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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank still says there are no concerns about the roof at the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, set to open next Saturday with the Falcons' exhibition vs. the Arizona Cardinals. The retractable roof will remain closed for the game and for the start of the regular season. President Rich McKay said no timetable for when the roof will be left opened.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Arthur Blank, "We do have the fastest defense in the NFL."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Arthur Blank, Governor Deal, and Mayor Reed take the podium to talk about grand opening of 1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. "We thought we built the finest sports/entertainment complex in the United States," Blank said.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons officially announce signing of OT Austin Pasztor, who last started for the Cleveland Browns at right tackle. The team waived OL Marquis Lucas. Pasztor should have chance to compete for swing tackle spot behind starters Ryan Schraeder and Jake Matthews. Coach Dan Quinn said this week the backup tackle situation was something that needed to be addressed.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the other day he wasn't content with his swing tackle situation. So team is signing Austin Pasztor, who started 16 games with the Browns last season and played right tackle. Pasztor played with Falcons center Alex Mack in 2015. Started career with Jacksonville. Played college ball at Virginia. Has 43 career starts in 58 total games. Pasztor's agent, Sunny Shah, broke the news via Twitter

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Falcons pick McKinley set to debut Sunday

Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley is set to make his pro debut on Sunday after major shoulder surgery.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones will be out Sunday. Still undecided on Taylor Gabriel

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said rookie first round draft pick Takk McKinley (March shoulder surgery) will make his debut at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The defensive end from UCLA was held out of last week's exhibition at Miami. McKinley saw his practice reps steadily increase and was up to about 100 percent of the reps this week.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons back on practice field. RB Devonta Freeman watching from the cafeteria window while he continues to go through the concussion protocol. He won't play Sunday at Pittsburgh, but coach Dan Quinn said Freeman's condition not serious.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn said the Falcons had a very high grade on Steelers rookie pass rusher TJ Watt, a player his offensive linemen will face in Sunday's exhibition.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan talks about defensive tackle Dontari Poe and how Poe looks pretty good throwing the ball around before practice. No, Poe won't challenge Matt Schaub for the backup role, but he might get a jump pass in at some point if the Poe Package is installed on offense.

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Chick-fil-A in Falcons' home closed on Sundays

The Chick-fil-A stand at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be closed on Sundays, meaning Falcons fans won't be able to dine on the franchise's food for seven of the team's eight regular-season games.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn talks about his respect for Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, a guy he worked with in the past

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he hasn't made a decision yet on which players will play/not play vs. Steelers on Sunday. Quinn said Takk McKinley's rep continued to go up in practice, almost up to 100 percent. McKinley could make debut in Pittsburgh.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he'll take the team down early next week to check out the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Quinn has toured it just one so far. Amazed by the scoreboard

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"It's not going to be a long-term issue," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said of Devonta Freeman still being in concussion protocol.

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.33rd
Rushing Yards120.55th
Points For33.81st
Points Against25.427th