It’s still early to be making predictions on how the 2017-18 NFL season will pan out, though “experts” and oddsmakers in Vegas have already jumped in on the conversation since the conclusion of the Super Bowl. OK, maybe a few days after the Super Bowl as they were too busy still absorbing what happened in Houston. Nevertheless, for the Falcons to make a return to the Super Bowl, they have yet to address certain areas with two months left before the start of training camp. Continue reading
Entering his second season with the team, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has already left a lasting impression for Falcons fans on and off the field. An intricate part of the offense last season, Sanu is focused on becoming a leader of the team, and surely his leadership has rubbed off on an unexpected spectator. Sanu was on a flight with a family seated behind him which included a 10-year-old hockey player heading to train for an elite hockey team. What the 10-year-old boy saw in front of him was a true professional in every sense. Someone who has trained his mind and body, but his soul as sharp as his route-running. Continue reading
The Atlanta-based rap group Migos have collaborated with Falcons’ star receiver Julio Jones once again. The first time was when Under Armour dropped a pair of custom cleats for Jones after Migos dropped their anticipated album “Culture” as seen below. As Migos’ presence has grown, so has the connection between the group and the NFL’s top receiver. Atlanta’s Super Bowl run set the city on fire with “Culture” being the soundtrack of it. The connection was reminiscent to that of the mid-2000s Falcons with Mike Vick (pre-dogfighting) and how the success of Atlanta’s football team and music scene was on top. Continue reading
Andreas Knappe was built to become an Olympic archer, but the 6-foot-9, 320-pound Danish monster has traded his bow and arrow for pads and cleats as he signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Falcons on April 29. On April 29 of 2011, Knappe, 25, lost his father to intestinal cancer and lymphoma.”I can definitely admit to struggling through the last five anniversaries, with April 29 being such a negative day, but this one was probably the best day of my life,” Knappe told ESPN Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure. “I definitely think my father is watching over me. It’s probably the reason why things have worked out the way they have.” Continue reading
In the prime years of his football career, Falcons offensive lineman Hugh Thornton announced his retirement on May 9 at the age of 25. Thornton was signed by the Falcons on March 21 with a chance to fill the starting right guard vacancy. The former third round pick out of Illinois, Thornton started in 32 of 37 games for the Indianapolis Colts over his brief career. Thornton missed all of last season with a foot injury.
Former SJSU standout football player Christian Tago was among 21 college free agents to sign with the Atlanta Falcons on a non-guaranteed minicamp deal May 1. Tago was a four-year starter and three-time All-Mountain West selection and captain of the team for multiple seasons. “It’s been a hell of a ride,” Tago told me in an interview toward the end of his football career at SJSU. “There’s a lot of emotions going through me; a lot of sad emotions that it’s going to be my last time in here, but a lot of happy, exciting emotions to take this next step into my career.” Continue reading
The Atlanta Falcons drafted and officially agreed to terms with the 2017 NFL Draft class, which features: UCLA linebacker Takkarist McKinley (26th overall); LSU linebacker Duke Riley (round 3, pick 11); Oregon State offensive guard Sean Harlow (round 4, pick 30); San Diego State cornerback Domantae Kazee (round 5, pick 5); Wyoming running back Brian Hill (round 5, pick 12), and Drake University tight end Eric Saubert (round 5, pick 31). With three offensive and three defensive players selected, the areas needing to be addressed shows balance, but defensively is where the Falcons sought for answers. Continue reading