Five Questions To Be Answered By The Falcons This Preseason

By Matt Karoly

Oh happy day! Today officially marks the beginning of another year of Atlanta Falcons football. In a few short hours, the Falcons will kick off the 2018 preseason against the New York Jets.

While very little can be gleaned from the first preseason game, we should find answers to our most pressing questions over the course of the four game exhibition slate. Here are the five questions I hope to have answered by the time the regular season rolls around.

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Mattlanta Monday Mailbag – Volume One: Julio Jones, Falcons Defense, and more

By Matt Karoly

It’s just another Mattlanta Monday. I wish it was Falcons Sunday. ‘Cause that’s my fun day. My I don’t have to run day. It’s just another Mattlanta Monday.

Thank you to “The Bangles” for providing that wonderful intro and thank you to the fans for your participation in what will become my new column of the 2018 NFL season.

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Recognizing the Greatness of Julio Jones Amidst the Offseason Hoopla

By Matt Karoly

Julio Jones has dominated the headlines in recent weeks for his absence during the Falcons’ offseason program. On Monday, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff issued a statement on behalf of the team to acknowledge Jones’s unavailability for mandatory minicamp.

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Winning the Late Round Lottery, Falcons Style

By Josh Lederle

Huh, who would’ve thought that the 2018 draft would go that way for the Falcons? Don’t get me wrong; I am nowhere near upset, just as you shouldn’t be. Grabbing the duo of WR Calvin Ridley and CB Isaiah Oliver is something to be proud of, especially with both having first round grades on the Falcons’ draft board. Continue reading

Pre-Training Camp 2018 Fantasy Football Rankings

By Evan Birchfield

Greetings Rise Up Readers, it is I, Evan Birchfield, here with the first of my Fantasy Football articles in 2018. Following a rather slow offseason, and with the NFL Draft now over, we can look forward to the regular season.

If you recall, last year I would do a weekly article with my projections of how Falcons players would perform for that week. This year I’m going to continue doing the same, with the addition of my projection for the top 10 NFL performers for that week, per position. For this article, I am going to give a top 5 per position (PPR) heading into Training Camp.

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Atlanta Falcons: Camp Competitions To Watch For In 2018

By Matt Karoly

With the Falcons mandatory mini camp set for June 12-14 and training camp to follow in July, real football is on the horizon, folks. To get you prepared, I thought we’d start by diving into some of the competitions that will take place this summer in Flowery Branch.

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Who Stays, Who Goes, and Whose Future is in Doubt for the Falcons

By Matt Karoly

With the Falcons roster seemingly set for 2018, now’s as good a time as any to step into the future and examine how this organization plans to keep the machine rolling. By my estimation, Atlanta will have $148.5 million committed to 30 players that I’ve deemed to be safe roster bets in 2019.

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It’s Time for Atlanta’s Plan D

By Kirk Whitmire 

From the onset of Dan Quinn’s tenure in the good ol’ ATL, a program was implemented. A program that would take young, raw, athletic talents and develop them into serviceable, if not starting-caliber players. Dan Quinn believed that these kinds of players were a critical part of team building. Continue reading

Why the Falcons 2018 draft may ultimately be judged by the selection of Ito Smith

By Matt Karoly

The Atlanta Falcons are a week removed from another draft weekend. And much like the three previous drafts under Dan Quinn, it was another successful endeavor.

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Dr. Quinn’s Offseason Prescription Plan

By Kirk Whitmire

Thomas Dimitroff sits patiently in the conference room awaiting Dan Quinn’s return. The burnt smell of O-Zone emanates from the projector above him. He sips his kombucha tea and stretches his legs. He had just seen the film himself. The X-Ray of the 2017 performance. He had his ideas of what the diagnosis would be, but would Dr. Quinn feel the same way? “The man is gifted,” he thought to himself, “That’s why I came to him in the first place. Trust.” He said with a sigh, “I have to trust the process.” Continue reading