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Falcons Wide Out Julio Jones Misses Practice with Hamstring Issue

The Falcons are in desperate need of a win after two bad weeks on the field to start 2020, but may have to play week three minus one of their top playmakers.

Wide receiver Julio Jones was a non-participant in Thursday’s practice, as he continues to deal with an issue with his hamstring.

In the first two games of 2020 Jones has 11 catches for 181 yards and has yet to score.

If Jones can’t go Sunday against the Bears, expect to see more balls go to wide outs Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Quinn Says No Changes Coming for the Coaches on the Falcons Defense

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, in the wake of the historic collapse and 40-39 loss to Dallas on Sunday, doesn’t plan to make any changes to the defense side in terms of play-calling or in-game decisions, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“No,” Quinn said. “No changes. I’m involved in all of the defensive calls and all of the preparation as well.”

The Falcons (0-2) are set to play the Chicago Bears (2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Falcons blew a 20-0 lead against the Cowboys. They also were ahead 29-10 at halftime and by 15 points with 4:45 to play. The defense gave up 30 points in the second half and couldn’t slow the Cowboys enough to hold onto victory.

The Falcons are off to horrendous start on defense after giving up 570 total yards and 33 first downs to Dallas. The defense is ranked last (32nd of 32) in points allowed (39.5 per game), 31st in yards allowed (476.5) and 31st in passing yards (372 yards).

“Well, I didn’t say it’s going to remain as it is from our performance, but in terms of the process that we go through I have a lot of confidence in the staff,” Quinn said. “I have a lot of confidence in the players that we will get the performances that we are looking for.”

Is Falcons CB A.J. Terrell Ready for a Breakout 2020?

As the Falcons get set for what should be an odd 2020 season, there’s one player on their roster that could be due for a big season, that being CB A.J. Terrell.

NFL.com today has a piece out with breakout stars from around the NFL, and Terrell is right at the top of the list.

Here’s what Jim Trotter had to say about the corner:

I’m going with Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell. The former Clemson star started 30 games for one of the nation’s top college programs, and though he had some issues in the national title game against LSU — what corner didn’t have trouble with that passing game? — he regularly met and exceeded the challenge.

Terrell’s talent and competitive spirit have jumped out to those observing Falcons practices, as he has embraced the challenge of lining up against Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. It stands to reason that if he can hold his own against those two, he should be comfortable matching up against a deep pool of talented receivers in the NFC South.

Video – ATL Pride: The Story of the 2019 Atlanta Falcons

The 2019 season was the Atlanta Falcons’ 54th in the National Football League, their 2nd playing their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and their 5th under head coach Dan Quinn.

Atlanta Acquires Edge Rusher Charles Harris from the Dolphins

The Falcons have a new edge rusher, as on Friday they did a deal with the Miami Dolphins for Charles Harris. In return Atlanta gave up a seventh-round pick next season.

ESPN was the first to report on the deal.

Harris, a 2017 first-round pick out of Missouri, totaled 3.5 sacks over 41 games (eight starts) with Miami. The Dolphins attempted to move Harris to a 3-4 outside linebacker role in 2019 after his early struggles as a 4-3 defensive end, but he registered just a half-sack in 14 games (five starts) last season.

Friday’s move comes just one day after the Dolphins released defensive end Taco Charlton.

Harris worked out for the Falcons before the 2017 NFL draft. At the time, Harris said Falcons coach Dan Quinn was “great” and “I like the defense they run.”

Atlanta drafted defensive end Takk McKinley at No. 26 overall in 2017, four spots after Miami selected Harris. On Wednesday, the Falcons declined the fifth-year option on McKinley’s contract.

Falcons Officially Announce Signing of RB Todd Gurley

It’s official, Todd Gurley is now a member of the Falcons.

The former Los Angeles Rams back Monday announced that he was joining the NFC South birds, joining the team 17 days after the deal was at first reported.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport stated in March that the deal was a one-year signing for $6 million.

Gurley still has to take and pass a physical. The back is a three-time Pro Bowler and 2017 Offensive Player of the Year,

The Rams released Gurley last month.

Falcons Add a Big Piece to Their Offensive Punch Grabbing L.A. RB Todd Gurley

The Falcons spent the early part of free agency looking to help out their running back core, have very well may have gotten themselves a gift in now former Rams 2018 and 2029 leading rusher Todd Gurley.

What’s the Status of the Falcons Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In?

NFL.com has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

The Falcons have one of the best in the game in Julio Jones, but could use some needed depth at the position for 2020 and beyond.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Falcons receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: Julio Jones (99-1,394-6), Calvin Ridley (63-866-7), Russell Gage (49-446-1).

Atlanta’s receivers were targeted 421 times in 2019, the most in the NFL. Only the Chiefs called more passing plays on first down in the first half of games (64.2%) than the Falcons (55.3%) which gives us some clues about how their playbook works. This offseason is likely to be centered on defense, which will help increase the impact of this passing game’s efficiency. With Jones — whose 77 receiving first downs ranked second in the NFL in 2019 — signed through 2023 and Ridley under team control through 2022, improving the Falcons’ passing game is less of a priority than other positions with respect to projecting wins.

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