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Falcons vs Vikings NFL Week One Inactives

Falcons

OG Jamon Brown
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
CB Jordan Miller
RB Qadree Ollison
DT Deadrin Senat
WR Olamide Zaccheaus

Vikings

TE Tyler Conklin
WR Josh Doctson
DT Jalyn Holmes
CB Mike Hughes
OG Dru Samia
OT Olisaemeka Udoh
DT Armon Watts

2019 NFL Week One Preview – Three Keys to a Falcons Win Over the Vikings

The Falcons will look to put a poor 7-9 record in 2018 behind them as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings to start the season.

There are plenty of storylines for this game, and here’s a couple quick things to look for in this week one matchup between two NFC teams.

1. Attack the Vikings Line

The Vikings have been trying to upgrade their offensive line, but it’s still a huge question mark as the 2019 season gets underway.

The Falcons defense will need to get in the backfield and disrupt the Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins, and having a good game up front will help the Falcons chances.

Same goes for wrapping up and tackling elusive Vikings back Dalvin Cook, who will look to make an impact after missing last year with an injury.

2. Spread the Ball Around

One way to get the Vikings defense off their game is for Matt Ryan to use each and all of his pass catchers throughout the game.

Sure there’s no doubt that they will look to get their two leading receivers, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridely involved, but let’s not forget about the backs out of the backfield, as well as the tight ends and backup receivers as well.

Ryan needs to have a strong game, and getting off to a quick start with his receivers and pass catchers will help.

3. Watch the Turnovers

The quickest way to lose a game on the road is to give away the ball and let the home team have short fields. It’s easy to say every game to watch out for turnovers, but in this game the Falcons have to be super careful not to give the Vikings easy drives with short fields.

Being smart and not forcing the ball into coverage is going to be the job of Matt Ryan, but also it will be on the running backs and even those on kick returns not to put the ball on the ground and allow Minnesota to have a plus in the turnover ratio.

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Julio Jones and the Falcons Agree to 3-Year, $66 Million Extension

A day before the start of the season one Falcon is very happy, as Falcons pass catcher Julio Jones got his long-awaited contract extension.

The extension is for three years, $66 million deal.

The extension is nearly fully guaranteed when he signs. It locks in Jones through the 2023 season and removes a potentially major headache for the Falcons before Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

Jones starting talking about wanting a new deal last year.

He reported for training camp when the Falcons enhanced his current deal and agreed to discuss a lucrative new extension before this season.

“I love this city and I’m committed to being a Falcon for life,” Jones said in a statement issued by the team.

Last season was another big one for Jones despite the team going 7-9. The receiver caught 113 passes for an NFL-leading 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns.

He’s the fourth receiver in NFL history to have three seasons with at least 100 catches and 1,500 yards, joining Antonio Brown, Andre Johnson and Marvin Harrison.

Final Injury Report for the Falcons vs Vikings Week One Matchup

ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Status Report
  OUT T Matt Gono (back)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Thursday T Matt Gono (back)
  Friday T Matt Gono (back)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Matt Gono (back)
  Thursday WR Julio Jones (not injury related)
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
 
Status Report
  OUT CB Mike Hughes (knee)
 
  QUESTIONABLE TE Tyler Conklin (ribs), WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Mike Hughes (knee)
  Thursday WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring), CB Mike Hughes (knee)
  Friday TE Tyler Conklin (ribs), WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring), CB Mike Hughes (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), LB Kentrell Brothers (wrist), DE Everson Griffen (elbow), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), T Brian O’Neill (elbow)
  Thursday CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), LB Kentrell Brothers (wrist), DE Everson Griffen (elbow), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), T Brian O’Neill (elbow)
  Friday CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), LB Kentrell Brothers (wrist), DE Everson Griffen (elbow), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), T Brian O’Neill (elbow)

Falcons Owner Blank Wants Julio Jones’ Deal Done Before the Season

The Falcons hope to have All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones’ contract extension done before the start of the season, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“I would hope so, but I don’t know that,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on Monday. “We’ll have to let things take their course. I know that we are definitely in serious negotiations. It’s our goal and their goal as well to get it done before the start of the season.”

The wide receiver market shifted when the Saints signed Michael Thomas to a five-year, $96.25 million deal that has the potential to surpass the $100 million mark. The 26-year-old Thomas, a second-round pick out of Ohio State in 2016 has three 1,000 yard seasons to start his career and was an All-Pro last season.

Jones said recently that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, is still in the process of negotiating his contract extension. Sexton has not responded to several email and phone calls requesting an interview.

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.

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