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Doctors used a "cutting-edge medical procedure" to heal Julio Jones' troublesome right foot and prevent the injury from recurring.

The fifth metatarsal bone Jones has fractured twice is notorious for being difficult to heal due to a limited blood supply. In order to help the healing process, Dr. Robert Anderson took bone marrow from Jones' hip and injected into the wide receiver's foot. This coupled with a new, larger screw inserted into the bone should accelerate the healing process and decrease the chances of another re-injury. Jones could be recovered in time for the start of training camp, and is a lock for Week 1. He is a top-five wide receiver in all formats.
Jul 19 - 9:28 AM

Falcons fourth-round ILB Prince Shembo will be given the opportunity to earn a starting job in camp.

"He’s picked up the system very well," said coach Mike Smith. "He doesn’t have any experience, but we will get him a lot, I can assure you that in the preseason." Sean Weatherspoon's season-ending injury opened up an opportunity for Shembo to earn playing time. He will compete with Joplo Bartu to play alongside MLB Paul Worrilow in 3-4 packages.
Jul 19 - 9:13 AM

The Falcons have "huge expectations" for second-round DE Ra'Shede Hageman.

The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Hageman reportedly had an impressive spring, showing off his strength. Tyson Jackson is likely locked in as one of the starting defensive ends, especially on running downs, while Hageman competes with Jonathan Babineaux and dark horse Malliciah Goodman on the other side. Hageman should at least carve out a role on passing downs in year one.
Jul 15 - 11:32 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to try and hammer out a contract extension with Roddy White before training camp next week.

The Falcons open camp next Friday. White is entering the final year of his deal. At 32 years old, he's not going to command elite wideout money. But another 2-3 years with $8-10 million guaranteed seems realistic. White is still on top of his game, as he reeled in 38 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns over the final four games last season. He has WR1/2 upside in a pass-heavy offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 15 - 11:12 AM

Joe Hawley remains the favorite for the Falcons' starting center job.

Hawley is competing with Peter Konz, but is fully expected to be the Week 1 starter. He was given a two-year extension in March and is set to make $2 million in base salary. Hawley finished as a top-20 run blocking center by Pro Football Focus last year, but struggled in pass protection.
Jul 12 - 5:09 PM

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


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