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Falcons All-Pro Wide Out Julio Jones Reports to Camp

There’s no doubt that Falcons fans were holding their breath when it came to their biggest and best player reporting to camp – that being wide out Julio Jones.

While there were some rumblings that Jones would stay away looking for an extension, he is has reported to Falcons training camp, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets.

Jones has expressed optimism this offseason he and the Falcons will come to terms on an extension, one that could well be a market-reshaping pact.

Still, the 30-year-old star showing up in advance of Atlanta’s camp is a good sign. He last inked a deal in 2015.

The Falcons have done well to advance their offseason blueprint this week, having signed both Grady Jarrett and Deion Jones to extensions.

Both are now under contract through at least the 2022 season. While Julio Jones and the Falcons have been at this for a while, there still appears to be considerable ground to cover.

Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Falcons Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Falcons player on the list was wide out Julio Jones, who is at a ranking of 98.

Middle Linebacker Deion Jones comes in second with a mark of 90, while three Falcons players are at 89, Alex Mack, Matt Ryan and Devonta Freeman.

Check out all the Falcons Rankings by clicking HERE.

Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Atlanta Falcons

00:47 – 4-Minute Offense

2:19 – Positional Breakdown

8:37 – Hunt’s Playbook

12:11 – Fantasy Focus

14:31 – Best Bets

15:04 – Training Camp Quick Takes

18:31 – Road to the Super Bowl

Three Questions About the Falcons as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Falcons were under .500 at 7-9, fans are anxious for the 2019 season to get going to see if this team can rebound.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be much better and include rebounding with hopefully a playoff spot.

1. Can the D Rebound?

The Falcons defense had to be the biggest letdown for the team in 2018, as they were 28th in the league in yards allowed, and 25th in points allowed.

They allowed big plays, yards in chunks on the ground, and when the games were on the line, this unit was just not very good.

The franchise spent the offseason looking to upgrade spots and also addressing key concerns on the D, and hopefully when camp gets going it will be a new year which means a new look.

2. A Healthy Freeman

Devonta Freeman played in just two games last season before bowing out for the rest of the year with an injury, and this team sorely needs him to be 100 percent in 2019.

When Freeman is healthy, he is a key factor in the offense, and while Tevin Coleman still ran for 800 yards and the lead back once Freeman went down, there was just something missing for this team.

Watch Freeman closely during camp, and he should get plenty of work to show that he’s ready to take the #1 spot back in 2019.

3. A Repeat Performance for Jones and Ridley

Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley combined for 2499 yards between the two with 18 touchdowns, and they both had huge games throughout the season.

These two have to be right at the top of the best tandem of wide outs in the NFL, and Matt Ryan loves to be able to look for one of these two when he’s in trouble and has to get rid of the ball.

Ridley was a steal last season, and he had a great rookie season with 64 catches for 821 yards and 10 scores.

Jones put on another amazing year with eight scores, 113 grabs for 1677 yards.

Free Agent OT Dieugot Joseph to Visit Falcons This Week

A league source tells Nate Bouda of NFL Trade Rumors that the Redskins and Falcons are hosting free agent OT Dieugot Joseph for a visit this week.

Joseph recently visited with the Chiefs, but left Kansas City without a deal. However, it appears as though interest in him is starting to pick.

Joseph, 25, wound up signing a three-year, $1.66 million contract with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Florida International back 2017.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Taking Part in the Teams’ OTA’s

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is participating in OTAs this week according to Kelsey Conway of atlantafalcons.com.
And Conway says he is looking like his usual explosive self. It is not a complete surprise as head coach Dan Quinn said Freeman would be a full-go by training camp but it is still a welcome sight after the 27-year-old’s disastrous 2018 season.

Freeman suffered knee, groin, and foot injuries in what ultimately resulted in a lost two-game campaign and the Falcons offense suffered mightily without him.

With Tevin Coleman gone to the 49ers, Freeman projects to take over as the clear lead back in one of the best offenses in the league. He is hoping to return to the former that led to 1,000-yard+ campaigns in 2015 and 2016.

Falcons Ink First-Round Pick Right Guard Chris Lindstrom

Falcons right guard Chris Lindstrom, the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, signed his four-year contract with the team Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The team announced that Lindstrom signed a deal worth $14.6 million, with the team holding an option on the fifth year. Lindstrom is projected to receive a $8.6 million signing bonus.

The Falcons now have all of their 2019 draft picks on board.

Falcons Add Another Piece on the O-Line, Draft Tackle Kaleb McGary with the 31st Pick

It was an impressive night of drafting for the Falcons when it comes to helping their offensive line.

The team drafted guard Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom with the 14th pick earlier in the night, and followed that up with Washington tackle Kaleb McGary, drafting him with the 31st pick.

If nothing else, the night made quarterback Matt Ryan smile.

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