Good morning, Falcons fans. It’s a new week, and we are officially nine weeks away from the Atlanta Falcons’ season opener. Football is coming. Here are today’s news and links.
Atlanta Falcons training camp necessities — John Buhler of ATL All Day
"Atlanta will have almost an entirely new coaching staff this season, so there are plenty of new philosophies that need implementing before the regular season starts. While I don’t expect that the 2015 Atlanta Falcons will have everything figured out before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 1, there are a few issues that need addressing before training camp comes to a close."
Justin Hardy called the secret weapon for 2015 — FOX Sports
"It’s hard to argue with his point. Hardy has serious potential and the fact that he fell to the fourth-round in the 2015 NFL draft was a bit of a surprise to everyone. The Falcons nabbed the talented receiver and have to be happy about where they got him."
Falcons full depth chart breakdown & analysis: Safety — Scott Carasik of Bleacher Report
"With Dan Quinn in Atlanta as the Falcons head coach, safety is going to be a much more important position than it was for Mike Smith’s defense. Free safety will have a completely different role than Mike Nolan’s roaming around the formation role from 2012-14. Instead, it will be a deep center fielder."
SI impressed with Falcons’ offseason moves — Andrew Hirsh of AtlantaFalcons.com
"With training camp fast approaching, it’s now time to break down what Thomas Dimitroff and Co. have achieved since the 2014 season came to an end. Sports Illustrated has done just that by grading every NFL team’s offseason — and it likes what the Falcons accomplished."
Like it or not, franchise tag deadline affects Falcons — James Rael of The Falcoholic
"The Atlanta Falcons won’t use the franchise tag this off-season. Teams who wish to use the franchise tag have until Wednesday to negotiate long-term deals. After that, they are required to pay the franchise tag amount."