NASHVILLE, Ten. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans looked to improve their anemic pass rush with their first two free agent deals, agreeing to terms with linebacker Bud Dupree and defensive lineman...
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (8-8)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Nelson Agholor, DT Maliek Collins, DT Johnathan Hankins, LB Nicholas Morrow, DE Takkarist McKinley, Edge Vic Beasley, S Erik Harris, OL...
Shopping on the NFL free agent market can be so very tempting.
Talented and experienced linemen, pass rushers, wide receivers and cornerbacks available to fill a hole in the roster. That...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans made very clear they have no time to wait for their defense to improve, with the NFL's worst unit on third down contributing to a two-game...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have lost patience with Vic Beasley Jr. and will release the outside linebacker Wednesday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. appears ready for his long-awaited debut with the Tennessee Titans.
The man who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 spent all of...
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
New faces: RB Todd Gurley, OLB Dante Fowler, TE Hayden Hurst, WR Laquon Treadwell, OL Justin McCray, LB LaRoy Reynolds, TE Khari Lee, LB Edmond Robinson.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans finally have three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, and Vic Beasley Jr., too.
Now it's up to coach Mike Vrabel and his assistants to...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. passed his physical Saturday and now is on the Tennessee Titans' active roster.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have placed linebacker Vic Beasley on the non-football injury list days after he finally reported for training camp.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr.
A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he has been in touch with Vic Beasley and that the linebacker knows his absence from training camp is unexcused.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
CAMP SITE: Flowery Branch, Georgia
LAST YEAR: Atlanta won its last four games to save jobs of coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Second...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds, who played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans kept their starting offense together with only one exception before the start of free agency.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Vic Beasley Jr., TE Austin Hooper, OLB DeVondre Campbell, SS Kemal Ishmael, DT Jack Crawford, DT Michael Bennett, P Matt Bosher, DE Adrian...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year contract extension with defensive end Steven Means.
Means started four games in 2018 and had 14 tackles and one sack....
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have cut ties with outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks in the team's run to the Super Bowl but didn't come close to matching...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — With his job status in limbo, Falcons coach Dan Quinn has no choice but to move ahead as if he will be back next year.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — For the second straight year, a five-game losing streak has devastated the Atlanta Falcons' playoff hopes.
This time, the Falcons can't blame injuries. Instead,...
HOUSTON (AP) — Atlanta's secondary couldn't do anything to contain Houston's Deshaun Watson on Sunday as the third-year quarterback finished with as many touchdown passes as incompletions to send...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means will miss the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury.
Means was a part-time starter in 2018 and hurt in...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons spent the past couple of drafts filling in the pieces on a team with championship aspirations.
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan could find no easy answers after the Atlanta Falcons' offense hit a new low in their fourth straight loss.
Ryan threw for only 131 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens , his lowest total of his 11-year career in a game he has started and finished.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons made a move to bolster their lackluster pass rush by agreeing to a one-year deal with defensive end Bruce Irvin on Wednesday, reuniting the veteran with coach Dan Quinn.
Irvin, cut by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, became a free agent after clearing waivers on Tuesday with $3.8 million remaining on his contract. The Falcons play at Cleveland on Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are making a bad habit of collapsing in the final moments of games.
They were at it again in Sunday's 37-36 loss to Cincinnati, allowing Andy Dalton to complete a 13-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds remaining.
"It's like just taking your heart and ripping it out," defensive end Vic Beasley said. "It's tough, but it's just part of the game. It's why we play the game. We play the game to win, but sometimes that's how it ends up."
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — 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.
Beasley, though, isn't making big promises in the second week of training camp. As much as he wants to get back to the top, he says the best approach is to stay humble, fill his role and let everything else work itself out.
ATLANTA (AP) — Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins finally generated some offense.
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons totally fell apart.
The result: a stunning 20-17 victory for the Dolphins.
Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and Miami rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit, rekindling memories of Atlanta's epic collapse against New England in the Super Bowl.
And next up for the Falcons — a rematch against the Patriots.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Vic Beasley Jr. will be back on the field Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
The NFL's 2016 sack leader was injured in a Week 2 victory over Green Bay.
Beasley missed a victory at Detroit and a home loss to Buffalo. After a bye week, he returned to practice on a limited basis this week.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The unbeaten Atlanta Falcons will be without four starters when they host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Safety Ricardo Allen will miss the game with a concussion sustained on a hard hit to Detroit receiver T.J. Jones last week. Outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring), right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee) will all miss their second straight games with injuries sustained against Green Bay in Week 2.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be without three starters Sunday when they face the Detroit Lions in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., right tackle Ryan Schraeder and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw were all ruled out Friday by the Falcons (2-0).
None of them participated in practice this week after being injured in a 34-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season:
Add linebacker Vic Beasley to an already imposing injury list in the Packers-Falcons game.
Beasley, the 2016 NFL sacks leader, had a sack against Aaron Rodgers, creating a fumble that led to a third-quarter touchdown by Atlanta. Minutes later, Beasley suffered a hamstring injury and was listed as questionable to return. He limped off the field and was escorted to the locker room.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered their defensive line by agreeing to terms with two-time Pro Bowler Dontari Poe.
The 6-foot-3, 346-pound tackle joins All-Pro Vic Beasley Jr. and Grady Jarrett, who had three sacks in the Super Bowl.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff announced the signing Thursday. He describes the 26-year-old Poe as a "big guy that can push the pocket."
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Sean Weatherspoon walked through the Atlanta Falcons locker room, shouting out to no one in particular.
"Hey, y'all don't forget about the good times!" he yelled, managing a big smile.
There were a few chuckles, but it wasn't enough to change the mood.
The Falcons are still trying to grasp how they let a Super Bowl championship slip away .
Matchups for the NFC championship game Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons:
OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (5), PASS (3)
DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (17), PASS (28)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING — Matt Ryan 4,944 yards, 38 TDs, 7 INT
RUSHING — Devonta Freeman 1,079 yards, 11 TDs; Tevin Coleman, 520, 4
RECEIVING — Julio Jones 83 catches, 1,409 yards, 6 TDs; Mohamed Sanu, 59, 653, 4; Freeman, 54, 462, 2
INTERCEPTIONS — Deion Jones 3; Ricardo Allen 2; Robert Alford 2; Jalen Collins 2
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Dan Quinn figured two touchdowns from his Falcons defense against the Rams was about right.
"We joked that we gave up 14 but they made up for it by scoring 14," the Atlanta coach said Monday, the day after his Falcons protected their share of the NFC South lead by beating the Los Angeles Rams 42-14.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vic Beasley sacked Jared Goff, stripped the ball, scooped it up and sprinted to the end zone in a remarkable athletic display for the Atlanta Falcons.
Beasley then tried and miserably failed to dunk the ball over the crossbar in a considerably less impressive effort.
None of it slowed down the Atlanta Falcons in their 42-14 victory over spiraling Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Ryan had barely sat down to begin his usual post-kickoff, pregame preparations when he had to rush onto the field. A Rams rookie had fumbled the opening return, and the Atlanta Falcons had the ball at the 3.
"It was a pleasant surprise," said Ryan, who threw a touchdown pass on the first snap.
The whole day was a series of fun surprises for the Falcons, whose playoff chase is picking up steam.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Vic Beasley heard the grumbling. He was a wasted pick in the first round. He wasn't going to be able to play every down in the NFL.
No one's talking that way anymore.
Beasley has made a huge leap in his second season with Atlanta, giving the Falcons something they haven't had in years: a fearsome pass rusher.
He already has 10.5 sacks, ranking No. 2 in the league behind Denver's Von Miller. It's the most sacks by a Falcons player since John Abraham had 13 in 2010.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers with a hamstring injury.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that Terron Ward, promoted earlier this week from the practice squad, will work behind Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman.
Freeman and Coleman are the only running backs to take a snap this year for Atlanta. They have combined for 1,241 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns on 205 touches.
DENVER (AP) — Instead of 300 yards receiving from Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons got 3 1/2 sacks from Vic Beasley Jr.
Maybe this defense really can play.
Already an offensive juggernaut, the Falcons turned up the defensive pressure and made life miserable for rookie Paxton Lynch in a 23-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — New players. New coaches. New schemes.
Same ol' results.
For the better part of a decade, the Atlanta Falcons have been trying to figure out how to get more pressure on the other team's quarterback.
Coming off a season with their lowest number of sacks since the 1980s, the shortcoming quickly cropped up again when the Falcons failed to bring down Jameis Winston in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.
ATLANTA FALCONS (8-8)
New faces: C Alex Mack, WR Mohamed Sanu, DE Dwight Freeney, QB Matt Schaub, TE Austin Hooper, S Keanu Neal, LB Courtney Upshaw, DE Derrick Shelby, LB De'Vondre Campbell, LB Deion Jones.
Key losses: LB Justin Durant, WR Roddy White, WR Devin Hester, S William Moore, NT Paul Soliai, WR Leonard Hankerson.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn says punter Matt Bosher avoided a serious injury to his chest when he was knocked out of Thursday night's preseason win over the Cleveland Browns.
Quinn said Friday he doesn't know if Bosher will be available for next week's preseason game at Miami. Quinn says the team will hold a workout for another punter, but he expects Bosher's injury will be a "short-term thing."
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons attempted to address their persistent pass-rush problem on Tuesday by agreeing to terms on a deal with free-agent linebacker Dwight Freeney.
Freeney, 36, hasn't had a double-digit sack total since 2010. Even so, his eight sacks in 11 games with Arizona in 2015 would have easily led Atlanta. He'll give the Falcons the established pass-rush leader the team has lacked since John Abraham's final season with Atlanta in...