Good morning, Atlanta Falcons fans. It’s Wednesday, and we are edging closer to the weekend. Here is a roundup of all the latest Falcons news in today’s Dirty Bird Daily.
Atlanta Falcons’ four-game preseason schedule set — Mark Inabinnett of AL.com
"The Atlanta Falcons will get the first crack in the NFL at Marcus Mariota. Mariota won the Heisman Trophy as Oregon’s quarterback last season and was the second player picked on Thursday night in the 2015 NFL Draft. His new team, the Tennessee Titans, visit the Georgia Dome to play the Falcons in their opening preseason game at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14."
Jamies Winston vs the Atlanta Falcons — Dusty Haralson of NFL Spin Zone
"Winston was previously one of the top college football recruits in the nation in 2012, being the highest rated at the quarterback position according to ESPN. In case you haven’t heard by now, he signed with Florida State University and head coach Jimbo Fisher."
Coleman to Atlanta: These birds got explosive — Michael Luchies of NumberFire.com
"Coleman joins a backfield with Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith, who combined for only 88 carries and 392 yards on the ground. Both backs figure to share time with Coleman and contribute to the Falcons’ passing attack, but Coleman should be able to win the starting job and be the workhorse back early in season, if not by Week 1."
Thomas Dimitroff celebrates bike to work day — AtlantaFalcons.com
"Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff will participate in National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15. Dimitroff will ride a loop beginning and ending at the Georgia Dome, covering approximately 17 miles through downtown Atlanta."
In-Depth Look at DT Grady Jarrett — Scott Carasik of Bleacher Report
"Grady Jarrett is that player from the Falcons draft class of 2015. He’s also the most intriguing prospect because of a combination of his background, what happened to him the day before he got drafted and how his on-field play fits right in with new head coach Dan Quinn’s scheme."
Falcons Rookies Pick Jersey Numbers — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
"The Falcons announced the jersey numbers for all seven draft picks on Tuesday. Beasley was allowed to select a number in the 40s as a result of a new rule approved in March by the competition committee allowing linebackers to chose numbers from 40-49. Not to mention plenty of numbers already are taken, so his choices were slim."
Updated Win/Loss Predictions — Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report
"The quest to obtain a Lombardi Trophy begins anew for each team, yet only a few teams will legitimately be in the conversation to contend for the Super Bowl."