Atlanta Falcons want to get physical

Mailbag: Team adds bulk, attitude as it looks to rebound from 4-12 disappointment

Originally Published: August 3, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coming off a disappointing 4-12 season, the Atlanta Falcons embraced the chance to be on HBO's "Hard Knocks."

Organizationally, the Falcons are embracing harder knocks from their players, too. The team's physical changes are a big theme of training camp. The 2014 Falcons are bigger, stronger and nastier. That change was long overdue. Since 2008, the Falcons have had a finesse offense directed by Matt Ryan and a slightly undersized defense featuring smart players with ...

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