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Falcons LB Vic Beasley says he's an every-down player
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

Rookie linebacker Vic Beasley has the label of being a situational pass rusher, but he told NFL.com that he feels he can make a difference on every down for the Falcons, despite his youth. 

Beasley, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, racked up 33 sacks during his time at Clemson, earning him the reputation as a big-time pass threat, but he wants to show the Atlanta coaching staff that he can play in all situations. 

"I think I'm an every-down player. I think that's just motivation for me to go out there and prove that I can be an every-down player," he said. 

Beasley will get a chance to live up to that statement, as the Falcons plan to throw the rookie into the fire to help a shaky linebacker corps. 

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Falcons sign WR Carlton Mitchell; waive Shane Wynn
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Falcons announced the signing of wide receiver Carlton Mitchell on Thursday, reports ESPN.com. Mitchell recently worked out for the Falcons.

With the Mitchell signing, the team waived wide receiver Shane Wynn.

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Falcons OT Lamar Holmes suffers broken foot
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Falcons offensive tackle Lamar Holmes was diagnosed with a broken foot Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Holmes missed 12 games last season with a foot injury. He is listed as out indefinitely.

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Falcons WR Julio Jones has no plans to hold out
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Although Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones would like a contract extension completed before training camp begins, Jones has no intention of holding out, reports ESPN.com.

“I’m not going to hold out for anything," Jones said. "My teammates need me. I’m being selfish if I’m not here and doing what I need to do.”

If no deal is reached, Jones can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. Jones produced 1,593 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 104 catches last season, which earned him a Pro Bowl selection. 

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Former Falcons G Justin Blalock retires
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

Former Falcons guard Justin Blalock, who was cut by the team in February, has decided to retire, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL. 

Blalock played 125 games over eight seasons with the Falcons. He briefly explored signing with the Lions this offseason before his retirement decision. 

"I'd like to sincerely thank the Atlanta Falcons, all my teammates and especially the fans. I've had an unbelievable 8 years and only wish I could have helped bring a championship to the ATL," he wrote on his Twitter account.

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