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Falcons' Ben Steele promoted to tight ends coach

Feb. 5, 2020 5:55 PM EST

Atlanta Falcons offensive assistant Ben Steele has been promoted to tight ends coach. Steele replaces Mike Mularkey, who announced his retirement on Jan. 9. The team announced Steele's promotion on Wednesday. Following five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Steele joined Atlanta coach Dan Quinn's staff in...

NFC quarterback Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, throws a pass during a practice for the NFL Pro Bowl football game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Pro Bowl packed with pending free agents like Brees, Henry

Jan. 25, 2020 2:57 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A number of Pro Bowlers are about to get paid. And not just the relative pocket change ($35,000 or $70,000) that comes with competing in the NFL’s annual all-star game in Orlando. About a dozen Pro Bowl players are pending free agents, including the NFL’s...

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9), long snapper Morgan Cox, center, and running back Mark Ingram joke around during an NFC practice for the NFL Pro Bowl football game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Role reversal: Pro Bowl provides chance for position swap

Jan. 22, 2020 4:01 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Cameron Heyward jogged through the end zone, stretched out his right arm and made a one-handed catch to start Pro Bowl practice Wednesday. Not bad for a defensive lineman. And no one should be surprised to see Heyward do it again in the NFL’s...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Vikings pick up 5 additions to Pro Bowl, including Cousins

Jan. 21, 2020 3:54 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have five additions to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, giving them eight players in the all-star game for their highest total in 10 years. The NFL announced Tuesday that quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, fullback C.J. Ham, linebacker Eric Kendricks...

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn speaks to players during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Quinn says Falcons' strong finish must carry over to 2020

Dec. 30, 2019 5:43 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons couldn't save their season even though their second-half turnaround rescued coach Dan Quinn from being fired. A 6-2 second-half record certainly boosted spirits, including after Sunday's 28-22 overtime win at Tampa Bay, Still, in a bottom-line league, the...

Falcons, Buccaneers playing out season as also-rans

Dec. 27, 2019 3:14 PM EST

ATLANTA (6-9) at TAMPA BAY (7-8) Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE — Buccaneers by 1½ RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 7-8, Tampa Bay 5-8-2 SERIES RECORD — Falcons lead 27-25 LAST MEETING — Buccaneers beat Falcons 35-22, Nov. 24 LAST WEEK — Falcons beat Jaguars 24-12;...