July 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said Wednesday that the 2013 season will definitely be his last as an active player in the NFL. "Without a doubt, yes. Without question," Gonzalez said in an interview on The NFL Network. "I told everybody I was going to retire last year, and I really meant that when I was saying that last year." But Gonzalez had a change of heart and decided to play one more season. Hence, he'll be back in the Falcons' training camp next week. ...
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said Wednesday that the 2013 season will definitely be his last as an active player in the NFL.
The NFL season is approaching and Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams, counting down our power rankings with one team a day until No. 1 is unveiled on Aug. 4, when the preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Go to our Facebook page after you read the preview for all airing of grievances; we’ll have a daily discussion there to go with each preview. On the day after the Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2012 regular season at 2-14, the worst regular season record in franchise history, owner Shad Khan began to make significant changes to the organization. Khan fired general manager Gene Smith and the process of finding a replacement ended with Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, a highly-sought after talent evaluator who turned down a lucrative offer from the New York Jets to take the Jaguars' job. Caldwell fired head coach Mike Mularkey and bucked the trend when he hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for the head coaching vacancy. Of the eight head coaches hired in 2013, Bradley is the only coach with a background on the defensive side of the ball. Hiring Bradley was a solid move — he had a major impact on the rebuilding of the Seahawks into one of the most physical defenses in the league — but came as a surprise as he and Caldwell had no previous relationship and the Jaguars have had one of the worst offenses in the league over the past two seasons. Caldwell does not appear to be under any delusions about the Jaguars' prospects for the 2013 season. The team was quiet in free agency and is looking to rebuild through the draft. That's the smart path, but it will require a bit of patience from the fan base.
COMMENTARY | The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2012 season 11-yards shy of a trip to the Super Bowl. After coming so close last season, as well as enjoying the longest sustained success in franchise history while under the Mike Smith/Thomas Dimitroff regime, expectations in Atlanta are at an all-time high.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The defensive line was an offseason priority for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is still trying to gauge what his team will look like this season.
The New York Giants made a change at the tight end position on Thursday. The Giants signed former Kentucky quarterback-turned-tight end Morgan Newton after having him in for a tryout during the team’s rookie mini-camp last week. Newton replaces former Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer, who signed with the team last week. Palmer and…
As former Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham turned 35 years old Monday, the former first-round pick not only retracted mention of retirement but was attempting to sign with the Tennessee Titans.
When Mr. Irrelevant, Justice Cunningham , had his name called Saturday, the fantasy football mock season officially got underway. To kick off Yahoo!'s festivities, we'll mock two rounds per day Tuesday-Friday (12-teams, PPR scoring) to help you get educated on which players will be valued/undervalued when the bulk of the draft season begins in August. Please declare a winner and/or express your general disdain for our 'stupidity' in the comments section below. SEE ROUND 1 HERE ROUND 3 Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers (PK25, WR8) - With Greg Jennings now out of the team picture, expect another leap in value from Cobb. He could easily deliver a 90-1100-10 fantasy line. (Note: This team considered taking a third-tier back at this spot, but didn't want to get shut out on the elite receivers, not in a PPR.) - Behrens 1 Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons (PK26, RB16) - No player received a bigger upgrade in team context during the off-season. Jackson is now the featured back in an offense that ranked seventh in scoring last season (26.2 PPG) and eighth in total yardage (369.1). Michael Turner somehow managed to rush for 800 yards and 10 scores for Atlanta last season, and he was terrible. - Behrens 2 Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (PK27, QB3) – Newton has finished top 4 among QBs in fantasy points per game in each of his first two seasons, thanks to a QB-high 64 red zone rushes in that span (22 combined rushing TD). – Brandon 1
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff had two major goals heading into the NFL draft - get a starting cornerback and bolster his reserves on defense.

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