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2017 Schedule
11-5, 1st in NFC South
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11hPro Football Focus

Best mid-round prospect fit: Fred Zerblis

Zerblis' excellent awareness, angles and upper-body strength make him a good fit for Atlanta's outside zone-heavy scheme.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The fifth-year option picked up on Jake Matthews' contract with Falcons is expected to be worth $12,346,000 for 2018, according to source.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announce they have exercised 5th-year option on LT Jake Matthews. Was next step before long-term deal. Matthews was first round pick in 2014. He is set to make $2,665,386 season this season and now under contract through 2018.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU LB Duke Riley visited Atlanta during the pre-draft process and also had private workout with Falcons, according to source. Riley (6-0, 232) ran 4.58 in 40. Similar college path as former teammate and current Atlanta Falcon starter Deion Jones. Riley started at outside LB as senior after being a reserve/special teamer first three years.

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2dNFL Nation

Draft Predictions: Falcons take pass-rushers early

If Atlanta can find two solid pass-rushers in the first three rounds -- such as Missouri's Charles Harris and Villanova's Tanoh Kpassagnon -- that would be quite an impactful draft.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Between visits & workouts, Toledo RB Kareem Hunt met with Detroit, New England, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tennessee, Carolina and the New York Jets. Hunt is a possible Day 2 pick at running back. Hunt had 262 carries for 1,475 yards and 10 touchdowns with 41 catches and 403 receiving yards last season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announced WR Taylor Gabriel signed his restricted free agent tender. Set to make $2.746 million for 2017 after second round tender placed on him. Last year, RT Ryan Schrader got second round tender then ended up with five-year, $33 million contract in November. Gabriel can continue to build case for a longer-term deal by continuing to be a playmaker. Last season, tied All-Pro Julio Jones for team lead with 6 TD receptions.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons worked out Houston CB Howard Wilson at his old high school in DeSoto, Texas, according to source. Wilson (6-1, 184) projected 3-4 rounds of draft. Had 9 INTs in 29 games at Houston. Falcons also worked out Wilson's teammate, DE/OLB Tyus Bowser, a potential first-rounder. Bowser also visited Atlanta.

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6dKevin Seifert

Winners, losers of 2017 NFL schedule release

The league packed its prime-time schedule with its best draws, the Falcons avoid the Pats for seven weeks, and the Raiders face a difficult stretch.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Super Bowl runners-up will appear under the Monday Night Football spotlight twice. First, they will face the Seahawks in late November and then the Buccaneers in December. Atlanta's first three games will be against NFC North opponents.

Super Bowl rematch highlights 2017 storylines (0:53)
Bettis sees Falcons going 11-5 (3:06)

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.33rd
Rushing Yards120.55th
Points For33.81st
Points Against25.427th

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