The Falcons grabbed OT Jake Matthews with the 6th pick of the draft. No surprise here. Atlanta needed major O-line help after giving up 44 sacks last year. Matthews is as NFL-ready as they come, with great bloodlines, tons of experience and polished technique. He'll step right into Atlanta's starting lineup. Matthews' arrival is great news for QB Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons passing game.
The Falcons are set to hire Steve Sarkisian as their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 42-year-old has spent the bulk of his coaching career so far in the NCAA. His only NFL experience was as the Raiders' QB coach in 2004. (Kerry Collins was his starter.) Sarkisian has loads of talent to work with in Atlanta. But, at least on paper, he's a significant downgrade from Kyle Shanahan.
Falcons LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) put in a full practice Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. He has been out since suffering his injury in practice heading into Week 2 but could be busy in coverage against TE Jimmy Graham -- among other things -- Sunday in Seattle. Atlanta also expects to have LB Deion Jones (ankle) available after he missed last week's game. Jones put in limited practices all week. The team website reports that both will be a "full go" against the Seahawks.
Falcons S Dashon Goldson is active for today’s game against the Bucs after entering the weekend questionable with a hamstring injury. The situation still makes him a risky start. We’d opt for a sturdier option if you can get one. Check our DB rankings for options.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn confirmed Monday that he'll start rookie LBs Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell in Week 1, according to Knox Bardeen of 92.9 The Game in Atlanta. Jones has passed Paul Worrilow at ILB, while Campbell has overtaken Sean Weatherspoon on the weak side. Quinn said Worrilow and Weatherspoon will still get snaps, which could cut into the upside of the rookies. We'll see exactly what the roles look like as we get into the regular season. But Jones and Campbell are the far more exciting athletes, so it's nice to see them get the starting gigs from the beginning.
Lance Moore's illustrious Falcons career is over. The WR announced his retirement 3 days after signing with Atlanta. Justin Hardy remains the favorite for the #3 WR gig behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
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