft pick Baker

FLOWERY BRANCH – Atlanta Falcons first round (21st overall) draft selection, offensive lineman Sam Baker, has agreed to terms on a contract and will be present at the team's first training camp practice tomorrow morning.

July 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons make roster moves

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today signed offensive lineman Michael Butterworth, linebacker Coy Wire and cornerback Blue Adams. The Falcons also placed defensive tackle Trey Lewis on the active/non-football injury list, placed offensive tackle Renardo Foster on the active/physically unable to perform list, waived-injured offensive lineman Pat McCoy, reached an injury settlement with linebacker Travis Williams and waived cornerback Glenn Sharpe.

July 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons name Georgia Force head coach Doug Plank to coaching staff

Flowery Branch – The Atlanta Falcons today named Georgia Force head coach Doug Plank to the coaching staff. Plank will serve as a seasonal coaching assistant and will be assigned to special projects as well as keeping his current head coaching position with the Force."When you can add a coach of Doug Plank's caliber, it's going to strengthen your staff and we are excited to have him join us," said head coach Mike Smith. "Coach Plank is going to be a tremendous asset and we value his prior NFL experience as a member of the Chicago Bears and ...

July 27, 2008 | For The Times | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons ready to show franchise's makeover

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Vick was busted. Bobby Petrino was a bust.

July 23, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons release rookie Gonzalez

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan will be without former Boston College teammate Tony Gonzalez when the Atlanta Falcons open training camp this month.

July 23, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons rookie negotiations ongoing

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are still negotiating with two draft picks after signing linebacker Robert James to a four-year contract.

July 20, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign rookie linebacker

The Atlanta Falcons signed fifth round (138th overall) draft selection, linebacker Robert James on Tuesday to a four-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

July 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Douglas trying to help out his hometown team

Jonesboro native Harry Douglas grew up cheering for the Falcons and looking up to players like Andre Rison. Now suiting up in the same colors as his former football idols, Douglas impressed coaches in the team's post-draft workouts, and the 23-year-old wide receiver is battling for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind starters Roddy White and Laurent Robinson. As part of a series introducing the Falcons rookies, Douglas spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway about adjusting to the NFL - with some help from another Georgia native - and about his aspirations for a career after football.

July 17, 2008 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


Michael Vick files for bankruptcy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Suspended and imprisoned NFL quarterback Michael Vick filed for bankruptcy protection Monday - a move designed to allow him to hold his real estate and other assets before a former agent begins collecting on a recent court judgment.

July 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons announce training camp schedule

The Atlanta Falcons will be back in Flowery Branch before the month is finished.

July 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


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Ravens hand Falcons 4th straight loss

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


Falcons fall apart late in 30-20 loss to Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Atlanta Falcons had everything in place to end their woes away from home.

October 05, 2014 | By Tom Canavan Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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