Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Mike Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense14th77.9 (31st)265.2 (7th)
Defense23rd135.8 (26th)243.6 (21st)
2014 Draft
16Jake MatthewsOTTXAM
237Ra'shede HagemanDTMINN
368Dezmen SouthwardSSWISC
4103Devonta FreemanRBFSU
4139Prince ShemboOLBND
5147Ricardo AllenCBPURDUE
5168Marquis SpruillILBCUSE
7253Yawin SmallwoodILBUCONN
7255Tyler StarrOLBSD


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Peria Jerry retiring after five seasons
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a former first-round pick, is retiring after five years in the NFL, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Devonta Freeman impressing at Falcons camp
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons rookie running back Devonta Freeman seems to be taking advantage of the reps he's been getting thus far in training camp, more than what he expected given the hamstring injury to Steven Jackson. Freeman has shown flashes that prove he can be an every-down back, according to ESPN. 

"He's a good back, young back, fresh legs," Falcons running backs coach Gerald Brown said about Freeman. "He has good agility. I think he's going to be a really good receiver for us. And I think at the end of the day, he's going to be a good football player for us." 

Freeman was the second-leading rusher for FSU in 2013, rolling for 1,016 yards on 173 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns on the ground. 

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Matt Ryan, Julio Jones regain chemistry quickly
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons receiver Julio Jones was back in pads Tuesday for the first time since his 2013 foot surgery, and he was clicking with quarterback Matt Ryan, according to the team's website.

"I felt like watching Julio and Matt work together, it’s like they hadn’t missed a beat," coach Mike Smith said. "Julio looks like he’s comfortable out there, getting back into the action. We are having him on a prescription of work one day, off one day, and we’ll make a determination as we get further into training camp, whether that’s going to change or not, but it’s worked well for us up to this point in time and when he and Matt have had an opportunity to get some snaps together, they’ve been productive and efficient."

Ryan said it's great to have Jones back.

"He’s an unbelievable player, such an incredible talent," Ryan said. "I can’t believe he’s in year four, now. He’s so much more mature, has such a better understanding of our offense at this point that he’s teaching a lot of guys that are here. He’s a big help for me in terms of getting some of our new guys on board and up to speed, but watching him out there, he looks great. He looks really healthy and I’ve been really impressed with how he’s come back from the injury."

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Steven Jackson out with hamstring injury
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed practice Tuesday with a hamstring injury he suffered Monday, the team announced. Coach Mike Smith provided no timetable for Jackson's return, other than to say he'll be ready for the season opener.

Smith said Jackson hurt his left hamstring; last year, Jackson was plagued by a right hamstring injury.

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Steven Jackson misses practice
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed Tuesday's practice, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team has not said whether Jackson is hurt or just getting a day off.

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