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11-5, 1st in NFC South
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Matthews Sr., football patriarch, dies at 88

Clay Matthews Sr., who played for the 49ers in the 1950s and was the patriarch of a famous football family, died Thursday at age 88 after dealing with a long illness, the 49ers said.

Are weight clauses hurting NFL players? (5:18)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones with his left foot in a walking boot coming off foot surgery. At the Georgia Capitol building today to announce a new business development logo.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announce signing of fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku and guard Hugh Thornton. Coleman, who is deaf, was in Seattle when Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. Falcons have void at fullback with Patrick DiMarco signing with Buffalo. Thornton, formerly with the Colts, has 32 career starts. Falcons have void at right guard with uncertain return of veteran Chris Chester.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

USF running back Marlon Mack has an upcoming private workout with the Titans. He's also had multiple talks with the Bucs, has spoken with the Falcons, Colts and Jets.

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4dMike Sando

Rival exec: Questions about Poe's fit in Atlanta

Dontari Poe's signing by the Falcons was opportunistic, but a rival NFL coach wonders if the 350-pound linemen fits in the scheme that head coach Dan Quinn wants to run.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announce 5-year extension for team president Rich McKay through June of 2022. McKay instrumental in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium scheduled to be open this summer.

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4dMatt Bowen

Dontari Poe chose wisely by joining the Falcons

Dontari Poe probably wanted a longer deal, but at least he found a great fit in Atlanta. He can play multiple alignments for Dan Quinn and will really help the Falcons' fast linebackers.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

With Dontari Poe having a $500,000 weight bonus in his contract, according to Pro Football Talk, Falcons will be monitoring the weight of two defensive lineman. Courtney Upshaw has $150,000 bonus based on meeting weight. Poe, listed at 346, said he's currently at 340 and plans to play at 330 this coming season. Upshaw listed at 272.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

New Falcons DT Dontari Poe says he didn't talk to Dan Quinn about playing some snaps on offense, like he did in Kansas City, but if it happens, it happens. The 340-pound Poe on the attention he got from throwing a TD pass and scoring two rushing TDs with the Chiefs: "I don't know if I enjoyed the attention that came with it, but I enjoyed scoring."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

New Falcons DT Dontari Poe, who doubles as a 340-plus pound goal line weapon, has 3 offensive touchdowns - 2 rushing, 1 passing -- in 8 career offensive snaps.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn put edge-rusher Derek Rivers of Youngstown State through a private workout Thursday afternoon. Defensive line coach Bryant Young and linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich also part of it. ``They are some of the coolest coaches that I've ever met,'' Rivers said of the Falcons. Rivers (6-3, 250) had 41 sacks, 56.5 tackles for loss, and 48 quarterback hurries in 49 games with the Penguins. He is projected between 2nd and 3rd rounds. ``I'm anxious to find out more,'' Quinn told ESPN regarding Rivers prior to the workout. Falcons, who just landed top free-agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe, looking for another edge rusher to pair with 2016 NFL sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr. Falcons have 31st picks in second and third rounds (63rd and 95th overall selections).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon told me he had a meeting upcoming with the Falcons. That meeting occurred Thursday as coach Dan Quinn went to Villanova to work out the 6-7, 289-pound Kpassagnon. The Falcons are on the trail for pass-rush help. Kpassagnon was an FCS All-American after registering 11 sacks in 13 games this past season. He also was credited with 21.5 tackles for losses. Kpassagnon finished his college career with 105 tackles, 37.5 tackles for losses, and 22 sacks. ``I've watched the tape and he's really ascending,'' Quinn told ESPN. Quinn also went to Temple to work out linebacker Haason Reddick (below), projected as the 22nd overall pick to Miami in Todd McShay's latest draft. Reddick a great story as a former walk-on.

Team Stats

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