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Julio Jones says new veterans bring new attitude to Falcons

By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com

MALIBU, Calif. — The Falcons might not have a ton of collective playoff experience, but they make up for that with veteran leadership.

During the same time Tony Gonzalez announced he would return for another season of Falcons football in March, the franchise went out and nabbed two other veterans in free agency.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora and running back Steven Jackson have made their presence felt at Flowery Branch and the younger players have already taken notice.

“Every morning Osi is working out in the facility before anyone even gets there,” Falcons receiver Julio Jones told FOXSports.com in an exclusive interview on set of a Foot Locker Under Armour commercial. “I noticed that, so I started doing that. Little things like that will make this team great.”

It’s not just Umenyiora who has been training at a high level, either. Jackson, who turns 30 next month, caught praise from head coach Mike Smith last week, saying that he has the body of a 22-year-old. It’s fair to say that Jones and Smith share similar viewpoints.

“No question,” said Jones, who is promoting the new Under Armour Gridiron Trainers, which will only be available at Foot Locker this fall. “Steven comes out there and he works. I don’t know how old he is. I know he’s a veteran, but he gets out there and works every play. He’s taking every rep whenever coach wants him in there.”

“That stuff is not mandatory, man, it’s voluntary. You can come if you want to, but Steven is there working. I really believe he is going to make the Atlanta Falcons better.”

So, how has Jones been working to better himself this offseason? He credits vacationing in the Bahamas and Dominican Republic and focusing on his diet. Jones said he has cut out beef and pork over the last year and has enjoyed the benefits since then.

“I feel l much better,” Jones said. “Especially playing football, I feel that stuff sits on you.”

Jones has taken the proper advice of his team nutritionist and when he has the choice, he prefers organic food over regular. It’s much more than what he consumes, too. Jones has been spending a lot of time around the team facility and has been working on building camaraderie with all of the players. Even the rookies.

Desmond Trufant, who the Falcons selected in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, has some big shoes to fill as veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson left for Kansas City. Although Trufant won’t be thrown into the fire immediately, from what Jones has seen, he has all of the on-field intangibles to make him a shutdown corner.

“I worked with him the other day. He’s a real good talent. He gets out of his breaks and he can get on top of you. He has sound technique and comes at your routes and everything. He’ll pick the ball off. That’s for sure.”

Building chemistry with the veterans is important, too. Especially if you’re a wide receiver, a healthy relationship with your quarterback is beneficial to the team. Jones believes he and Matt Ryan have a very strong connection both on and off the field.

“I’m definitely on the same page as my quarterback. You have to be able to talk to your quarterback. One person can’t be bigger than the other. You gotta be on the same page and have the same goals. Me and Matt have the same goals. We work. I’ll tell him, ‘Matt, I see this and that’ and he’ll say, ‘OK, I’m going to put the ball here, can you adjust to it?’ He has confidence that he can throw the ball to me.”

Ryan has so much of an appreciation that Jones said the quarterback invited his receiving corps to Monday night’s captain’s dinner. Things like that will go a long way, especially in a 17-week regular season.

There is something special going on in Atlanta. Surely, the postseason success will come. The work in the offseason is what prepares teams for a playoff-bound journey.

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My favorite part of the article is when he talked about practicing aganist Tru...hopefully making him better

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Love what Osi and Jackson are bringing in terms of leadership. A motivated Osi is bad news for other teams. Also glad he is taking the young players under his wing, a coach can only teach so much to these young DE. A veteran presence can make a huge difference, ask JJ how much of a help RW has been to him.

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That article got me pretty hyped up. lol

Julio is my hero.

Being a Bama fan I have been watching Julio since his senior year in high school. I can remember thinking over and over that he would be huge in the pros and wishing the Falcons had a shot at him. I never in a million years thought we would get him. Bout had a heartattack when he traded up and drafted him. As long as he plays an entire career without to many major injuries he will go down as one of the best ever

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While some don't like the trade, I can't imagine this team without Mr. Jones

Mr Jones and me tell each other fairly tales and we look at the beautiful women. Shes a lookin at you ,I don't think so shes lookin at me

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Hopefully Roddy and Julio is giving Trufant and Alford he11 in practice so that the game wont be as difficult for them.

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Mr Jones and me tell each other fairly tales and we look at the beautiful women. Shes a lookin at you ,I don't think so shes lookin at me

smh lol

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Love what Osi and Jackson are bringing in terms of leadership. A motivated Osi is bad news for other teams. Also glad he is taking the young players under his wing, a coach can only teach so much to these young DE. A veteran presence can make a huge difference, ask JJ how much of a help RW has been to him.

Yessir. Nothing but positive vibes coming from the players and coaches.

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most aren't. but they have always been one of my favorites. lol

There are 3 bands that I always associate with the city of Atlanta. Counting Crows , Live , and R.E.M. , I don't know why but they do. Makes me think of Dave FM. RIP.

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There are 3 bands that I always associate with the city of Atlanta. Counting Crows , Live , and R.E.M. , I don't know why but they do. Makes me think of Dave FM. RIP.

I loved Dave FM. Counting Crows acoustic song called "August and Everything After" is the best thing they ever did. That is why their first album has the same name. It was suppose to be their first big hit but was over 7 minutes long so the producers told them to shorten it and in return the crows told them to **** off. Never was put on an album and was only played 3 times ever. If you go to youtube and type in Counting Crows August and Everything After its one of the first one that pops up. Its the screen that has a blue tint to it

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I loved Dave FM. Counting Crows acoustic song called "August and Everything After" is the best thing they ever did. That is why their first album has the same name. It was suppose to be their first big hit but was over 7 minutes long so the producers told them to shorten it and in return the crows told them to **** off. Never was put on an album and was only played 3 times ever. If you go to youtube and type in Counting Crows August and Everything After its one of the first one that pops up. Its the screen that has a blue tint to it

Have to check that out.

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tell me what ya think about it

I like it. I love this type of music though. I'm a very eclectic person. These last few days I've been on a Mumford and Son's kick. Hadn't listened to them in a while but hearing that their bassist was diagnosed with a blood clot in his brain I felt the need.

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