SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Racing out to six straight wins to open the season against a less than formidable schedule left some people doubting how good the San Francisco 49ers actually are....
Jimmy Garoppolo just wins.
Garoppolo is 12-2 as a starter, including 4-0 this season as the San Francisco 49ers lead the NFC West. He's a win away from tying Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, Philip...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Cleveland cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams are inactive for Monday's game in San Francisco, leaving the Browns' secondary without two key starters for a third...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have promoted running back Jeff Wilson Jr. from the practice squad following an injury to Tevin Coleman.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-12)
New faces: DE Dee Ford, DE Nick Bosa, LB Kwon Alexander, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Deebo Samuel, WR Jalen Hurd, CB Jason Verrett.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
New faces: OG James Carpenter, OG Jamon Brown, DE Adrian Clayborn, SS J.J. Wilcox, S Chris Cooper, S Afolabi Laguda, DE Chris Odom, DT Tyeler Davison, OT John Wetzel,...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — A healthy Devonta Freeman can't answer all the Atlanta Falcons' questions at running back.
Even if Freeman avoids injury after missing 14 games in 2018, the...
SAN FRANCISCO (4-12)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Santa Clara, California
LAST YEAR: Season went awry early with QB Jimmy Garoppolo and RB Jerick McKinnon going down with season-ending knee...
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
OPEN CAMP: July 22, Flowery Branch, Georgia
LAST YEAR: Atlanta closed season with three straight wins that came far too late to save lost season. Coach Dan Quinn...
2. SAN FRANCISCO (6-10)
LAST SEASON: Niners' season derailed early when QB Jimmy Garoppolo, RB Jerick McKinnon went down with season-ending knee injuries in September. Bigger problems came...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers opened the new league year Wednesday by acquiring the defensive playmaker the team was sorely lacking in edge rusher Dee Ford.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Andy Levitre; G Ben Garland; G Zane Beadles; RB Tevin Coleman; DE Derrick Shelby; DE Bruce Irvin; DT Terrell McClain; CB Justin Bethel; CB...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed running back Jeremy Langford from the practice squad.
Langford, who played two seasons with the Chicago Bears, replaces injured rookie Ito Smith for Sunday's game at Carolina. Smith was placed on injured reserve on Monday with a knee injury.
The Falcons on Tuesday also signed wide receiver Christian Blake and offensive lineman Chris Durant to the practice squad. Wide receiver Julian Williams was waived from the practice squad.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — This is not the way Tevin Coleman hoped to pad his resume entering possible free agency.
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan is putting up MVP-like numbers, even on a team that hasn't lived up to expectations.
Matty Ice turned in another brilliant performance in prime time Monday, throwing for 379 yards and completing his final 18 passes to lead the Atlanta Falcons to their second straight victory, 23-20 over the struggling New York Giants.
"Whatever it takes to win," Ryan said. "That's the mindset we have every week."
ATLANTA (AP) — Pat Shurmur isn't about to express sympathy for the Atlanta Falcons' ever-growing list of key players on injured reserve.
The New York Giants' coach has his own problems.
The Giants (1-5) will try to end their three-game losing streak when they face the Falcons (2-4) in Monday night's matchup of last-place teams. Atlanta snapped its own three-game skid with last week's win over Tampa Bay .
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman will miss his second straight game with a knee injury, and the Falcons also will be without starting defensive end Takk McKinley when they host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Coach Dan Quinn declared both players out Friday, extending a rash of injuries that have plagued the Falcons (1-1) already this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is still fuming about his team's performance, saying he won't tolerate laziness on defense following his team's 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Carolina's eighth-year head coach was upset after watching his normally stingy defense allow Matt Ryan and the Falcons to roll up 442 yards on offense Sunday and score on five of their first seven possessions.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was held out of practice again, leaving his status uncertain for Sunday's game against Carolina.
Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday he'll know more about Freeman's status on Friday.
Tevin Coleman would start if Freeman can't play. Running back Brian Hill was promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week.
ATLANTA (AP) — There are times that come along in the NFL, when the confluence of bountiful drafts, stars in their prime and a still-manageable salary cap align to put a team in position to win a championship.
For the Atlanta Falcons, that time is now.
A franchise still scarred by blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl looks poised to make another run at that elusive first title, but the window of opportunity is starting to close just a bit.
Fantasy busts aren't necessarily terrible players by any standard measure. They're just disappointing at the end of the season compared with what owners expected at the beginning of it.
It's all about expectations.
Here are the most overdrafted, biggest potential busts of the upcoming fantasy football season with their average draft positions included in point-per-reception leagues.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Even as he enters his fourth season, Tevin Coleman is still taking notes from Falcons teammate Devonta Freeman on all the basics that go with being an NFL running back.
How to run. How to catch. How to block.
How to make teammates smile.
In training camp, Freeman's contagious personality may be one of his biggest strengths. His ever-present smile can be a mood-lifter during long, hot practice days.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Ricardo Allen began listing the weapons on the Atlanta Falcons' offense and shook his head.
Wide receivers Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Quarterback Matt Ryan.
The safety said facing those playmakers is like a bad dream he must revisit every practice. But Allen also smiled because that's good news for Atlanta's 2018 outlook.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered their offensive depth by selecting running back Ito Smith and wide receiver Russell Gage in the NFL draft.
The Falcons traded two seventh-round picks to the Rams for the sixth-round selection used for Gage. Atlanta closed its draft by selecting Yale linebacker Foye Oluokun later in the sixth round.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Devonta Freeman pounded away all night until he finally found a way into the open field, helping the Atlanta Falcons remain in the thick of the tight NFC South race.
With sidekick Tevin Coleman out with a concussion and Matt Ryan not particularly sharp throwing the ball , Freeman rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown to key a 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the Atlanta Falcons without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and running back Doug Martin, who are inactive for the Monday night game.
McCoy hurt his right biceps and David suffered a hamstring injury during the Bucs' loss to the Detroit Lions. Martin wasn't listed on the injury report, but is being replaced in the lineup by Peyton Barber.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and left guard Andy Levitre have been ruled out for Monday night's game at Tampa Bay.
Coleman teams with starter Devonta Freeman in one of the NFL's most effective backfield duos. He has been in the concussion protocol since Atlanta's last game, a Dec. 7 victory over New Orleans. He was injured in the fourth quarter and did not return.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and left guard Andy Levitre were not on the field as the team returned to practice Tuesday following a four-day break.
Coleman has been in the concussion protocol since Atlanta beat New Orleans last Thursday. He was injured in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Levitre's streak of 140 consecutive starts ended before the Saints game because of a triceps injury. Ben Garland started in Levitre's spot.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta running back Tevin Coleman has been placed in the concussion protocol after getting hurt in the fourth quarter of Thursday's win over New Orleans.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday it's too early to know if Coleman will miss the next game, Dec. 18, at Tampa Bay.
"We'll just let the medical staff and the doctors do their thing," Quinn said. "Until we know that he's cleared, we'll go through the whole process with him."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had just taken the lead with a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter at Atlanta, a still-uncomfortable five-point edge on a Falcons team with a potent offense and a loud home-field advantage.
Once again, the game was left in good hands with a defense that has made squelching quality opponents a season-long habit.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have a troublesome habit of maintaining a lead once they take it.
Coach Dan Quinn saw some improvement in Sunday's 34-20 win over Tampa Bay, but the issue has lingered since the Falcons blew a 25-point lead to lose the Super Bowl nearly 10 months ago.
ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Jones had a record-breaking afternoon. Mohamed Sanu pitched in with his arm, and Tevin Coleman contributed a couple big plays on the ground.
The Atlanta Falcons "got a little swag back," according to Sanu.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out for the second straight week with a concussion and won't play against Tampa Bay.
Atlanta (6-4) will rely again on Tevin Coleman and third-stringer Terron Ward when the Falcons (6-4) host Tampa Bay (4-6) on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman remains on concussion protocol, threatening his status for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
Freeman suffered the concussion on the second play of Atlanta's win over Dallas on Nov. 12 and missed last week's 34-31 win at Seattle.
Tevin Coleman would again start against the Buccaneers if Freeman can't return.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will sit out Monday night's game at Seattle while recovering from his second concussion of the season.
Freeman went out on the second play of last weekend's victory over Dallas after taking a shot to the head. The Falcons ruled him out Saturday.
Tevin Coleman will start in place of Freeman, while Terron Ward moves up to serve as the top backup.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Tevin Coleman kept the Falcons' running game moving for one week after Devonta Freeman was lost with a concussion.
With Freeman's recovery time unknown, Coleman may be left in the lead role for another game, and possibly longer.
Devonta Freeman continues to disappoint, and fantasy players who have him on their teams are widely freaking out after spending a first round pick to get him.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is expected to play against Carolina even after being limited in practice for the third straight day.
Freeman was on Atlanta's injury report with a neck and shoulder problem early in the week. The description was changed to an abdomen and shoulder injury on the Thursday and Friday reports.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — With Mohamed Sanu sidelined by a hamstring injury, the Atlanta Falcons promoted receiver Marvin Hall to the active roster Saturday and waived running back Brian Hill.
Hall was signed to the practice squad at the beginning of the season. He spent time on the Arizona practice squad in 2016.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — A bye week has provided no assurance Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will have all his wide receivers healthy for Sunday's game against Miami.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are careful not to interrupt Devonta Freeman when he's in a steady rhythm.
Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL's highest-paid running back, has earned the right to stay on the field even when teammate Tevin Coleman is antsy and ready to play.
Coleman told coach Dan Quinn as much in last week's 30-26 victory at Detroit.
Freeman was in a groove. Don't mess up a good thing.
ATLANTA FALCONS (13-6)
New faces: DT Dontari Poe, DE Jack Crawford, FB Derrick Coleman, WR Andre Roberts, rookie DE Takkarist McKinley, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkasian.
Key losses: DT Ra'Shede Hageman (commissioner's exempt list), DT Jonathan Babineaux, OG Chris Chester, FB Patrick DiMarco, TE Jacob Tamme, LB Paul Worrilow, DE Dwight Freeney, WR Eric Weems, SS Dashon Goldson, LB Philip Wheeler.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Rookie running back Brian Hill is still adjusting to the speed of the NFL as he tries to win a backup job with the Atlanta Falcons.
The problem is there isn't much time in the preseason for Hill to make that adjustment.
Hill and Terron Ward are considered the favorites to win a backup job behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.