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From The Perch will bring you all you need -- and want -- to know about the Atlanta Falcons through interviews, analysis and features. Host Michael Rothstein has covered the NFL since 2013 for ESPN, first the Detroit Lions and now the Atlanta Falcons. He also was the host of The Michael Rothstein Show, covering the Lions, before moving to Atlanta. Prior to covering the NFL, he covered Michigan football and basketball and Notre Dame football and basketball. 

From The Perch

    • Oct 3, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Atlanta Falcons beat Cleveland, 23-20, to win second straight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 31:00

    Through another 200-yard rushing game, the Atlanta Falcons won their second straight game. We break down what went well, what didn't and answer all your questions. See for privacy information.

    A Kyle Pitts bet gone wrong and previewing Sunday's Atlanta Falcons-Cleveland Browns matchup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 39:14

    Two of the NFL's top rushers face off Sunday when Nick Chubb and Cleveland face Cordarrelle Patterson and Atlanta. We break that down with ESPN's Jake Trotter, who covers the Browns. We also get into the Myles Garrett situation and more. Also, Kyle Pitts explains a friendly wager that, well, left him wearing something he really didn't want to on Wednesday. Plus Bryan Edwards talks about being a healthy scratch last Sunday. See for privacy information.

    Breaking down the Atlanta Falcons 27-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 28:51

    This one was big. On the road. Shut down a two-game losing streak and gave Arthur Smith something to build off of. Plus, Cordarrelle Patterson continues to impress as a full-time running back, Drake London continues to catch touchdowns and there is potential -- young potential -- with this team. We get into that and more.See for privacy information.

    Previewing the Atlanta Falcons-Seattle Seahawks with ESPN's Brady Henderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 28:53

    The 0-2 Atlanta Falcons are trying to pick up their first win of the year and Seattle might be the team's most opportunistic chance yet. We explain why in this episode of the show -- plus diving deeper into Kyle Pitts and what he's doing for the Falcons. See for privacy information.

    What's up with Kyle Pitts? Atlanta Falcons can't complete comeback, fall to Los Angeles Rams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 36:41

    Another week, another heart-stopper for the Atlanta Falcons, who lose to the Los Angeles Rams, 31-27. We look at the good, the bad and the biggest questions, including what's going on with tight end Kyle Pitts, who has only four catches through the first two games. See for privacy information.

    Previewing Atlanta Falcons-Los Angeles Rams with ESPN's Sarah Barshop & a conversation with Marcus Mariota about sliding

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 42:29

    The Atlanta Falcons head to Los Angeles to face two familiar (to Georgians) faces in Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and head coach Sean McVay. What might some of the challenges be? We chat with ESPN's Los Angeles Rams reporter Sarah Barshop about that, discuss covering Cooper Kupp & Allen Robinson with Falcons CB Casey Hayward and get into the slide-or-not conversation with Atlanta quarterback Marcus Mariota in this episode.See for privacy information.

    How the Atlanta Falcons lost a heartbreaker to the New Orleans Saints, 27-26

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 33:54

    A 16-point fourth-quarter collapse. A defense that got pressure until it couldn't anymore. An offense that looked promising -- until it got thwarted. A fumble, a coaching decision that could go either way and so much more. How a promising win turns into a crushing defeat -- plus your questions on this edition of From The Perch.See for privacy information.

    Previewing Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints with ESPN's Katherine Terrell & a Drake London update

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 37:27

    It's finally here. Game week. Game podcast. To break down the hate between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, ESPN's Katherine Terrell joins the show to look at this matchup, what's changed in New Orleans and how much fuel ex-New Orleans coach Sean Payton brought to this rivalry. Plus, an update on Falcons WR Drake London and a game prediction.See for privacy information.

    On the future of the Atlanta Falcons & also succession plans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 28:45

    A Mailbag episode of From The Perch to kick off NFL week -- looking at linebacker rotations, Marcus Mariota, Arthur Blank and the future of the franchise and much, much more. Plus, what happens when you wear a New York Mets hat in the Atlanta airport. Good times. See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons set their initial 53-man roster -- including Jared Bernhardt

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 26:43

    Not any massive surprises on the Falcons' initial 53-man roster, but assuredly there will be movement to come. But  we break down some of the biggest moves,some of the more surprising cuts and go position-by-position to see what it might mean for 2022.See for privacy information.

    A final 53-man Atlanta Falcons roster projection & Frank Darby, Qadree Ollison speak

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 36:19

    Frank Darby and Qadree Ollison, two Atlanta Falcons on the roster bubble, explain what's going through their minds during this uncertain time about their futures. Plus, we break down what we think will happen with Atlanta's initial 53-man roster and why they got to this point. See for privacy information.

    Dee Alford, training camp MVP? And more thoughts from the final day of Atlanta Falcons camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 26:19

    Training camp is over. Last preseason game and roster cuts coming up in the next few days. It's been a long month deciphering what these Atlanta Falcons might look like. So through looking at the last day of joint practices -- and open-to-the-media practices -- we take you the good, the questionable and more of the Falcons training camp and Day 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. See for privacy information.

    Deion Jones comes off PUP for the Atlanta Falcons & joint practice observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 30:12

    Big news -- Falcons LB Deion Jones comes off the PUP list. Now, what does that mean for Atlanta. And it happened as the Falcons started joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars -- we break all of that down for you, too. Busy day up in Flowery Branch, with the end of training camp truly approaching. See for privacy information.

    Falcons cut Auden Tate & Geronimo Allison plus your questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 27:32

    The Falcons had to make five cuts Tuesday -- and two veteran receivers were let go. We explain what the five moves might mean for the roster, looking at what could be worth watching when Jacksonville comes to town for joint practices and take your questions in a mailbag edition of the pod. See for privacy information.

    Reaction and observations after the Atlanta Falcons lose to the New York Jets, 24-16

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 19:34

    The Atlanta Falcons looked good on offense. Looked good on defense. But take all of it with an appropriate grain of salt because the Jets' starters largely didn't play and it's still the preseason. But there are good things to take, positive and negative, from what happened Monday night's second preseason game -- including some interesting potential moves up the depth chart.See for privacy information.

    What to watch in the Atlanta Falcons-New York Jets preseason game and a 53-man roster projection

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 28:40

    The Atlanta Falcons have preseason game No. 2 on Monday night when they face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. We give you some things to listen to --  and then in the second half of the show break down the 53-man roster as we see it entering Monday night's game (with some roster spots still definitely up for grabs). See for privacy information.

    Chats with Feleipe Franks & Arnold Ebiketie and explaining what Marlon Davidson's injury means to the Atlanta Falcons

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 18:33

    The Falcons are off to New Jersey for joint practices with the Jets (we're not going), but a lot happened before they left. Marlon Davidson had surgery -- what that could mean for him and for the Falcons going forward. Plus, we chat with Feleipe Franks about tight end conversion and Madden and Arnold Ebiketie about his development. See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons switch up wide receivers & S Dean Marlowe joins the show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 15:50

    The Atlanta Falcons had an off day but it doesn't mean the franchise wasn't busy churning a bit of the roster. We dive into that, what to make of the team's tight ends behind Kyle Pitts and then safety Dean Marlowe joins the show to chat about coming to Atlanta and his college town of Harrisonburg, Va. See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons make five roster moves -- and perhaps the play of training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 21:36

    The Falcons had to make their first roster cutdown Tuesday, moving on from four players and placing cornerback Cornell Armstrong on injured reserve. Then they practiced and in the final play of practice -- Stanley Berryhill made perhaps the best catch of training camp. We explain that in the podcast and much, much more. See for privacy information.

    Isaiah Oliver's doing some cross-training and other things from Atlanta Falcons practice

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 14:17

    Isaiah Oliver is learning a new position, Dee Alford is continuing to make plays and the Atlanta Falcons practiced inside Mercedes-Benz Stadiun for the first time this training camp. It made for a different type of practice -- with way more fans -- and there was a ton going on. So we catch you up. See for privacy information.

    On Drake London, Desmond Ridder and the Atlanta Falcons after the Detroit Lions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 20:30

    The Atlanta Falcons' first-round pick will "probably not" practice this week, according to Arthur Smith, and we explain why that's an OK thing. Plus, looking at Desmond Ridder's debut against the Lions, the potential rise of Dee Alford at cornerback and more in this edition of the podcast. See for privacy information.

    A 53-man Atlanta Falcons roster projection, what to watch for against Detroit & Mike Ford joins the show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 21:18

    A busy Friday show. Cornerback Mike Ford joins the show  for  a few minutes  to break down his strong camp and his time in Detroit; we talk about things and people to watch when the Falcons play the Lions on Friday night. And also, dive into a quick 53-man roster projection heading into the first preseason game (hint: There are a lot of spots still unsettled). See for privacy information.

    Day 12 of Atlanta Falcons training camp -- finally a game is coming

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 12:04

    The Atlanta Falcons are finally headed toward a preseason game -- but not without a scare in the secondary, a quarterback seeming to find himself and a rookie starting to stand out. We get into that and more in this episode of the podcast. See for privacy information.

    On the Atlanta Falcons' receiver room and other Day 11 camp observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 17:32

    The Falcons might have a decision to make at wide receiver. Tight end, too. And two of the rookies from the 2021 class with the most questions -- Jalen Mayfield and Frank Darby -- caught some notice Tuesday, too. See for privacy information.

    How failure can be important to Arthur Smith and Atlanta Falcons observations from Day 10 at training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 13:10

    A lighter day at practice for the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, but one of the more intriguing players of training camp showed up in a big way again. And Arthur Smith dives into something he finds value in when he looks at players --- and quarterbacks, something to consider as training camp continues on. See for privacy information.

    What we know about the Atlanta Falcons through two weeks

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 17:21

    The Atlanta Falcons are two weeks through training camp and there's a lot we've learned and much we don't know. We break down some strengths, some concerns and how some positions might shake out heading into the first (preseason) game week of the year. See for privacy information.

    On Feleipe Franks, Richie Grant and Day 8 of Atlanta Falcons practice

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 13:28

    It was a hot one in Flowery Branch and one Falcons head coach Arthur Smith can learn a lot about his team with. This whole week, really. So we dive into that, why one unit might be separating itself as the best on the team and some players starting to consistently flash that you wouldn't have necessarily expected. See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons CB Cornell Armstrong joins the show + thoughts on starters, sidekicks and Sopranos

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 34:38

    It's a mailbag episode of From The Perch and Falcons cornerback Cornell Armstrong, who is vying for a roster spot, joins the show for a few minutes. Then we get into your questions, where we discuss Jalen Mayfield, Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, favorite TV shows, one bad nickname and much, much more. See for privacy information.

    Why drops might not be concerning at Atlanta Falcons Day 7 practice and other observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 21:40

    The Atlanta Falcons are officially through a week of practice and we've definitely learned some things. Like who the left guard might be. And what other players are starting to make moves.  Plus, we explain why something that would look bad on the surface might not be all that bad at all. See for privacy information.

    A good day for the defense highlights Day 6 of Atlanta Falcons training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 22:31

    It often takes a defense a little while to settle into a rhythm, especially with so many new players, but Tuesday was a defensive day for the Atlanta Falcons, featuring some of the first turnovers of camp and  impressive plays. Plus, the Falcons lose  a defensive lineman, gain a receiver back and some thoughts on the importance of Kyle Pitts. See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons Day 5 training camp observations & how the team might make decisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 15:38

    The pads came on for the first time at an Atlanta Falcons practice this season and with it came some hitting. Not a lot of hitting, but some hitting. We get into that, a position battle that might be wrapping up, one that might never get started and how decisions within the Falcons are made. See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons put up some fight and the rise of Elijah Wilkinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 22:24

    The Atlanta Falcons are heading into their second week of training camp on Monday after a Saturday practice that was intense. The competitiveness was high. There were not one, but two practice scuffles (one bigger than the other) and some positions might be slowly starting to shake out. Plus Week 1 standouts in this edition of the podcast.See for privacy information.

    Day 3 Atlanta Falcons observations, where Arthur Smith does not care about expectations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 16:38

    Arthur Smith spent a small part of Friday's presser recommending a comedy bit -- although not what you might think. Plus, a better day for the Falcons defense, what could be shaking out on the interior of the offensive line and, of course, today's day in quarterback play.See for privacy information.

    Day 2 Atlanta Falcons training camp observations: The rise of Caleb Huntley?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 19:13

    Could the Atlanta Falcons  have a surprise at running back? We get into that and what Caleb Huntley getting a lot of work with the top units could mean. Plus some more rotational news, another good day for Marcus Mariota and more. See for privacy information.

    Observations from Day 1 of Atlanta Falcons training camp & a Deion Jones update

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 18:20

    Training camp is here and Day 1 was an interesting one. What did the quarterbacks look like? What's the center competition shaping up as? And an update on the status of linebacker Deion Jones -- plus some philosophy from quarterback Marcus Mariota all on today's show. See for privacy information.

    Cordarrelle Patterson wants to return kicks, Julio Jones has a new home and an Atlanta Falcons defensive preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 29:49

    The Atlanta Falcons reported to Flowery Branch on Tuesday for training camp and the start of the 2022 season -- first practice is Wednesday -- and offensive option Cordarrelle Patterson had some things to say about where he'd like to be used this season. Plus Chris Lindstrom talks contract extension and we break down the defense and what that could look like as training camp gets underway. See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons training camp preview: Offense

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 32:43

    Does Marcus Mariota win the quarterback with  the Atlanta Falcons? Can Desmond Ridder take it from him? Who runs the ball for the Falcons other than Cordarrelle Patterson and who the heck is blocking for him up front. What does Kyle Pitts do in Year 2 and Drake London as a rookie? We dive into those questions, what we know and what we don't in this episode of the podcast. See for privacy information.

    Deion Jones, Eddie Goldman and the month that was for the Atlanta Falcons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 14:11

    We're back with up-to-date shows at From The Perch and Michael recaps everything that went on over the last month -- what was a largely quiet month for the Atlanta Falcons except for the entirety of a tenure for one veteran player. Plus, we start getting you ready for training camp, beginning later this week. See for privacy information.

    Top Five Atlanta Falcons players in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 16:36

    The Atlanta Falcons will have 90 players when training camp starts. We won't rank all of them -- but we will explain who we think the Top 5 players are from a talent perspective and an importance perspective for this season in this episode of From The Perch.  See for privacy information.

    Five reasons for belief and four reasons for concern with the Atlanta Falcons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 17:49

    Quarterback questions, pass rush makeovers -- just a couple of reasons for concern for the Atlanta Falcons. But there's also Younghoe Koo, Kyle Pitts and a head coach in Arthur Smith who could give you a reason to think the Falcons have a shot to be better  than expected, too. We break that all down in this episode of From The Perch.  See for privacy information.

    Over/under fantasy football player projections for the Atlanta Falcons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 17:20

    Using my ESPN colleague Mike Clay's Atlanta Falcons fantasy projections for 2022, we go through each position and each player, look at Clay's projection and then give an idea of if it is over, under or spot on for what might happen in 2022 with the Falcons.  See for privacy information.

    Marcus Mariota vs. Desmond Ridder and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons position battles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 15:45

    The Falcons are going to have a lot of position battles this training camp. Some will be more important than others -- yes, including punter, which will have significance this camp. We break down the most important battles, what to look for and who might win some of those jobs. See for privacy information.

    A post-minicamp Atlanta Falcons 53-man roster projection

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 31:52

    The Atlanta Falcons are headed off on a break for a few weeks before coming back to training camp. What might this roster look like at the end of it? We break down a projection of the initial 53-man roster at the end of camp, including what might happen with linebacker Deion Jones and crowded rooms at receiver and cornerback.  See for privacy information.

    Addressing the biggest Atlanta Falcons storylines heading into training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 19:26

    With minicamp over, From The Perch looks at the battles and storylines that will matter both over the July break and when camp gets started for the Atlanta Falcons. What happens at quarterback? Who is snapping the ball? And can they finally get to the opposing passers? See for privacy information.

    Kyle Pitts, AJ Terrell and more observations from Atlanta Falcons minicamp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 30:10

    The Atlanta Falcons are flying away for a few week break to their respective homes but before they do, we break down what we've seen from them during the offseason workouts. What might it all mean and who from that might be taking a closer peek at during training camp? See for privacy information.

    Who is the Atlanta Falcons No. 3 pass-catcher, a Marcus Mariota update and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 18:06

    It's a mailbag episode as we hit on the Atlanta Falcons receiving corps, Marcus Mariota, Matt Ryan's legacy and whether or not Rothstein is a superhero in disguise.  See for privacy information.

    Why Kyle Smith is important to the Atlanta Falcons & an OTA preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 13:00

    The Buffalo Bills tried to interview Kyle Smith, the Atlanta Falcons front office executive, for their assistant GM gig. We explain why that was blocked and look at Thursday's open OTA practice. See for privacy information.

    What to make of how the Atlanta Falcons are handling Feleipe Franks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 16:56

    Another week of Atlanta Falcons OTAs is done and Feleipe Franks is continuing his bouncing around the offense. What could this mean for him, his future and the Falcons offense. Plus some thoughts from an open OTA workout.  See for privacy information.

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Anthony Firkser joins the show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 24:12

    New Atlanta Falcons tight end Anthony Firkser joins From The Perch to talk about his football camp for charity in Nashville this weekend (, what drew him to the Atlanta Falcons, his role in the offense, going to Harvard and how Bar and Bat Mitzvah's in the New York/New Jersey area can just be a little bit more extravagant.  See for privacy information.

    Avery Williams switching positions and what does some people missing Atlanta Falcons practice mean

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 15:18

    Breaking down the first Falcons OTA and some roster shifting to go with it.  See for privacy information.

    What's going on with Deion Jones and a preview of the first Atlanta Falcons OTA

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 16:30

    The Atlanta Falcons have their first open voluntary OTA on Thursday. Who shows? Who doesn't? And what's up with linebacker Deion Jones, the last of the true big contract players from the Quinn-Dimitroff era that hasn't been decided on.  See for privacy information.

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