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ATLANTA — Falcons Defensive Tackle Grady Jarrett is Atlanta born and bred. The Conyers native tied the Super Bowl sack record in 2016 and is currently in negotiations for a huge contract extension. While most are focused on his future big payday, Jarrett wants to shift the focus to his big heart.

The 25-year-old Jarrett was nominated by the Falcons for the prestigious Walter Payton “Man of the Year” award for the 2018 season. Although he did not win (the overall winner was Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Chris Long), Jarrett was awarded a $50,000 donation check to the programs of his choosing as team representative.
Jarrett appeared on DJ Greg Street’s radio show at V103 to surprise the DJ and close friend with a $25,000 donation to his “WENEED2READ” program. The other $25,000 went to Y-Sportz Camps, a program to provide resources to youth athletic camps.
Jarrett, who starred on both sides of the ball at Rockdale County High School, spoke on the importance of providing both athletic and academic resources to students who may not have as much.

“These programs help me not only connect on the athletic side, but also in the classroom, as far as developing leadership programs and be a resource for the kids,” Jarrett explained.

Jarrett also talked about establishing mentors and support, acknowledging his relationship with Greg Street as a crucial one for his role in the community.

“(Greg) was one of my very first big supporters after my first year in the league,” Jarrett said. “I really appreciate the love he showed me and my camps early on.”

Jarrett feels honored to be chosen as the Falcons representative as Man of The Year, but he doesn’t want the awards to outshine the work.

“It would be nice to be named Man of the Year for the NFL,” Jarrett admitted. “But that’s still a by-product of me just trying to use my platform to do what I can to help other people.”

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April 8 (UPI) — Former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Tyeler Davison could join an NFC South rival in the upcoming season.

Sources told the NFL Network that the Falcons are bringing in Davison for a visit.
It’s the first reported visit for Davison since the Saints let him enter free agency this off-season. New Orleans added former New England Patriots first-round pick Malcom Brown to replace Davison.

Davison spent the last four seasons with the Saints and was a key member of the team’s defensive line rotation. The 6-foot-2, 309-pound defensive tackle appeared in 61 games (48 starts) in the past four campaigns.

The Saints originally drafted Davison in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. He has recorded 95 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and four passes defensed in his four seasons. He spent most of the past three seasons as a starter alongside Sheldon Rankins.

The Falcons have a need on the defensive line. Atlanta interior lineman Grady Jarrett, who was franchise tagged this off-season, is working toward a long-term agreement with the club.

Jack Crawford and Deadrin Senat are other members of the Falcons’ current defensive tackle rotation, while Terrell McClain remains a free agent.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are supplementing their big free-agent acquisition with a few smaller signings.

Jacksonville signed free-agent wide receiver Chris Conley and tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Saturday. The team later announced the news.

Both players will be key additions to a Jaguars’ offense in need of depth and variety after signing quarterback Nick Foles to a four-year deal this week.

The Jags are also signing linebacker Jake Ryan, former Packers fourth-rounder who is coming off a torn ACL, Garafolo reported.

After spending the first four years of his career in Kansas City, Conley will join a Jags receiving corps that already includes Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Keelan Cole. With the Chiefs, Conley started 34 of 53 games played over four seasons, catching 104 receptions for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns.

The 26-year-old wideout should compete for starting snaps in Duval.

A first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, Ogbuehi started 25 games over four years on the Ohio River and did not have his fifth-year option picked up ahead of the 2018 season. The tackle played just two games last year.

Ogbuehi should provide needed relief behind Cam Robinson and Will Richardson, who are currently listed as Jacksonville’s starting tackles.

These signings came one day after Jacksonville filled a void at tight end by signing former Dallas Cowboy TE Geoff Swaim.

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The Falcons are almost certainly not done tweaking their offensive line, but their latest reported signing is hardly the kind of seismic shakeup that a rookie backup center or rookie right tackle would be. It does indicate that the Falcons could choose to go in a different direction than the one we assumed with their interior depth, which as of the moment consists of veterans Wes Schweitzer and Brandon Fusco and former draft pick Sean Harlow.

Adam Gettis, the soon-to-be signee in question, has played in 17 games with one start over stints with Washington, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and the New York Giants. Gettis last played in an actual NFL game back in 2016, as he was on the shelf with an injury in 2017 and didn’t play last year. The former fifth round draft pick has chiefly played guard in the NFL but can, reputedly, also play center. Critically, he spent time with Dirk Koetter and the Bucs the last two years, even if he didn’t ultimately play.
If Gettis is healthy and the Falcons are intrigued enough to bring him aboard now, there’s a chance he could push for the final spot on the Falcons’ offensive line in 2019. The ability to play center would make him a logical candidate for the backup job behind Alex Mack, albeit not one that inspires a ton of early confidence, and at worst he’s insurance for if the Falcons don’t touch the interior of the line in the draft. If he does stick around, he could bump Brandon Fusco or Wes Schweitzer off the roster, as those are the two early candidates for reserve roles on the interior and the Falcons aren’t very likely to carry five guards on the active roster this year. The Falcons, as you’ll recall, are very fond of bringing in veterans who have washed out elsewhere and seeing if they can shore up the line, so don’t count Gettis out yet.

All of that is in the future, though, including confirmation of the signing. We’ll wait to see if and when Gettis does sign, but we preemptively welcome him aboard.

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Falcons defensive back Damontae Kazee has come a long way since the Falcons drafted him in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After the Falcons lost Ricardo Allen to a season-ending injury in week 3 last season, Kazee stepped in and dominated. He led the league in interceptions (7) and graded out as the second-best defender on the team, according to Pro Football Focus. He earned the team’s highest PFF coverage grade. Put simply, he had a coming-out party.

So what do the Falcons do with Kazee going forward? He’s under team control for two more seasons, and the Falcons need to get their money’s worth. Assuming Ricardo Allen is healthy enough to reclaim his starter role, the Falcons can’t justify parking Kazee on the bench. Head coach Dan Quinn addressed this predicament at the NFL’s spring meetings last month.

“He really has ball-hawk principles to him. He has a relentless side that’s fearless in a way as well. We’re going to try to move him closer to the ball. He played corner in college and when he came here we moved him to safety. He really proved his worth to say, ‘I need a bigger role.’”

Basically Kazee is forcing their hand. They have to keep him on the field. It’s time for the coaching staff to roll up their sleeves and get creative. Quinn is acutely aware of that reality.

“We’re going to try to give him a chance to compete for some things at nickel. Obviously he has a ton of free safety experience in two years with us. We’re also going to work him some at nickel. He had begun a little bit of that last year prior to Rico being injured. As we’re moving forward we’re going to go back to that plan, to give him some ops at nickel.”

Given Robert Alford’s departure and the team’s commitment to Isaiah Oliver as a starter, the road to the nickel job is wide open for Kazee. His talent is undeniable, but can the coaching staff put it to good use? That’s the challenge going forward. And for what Quinn’s comments are worth, the Falcons seem committed to the cause.

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has said this season is important to him and that if things do not go according to the way he believes they should, that jobs will be lost and new blood will be brought in to get the Falcons franchise to where he believes that they should be – Super Bowl champs.

It’s safe to say that there will be a lot of people working under a microscope in 2019; from the front office to the coaching staff and down to the players.

We all know players like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Deion Jones are safe. Those three guys set the standard for the rest of the roster to follow. However, which player is under the largest microscope? Most of you will reply with “Vic Beasley” and I get it, he is under a big microscope for sure this year with a lot of pressure, but I will argue that there is another player under a larger one.
I do not think we realize how much pressure a kicker like Matt Bryant took of the offenses shoulders. Matt Ryan and company knew that if they could at least get to the opponents 35-yard line that they had at least three points should the offense sputter.

I understand that Giorgio Tavecchio had a lot of early success in the three games he played in 2018 while Matt Bryant was out with an injury. However, his 2017 season in Oakland was not as good to him. According to Pro-Football reference, Tavecchio was only 11 for 16 on kicks attempted beyond 29 yards, which is only 68 percent. He has to do better than that to not make the Falcons front office look ridiculous for releasing Matt Bryant.
When we talk pressure in 2019 for the Atlanta Falcons, there is plenty to go around – Thomas Dimitroff, Dan Quinn, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal, Grady Jarrett, Jake Matthews but Giorgio Tavecchio just may have the most pressure as the cleats he has to fill are large ones.

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Once the Falcons firmly decided to hang onto Vic Beasley for one more season and re-sign Grady Jarrett, the opportunity for Thomas Dimitroff to make substantial moves in free agency became nothing more than a pipe dream. They were able to make some quality additions; however, bringing in James Carpenter and Jamon Brown on team-friendly deals to beef up the interior of their offensive line. They also added Luke Stocker to their tight-end group, re-signed Logan Paulsen, and brought in Kenjon Barner to be their kick return specialist and a possible third-down back option – all moves that will allow the Falcons to focus on defense during the draft.

But the loss for Atlanta in free agency did not come in the form of who they did or did not sign; it occurred because of the lucrative multi-year deals that were being handed out like candy by other franchises.

The Falcons will not be significant players in free agency for the foreseeable future due to how well they have drafted since Dan Quinn became the head coach. Their focus will remain on keeping their young core intact while adding free agents sparingly where they see fit. The former just got a lot tougher after this offseason.

Thomas Dimitroff and Company are currently trying to negotiate extensions with Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett. Neither of those players will come cheap, and they are only the beginning of what is set to be an onslaught of young Falcons lining up to get paid. Deion Jones, Austin Hooper, Vic Beasley, and De’Vondre Campbell are all set to be unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2019 season. Keanu Neal will be playing under his fifth-year option for over $9 million in 2020 and will want to be paid handsomely once that concludes. In other words: there is no way the Falcons can keep them all.

C.J. Mosley recently signed the most lucrative deal for an inside linebacker by a longshot (5 years, $85 million). The Falcons have reportedly already begun the process of negotiating a contract for their star middle linebacker, Deion Jones. Indisputably, Jones and his agent are going to be using Mosley’s contract as a starting point, as players so often do once it is their turn to get paid. Jones is one of those integral pieces the Falcons will not let go of, but it’s going to cost the team a pretty penny and will result in the organization making a gut-wrenching decision on one of their other players.

The same can be said for Keanu Neal. The Falcons are not going to want to let their enforcer on the back-end – who has meant so much to their defense since being drafted in 2016 – walk. The problematic part is Landon Collins set the bar for safeties this offseason, signing a 6-year, $84 million deal with the Redskins. Atlanta may not have to match that offer, especially if Collins cannot live up to it over the next couple seasons, but it is not going to be far off.

That leaves the Falcons paying seven players: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Desmond Trufant, Jake Mathews, Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and Keanu Neal all well over $10 million per season, and that doesn’t include the possibility of re-signing the likes of Vic Beasley, Austin Hooper or De’Vondre Campbell.

Beasley is a likely candidate to walk at the end of the season no matter what. The price for quality, or even some not so quality, edge rushers has gone through the roof. If Beasley cannot have a bounce-back campaign in his fifth season, the Falcons are not going to be interested in re-signing him. If he does have a year reminiscent to 2016, when he led the league in sacks, it would be nearly impossible for the Falcons to sign him without the risk of losing a player like Deion Jones or Keanu Neal.

Austin Hooper is a player the Falcons want to keep. He’s improved every season since being drafted in 2016 and reached his first Pro-Bowl last year. But when seeing players like Jesse James, who has never sniffed 500 yards receiving in a season, sign a contract for 4-years, $22 million; it becomes increasingly difficult to see Hooper in a Falcons uniform past 2019.

To a lesser degree, the same can be said about De’Vondre Campbell. The former fourth-round pick has exceeded all expectations, becoming a full-time starter as a rookie in 2016. He had 94 tackles last year, and the Falcons would love to hang onto him past 2019. Unfortunately, that probably cannot happen. There’s a pecking order to these pending free agents, and it looks something like this.

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Kwon Alexander just reset the market for inside linebackers in the NFL. The former LSU man is heading to the San Francisco 49ers on a 4 year/$54 million deal, including $27 million guaranteed.

The contract makes Alexander the highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL based on annual salary average ($13.5 million), surpassing Carolina’s Luke Kuechly ($12.4 million). That’s very good news for Deion Jones, who is already working on a contract extension with the Falcons.

Alexander and Jones each made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and each played in just six games in 2018, with Kwon registering more tackles for loss and QB hits over the past two seasons and Debo registering more tackles, interceptions and passes defensed.

Jones has proven to be a superior linebacker to Alexander (Kwon had a better 2016, but the numbers skew in Deion’s favor since then), especially in coverage, and he will get paid as such when the extension does get worked out.

Last season, Deion Jones was ranked the 14th best LB by PFF (among players who played at least 350 snaps) with a grade of 75.8, while Alexander was ranked the 58th best LB (among players who played at least 350 snaps) with a grade of 59.1.

It’s the nature of the market — a player up for extension will always demand to be paid the most at his position when his skillset is comparable to the elites at that position. It’s why Aaron Rodgers waited for Matt Ryan’s extension to get done last season, and why Grady Jarrett is reportedly demanding “Aaron Donald money” right now. The 49ers did Atlanta no favors by making Kwon Alexander the (temporarily) highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL.

There’s no way around it — this Alexander deal sets a new floor for Jones’ extension, and now likely bumps his pay up from what it theoretically would have been a few days ago. When C.J. Mosley gets his next deal, it’s only going to get more expensive to keep Jones around.

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The question no one wants to ask is will they be able to keep this group together? This class featured three Pro Bowlers in SS Keanu Neal, MLB Deion Jones, and TE Austin Hooper. The Atlanta Falcons were also able to find another starter at linebacker with De’Vondre Campbell and a decent depth piece at guard in sixth round pick Wes Schweitzer.

Right now the team is focused on the 2019 NFL Draft and working out a long term deal with DT Grady Jarrett. The Falcons need to give extensions to the 2016 class before the season starts. This is going to be a tall task as some of these guys are set to receive massive paydays and given the teams cap situation, they will not be able to keep everyone.

In the first round of the 2016 draft, the Falcons selected SS Keanu Neal out of the University of Florida. He was drafted to be an enforcer for this defense and he has lived up to his potential and given the fans a lot more than we ever anticipated. Keanu missed all of last season with a torn ACL but had a phenomenal rookie year in 2016 and made the Pro Bowl in 2017. The Falcons need to extend Neal because he has been so crucial for the Falcons’ defense.

Since 2012 the defense has struggled covering Tight Ends but that problem is neutralized when Keanu is on the field. So far in his career Neal has played in 31 career games with 220 tackles, 154 solo, 8 forced fumbles, and an interception. He also holds the NFL record for most forced fumbles by a safety in their first two seasons. Another positive for Neal is he will be 24 years old this up coming season.

It is going to be hard to predict his contract as he does not have a lot of interceptions compared to the other top safety’s around the league but has a lot of forced fumbles. A good starting point is comparing former Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor‘s most recent contract which is $36 million over three years averaging $12 million a year. For Keanu the contract will likely be $65-$70 million over five years.

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Takkarist McKinley has already made a positive impact since the Atlanta Falcons drafted him with their first round selection two years ago from UCLA.

The edge rusher was promoted to a more prominent position rushing the passer on the defensive line, but the player says he has a lot more to give his team going forward.

This year, he’s putting quite a bit of pressure on himself to get it done, taking to social media to give himself a serious ultimatum.

“If I don’t get double digit sacks next year I’m getting my dreads cut off,” McKinley tweeted.

So far in 31 total NFL contests, McKinley has recorded 13 sacks, 25 quarterback hits, and 14 tackles for loss, positive numbers, but the Falcons want to see more from the first round pick.

This past season, McKinley had seven sacks, and early on was tied with Khalil Mack near the top of the NFL rankings, but went a full month without recording a sack midseason.

More than anything, the Falcons would like to see more consistency from McKinley, to know whether or not he will justify a larger investment in the years ahead.

Atlanta struggled rushing the passer on a regular basis last season, ranking just 22nd in the NFL with 37 total sacks, and placing second worst in third down conversions allowed.

As a rookie, McKinley had just one less sack than fellow first year defensive end Myles Garrett, the Cleveland Browns’ No. 1 overall selection, despite Garrett playing 500 snaps as a starter compared to McKinley’s 381 as a backup and depth feature.

Needless to say, head coach Dan Quinn was impressed.

“We loved the speed. We loved the toughness,” Quinn said. “So for him not to have an offseason, all of a sudden come in and make an impact like he did and keep growing as it went, I think the guy has got a really big future. I love his toughness. That’s the style and identity. He’s another member of that group that has some of that run and hit factor that we really covet. There’s a number of guys that have that, and we’re certainly glad to have him as part of that.”

In his second year as a professional, McKinley had a few minor injuries, including a shoulder contusion, a groin ailment, and a cramping issue, but finished with 22 tackles and seven sacks.