Josh Norman Has Nothing But Respect For Julio Jones

Julio Jones

As members of the NFC South, Josh Norman and Julio Jones played against each other twice a year and had a healthy rivalry between each other. Now that Norman is with the Washington Redskins, the two won’t be seeing a lot of each other, bringing an end to one of the most interesting matchups in the NFL. After a midseason collapse last year, the Falcons are trying to make it back to the playoffs, but they likely won’t be making any Super Bowl betting predictions this season.

Unlike Norman’s rivalry with New York’s Odell Beckham Jr., which turned very ugly last season, Norman’s rivalry with Jones was a very respectful one. After the preseason game between the Redskins and Atlanta Falcons, Norman and Jones, who didn’t get any playing time during the game, huddled together at midfield after the game to catch up.

Norman told reporters that competition breeds greatness, and he has a lot of respect for Jones, whom he called a great receiver. Norman said he respects and admires Jones’ work ethic and his approach to the game. The defensive back said he had to let Jones know after the game and tell him to continue playing the game the right way.

Norman, who is known for his flamboyant style and his mouth, called himself the best cornerback in the NFL last season before a game against the Falcons. Using a reference from the movie Jerry Maguire, Norman said Jones “completes” him when it comes to the ultimate challenge.

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Falcons 38-0 in that game, and Jones finished with seven catches for 88 yards. In the second meeting of the season, the Falcons got revenge, defeating the Panthers 20-13, handing Carolina its first and only loss of the regular season. Jones finished that game with nine catches for a season high 178 yards.

During the 2014 season, Norman held Jones to 10 catches for 107 and no touchdowns in their two meetings.

The Redskins and Falcons aren’t scheduled to play each other this season, which means fans won’t get to watch what has been a very competitive matchup between two great players. However, since Norman will be playing in the NFC East this year, the fans will get to see a continuation of the bitter rivalry between Norman and Beckham.

During the meeting between the Panthers and Giants last year, the matchup between Beckham and Norman was very intense and physical. Norman seemed to have gotten inside Beckham’s head, causing the receiver to give in to his frustrations during the game. After the game, the bad blood between the two continued, and once Norman announced he had signed with the Redskins, NFL fans immediately penciled in the dates the two will meet on their calendars.

After a successful season in which they made the playoffs, the Redskins are hoping to make a deep playoff run this season, and would love nothing more than to prevent the Giants from making the playoffs, so expect things to get very physical when they play each other.

The war of words have already begun as Beckham recently told reporters that he made Norman relevant. Norman countered by telling Beckham that a catch made him relevant.

If you enjoy physical football, get your popcorn ready when the Giants and Redskins play this year.

Falcons Come to Terms with Veteran DE Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney

The Falcons thought enough of their visit with longtime Colts DE Dwight Freeney to ink him to a deal, one that was official after the veteran chose to come play for Atlanta over the Bengals.

“We didn’t bring him here to coach,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday morning. “We brought him in to rush.”

The seven-time Pro Bowler visited both teams in May, while holding out hope that the Cardinals would reciprocate his interest in a reunion.

Signed off the street in mid-October last season, Freeney was a revelation in Arizona, using his trademark spin move to rack up a team-leading eight sacks in just 11 games. That campaign brought his total numbers to 119.5 sacks in 194 games over 14 seasons.

Freeney is 36 years old and there’s no doubt he’s not the same player he was when he was sacking quarterbacks in Indy, but if he’s still got some juice left and can get to the QB on a somewhat consistent basis, there’s a use for him on the Falcons defense.

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Falcons Waive LB Torrey Green, Who is Under Investigation for Rape and Sexual-Assault Charges

Torrey Green

The Falcons did not wait around to make a move on Thursday concerning undrafted rookie linebacker from Utah State Torrey Green, as he is under investigation for rape and possible sexual-assault charges.

The Cache County attorney’s office in Utah is actively investigating Green, according to TMZ Sports.

“We don’t want anybody connected to the organization that has those kinds of accusations around them,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday. “The player was cut. We found out about it (Wednesday) night. The player was cut (Thursday) morning. The decision was made (Wednesday) night. The coach spoke to the team (Thursday) morning. They understand it. We understand, and we’ve moved on.”
“He needed to go and take care of his situation,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We needed to do the best thing for the organization.”

Dominique Price, Green’s agent, didn’t want to comment on the situation when reached by phone. He was awaiting a call from Dimitroff.

Smart move by the Falcons to not wait around any longer with Green to see how the situation would play out, and instead decided to just cut their losses with the LB now and move on.

Report: Falcons To Ink Veteran DE Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney

Veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney is scheduled to fly Thursday to Atlanta to sign a one-year deal with Atlanta, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Freeney, who signed with Arizona before Week 6 last season, had eight sacks in 11 games. He was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals’ pass rush last season, an area they’re still trying to address.

Freeney, who turned 36 in February, became a free agent in March and first visited Atlanta in May.

There’s no doubt that he can be of help to a defense in transition, and if Freeney has any gas left in the tank, he should get a long look from the Falcons.

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Falcons Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Falcons Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Falcons!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Falcons colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Falcons can?

Falcons WR Julio Jones Set to Be Back at Practice on Tuesday


Falcons coach Dan Quinn said wide receiver Julio Jones, who suffered a minor injury on the first day of training camp Thursday, will return to full practice Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Jones, who was pictured rolling a ball under his left foot Saturday, took part in a portion 11-on-11 drills Sunday. He caught the first two passes of the two-minute session at the end of practice. Jones was held out of 1-on-1 drills and sat out the first play of 11-on-11 before making an appearance.

“Not necessarily a pitch count,” Quinn said of Jones’ Sunday regimen. “We wanted to have probably quarter to half of him out today, make sure tomorrow off, and then we’ll be back into full for Tuesday.”

The Falcons have Monday off, giving Jones an added day of rest. He expressed little concern about the injury despite being limited for four days.

“I feel great,” Jones said Saturday, his scheduled day to address the media. “Definitely nothing to worry about. Precautionary reasons, but I’m good to go: 100 percent. Just taking it slow. I’m just so explosive. I always get something that’s tight or something. It’s good. I just keep getting treatment and stretching it out. Eating right. I’m hydrating. But I’m good. It’s nothing serious or anything like that that’s going to prevent me from playing.”

The Falcons are obviously a way better team with Jones, and it’s good that he’s close to getting back on the field very soon. Don’t forget if you’re looking to bet on the birds this season, use the William Hill promo code and get in on the action for all the Falcons games in 2016.

Falcons Looking to Lighten the Workload of RB Freeman in 2016

Devonta Freeman

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?


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

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