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Falcons win opener over Lions

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan threw for a touchdown with his very first NFL pass, Michael Turner set a team rushing record in his Atlanta debut, and the Falcons were off and running Sunday.

September 11, 2008 | BY PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons begin Ryan era against Lions

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have a new general manager, a new coach and a new quarterback - not to mention plenty of good feelings in the locker room.

September 10, 2008 | By Paul Newberry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sell out home opener

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons fans have been granted their wish.

The Atlanta Falcons announced that Sunday's regular season opener against the Detroit Lions at the newly refurbished Georgia Dome has been sold out. Which means fans who are not attended the game will be able to see No. 3 draft pick, and Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan in action.

September 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons responding well to Smith's style

FLOWERY BRANCH. - In his first NFL season as an assistant nine years ago, Mike Smith wasn't sure how professional players would respond to a career college coach.

September 08, 2008 | BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Is rebuilding with Ryan a good idea?

FLOWERY BRANCH - With Michael Vick out of the picture, the Atlanta Falcons wasted little time anointing Matt Ryan as the new face of the franchise.

September 07, 2008 | BY PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons trade pick to Broncos for defensive back

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos traded versatile defensive back Domonique Foxworth to the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday for an undisclosed draft choice in 2009.

September 06, 2008 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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


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Atlanta Falcons to play without Matthews, Reed in final preseason game

FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Dan Quinn is hoping the Atlanta Falcons' list of injuries doesn't get any longer.

September 01, 2015 | George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons’ offense remains unsettled, battles continue for starting jobs at key spots

The Atlanta Falcons' most glaring unanswered questions are on offense as they began a short practice week before their final preseason game against Baltimore on ...

August 31, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons trim roster to 76 by cutting 13 players

The Atlanta Falcons have trimmed their roster to 76 players by cutting 13, including running back Michael Ford and tight end Mickey Shuler.

August 31, 2015 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons final drive comes up short, lose preseason game to Dolphins 13-9

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- Ryan Tannehill threw for 145 yards in less than a half despite working behind a makeshift offensive line, and the Miami Dolphins ...

August 29, 2015 | Steven Wine Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons, Julio Jones agree on new 5-year contract

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a $71.25 million, five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that compares favorably with recent deals paid to ...

August 29, 2015 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Wide receiver looks like Atlanta Falcons’ deepest position heading into season

Like all NFL teams, the Atlanta Falcons have some worrisome positions.

August 27, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


After suspension, Atlanta Falcons’ McKay reinstated to NFL Competition Committee

Atlanta Falcons team president Rich McKay has been reinstated as chairman of the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, the league said Thursday, after a nearly ...

August 27, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons sign journeyman quarterback Rex Grossman

The Atlanta Falcons have signed Rex Grossman to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Matt Ryan.

August 26, 2015 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons give Rex Grossman tryout at quarterback

ATLANTA - Rex Grossman, who hasn't taken a snap in an NFL game since 2011, could soon join the competition to be the backup for ...

August 25, 2015 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta’s new stadium will be named after Mercedes-Benz; $1.4 billion facility to open in 2017

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons will share a stadium name with their biggest rival.

August 24, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White set to have minor elbow surgery

ATLANTA - Roddy White will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his right elbow, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday, thought the long-time Falcons receiver should ...

August 23, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan, Falcons starters sharp early in 30-22 loss to Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Matt Ryan was sharp for the second straight preseason game, leading Atlanta to touchdowns in both of his series in the ...

August 21, 2015 | | Atlanta Falcons


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