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Falcons' Keanu Neal: Falcons select 17th overall
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

The Falcons selected Neal in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 17th overall.

Although Jalen Ramsey was the clearly top defensive back more generally, consensus seemed fairly evenly split on the question of whether it was Neal or Karl Joseph who was the top pure safety in the draft otherwise. The two ended up going within three picks of each other. Neal was the enforcer on a tough 2015 Florida defense, finishing with 96 tackles and an interception in 12 games. Neal should push for a three-down role right away in Atlanta, and he'll be a major IDP consideration whenever that occurs.

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Falcons' Desmond Trufant: Fifth-year option exercised
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Desmond Trufant 's fifth-year contract option has been exercised by the Atlanta Falcons , NFL.com reports.

Trufant has emerged as one of the league's best up-and-coming cornerbacks since being drafted in the first-round in 2013, so it's hardly surprising that Atlanta wants to keep him around as long as possible. Yet to miss a game across his three-year career, Trufant is fresh off a personal-best 70 tackles (55 solo) last season, when he also nabbed a pair of interceptions as a key member of coach Dan Quinn's defensive scheme.

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Falcons' Tevin Coleman: Being counted on by Quinn
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Coach Dan Quinn relayed that Coleman is among the Falcons players that he is counting on to elevate their games in 2016, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Coleman's rookie season came to an end after Week 15, when he slipped in the shower and sustained a concussion that forced him to miss the final two games of the regular season. Coleman also dealt with hamstring and rib issues in 2015, so staying healthy, after an offseason that allowed him to heal up, figures to key his chances of securing a key role in the Atlanta backfield this coming season. Of course, Devonta Freeman's breakout campaign last year assures him a shot to head the team's 2016 running attack out of the gate, but Coleman is viewed by Quinn as a good fit in the Falcons' offense, and as player whose skill set complements Freeman's.

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Falcons' Jalen Collins: Suspended four games
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Collins has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Collins is still eligible to partake in all offseason and preseason activities, but will have to miss the first quarter of the regular season. A second round selection last year, Collins was hoping to carve out a larger role in the Falcons' secondary this term, and although he very well may still, his absence will open opportunities for his teammates to begin the campaign.

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Falcons' Charles Godfrey: Signs one-year deal with Falcons
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Godfrey has agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Godfrey has now signed with the Falcons five times since October of 2014, a testimony to his situation in Atlanta as a fill-in rather than a focal point on the Falcons' defense. The veteran safety recorded only 12 total tackles in 2015 and will more than likely serve as a backup to young safeties Ricardo Allen and Kemal Ishmael in 2016. Don't look for Godfrey to make much fantasy noise this coming season.

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