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Steven Jackson reportedly "looks rejuvenated" early in camp.

Jackson slogged his way through advancing age last season, averaging a pathetic 3.45 YPC. He insists the misery was due to nagging injuries and the Falcons seem to believe him. "We saw in the last couple of games the kind of running back Steven is before he got injured," coach Mike Smith said. "I like the other guys as well, and we're going to have multiplicity with our packages. But I'm very confident Steven Jackson is still an elite running back in the NFL." If the 31-year-old S-Jax can't rev it up this time, the Falcons shouldn't hesitate to give rookie Devonta Freeman a shot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 11:32 AM

According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, Julio Jones is "showing no ill effects" from last year's foot fracture in training camp.

Julio's reps are being limited, but he's dominating whenever on the field. Per McClure, "every part of Julio Jones' day has looked explosive" during Sunday's session, and he's "stopping on a dime." In a pass-first Falcons offense that lost Tony Gonzalez, Julio offers No. 1 overall fantasy wideout upside. We have him ranked No. 4 at receiver based on his recurring foot problems.
Jul 27 - 5:57 PM

Josh Wilson opened training camp as the Falcons' nickel corner.

Wilson has been getting the majority of nickel reps over Robert McClain and Javier Arenas. He was a 16-game starter for Washington last season, but graded out as PFF's No. 76 corner. Wilson is the early favorite for slot duties, though competition for snaps should carry into the preseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 8:39 PM

Falcons DE/OLB Kroy Biermann (Achilles') will be limited at the beginning of training camp.

Biermann tore his Achilles' in Week 2. He'll have every third practice day off and won't play in at least the first preseason game. Coach Mike Smith fully expects Biermann to be 100 percent for the opener. The Falcons need Biermann to return to form, as he's one of their few experienced edge players.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 8:49 AM

Falcons signed WR Roddy White to new four-year contract worth up to $30 million.

It's a three-year extension with $10 million guaranteed. White was entering the final year of a six-year, $48 million deal he signed in August of 2009. Now he's tied to the Falcons through 2017 and will get $18 million over the next two years. It's a long deal for a 32-year-old receiver, but White showed he has plenty left in the tank by averaging 8.6 catches for 100.4 yards with two touchdowns over the final five weeks of last season. The career-long Falcon will remain a focal point of the offense along with Julio Jones, forming one of the game's best receiving duos. White's current fantasy ADP is the fourth-/fifth-round turn, where he is a value pick with lower-end WR1 potential, particularly in PPR leagues.
Jul 24 - 8:10 AM

The Falcons plan to fill Tony Gonzalez's production by committee.

New starter Levine Toilolo is an in-line player not capable of doing Gonzoesque things. The Falcons will use three-wide sets as a base in an effort to highlight their strong wideout trio of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. They'll also throw to passing backs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers more. Toilolo profiles as a red-zone specialist and low-volume player in terms of targets.
Jul 23 - 10:01 AM

Coach Mike Smith confirmed Julio Jones' reps will be limited as camp gets underway.

Over three years, Jones has had two foot surgeries involving a screw in his left fifth metatarsal bone. "Our number one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps," Smith said. "Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start." We should get an up-close look at Jones' progress during Hard Knocks.
Jul 23 - 8:07 AM

Julio Jones will be "limited" for the start of training camp, but has avoided the active/PUP list.

We'd obviously prefer to see Jones at 100 percent from Day 1, but the fact that he's avoided the PUP list is a strong sign the Falcons aren't worried about his health. Jones' preseason reps figure to be strictly managed, but he'll be ready to rock as a top-five receiver for Week 1.
Jul 22 - 6:13 PM

Falcons placed DT Corey Peters (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.

He'll be joined there by second-year S Zeke Motta (neck). Peters went down last Week 16, so it's far from a guarantee that he'll be ready for the regular season. He's a candidate to sit out training camp and revert to reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games.
Jul 22 - 6:10 PM

Falcons signed LB Pat Angerer, formerly of the Colts.

Angerer is apparently over the knee injury that ended his 2013 and required microfracture surgery. Injuries have limited the 2010 second-rounder to 11 appearances in each of the past two seasons, but he'll have a good shot at cracking the 53-man roster if he can remain healthy. The Falcons are ad libbing as they look to make up for the loss of ILB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles').
Jul 22 - 4:14 PM

Falcons signed WR Jeremy Ebert.

A seventh-round journeyman, Ebert caught three passes across six games for the Jaguars last season. If he has any shot at cracking the Falcons' 53-man roster, it's as a special teamer who can man the final wideout spot in a pinch.
Jul 22 - 4:12 PM

Free agent ILB Pat Angerer worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday.

Angerer, 27, ended last season on injured reserve with the Colts due to a knee injury that required offseason surgery. His workout with the Falcons is his first nibble of action since. The former second-round pick has also battled concussion and foot problems the past two years. Atlanta is simply looking for bodies after losing ILB Sean Weatherspoon to a torn Achilles' in the spring.
Jul 22 - 3:28 PM

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


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