Falcons Looking to Lighten the Workload of RB Freeman in 2016

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Widely respected Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner hopes to decrease Devonta Freeman’s carries in 2016, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“It’s about growth,” Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. Well, you’re saying, how can it be better? It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin (Coleman) more involved and that also keeps Free fresher.”

Freeman, who went to the Pro Bowl, rushed for 1,056 yards on 265 carries and scored 11 rushing touchdowns last season. He also caught 73 passes for 578 yards and three touchdowns.

Coleman, who was drafted it the third-round (73rd overall) of the 2015 draft out of Indiana, opened last season as the starting running back and got off to a promising start before suffering fractured ribs in the second game. While out, Freeman took over the position.

Despite Freeman’s success, the Falcons still have high hopes for Coleman, who was electrifying in the open field. However, he also had ball security issues.

Coleman played in 12 games and made three starts. He rushed for 392 yards on 87 carries (4.5 yards per carry) and scored one touchdown. He had just two catches for 14 yards and was credited with three fumbles.

Coleman’s rookie season was cut short after he slipped in the shower and suffered a concussion, causing him to miss the final two games of the regular season.

“We want them competing,” Turner said. “They are very similar. They both are competitive. They both can catch the football. They both have run instincts. When it comes down to it, the one difference is the flat out long speed of Tevin Coleman.”

It would be smart to have less of a workload for Freeman, who is a heck of a back and the team truly needs to keep him healthy and on the field as much as they can in 2016 if they are going compete in the division.

What if the Falcons Logo Went Pokémon Style?

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Ever wonder what would happen if the NFL went Pokémon style with their logos?

Well, with the new sensation Pokémon Go hitting the market, Daily Snark put out all the NFL teams if their logos were done in the style of Pokémon – with the Falcons instead of being the Falcons being known as the Atlanta Fearows.

Here’s the complete list of teams at the link HERE

Falcons Release Four-Time Pro Bowl WR Roddy White

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The Falcons released wide receiver Roddy White, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver on Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“Roddy is one of the greatest players to ever put on a Falcons uniform, and even more importantly he is a man of tremendous character that I and my entire family have profound personal affection and respect for,” said Falcons Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank in a statement released by the team. “I have developed a special relationship with him over the years, my children have grown admiring him and our partners and I all share a debt of gratitude for what he has meant to us and our team. Truly, there are no words to adequately express my thanks for all he has meant to me, my family, the Falcons and to this community, both on and off the field. He has been a difference maker in every way and has touched numerous lives here in Atlanta.”

White, who was selected by the Falcons in the first-round (27th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft from Alabama-Birmingham, after a slow start developed into the franchise’s most prolific receiver during the league’s evolution into more of a passing league.

White amassed 808 catches, 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns.

Roddy White Says He Doesn’t Want to Leave The Falcons

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Wide receiver Roddy White’s future in Atlanta is uncertain after a down year where he had 506 receiving yards and one touchdown.

White is unsure of what his future holds, Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“No, I haven’t spoken to anybody,” the veteran wide receiver said when asked if he had been given any indication from the Falcons as to whether he’s a part of their future. “I haven’t been given clarity about anything.”

White reiterated that he wants to remain a Falcon and considers Atlanta home, adding, “It would be a tragedy if I had to leave.”

“Do I wish I could be a more significant part of the offense? Absolutely,” White said. “But that’s not what they wanted me to do and you have to enjoy and embrace the role you have.”

White said he recently ran a 5K race “to get ready for anything that happens.” His immediate plans are to vacation in Belize next week and he expects to hear from the Falcons soon, perhaps around the time of NFL free agency (which begins March 9). He also will have his annual youth football camp in Charleston, S.C., in June before heading to training camp … somewhere.

“I’d bet every dollar I had that I’m going to be a Falcon,” White said.

Sometimes he says things for effect.

“Yeah,” he acknowledged, laughing. “But that’s how much I want to stay here.”

Falcons Hire Ex-Bears GM Emery and Ex-Titans GM Webster

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The Falcons have hired both ex-Titans general manager Ruston Webster and ex-Bears GM Phil Emery according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Falcons’ front office is getting mighty crowded. Emery was director of college scouting for Atlanta from 2004-2008 before taking over in Chicago, where he was eventually deposed two years ago after whiffing on most of his major personnel decisions. It is expected that Emery will once again primarily be involved in college scouting for the Falcons.

The Titans let Webster’s contract expire at the end of the 2015 season but he looked hopelessly overmatched in his four years as general manager in Tennessee. He does have over 25 years of personnel experience in the NFL but the exact role he will play in Atlanta is unclear at this point.

The Falcons are trying to restock one of the weakest rosters in the NFL and now have four GMs/ex-GMs on their payroll. In addition to Webster and Emery, current Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is still clinging to power and former Patriots and Chiefs GM Scott Pioli also has the ear of owner Arthur Blank.

Saints at Falcons NFL Week 17 Inactives

Saints inactives: QB Garrett Grayson, TE RaShaun Allen, DT Kaleb Eulls, OTs Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat, WR Marques Colston and LB Dannell Ellerbe

Falcons inactives: RB Tevin Coleman, DE Malliciah Goodman, OLB Tyler Starr, T Bryce Harris, TE D.J. Tialavea, G Ben Garland, S Robenson Therezie

Panthers vs Falcons NFL Week 16 Inactives

Panthers inactives: RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Davis Mayo, DT Kyle Love. WR Brenton Bersin, S Dean Marlowe, RB Brandon Wegher, WR Kevin Norwood

Falcons inactives: RB Tevin Coleman, NT Grady Jarrett, Tyler Starr, CB Akeem King, OT Bryce Harris, OG Ben Garland, NT Joey Mbu

Falcons Coach Dan Quinn Has No Problems with a ‘Players-Only’ Meeting

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he had no issues with the team calling a players-only meeting to address the team’s four-game losing streak, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, along with linebacker O’Brien Schofield, huddled after Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and decided it was a necessary step. The meeting took place Monday.

“This is a really close group already,” Quinn said. “When you take that to a new spot, I think that’s when it can be productive. I think the only times I’ve seen where a situation like that wasn’t as effective, it was a third time, a fourth time, where some points that the group together didn’t get across.

“Having a [players-only] meeting has happened to lots of teams I’ve been a part of. … It’s kind of a pretty cool thing in a lot of ways because it’s like: ‘Hey, man, I’m all in for you. Whatever you need, you can count on me.’ … Knowing the group that we have, I couldn’t be more pleased that they got together; what they stand for [and] how bad they want it.”

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