Bud Light Kicks Off NFL Season With New Falcons Cans

Atlanta Falcons Bud Light Can

Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new Falcons Bud Light can to Atlanta. The new packaging features Falcons colors, as well as a slogan every Falcons fan can relate to: The perfect beer for celebrating 50 years in flight.

Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.

What do you think of the new Bud Light Falcons can?

Blank Says He’ll Do Whatever He Can to Keep Jones a Falcon for Life

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There’s no doubt that the Falcons should do whatever they have to in order to keep star wide out Julio Jones as a member of the Birds for life.

Today Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the teams official website that the organization is going to do whatever they can in order to keep Jones with the Falcons for life.

Falcons Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank addressed the media during practice on Sunday, and when asked about the status of wide receiver Julio Jones contract negotiations, said: “We are in the middle of those discussions, we expect Julio to be a lifer for the Falcons. We are moving forward and have every reason to be positive and be enthusiastic about it. We are moving as quickly as possible.”

Blank is impressed with the shape that the superstar receiver returned to camp in, and praised the fact that Jones and his agent are constant professionals. Blank downplayed the current situation as strictly just a business deal and is in good faith that it will all work out.

“This is a business transaction, a business deal that we have to get through,” Blank said. “There is always a little bit of a dance when you go through this kind of situation. But, we are dealing in good faith. And, as I said earlier, we expect Julio to be here for his entire career.”

WR White Not Worried About Having His Knee Drained Before Camp

at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 21, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Roddy White told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com that he had his left knee drained prior to minicamp, but the Atlanta Falcons receiver is not concerned about it being a major issue this season.

White, who had the same knee drained last offseason, sat out the first two days of mandatory minicamp last month after the procedure. He returned for the third and final day of the camp.

“It’s not a concern to me because it’s just like a little irritation,” the veteran said Wednesday. “My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It’s kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I’m not a surgery guy. I just don’t want to do it.

“They gave me the option two years ago to have surgery. They said they would have to slice off the top of my cartilage, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ I don’t want them to keep shaving my cartilage off until there’s no more cartilage. Then you start to get arthritis.”

White said there is a strong possibility he will have the knee drained again at some point before the conclusion of the season. He missed two games last season, but neither was due to the knee.

“If I get my knee drained on a Monday, I can practice on Wednesday,” White said. “It’s not an issue where I’m going to miss a game, because it’s such a small issue. I’m not worried about it — not at all.”

White, who turns 34 in November, signed a three-year, $18 million contract extension last July that runs through the 2017 season. He plans to finish out that deal before retiring.

“I want to finish out my career here,” White said. “After that … well, I want to win a Super Bowl. But if it doesn’t happen, I’ll be happy. And if it does happen, I’ll be happy.

“This will be my 11th season, and literally the NFL doesn’t owe me nothing. I’ve made a lot of money. I’ve made a lot of great relationships with teammates and coaches. I love that about the league. There are good people around this league. I’m just loving my time here, and the Atlanta Falcons have been very good to me.”

Falcons Taking a Look at Former First Overall Pick OT Jake Long

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The Falcons have had major issues the last few seasons on the offensive line, and today they are looking to possibly add a player they hope can find himself again and help on the line as well.

That player is former first overall pick, former Dolphins and Rams offensive tackle Jake Long.

Would Long help? For sure, he can’t hurt, as it always seems that the Falcons have injury issues on the line, and adding a player the size of Long can’t help – that’s IF he can stay on the field and be anywhere near where he was when he was taken with the first pick the same year the Falcons took Matt Ryan with the third overall pick.

The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Falcons History? SI Makes Their Choice

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Falcons included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was awful, that being DE Jamaal Anderson, a player who never even came close to living up to the hype for the club.

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The 2007 season is renowned as the worst in Falcons history, mostly for the embarrassment that Bobby Petrino and Michael Vick brought to the organization. But the franchise was in trouble in the draft as well, because it selected Anderson out of Georgia Tech with the No. 8 pick. At 6’5″ and 288 pounds, Anderson didn’t have the pure speed to beat NFL tackles—he had no sacks in his rookie campaign, and he racked up just 5.5 over four years with the Falcons. The Colts, Bengals and Bears gave Anderson a shot after Atlanta gave up on him, but Anderson’s NFL career effectively ended in August 2013, when the Bears terminated his contract. He was a decent run defender, but you don’t take strong-side ends in the high first round.

Falcons WR Jones Deal Could Be Done Before Start of Training Camp

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Now that the Cowboys and star receiver Dez Bryant have reached a five-year deal reportedly worth $70 million — with $45 million guaranteed — maybe the Atlanta Falcons have a better sense of Julio Jones‘ price tag in a long-term extension, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

As reported earlier this week, the Falcons and Jones’ camp have yet to start negotiations on an extension as Jones enters the final year of his contract. There is a general sense around the team that a deal could get done by the start of training camp (July 31) despite the lack of progress at this point.

Jones’ situation is, of course, different than Bryant’s. The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant, and Wednesday marked the deadline for the two sides to reach a long-term deal. The Falcons and Jones don’t fall under those guidelines right now but could reach such a scenario if no long-term agreement is made before next offseason.

Jones is scheduled to make $10.176 million this year. While every talented receiver would want to join the likes of Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, who leads all receiver at $16.2 million per year, the reality is Jones likely won’t become the league’s highest-paid receiver right now.

Jones vowed not to hold out for a new contract, so we’ll see how his scenario unfolds. He is leaving everything in the hands of agent Jimmy Sexton, the same guy who negotiated a six-year, $114.375 million deal for Miami’s Ndamukong Suh that included $59.955 million guaranteed.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he has no lingering concerns at all about the fractured foot Jones suffered in 2013, limiting him to five games.

No Extension Talks Have Taken Place Between Falcons and WR Jones

at Lambeau Field on December 8, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

There have been no contract extension talks between the Falcons and Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones‘ camp, a league source told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com on Monday.

The Falcons have stated their intent to keep Jones for the long haul, but at what price?

Falcons teammate Roddy White believes Jones should be the NFL’s highest-paid receiver. Calvin Johnson, who makes $16.2 million annually as part of a seven-year contract he signed with the Lions in 2013, currently holds that title. Johnson received $43.75 million guaranteed.

Jones, 26, has one year remaining on his contract after the team exercised its fifth-year option. He will make $10.176 million during the 2015 season.

While there appears to be a contentious situation brewing in Dallas between top receiver Dez Bryant and the Cowboys, Jones vowed not to protest over an extension with the Falcons. He attended all offseason workouts and minicamps and is expected to report to training camp on time.

“I’m not going to hold out for anything,” Jones told ESPN last month. “My teammates need me. I’m being selfish if I’m not here and doing what I need to do.”

Jones said his agent, Jimmy Sexton, will handle all contract discussions.

Falcons Thinking of Using 3-D Film This Year at Practices

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The Falcons are having talks with StriVR Labs, a virtual reality company with software that allows players a 3-D look at live action from practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Falcons are very interested in the new technology, but have not reached an official agreement with the company, according to the firm.

If a deal is reached, the Falcons would join the Dallas Cowboys as the only NFL teams using a drone to film part of their practices and use virtual reality to help their players improvement .

Clemson, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Auburn have used the technology that was developed former Stanford kicker Derek Belch.

Under Falcons general manager Thomas Domitroff, the franchise has looked to technology to help improve player performance.

Back in 2011, the Falcons and Polar USA entered into an agreement to use heart rate monitors to establish work load and peak efficiency times.

“We will always be an organization that will attempt to be on the front end of the learning curve when it comes to nutrition, sports science, and the athletic performance of our athletes,” Dimitroff said at the time of the deal. “Because of the cutting-edge Polar technology, we are now able to closely monitor our players to ensure they perform at a very high level as well as taking the necessary steps to properly recover.”

In 2013, the Falcons entered into an agreement with Catapult, an Australian company, to provide them with GPS athlete tracking technology.

At that time, the devices were used by seven other NFL teams to monitor athlete movement and they let the team know how hard each player is working.

In 2014, the Falcons entered into a deal with Sparta Sports Science to develop an athletic performance program based on “force plate” technology.

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