Falcons: Latest Offseason News, Super Bowl Betting Odds
The Atlanta Falcons haven’t showed their hand as the NFL Draft is now less than three weeks away.
As April begins to unfold, Atlanta Falcons’ fans might begin to entertain themselves by tuning into the MLB season or even watching the NBA playoffs or NHL Stanley Cup race. However, despite being in the NFL offseason, there’re plenty of Falcons’ headlines to keep one occupied.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest Falcons news before looking over Atlanta’s current Super Bowl odds.
S/LB Kemal Ishmael to wear the red & black 1 more Year
Kemal Ishmael has been an Atlanta Falcon since he entered the league in 2013. Drafted in the seventh round as the 243rd overall pick, Ishmael brings a level of versatility that is often unseen at this level.
There are plenty of players who can play various positions. However, how many athletes can you name that have the speed to play safety while also having the strength and toughness to play linebacker?
While he may not be a frontrunner for a Pro Bowl, Ishmael brings reliability and versatility to the Falcons’ defense. Last season Ishmael competed in every regular season game. Overall, the 4th-year veteran recorded 22 tackles, one sack and even a fumble recovery.
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Bringing along an injury-free Ishmael for another season will add some stability to the Falcons’ defensive roster. It’s no secret that Atlanta has an affinity for signing, or re-signing, their own players. There’s no mystery to this philosophy as Dan Quinn loves coaching players already familiar with his scheme and approach.
In his time with the Falcons Ishmael has registered a total of 210 tackles, 12 pass deflections, 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, a lone sack and a lone defensive touchdown as well.
Nick Chubb eyes up Atlanta & the Falcons return the favor
Three weeks away from the NFL draft, it’s anybody’s guess as to what Atlanta will end up doing. From what we’ve seen, it looks like the Dirty Birds are leaning towards DTs, LBs, and RBs.
Moreover, the latest news suggest that the Falcons have a vested interest in Nick Chubb, raised and groomed right here in Georgia. At 5’11” and 228 pounds, Chubb could be getting picked up sometime after the 1st but no later than late-3rd round.
Unquestionably, every single Georgia fan in the nation has witnessed Chubb buck over defenders throughout his time with the program.
Recently Chubb told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that the Falcons have been “showing me a lot of love”. The smile on Chubb’s face made it clear that the rook would be highly interested in playing for the Falcons.
While the Falcons wield tremendous talent throughout different skill positions, Chubb would be an undeniable asset. His size would certainly compliment Freeman’s speed.
Matt Ryan latest contract talks
It’s no secret that Ryan is in his final year of his contract. And while we’re hearing plenty of news about how ‘smooth’ things are going, we haven’t seen anything concrete. It’s hard to imagine the Falcons failing to sign Ryan, but we’ll have to keep an eye on this as it develops.
Current Falcons’ Super Bowl odds
The latest Super Bowl betting odds have the Falcons facing +2000 odds, which means a $2000 payout per $100 placed on the prediction if the Falcons end up winning the Super Bowl.
Last season the Falcons were eliminated in the Divisional Playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles.
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Notwithstanding that playoff elimination, the Falcons stand a great chance of both making and winning next year’s Super Bowl. Falcons’ fans confident enough to back Atlanta should this great sports betting review to get their most bang for their buck!