Dirty Bird Daily: Latest Atlanta Falcons News


Good morning, Atlanta Falcons fans. As you sip your morning coffee, sit back and read up on the latest Falcons news and links.

How do Falcons maximize Julio Jones in 2015? — James Rael of The Falcoholic

"Throw him the ball. That’s the easy answer to the question I’m posing. Throw him the stupid freaking ball. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is an athletic freak of nature; he’s a truly exceptional player who can singlehandedly change a football game. That said, he’s only effective when healthy and used property. So how do the Falcons use him “properly” in 2015?"

Trufant believes he’s among elite corners — Vaughn McClure of ESPN

"That being said, the third year Atlanta Falcons cornerback isn’t one to run off at the mouth in the same fashion Antonio Cromartie did recently toward Richard Sherman. Trufant doesn’t go around discrediting someone else’s game to enhance his own."

Trufant’s smarts standing out to new coaches — Andrew Hirsh of AtlantaFalcons.com

"It’s impossible to deny Desmond Trufant’s physical talent. In two professional seasons, the University of Washington alum has displayed the kind of quickness and coverage ability seldom found in the NFL—and by doing so has established himself as a true No. 1 cornerback."

Is Matt Ryan an elite quarterback? — John Buhler of ATL All Day

"Matt Ryan is a three-time NFL Pro Bowler.  He has led the Atlanta Falcons to five winning seasons, four playoff berths and the 2012 NFC Championship game.  But the most often asked question about Ryan is “Is he an elite NFL quarterback?"

Falcons, Matthews near bottom in PFF roster rankings — Vaughn McClure of ESPN

"The Falcons actually dropped one spot from last year’s initial list, falling from No. 30 to No. 31. You’ll have to read the piece to see which players PFF have as the top five Falcons, with two of them somewhat of a surprise."

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