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Falcons Rookie Kaleb McGary Undergoes Cardiac Ablation Procedure

Falcons rookie offensive tackle Kaleb McGary is undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure on Wednesday according to the team’s official website.

It sounds serious, but the procedure is minimally-invasive, and McGary has undergone similar operations twice in the past as he suffers from a chronic irregular heartbeat.

There is no official timetable for his return but he was reportedly out of action for six to eight weeks the last time he had the procedure. The No.31-overall pick out of Washington is expected to push Ty Sambrailo for the starting right tackle job in 2019.

Julio Jones Says He Won’t Play a Down in the Preseason for the Falcons

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Atlanta wide out Julio Jones told reporters Tuesday he won’t participate in preseason games this year, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“I don’t need preseason to get ready,” Jones said matter-of-factly, noting that if he gets in some practices, he’ll be fine for the 2019 campaign.

The Falcons kick off a five-game preseason slate on Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game versus the Denver Broncos. Safety Keanu Neal also told reporters he was not sure how much, if any, he would play in the game.

It’s not a surprise in the least that Jones won’t play this preseason. The superstar receiver continues to rehab from a foot issue and is looking for a new contract.

Jones didn’t participate last preseason and played just one game in the 2017 preseason.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley Tweaks Hamstring in Morning Practice

Falcons second-year wide receiver Calvin Ridley tweaked his hamstring on Thursday according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constritution.

Ridley briefly tried to play through the injury before being looked at by trainers and he ended up watching the remainder of the 11-on-11 drills. It is too early to speculate on the severity of the injury but it is likely the Falcons will play it safe this early in camp with their prized wideout.

The 24-year-old Ridley, the No.26-overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Alabama, led all rookie receivers with 821 yards and ten touchdowns last season.

Falcons DL Michael Bennett Out Indefinitely with a Broken Ankle

Falcons defensive lineman Michael Bennett is out indefinitely with a broken ankle according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Originally a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bennett was signed by the Falcons last October in the wake of a rash of defensive line injuries.

Getting hurt this early in training camp is a brutal break for a lineman on the fringe of the roster. Since he actually got hurt at camp, he is not eligible for the PUP list but may end up on injured reserve.

Video: Bound by Brotherhood: The Story of the 2018 Atlanta Falcons

The 2018 season was the Atlanta Falcons’ 53rd in the National Football League, their second playing their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and their fourth under head coach Dan Quinn.

The Falcons Could Rotate Backs Behind Devonta Freeman

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says the the team could use a rotation of running backs behind starter Devonta Freeman in 2019 according to atlantafalcons.com.

“It’s a position that has good talent for us,” Quinn claimed. “And now to be talented as a group, it may be a combination of those roles and featuring what those guys can do best … That’s deeper than we’ve been at that position for a while, and I’m looking forward to the unique stuff that the guys do have.”

Second-year back Ito Smith, a fourth-round pick out of Southern Miss in 2018, is the favorite for No.2 duties but he struggled mightily in that role when pressed into service in the wake of Freeman’s injury. Smith rushed for 315 yards and a paltry 3.5 ypc average plus added 152 receiving yards and four total touchdowns in 14 games behind Tevin Coleman last season. Fifth-rounder Qadree Ollison is Smith’s biggest threat but profiles as a grinder.

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.

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