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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.

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.

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