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Maccagnan lauds Darnold, indicates Jets could trade Bridgewater

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 11 hrs ago.

With Sam Darnold eyeing the New York Jets' starting quarterback job halfway through the preseason, general manager Mike Maccagnan offered tremendous praise for the No. 3 overall pick on Monday. "Of all the young quarterbacks I've been around, I've been exceptionally impressed by Sam," Maccagnan said on WFAN radio.

Maccagnan lauds Darnold, indicates Jets could trade Bridgewater

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 1 day ago.

With Sam Darnold eyeing the New York Jets' starting quarterback job halfway through the preseason, general manager Mike Maccagnan offered tremendous praise for the No. 3 overall pick on Monday. "Of all the young quarterbacks I've been around, I've been exceptionally impressed by Sam," Maccagnan said on WFAN radio.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey rips NFL QBs, including Ryan, Allen

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 5 days ago.

Jalen Ramsey is making headlines from his couch. Three days after being suspended for screaming obscenities at reporters, the Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback is criticizing several NFL quarterbacks - and praising a few. In an interview with GQ magazine , Ramsey called Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen ''trash'' and said Atlanta Falcons qu

Carson Wentz's status for Week 1 remains uncertain

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 6 days ago.

Carson Wentz expects to participate in 11-on-11 drills next week, but it's uncertain whether he'll be ready for the season opener. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6. Wentz's goal since having surgery last December to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee has been to be ready for that g

Ryan eager for second chance to get Falcons offense moving

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 8 days ago.

Dan Quinn briefly struggled with his plan to play quarterback Matt Ryan for only one series in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason opener at the New York Jets. Quinn stuck with his plan, but the bad series set the pace for a poor performance by the offense in last week's 17-0 loss to the Jets . On Monday, the focus shifted to a fresh start for Ryan an

Helmet penalty flags fly in Jets' win over Falcons

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 9 days ago.

No one was safe from the NFL's new helmet rule during Friday night's game between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. ''I'm anxious to go back and look at those,'' Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. The rule first struck specials teams in the opening quarter, well before the Jets closed out the Falcons 17-0 at MetLife Stadium.

Darnold, Bridgewater make cases to be Jets' starting QB

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 9 days ago.

The New York Jets' already intriguing quarterback competition just got a lot more interesting. Josh McCown is still No. 1 on the depth chart, but the other two quarterbacks made big-time statements in the Jets' 17-0 preseason-opening victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night. "We'll see how the preseason goes," coach Todd Bowles said af

49ers notes: Person of interest in RG competition

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 10 days ago.

A leader has quietly emerged in the 49ers' only competition for a starting job. Veteran offensive lineman Mike Person has not missed a practice since the opening of training camp. "I'd say Mike's been the same guy that we knew of, if not a little bit better," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Person, who started 14 games at center in 2015 for

Vikings Nick Easton's neck injury likely ends season

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 10 days ago.

The Minnesota Vikings lost a key member of their offensive line Thursday when left guard Nick Easton was placed on injured reserve because of a bulging disc in his neck. Coach Mike Zimmer made the announcement at a news conference. Easton hadn't practiced since Aug. 3 because of the injury.

Jets vs. Falcons highlights | Preseason Week 1

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 10 days ago.

Watch the best highlights from the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons Preseason Week 1 match up.

Report: Patriots Adding Up to $5M in Performance-Based Incentives to Tom Brady’s Contract

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 10 days ago.

The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady are expected to add performance-based incentives to his current contract, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports. In March 2016, Brady signed a two-year, $41 million extension with more than $28 million in guarantees. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the top-earning in the NFL at the quarterback

Column: In a jaded world, here's a player worthy of cheers

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 10 days ago.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Tired of pompous, entitled athletes who don't seem to realize how good they have it? Fed up with all the scandals and cheats and scoundrels mucking things up for the rest of us? Meet Ricardo Allen. He'll give you a reason to

Falcons keep close eye on position battles against Jets

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 11 days ago.

The Atlanta Falcons will be searching for the final piece of the offensive line charged with protecting Matt Ryan when they open their preseason schedule at the New York Jets. Right guard is the only position on the line without a set starter, and that will be a key competition coach Dan Quinn will be watching closely in Friday night's game. Prote

Reports: Brady, Patriots close to contract adjustment

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 11 days ago.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are near an incentive-laden adjustment to his 2018 contract that lifts the five-time Super Bowl champion's compensation toward current market value at the quarterback position. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons ($30 million annually) and Kirk Cousins of the Vikings ($28M annual average value) raised the bar fo

Reports: Brady, Patriots close to contract adjustment

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 12 days ago.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are near an incentive-laden adjustment to his 2018 contract that lifts the five-time Super Bowl champion's compensation toward current market value at the quarterback position. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons ($30 million annually) and Kirk Cousins of the Vikings ($28M annual average value) raised the bar fo

Jones is not only Atlanta's star receiver, he's a mentor

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 13 days ago.

It was just another routine throw in practice, a rookie quarterback tossing the ball to a rookie receiver. When the two failed to connect, Julio Jones stepped in. ''What a pure example of what we stand for as a group,'' said Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, clearly pleased that one of the NFL's top players would even take the time to notice.

Falcons extend S Allen for three years, reported $19.5 million

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 14 days ago.

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a three-year extension with free safety Ricardo Allen, the team announced Monday. A restricted free agent this offseason, Allen was tendered by the Falcons at the second-round level, and he signed the $2.914 million tender in June. NFL Network reported last week the Falcons planned to discuss extensions w

Falcons DE McKinley aiming for good health, starting job

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 14 days ago.

Takkarist McKinley should be next in the line of the second-year breakout players on the Atlanta Falcons' defense. McKinley has had surgeries on both shoulders the last two years - the right following his 2016 season at UCLA and the left following his 2017 rookie season with the Falcons. The Falcons say there's no structural problem, but McKinley

Jimmy Garoppolo is going to slip – and how he responds will determine if he's worth the $137M hype

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 18 days ago.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – If you track the San Francisco 49ers’ John Lynch through an entire practice, you might catch the general manager planting himself in a familiar place. He’ll slide back behind the defensive secondary, park himself at his former free

Vic Beasley back full-time at defensive end for Falcons

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 19 days ago.

Vic Beasley had a season to mostly forget last year. Now that the Atlanta Falcons have put him back full-time at defensive end, he's looking to regain the form that made him the NFL sacks leader two years ago. ''I know the guys have a lot of faith in me and the coaches do also, so we're just going to go out there and give our best effort and do

DeAngelo Hall officially retires

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 days ago.

Defensive back DeAngelo Hall formally announced his retirement Wednesday after 14 NFL seasons. Hall intercepted 43 passes and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection while playing for the Atlanta Falcons (2004-07), Oakland Raiders (2008) and Washington Redskins (2009-17). Hall told reporters in mid-May he was retiring, but spoke at length Wednesday, an

QB Matt Ryan looks to regain his MVP form with Falcons

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 21 days ago.

Matt Ryan is eager to regain his MVP form with the Atlanta Falcons. It sure seems possible with Julio Jones in camp, first-round pick Calvin Ridley ready to make an impact and - perhaps most important - a full season in the books with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. While Ryan put up his seventh straight year with more than 4,000 yards throu

Report: Falcons eye extensions with S Allen, DT Jarrett

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 21 days ago.

With several key players already extended this offseason, the Atlanta Falcons have turned their attention to new deals for safety Ricardo Allen and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, according to an NFL Network report Monday. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Falcons planned to meet with Allen's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, on Monday to discuss an exten

Record crowd for Falcons practice sees new roof open, close

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 22 days ago.

The Atlanta Falcons couldn't wait to show the biggest crowd to attend one of their practices their stadium's fully functioning retractable roof. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof was closed for all but one Falcons regular-season game in the facility's 2017 debut season. The Falcons proved the roof is now ready for action by opening and closing the

New Contracts Handed Out, Falcons Turn Focus to This Season

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 23 days ago.

A little after 10 a.m. on Friday, Arthur Blank drove his golf cart to the edge of one of the Falcons’ practice fields, parking near where a group of offensive players was gathered. Matt Ryan came over first, embracing the team owner, who awarded the quarterback with a five-year, $150 million contract extension in May. Next came Julio Jones. This