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  • The Falcons could be sitting on more cap space after June 1
    by Dave Choate on May 24, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    That money could go to extensions or new signings. This story has been updated to reflect the fact that only Schraeder’s contract is coming off the books after June 1. The Falcons went after their offensive line with pruning shears and a big bag of fertilizer this offseason, choosing to get rid of longtime tackle Ryan Schraeder and 2018’s big signing Brandon Fusco to make room for several new players, with both now looking for new opportunities with new teams. They did that for several reasons, but the biggest one was probably freeing up the cash to make more moves down the line. While Fusco’s contract is already off the books, the bulk of Schraeder’s money is still out there until after June 1, as clarified by the Falcons to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter. Even with just Schraeder’s money, the Falcons will still have some flexibility to chase free agents, especially if they get their extensions done. They’re anticipated to have between $7.5-$8 million in space. Okay, you say, what good is that at this point in the offseason? The answer is plenty (gasp), and I’m going to briefly explain some of the ways in which the Falcons could use that money: To offset some future money with Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett, should they get those extensions done. If the Falcons want to load those hits up a bit more upfront since they have some room and it’s relatively late in the offseason, they can do so and reap the benefits down the line. This wouldn’t be the sexiest use of the money, but it’s practical. They could use this money, likely by necessity in conjunction with 2019 savings realized from those extensions, in order to go after Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer is still an extremely capable player and would both turn this defensive line into a more lethal unit and offset the loss of Steven Means by allowing the Falcons to kick a player like Jack Crawford or Ra’Shede Hageman out to end more often. They would likely drain most if not all of their cap space by making this move, but McCoy, Jarrett, Davison, Crawford and Senat might be pound for pound the most useful defensive tackle rotation in the NFC. They can pursue other quality free agents, given that there’s still several out there. Nick Perry or Derrick Morgan would be useful additions as rotational pass rushers, Corey Liuget could be a stone solid addition if the Falcons don’t get McCoy, and the team could keep some money in their back pockets to address needs if injury or ineffectiveness become themes this summer at any key positions. The flexibility to add more talent after a busy offseason is not a terrible consolation prize if the Falcons whiff on McCoy. Now we just wait to see what road the team takes with their cap space. […]

  • Falcons’ Durrant Miles is ready to take his inspiring journey and mentality to the NFL
    by Allen Strk on May 24, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    After making a huge impact in Bolivia and Boise, the relentless edge rusher is prepared to do the same in Atlanta. There is usually something inspiring about an undrafted free agent signing with a team. Although the player wasn’t selected in seven rounds of the draft, a team decided he was good enough to warrant an opportunity to compete for a roster spot. The Falcons signed Durrant Miles last month to help bolster the defensive line. While some remember him making plays for Boise State, Miles was making a difference long before playing college football. After graduating high school, Miles didn’t go the standard route of immediately jumping into college football. He decided to spend two years away from football to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s something that has been ingrained into his family. Miles always knew he was going to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. This decision was ultimately going to make him a stronger, wiser person. “I went on a LDS mission straight out of high school to Bolivia for two years,” Miles said. “I had never really been away from home prior to the trip. This was a life-changing mission for me based on experiencing something completely different from my typical day-to-day routine growing up. To be part of a new culture and environment was eye-opening.” “I studied Spanish almost every day. I didn’t know Spanish before I went. I learned the language and became fluent in two years. The most important thing about the mission was preaching the word of God to anybody and everybody. That’s what an LDS mission entails. It was an amazing experience.” The opportunity to do something influential in another country doesn’t happen often. Despite having to put his football aspirations on hold, Miles knew his primary focus was to spread the word about God. It didn’t matter where he was going. He was excited to inspire others by bringing them closer to church. Bolivia just so happened to be the place where he was going to fulfill his obligation. “One of the misconceptions about this mission is us having the option of choosing where we go,” Miles stated. “We are actually assigned a specific location to the mission that we go to. My grandfather got assigned to New Zealand. My father got assigned to North Carolina. I got assigned to Bolivia. When you receive your call, you have no idea where you are going. As soon as you open it, that’s when you know where you are going to live the next two years of your life.” “I remember opening my mission call and wondering where is Santa Cruz, Bolivia (laughs). I thought it was possibly in Europe. I had no idea. After doing my research and seeing what language they speak, I was super stoked to get down there. Everything that happened down there afterwards was incredible. It changed my life forever.” Miles credits this two-year experience in helping him prepare for the demands of college. It essentially made him into a grown man. To be away from your parents for two years at such a young age can only help you become more mature. The added responsibility of being involved with something so powerful in a different environment made Miles stronger. “To be on your own in a foreign country without your parents matures you, especially when you have to stick to a disciplined schedule,” Miles said. “It makes you more accountable to yourself and the companion you are with. When I was down there, I had multiple companions that I would be with and preaching with. I think that helped me grow up and fast-forward that high school to college process. When I got to college, I had a strong mentality based on living away from parents already. I knew how to be accountable to myself and live by a disciplined schedule.” “That experience helped me get a foot forward on the competition at Boise State. I believe it’s carried over into the present day as well. There are a lot of kids coming out of high school or college who have relied on coaches or academic advisors to help them through the way. I understand the fact of being responsible for myself and handling other major responsibilities as an overall person.” When Miles returned to the United States in 2015, he knew how difficult the challenges were going to be at Boise. There is no such thing as a smooth transition back into doing something so demanding on the body, after two years of being away from the sport. The versatile defensive playmaker endured some growing pains during his freshman season. It took months for him to regain his niche on the field. “Coming back was a real hard adjustment,” Miles said. “When I got back, I didn’t feel like I had my feet underneath me. It felt like learning how to walk again. The first month was super hard. With the help of my coaches, I was eventually able to get back into the groove of playing football. I ended up playing a lot of special teams during my freshman year. Eventually, I managed to get a good amount of reps on defense at the end of the season.” Miles was fortunate to play in an unbelievable environment at Boise State. Boise is known for having a passionate fan base. They are also known for having one of the coolest fields in college football. There are plenty of other things Miles has savored from his four years there. None of those memories are bigger than going to battle with his teammates. “Boise is an amazing city,” Miles said. “The outdoors encompasses everything about what makes Boise so great. What I’ll forever carry with me is how much I enjoyed playing with my teammates. My teammates are my brothers. I made some lifelong friendships in the four years I played at Boise State. That’s the number one thing I’ll always remember about Boise.” Similar to most edge rushers in today’s game, Miles is somewhat of a hybrid player. He didn’t always consider himself to be an edge rusher. There were times he rotated between being an outside linebacker and edge rusher. The Boise State standout was utilized as a pure defensive end at times as well. To be that versatile will garner recognition from a plethora of teams. Miles put himself in a good position to contribute with his experience handling multiple roles for a notable program. “In high school, I was actually more of an outside linebacker,” Miles revealed. “I also rushed the passer a bit as well. In college, I transitioned into being a four-tech defensive end. Since I’ve been in Atlanta, I have gone back into playing a similar role I had in high school as an outside linebacker and edge rusher. The biggest thing for me is to be able to fill a void that the coaches see and being able to compete at the highest level. My mentality is to accept the role they put me in and perform to the best of my ability.” Miles has only been in Atlanta for about three weeks. It didn’t take long for him to realize he finds himself playing for an excellent organization. How the Falcons operate makes young players immediately feel welcomed. They value competition, unity, and hard work as the core essentials for success. Miles has embraced the team’s culture, along with the players he anticipates lining up next to in the future. “Being here in Atlanta is incredible,” Miles stated. “Learning from guys like Adrian (Clayborn) and Takk (McKinley) has been huge for me. There is so much talent on this team. It really is a dream come true, as far as being a rookie that is trying to learn and pick up on new things. I am becoming more detail-oriented in my game. I have tried to be a sponge working with these guys. It’s important for me to soak everything up when learning from elite talent.” “To be here in this situation is unbelievable. I’ve loved everything about it so far. The entire organization has done a great job of taking care of the rookies and having experienced players help guide them. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for teaching me how to be a true pro.” While Miles continues to learn from his teammates, he is starting to familiarize himself with the coaching staff. Miles has interacted with Dan Quinn on several occasions during his short time in Atlanta. Given Quinn’s background comes from being a defensive line coach, along with Quinn’s new focus as the team’s de facto defensive coordinator, the rookie pass rusher is able to work more extensively with Quinn. He is even using popular Quinn terms such as “grit” to describe his biggest attributes. “If you ever talked to Dan Quinn or know anything about him, you know he’s a defensive mastermind,” Miles said. “He knows the game so well. He does an even better job of teaching it to his players. He gives us all the resources we could possibly ever need. It’s been awesome working with him.” “The competitive nature that I bring to the table is something I pride myself on. You got to have that grit. I think we are like that as an overall team. I’ve already gotten that kind of vibe. I truly believe this team wants to succeed and compete their butts off every day. We are going to stay on the grind and see where it takes us.” On a defense looking to rebound following a disastrous season, the opportunity is there for Miles to make his mark. The Falcons are in desperate need to improve on their underwhelming pass rush. They will also need to improve against the run, particularly on the outside with Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby no longer on the team. Whatever the coaching staff asks Miles to do, he is prepared to prove his worth and earn his spot in the rotation. “I’ve always been about pouring my heart into everything I’m involved in,” Miles said. “The thing I’m most focused on is being an Atlanta Falcon and doing whatever it takes to get to the next level. I want to prove to my teammates and coaches that I can be trusted. I want to prove I can go out there and make big plays for us. I’m really excited about continuing to grow and compete with this team.&rdquo […]

  • Falcons WR Christian Blake to compete in 40 Yards of Gold competition
    by Jeanna Thomas on May 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Who’s really the fastest player in the NFL? We’re about to find out once and for all. Christian Blake has yet to play a regular season down for the Falcons, but he’s got a chance to make his mark in another type of competition. Blake will compete alongside some of the fastest players in the NFL in the new 40 Yards of Gold 40-yard dash tournament. This year marks the inaugural event, and it will be held on June 29, 2019. The venue has yet to be announced. The tournament seeding will be established based on fan votes. Fans can vote here, and voting will remain open until midnight on Sunday, May 26. Here’s the full list of participants: OFFENSE Ted Ginn Jr.Jeff BadetCorey ColemanTarik CohenRobby AndersonRichie JamesDamiere ByrdAlvin KamaraMark IngramKevin SneadChristian BlakeJacoby FordMystery Participant DEFENSE Dominique Rodgers-CromartieTrae WaynesJohn Franklin IIIKevin ByardQuinton DunbarRashard RobinsonTerrell SinkfieldJerome BakerJalen MyrickBudda BakerDonte JacksonCharles James IIMystery Participant Blake, who spent a chunk of 2018 on the Falcons’ practice squad, is entering his second NFL season after signing with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. Blake had 83 catches for 972 yards and six touchdowns over his college career. He ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at his pro day. He’ll face some stiff competition. Budda Baker ran a 4.45 40, and Kevin Byard ran a 4.44. Also featured on the defensive lineup are TV stars John Franklin III from Last Chance U, who claimed to run a 4.19, and Hard Knocks fan favorite Charles James II, who ran a 4.4. Notably absent from the list is the man who currently holds the title for the fastest 40-yard dash, Bengals wideout John Ross, who ran a 4.22 at the NFL Combine in 2017. Maybe he’ll be the mystery participant. You can keep up with the latest on this competition by checking out the 40 Yards of Gold website. […]

  • Do you have Falcons questions? The Falcoholic has the answers
    by Jeanna Thomas on May 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Submit your questions in the comments, and our staff will answer the five best ones in a roundtable series next week. How do we even begin to pass the long hours until the new NFL season finally begins? By talking about the Falcons, of course. Surely you have questions about the team, and our staff, as you know, is chock full of hot takes. Over the course of the next work week, we’ll be answering one reader question per day about the Falcons in a series of roundtable posts. All you need to do is submit your questions in the comments below. Are you curious about the ramifications of the offseason moves? How Atlanta’s draft picks fit into the team’s future? Why the Saints always seem to be up against the salary cap and magically worm their way out of it? How Thomas Dimitroff keeps his hair so spiky? Whether or not Matt thinks a certain player is a bust? We’ll select the five best questions, and we’ll answer one per day, roundtable style. Based on our crew’s group chat, this also may involve hazing each other mercilessly and jokes about how garbage the Saints are. Buckle up. If your question doesn’t get answered, never fear. We’ll try to get to you next time, so ask away. […]

  • Falcons RB Devonta Freeman ruled a “full go” for training camp
    by Adnan Ikic on May 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Dan Quinn has stated that Freeman is having an awesome offseason. Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn proclaimed that starting running back Devonta Freeman will be a “full go” for training camp, after the five-year pro missed almost the entire 2018 season due to injuries. “We can’t wait to get Free back,” Quinn told the AJC. “He’s having such an awesome offseason. When you get to see the team out here this spring, I think you’ll feel the energy at running back certainly with Free leading the way.” Freeman played in only two games in the 2018 campaign after fighting lingering knee, groin, and foot injuries. It seems as if those issues are now behind him, as the Florida State alum aims to start all 16 games for just the second time in his career in 2019. At the moment, the Falcons look like they will deploy Ito Smith, fifth-round draft selection Qadree Ollison, and Kenjon Barner on the running back depth chart behind Freeman. Quinn is aiming to add more of an emphasis on the run game in 2019, and the front office has certainly invested in that plan over the course of this offseason — they signed guards Jamon Brown and James Carpenter, as well as blocking tight end Luke Stocker, in free agency, and then drafted guard Chris Lindstrom and tackle Kaleb McGary in the first round of the draft. Freeman figures to be a integral part of Atlanta’s plans on offense in 2019, and it’ll be very important that he stay healthy. Having him at 100% for training camp is a very good first step in that happening. UPDATE (5/23): According to Falcons’ ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure, Devonta Freeman says he feels “100” coming off groin surgery. Freeman legitimately does look like he won’t be limited come training camp. Devonta Freeman feels "100" coming off groin surgery pic.twitter.com/fDevwy3jyk— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 23, 2019 […]

 

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