Monthly Archives: May 2013

NFL Draft Moved Back to May

The draft will occur two weeks later in 2014. (Brad Penner)

The draft will occur two weeks later in 2014. (Brad Penner)

The 2014 NFL Draft will be moved back to May 8-10 from April due to a scheduling conflict at the Radio City Music Hall.

Although no decision has been made for 2015 and beyond, there’s a possibility the draft could permanently remain in May.

No other significant changes will be made to any other offseason events next year.

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Falcons Sign TE Levine Toilolo

Levine Toilolo at 6'8'' could be a huge redzone mismatch for defenders. (Thearon W. Henderson)

Levine Toilolo at 6’8” could be a huge redzone mismatch for defenders. (Thearon W. Henderson)

The Atlanta Falcons have signed fourth-round draft pick Levine Toilolo. The tight end played his college ball at Stanford.

Toilolo is the fifth draft pick the Falcons have signed. Three draft picks remain: cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Robert Alford, and quarterback Sean Renfree.

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Falcons Ink Four Draft Picks

The Atlanta Falcons have signed four of their picks from the 2013 NFL Draft: defensive end Malliciah Goodman (127th overall, Clemson), safety Kemal Ishmael (243rd overall, Central Florida), defensive end Stansly Maponga (153rd overall, TCU), and safety Zeke Motta (244th overall, Notre Dame).

Of the four player, Goodman is the most likely to start.

Cornerback Desmond Trufant, cornerback Robert Alford, tight end Levine Toilolo, and quarterback Sean Renfree remained unsigned.

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Falcons Unlikely to Bring John Abraham Back

John Abraham will not return to Atlanta. (Gregory Bull)

John Abraham will not return to Atlanta. (Gregory Bull)

I was hoping the Atlanta Falcons would bring John Abraham back at a reduced salary, but that apparently isn’t happening.

The Falcons contacted Abraham about a possible return, but the defensive end refused.

Abraham also sent out a tweet on Monday:

https://twitter.com/johnabraham55/status/331489815512092673

Well, that’s the end of that saga.

Abraham spent seven seasons with the Falcons and totaled 68.5 sacks. He was able to consistently generate pressure without much help.

John Abraham Retiring?

John Abraham sent out a couple of cryptic tweets today:

https://twitter.com/johnabraham55/status/330817652069117952

https://twitter.com/johnabraham55/status/330818385438990337

If Abraham is indeed announcing his retirement, it’s certainly unexpected. At 34, you’d think Abraham had at least one more year left in him. After all, he did notch 10 sacks last season.

Abraham must be really unimpressed with the offers he received on the open market. I was convinced he’d be in a Falcons uniform once the 2013 season started.

It’s a sad day if he really is retiring. We’ll see what happens.

UPDATE: Abraham apparently isn’t retiring. And the tweets have since been deleted.

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Falcons Rookies Begin Their Minicamp

The Atlanta Falcons held the first day of the rookie minicamp on Saturday.

It was also the first time the Falcons’ coaches were able to get a closer look at Brian Banks.

I’ve compiled some noteworthy tweets concerning the minicamp.

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