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Hunter Henry: Potential Hooper replacement?
Carving out the cap space to afford Austin Hooper is going to be an uphill climb. That much we know is true. He is going to command a boatload of money, and with the Falcons in their current cash-strapped state, losing him in free agency is a very real possibility.
In the event that occurs, could Hunter Henry be tabbed as his replacement?
Ben Steele promoted to tight ends coach
This was anticipated in the wake of Mike Mularkey’s retirement, but newsworthy nonetheless. The Falcons have formally promoted former offensive assistant Ben Steele to tight ends coach.
Ricardo Allen takes home Ed Block Courage Award
Ricardo Allen was formally recognized this week as the team’s recipient of the 2019 Ed Block Courage Award, an honor bestowed upon players who exemplify courage, inspiration, and sportsmanship.
Jake Matthews cracks PFF’s Top 101
Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews was recently named to his first Pro Bowl, and now he’s made Pro Football Focus’ list of the Top 101 NFL players in 2019. Matthews, occasional shaky game aside, has been extremely solid for the Atlanta Falcons since his sophomore year — good to see him being recognized.
Greatest single seasons: Falcons running backs
So which Falcons running back put together the greatest season in franchise history? Gerald Riggs and William Andrews both put together a couple of contenders, but what about Michael Turner’s first year or Devonta Freeman’s 2016?