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According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the team is "certain" Julio Jones (foot surgery) "will return to his old explosive self."

Jones has twice fractured his right foot since leaving Alabama three years ago, but recently declared himself "back to the old Julio," and figures to be eased into training camp. Jones' current fantasy Average Draft Position is the middle of round two, where he could be a value pick if he indeed stays healthy. With Tony Gonzalez's 120 targets removed from Atlanta's offense, 25-year-old Jones has as much fantasy upside as any wide receiver in football.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 2:50 PM

Falcons placed WR Drew Davis (foot surgery) on the active/PUP list.

"Drew felt some discomfort in his foot at the end of minicamp," revealed coach Mike Smith. "We decided to send him to the doctors for some evaluations and it was determined he had suffered an injury that would require a procedure." The Falcons expect Davis to miss around six weeks.
Jul 5 - 11:22 AM

Second-year ILB Paul Worrilow is embracing a leadership role in the wake of LB Sean Weatherspoon's season-ending Achilles' injury.

A 2013 UFDA out of Delaware, Worrilow was forced into early action last season because of injuries. He held his own, recording a team-leading 127 tackles, two sacks, and a pass breakup. Worrilow has a long way to go before he is a quality real-life linebacker, but he is a solid LB2 in IDP formats.
Jul 5 - 9:42 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes Steven Jackson "might have a battle on his hands" if Devonta Freeman looks as good in pads as he did in shorts.

Jackson will be the Week 1 starter, but he's not guaranteed a workhorse role. The 31-year-old (in July) failed to clear 4.0 YPC in 9-of-12 appearances last season, looking dangerously close to his career cliff. Freeman, an excellent pass protector with three-down tools and juice in his legs, is going to push for significant snaps right away. We're not going to be investing in Jackson as a RB2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 8:45 AM

Falcons signed WR Courtney Roby, formerly of the Saints.

31-year-old Roby has 25 career catches across nine NFL seasons.
Jun 27 - 4:50 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to remain a pass-happy offense.

One offensive player told McClure that he expects the offense to be "50-50" in terms of balance, but McClure isn't "buying it." We aren't, either. Atlanta's defense is going to struggle mightily, putting the offense in shootouts. McClure expects Ryan to again be top-five in passing yards for the third consecutive season, a year after attempting a career-high 651 passes. With Julio Jones and Roddy White returning to full health and Steven Jackson a year older, OC Dirk Koetter is going to lean on his aerial attack. Harry Douglas could even offer WR3 value.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 1:50 PM

Roddy White says he and Julio Jones are "going to be there to play in the party" as the top receiver duo in the league this season.

"I feel like me and Roddy, we're the best when we step on the field," Jones said. "We take it as a challenge every year: We want to go out and show everybody we're the best one-two in the league." Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery claimed the title last season, combining for 2,716 yards and 19 touchdowns on 189 grabs. The year before, White and Jones combined for a 171-2,549-17 line. Both Falcons receivers are prime bounce-back candidates, and Julio should even be in the mix for No. 1 overall receiver when all is said and done.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 9:02 AM

Falcons S Zeke Motta (neck) has a follow-up appointment set for next month that will determine if he'll be able to play this season.

Motta suffered a cervical fracture in his neck on December 8. The second-year safety doesn't play much on defense, but is a stalwart on the Falcons' kick coverage units. His availability for training camp is obviously in question.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 12:30 PM

Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is a candidate to open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Peters blew out his Achilles' in Week 16 and is a big-time question mark for Week 1. Re-signed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, the 26-year-old isn't even guaranteed a roster spot. Peters had five sacks in a career-year last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 12:22 PM

Falcons signed ILB Tim Dobbins.

Dobbins, 31, appeared in three games for the Texans last season before getting his pink slip and spending the rest of the year on the street. He was a six-game starter for Houston the previous season when he racked up 43 tackles and received positive marks from PFF as a run defender and cover linebacker. Dobbins will compete for a roster spot in Atlanta after the Falcons lost Sean Weatherspoon to a torn Achilles' and traded away Akeem Dent to Houston.
Jun 19 - 12:54 AM

Falcons acquired QB T.J. Yates from the Texans in exchange for ILB Akeem Dent.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Yates had been cut by the Texans. A source informed Profootballtalk that once word got out around the league that the Texans were planning to waive Yates, teams started calling about a trade. In Atlanta, Yates should have the clear edge over Dominique Davis for No. 2 duties behind Matt Ryan. Also in the mix at quarterback for the Falcons are Sean Renfree and Jeff Matthews. Yates, 27, has a 2-3 career record and led the Texans to the franchise's first playoff victory in 2011. He has as many postseason wins as Ryan.
Jun 19 - 12:43 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure hints 2012 second-round pick G/C Peter Konz could be on the roster bubble.

Konz has been manhandled in game action to this point, and McClure sees Joe Hawley as "a lock" to be Atlanta's Week 1 center. Falcons coaches have begun giving G/T Mike Johnson practice reps at center, possibly threatening Konz's job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 9:55 PM

Jacquizz Rodgers is battling rookie Davonta Freeman for No. 2 RB duties.

Through three NFL seasons, Rodgers has averaged a paltry 3.63 YPC as an alleged change-of-pace back. We're expecting Freeman to perform far better with the gig. Even with Steven Jackson nearing the end of the line, there's not much Dynasty value in holding Rodgers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 10:30 AM

Julio Jones (foot) said he is now "back to the old Julio."

Jones isn't participating in football activities during minicamp, but it sounds like he could be practicing if we were in the regular season. "I am back doing the little things I used to do. ... I feel like I am actually stronger now," he said. The Falcons remain extremely optimistic on the status of Jones' twice-fractured foot and so are we. He's our No. 4 fantasy wideout, behind only Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas.
Jun 18 - 8:04 AM

Texans waived QB T.J. Yates.

The move comes on the same day coach Bill O'Brien admitted Ryan Fitzpatrick was the Texans' starter. Yates was set to do battle with Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage for No. 2 duties, and Keenum for a roster spot. Instead, the Texans chose Keenum's 2013 film over Yates' distant 2011 accomplishments, where he was at the helm for Houston's first franchise playoff victory. Yates figures to draw interest from the Ravens, who are thin behind Joe Flacco, and have Yates' former coach Gary Kubiak calling the shots on offense.
Jun 17 - 5:57 PM


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