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Georgia gets a big commitment from Five-star OLB Mekhail Sherman as he has picked Georgia over Ohio State.

Sherman is ranked the 8th best player in the calss of 2020 according to 247 sports.

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Falcons 2019 Preseason schedule

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We already knew the Falcons would be playing the Hall of Fame game this year against the Denver Broncos on August 1st in Canton OH as Tony Gonzalez will be inducted in the Pro Football HOF. Due to that, the Falcons will be playing in 5 preseason games.

The rest of the preseason schedule is as follows:

Week 1 Miami Dolphins In Miami

Week 2 at home VS New York Jets

Week 3 at home VS Washington Redskins

The last preseason game is on the road VS Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cap Space 1 – Falcons 0

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With Grady Jarrett getting the franchise tag and taking $15.2 million of the Falcons $22 million in cap space, don’t expect them to be a major player in free agency. As it stands right now the Atlanta Falcons only have roughly $7 million to play with. The one caveat would be if they could somehow get a long term deal done with Jarrett. By applying the franchise tag prior to the start of the “new league year” on March 13, they have extended the window with which they can negotiate a contract extension. (July 16). I fully expect the Falcons to get the extension done with him. It is all just matter of how long will it take and for how much? Falcons do have 9 draft picks this year in the NFL draft.

Round 1 # 14
Round 2 # 45
Round 3 # 79
Round 4 # 117
Round 4 # 137
Round 5 # 152
Round 5 # 172
Round 6 # 186
Round 7 # 230

The Falcons have needs on the offensive line, defensive line/pass rusher, cornerback and running back. On the offensive side of the ball Devonta Freeman, Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen and Deion Jones will all be back after missing the majority of last season. It was reported by ESPN’s Vaughn Mcclure, that the Falcons have started to negotiate a long term deal with Deion Jones who is on the last year of his rookie contract.

No doubt that the Falcons are in the thick of their toughest offseason yet.

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Falcons Cut CB Brian Poole

Falcons cut CB Brian Poole.

Falcons signed Poole as a Undrafted rookie in 2016 out of Florida in 47 games in 3 years with the Falcons he had 5 sacks and 4 interceptions.

The Falcons have been clearing cap space ahead of Free Agency in what will hopefully be an effort to shore up the Offensive and Defensive lines.

The Falcons also have nine picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Will The Braves Possibly Regress In 2019

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In 2018 the Braves burst on to the scene and won the National League East while surprising everyone in the baseball world. Coming in to the offseason the Braves had questions like any other team. Questions like would they get a top of the line starter, improve the bullpen, or even get a power bat?

They began the offseason with a bang when they signed former AL MVP Josh Donaldson to a 1 year, 23 million dollar contract coming off an injury and they also brought back fan favorite Brian McCann, while also re-signing RF Nick Markakis. The Braves have yet to address improving the bullpen and starting rotation but they can always improve from within as they do have depth in the farm system.There have been rumors that they would be willing to sign closer Craig Kimbrel if the price is right but so far that price has been too high.

Most of the other teams in the division have improved though like the Mets who have added Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia,  and Wilson Ramos.

The Nationals who had a disappointing year last year added Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, Matt Adams, Yan Gomes, Kurt Suzuki, Trevor Rosenthal and they are still hoping to re-sign Bryce Harper.

The Phillies added Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchenn and traded for J.T. Realmuto. They have alson been linked to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Craig Kimbrel and will likely sign one of them.

Obviously there are a lot of free agents who still remain to get signed and the Braves could sign someone to stay on top of the NL East, but as things stand right now I would caution Braves fans not to have high expectations and to look at things more realistically. I think the Braves will take a step back but they will still contend for the wildcard. The Braves have a good team and they will have a good record but I just think with every team in the division improving I just don’t see them winning the East again. Sure they will compete and make it a race until the end but I think the best the Braves can do is win one of the wildcard spots. Last Year The Braves were an extraordinary 40-19 against the NL East last year but I think that number will even out based on all the offseason moves that have been made.

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Atlanta Falcons Offseason Moves

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Atlanta Falcons started their offseason by making changes to the their coaching staff when they let go both of the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. On Tuesday they started to revamped the the roster by informing CB Robert Alford that he has been released. The team said they wanted to go in a different direction. Alford was selected by the Falcons in the 2013 draft in the second round played in 88 games and 76 as a starter and had 10 interceptions.

Isaiah Oliver should start in place of Alford he was selected by the Falcons in the 2nd round in 2018 draft from Colorado. Oliver showed signs of promise his rookie season and gaining a lot of praise from the coaching staff. Now given the opportunity to start alongside Trufant the Falcons believe this duo could be special.

Kicker Matt Bryant was also let go by the Falcons do in large part because of age 43 there was a lot of speculation about him potentially retiring but he said he feels great and doesn’t plan on retiring. Even missing a short time this past season Bryant finished 20/21 on field goals this past season and will be missed by the fans who have grown used to seeing “Money” Matt Bryant being the reliable hero he’s shown us he is. Giorgio Tavecchio will replace him as he went 5 for 5 on field goals when Bryant missed couple of games in 2018. The Falcons were confident when signing Tavecchio this past season when giving him a multi year contract that looking back on now was a sign this could’ve been Bryants last season in Atlanta

Falcons have also released DE Brooks Reed saving 4.5 million in cap space. In 2018 Reed had a total of 24 tackles along with 1 sack and forced 1 fumble. In the 4 years Reed was in Atlanta he had a total of 101 tackles, 7 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Reed expressed on his Instagram that this wont be the last of him and we wish him the best of luck in his future.

Atlanta doesn’t seem finished with working to create more salary for Free Agency and getting current players contracts revised or resigned. The Falcons saved about 14.5 million in cap space when they decided to move on from this players and I do expect more cuts coming as they’re trying to create more cap space to give Grady Jarrett a contract extension and possibly reworking Julio Jones deal.

 

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