Falcon Eye Toward the Future – Part One: Who Could the Falcons Cut in 2019?

By Matt Karoly

Allow me to be the first to say it. It’s time to start looking ahead to 2019. After three straight losses, following three straight wins which only served to give us false hope, the Atlanta Falcons are seemingly dead in the water in the NFC playoff picture at 4-7.

The Falcons essentially have to run the table, plus get some help from around the league, in order to make the playoffs at 9-7. And with tough games still remaining such as a home date with Baltimore and road games in Green Bay (where the Packers have not lost this season) and Carolina, that proposition seems futile.

Therefore, this article serves as the jumping off point into the offseason discussion of how Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff retool the Brotherhood in 2019. So without further ado, here is part one of a three-part series which will run through who the Falcons could cut, sign, and draft in 2019.

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Three Questions with Karoly: Dan Quinn, 2019 defensive end prospects, and where the Falcons go from here

By Matt Karoly

What a nightmare season it’s been. Since we last checked in, the Falcons have lost their last three contests and the defense has been responsible for 114 points.

They also have lost two more defensive stalwarts in Ricardo Allen and Grady Jarrett. Imagine removing the heart of an organism and expecting it to continue to flourish. That is what’s being asked of the Falcons defense right now.

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Three Questions with Karoly: Julio’s legacy, NFL safety market, and what to do with the Falcons RB situation

By Matt Karoly

Greetings, Rise Up Readers! I am back for another installment of the Mattlanta Mon…wait, today’s not Monday!

Instead of continuing the Mattlanta Monday Mailbag series, I decided a bit of a re-branding was necessary with my monthly column this season. Now dubbed Three Questions with Karoly, I will be selecting two questions from you, the people, with the third question being one of my own that I’ve deemed to be the most relevant in the Falcons community today.

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Atlanta Falcons 53 Man Roster Projection

By Matt Karoly

The Atlanta Falcons wrapped up the 2018 preseason with a 34-7 defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. With the loss, the Falcons finished the exhibition schedule with an 0-4 record for the second consecutive year.

However, that means very little in the grand scheme of the things. The good news is Atlanta enters the regular season with a fairly clean bill of health with Blidi Wreh-Wilson’s status to be determined.

All that’s left now is to determine what players will walk into Lincoln Financial Field for the regular season opener. With that said, I present to you my one and only 53 man roster projection for the Falcons.

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32 NFL Teams, 32 Fantasy Football Sleepers

by Evan Birchfield

Greetings Rise Up Readers, I am back with my second Fantasy Football article of the 2018-2019 NFL season. With this article, I will be highlighting one player per NFL team, who I think will likely fly under the radar, or be drafted later than he should in Fantasy Football League Drafts. I will be basing the sleepers on PPR scoring, so please take that into consideration. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

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Mattlanta Monday Mailbag – Volume Two: Matt Ryan’s Hall of Fame Credentials, Greg Knapp, and more

By Matt Karoly

*jukebox begins to play*

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.

Greetings, Falcons fans near and far! I am back for another installment of the Mattlanta Monday Mailbag where I answer your Atlanta Falcons questions and even answer a few of my own that I’ve thrown out to the Falcons Twitter-verse.

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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