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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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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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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

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

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Falcons Uniform History

By Evan Birchfield

Greeting Rise Up Readers!

We recently got to a look at the Tennessee Titans’ and Jacksonville Jaguars’ new uniforms as they changed out their game day wear. As someone who has long-wished for the Falcons to make a change, the move inspired me to give a brief history of the Falcons past uniforms. It’s unclear if the Falcons will make a change anytime soon, and considering what Nike has done for most teams, it may be for the better that we don’t change up our look. Continue reading

Covering the Falcons: Like Father, Like Son

By Mike Lederle

To quote Judge Smails in Caddy Shack, “Weeeell, we’re waiting”.  To say the offseason has its lulls is an understatement.  Long days which only get interesting when there is some free agency chatter linked to Falcons, or a potential prospect visit.   Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 33: 2018 Mock Draft

Ahoy, Rise Up Readers!

Mike and Cory are back in action for their first podcast of the 2018 offseason — we’ve missed you! We’ve grown long beards and have learned to live off the land.

But, the woods can wait…we’ve got mock drafts to do! Our own Matt Karoly joins the show to help us break down our various mock drafts for Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s big decisions.  Continue reading

Atlanta Falcons 2018 Roster Review: Running Backs

By Gabe Gonzalez 

Previously in our series of roster reviews, I looked at the current status of the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver corps. Today, I’ll be analyzing the team’s running back group, including fullback Derrick Coleman. Continue reading