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Julio Jones has shed five pounds and believes the weight loss has added "another gear" to his speed.

He's down to 224. Coming out of Alabama in 2011, Jones measured 6-foot-3, 220 at the Scouting Combine and ran an official forty time of 4.42. With Roddy White going on 34, a weak tight end situation, and a committee at running back, the Falcons are going to need Julio to carry their offense most weeks.
Aug 3 - 4:27 PM

According to the Falcons' website, Leonard Hankerson has been "the best wide receiver at Flowery Branch so far."

It should be noted that Roddy White is taking it slow on his balky knee. Still, Hankerson appears to have parlayed his big spring into a productive early summer. "I think it’s the length, he’s got such a big catching radius," coach Dan Quinn said. "You’ve probably seen some of the sideline plays, he’s got such a knack for keeping it in bounds and going to stretch for the ball, so that’s probably one of the biggest things that stand out for me with Hankerson." Hankerson has the inside track on the Falcons' third receiver job.
Aug 3 - 4:05 PM

Falcons CB Robert Alford struggled with committing penalties last season.

"The only thing that was holding me down last year was the penalties, in my eyes," said Alford. The 26-year-old received four pass interference flags and was called for defensive holding three times in only 10 games. To combat the issue, the Falcons are using game officials at practice. Expect the Falcons to rely heavily on man coverage in coach Dan Quinn's new Cover 3 scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 2 - 10:35 AM

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes Devonta Freeman has the "upper hand" in the Falcons' running back competition, "right now."

Falcons beat writers unanimously consider Freeman the early favorite over Tevin Coleman, but this one is going to go down to the wire. The fact that Coleman handled first-team reps at Saturday's practice suggests the Falcons will seriously consider starting him. Still, this backfield seems headed for a committee, perhaps with Antone Smith also involved, and behind a weak offensive line. It could be a frustrating fantasy situation unless Coleman or Freeman clearly pulls away.
Aug 1 - 8:48 PM

Falcons rookie RB Tevin Coleman saw first-team reps in practice Saturday.

Devonta Freeman worked with the ones on Friday, but Coleman got his chance today. This will be a battle throughout camp and perhaps into the early part of the season. Regardless of who "wins," both players figure to have a role this year.
Aug 1 - 12:48 PM

Third-round pick Tevin Coleman opened Falcons camp rotating with the second-team offense along with Antone Smith.

Devonta Freeman is working with the ones. Coleman has the pass-protection chops and big-play running ability to put heat on Freeman and perhaps even swipe his starting job by the end of August. With teams not yet going all out in pads, this battle figures to rage on throughout all four preseason games.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 3:05 PM

According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, the Falcons believe Devonta Freeman is the "right" fit in first-year OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme.

Russini suggests Freeman could be headed for a "big year." Russini makes no mention of flashy rookie Tevin Coleman, whom Atlanta drafted in the third round. Russini is a former Washington D.C.-area reporter and may have connections to Shanahan, who formerly coordinated the Redskins' offense. Most signs continue to point to a Coleman-Freeman committee in Atlanta's backfield.
Jul 30 - 5:58 PM

Contract-year WR Julio Jones says his agent is engaged in long-term talks with the Falcons.

It's not known how far along the sides are. ESPN's Vaughn McClure reported earlier this month that there was a "general sense" a deal could get done by the start of camp, but it didn't happen. Week 1 is the new artificial deadline.
Jul 30 - 2:09 PM

Falcons OT Lamar Holmes (foot) remains on crutches.

He's beginning camp on the PUP list. One of the league's least-effective tackles the past few seasons, Holmes is fighting for swing duties behind LT Jake Matthews and RT Tyler Polumbus. His roster spot is far from assured.
Jul 30 - 1:58 PM

Devonta Freeman will open training camp as the Falcons' first-team back, ahead of third-round pick Tevin Coleman.

The linked article below discusses how Freeman believes his pass-catching ability will ultimately give him the edge on Coleman. Coleman was not a deficient receiver in college, however, and was one of the best pass-protecting backs in the 2015 draft class. Freeman also pass protected well at Florida State, but struggled mightily there as a rookie. Coleman offers a far-higher ceiling in fantasy, but we don't see Freeman fading away.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 11:26 AM

Roddy White had his knee drained prior to June minicamp and expects the knee to be drained again during the 2015 season.

Knee drainings are generally routine, non-surgical procedures, but may be concerning for White coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons. White actually hinted doctors told him to have surgery, but he is going to play through the knee "irritation" instead. "It's not a concern to me because it's just like a little irritation," said White. "My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It's kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I'm not a surgery guy. I just don't want to do it." White turns 34 this November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 5:29 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes TE Jacob Tamme can come in and be a "real threat" on offense as a pass catcher.

If the season were to start today, McClure envisions Tamme as the pass-catching tight end and Tony Moeaki as the in-line block-first tight end, leaving Levine Toilolo as the No. 3. With Roddy White's decline and OC Kyle Shanahan's fondness for the tight end, Tamme could emerge as a red-zone threat.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 10:57 AM

The Falcons' coaches reportedly "really like" Leonard Hankerson.

Hankerson has prototypical size (6'2/211) and speed (4.43), and showed big in the offseason program. Perhaps most importantly, he was brought in by new OC Kyle Shanahan, who clearly liked what he saw from Hankerson during their time together in Washington. With Roddy White falling off the career cliff and turning 34 in November, beat writer Vaughn McClure says White needs a strong and healthy training camp to avoid getting pushed by Hankerson. "White should maintain his starting role, but Leonard Hankerson could see more time on the field when it's all said and done," wrote McClure.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:49 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure says there's a "general sense around the team" that a Julio Jones extension could be done by the start of training camp.

The two sides had not been talking as of last week. But Wednesday's two mega-deals for Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas have set the market, giving the Falcons parameters for a deal. Julio, who is averaging 7.2 catches for 108.6 yards over his last 20 games, will be asking for something very similar to the five-year, $70 million those two got. He is scheduled to make $10.176 million this year, the final season of his contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 8:41 AM

A league source told ESPN's Vaughn McClure the Falcons have had no extension talks with contract-year WR Julio Jones.

Jones is owed $10.176 million this season. The Falcons could let him play out the final year of his deal, then franchise tag Jones next winter if they don't want to commit major guaranteed money to a player with his history of foot problems. Like A.J. Green, Julio isn't causing a stir about his contract situation. "I'm not going to hold out for anything," Jones said last month. "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here and doing what I need to do." Beat writer Vaughn McClure is still optimistic the Falcons and Jones will hammer out an extension prior to Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 4:52 PM


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