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8-8, 2nd in NFC South
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Putting Atlanta's collapse in perspective

In 2015, the Falcons became the fifth team since 1978 to miss the playoffs after a 5-0 start. In their final nine games, they went 2-7 while scoring just 16.2 points per game.

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The best returner of all time?

According to the stats, nobody in history has matched Devin Hester's return production, either on a career or year-by-year basis.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Hester told me "yes sir" when asked if he wants to continue his NFL career. He politely declined to discuss his release from the Falcons.

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Things won't get any easier in Atlanta

In Dan Quinn's first season, the Falcons took a U-turn after a hot start despite facing the league's easiest schedule. Per Bill Barnwell, Atlanta faces the third-toughest slate entering 2016. Bounce-back teams

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bears, Bucs coach Lovie Smith on whether Devin Hester is a Hall of Famer: "Yes. Absolutely. When you are the best to ever play that position in the NFL, you should end up in the Hall of Fame. He changed the way the game was played." Hester, 33, was released by the Falcons Tuesday, and his immediate plans remain unclear.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't think anything is imminent but I believe the Falcons would re-sign OLB O'Brien Schofield before considering signing DE Dwight Freeney. They know what they could get out of each player. Schofield's vocal locker room presence an added bonus.

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Vote: Is Devin Hester a Hall of Famer?

There is no doubt Devin Hester is the greatest return man in NFL history, but is that enough to earn him a spot in Canton?

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Urlacher on whether Devin Hester is a Hall of Famer: "100 percent."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons are still looking at Dwight Freeney.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"We want to make sure every year we have a contending team," Dan Quinn said of the roster

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Falcons coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff thanked released Devin Hester for his contribution to the team.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

With Devin Hester released, the Falcons could turn to rookie Devin Fuller in the return game. Fuller told me yesterday he is fully recovered from a preseason hamstring injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announce they have released Devin Hester, the most accomplished return man in NFL history. Hester slowly recovered from toe surgery.

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Can Devin Hester return fully healthy?

The longtime return man played in just five games last season due to a toe injury, and he'll turn 34 in November. Training camp and preseason should show whether Hester has anything left. Injury questions

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Bell tops scrimmage YPG list since 2013

Suspended Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell leads the NFL with 119 yards from scrimmage per game since 2013. RB Matt Forte, WR Julio Jones and RB Jamaal Charles round out the list.

Team Stats

Passing Yards273.76th
Rushing Yards100.718th
Points For21.2Tied-21st
Points Against21.614th

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