Week 2 is barely in the books and this has been one of the wildest seasons already.
* Luck retires
* AB Fiasco
* Darnold catches MONO
* Cam's scarf
* Ramsey fights Marrone and requests traded.
All that said... I'm good on Ramsey.
The team is really not that good right now, bottom line. It's only preseason but I've seen enough to say that. We're going to get beat week 1. We really can't be missing any field goals because we are just not more than 3 points better than most teams we play -- not right now anyway.
The entire season will go only wherever the offensive line can take us. We need injury luck too, but that goes without saying. Fortunes can change across 16 weeks like the weather. Hope for sunshine.
1. Julio Jones is getting closer to returning
Atlanta’s best player is expected to sign a long-term contract extension any day now that will appropriately make him the highest paid wide receiver in the league.
At the moment, Jones is taking it very easy at camp and is not participating in team drills at all. Today was the first time the media got to see him running an actual route and it was without pads on.
Julio catching some passes from Matt Ryan at the start of practice. #Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio will he eased back to practice, they’re looking at a 10 day window for Julio in terms of his progression.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that timeline is correct. Jones is expected to be a full participant in the next 10 days to two weeks.
2. Devonta Freeman is running like himself again
While Julio is still working his way back to 100 percent, another key Falcons play-maker looks to be back to his old self.
Starting running back Devonta Freeman has drawn good reviews for his work throughout the offseason program. He’s gotten back to his decisive and explosive style of running that made him a two-time Pro Bowler.
Devonta Freeman looks great so far out there. Really running hard with decisive cuts. #Falcons
10:07 AM - Jul 25, 2019
When Freeman was healthy from 2015-2016, he was as productive as any running back in the league.
If he continues to play strong into the regular season, Atlanta’s running game should see a massive improvement.
3. The right guard job is Chris Lindstrom’s to lose
Rookies usually have to earn their playing time. Sometimes, they’re such a clear favorite at their position that it’s silly not to start them right away.
That appears to be the case for Atlanta’s first draft pick of 2019. Lindstrom has been getting all the first-team reps at right guard and the job appears to be his to lose.
Interested to watch O-line again today. So far Chris Lindstrom has taken every rep at RG with the starters through first three practices. Number of reps at LG between James Carpenter and Jamon Brown has been dead even so far. #Falcons
10:03 AM - Jul 25, 2019
Unless Lindstrom suffers an injury between now and Week 1, he should be penciled in as the starter. If he does, either Jamon Brown or James Carpenter would likely replace him.
4. The left guard competition has no favorite yet
While right guard seems settled, the opposite is the case on the other side of Alex Mack. Brown and Carpenter are locked in a competition to see who starts at left guard and there doesn’t appear to be a favorite yet.
ESPN reports that they are rotating first-team reps day to day.
vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23
Probably a day by day rotation with James Carpenter and Jamon Brown going on at left guard
Carpenter has more experience in general and particularly in the zone blocking kind of scheme the Falcons run. Brown is four years younger and has more upside, though.
For what it’s worth, Brown ran with the starters today.
5. Mohamed Sanu is making plays
Every summer it seems Sanu is responsible for an inordinate number of highlight reel worthy plays.
Sanu has continued his streak of offseason dominance into 2019. So far, he’s made more big plays than anyone based on the clips coming out of practice. Here’s a few of his best, including a couple one-handed catches.
No wonder we never get push up the middle. I just looked it up and Jelly is the only DT first round pick for the Falcons since 1986. That’s absurd. And Jelly got injured before he even had a chance to perform.
We are WAY overdue for a 1st round talent at DT.
QW, Oliver, Wilkins, or Lawrence. To me we gotta get one of them.
Edit: for those commenting “Peria Jerry”, Jelly = Peria Jerry. They are the same person.
I tell you what's a new low, this board. Bashing Mike Smith every chance y'all got. Yes he failed to take us to the Superbowl and failed to get us back on track after the 2012 season, but y'all done forgot all the good things he had done for us in his first 5 years.Given the crappy roster he had, Smith gave us 5 straight winning seasons that this franchise had never seen. Without Mike Smith half of this board wouldn't be here cheering for the Falcons. We would still be wishing for a decent head coach that would for once give us stability. Mike Smith given stability and raised the expectations for the Falcons and all of y'all treat him like he's hot garbage man! Give the man some respect!