Atlanta Falcons Fallout: Weekly News Roundup
It’s been another interesting week in the NFL. Let’s break down the week’s events, and recap what has happened in the world of the Atlanta Falcons.
Of course, stealing the headlines at the start of the week the news over in New England, as Tom Brady landed a four-game suspension due to ‘Deflate-gate’, although this is now pending an appeal. Will Brady see this time out reduced?
In Atlanta, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the possibility of signing Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin in 2016 after comments he made this week.
Here is a roundup of the week’s news.
Tom Brady suspended for four games — Jed Ober of Musket Fire
The week started with a bang after one of the NFL’s biggest stars was slapped with a four-game suspension, and the Patriots were docked draft picks.
How four-game suspension helps Patriots — Connor Fulton of Musket Fire
Our friends over at Musket Fire gave plenty of great insight with the ‘Deflate-gate’ suspension. Connor Fulton believes the suspension would fuel the Patriots and could actually help them in their quest to retain their championship.
How Brady suspension could indirectly help Falcons
The Falcons don’t play the Patriots this year, but some potential NFC playoff rivals do. When Tom Brady returns, he will be tough to stop, and this could indirectly help the Falcons if they are in the playoff hunt.
Jalen Collins determined to make Falcons’ pick look good — Jeff Schultz of AJC.com
The physical tools are there for the Falcons’ second round pick Jalen Collins, but there we some red flags going into the draft off the field. Despite that, Collins is determined to prove he was the right choice.
Grady Jarrett and coach Brian Cox already share strong bond
Fifth round pick Grady Jarrett has only just started his career in Atlanta, but he has already formed a strong bond with defensive line coach Brian Cox.
Falcons sign Tevin Coleman — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
The Falcons’ third round pick Tevin Coleman signed his contract. He will be an important piece to the offensive puzzle going forward.
Tyler Polumbus joins Falcons — Chris Wesseling of NFL.com
Atlanta got some help to the offensive line after signing former Washington Redskins right tackle Tyler Polumbus.
Bruce Irvin could follow Dan Quinn to Atlanta
Speculation arose that Bruce Irvin wanted out of Seattle to join former coach Dan Quinn.
Can the NFC South feature two playoff teams?
With the Falcons and Panthers set to improve, with the possibility of the Saints also making a run for the division crown, can the NFC South feature two playoff teams like it did in 2013?
Should Falcons strike a trade with Seattle for Irvin?
With the report that Irvin wanted to join the Falcons, we looked at the possibility of a trade with the Seahawks, and what it would mean for both teams.
What exactly do the Falcons have in Jacob Tamme? — Alec Shirkey of The Falcoholic
Tight end has been an issue since Tony Gonzalez left town. What exactly do the Falcons have in Jacob Tamme? Alec Shirkey of The Falcoholic takes a look.
Is the Falcons’ pass rush fixed?
With the additions made via free agency and the draft, has the Falcons’ pass rush been fixed?
Where do Falcons rank on Pro Football Focus?
After a disappointing season, how did Falcons’ starters grade on Pro Football Focus?
Bruce Irvin’s comments misinterpreted, according to Pete Carroll
Despite the speculation, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says that Bruce Irvin wasn’t implying he wanted a move to the Falcons, but was talking about his hometown of Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcons matchups: AFC South
How will the Falcons fare in matchups against Andrew Luck and J.J. Watt in 2015 when they face each team from the AFC South?
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