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.

Atlanta Could Host the Super Bowl in Either 2019 or 2020

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Atlanta could be getting the biggest game on Earth again.

The NFL has selected Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and Atlanta as finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

All four cities’ bids will go before the owners for a vote next May. The next three Super Bowls are slated for Santa Clara, Houston and Minneapolis.

The city of Atlanta last hosted a Super Bowl in 2000 when the Rams beat the Titans 23-16 when Mike Jones stopped Kevin Dyson on the 1-yard line to end the game.

If Atlanta does acquire the Super Bowl bid, Hipmunk.com will get any NFL fan to the big game by offering flights to and from Atlanta. The Super Bowl isn’t just a one day affair, Hipmunk has affordable Atlanta hotels that can be booked tool, including options near the stadium.

Falcons Pick Grady Jarrett Day After Family’s Home Damaged in Fire

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Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had a bittersweet draft day. He was selected a day after the family’s home burned to the ground in Conyers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

About 50 people were gathered for a draft party, but they were able to escape.

Jarrett, who’s the son of former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle, was selected by the Falcons in the fifth-round (137th overall)of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank ordered the staff to take clothes and team clothes over to the Jarrett home after he was told about the fire, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Jarrett reportedly lost most of his Clemson memorabilia in the fire.

Falcons Take Clemson DE Vic Beasley with 8th Pick in NFL Draft

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The Falcons went defense, which wasn’t a stretch for them in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft, as they took hard hitting Clemson DE Vic Beasley.

The team needed an edge rusher, and while he needs to work on his tackling in the run game, he will add punch to a defense that simply wasn’t good last season or the season before.

Here’s a scouting report on Beasley.

Over the past three seasons, Beasley was one of the most dangerous and consistent pass-rushers in college football. He was a situational pass-rusher in 2012, but he showed his natural ability to get after the quarterback. The sophomore totaled 14 tackles with eight sacks and a forced fumble that season.

As a junior, Beasley was on the field more and upped his production to 13 sacks. He also picked up 23 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles, six passes batted, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Beasley could have entered the 2014 NFL Draft with the potential to be a late first-round or second-round pick, but he was wise to return for his senior year as he improved his draft stock.

Beasley totaled 12 sacks, 33 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and three forced fumbles in 2014. The senior was very consistent in the early going, recording at least one sack in six straight games. He had excellent games against South Carolina and Florida State, notching multiple sacks against each rival.

At the Combine, Beasley was a star. He officially ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds. That blistering time was especially impressive considering Beasleyhad recently packed on about 10-15 pounds of weight. Those extra pounds were also apparently a;; muscle as he excelled in the bench press (35 reps), too.

For the NFL, Beasley looks like he has the potential to become a double-digit sack-artist. Beasley is lightning off the edge with the skills to burn tackles with his speed rush even when they know it’s coming. He can beat tackles around the corner with his burst and will dart back to the inside or use a spin move. Beasley has active hands that he uses to keep blockers from getting a good hold of him. Beasley can get hot and take over games with a series of big-time plays.

When it comes to the ground game, Beasley is at his best in pursuit. His recently added strength should make him a better run-defender, but he had issues defending downhill runs straight at him in college. Beasley will also benefit by moving back off the line of scrimmage and not lining up with his hand on the ground all the time.

2015 NFL Draft Includes 8 Picks for Falcons

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The Falcons are going to be busy bees on NFL Draft weekend coming up in May, as it’s a time for their new coaching staff and organization to regroup after two rough seasons that eventually led to coach Mike Smith getting fired. Discover How High Will Falcons’ NFL Lines Fly in 2015 at Mybookie.ag.

New head coach Dan Quinn and the Falcons new staff will have their work cut out for them, but will also have the benefit of having no less than eight picks in front of them when they get to NFL Draft night, which will take place April 30th to May 2nd, and this year will take place in Chicago.

Here’s a list of the eight picks that the Falcons and staff will have when the draft kicks off, this is unless the team makes a deal to give away or even add more picks to try and get their roster where they want to be.

The Falcons have the 8th overall pick, and one mock draft has the Falcons taking Shane Ray, outside linebacker and defensive end who played his college ball at Missouri.

The club also has another big need, that being at running back. With Steven Jackson gone the team will focus on getting a back at some point, and some think the team will snag Minnesota back David Cobb around the 4th around.

Here’s the complete list of draft picks that the Falcons will have come draft day:

First Round: Eighth pick (Eighth overall)

Second Round: 10th pick (42nd overall)

Third Round: Ninth pick (73rd overall)

Fourth Round: Eighth pick (107th overall)

Fifth Round: 10th pick (146th overall)

Sixth Round: Ninth pick (185th overall)

Seventh Round: Eighth pick (225th overall)

Seventh Round: 32nd pick (249th overall) from New England through St. Louis

While the team has eight picks right now, there’s a chance that it may not be eight come draft day, as reports say Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is getting set for the team to lose a draft pick for their punishment for the “noise gate” investigation.

“We are just so full of scenarios and that’s kind of how we approach the offseason as it is,” Dimitroff said on 680 The Fan Friday morning. “We’ve been very detailed on how we are going to approach things if in fact we have availability at certain points in the draft.”

The league will officially inform the Falcons via a written letter from commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I believe that we’ll be expecting something,” Dimitroff said. “Usually, when you get indication from the league it is via print.”

How that penalty will effect the Falcons 2015 draft remains to be seen, but as of now, the team is getting set to add players that could revamp a team that needs plenty of help.

Falcons Land Free Agent WR Leonard Hankerson

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Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson announced that he’s reached a deal with the Falcons on Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

He’d played the previous four seasons in Washington.

Hankerson played for Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and caught 81 passes for 1,081 yards and six touchdowns in his first three seasons.

Kyle Shanahan to Coach the Falcons Offense

Kyle Shanahan, who resigned as Browns offensive coordinator with two years left on his contract, has agreed to become offensive coordinator of the Falcons, a league source confirmed to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Shanahan is expected to be paired with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who will be offered the Falcons head coach job after he faces the Patriots in the Super Bowl Feb. 1.

Quinn was a finalist for the Browns’ head coach vacancy last year, but they opted not to wait for him to play in the Super Bowl, and hired Mike Pettine instead.

A source said Quinn and Shanahan are extremely close, meaning Shanahan probably would’ve ended up in Cleveland last year even if Quinn had taken the job. Question is, would Shanahan have lasted longer here?

Seahawks DC Quinn The Favorite To Land Falcons Head Coaching Job

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is now the favorite to land the Falcons head coach job, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. This according to league sources.

Atlanta is interviewing Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin today, and he will have his chance to impress the Falcons, and try to change their minds and anything is possible.

But sources close to and familiar with the Falcons’ situation believe Atlanta is willing to wait for Quinn, and Quinn is willing to wait for them, and he is the leading contender at this time to become the Falcons’ next head coach.

Quinn and the Falcons already have met once, and will be allowed to do so next week, whether or not the Seahawks win or lose Sunday’s conference championship game.

There is a window next week for teams that already interviewed candidates to interview them again. Under the rules, the Broncos cannot interview Quinn, but the Falcons and Bears would be able to do so. Maybe the biggest advantage and lure that Atlanta has is its quarterback, Matt Ryan. His presence has made the Falcons’ job arguably the most appealing one available.

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