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Humphrey to be presented by his daughter

  • 7:33 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Claude Humphrey shortly after receiving the news of his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Radio City Music Hall in New York back in February. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Claude Humphrey, the longtime defensive end of the Atlanta Falcons who finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, has chosen his daughter Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson to present him for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2.

She becomes just the third daughter ever to serve as a presenter. John Elway was presented by his daughter Jessica in 2004, and last year Warren Sapp was presented by [More]

Falcons WR Drew Davis out six weeks after foot surgery

  • 11:29 am Saturday, July 5th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Falcons reserve wide receiver Drew Davis had surgery to repair an unspecified foot injury and will miss the next six weeks, according to the team.

The Falcons placed Davis on the physically unable to perform list for training camp. The Falcons open practice on July 25, meaning Davis would miss about three weeks of camp under the timetable announced by the team.

“Drew felt some discomfort in his foot at the end of minicamp,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. “We decided to send him to the doctors for some evaluations and it was determined he [More]

Watch: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan evaluates team at end of minicamp

  • 1:03 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–At the conclusion of Falcons minicamp quarterback Matt Ryan talked about rookie Devonta Freeman’s strong performance so far, new quarterback T.J. Yates and the emphasis on communication between the offensive linemen.

Watch: Falcons rookie tackle Jake Matthews on blocking team’s big linemen

  • 1:00 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–At the conclusion of Falcons minicamp rookie right tackle Jake Matthews talked about blocking the team’s big defensive linemen, fitting in with his new teammates and adjusting to the pro game.

Falcons rookie Jeff Mathews factors in ‘wide open’ No. 2 QB competition

  • 6:57 pm Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH– Falcons coach Mike Smith was extolling the virtues of Sean Renfree, the second-year quarterback from Duke, when he offered some unsolicited praise for a rookie quarterback.

“The (Jeff) Mathews kid, the young undrafted rookie, he has done some things,” Smith said. “He’s got a nice arm. He’s intelligent player. I think it’s wide open as far as far as who our No. 2 quarterback is going to be.”

Those comments were a bit surprising even in light of Smith’s oft-repeated declaration this off season that there would be real competition for several jobs.

For one, Dominique Davis has been entrenched as Matt [More]

Falcons RB Steven Jackson’s Father’s Day tribute

  • 12:44 pm Sunday, June 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

In celebration of Father’s Day, Relativity Sports created an exclusive video featuring Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson. The Father’s Day video also features NBA and MLB players Corey Brewer, Mark Melancon, Garrett Jones and Carter Capps.

Jackson also wrote a tribute to his father Steve in a recent blog on Among the topics Jackson touched on:

–Lessons he’s learned from his father and how he’s applied those lessons to being a father himself.

–The challenges of being a traveling pro athlete while trying to raise two young boys.

–Why he doesn’t want his sons to feel pressured [More]

Falcons sign third-round pick Southward

  • 11:48 am Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed safety Dezmen Southward, their third-round draft pick, to a four-year contract today.

Now, the team has signed all of their draft picks.

The Falcons also signed free agent kicker Sergio Castillo, who was a four-time All-Lonestar Conference selection at West Texas A&M.

Falcons rookie safely Dezmen Southward warms up during the first day of minicamp for rookies Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Falcons complex in Flowery Branch. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

In part because he has a huge upside, Southward was selected 68th overall in the third round by the Falcons. He was the fifth safety taken, [More]

Falcons cut Szczerba, Yoklic

  • 5:22 pm Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons waived tight end Andrew Szczerba and punter Matt Yoklic on Wednesday.

Szczerba, 6-6, 256 pounds, was signed to the Falcons practice squad on November 13, 2012. Szczerba spent the 2013 season on injured reserve.

Yoklic, 6-4, 220 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on May 12, 2014.


–Today, – OTA No. 8.

–Thursday, June 12 – OTA No. 9.

–Friday, June 13 – OTA No. 10.

–Monday, June 16 – Physicals.

–Tuesday, June 17 — Day One: Mandatory minicamp (5 practices over three days)

–Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp.

–Thursday, June 19 – [More]

Twelve notes from Falcons practice

  • 3:29 pm Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–The Falcons finished up the second week of full-squad organized team activities today with a practice that was open to media. Here are 12 quick notes:

Gabe Carmini took some reps at starting right guard in place of Jon Asamoah. “I wouldn’t put anything into who is taking reps with whom and where,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “I think it’s important that we look at different combinations of guys. We are going to move guys in. Like I said when we started this offseason there will be a lot of competition.”
Tight end Mickey Shuler, a member of the practice [More]

Falcons WR Julio Jones’ brother shot in Alabama

  • 2:46 pm Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Phillip Jones, 31, the brother of Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was the victim of a shooting in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Tuesday, according to the Gulf Shores police.

Jones, of Foley, Ala., was shot in the arm.

The Falcons are already reeling with the shooting death of Falcons wide receiver Roddy White’s brother Tyrone Moore, Jr. in Charleston, S.C. His funeral was last Thursday.

Gulf Shores Police responded to South Baldwin Urgent Care in reference to a man being brought in suffering from a gunshot wound. When the officers arrived they were able to determine that the incident occurred at [More]