."Hey! It’s Thursday! That means it’s almost Friday Blue Deion Sanders Jersey , which means it’s almost the weekend. Start off your pseudo Friday with today’s edition of Falcoholinks. Clayborn Back We’ve opined around these parts about the value a veteran pass-rusher adds to the growth and progression of Atlanta’s young defensive linemen. The team eased our minds in that regard, electing to bring back defensive end Adrian Clayborn on a one-year deal. Clayborn, the Atlanta Falcons’ franchise leader with six sacks in a game, adds some much needed veteran savvy and pass-rushing ability to the defensive line. A fan favorite, this was one of the no-brainer moves that was widely applauded and immediately improves the defense.Welcome back, Clay.Talkin’ Tackles (Defensive Edition)The defensive tackle position is one that the Falcons are expected to address early on in the draft (and likely the first round). Pairing a game-wrecking starter with Grady Jarrett on the interior will do worlds for the Falcons’ pass-rush and run-stopping ability, so naturally we’ve been focusing on DT as one of the team’s biggest needs. Although the draft could be where the Falcons add to the future of their defensive line, they’re also looking to bolster depth through free agency. They recently scheduled a meeting with free agent defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, and even held a workout with former Falcons’ second-rounder Ra’Shede Hageman.Dan Quinn highlighted defensive tackle as one of the Atlanta Falcons’ top needs, so whether it’s through the draft, free agency Best Takkarist McKinley Jersey , or some combination of both, the team is definitely not done at the position. He also heaped some extensive praise on defensive tackle standout Jack Crawford, which is great, because he’s a real ace bloke.Preseason Opponents Announced The preseason is a paradox. You simultaneously crave it yet want it to go away as quickly as possible. You watch because it’s football, but you turn it off because it’s not football. It’s Schr枚dinger’s football season, and we now have the slate of opponents the Falcons will face in it. On deck? The Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, and New York Jets. Enjoy it (or don’t).Julio > ABJulio Jones dominates on the football field, and he dominates off it as well. He’s not an attention magnet Adult Takkarist McKinley Jersey , he’s relatively quiet on social media, and he simply goes about his work. Contrast this with Antonio Brown, the angsty-Steeler-turned-angsty-Raider and it illuminates just how great Julio Jones really is. Antonio Brown is in the middle of a strange social media spat with former teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster, one where he’s fully embraced his newfound heel-turn. Julio’s social media activity is primarily pumping his clothing brand and taking pictures with squirrels. Brown’s name rarely comes up despite a prominent place in the team’s history."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旻orgotten Falcons: Ray Brown New,2commentsBrown’s name rarely comes up despite a prominent place in the team’s history. ESTShareTweetShareShareForgotten Falcons: Ray Brown For today’s Forgotten Falcon, we’ve dug deep into the past and turned up a legitimately great player who doesn’t get his due (or his name mentioned) much today. Enter safety Ray Brown. Years in Atlanta: 1971-1977Stats: 31 interceptions, 574 yards, 2 defensive touchdowns, 7 fumble recoveriesRay Brown suffers a bit from two particular curses. The first is that he played four decades ago, which makes his accomplishments easier to forget, since the bulk of Falcons fans have come along over the last two or so. The second is that the NFL simply didn’t count some of the statistics that might make a fuller case for a player of Brown’s caliber Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , like pass deflections, tackles, and even sacks.But no matter, because Brown’s contributions to the Falcons stand out regardless, and it’s amazing how infrequently we mention him among the franchise’s great safeties. He deserves to have his name mentioned in the same breath as Scott Case and Tom Pridemore, though, for reasons that will become clear shortly.Simply put, Brown was a tone setter and a ballhawk on a very good defense that became historically great during his final season in Atlanta. Damontae Kazee’s seven interceptions in 2018 were amazing, especially considering the era he plays in, but Brown bettered him back in 1974 with eight, managing a 164 yards and a touchdown off of them. He had at least three picks in all but one of his seasons with the Falcons Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , and in 1977 when the Falcons put together their Grits Blitz defense and allowed an all-time low number of points, Brown had five interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He somehow never made a Pro Bowl despite some stellar years.Brown would finish his career in New Orleans, which is both something of a theme on this list of players and a bummer, but there’s little question he’s one of the team’s great safeties. He owns the career record for interceptions as a safety and is second only to cornerback Rolland Lawrence (who had 39) in team history for picks, and he has the second-most interception return yards as well. Had he played in a different era or had those 1970s Falcons been more successful, Brown might be better-remembered today, but he’s worth saluting as one of the best ever to do it for Atlanta.