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2018 Schedule
7-9, 2nd in NFC South
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Falcons' McKinley with family after evaluation

Takkarist McKinley is with a family member in Oakland, California, after undergoing a mental evaluation. An Atlanta Falcons spokesman told The Associated Press that McKinley was "in a good spot."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons TE Austin Hooper to me on being named to the Pro Bowl, replacing Zach Ertz: ``It's a huge honor that not a lot of people get to be a part of. Just looking forward to the opportunity. It just solidifies the hard work that I've put in has paid off in a big way. I'm very fortunate.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn on reported incident involving DE Takk McKinley: “We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier today. Any time a situation occurs that is or could be related to mental health issues we take it very seriously. We will do everything we possibly can to support and assist Takk as our players' mental and physical well-being are always our top priority.'' The Los Angeles Police Department did not confirm or give details about McKinley reportedly being detained and having a mental evaluation, per privacy laws, when reached by ESPN.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper headed to his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Hooper had a breakout season with 71 catches for 660 yards and four touchdowns. Those 71 receptions ranked fourth among all tight ends in the league behind Ertz (116), Travis Kelce (103), and George Kittle (88). Both WR Julio Jones and C Alex Mack wee named to Pro Bowl for Falcons but Jones already pulled out due to injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

A former Washington Redskin on new Falcons special teams coach Ben Kotwica: ``A good guy and military guy who flew helicopters in war. He's detailed and coaches a mentality.'' Kotwica served eight years in the Army after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea, and Iraq. He also served as escorts for former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Kotwica served as a Combat Attack Helicopter Commander and flew more than 1,000 combat hours in support of five maneuver brigades within the 1st Calvary Division. During his service, Kotwica received the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star.

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Falcons welcome back Koetter to run offense

Dirk Koetter, who served as the Falcons' offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014, is returning to the team in the same role. He was recently fired as head coach of the Bucs.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons officially announce Dirk Koetter as the new offensive coordinator and Mike Mularkey as the tight ends coach. Koetter was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2012-2014. Mularkey was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2008-2011. Matt Ryan comfortable with both Koetter and Mularkey and said in the past that Koetter made him feel more confident as a quarterback.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

If Dirk Koetter turns down other suitors and comes back to become the Falcons offensive coordinator, it would mean he'll likely be paid as one of the top coordinators in the league, if not the top. And no doubt he would receive a multi-year deal, possibly even a three-year contract. It's highly doubtful he would come back for a possible one-and-done situation, with next year being a critical one for the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn after a 7-9 season. Koetter a great fit for quarterback Matt Ryan, who praised Koetter from the first time around for making him a more confident signal-caller.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong interviewed for the same position with the Buffalo Bills, I'm told. Armstrong has coached special teams with the Falcons, Dolphins, and Bears.

30 for 30: Deion's Double Play -Trailer (0:55)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones named second-team All-Pro after leading the league with 1,677 receiving yards on 113 receptions with 8 touchdowns while tying Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown for the league high with 170 targets. The first-team All-Pro receivers were Houston's De'Andre Hopkins (1,572 yards, 115 receptions, 11 TDs, 164 targets) and New Orleans' Michael Thomas (1,405 yards, 125 receptions, 9 TDs, 148 targets). Joining Jones on second team at WR is Kansas City's Tyreek Hill (1,479 yards, 87 receptions, 12 TDs, 136 targets).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons will pick up SS Keanu Neal's fifth-year option, GM Thomas Dimitroff told me. That number probably will be around $6.7 million for Neal in 2020 and will become fully guaranteed on first day of '20 league year. Falcons have until May 3 to give Neal written notice on the fifth-year option. Neal, the 17th overall pick in 2016, a one-time Pro Bowler who played in just one game this past season after tearing his ACL but is on track for a full recovery. Dan Quinn said the players coming off season-ending injuries such as Neal, Ricardo Allen (Achilles), and Devonta Freeman (groin) might not be ready for OTAs but will be ready for training camp. Falcons picked up fifth-year options for first-rounders Desmond Trufant, Jake Matthews, and Vic Beasley Jr. in recent years, with Trufant and Matthews receiving extensions. Beasley status still up in the air during this roster evaluation period as he moves into option year at $12.81 million. That salary becomes fully guaranteed on March 13.

Team Stats

Passing Yards290.84th
Rushing Yards98.327th
Points For25.910th
Points Against26.425th