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Cheap Football Falcons Elite Takkarist McKinley Jerseys 2017

We all think Takkarist McKinley is going to be good. We may be basing that on college film and production, obvious natural talent, or the limited glimpses we’ve gotten of him this summer. Any way you slice it, he feels like a player who is more or less destined to be a solid starter at minimum.

The question is where we start pumping the brakes on the hype train, and Saturday night’s game only made it that much more difficult. McKinley got more run than in the second preseason game, and he used those snaps to show off his speed and athleticism off the edge, ending the game with some pressure, a fumble recovery, and a big tackle for loss. Aside from an actual sack or an interception, you couldn’t have asked much more of him for a preseason game.

It’s clear that Takk is going to be more ready to play come Week 1 than I would have thought possible, given his late start and injury, which means the only question left to ask is how good he’ll be when the games actually matter. We’ve seen evidence that his natural ability is going to carry him far in this league, and he may be able to muster the kind of rookie season that makes life easier for his fellow defensive linemen. If he looks this good in the regular season, in other words, an already burgeoning defense is going to be an even bigger problem for every Atlanta opponent.

All hail Takk!

Cheap Football Falcons Youth Matt Ryan Jerseys 2017

The Atlanta Falcons have established a winning culture. They made it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2016 and they’re trying to carry over that winning mentality into this season. A big part of that effort involves leadership. Dan Quinn is one heck of a head coach, but he can only get this team so far. At some point the players have to take ownership and control their own destiny.

ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill wrote a piece about this effort to move on and the Falcons leadership dynamic. It’s actually an ESPN The Magazine article that will be featured in their September 4th edition. It’s a must-read, when you have a moment. She breaks down how the Falcons are navigating a lot of negative publicity after their Super Bowl loss. She zeroes in on a leadership concept the Falcons have adopted. In short, they call their leaders “Chiefs.”

It’s a military thing, of course, that came from the Navy SEALs. Chiefs, according to Quinn, are players who uphold the team standard for all 90 guys. Quinn can’t be everywhere, and he doesn’t want to be. He wants them to play for one another, not for him. The Chiefs are voted on by the team, and this year, there are supposedly 13 … Matt Ryan is a Chief, of course, and so is all-world receiver Julio Jones. But some lesser-known guys are Chiefs too. One of Quinn’s favorites is Ricardo Allen.
Lots of football teams have captains, but this is an interesting concept. It’s not surprising Ryan and Julio are “Chiefs.” Given all the Damontae Kazee hype, it’s easy to overlook Allen, who has obviously carved out a special place in Quinn’s heart.

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Cheap NFL Falcons Womens Tony Gonzalez Jerseys 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – When former Atlanta Falcons star and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez began his NFL career, the current Falcons tight end was all of 2 years old.

It’s safe to say that Austin Hooper has some big shoes to fill.

But big shoes aside, Hooper appears to be the Falcons’ most dangerous player at the tight end position since Gonzalez’s retirement following the 2013 season.

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Both are native Californians, both went to Pac-12 schools — Gonzalez to Cal, Hooper to rival Stanford.

Both caught their first career touchdowns in the first week of October — Gonzalez’s came on Oct. 5, 1997, Hooper’s was on Oct. 2, 2016.

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Both, at one point, sought to become the receiving apple of quarterback Matt Ryan’s proverbial eye.

For all practical purposes, the comparisons end there, as Gonzalez’s 1,325 career receptions rank him second all-time and bound for Canton, Ohio,

Hooper, on the other hand, has all of 19 career catches.

The one thing the second-year tight end has on Gonzalez is what the position record holder craved most — a Super Bowl appearance, complete with a touchdown catch in that Super Bowl.

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Now Hooper hopes to take the next step in his development as he takes over the starting role from his immediate predecessor, Jacob Tamme.

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FILE – In this Jan. 17, 1999, file photo, Atlanta Falcons kicker Morten Andersen
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The packed crowd at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium politely clapped Thursday when Morten Andersen was introduced before the exhibition game featuring Dallas against Arizona.

Each member of the 2017 class was introduced. Andersen, who had two stints with the Atlanta Falcons, will be enshrined Saturday along with Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner.

Andersen came to the United States from Denmark as a foreign exchange student. He wanted to attend school in Washington, Colorado or Idaho, but he ended up in Big Ten country in Indiana.

“My intent was to come to America as a cultural exchange student for 10 months and then go back home and finish my studies in Denmark,” Andersen said. “American football was not on the radar at all for me. I was here simply to learn the language. Immerse myself in the American way of life. Soak up as much as I could about American culture, the language and social values.”

But the football coach found out that Andersen could boot a football long distances and that led him to Michigan State and eventually the NFL.

“My family had an exchange student from Colorado, who took over my room for 10 months,” Andersen said. “There is no question, if these 10 months don’t happen, we’re not talking today.”

Andersen (1995-2000, 2006-07) will join Claude Humphrey (1968-74, ’76-78) and Deion Sanders (1989-93) as long-time Falcons in the shrine. Tommy McDonald (1967), Brett Favre (1991), Eric Dickerson (1993) and Chris Doleman (1994-95) played for the Falcons, but earned their gold jackets while playing for other teams.

For the 25 seasons and 382 games that Andersen kicked in the NFL, he carried around spiral notebooks and laminated cards. He wrote down all of the details of each of his many kicks and is the NFL’s all-time leading scorer.

“I was fortunate enough to be here with him the first time I was in Atlanta with June Jones,” Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong said. “He was our place-kicker, and you talk about a detailed guy.

“That ball, everything was right for him. He critiqued everything. He was very specific about his game. He knew how he wanted the ball snapped. He knew how he wanted the ball held. He was picky, meticulous and a technician to the point where he was a perfectionist.”

Andersen made the 38-yard field goal in January 1999 that sent the Falcons to their first Super Bowl.

“You talk about a guy who really practiced his trade and his craft. He knew it from A to Z,” Armstrong said. “I learned quite a bit from him. You know, you can learn a lot from players. In particular a guy like him. You learn a lot when you are around him, and he was a hell of a team player, a lot like Matt Bryant.”

Armstrong uses some of Andersen’s methods with his kickers and punters today.

“The biggest thing from him is staying in the moment and letting the past be the past,” Armstrong said. “He was always moving forward. He rarely wanted to talk about bad kicks. He didn’t what to hear about them.”

Bryant is a big fan of Andersen, who’ll be the first traditional kicker to go into the Hall of Fame since Jan Stenerud was inducted in 1991. Lou Groza was enshrined in 1974, but he was a kicker and a tackle. George Blanda, who was enshrined in 1981, was a quarterback and a kicker.

“It’s great that he is going in,” Bryant said.

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Andersen’s enshrinement might open the door for other kickers, such as Adam Vinatieri and Gary Anderson.

“The thing is that a lot of times people don’t like kickers, but kicking is part of the game,” Bryant said. “Mort did it for so long and was good for so long. Points are critical in this game, and he has the most of anybody in the history of the NFL.

“It’s good to see a kicker get in there. I so happy for Mort to get in there. He’s so deserving of it.”