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SEPT 24 FALCONS ELEVATE DARBY

The Atlanta Falcons have elevated receiver Frank Darby to the active roster from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's Week 3 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

A 2021 sixth-round draft pick, Darby played in 10 games for the Falcons during his rookie season but was waived in the final round of cuts following the preseason.

The game will mark Darby's first time on the active roster this season.

SEPT 21 BRADY BLASTS NFL 

To some degree, Tom Brady thinks the suspension is his fault. But regardless, he still finds it "ridiculous.''

As the Atlanta Falcons try to find their way in the NFC South, they eyeball this weekend's game pitting Brady's Bucs against the Saints - a game in which Bucs star receiver Mike Evans might not play.

Brady has already conceded via Let’s Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray that he deserves some blame for the Evans suspension, as Evans’s role in the altercation with Marshon Lattimore came in defense of teammate Brady arguing a call. However, Brady doesn’t think Evans should be suspended in the first place.

“I don’t think it deserved any type of suspension; I think that's ridiculous,” Brady said. “Hopefully we can move past it and get to a better place.”

Evans is appealing his suspension, and the final decision should come on Wednesday.

SEPTEMBER 17 FALCONS ELEVATE CALEB HUNTLEY, ABDULLAH ANDERSON TO ACTIVE ROSTER

The Atlanta Falcons have elevated running back Caleb Huntley and defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson from the practice squad to the active roster.

Huntley figures to be in contention for carries with rookie Tyler Allgeier, while Anderson will offer Atlanta a versatile rotational piece up front.

Teams are allotted one practice squad elevation per game, but with the Falcons placing running back Damien Williams on injured reserve, were able to activate two players for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

SEPTEMBER 15 SEAHAWKS SIGN TEEZ TABOR OFF FALCONS PRACTICE SQUAD

After seeing safety Jamal Adams go on injured reserve this week, the Seattle Seahawks signed defensive back Teez Tabor from the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad to their 53-man roster.

Tabor played last season with the Chicago Bears and spent training camp with the Falcons, but did not make the initial 53-man roster. Now, Tabor gets an opportunity to play with the Seahawks.

The Falcons visit the Seahawks in Week 3 on September 25.

SEPTEMBER 14 FALCONS SIGN RUNNING BACK B.J. BAYLOR

With backup running back Damien Williams battling through a rib injury and not participating in practice, the Atlanta Falcons have signed rookie tailback B.J. Baylor to the practice squad.

Baylor, 24, was an All-Pac 12 First Team honoree while starring at Oregon State, where he was coached by now-Falcons running backs coach Michael Pitre for three years. 

The 5-10, 202-pound Baylor was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent but was waived in the first round of cuts. He figures to fill the role of Caleb Huntley on Atlanta's practice squad if Williams is knocked out of action.

SEPTEMBER 13 FALCONS ELEVATE ANTHONY FIRKSER TO ACTIVE ROSTER, SIGN DYLAN MABIN

The Atlanta Falcons have officially signed tight end Anthony Firkser to the active roster. Firkser was elevated from the practice squad to the roster for Atlanta's Week 1 contest with the New Orleans Saints. 

There was no corresponding roster move as the Falcons only had 52 players following the release - and, later, practice squad addition - of defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson.

Additionally, the Falcons signed cornerback Dylan Mabin to the practice squad. The 6-1, 195-pound Mabin has played in four career NFL games, all in 2020. He's spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Las Vegas Raiders, largely as a special teams player.

SEPTEMBER 13 FORMER FALCONS WORKING OUT FOR 49ERS

After San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell landed on Injured Reserve (IR) following their loss to the Chicago Bears, the team invited a number of veteran running backs for a workout.

The list included former Atlanta Falcons Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

Freeman played six seasons in Atlanta from 2014-19, running for over 1,000 yards twice. Meanwhile, Coleman played four seasons with the Falcons from 2015-18, running for 800 yards in his last season in Atlanta. Coleman also played two seasons with the Niners previously from 2019-20.

SEPTEMBER 7 FALCONS TO WEAR RED HELMETS TWICE

After the Atlanta Falcons' previous announcement that their red throwback helmets will be making a long-awaited return, the team has doubled down, committing to wearing the helmets twice.

During the initial release, the Falcons revealed plans to wear the helmet only in Week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers. With the new commitment, Atlanta will also sport the alternate helmet against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13.

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SEPTEMBER 5 FALCONS SIGN KHYIRIS TONGA TO PRACTICE SQUAD

The Atlanta Falcons have signed nose tackle Khyiris Tonga to their practice squad. The 6-4, 338-pound Tonga was a 2021 seventh-round pick by the Chicago Bears and general manager Ryan Pace, now with the Falcons in an advisory role.

Tonga, 26, played in 15 games during his rookie season, and made a pair of starts. He totaled 24 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a fumble recovery.

Tonga will fill Atlanta's 16th and final spot on the practice squad.

AUGUST 31 FALCONS CUT TWO DBs 

The Atlanta Falcons added two players Wednesday, which meant the team had to cut two players from their initial 53-man roster. That ended up being veteran defensive backs Mike Ford and Dean Marlowe.

Ford played for the Denver Broncos last season, while Marlowe played for the Detroit Lions.

Now the team has just three safeties on the roster, meaning Atlanta might not be done with its roster reshuffling.

AUGUST 30 CALVIN RIDLEY ROBBED

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is a target of an Atlanta street gang looking to target wealthy celebrities.

Ridley, along with Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey, Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan and "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Marlo Hampton have all been robbed recently.

Ridley has been suspended for the year after betting on games last season.

AUGUST 22 PANTHERS NAME BAKER MAYFIELD STARTING QB

The Atlanta Falcons are weeks removed from naming Marcus Mariota as the starting quarterback, but now the rival Carolina Panthers have named their starter.

Baker Mayfield has won the starting job for the Panthers over Sam Darnold and will start Week 1 against his former team, the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns traded Mayfield earlier this offseason for a conditional draft pick after the team acquired Deshaun Watson in March.

Mayfield is set to meet the Falcons on Oct. 30 in Atlanta.

AUGUST 16 FALCONS CUT 4 PLAYERS FROM ROSTER

With NFL teams required to trim rosters from 90 players to 85, the Atlanta Falcons, who stood at 89 entering the day, have released four players.

Punter Seth Vernon, linebacker Rashad Smith, tight end Tucker Fisk and defensive back Tre Webb are the four who didn't make it through the opening round of cuts.

Smith, Fisk and Webb were all viewed as camp bodies from the start, but Vernon entered the preseason as one of only two punters on the roster, giving him a chance to fight for the job. However, with his release, the Falcons have all but committed to veteran Bradley Pinion to be the starting punter.

The Falcons will have to trim the roster from 85 to 80 next Tuesday.

AUGUST 8 ANOTHER TITAN TO A-TOWN

According to reports, the Falcons are signing former Titans tight end MyCole Pruitt to a one-year deal. Pruitt recently also worked out for the New Orleans Saints.

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth-round draft from Southern Illinois, Pruitt spent last season with the Titans as the team's replacement for Jonnu Smith. prior to suffering a season-ending injury, Pruitt posted a career-high 14 receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games.

Prior to joining the Titan, Pruitt also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears. At Southern Illinois, he was an All-American and caught 211 passes for 2,601 yards and 25 touchdowns.

AUGUST 7 ROSTER MOVES The Falcons have signed defensive linemen Abdullah Anderson to a one-year deal.

The 6-3, 297-pound Anderson has made prior stops in Chicago, Minnesota, Tennessee and Green Bay. An undrafted free agent in 2018, Anderson has played in 10 games, recording six total tackles and one sack.

The Falcons' defensive line has taken multiple blows in the past week at training camp, as Vincent Taylor suffered a torn Achilles and Bryce Rodgers was carted off with a knee injury.

The addition of Anderson gives Atlanta 10 defensive linemen as the team prepares for its first preseason game on Friday.


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