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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Terren Jones said Wednesday it will feel like another preseason game with the Falcons if he plays against the Bills on Sunday.

Jones, a rookie offensive tackle, was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Tuesday. He has not played in a game since the preseason, when he was trying to earn a roster spot.

He said he’ll have similar motivation if he plays on Sunday, except this time he’ll be trying to show he should be included in Atlanta’s plans for 2014.

“It’s kind of like a preseason game when I went out there and coaches were evaluating us,” Jones said. “I get to go out there and they can see what I can do again and see if they want to keep me for next year.”

Jones (6-7, 341) signed with Atlanta as an undrafted rookie free agent from Alabama State.

“Terren has done a nice job,” coach Mike Smith said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s a big guy that’s worked extremely hard. He came in as a 380-pound guy who probably needed to lose some weight.

We put him on a very strict regimen and he’s done that.

“He has some skills that we like and we’ll get an opportunity to evaluate him over these next five weeks.”

The depth chart lists Jones at right tackle behind Jeremy Trueblood and Sean Locklear. The Falcons have tried different combinations on the line all season. Lamar Holmes and Ryan Schraeder, another undrafted rookie, are the top two left tackles.

Jones said he expects to play.

“That’s what I’m hearing,” he said. “I’m just trying to get ready for when my number is called.”

The Falcons (2-9) have suffered a dramatic fall from their 13-3 finish and spot in the NFC championship game in 2012.

“It’s disappointing,” quarterback Matt Ryan said Wednesday. “Certainly our expectations within this locker room are far and beyond what everybody else set for us. So to fall short of that is not fun. It’s definitely not fun. You can’t dwell on it. Nobody is feeling sorry for us or anything like that.

We’ve got five games to go and it’s about playing with pride and competing, which I know guys in this locker room like to do, and it’s about winning. We’ve got five more opportunities to do that and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”

Jones isn’t the only player whose future is on the line. Other young players might take playing time from veterans in the final five games.

Rookie defensive end Malliciah Goodman returned to practice Wednesday after missing two games with a strained calf and should immediately join a rotation that includes rookie Stansly Maponga. Osi Umenyiora and second-year player Jonathan Massaquoi are listed as the starting ends.

Rookie tight end Levine Toilolo, second-year defensive tackle Travian Robertson and second-year offensive guard and other also could earn more snaps.

Atlanta’s 2013 draft class has produced mixed results. The first two picks, cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, have played well and look like long-term fixtures in Atlanta’s secondary.

Goodman and Maponga have combined for 11 tackles and no sacks.

Toilolo, a fourth-round pick, has 10 catches while playing behind Tony Gonzalez, a future Hall of Famer who will retire after the season.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff wasn’t available to discuss his 2013 draft class or the team’s overall performance. A team spokesman said Dimitroff will honor his contract for weekly interviews on the team’s official radio partner in Atlanta, AM 790 The Zone, but will conduct no other interviews until after the season.

Dimitroff told the station Monday the review of “all areas across the organization” will start with him.

“This is very important going into the final few games,” Dimitroff said. “It’s about evaluating everyone, starting for me at the top.”

Dimitroff said “you tend to be that much more introspective and that much more understanding that things need to potentially be readjusted” following the Falcons’ sudden fall to the bottom of the NFL.

“... We need to move forward and really look at what needs to be adjusted.”

The Falcons will take a five-game losing streak into Sunday’s game.

“Again, it’s all about winning games but we do want to continue to have the evaluation process and it’s really based with what some of these guys are doing in practice, the young guys,” Smith said. “If they perform well in practice, they’ll get an opportunity to play in the game.”

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Hnnng if we can find our RT going forward for the future between Jones and Schraeder

Hawley at C(if Konz doesn't beat him out during camp)

Baker at LT and Holmes when baker gets injured again

Just need a RG? Leaves us with buncha cash for the defensive side of ball

I like the sound of that. Just hope Holmes can step it up, because Baker is definitely going to go down. Maybe Jones can be the guy at RT if Schrader isn't. Would be great to come up with couple more players in-house, already on the pay-roll, who can actually play at an NFL level and not have to spend draft picks or bring in FA's. We desperately need a big stud NT, another DE, a top-tier safety to replace DeCoud, perhaps one more LB, so it's going to take a lot of cash to fill all these defensive needs.

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we bette not field 80% of our 2014 starting OL from the 'telent' that is on this team now.

What I wouldnt mind seeing:

LT - Brandon Albert/ Lamar Holmes

LG - Sam Baker (Blaylock - cap casualty) - gotta put Baker somewhere.

OC - Alex Mack/ Joe Hawley

RG - Konz and a high draft pick

RT - UFA and draft pick/ Mike Johnson (1 year deal)

what I unfortunately could see them fielding:

LT - Baker, Holmes

LG - Blaylock, Gunn

OC - Hawley

RG - Konz, Reynolds

RT - UFA or rookie, Johnson

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^^^

I agree, throw him in @ RG and let him maul some folks.

But with how bad RT has been I think he will be outside, although I would prefer to see him at RG and Schreader at RT.

looking at Dimitroff's record on drft pics vs UDFA pickups, maybe we should trade all of our picks for established players and just grab a ton of UDFA every year, lol.

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I agree, throw him in @ RG and let him maul some folks.

But with how bad RT has been I think he will be outside, although I would prefer to see him at RG and Schreader at RT.

looking at Dimitroff's record on drft pics vs UDFA pickups, maybe we should trade all of our picks for established players and just grab a ton of UDFA every year, lol.

you know2 why --not every year is like 2013 --looks at the past years only 1 or 2 UDFAs made the 53.

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Question???

if Jones has been brought up from the PS why did they wait??

I mean they signed that Locklear about week 10/11

Now activate Jones week 13

Why didn't they just activate Jones week 10/11 and not have to sign Locklear

Its over for us this season.. We are seeing all of our young guys to see what we need to address during the offseason

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Its over for us this season.. We are seeing all of our young guys to see what we need to address during the offseason

Even MORE reason for activating Jones earlier -- more playing time better evaluation

Sorry I don't think the answers lay on the 53 or the PS.or mid season FAs (Locklear)

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Even MORE reason for activating Jones earlier -- more playing time better evaluation

Sorry I don't think the answers lay on the 53 or the PS.or mid season FAs (Locklear)

5 games is enugh to see flashes if its there.. Thats what makes me think we want to see him at guard... We didnt release Trueblood or Locklear

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Just an interesting point

during the 2007 disaster they had 15 different O-linemen on the active roster during the course of the season (this includes Datish)

2013 Jones is number 12 (this includes Johnson)

forgot about Doug Datish. I really thougt we landed a steal when we got him. Really liked him coming out of OSU. I forgot that guy even existed.

What was the name of the OT we got out of Lousville that we all thought was the future? He was supposed to be real good but went undrafted cause he only did like 17 reps on the bench.....anyone?

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we bette not field 80% of our 2014 starting OL from the 'telent' that is on this team now.

What I wouldnt mind seeing:

LT - Brandon Albert/ Lamar Holmes

LG - Sam Baker (Blaylock - cap casualty) - gotta put Baker somewhere.

OC - Alex Mack/ Joe Hawley

RG - Konz and a high draft pick

RT - UFA and draft pick/ Mike Johnson (1 year deal)

what I unfortunately could see them fielding:

LT - Baker, Holmes

LG - Blaylock, Gunn

OC - Hawley

RG - Konz, Reynolds

RT - UFA or rookie, Johnson

Baker is not OG material. Trust me. The one time we tried putting him at OG, he was pulled 3 plays later.

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we bette not field 80% of our 2014 starting OL from the 'telent' that is on this team now.

What I wouldnt mind seeing:

LT - Brandon Albert/ Lamar Holmes

LG - Sam Baker (Blaylock - cap casualty) - gotta put Baker somewhere.

OC - Alex Mack/ Joe Hawley

RG - Konz and a high draft pick

RT - UFA and draft pick/ Mike Johnson (1 year deal)

what I unfortunately could see them fielding:

LT - Baker, Holmes

LG - Blaylock, Gunn

OC - Hawley

RG - Konz, Reynolds

RT - UFA or rookie, Johnson

I'm going to ignore everything else and ask this: He's been here for seven years so why the **** do people continue to mispell 'Blalock?' There is no 'y.'

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I'm going to ignore everything else and ask this: He's been here for seven years so why the **** do people continue to mispell 'Blalock?' There is no 'y.'

Who gives a sht?

He is obviously insignificant enough to me that i got one letter wrong in his name spelling.

Makes sense that i could support cutting him since he is over payed as well.

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I want to see can he play Guard.... He seemed to stiff to play Tackle to me in the preseason but he is a big strong dude... Lets see what he can do at guard

But what about Harland Gunn? He's a guard and it wouldn't be another experiment at converting a tackle to guard.

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