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  1. Happy Birthday bud!
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  3. The holdout that Julio Jones has been downplaying, if not outright denying, became official this week as Jones informed the Falcons he’ll skip mandatory minicamp. When Jones signed his five-year, $71.3 million deal in 2015, he became the NFL’s second highest-paid wide receiver (behind Calvin Johnson, who would retire after that year), edging out Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, who had recently signed new mega deals. Since then, the landscape has changed. Bryant is unemployed, and Thomas is considered good but not great. Jones has gotten even better, but seven other receivers now have higher average salaries. Jones is 29. This is almost certainly the highest long-term earning power he’ll ever have again. Some might not like that he’s acting on his leverage, but in the cutthroat NFL business, players and teams are conditioned to interpret a deal’s technicalities, not its spirit. And this deal’s technicalities give the Falcons recourse. They can fine Jones nearly $85,000 if he misses all three minicamp practices. Or, they can cut him and save $34.5 million of the $39.3 million he’s owed. It’s team leverage versus player leverage. The Falcons also know that it’s unlikely Jones will sit out any regular season games. Holdouts rarely take it that far, especially when each of their game checks are just under a million bucks. But it’s not necessarily in the Falcons’ best interest to beat Jones in this staring contest. By being one of the few premium wide receivers who is not a prima donna and takes serious pride in his dirty work (including blocking), Jones is one of the NFL’s most respected players. He can lead without speaking. The rest of the locker room would take notice if management plays hardball with him. And, on the field, Atlanta would feel the impact. A good barometer of superstardom is the answer to this question: How much does his absence change his offense’s/defense’s foundational approach to the game? With Jones, the answer is “almost completely.” Besides being the go-to guy, especially in crucial situations, Jones is who the passing game is built around. He often aligns on the weak side of a formation, where defenses can’t disguise their double-teams. Not only do those declared double-teams clarify Matt Ryan’s reads, they impact how Ryan and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian approach a play. Since Jones is one of six receivers who gets doubled on almost every meaningful passing snap (the others are Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, A.J. Green and DeAndre Hopkins), the Falcons can build plays with an assumption of what the defense will do. Some of those receivers who draw regular doubles do so because their offense lacks other weapons. Not Jones. Atlanta has good players around him, and those players are frequently positioned to be great because of the predictable one-on-one coverage Jones affords them. We can debate who is the NFL’s best wide receiver. Brown is the most polished. Beckham, the most explosive. Hopkins, the most relentless. But privately around the league, Jones is the guy players and coaches talk about most. His package of size, strength, speed, quickness, hands and refinement is the most complete. Often, when coaches are teaching something to their wide receivers, they explain it in terms of, “This is how Julio does it.” Falcons coaches have the luxury of instead just pointing and saying, “Watch Number 11.” It’s imperative the Falcons get back Number 11, but they’re not exactly swimming in money right now. They have $9.86 million in cap space and just tied up $100 million guaranteed in Ryan’s five-year deal. Of course, Ryan’s value is diminished if you remove his top target, so Jones has put general manager Thomas Dimitroff in a tough spot. But that’s the job. In 2011, Dimitroff traded two first-rounders, a second-rounder and two fourth-rounders to Cleveland to move up and secure Jones with the sixth pick. Now he must secure Jones again, this time with a new market-setting mega contract. Extra Falcons Info Falcons Planning on More Two-RB Looks The guess here is they’ll do this 8 to 10 times a game, but they should do it 15 to 20. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are elite ballcarriers and top-tier receiving backs, capable of catching passes from the backfield, slot or out wide. And with a veteran QB who can make calls at the line of scrimmage in Matt Ryan, the Falcons can shift into any formation at any time, run or pass. Imagine the nightmare that presents for a defense, which must go into full reactionary mode against this. Ryan would get predictable looks almost every snap, with linebackers forced to cover in space or defensive backs forced to play the run in traffic.
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  5. Well, ****....I screwed up twice. First, I missed seeing this thread, and Second, by adding pretty much the same comment (with gif) to the other thread. Apologies to both @mikeg272 and @HASHBROWN3.
  6. is Drew Brees....I already love this kid!!!
  7. Falcons sign defensive back, release running back Updated 18 minutes ago By D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The Falcons made a roster move on Tuesday, when they released reserve running back Terrence Magee and signed safety Jason Hall, who played at Texas. Hall was one of the 23 players to tryout with the Falcons during their rookie mini-camp. Hall, 6 feet, 2 inches and 316 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. - D@mn, that's gotta be the Christian Okoye of safeties. Ain't nobody gonna be able to get past him.. Dled is gonna DLed....
  8. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn dropped a NFL draft hint months ago. Back during his season-ending news conference alongside general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the defensive-minded Quinn started rattling off numbers tied to the offense's lack of big plays in 2017. He mentioned the 19 explosive plays outside the red zone that the Falcons had in 2016 -- when the Falcons led the league with 33.8 points per game -- and how those plays dropped to just seven last season, when the Falcons averaged 22.1 points and ranked 15th in the league. Quinn wanted to jump-start the offense. Enter wide receiver Calvin Ridley, the Falcons' first-round draft pick from Alabama and the player ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper said for weeks the team should target because of his dynamic ability. "He's a great route runner who knows how to use his speed and play fast," one AFC executive said of Ridley. "A true threat to score both vertically and with his patterns. He can separate from defenders with relative ease. He just needs to get stronger, but he was my favorite wide receiver in the draft and has a chance to make an immediate impact. A poor man's Marvin Harrison type." Does that mean the Falcons have the offensive woes from last season solved? Not exactly. But things appear to be pointing in the right direction when it comes to a more explosive attack heading into Year 2 with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. "Explosive plays often times lead to scoring plays, so every offense that really has their game together, those scoring opportunities are where it's at," Quinn said. "By adding guys like C-Rid to the group, you add your explosiveness. You add [opportunities] for scoring plays. That's what we're looking to do all the time: keep attacking. In [Ridley's] instance, he definitely adds to that just because of the nature and style of his play. You've got to have real speed to make big plays, and he has that." In order to have offensive success all-around, the Falcons will have to rely on much more than just the addition of one rookie. Quarterback Matt Ryan said the Falcons need to find more consistency, and he put it on himself to make more plays when they present themselves. The receivers, running backs and tight ends have to do a better job securing the ball after dropping 34 passes last season, according to Pro Football Focus. The offensive line has to do its part to protect Ryan and allow him adequate time to make throws down the field. The Falcons didn't address the guard spot in the draft and seem content to move forward with Andy Levitre and free-agent addition Brandon Fusco, which might not be ideal with defensive lines around the NFC bulking up this offseason. "I think we need to continue to build off last year," right tackle Ryan Schraeder said. "We need focus on execution for all 11 players, every play and every game." Naturally, the Falcons hope five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones dominates and becomes much more of a scoring threat after just three touchdowns last season. If Jones continues to attract all the defensive attention, the Falcons will look to Ridley, Mohamed Sanu, Justin Hardy and tight end Austin Hooper to make plays. Last season in the red zone, Jones was targeted just 18 times and had five receptions for 33 yards with one touchdown. Adding Ridley should help. In three seasons at Alabama, Ridley was targeted 43 times in the red zone and caught 20 passes for 107 yards with 10 touchdowns. An underrated element of the offensive equation might be the addition of a true blocking fullback who will not only clear holes in short-yardage situations but also give Ryan more time to throw against blitzing teams. The Falcons are auditioning undrafted fullbacks Luke McNitt (Nebraska) and Daniel Marx (Stanford) beginning at rookie minicamp on Mother's Day weekend. The Falcons must trust in Sarkisian to implement a strong game plan after he drew criticism in his debut last season, and he's expected to throw in some more wrinkles to keep defenses guessing. Remember, the Falcons didn't exactly flow smoothly in their first season under Kyle Shanahan, but they came back strong in Year 2 and rode the high-powered offense all the way to the Super Bowl. "I have complete faith in Coach Sark," Hooper said. "He's very professional, very matter of fact. He's smart. I think he has a good feel on how to use his personnel, put the right guys in the right positions to be successful. But a lot of that comes with time, right? The more you're around people, the more you know people, in general, better."
  9. The first clue Pat Dye Jr. had that the Falcons were genuinely interested in drafting Calvin Ridley came the afternoon of Thursday’s first round when his phone rang and he looked down and saw it was Thomas Dimitroff. “He said something like, ‘This may seem crazy, but: Calvin Ridley,’” Dye, Ridley’s agent, said. “I said, ‘Thomas, you’re not going to see him where you’re picking.’ He said, ‘I’m contemplating moving up. Where do you think we’d have to get to?’” Dye proceeded to tell Dimitroff potential landing targets for the wide receiver from Alabama: Baltimore at 16. Dallas at 19. Carolina at 24. Dimitroff pondered trading up eight to 10 picks, but determined it likely would’ve cost a second-round pick – too expensive. So he opted to sit back and wait. It worked. Dye said he was “stunned” when Carolina took wide receiver D.J. Moore over Ridley. When the Falcons’ turn came up at 26, they were staring at two players who had been given almost identical grades by the Falcons’ scouting staff: Ridley and Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Defensive tackle was the Falcons’ biggest need. Wide receiver second. But they went with Ridley because they viewed the drop-off in available wide receivers significant after him, while the cluster of the best defensive tackles were closely bunched on the team’s draft board. “In our minds, we were looking at two very talented and legit contributors coming in as young guys on the team,” Dimitroff said. This week’s draft was part of an important offseason for a number of reasons. The Falcons not only needed to fill holes on the roster, but to determine why they struggled at times on offense, had bouts of inconsistency and inexplicably lost consecutive home games to Buffalo and Miami, which would cost them down the line. It was not a horrible season, even with it ending with a deflating 15-10 playoff loss at Philadelphia following the season’s last of too many red-zone failures. The Falcons were the only NFC team to make it back to the playoffs after the 2016 season. They won a road playoff game in Los Angeles, smothering the league’s No. 1 offense. Good, good. But after the Super Bowl run the year before, the season was widely viewed as a letdown. “I don’t see last year as a failure,” coach Dan Quinn said. “A lot went right. What didn’t go right was us not closing at the end of the divisional game against Philly. What I did like was a lot of improvement defensively. By no means was I satisfied but I also don’t think the team was a failure in any stretch. I thought we showed a lot of resiliency, a lot of toughness. But did we get what we wanted to get done? No.” Quinn and Dimitroff understood where the roster needed to improve. They needed a veteran guard but didn’t have much salary-cap room (Brandon Fusco was signed in free agency). They needed a defensive tackle, preferably a space eater (third-round pick Deadrin Senat from South Florida is like a cinderblock with legs at 315 pounds). They needed a third receiver to go with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu who could stretch the field and get open in man coverage like Taylor Gabriel did in 2016 (Ridley’s speed and route-running makes him a definite upgrade). They also added another defensive back with speed and length (Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver). They also needed a little bit of self-analysis. Quinn said the coaching staff and returning players have being a more proactive this offseason than following 2016 in terms of studying tape and understanding how to fix problems. “We dug into our point-of-attack tapes,” he said. “Near the end of ’16 season we hit our stride and played our best in November, December, January. This (2017) team was more up and down.” He also referenced the losses to Miami and Buffalo, which prevented the Falcons from hosting a playoff game, the potential ripple effect being obvious. “Those are the lessons that you learn,” he said. This also has been a more serene offseason than the year before. The Super Bowl loss to New England the year before led to every local and national media outlet asking “hangover” questions and picking through the ruins. The team won’t have to deal with that nearly as often moving forward. “It’s emotionally lighter,” Quinn said. “Members of the media and others were talking about the difficult ending to ‘16, which was emotionally hard. How could it not be? But I would also say this offseason has been different than last offseason. I saw this group work out for the first time this week (in the voluntary offseason workout program). I was extremely impressed.” Dimitroff echoed: “I really believe there’s been so much learned by the coaching staff and the players, since the Super Bowl and what we went through last year. We’re still maturing.” They look better today than they were when the season ended. Come September, we’ll start to find out if the view has really changed.
  10. Love me some Debo!! FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Deion Jones initially tried to brush it off as no big deal, but the Atlanta Falcons' Pro Bowl middle linebacker's smile revealed just how flattered he was about the high praise. A number of folks going through this year's draft process -- executives, coaches, agents and prospects themselves -- have mentioned Jones as the type of linebacker teams are trying to add to their roster. It's quite the compliment, considering the 6-foot-1 Jones, who plays at around 230 pounds, is entering just his third season and has much more to accomplish. But his blazing speed and playmaking ability -- 246 tackles, six interceptions, two defensive touchdowns and 13 pass breakups through 31 games -- already speak volumes. Deion Jones has been mentioned as an example of the type of linebacker teams are seeking to draft into their rosters. Patrick Smith/Getty Images "It's a blessing," Jones said of being mentioned in such high regard. "Just a little kid from New Orleans who never even fathomed that he would be like the prototypical linebacker that people are looking for. It moves me. But I don't want nobody to be me. I want everybody to hone their own game and play their own style. Nobody has to be me." Top linebacker prospect Roquan Smith said he's drawn comparisons to Jones through the draft process. The 6-1, 236-pound Georgia product is projected as a top-10 pick by ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. "I haven't talked to him but the games I did see, he has motor," Jones said of Smith. "He plays fast. He plays with all his heart. That's a good thing. That's definitely going to help him out in the league." Another linebacker compared to Jones is Oren Burks, a fast-rising prospect from Vanderbilt. Burks (6-3, 233) might not have the same blazing speed, but his athleticism [39.5 vertical] and long arms have NFL teams intrigued. Burks has studied film of Jones. "More recently, I've followed his game a lot more, trying to watch some highlights of how he made that transition to the league and became an impact player," said Burks, projected as possibly a second-day pick. "Look at the combine numbers, I thought I stacked up pretty well to him. It's kind of interesting to see how you match up with guys who have proven they can do it." Burks and Jones each ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds at the combine. However, Jones' stock soared to another level when he turned around at LSU pro day and ran a blistering 4.38. It certainly got the Falcons' attention, as they went on to select Jones in the second round of the 2016 draft. "Pro day, that clock helped a lot," Jones said with a laugh. "I knew I was a 4.4 guy. That's what I was hitting when I was training. It was very intimidating at the combine, to tell you the truth. At LSU, I had my support behind me, my brothers. I knew I had put on for my boys." Talk of being undersized never fazed Jones because he knew what he was capable of being a playmaker. The prospects in this year's draft should carry the same mentality based how the perception of the type of linebacker has changed. "That old-time, prototypical, downhill inside linebacker who stuffs the run, all that point-of-attack stuff is secondary to coverage," said one NFC assistant who works with linebackers. "People are looking more for that guy who has coverage ability who can cover those backs who are coming out. And the NFC South might be the toughest division in terms of covering running backs. "From an athletic standpoint, there's probably about a half a dozen guys in this draft like [Jones] that people know about. The reason people overlooked Deion is because he was a bit undersized. But some people just don't do their homework, and they miss an opportunity to get a guy like that."
  11. The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered their defensive coaching staffs with two faces familiar to various parts of the franchise. Former Seattle DL coach Travis Jones and former NFLUK head of football development Aden Durde have been hired as the new assistant defensive line coach and a defensive quality control assistant, respectively, per the team. Some background on both. Jones was Quinn’s defensive line coach during his two years as defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, where he oversaw one of the most dangerous defensive fronts in the NFL. He held the position through 2016, and was with Seattle last season as a senior defensive analyst. Funny enough, Jones started his coaching career at Georgia, his alma mater where he played, as a graduate assistant. He was born in Irwinton, Ga., and graduated from high school in Wilkinson County, so it’ll be a homecoming for Jones to be back in the Peach State. He’ll assist with Bryant Young, the team’s main DL coach. As for Durde, he worked with football players from other countries to help them get ready for NFL careers through the league’s NFLUK program, which, as the presser notes, included Falcons TE Alex Gray. He’s also interned with the Dallas Cowboys, and has played as a professional linebacker in various leagues, including two brief stops in the NFL with the Panthers and Chiefs. He’ll join Charlie Jackson and Jess Simpson as a defensive assistant. Jones’ addition is fairly impressive with his experience, as he’ll work with Young to help Atlanta’s defensive front further grow. Perhaps Durde’s addition will give Gray, a guy firmly on the roster bubble heading into 2018, another advocate in the building as he tries to stick around. So, let’s welcome these new coaches to Atlanta. We’ll have more additions to the Falcons fold once draft weekend rolls around, unless a free agent or two get in on the fun before then.
  12. NFL PLAYER INDICTED BY HARRIS COUNTY GRAND JURY A Harris County grand jury Friday indicted Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett for the felony charge of injury of the elderly for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic who was working at NRG Stadium to control access to the field at SuperBowl LI, prosecutors said. On Feb 5, 2017, Bennett was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, a player for the New England Patriots. Immediately following the game, Bennett shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate. NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled victim, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access. Instead, he pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team. The charge, injury to the elderly, includes intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older. It carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine. As a result of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest. Prosecutors are working with Bennett’s counsel regarding his surrender.
  13. Happy Birthday KOG!