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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Friday, May 14

Falcons links: We got ‘em.

2021 NFL Draft Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

We’re gonna need a bigger boat for heft o’links in our Friday edition of Falcoholinks.

(Lots of) Schedule stuff!

This week was schedule-release-week! We finally learned how the Falcons’ 2021 slate would shake out, and it begins with a Bird Battle in Atlanta against the Eagles on September 12 — a game where they’re currently favorites.

Their fourth-place finish means they have the 30th most difficult schedule in the NFL this season, which is something to feel good about at this juncture — especially with the way the 2021 NFL Draft turned out.

They’ve also got an early bye, however, which is more likely to be a curse than a blessing.

The Falcons only have one Primetime tiltagainst the New England Patriots, no less — which tips the hand of how the schedule-makers felt about the Falcons heading into the new year. But they’ll play the Jet in London.

In our writer’s roundtable on the schedule release we gave our thoughts on the 2021 docket for Atlanta, and of course, the crew at The Falcoholic Live gave their take on the schedule in their latest episode.

Rookie minicamp

Rookie minicamp for the Atlanta Falcons kicks off on Friday, and we’ve got everything you need to know in advance of one of the circled-in-dates on the offseason calendar.

Post-draft roster previews: Special teams & safeties

Onside kick extraordinaire and 2020 Pro Bowler Younghoe Koo highlights special teams, but how does the rest of the projected unit look heading into the new season?

The safety spot is one where the Falcons are entering 2021 in a state of transition. They brought in Duron Harmon and Erik Harris as free agents and drafted UCF’s Richie Grant second overall, but the overall outlook is better than it was earlier in the offseason.

Kyle Pitts #Content

So just how good is Kyle Pitts? Good enough for the Lions to pick up the phone and try to work out a trade for the No. 4 overall pick while the Falcons were on the clock. Also good enough to be the top topic on The Falcoholic Podcast’s latest episode.

Additions

Some roster additions this week, as the Falcons plucked ex-Colts center, Sam Jones, off of waivers, and added yet another tight end in Parker Hesse.

Subtractions

Kicker Elliott Fry was released.

UDFA Q&A: Jack Batho IV

Our Evan Birchfield continued his get-to-know-you sessions with Atlanta’s undrafted free agents, and this week he spoke with South Dakota School of Mines (awesome) OL Jack Batho IV.