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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, May 21

Falcons news and notes to start your Thursday.

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We’re a couple of days into the gradual reopening of the Atlanta Falcons’ facilities at Flowery Branch. We’ve got updates on that front as well as some free agent and fantasy content in Thursday’s edition of Falcoholinks.

Slowly settling in

The prospect of a full NFL season hinges directly on the ability of the league to protects its players and personnel, and many teams dipped their toe in the water this week by reopening facilities at limited capacity. The Falcons were one of those teams electing to bring some staff back, including president and CEO Rich McKay.

McKay recently commented on how the process has unfolded so far, and also announced that Mercedes-Benz Stadium would not open until at least June.

Devonta Freeman reportedly rejects offer

Former Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is still on the market, although he has reportedly rejected a $4 million offer from the Seattle Seahawks. He’ll likely carve out a role somewhere, but that Week 1 tilt against Seattle would have been all the more interesting had he decided to head to the Seahawks.

Targeting free agent RBs

The Falcons will receive a $10.75 million windfall in added cap space after June 1, and with the lack of solid starting options behind Todd Gurley, could they choose to expend some of that cash on another running back?

It’s definitely possible. We took a look at some of the options still on the market and how they might fit with the Atlanta Falcons’ offense.

Fantasy outlook

It’s never too early to begin your fantasy football research, so Falcoholic fantasy guru Evan Birchfield is here to answer a pressing question: Should you draft quarterback Matt Ryan?

Predicting the competition

With their splashy acquisitions and marquee coaching changes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are perennial winners of the NFL offseason — but it has not translated to on-field success in recent memory. With the additions of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and a strong draft class, 2020 might finally bear fruit for Tampa Bay.