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11-5, 1st in NFC South
Bruschi says Freeman should move on from Super Bowl (1:26)
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Freeman 'was supposed to be' Super Bowl MVP

Devonta Freeman said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he "was supposed to be the MVP" of Super Bowl LI and would have been if the Falcons had kept giving him the ball.

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3dField Yates

Ranking NFL's best one-year flier deals

After failing to land a franchise tag or multiyear deal, Dontari Poe gets a fresh start in Atlanta for a team that badly needed to improve its defensive front depth.

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3dESPY Awards

ESPYS: Vote for Best NFL Player

Can Matty Ice win out in a loaded field? Let your voice be heard by casting your vote in our polls, and make sure to tune into the ESPYS on July 12.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

MVP Matt Ryan ($20.75 million/year) is 1 of 11 NFL QBS currently averaging more than $20 million per year and 1 of 9 with $50 million plus guaranteed in their contracts. With Adam Schefter reporting Raiders Derek Carr on verge of $25 million per year to top Colts Andrew Luck ($24.594/year), it will be interesting to see what's next up for the 32-year-old Ryan coming off his best season. Ryan has two years and $35 million left on his deal, and owner Arthur Blank said Ryan "needs to be compensated well, and he will be."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons' training camp, Part 3.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons training camp schedule part 2.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons will hold first training camp practice at 9:30 a.m. ET on July 27. That day and eight other training camp practices open to public. Players report on July 26.

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83 days until the start of the NFL season: Matt Ryan (83.3) and Tom Brady (83.0) finished 1-2 in Total QBR in 2016. (Photo credits – Getty Images)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons wrapped up their three-day minicamp Thursday with another day of emphasis on developing the young players, not just the rookies. Coach Dan Quinn explained there was more focus on the passing game and on individual drills at camp. The other emphasis was how to feature some of the new players like Dontari Poe and Jack Crawford in the system. The biggest minicamp battle, between Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland at RG, really won't be decided until the Falcons put the pads on at training camp.

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9dVaughn McClure

Under-the-radar names to know from OTAs: Reggie Davis

The undrafted rookie from Georgia has put his speed on display this offseason. And although the Falcons are crowded at the position, maybe he can earn a look to be the team's sixth receiver.

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9dVaughn McClure

RB Freeman not eyeing Bell talks for own deal

Devonta Freeman is remaining patient as his representatives negotiate a new deal with the Falcons and the running back said he is not looking at other running backs' contracts for reference.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devonta Freeman talks remaining patient about his contract situation.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Although the Falcons were without receivers Julio Jones (foot surgery), Taylor Gabriel (lower leg), and Andre Roberts (back) on the second day of minicamp, coach Dan Quinn said he was optimistic about the health of the team beyond the offseason and leading into training camp. That means the outlook is also positive for end Adrian Clayborn coming off a ruptured biceps. The one player Quinn said might not be full-go for the start of training camp is rookie first round pick Takkarist McKinley, who is rehabbing from pre draft shoulder surgery and is not with the team, per NFL rules regarding final exams at his former school, UCLA. ... The absence of the three receivers at minicamp gave undrafted rookies Josh Magee, Marvin Hall and Reggie Davis, along with Anthony Dable from France, a chance to get some meaningful reps to impress the coaching staff. ... Rookie fifth round pick Damontae Kazee, who lined up at free safety during OTAs, got a look at nickel with the backups on Day 2 of minicamp. He continues to impress Quinn with his ball skills. ... Matt Ryan and the majority of the starters had reps off during full-team drills for the second consecutive day.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett talks about working with new defensive line coach Bryant Young.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

In the red hat is former Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas, who is assisting the Bucs coaching staff during their minicamp. He played for Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter in Atlanta and they think the world of him. He has been an assistant at the University of South Florida since 2015.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

With newcomer Andre Roberts sidelined with an undisclosed injury today, Falcons have three receivers down with Julio Jones (foot surgery), Taylor Gabriel (lower leg), and Roberts (undisclosed). Roberts came in as primary return man but Justin Hardy first up today. Roberts practiced yesterday.

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.33rd
Rushing Yards120.55th
Points For33.81st
Points Against25.427th

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