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  1. Sam Baker of Atlanta Falcons leaves preseason game against Housto...

    Vaughn McClure

    Atlanta Falcons starting left tackle Sam Baker, who missed a good part of last season with a knee injury, was carted off the field in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans.

    Story | Conversation | August 16, 2014
  2. Falcons agree to terms with top two picks

    Vaughn McClure

    The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on four-year contracts with first-round draft pick Jake Matthews and second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman. Matthews' contract includes a fifth-year option. Full financial terms for the deals were not immediat...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  3. Kiper grades: B-minus fair for Falcons

    Vaughn McClure

    ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. distributed his draft grades for all 32 NFL teams on Sunday. In terms of evaluating the Falcons, Kiper gave general manager Thomas Dimitroff and crew a B-minus in the end. He praised the picks of offensive tackle J...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  4. Dimitroff stands behind LB Shembo

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff reflected on his nine draft picks Saturday evening, he found himself on the defensive about one in particular: outside linebacker Prince Shembo. The fourth-round pick from ...

    Blog | May 10, 2014
  5. Atlanta Falcons draft wrap-up

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A wrap-up of the Atlanta Falcons' draft. Click here for a full list of Falcons draftees. The Falcons stuck to their offseason theme of getting tougher up front while also filling pressing needs with their nine draft picks. ...

    Blog | May 10, 2014
  6. Q&A on new Falcons LB Prince Shembo

    Vaughn McClure

    My former boss, mentor and close friend Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune is the Notre Dame football beat writer. Hansen has plenty of insight into new Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo, who brings toughness to the team. But there are off-the-f...

    Blog | May 10, 2014
  7. Freeman ready to work for Falcons

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons addressed another need with their first of two fourth-round draft picks by selecting Florida State running back Devonta Freeman. Freeman (5-8, 206) left college early after winning the national title. The...

    Blog | May 10, 2014
  8. New safety checks out for Falcons

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- It seemed to be somewhat of a concern to see how new Atlanta Falcons safety Dez Southward missed working out at this year's NFL combine with spine and wrist injuries. Southward told the Green Bay Press-Gazette back in March ...

    Blog | May 10, 2014
  9. Falcons get even tougher with Hageman

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The first feeling you get when talking to Ra'Shede Hageman is that he won't put up with any bull. The new Falcons defensive lineman has an intimidating demeanor about him, which is a good thing in this case. Remember, the Fa...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  10. Falcons pick Dezmen Southward in 3rd

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The pick: Dezmen Southward, S, Wisconsin. My take: The Falcons had a pressing need at safety but might have dipped a little too deep to address the need. There have been questions about Southward's range and ability, althoug...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  11. Falcons pick Ra'Shede Hageman in 2nd

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, defensive end, Minnesota My take: Although Hageman had some baggage in his past and is somewhat of a project, he's an exceptional athlete who brings more nastiness up front. He could play either ...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  12. SEC, Miller helped Matthews prep for NFL

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- New Atlanta Falcons starting right tackle Jake Matthews, the sixth-overall pick who was introduced to the Atlanta-area media on Friday, already has an NFL pedigree with a Hall of Fame father and All-Pro cousin. Bloodlines ar...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  13. Jake Matthews has leg up on family now

    Vaughn McClure

    It's no secret that new Atlanta Falcons starting right tackle Jake Matthews, the sixth-overall pick in this year's NFL draft, has strong bloodlines. Matthews' father, Bruce, is a Hall of Fame offensive guard. His cousin, Clay, is a four-time Pro B...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  14. OT Matthews what Falcons needed

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons had a plan all along, and the plan worked out in the end. For all the talk about possibly trading up to the No. 1 overall selection to pick coveted pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, I don't believe that was t...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  15. Falcons pick Jake Matthews in 1st

    Vaughn McClure

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The pick: Jake Matthews, offensive tackle, Texas A&M My take: This was a great pickup for the Falcons, who needed more protection for quarterback Matt Ryan and needed better blocking in the run game. Matthews played both...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  16. Draft day: Stay behind Oakland

    Vaughn McClure

    Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff might not be superstitious, but he might want to take note of this draft day trend. The Falcons currently own the No. 6 pick, right behind the Oakland Raiders. Since 2003, the Raiders have had some ...

    Blog | May 08, 2014