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Levitre retires Cordarrelle Patterson Jerseys 2019 , Neasman speaks, and more in today’s edition."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, May 16.New,2commentsLevitre retires, Neasman speaks, and more in today’s edition.EDTShareTweetShareShareFalcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, May 16.Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsIt’s Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday, which means it’s perfectly acceptable to slack off a bit at work and get completely caught up with all of these Falcons links. Keep reading for Thursday’s edition of Falcoholinks.Andy Levitre announces retirement It was clear that the Falcons would be moving on from Andy Levitre after their moves in free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft, but on Tuesday Andy Levitre made an announcement on his Twitter account: after 10 years in the NFL he would be retiring. Levitre joined the Atlanta Falcons just shy of the start of the 2015 season via trade with the Tennessee Titans, and spent two years as the Falcons’ starting left guard. He played admirably in that role before triceps injuries robbed him of the bulk of his final two years in an Atlanta uniform.We wish Andy the absolute best in his retirement. Betting on a big back The Atlanta Falcons selected Pittsburgh running back Qadree Ollison in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, a somewhat perplexing move when the pick came in. But after a few profiles that chart Ollison’s harrowing personal story the picture became clearer: He’s a man of extremely high character, something that the Falcons place immense value on. On the football field he’s quite a hulking dude at 6’1, 232 pounds White Eddie Goldman Jerseys , and with GM Thomas Dimitroff’s comments that he’s been “looking for a big back for years,” it seems Ollison struck the right balance for the Falcons with top-shelf character and playing ability that fills a need.For that reason, Ollison already has a leg up on recent re-addition (and former fifth-round pick) Brian Hill for the third running back spot on the roster.Post-draft roster reviewsAs is custom, once the draft is complete we take a look at each positional group on the team and how its outlook once the new faces are factored in. Up this week: special teams, a phase of the Falcons’ game that’s been mired in relative mediocrity for years (with the exception of former kicker Matt Bryant, of course). There’s been significant turnover on special teams with Matt Bryant’s departure, the dismissal of longtime coordinator Keith Armstrong, and the arrival of new coordinator Ben Kotwica. Giorgio Tavecchio becomes Matt Bryant’s heir apparent, and with a number of new additions, the Falcons have some fresh options at returner. Catching up with Sharrod Neasman Strong safety Sharrod Neasman rejoined the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 after spending some time with the New Orleans Saints. The Falcoholic’s Allen Strk caught up with Neasman to discuss his professional football journey, and the influence and impact of some current and former Falcons.The two-part interview is a compelling read, as Neasman really opens up about his individual experience at the NFL level. LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Coach Matt Nagy insisted Jordan Howard remains a big part of Chicago’s offense and the star running back was adamant he wasn’t frustrated despite a limited role in the most recent victory.“This is not going to be an offense where it’s just one person and it goes through one person,” Nagy said Monday. “I don’t necessarily believe in that. It’s great when you have everybody fulfilling different roles and it’s hard for the defense when you do that.”The Bears (3-1) own sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time since late in the 2013 season Eddie Goldman Jerseys 2019 , with three straight wins. Coming off a bye, they hope to keep rolling when they visit Miami on Sunday.Chicago matched its longest win streak since a 3-0 start in 2013 with a 48-10 romp over Tampa Bay two weeks ago. Mitchell Trubisky broke out with six touchdown passes — one shy of the NFL record. Tarik Cohen added a career-high 121 yards receiving to go with 53 rushing, and the Bears came away with their most lopsided victory in six years.As good as that sounds for Chicago, something else stood out: Howard’s small role.He carried 11 times for 25 yards and was in on 33 of 61 plays. Howard didn’t talk to reporters after that game, and players were not available to the media until Monday.“No, I wasn’t frustrated,” Howard said. “I was happy. We won. You see how much we won by. So there’s not really nothing to complain about.”With more than 2,600 yards rushing since the Bears took him in the fifth round in 2016, Howard has been one of general manager Ryan Pace’s most successful draft picks. He ran for 1,122 yards last season after finishing second in the NFL with 1,313 as a rookie.But there were also questions how he would fit in Nagy’s system after struggling in the passing game his first two seasons. Howard’s name came up in offseason trade rumors, and Bears-related photos disappeared from his Instagram account at one point, though he insisted there was nothing to it and wouldn’t acknowledge removing the pictures.Howard has shown improvement catching the ball but hasn’t found a rhythm running it. With 203 yards on 64 attempts, he is averaging 3.2 per attempt. That’s well below his career average of 4.5 yards.Howard has run the ball 15 times or less in three of the four games and hasn’t rushed for more than 82 yards this season.“Jordan understands what we’re trying to do as a team White Kevin White Jerseys ,” Nagy said. “And he also understands, and we’ve talked, that he has a major part of this offense. He has a big-time role. But if it’s an advantage to us to go a different direction for that game or for that play or that series, we’re going to do that.”It’s hard to argue with what the Bears did against Tampa Bay. They saw an opening against a banged-up secondary and got huge games from Trubisky and Cohen, even if it meant a light day for Howard.“The majority of the games, he gets more workload than I do,” Cohen said. “He understands some games are different. We felt like their secondary was banged-up, so that’s what happened, we’re gonna attack them.”That’s something they probably couldn’t have done last season. But the Bears brought in more play-making pass catchers and hired an offense-minded coach after firing John Fox.They have more options now and don’t necessarily need to rely on the run as much.“If we want to put him in the game and use him for a certain advantage, we’ll do that and that could be first, second or third down,” Nagy said. “There’s other times where it doesn’t fit that way. It just so happened this past game that … Tarik got more plays in regards to getting the ball to him, and he was productive. But that has nothing to do with what Jordan Howard is doing. Jordan Howard is a big part of this offense.”NOTES: WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) and CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) did light work at practice. Both players sat out the Tampa Bay game. … The Bears placed LB Sam Acho (torn pectoral muscle) on injured reserve and signed OL Bryan Witzmann.

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