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Former Falcons Players in the Alliance of American Football (AAF)

By Andy Gallagher

With the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season set to kick off on February 10, Falcons fans will have the opportunity to reunite with some familiar (and some less familiar) faces. So, whether you’re planning on re-living the heartbreak of premature training camp cuts or convincing yourself that you were correct in questioning a midseason practice squad addition, here are some former Falcons who you can keep an eye on:

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Matt Ryan — Evaluating the First 11 Seasons

By Andy Gallagher

The 2007 season was arguably the darkest in Atlanta Falcons history. Franchise quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting and head coach Bobby Petrino walking out before the end of the season left the team in an interesting position.

While his reputation had undoubtedly taken a hit and his NFL future was uncertain, Vick put the Falcons on the map. His unmatched athleticism and highlight reel plays were the reason why many started following the team. But rookie general manager/head coach team of Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith decided to hit restart and on April 26, 2008, the road to recovery started.

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Falcon Eye Toward the Future – Part Three: Who Could the Falcons Draft in 2019?

By Raekwon Gilbert and Matt Karoly

At the Falcons end of season press conference, Thomas Dimitroff declared that 2019 will be a busy offseason. And unlike other parts of the presser such as the qualifications of the next offensive coordinator, I believe we can take these words to heart.

Back in 2016, following a disappointing rookie season for Dan Quinn, the team went out and added two impact free agents in Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu. A similar fate awaits the Falcons in 2019. 

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Falcon Eye Toward the Future – Part Two: Who Could the Falcons Sign in 2019?

By Matt Karoly

It’s been a year to forget for the Atlanta Falcons. Aside from a three game stretch in the middle of the season, what could go wrong for our beloved Dirty Birds has gone wrong.

While many will point to the injuries as the culprit, this season’s failures go much deeper than that. Truth be told, the coaching staff overestimated certain talent on the roster and no spot was that more evident at than defensive line.

Combine that with the regression of players like Ryan Schraeder, De’Vondre Campbell, Desmond Trufant, and Robert Alford, and you get a team flirting with a top five pick.

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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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