Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman in Concussion Protocol; Won’t Play vs Steelers

The Falcons are set to take on the Steelers in the second week of preseason this upcoming week, and will do so without the services of running back Devonta Freeman, who Monday was placed in the league’s concussion protocol on Monday.

Coach Dan Quinn said that Freeman was held out of practice as well on Monday.

Freeman started practice on Sunday, but left about an hour and 20 minutes in the practice. He walked off the field under his own power with a member of the training staff alongside.

“I didn’t think he was going to come back,” Quinn said after practice on Sunday. “He had some heat stuff that he dealt with from the first practice and again (Sunday.)”

Freeman received fluids after going inside.

Happy Birthday ‘Primetime’ Deion Sanders!

It’s hard to believe but today ‘Primetime’ Deion Sanders, one of the all-time greats, turns 50!

Sanders is a Hall of Famer (inducted in 2011) and while he didn’t finish his career with the Falcons, he will always be remembered for starting his career there and having some unreal highlights while a member of the team.

To you ‘Primetime’ – Happy Birthday!

How Are You Getting To The Game This Season?

Only a few weeks remain before the NFL teams begin their formal preseason workouts for the 2017-18 regular season. And fans of the Atlanta Falcons can quit gnashing their teeth over last year’s Super Bowl loss and look forward to seeing the team perform even better this coming year. Even though they only had six draft picks, the team clearly went all out in an attempt to strengthen its already recognized defense. There is even some talk about them shifting from last year’s 3-4 defense back to the traditional 4-3 defense, with their number 1 draft pick being a defensive end from UCLA.

When the season begins, many Falcon fans who currently use public transportation or charter bus services as their means to get about the city might want to try taking advantage of the Zipcar car sharing service as their way to go and see the game. Relying upon the car sharing services makes it possible for a fan to pick up his fellow game attendees, stock up on supplies and get to the stadium with time for some serious tailgating if you so desire. Or just get to your seats early and set up to enjoy the action.  

Rather than ride charter buses or public transit, use a family car, or rent a car you can use one from the car sharing service – already fueled, maintained and prepared for the purpose.  By taking advantage of the car sharing service you don’t have to worry about vehicle insurance, upkeep and maintenance.  And you help reduce the costs you will ordinarily be paying for having your personal vehicle parked at your home consuming space and fuel when not in use. Using a Groupon promo code can get you a $25 free driving credit.    

The only worry you have when you use Zipcar is the likelihood of your passengers discovering how convenient and comfortable the service is.  So tell them in advance that you have a strict limit on the number of persons you are willing to take to and from the ballpark.  And see to it that you have one dedicated driver, in case the events at the game get too exciting for one to stand it! 

Video: The Falcons Are Nothing to Sneeze at Entering 2017

Adam Schein gives his insight on the Atlanta Falcons and how he feels they will be a dominant force on both sides of the ball this upcoming season.

Falcons WR Julio Jones Loses $150,000 Diamond Earring in Lake

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Falcons receiver Julio Jones recently took a tumble off a jet ski and when he emerged from the lake waters he was missing one of his diamond earrings, reportedly valued at about $150,000, had fallen out, ESPN reports.

So the all-pro receiver hired a dive team to scour Lake Lanier to recover the lost jewelry, according to a report by WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

Divers, who went as far down as 65 feet, came up empty-handed on Tuesday, WXIA reported.

“It’s down in crevasses and nooks and crannies,” Richard Pickering, one of the salvage divers, told WXIA. “It’s impossible — absolutely impossible.”

Asked if the earring was worth $100,000, Jones told WXIA, “Yeah, yeah, it was worth a little bit.”

Falcons WR Julio Jones Feeling Good; Set to Be Ready for Training Camp

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Falcons two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s recovering from offseason foot surgery, is set to return to the field during training camp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Falcons report on Wednesday and the first practice is Thursday. Jones will likely be limited.

“He’s healed up very, very well,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We are ready for him to jump into camp. I’m don’t know the exact rep count, but as you know

Julio will do what he feels he can do… He’s so competitive when he gets back on the field. We’ll continue to monitor him.”

Falcons Pushing to Get a Deal Done with Running Back Devonta Freeman

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Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and his staff plans to work “full time” on getting a contract extension done with Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

He wouldn’t rule out having a deal done before the first practice on Thursday, but was not overly optimistic.

“That’s just a few days away and I’ve always said that I think it’s going to be a fairly expeditious negotiation, but you never know,” Dimitroff said on Monday “I would love for it to happen, but if it doesn’t we’re not throwing up the caution flag at all. We’ll just continue to work through it.”

The Falcons Should Have Plenty of Firepower Again in Fantasy Football in 2017

The Atlanta Falcons had an amazing 2016 season, with an offense that was as good as any in the NFL, and many fantasy football players took advantage of it.

If you look at any Fantasy Football guide for the upcoming season, you will see that once again the Falcons should have plenty of players to choose from when it comes to those that can help you lead your team to a fantasy championship.

Here’s a quick breakdown of a couple of players that will for sure help your team, and some that you had better take a long look at for the season that is fast approaching.

Wide Out Taylor Gabriel

This former Cleveland Browns wide out came on last season for the Falcons, and if you have a late round pick and are looking for a receiver that can have an impact, don’t fall asleep on Gabriel. He will play 10 games indoors, and his speed can be a huge asset for Matt Ryan and company, and with it there’s no doubt he can be a big asset to your fantasy team.

579 yards and six touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at from a guy who was undrafted in just about every league a year ago, and this season Gabriel should again be very productive, and should help your fantasy team in the process.

Quarterback Matt Ryan

If Ryan lasts past the first-round, it would be a major surprise in most leagues. He’s the reigning MVP, and should be right back to form with another huge season in the Atlanta offense. He’s got a new OC in Steve Sarkisian, which could have some early growing pains in camp, but it won’t take long for him to get back to form and have another season in which he throws for 30 or more scores. With a great wide out core and a great set of backs, take Ryan and feel good about your QB spot for the rest of the 2017 season.

Running Back Devonta Freeman

Look for Freeman to get a LOT of early looks in all of the fantasy drafts, and he should again have a good season, but it will be tough to repeat what he did last year. One huge thing that helps when it comes to Freeman is his pass catching skills, something that at times gets overlooked in the Falcons offense. The other thing to watch is the fact that Tevin Coleman may take away his touches at the goal-line, but at the same time, you should be able to take Freeman early and feel good about it.

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