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 Latest Falcons Player Notes
May 11 2017 - Eric Saubert
  TE Eric Saubert agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Thursday. Saubert was chosen in the fifth round of the 2017 draft.


May 11 2017 - Brian Hill
  RB Brian Hill agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Thursday. Hill was a fifth-round pick out of Wyoming.


May 11 2017 - Duke Riley
  LB Duke Riley agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Thursday. Riley was a third-round pick out of LSU.


May 11 2017 - Takkarist McKinley
  DE/LB Takkarist McKinley agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Thursday. McKinley was the 26th overall selection in last month's NFL Draft. McKinley was a two-year starter at UCLA and recorded 99 tackles, including 28 tackles for loss and 16 sacks, and also forced six fumbles and has 10 passes defensed.


Apr 22 2017 - Taylor Gabriel
  WR Taylor Gabriel signed his second-round tender worth approximately $2.8 million, the Falcons announced Saturday. Gabriel is coming off a breakout 2016 season in which he had 35 catches for 579 yards and matched star Julio Jones with a team high-tying six touchdown receptions. The 26-year-old Gabriel also had four carries for 51 yards and a score.


Apr 8 2017 - Desmond Trufant
  CB Desmond Trufant and the Falcons agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth a reported $69 million with approximately $42 million guaranteed, putting Trufant in elite company among cornerbacks. The 26-year-old Trufant, the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Washington, was heading into the final year of his rookie contract. In four seasons with the Falcons, Trufant started 57 games, posting 213 tackles, seven interceptions, four fumble recoveries, 53 passes defensed and three sacks, earning his first Pro Bowl nod in 2015.


Mar 21 2017 - Soma Vainuku
  FB Soma Vainuku signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Vainuku was signed by the Houston Texans in 2016 out of the USC, but was waived/injured in September.


Mar 21 2017 - Hugh Thornton
  G Hugh Thornton signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Thornton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Illinois. He played in 37 games for the Colts, with 32 starts, playing both left and right guard.


Mar 21 2017 - Derrick Coleman
  FB Derrick Coleman signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Coleman was signed by Seattle in December of 2012 and played in 31 games with seven starts for the Seahawks. He has 11 career receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also had 10 carries for 35 yards.


Mar 16 2017 - Dontari Poe
  DT Dontari Poe, a two-time Pro Bowler, agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. The team did not disclose the terms for Poe, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported it's a one-year deal worth up to $8 million -- with incentives boosting the total to $10 million. Poe, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014, recorded 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble while playing in all 16 games last season. The 346-pound Poe has collected 202 tackles, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 78 career contests.


Mar 12 2017 - Ryan Schraeder
  RT Ryan Schraeder reportedly agreed to convert his roster bonus into a signing bonus to help Atlanta save salary-cap space. The Falcons opened up $4.8 million in cap space by restructuring Schraeder's contract, ESPN's Field Yates reported Saturday. Schraeder, 28, signed a five-year extension in November that included a $6 million roster bonus this year. He converted that amount into a signing bonus, thus giving the Falcons more money to spend now.


Mar 10 2017 - Courtney Upshaw
  DT Courtney Upshaw re-signed with the Falcons on Thursday. Upshaw was signed by Atlanta during the 2016 offseason and during training camp, he was converted to defensive tackle after playing outside linebacker during his time with Baltimore. Upshaw saw action in 13 games with five starts for the Falcons. His playing time increased as the season went on, as he recorded 12 of his 23 total tackles, his 0.5 sack, and his only forced fumble and fumble recovery in the last six games of the season, as the team went 5-1. Upshaw also recorded a sack on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Super Bowl LI.


Mar 10 2017 - Matt Schaub
  QB Matt Schaub re-upped with the Falcons at $9 million over two years, according to reports. Schaub, 36, is coming off his 13th NFL season after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Falcons for 2016. He saw mop-up duty in four games while backing up Matt Ryan, completing 1 of 3 passes for 16 yards.


Mar 9 2017 - Matt Schaub
  QB Matt Schaub is expected to re-sign with the Falcons to remain as Matt Ryan's backup. The two sides reached agreement on a two-year, $9 million deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schaub, 36, is coming off his 13th NFL season after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Falcons for 2016. He saw mop-up duty in four games while backing up Ryan, completing 1 of 3 passes for 16 yards.


Mar 1 2017 - Jonathan Babineaux
  DT defensive Jonathan Babineaux will be allowed to become an unrestricted free agent after 12 years of service, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday.


Mar 1 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones of the Falcons is still contemplating having offseason surgery on a foot injury ithat slowed him last season.


Feb 6 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack played on a fractured fibula Sunday.


Feb 6 2017 - Ryan Schraeder
  RT Ryan Schraeder suffered a torn ligament in his ankle Sunday.


Feb 6 2017 - Robert Alford
  CB Robert Alford had a 82-yard interception return, which was the second longest in Super Bowl history.


Feb 6 2017 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman gave a woeful block attempt on Dont'a Hightower on the key sack strip Sunday.


Feb 6 2017 - Matt Schaub
  QB Matt Schaub, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, could be a target for the 49ers, led by his former offensive coordinator in Atlanta, Kyle Shanahan. Schaub, 35, backed up Matt Ryan in Atlanta this year. For the Texans from 2007-13, Schaub became the team's all-time leader in passing yards (23,221) and touchdown passes (124). He earned Pro Bowl selections in the 2009 and 2012 seasons.


Feb 5 2017 - Grady Jarrett
  DT Grady Jarrett sacked Patriots QB Tom Brady three times in the Super Bowl. Jarrett finished with five tackles.


Feb 5 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack was active and in the starting lineup for the Falcons in the Super Bowl. Mack did not practice this week because of a left fibula injury, reportedly a chip fracture, which could have limited a player considered vital to Atlanta's zone-running scheme.


Feb 5 2017 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan wound up 17 of 23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the Super Bowl against New England.


Feb 3 2017 - Dwight Freeney
  DE Dwight Freeney (calf) sat out Thursday's practice in what was more of a veteran maintenance day. Freeney, who turns 37 two weeks after the Super Bowl, is expected to be ready to play Sunday. "Dwight's played with (minor injuries) this year," coach Dan Quinn said.


Feb 3 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack had his struggles in the last full-speed practice Thursday afternoon at Rice University and coach Dan Quinn said he was "concerned, yes" about Mack's injured left fibula as the clock ticks down to the Super Bowl on Sunday. "I just know his toughness and strength is so great," Quinn said. "The good thing is I know he's feeling better than he did in the NFC Championship Game. But yeah, I'm concerned. I'm not panicked, but I'm concerned."


Feb 3 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones (sprained toe) was listed as limited in practice Thursday.


Feb 2 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack (leg) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He was injured in the NFC title game vs. Green Bay.


Feb 2 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones presents the Patriots with their greatest challenge yet. The Patriots have excelled at negating the top offensive option of the opposition, surrendering just three touchdowns to No. 1 receivers during their current nine-game winning streak. "You always got to know that you're going to get different coverages with Julio out there, whatever the Julio coverage is that week," Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "We try our best to anticipate that. Usually the way to try to anticipate it is to watch how they played other teams with a big receiver. That's not just this week, that's every week. You've got to do that with Julio because you're going to get some stuff you haven't seen."


Jan 31 2017 - Mohamed Sanu
  WR Mohamed Sanu is staying focused on football despite persistent questions about his Muslim faith after President Donald Trump's travel ban. "It's a very tough situation and I just pray that us as a country and a world can be united as one," Sanu told reporters during his Super Bowl LI media session in Houston. "It's really hard for me to talk about this right now. It would take a lot of time so I just want to focus on the game and focus on football." Sanu had a career-high 59 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season.


Jan 27 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack, who has a left fibula injury, remained sidelined from practice on Friday. Mack exited Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers when teammate Devonta Freeman stepped on his ankle. Mack returned to the game although the injury was not fully healed, playing in 67 of 73 offensive snaps against the Packers.


Jan 27 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones returned to limited participation in Friday's practice while recovering from a toe sprain in the team's preparation for Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said earlier in the week that the initial plan was to rest both Jones and center Alex Mack, who has a left fibula injury, during the bye week ahead of the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Jones practiced Friday and Mack remained sidelined.


Jan 25 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack will be held out of practice this week by the Falcons to rest and recover from an injury in preparation for the Super Bowl against the Patriots. Mack injured his left ankle in Sunday's 44-21 victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.


Jan 25 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones will be held out of practice this week by the Falcons to rest and recover from an injury in preparation for the Super Bowl against the Patriots. Jones aggravated a toe sprain in a 36-20 divisional playoff win over the Seahawks. The toe aggravation didn't limit his impact in Sunday's 44-21 victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game as he caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.


Jan 24 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack (sprained ankle) is unlikely to practice in the bye week, but is still expected to play in Super Bowl LI against the Patriots. The Falcons' decision to rest Mack during the bye week was reported by NFL Network. After sustaining the injury in Atlanta's 44-21 rout of the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, Mack returned to the game although the injury was not fully healed. Mack's ankle is described as "swollen" and "painful" in an NFL.com report.


Jan 23 2017 - Brian Poole
  CB Brian Poole led the Falcons with seven tackles and had two quarterback hurries against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He laid two solid hits on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.


Jan 23 2017 - Jalen Collins
  CB Jalen Collins had a key second-quarter forced-fumble and recovery inside the red zone against the Packers.


Jan 23 2017 - Ricardo Allen
  FS Ricardo Allen had a key second-quarter interception against the Packers.


Jan 23 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.


Jan 23 2017 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan completed 27 of 38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He had a passer rating of 139.4. Ryan is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive postseason games.


Jan 23 2017 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack left Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers for one play in the second quarter with an apparent left foot injury when running back Devonta Freeman rolled over it on a stuffed running play.


Jan 23 2017 - Mohamed Sanu
  WR Mohamed Sanu had five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the NFC title game.


Jan 23 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the NFC championship game.


Jan 23 2017 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan, showing that he could be just as good in the playoffs as in the regular season, threw for four touchdowns and ran for another, and the Falcons routed the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in Sunday's NFC title game win. "We've got some more business at Houston in two weeks," Ryan said after the Falcons were presented the NFC trophy and earned the right to face the New England Patriots -- 36-17 winners over Pittsburgh -- in Super Bowl LI at Houston on Feb. 5. Ryan completed 27 of 38 passes for 392 yards. The Packers' defense had no answer for the quarterback and star receiver Julio Jones, who caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan went a sixth straight game without throwing an interception and wasn't sacked as the Falcons converted 10 of 13 third-down opportunities and amassed 493 yards. "We played a hot team. You've got to give them credit," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "Matt is playing incredible right now, and that's a very good offense." Ryan was 22 of 32 in the first half for 271 yards, completing passes to eight different players.


Jan 20 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones will not have any limitations in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers after nursing a toe injury this week. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that Jones, who aggravated a toe sprain in last Saturday's 36-20 divisional playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks, returned to practice Friday and was a full participant. Jones, who initially sustained the injury in a Week 13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, led the Falcons with 83 receptions and 1,409 receiving yards during the regular season despite missing two games. His six touchdown receptions tied wideout Taylor Gabriel for the team lead.


Jan 19 2017 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones sat out practice for a second straight day on Thursday, but insisted he'll be ready to play in the NFC Championship Game. Jones aggravated a toe injury in last Saturday's 36-20 divisional-round victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The All-Pro wideout is expected to be limited in practice leading up to Sunday's game against the visiting Green Bay Packers.


Jan 18 2017 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan was 26-of-37 for 338 yards with three touchdowns and a 125.7 passer rating against Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs. Ryan has had a 120-plus passer rating in each of his last five games. In those five games he's been 115-of-157 for 1,469 yards with 14 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 131.8 passer rating.


Jan 18 2017 - Keanu Neal
  SS Keanu Neal (foot) was limited at practice.


Jan 18 2017 - Taylor Gabriel
  WR Taylor Gabriel (foot) was limited at practice.


Jan 18 2017 - Jonathan Babineaux
  DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) was limited at practice.



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