5 things we learned about the Falcons this week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, talks as Atlanta Falcons President and co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee Rich McKay, right, looks on during a press conference at the NFL owners meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, talks as Atlanta Falcons President and co-chairman of the NFL’s competition committee Rich McKay, right, looks on during a press conference at the NFL owners meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

UPDATED: The Falcons agreed to terms with linebacker Courtney Upshaw on Friday. He’s expected to add toughness to the defensive front seven and play the Leo/outside linebacker position.

FLOWERY BRANCH – It was a busy week for the Falcons with the owner’s meeting being held in Boca Raton, Fla.

After the meeting, coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff fanned out over the country to conduct some private workouts.

Here are 5 things we learned this week:

1. NO FINE: The Falcons will not be fined for asking a sexual orientation question at the combine. Commissioner Roger Goodell

Falcons coach Dan Quinn discussing a variety of topics at the NFL owners meeting in Boca Raton, Fla. on Wednesday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons coach Dan Quinn discussing a variety of topics at the NFL owners meeting in Boca Raton, Fla. on Wednesday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent were pleased with the team’s quick response and the social responsibility training the coaching staff received.

2. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY BILL: Commissioner Goodell also noted that the league and its owners are closely monitoring the situation in Georgia and if religious liberty becomes law. Atlanta’s Super Bowl bid could be in jeopardy.

3. N.C. STATE & FLORIDA VISITS: The Falcons went to N.C. State to look at a couple of prospects. Quinn still has connections in Gainesville after serving as Florida’s defensive coordinator. The Falcons are interested in Florida safety Keanu Neal.

4. OHIO STATE VISIT: The Falcons ended their visits in Columbus, Ohio were they are interested in Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee and tight end Nick  Vannett.

5. WHEELER BACK IN THE FOLD: The Falcons also re-signed linebacker Philip Wheeler on Thursday. They also had visits from unrestricted free agent linebacker Courtney Upshaw and guard/center Ted Larsen.



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