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2019 Schedule
7-9, 2nd in NFC South

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

With TE Austin Hooper headed to Orlando tomorrow for Pro Bowl practices as a second alternate, the Falcons would have three Pro Bowlers in 2020 with WR Julio Jones, DT Grady Jarrett, and Hooper. No word yet if Jones plans to play. This is Hooper's second trip to the Pro Bowl and Jarrett's first. Hooper, who is set to become a free agent, told ESPN he was named to replace 49ers George Kittle, who is headed to the Super Bowl. Eagles Zach Ertz pulled out due to injury, replaced by Saints Jared Cook

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

There have been preliminary talks between the Falcons and LB De'Vondre Campbell's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, as Campbell approaches free agency. "There will be a lot of interest in Dre," Rosenhaus told ESPN. "We have had positive dialogue with the Falcons. Dre will be a highly sought-after player." Campbell, who said he doesn't want to uproot but understands the business, led the Falcons in tackles (129) in 2019. Pictured is Rosenhaus and GM Thomas Dimitroff at the season finale in Tampa.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Lots of talk this week about Kyle Shanahan vs. protege Matt LaFleur in NFC title game. Shanahan the former Falcons coordinator, LaFleur the ex-QB coach during 2016 Super Bowl run. I asked Dan Quinn during season if he considered any of the guys in Shanahan coaching tree for O.C — Matt LaFleur, Mike LaFleur, Mike McDaniel — after Shanny left for 49ers. “Yes. 100 percent,'' Quinn told me. But not all 3. “Matt [LaFleur],'' Quinn said. Quinn expressed no regrets about hiring Steve Sarkisian, though.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me Falcons plan to hire former Browns pass-game coordinator/secondary Joe Whitt Jr., who recently interviewed for a defensive position on staff. Whitt just completed 13th NFL season, was assistant DBs coach for Falcons in 2007 when team president Rich McKay was the GM, Bobby Petrino head coach, and Mike Zimmer defensive coordinator. Whitt played a big role in development of Charles Woodson with Packers. Unclear what Whitt's title will be. Not official yet. Raheem Morris the DC.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons interviewed Joe Whitt Jr. for a defensive position on staff, according to multiple sources. He was the Falcons' assistant defensive backs coach in 2007, when Rich McKay was the general manager. McKay overseeing coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff now. Raheem Morris the defensive coordinator, and Falcons let defensive pass game coordinator/secondary coach Jerome Henderson pursue other jobs. Whitt's last title was pass game coordinator/secondary with Browns, who fired Freddie Kitchens.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons LB De'Vondre Campbell to me on his future with his contract expiring: "I would love to be here. I'm used to the city. I just don't want to have to pick up and go figure out a new city, a new coaching staff. But if that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do. I know they appreciate me, but business is business. And sometimes, no matter how much you appreciate somebody, it doesn't always work out like that." Campbell's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was at Sunday's game.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan finished the season ranked 1st in completions (408), 2nd in dropbacks (686), 3rd in attempts (616), 3rd in passing first downs (228), 5th in passing yards (4,466), 7th in completion percentage (66.2%), tied for 8th in passing TDs (26), and 14th in passer rating (92.1) in 15 games. Ryan tied with Russell Wilson and Kyle Murray as the most sacked QB in taking 48 sacks although he played one less game than both of them. Falcons finished 7-9 and on a four-game winning streak.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons 2020 opponents — Home: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Bears, Lions, Broncos, Raiders, Seahawks; Away: Panthers, Buccaneers, Saints, Vikings, Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Cowboys

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Austin Hooper suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder during Sunday's 28-22 win over the Buccaneers. The Falcons tight end will be fine, but the injury would have knocked him out for two weeks had in occurred before the end of the season. Now he can rehab during the offseason. Hooper's contract is up, and GM Thomas Dimitroff previously told ESPN, “Austin is one of the next important players in line'' for an extension. We'll see what happens.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons lose one of their young stars for the game as cornerback Kendall Sheffield has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Sheffield had a stellar rookie season and really settled into his role as a starting corner. Nice piece for Raheem Morris as defensive coordinator next season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons trailing Buccaneers 22-16 at halftime as they try to finish season on winning note. The telling stats? Matt Ryan has been sacked four times, while the Falcons' defense has yet to record a sack of Jameis Winston. That's why owner Arthur Blank said the team needs to prioritize the offensive and defensive lines again this offseason. Bucs and Winston with the edge despite star receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin not even playing.

Team Stats

Passing Yards294.63rd
Rushing Yards85.130th
Points For23.813th
Points Against24.9