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.

Falcons on the List of Teams That Can Upset the Patriots for the Super Bowl in 2018

The loss for the Falcons in the Super Bowl in February will never go away fully, but the team and others are already looking ahead to the 2017 season, and with it the hopes of finishing the job this time.

While the Pats are the favorites, NFL.com has a piece out about six teams that have a legit chance to unseat the champions from 2017, and the Falcons, as one would expect, have made the list.

Here’s what Conor Orr had to say about the Falcons and their chances.

3) Atlanta Falcons

Regular-season matchup with the Patriots: Oct. 22 (Week 7) at Gillette Stadium.

Why they can do it: Because this was a team beating the Patriots by 25 points in Super Bowl LI before having a foot-off-the-accelerator moment for the ages. This requires some belief that general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn’s offseason embrace the suck tour is more than just a surface-level coping mechanism. But what has the recipe for beating Tom Brady always been? Pressure on defense, a good quarterback on offense and a moderately effective running game. The Falcons added all-over defensive lineman Dontari Poe in free agency and edge rusher Takkarist McKinley in the first round of the draft. The example of the Seahawks — who apparently never got over their soul-crushing Super Bowl defeat — looms, but emotions aside, the Falcons are hard to count out.

Michael Vick Says He’s Not Talked to the Falcons About Returning to Retire with Atlanta

Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick clarified recent statements regarding his retirement, saying he has not spoken with anyone from the organization about signing a one-day contract to retire as a Falcon, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Vick, hosting his V7 Elite Playmakers Showcase Series football event Sunday, said he is hopeful that it will happen.

“Well, I haven’t talked to anybody about it specifically,” Vick told ESPN. “It’s something that I’ve really been thinking about trying to get done. I was asked the question the other day — is that what I want — and I said, ‘Yeah.’

“So, yeah, I think in due time, it’s something that can potentially happen.”

Vick has maintained a close relationship with Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who invited him to attend the final regular-season game at the Georgia Dome.

“When I spoke to Arthur, we talked about various other things,” Vick said. “Like I said, [retiring as a Falcon] is something that can happen down the road, and I think we both know that. What’s already understood really don’t have to be explained. You let time work everything out in between.”

Former Falcons QB Michael Vick Wants to Retire with the Organization He Started With

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick says he is in talks with the Atlanta Falcons to sign a one-day contract and officially retire with his first NFL team, ESPN reports.

“Hopefully soon,” Vick, 37, told CBS Atlanta about the potential of the ceremonial deal.

The former Falcons quarterback had bounced around after his playing days and then dismissal from the team after being found guilty of dog fighting and serving time in prison.

Vick though will always be remembered for his time with the Falcons, and time heals all wounds, so it should be interesting to see if they allow him back with the team to have him retire as a Falcon.

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