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    List was wrong as soon as every entry wasn't the Saints.
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    I've been watching 2017 games of our defense to see the growth of the cornerstone players on our defense and to see just how big of a jump we can expect with this group. The first player I wanted to start with is Grady, mainly because we let Poe walk and it caused a lot of discussion about us replacing him and whether we did that sufficiently. What I found was pretty interesting. Poe was lined up at the 3T a lot more than most realize. When people have been complaining about the "lack of replacing Poe", it hasn't really been elaborated much outside of his stats. As if what he did is irreplaceable. That's not a slight at Poe or saying replacing him is easy, it just doesn't address WHAT Poe did or HOW Poe did it. It also ignores just how ridiculously good Jarrett is and how having a guy like him makes replacing Poe easier. First, I want to dispel this myth that Poe is the reason our run defense improved. We were ranked 14th in 2015, 17th in 2016, and then 9th in 2017. Again, that's all great and dandy, but rankings ignore outside influence. The Falcons run defense has not changed in three years. They gave up 1672 yards, 1680 yards, and 1665 yards in those three years. That's consistency created by scheme, not one player. Their rankings only changed because of the performance of the teams around them in the rankings, not the Falcons themselves. They've been virtually the same run defense for three years straight. But I also want to show why DQ, Manuel, and Young are so confident after letting Poe walk. Exhibit A: This is a shot vs the Panthers in week 9. Nickel set. 1st and 10 at the 50. As you can clearly see, Poe is lined up at 3T and Jarrett is lined up at the 1T. Poe attracts the double and controls his gap. But as you see at the 1T spot, the young beast is blowing his gap up. The way this play happens, you would think Grady was in the 3T and Poe was in the 1T, but it's reversed, all the way down to body types. The primary difference? Disruption. Here's another. Same defensive personnel. The reason I wanted to show this one is to show the junk 1Ts deal with pre snap vs 3Ts. Grady has four potential players (G, C, RB, FB) to get through before getting to Cam while Poe, at the 3T, has a clear view through the B gap outside the guard. At the snap, the center goes to double Poe while Dickson and McCaffrey go out for routes, leaving Grady with a 1v1 opportunity from the 1T spot. He beats his man not with power, but with leverage. Once he creates that initial separation, he's got all the leverage to disrupt the play. Unfortunately Cam throws a downright dime, but he's the only QB who can do that. For consistency purposes, fast forward to week 17, at home vs CAR this time. Grady still lining up at the 1T and Poe at the 3T, confirming for me that this wasn't just some early season experiment but the intention all along. From my perspective, they expected Grady to utilize his explosion and leverage to consistently win at the 1T, but sold Poe on playing more 3T to push up his pass rushing opportunities, which is how he chose ATL over other spots last FA. The results were consistent, in that Poe got his pass rushing opportunities, he produced more than he has since 2014. As you see, Grady is shooting his gap and causing disruption. Grady is roughly 3 yards in the backfield while Poe is still at the LOS. Again, this is not about Poe is doing but more about what Grady is doing and what we ask of our DTs. What Grady is doing is more in line with what 3Ts are asked to do in this scheme. He can do all of what he's doing at the 1T in these shots at the 3T. Ask me how I know? The SB. Yep, I even went and watched "that" game. Here is Grady in the 3T in the SB, where he wreaked havoc with 3.5 sacks and constant disruption. This was the third quarter. By this point, Grady had already given the Pats plenty of headaches. It's 3rd & 10 on the 7. Just watch the gif... As you see, Grady is unblockable from the 3T at this point. The center can't help because he's got too far to go. Grady 1v1 vs most OGs is going to be his battle to lose. It's unfair. Especially when you're in a clear passing situation and he's firing off the ball. Just look at the results. Another clear passing situation from that game. 1st & 10 from their own 9 but still down. Grady at the 3T. What do you think happens? This time, a stunt, and Grady still gets to Brady for a near sack, which would have been the record. What makes it so hard is that he had been winning by shooting his gap and just dominating straight ahead that the RG was primed for the stunt. Unfair. This one is vs NO. The Saints were pinned on their goal line, obviously trying to make some room. DQ counters with a 3-4 front, with Grady again at the 3T. They are playing for a safety, not just to hold the Saints. The only run stopping specialist on the field is Rubin, controlling the frontside A gap. Watch what Grady does at the 3T spot: (Please don't make this about Duke) Grady 1v1 vs most OGs is going to be his battle to lose. He just makes this OG look foolish and almost wins that safety all by himself. Even the Eagles had trouble figuring out the Grady problem. Lined up at the 3T. Instead of trying to punish him with their size, they tried to trap him and use his quickness against him. He gets trapped but he's not just so fast, but also very aware, gathering himself and not just getting blown up by the trap block. This puts him in perfect position behind the LOS to make the play. Based on his growth and what he's done to this point in his career, I think Grady has the potential to be one of the best 3Ts in the league this season and has ability to play 1T as shown this year when needed. I think Grady will be far and away our best DL this year, which is no small feat. He's virtually unblockable at times and can play both 1T and 3T at high levels, giving this DL some rare interior versatility. Additionally, Grady brings disruption, which is what DQ and Young have been talking about with the DL all offseason. I'll get to the rest of the DL through the summer, but having a guy like Grady leading your DL gives you a LOT of room for pretty much anything else. His tackles have gone up every year. His TFLs have gone up every year. His sacks have gone up every year. He graded out an 87.1 on PFF, good for 14th for interior DL. With the arrival of Senat, we will see a lot more Grady at 3T. If it's anything like it was in the SB and the few times he got to play it in 2017, Grady might have a career year and who knows what that will look like.
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    Thank Ewe for joins me today as I sit down with Atlanta Falcon Offense Coordinator Steve Sharkkeyursin. Emmitt: Steve, I’ve always wondered why they call your job title ‘co-ordinator’. So tell me, who’s doin it with you? Shark: Well Emmitt, the staff and I together, come up with our approach on how to attempt to…. Emmit: I see, so this is a grouper effort so to speak? Shark: Ah yes, it is Emmitt. Emmitt: Tell me Jim, for your first years as the co-ordinator, what went into your game planning? Shark: Lots of things Emmitt. I like to surf the AFMB and get ideas for game plans as well as a healthy dose of Madden 2007 during the week. I usually find that the recommended plays work the best for my thumb and forefinger movements. Emmitt: I see. I sea. Tell me Shark, you receibed a lot of criticism before the season, preseason, during the season, after the playoffs, after the season last year. What did you take from those critsisms? Shark: Honestly Emmitt, I did see any of that.. Emmitt: Hold on Shark, do you mean to tell me this is news to you? Shark: Oh no Emmitt, I heard the criticism, but I didn’t read any of it. You see, I lost a contact while looking for Julio’s earing in Lake Lanier. I’ve been flying blind since then. Emmit: Oh come on Steve. That dog don’t c***! Shark: It’s true Emmitt, I thought about using my glasses, but frankly, I can’t find them because I can’t see them to find them if that makes sense. eMmitt: Of I see, I do that sometime. I knock my glasses off the nightstand. I’m looking all around and then CRACK! Them b***** broke. Shark: Exactly! Emmitt: I want to thank you Shark for taking the time out in your busy Madden schedule for speaking with me. I also want to say that I hold you in high right guard as a former non-alcholic for what you have over come. Shark: Anytime Emmitt, maybe sometime this year I can pick your brain for some ideas to implement during the season. Emmit: any time Bob, any time.
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    Yeah, guys who lead the leauge in sacks usually go in the 3rd round. Smh. Offseason threads... Where sanity goes to die.
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    We get so excited about Julio and Matt that we forget that our defense was instantly better when we drafted Neal and Debo in 2016. Neal looks like he's buffed and ready to rock any fool who gets close to him this year. Two years after a record setting offense, we very well might have the defensive equivalent percolating. Look at this man:
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    In the 1st Round of the 2018 NFL Draft, The Atlanta Falcons select Calvin Ridley - Wide Receiver - Alabama Julio Jones hears this and says to himself, oh heck yeah! My brother. Then he thinks of those critical moments he watched some of the originators of the Brotherhood not be resigned, cut, or forgotten on the roster. That's when he says, "Wait...is my brother my replacement in a year or two?" This man has a lot invested in the city of Atlanta, he wants to retire here. From everyone I have spoken with, this isn't as big as it seems. It is concerning though. You have to understand, they spent a first. Not on a defensive player, lineman, or something like that. They went and got a WR, and you guys love to nitpick, but this FO isn't one I would trust TBH. He is doing what is right. If he can get more guaranteed money, there is less of a chance he would have to LEAVE THE VERY BROTHERHOOD MANY ARE CRYING OVER. The Brotherhood isn't about being like the orphan Oliver and taking what is given, its about the field ONLY and every one of the guys on this team has his back on this, as well as Antonio Brown and a few others. Julio's haters are talking heads and Falcons fans. The End
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    Tier 1 Saints Saints Tier 2 Saints Saints Tier 3 Sean Payton Heath Evans Tier 4 Orlando Ledbetter
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    "The quarterback I want to intercept the most is Drew Brees" My new favorite Falcon
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    Ifeel li ke that w as hard toread.
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    Imagine giving his talent to someone like Paul Worrilow, smh. What a waste.
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    Interesting take below. Actually makes me rethink how I’ve viewed the Julio situation. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/06/17/why-dont-fans-support-players-who-want-more/ Plenty of players skipped mandatory minicamps this year in an effort to get more money. And plenty of fans don’t like it. Why, given all that is now known about the risks of a career in professional football, do fans continue to complain when a player hopes to receive greater compensation for the risks he assumes and the sacrifices he makes? When the billionaire owners make shrewd business moves, they receive the perfunctory slow-clap from admiring fans. When players (many of whom aren’t millionaires in the sense that they don’t have a net worth of more than $1 million — and they definitely don’t have liquid assets to that degree) try to use the system to their advantage, they’re described as selfish, not team-oriented, and worried about the wrong things. Hyperbolic curmudgeon Bill Polian recently rantedon ESPN’s NFL Live about the disingenuous notion that players have an obligation to honor their contracts. That’s easy for folks on the league’s side of the ledger to say, since teams can rip up the contracts whenever they want. Players can’t just walk away, so at times they must take advantage of the tools available to them under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Despite Polian’s position that players have no real alternatives, they do. The system allows them to not show up, as long as they’re willing to risk incurring the associated fines. For mandatory minicamp, the potential price is $84,435. For training camp, it’s $40,000 per day. And if the players choose to push it even farther, they can give up game checks and show up as late as Week 10, getting credit for the contract year and moving another step closer to free agency. The notion that a player who consciously takes advantage of these options is “violating his contract” ignores the broader contract that dictates the team-player relationship. The overriding document is the CBA, and the CBA allows players to withhold services (at a price), if they choose to do so. Even then, fans still routinely side with the billionaires over the mostly-not-millionaires. It likely happens for a variety of reasons. First, fans just want the players to play. During a holdout, it’s the player who is the one directly responsible for keeping the player from playing. So the fans pressure the player to “honor his contract,” not the team to give him a new one. Second, the fans don’t care about the massive wealth differential between owners and players. From the perspective of the fans, they’re all rich. However, the owners are dramatically richer, earning billions collectively every year while also holding 100 percent of the equity in the teams. And the owners can do it indefinitely. The players have a limited window to make what they can before the exit the game with bodies and brains that may eventually betray them. Third, it’s would be foolish to not consider the racial component, especially against the backdrop of the ongoing anthem debate. Some (many) white fans surely resent (consciously or not) the fact that African-American men parlay God-given physical skills into the kind of money and fame that the average white person never will enjoy, no matter how hard he or she works. So when African-American players try to get more money that some (many) white fans think they don’t really deserve, those fans get even more upset, reasoning that the players who already have more than they should should simply be happy with what they’re getting. Regardless of the reason(s), fans are playing right into the hands of the billionaires, making it even harder for players who have one or two chances in their football lifetimes to maximize their earnings. Meanwhile, the billionaires continue to sit back and watch the money roll in, year after year, decade after decade, generation after generation, without ever taking a single physical risk. That will continue even if fans change their perspective, but it will at least be a little harder for the billionaires to consistently get their way if fans are willing to rise up and demand that the revenue generated by the sport be more fairly distributed to those who make the sport what it is.
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    If they wanna kneel, sobeit. It ain't about the anthem. It ain't about disrespecting America.
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    see you posted it... good stuff...lol Dudes ready to trade the man and havnt heard a word for him..... Do i think he want something added to his contract since its running on basically base money and with the money WRs are getting today... Yes.... Do i think it was a big deal and a hold out situation... no. And like a NFL Draft friend was telling me...When you train on your own its no restrictions like it is in OTA ...
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    Peaking at 16 sacks and 6 FF’s with a 1st team all pro award is kinda good...
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    What the **** you telling me for
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    It’s officially about money. I’m diasppointed in him. Too much hanging out with TO. 3 TDS and he thinks he can demand more money.
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    Surprised to see the first name in this article. Takk's growth from year one to year two is going to be fun to watch. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2018-nfl-breakout-players-heres-a-look-at-10-who-are-poised-for-big-things-this-season/
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    The NFL is protecting its image which it has every right to do. If these players want to protest they can do it when they are not at work.
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    No one has said Sark is better than Kyle Mrs. Stone. Go back to bed.
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    With all the drama surrounding this Julio controversy, with all the threads, opinions, people lashing out...this was a breathe of fresh air for me so I hope it is for you as well. I don't care where you are on that matter...but please do not clutter up this thread with the holdout and negative talks, we have a thread devoted to that. This thread is about appreciating Julio Jones and what he has done for this franchise in his 7 years and serves as a fun trip down memory lane regarding the league's best wr. http://www.riseupreader.com/atlanta-falcons/recognizing-the-greatness-of-julio-jones-amidst-the-offseason-hoopla/ Recognizing the Greatness of Julio Jones Amidst the Offseason Hoopla Leave a reply By Matt Karoly Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Carlton for supplying the GIFs for this piece. If you’re not already, make sure to follow him on Twitter (@SlopingGiraffe) and subscribe to his YouTube channel for all the best Falcons video content. Julio Jones has dominated the headlines in recent weeks for his absence during the Falcons’ offseason program. On Monday, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff issued a statement on behalf of the team to acknowledge Jones’s unavailability for mandatory minicamp. But I’m here to remind everyone, especially the absent-minded fans out there (I’m looking at you, Mike Bell), that none of what happens in May and June matters. What matters is what Julio accomplishes between the white lines on Sundays in the fall and winter. And if anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, it’s Quintorris Lopez Jones. After all, he’s earned that right from us over his seven-year career. But don’t take my word for it. The evidence speaks for itself. Let’s start with Julio’s place in Atlanta Falcons history. Through 95 career games, Julio ranks second in the franchise record books for receptions (585) and yards (9,054), trailing only his former teammate Roddy White in both categories (808 and 10,863, respectively, in 171 games). Julio’s 43 touchdown receptions are also not that far behind Roddy’s franchise mark of 63. Therefore, if Jones keeps up his current trajectory (six per season), he’ll own that record in addition to the reception and yardage records by the 2021 season. For some, that would be enough to cement a player’s worth. However, Julio’s value stretches far beyond the city of Atlanta; it permeates through the entire league and its history. No wide receiver has dominated the game more efficiently than Julio Jones has in his first 95 contests. His yards per route run, yards per game average, and three 250+ yard outings support that conclusion. Since Pro Football Focus began tracking the stat in 2006, only eight receivers have finished a season with a 3.0 yards per route run average. Julio is the only one to have more than one such campaign; for the record, he has three. Sound familiar? Well, that’s because this isn’t the only time we’ve used those words in reference to Jones. He is also the only player to have three 250+ yard receiving games in league history. The preceding two stats speak to Julio’s efficiency and dominance. But if that’s not enough, number 11 has also proven to be extremely consistent as evidenced by the following two records. Jones currently holds the mark for highest yards per game average in league history with 95.3. In addition, he is one of only two receivers – Marvin Harrison being the other – to post four consecutive 1,400 yard seasons. Efficient. Dominant. Consistent. Those are just a few of the words to describe the type of player Julio Jones is. To get the full picture, though, one must see Julio in person to witness all that he brings to the table. With that said, I present to you, with help from my pal Carlton, the ultimate Julio Jones mixtape. 2011: Julio Jones Breaks Out in Indianapolis After missing the previous two games due to injury, Julio returned in a major way and delivered the break out game of his rookie season. Despite only touching the ball five times (three catches, two runs), Jones made the most of his opportunities, cashing two in for scores including the one pictured above. To this day, I still don’t know how he managed to make this grab, but it was at this very moment I learned to expect the unexpected from number 11. 2012: Julio Jones Was Unstoppable in the NFC Championship Game If the game versus the Colts was Julio’s coming out party, then consider the 2012 NFC Championship Game his coronation as one of the league’s next great receivers. Jones was virtually unstoppable in this contest as evidenced by his 11 reception, 182 yard, and 2 TD stat line. No catch encapsulated that better than the one he had over 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown to give the Falcons a 17-0 lead. 2013: Julio Makes Circus Catch while Breaking his Foot In 2013, Julio would pick right up where he left off in 2012. However, Jones’s torrid five game stretch to start the season – 41 catches, 580 yards, 2 TDs – was eventually cut short in week five when he broke his foot versus the Jets. But before going on IR for the season, Julio managed to give us this highlight reel grab while breaking said foot. Oh what could’ve been in 2013. 2014: Julio Roasts One of the Game’s Bests As the great Ric Flair (noted Falcons fan) once said, “to be the man, you got to beat the man.” And on this day in 2014, it was Julio Jones who beat “the man,” also known as Patrick Peterson. Jones lit up the All-Pro cornerback to the tune of 10 catches, 189 yards, and this sweet back shoulder TD. If you recall, Peterson did a lot of talking leading up to this match-up; as for Jones, he let his game do the talking for him. 2014: Julio Torches the Packers Secondary on the Frozen Tundra Fast forward just one week and Julio Jones was at it again, this time on Monday Night Football in Green Bay. After the Falcons got behind 31-7 at the half, Jones did everything in his power to make the game respectable in the second half. Ultimately, Atlanta lost 43-37 thanks to their 32nd ranked defense, but Julio made his presence felt, establishing a new career high in receiving yards with 259 – the first of his three 250+ yard games. 2015: Julio Jones Spoils the Panthers Undefeated Season The Falcons did not have much to play for in this week 16 contest. On the flip side, their opponent, the Carolina Panthers, did as they rolled into the Georgia Dome with a 14-0 record. And had it not been for Julio Jones, they very well could have walked into Super Bowl Sunday a perfect 18-0. Instead, Julio took his game to new heights (literally) as he skied over Luke Kuechly and Kurt Coleman to record the game-winning touchdown and spoil Carolina’s undefeated season. 2016: Julio Jones aka Mr. 300 Jones entered the 2016 season with a brand new nickname (Jet Jones); however, on this day, a more appropriate nickname befit Mr. Jones. That’s because Julio became the sixth member of the prestigious 300 yard receiving club with his 12 catch, 300 yard performance. Just when you thought he couldn’t top his most recent performance versus Carolina, Julio sets new career highs on his way toward leading the Falcons on a Super Bowl run. 2016: Julio Jones Takes the Falcons (and LaDarius Gunter and Damarious Randall) on a Ride to Super Bowl LI And speaking of Super Bowl runs, Julio was not about to let his team be denied the second time around. Consider his statistics in two career NFC Championship games. 20 receptions. 362 yards. 4 touchdowns. That’s Jerry Rice-level stuff…except Jerry wishes he could do the things Julio did to Gunter and Randall on this play. It also should be noted Jones did all this with a bunion (bone protrusion) on his big toe. And people want to question his loyalty to the team? 2016: The Catch That Will Live in Falcons Infamy A Julio Jones mixtape would not be complete without including the catch that will live forever in Falcons infamy. For reasons we won’t get into, this catch did not seal a Super Bowl victory the way it should have, but by golly, find me another receiver that can make this catch. I’ll wait. 2017: Jones and the Falcons’ Offense Take Flight vs. Tampa Bay When the Falcons offense needed a jump start in 2017, who did the team turn to? None other than the incomparable Julio Jones. Jones answered the challenge by way of a 12 catch, 253 yard, and 2 TD performance against a Buccaneers team that was simply outmatched. Heck, even gravity had no answer for Julio as he suspended himself in mid-air en route to his second touchdown. As is the case with Matt Ryan, the Falcons have been relevant for the last five to ten years because Julio Jones is on their team. He is the engine that powers Atlanta’s high octane offense. So when Jones “voices” his displeasure regarding his contract, the team is best served to acquiesce. Precedents, such as renegotiating a contract with three years remaining, need not apply to players of his stature. Because at the end of the day, there’s only one Julio Jones and all of Dirty Bird Nation should be extremely fortunate to have him. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
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    I see no reason why we can’t have both a Top 5 Defense and Top 5 offense this coming year. The talent is all there.
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    If Julio’s contract and the offensive line are our worst problems I’ll take it
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    Are you seriously comparing voluntary work days in the NFL to a ******* Christmas party?
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    I’m waiting on all of the trade and cut him people to speak on it.
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    Then looks much better
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    Shamefully, I have not spoken out before. Pride, fear, professional survival, selfishness have prevented me from speaking out about something that happens on this board that is an abomination and needs to stop. right. now. "You're off your meds" "You need medication, dude." We've heard it. We've said it. I've taken ADD medication for 20 years. I've taken Wellbutrin for depression for two months. I'll get into the why's and more at another time. The point is: Human beings have chemical issues that require chemical treatment. That treatment is not an indication of weakness, character flaws or anything else. The last thing we should do is contribute to the reluctance people already have to seek help for these issues. We need to de-stigmattize treatment for emotional health. It is literally a life and death issue. MeToo People know me here personally and professionally. I recognize the risks I am taking. But this is too important and we must change. This is my part. I miss Robin Williams. I'll miss Anthony Bourdain.
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    Whatever the Falcons give him to help him save face here, it's not going to be worth of damage that he's done to his reputation.
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    And in just a few days somehow the Beasley thread is one upped. Never change offseason threads, never change.
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    If you know the rookie contracts are predetermined then why would you think the Julio non-story would impact Ridley? There’s really nothing to negotiate, Ridley either signs it or doesn’t play and he’s been at OTAs so there’s no worries there. Rest easy friend. As far as Julio teaching him the position? Not worried at all. They’re definitely different types but Julio’s a different type from everybody. There’s still universal truths Ridley can learn from Julio.
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    Hope all the Falcons and their fans enjoy this holiday weekend! I simply encourage all to pause and reflect on just how much some have given, so many can be where we are in 2018. There's still much to hope for, and work to do in our "Land of the Stars and Stripes"... it's the responsibility of all of us to keep striving.
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    Home for the playoffs, Home for the SB and winning a Lombardi at Home. The only thing to make it better might be going undefeated and knocking the Saints out in the NFCCG and Demolishing the Pats in the SB while setting a record for most lopsided SB score in History. Let's hope dreams come true.
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    Aj Green for the next two years will make 13 million this year and then 15. Also had 8 TD and over 1000 yards last year. While julio a similar contract for this year and next. And then has a third year. And he also got paid more recently of 15+. So it's a contract that is not back loaded. And he produced 3 TD with 1400 yards. Aj not asking for more money. And he is at OTA. Flame away, I don't care. I get it's not mandatory. But he could help Ridley and learn what changes Ryan has made to his arm. ..... if julio was working year around, I get it. But he has been off since January 13. Which is where he missed the catch to send us to the NFCCG.
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    I hate when players that are 3 years into a 6 year deal that they signed and agreed to, start bitching about money when they're halfway into the deal that was market rate and fair when they signed. You signed the contract, honor the **** deal. The market always goes up after you sign, at this point just sign 1 year contracts for everyone if players won't honor contracts halfway through. He's an amazing player, one of my favorite falcons ever, but 3 TD's and timely drops don't deserve more money especially with his injury problems. The only compromise I see in this situation is tack 2-3 years to the end of the deal at a current market rate and call it a day.
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    It took Matt a full year to adjust to this offense, yet we expected Sark to do it in an offseason. It took Kyle a full year and offseason to understand his personnel, yet Sark couldn't get that same opportunity? Sark wasn't the greatest, but he doesn't have to be. He doesn't have to pilot the 7th best scoring offense of all time. 25-28 ppg is very attainable with this group. I will not be surprised to see that be the end result.
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    How many people need to say that Beasley was playing out of position last year before you morons understand? Do you even watch the games or just watch the game casts on ESPN.com?
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