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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons’ draft board: Boston College QB Chase Rettig

  • 6:00 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig.

Player: Chase Rettig

Position: Quarterback

School: Boston College

Height and weight: 6-2, 215

Workout numbers:  4.97 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 9-4 broad jump, 4.46 in short shuttle and 7.32 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the 20th rated quarterback in the draft and is projected to [More]

5 things to know about the Falcons’ 2014 schedule

  • 8:01 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The NFL released the Falcons’ 2014 schedule on Wednesday.

Here’s our quickie analysis. Check back later for more in depth coverage of the schedule.

1. Falcons open against Saints in rematch of Vaccaro-Gate game.

2. Only two nationally televised games. (Thurs vs. Tampa Bay and MNF at Packers)

3. Falcons play outdoors in Minnesota in September.

4. Bye Week is exactly at the halfway point.

5. Last quarter of the season is pretty rugged with games against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Carolina.

EXHIBITION SEASON

7 p.m., Aug. 8, Friday — vs. Miami

8 p.m., Aug. 16, Saturday — at Houston

7 p.m., Aug. 23, Saturday [More]

Where’s the Falcons’ schedule release party tonight?

  • 2:55 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons are set to receive their schedule from the league office at 8 p.m. tonight.

We’ll have the digital release party right here, so check back shortly after 8 p.m.

The league previously announced that the home game against Detroit will be played at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

I think Falcons coach Mike Smith ordered up an “all-nighter” for those not making the trip across the pond.

“I believe (playing early) is a new thing for the NFL,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Breakfast with the Falcons. Everybody gets an opportunity eat breakfast. If [More]

Video: Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon only ’80 percent’ four months after knee injury

  • 1:27 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Watch the video to hear Sean Weatherspoon’s update on his health, his thoughts on coach Mike Smith’s emphasis on toughness, his impression of potential draft picks and which Falcons player he thinks is due for a big season.

FLOWERY BRANCH –Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon met with reporters today at the team facility and said he still hasn’t been cleared for team workouts more than four months after suffering a knee injury.

“I have been working nonstop with the training staff about four or five days a week doing whatever I can do to get my body feeling good so I can get [More]

Falcons’ draft board: Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas, who had a private workout with the Falcons.

Player: De’Anthony Thomas

Position: Running back

School: Oregon

Height and weight: 4-9, 174 pounds

Combine numbers:  4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash (4.38 at campus workout); 8 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 32-inch vertical jump; 10-4 broad jump.

Projected [More]

Falcons plan to lock up WR Julio Jones for the future

  • 1:53 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons expect to lock up wide receiver Julio Jones services at some point in the future, coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver, who is recovering from foot surgery, is still working with the training staff. Smith was not specific when asked if the team would exercise the fifth-year in Jones’ rookie contract.

“Again, I’m not going to talk about specific contractual situations,” Smith said. “I do know this, Julio Jones is going to be an Atlanta Falcons for a long, long time.”

Smith said the Falcons expect to have Jones back for the beginning of [More]

VIDEO: Falcons ‘What If’ Draft scenarios

  • 1:14 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Noah Coslov play a game of “what if” discussing potential NFL Draft scenarios for the Falcons & what might force them to trade down in the 1st round. 

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look [More]

Falcons’ draft board: Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack to visit Wednesday

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, who’s set to visit Flowery Branch on Wednesday.

Player: Khalil Mack

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Buffalo

Height and weight: 6-3, 251

Combine numbers:  4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash (4.55 at his Pro Day); 23 reps on the

225-pound bench press; 40-inch vertical; 10-8 broad jump, 4.18 in short [More]