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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019 file photo Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver arrives before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Whenever normalcy returns to the NFL, Isaiah Oliver knows there will be a new role waiting for him as a leader in the Atlanta Falcons' secondary. A second-round pick in 2018, Oliver is suddenly one of the most experienced cornerbacks on the roster after the team cut ties with longtime stalwart Desmond Trufant in a salary cap move. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, file)

Falcons CB Oliver ready for leadership role in secondary

May. 21, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Whenever some sense of normalcy returns to the NFL, Isaiah Oliver knows there will be a new role waiting for him as a leader in the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary. A second-round draft pick out of Colorado in 2018, Oliver is suddenly one of the most experienced cornerbacks on the roster...

FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn works with his defensive linemen during the first day of an NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn knows this is an offseason unlike any other. Hes not shying away from that reality. But this is also a time that craves a bit of normality, so Quinn is dealing with plenty of familiar issues, including rookie camp, roster moves, position changes, and focusing on areas that need the most improvement. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

In strange offseason, Falcons' Quinn embraces the challenge

May. 12, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In an offseason that's anything but normal, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn hasn’t lost his eternal optimism. So what if the NFL is still on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic? That just gives Quinn a chance to find new ways to reach his players and deal with various...

FILE - This is an Oct. 23, 2017, file photo showing the practice field with the Minnesota Vikings office building and indoor practice arena under construction in the background in Eagan, Minn. General managers around the league ran their drafts virtually without a hitch last month, thanks largely to the work and ingenuity of their information technology staffs. Tech support remains a vital role in the NFL offseason as long as team facilities are closed, with coaches and officials needing to connect with players scattered about the country.(Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, FIle)

Remote control: Tech support staffers star in NFL offseason

May. 9, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Like a principal walking through a hushed hallway on the first day of school, Cheryl Nygaard felt the emotional surge of relief and pride last week as the Minnesota Vikings director of information technology peeked in on the video conference sessions set up for this most unusual NFL...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline after throwing an interception late in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn says the NFC South “is turning into Quarterback South.” Tom Brady's arrival has raised the stakes. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

Brees, Brady give 'Quarterback South' top 2 all-time passers

Apr. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Quinn says the NFC South has earned a new moniker. The Atlanta Falcons coach notes the division “is turning into Quarterback South.” Tom Brady's arrival has raised the stakes. “I think in this division, you had better be ready to bring it,” Quinn said. The...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Tulane running back Amare Jones is tackled for a loss by Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson (3) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala. Davidson was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the NFL football draft Friday, April 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Falcons use draft to rebuild substandard defense

Apr. 25, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After back-to-back losing seasons, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn know they're under pressure in 2020. They used the NFL draft to remake a defense that drew much of the blame for two straight 7-9 finishes. The Falcons used four of their six picks on...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, Clemson's A.J. Terrell intercepts a pass for a touchdown during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama in Santa Clara, Calif. Terrell was chosen by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Falcons keep focus on defense, pick Auburn's Marlon Davidson

Apr. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons added help for their offensive and defensive lines on the second day of the NFL draft. General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn hope the versatility of each of the Falcons' draft picks adds to their value. The Falcons maintained their focus on defense by...

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, AJ Terrell, seated wearing headphones, listens while others celebrate during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Atlanta. Terrell was selected by the Atlanta Falcons during the first round. (NFL via AP)

Falcons bolster secondary with Clemson CB Terrell at No. 16

Apr. 24, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons moved to bolster their secondary by taking Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell with the No. 16 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, looking past his struggles in the national championship game. Following the release of top corner Desmond Trufant in a salary-cap move, the...

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow passes against Clemson during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

SEC poised to break own NFL record for 1st-round draft picks

Apr. 21, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is expected to shatter two of its own NFL draft records. The football powerhouse could have as many as 16 players selected in the opening round Thursday night, a number that would top the previous mark of 12 the league set in 2013 and matched four years...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La. Burrow is a posible first round pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Look for 3 QBs in first 5 picks of NFL draft

Apr. 20, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

Talk about virtual drafts, what is a mock draft, really? Make believe. The upcoming NFL remote draft beginning Thursday night has a touch of irony to it. The producers of said mock drafts rarely are even remotely accurate. That said, here's one view of what might happen in the opening round. This mock draft does...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. Falcons coach Dan Quinn opened his virtual classroom for his players' offseason program on Monday. He says there will be

Virtual school opens with Falcons players, coaches at home

Apr. 20, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Classes are in session for the Atlanta Falcons' virtual offseason. For coach Dan Quinn, it's a welcome opportunity to keep moving during the coronavirus pandemic. Quinn said Monday he expected there would be hurdles to overcome on the day's opening sessions of virtual classes. With players...