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 Latest Falcons Player Notes
Apr 17 2018 - Justin Zimmer
  DT Justin Zimmer signed with Atlanta on Tuesday. Zimmer was signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2016 and released prior to the start of the season. He also spent time with the New Orleans Saints in training camp last year and saw time with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.


Apr 17 2018 - Tyson Graham
  DB Tyson Graham signed with the Falcons on Tuesday. Graham was an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota a year ago. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colt and released before the start of the regular season.


Apr 17 2018 - Garrison Smith
  DT Garrison Smith signed with Atlanta on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Smith has appeared in 11 games with the Seahawks over the past two seasons. He played in eight games in 2017 and recorded nine tackles.


Apr 9 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan is pleased with the progress in his ongoing contract negotiations with the Atlanta Falcons. "I think things have been productive up until this point," Ryan said on Monday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "As far as a time frame of anything like that, it will shake out. It will handle itself. I don't know if it will be today or tomorrow. Or in a couple of weeks, but I really think we are moving in the right direction.I'm excited to be here and that's the biggest thing. All of those things will take care of itself." Ryan is due to make $19.25 million as he enters the last season of a five-year $103.75 million contract extension, per Spotrac.


Apr 3 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are closing in on a deal. "I think we're close," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told 680 The Fan in Atlanta on Tuesday. Dimitroff added that "it's not a complicated process" in regard to Ryan, who is due to make $19.25 million this season as he enters the last season of a five-year $103.75 million contract extension, per Spotrac. With a cap number of $21.65 million, Ryan's franchise tender in 2019 would be $25.98 million before jumping to $31.176 the following year.


Mar 24 2018 - Justin Bethel
  CB Justin Bethel agreed to terms on a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced on Saturday. Bethel has earned three Pro Bowl selections as a member of special teams for the Arizona Cardinals The 27-year-old, who visited the Falcons on Wednesday, is expected to provide depth to a secondary that features Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Fellow cornerbacks Brian Poole, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Marcelis Branch are also on the roster.


Mar 10 2018 - Blidi Wreh-Wilson
  CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson signed a one-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday. Financial terms were not announced for Wreh-Wilson, who was slated to hit free agency on Wednesday when the new league year officially begins. Wreh-Wilson also signed a one-year deal prior to the 2017 season.


Mar 8 2018 - Brooks Reed
  LB Brooks Reed had his contract restructured by the Atlanta Falcons, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Brooks agreed to restructure his contract. Reed had been scheduled to earn $4.5 million. Reed, 31, appeared in 16 games, making 14 starts, last season and registered 4.0 sacks -- his highest total since racking up 6.0 sacks as a rookie in 2011 with Houston.


Mar 8 2018 - Andy Levitre
  G Andy Levitre had his contract restructured by the Falcons, according to multiple media outlets. Levitre had his salary slashed $2.5 million, reducing his salary cap number from $8.3 million to $5.6 million, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, citing NFL Players Association documents. The cut in pay lowered Levitre's base salary to $3.5 million, which is fully guaranteed for next season. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told the newspaper at the NFL Combine that Levitre would be back with the team. Levitre started all 13 games in which he played last season.


Mar 5 2018 - Matt Bryant
  K Matt Bryant signed a three-year extension with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced on Monday. Bryant was set to become an unrestricted free agent and the 42-year-old said he did not intend on retiring. "I am ready to play. I'll play two (to) three more years in this league," Bryant said in a statement released by the team. "There's obviously some curious times ahead to see where those two-three years happen. You know I'd like to finish it here with this organization. I guess I have a history here, so I'd like to finish it up here." Bryant, who turns 43 in May, joined the Falcons in 2009 and has accounted for 1,029 points in nine seasons to become the team's all-time leading scorer.


Mar 2 2018 - Derrick Shelby
  DE Derrick Shelby was released by the Atlanta Falcons. Cutting Shelby will clear $3.25 million under the cap for the Falcons. Shelby was scheduled to make a base salary of $4.5 million in 2018. The Falcons signed Shelby to a four-year, $18 million contract in March of 2016. He sustained a torn Achilles tendon in his first season with the Falcons, limiting him to six games, but he recorded 30 tackles and one sack while making 14 starts in 2017. Shelby, who turns 29 on Sunday, has 10 sacks in six NFL seasons.


Feb 28 2018 - Vic Beasley
  DE Vic Beasley will be back with the Atlanta Faclcons, as general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team will exercise its fifth-year option on defensive end Vic Beasley's contract. That would keep Beasley under the Falcons' control through the 2019 season. Beasley will switch from linebacker back to defensive end next season after his sack total dropped from 15.5 sacks to five last season.


Feb 3 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman may not be ready for the start of the team's offseason program, but he's more relieved that he will not need surgery on his knee. Freeman told profootballtalk.com on Friday that he went for a second opinion after playing with sprained posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee at the end of the season. Freeman rushed for only seven yards on 10 attempts in a 15-10 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He said he injured the knee in Week 17.


Jan 15 2018 - Matt Bryant
  K Matt Bryant made a 33-yard field goal. Bryant is now 12 of 12 on postseason field goals with the Falcons.


Jan 15 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman, who played with a sprained knee that may require offseason surgery, caught five passes for 26 yards and one touchdown. He was held to seven yards rushing on 10 carries and missed a key blitz pickup in the second half.


Jan 15 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan led the offense to 281 total yards against the Eagles. He went 22 of 36 for 210 yards and one touchdown.


Jan 15 2018 - Ricardo Allen
  FS Ricardo Allen recorded his first forced fumble of the season, which was recovered by S Keanu Neal. That was the team's 13 forced fumble of the season (including postseason) and the Falcons recovered 11.


Jan 15 2018 - Takkarist McKinley
  DE Takkarist McKinley recorded his second sack of the postseason against the Eagles. That sack tied him for the fifth most sacks in the postseason in franchise history.


Jan 13 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan completed 22-of-36 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 15-10 loss at Philadelphia. Ryan's pass to WR Julio Jones fell incomplete in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line with 58 seconds remaining. "We had chances to make plays and we didn't make them," Ryan said. Ryan didn't have a 300-yard passing game this season.


Jan 13 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in Saturday's 15-10 loss at Philadelphia.


Jan 13 2018 - Tevin Coleman
  RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 79 of Atlanta's 86 yards in Saturday's 15-10 loss at Philadelphia. No running back eclipsed 100 yards for the Falcons this season.


Jan 11 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones returned to practice on Thursday as he works his way through an ankle injury. Jones was listed as a non-participant in workouts on both Tuesday and Wednesday for the Falcons, who have been limiting the Pro Bowler's practices throughout the season in order to keep him fresh for game action.


Jan 10 2018 - LaRoy Reynolds
  LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Mohamed Sanu
  WR Mohamed Sanu (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.


Jan 9 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones will sit out practice on Tuesday with what amounts to a maintenance day. Falcons coach Dan Quinn made the announcement during his Tuesday morning appearance on 92.9 The Game. The Falcons have been limiting Jones' practices throughout the season in order to keep him fresh for game action. Sixth-seeded Atlanta hopes to have the wideout at the top of his game on Saturday when it visits the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles.


Jan 8 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan went 21 of 30 for 218 yards and one touchdown, with a 101.8 passer rating. Ryan has thrown 19 touchdowns in nine career playoff games. Ryan has a 102.4 postseason passer rating in his career. The only two qualifying players with a higher mark are Pro Football Hall of Famers Bart Starr (104.8) and Kurt Warner (102.8).


Jan 8 2018 - Vic Beasley
  OLB Vic Beasley Jr. recorded his first career sack in the playoffs. Beasley finished the game three tackles.


Jan 8 2018 - Deion Jones
  LB Deion Jones was strong against the run and in coverage. He finished with 10 tackles and was targeted on six pass plays. Jones allowed three catches for 24 yards, but only five came after the catch.


Jan 8 2018 - Brian Poole
  CB Brian Poole exemplified the Falcons' commitment to open-field tackling against the Rams. Poole had four tackles, including a solo tackle, according to profootballfocus.com. He didn't miss any tackles and has more stops in the passing game (24) than any cornerback in the league this season.


Jan 8 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman, who had a troublesome three-game stretch where he averaged 1.75 yards after contact and had four fumbles, has pulled through his slump. In the last two games, he's averaged 2.93 yards after contact per carry and hasn't fumbled.


Jan 7 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones' 8-yard scoring catch gave the Falcons a 26-13 lead with 5:48 left. "He did a great job making an adjustment on that ball," QB Matt Ryan said.


Jan 7 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan, who was 21 of 30 for 218 yards, added a scoring pass to Julio Jones for the sixth-seeded Falcons (11-6).


Jan 7 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman recorded a rushing touchdown for the NFC defending champions. Freeman scored from 4 yards out to push Atlanta ahead 13-0 in the first quarter. The points came after Pharoh Cooper's second mishandled punt in the opening 14 minutes.


Jan 7 2018 - Matt Bryant
  PK Matt Bryant kicked four field goals and Atlanta's defense kept the vaunted Los Angeles offense in check to score a 26-13 upset Saturday in an NFC wild-card playoff game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Bryant, who hit five field goals in Atlanta's regular-season finale, made kicks of 29, 51, 25 and 54 yards. "The old man was at it again with some big kicks," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. Bryant's final field goal and second of the third quarter was a 54-yarder that gave Atlanta a 19-10 cushion. His 25-yarder extended the Falcons' edge to 16-10 midway through the third quarter.


Jan 4 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman is set to play in Saturday's wild-card game at the Los Angeles Rams. Freeman sat out Tuesday's practice with an ailing knee before participating with the team in each of the past two practices. Quinn said Freeman had no limitations while running and cutting on Thursday. The 25-year-old Freeman told reporters that he wasn't concerned about the injury. "No, because I feel good," Freeman said, per ESPN.


Jan 3 2018 - Alex Mack
  C Alex Mack (calf) was limited in practice.


Jan 3 2018 - Adrian Clayborn
  DE Adrian Clayborn (calf) was limited in practice.


Jan 3 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones (ankle/ribs) returned to practice after not participating on Tuesday. He was limited.


Jan 3 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman (knee) returned to practice in a limited manner. He did not practice on Tuesday.


Jan 3 2018 - Matt Bryant
  K Matt Bryant was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making all five field-goal attempts -- including a 56-yarder -- in the team's 22-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.


Jan 2 2018 - Terrence Magee
  RB Terrence Magee was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. Magee has rushed five times for 17 yards in six games spread over two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks.


Jan 2 2018 - Andy Levitre
  LG Andy Levitre was placed on injured reserve after he aggravated a left triceps injury, the team announced Tuesday. Ben Garland will get the start for the Falcons in Saturday's wild-card game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (8:15 p.m. ET). Garland made three starts in place of Levitre when the latter initially sustained the injury. The 31-year-old lasted just five snaps in Sunday's 22-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.


Jan 1 2018 - Devonta Freeman
  RB Devonta Freeman finished the game with 108 total yards, including a career-high 85 receiving yards on nine receptions -- second-highest receptions total. Freeman also caught his first receiving touchdown of the season -- seventh of his career, which ties him with former Falcon running back Jamal Anderson for the fourth most receiving touchdowns by a running back in franchise history.


Jan 1 2018 - Grady Jarrett
  DT Grady Jarrett recorded his career-high fourth sack of the year. He finished the game with three total tackles, two hits on the quarterback and three tackles for loss.


Jan 1 2018 - Matt Bryant
  K Matt Bryant went 5 of 5 on the day, which is the most field goals he's made in a game all season. Bryant also made a 56-yard field goal, which was the second-longest field goal of the season. Bryant's 1,029 points since joining the Falcons in 2009 ranks third in the NFL over that span.


Jan 1 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan went 28-of-45 passing for 317 yards and one touchdown. Ryan finished the season with 4,095 passing yards, eclipsing the 4,000-passing yard mark for the seventh straight season. That is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NFL, and it is tied for the third longest in NFL history.


Jan 1 2018 - Adrian Clayborn
  DE Adrian Clayborn limped off in the fourth quarter Sunday.


Jan 1 2018 - Andy Levitre
  LG Andy Levitre, who missed the previous three games, re-injured his triceps on the game's first series Sunday.



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