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Early Bird Report: Falcons have one of the NFL’s top ‘offensive arsenals’

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Today’s Early Bird Report includes the Falcons’ inclusion among the league’s best offensive arsenals as well as LeSean McCoy’s denial of a domestic violence accusation.

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ESPN: Ranking the NFL’s best and worst offensive arsenals

While people seem to be slowly-but-surely realizing the level of talent the Falcons possess on defense, their offensive talent has been known around the league for a few years now. With stars all across the offense, and quality depth at most positions, the Falcons have a unit that many regard as among the best in the NFL.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell seems to be among those who regard the Falcons in that way. In a recent ranking of the best and worst offensive arsenals in the league, which counts only running backs, receivers and tight ends, Barnwell had the Falcons as the third best group behind the New York Giants and the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Atlanta is another team in the discussion for the best running back duo in football with Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, but Freeman was less efficient across the board last season while fumbling four times on 232 touches,” Barnwell writes. “The anticipated Austin Hooper breakout didn't really arrive, either, as the tight end turned a blown coverage into an 88-yard touchdown against the Bears in the opener but generated only 398 yards and two scores over the ensuing 15 games. We saw how devastating the Falcons can be when everything clicks, as was the case in 2016, but they're just one small step behind the top two attacks in football. It would help if they get to run more drives -- the Falcons had just 157 meaningful offensive possessions in 2017, lowest in the league and a whopping 38 possessions behind the league-leading Cardinals.”

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NFL.com: LeSean McCoy denies domestic violence accusation

According to a report by NFL.com’s Austin Knoblauch, police are investigating a home invasion robbery at an Atlanta residence that is owned by Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy which left his former girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, hospitalized on Tuesday.

The report states that the investigation is currently in the preliminary stages and no suspects have yet been named. Posts on social media claimed McCoy was to blame for the incident, and the running back responded with a note on Instagram denying any involvement.

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