Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Ryan said he expects Julio Jones to attend his annual passing camp in July.

Ryan organizes practices with his receivers every year. Jones is skipping this week's minicamp, but Ryan expects him to show up for the informal session. Jones is looking for a "correction or update" to his contract. He is scheduled to make $34.4 million over the final three years of his deal.
Source: ESPN
Jun 14 - 9:18 AM

Falcons re-signed RB Terrence Magee.

They also cut UDFA Demario Richard, who played ahead of Dolphins fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage at Arizona State. Magee is a veteran camp body.
Jun 13 - 1:40 PM

Julio Jones informed the Falcons he will not attend mandatory minicamp.

The Falcons previously told reporters they thought Jones would attend, but he was a no-show as players filed in on Monday. "We have been in contact with Julio and his representation," the Falcons said in a statement. "We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp." This officially makes Julio a holdout. Jones is currently the NFL's eighth-highest-paid wide receiver.
Jun 11 - 5:07 PM

Falcons re-signed FS Ricardo Allen to a one-year, $2.914 million contract.

Allen signed his restricted free agent tender. The 26-year-old former fifth-rounder is seeking an extension ahead of next year's unrestricted free agency. Allen has been solid in center field over the past two years.
Jun 11 - 1:27 PM

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian said he is more comfortable heading into his second season.

Sarkisian was a popular scapegoat after the Falcons took a step back on offense in 2017, scoring 187 fewer points. He was retained after the season, however, and expects better results in 2018. "When I came in a year ago, it was learning the system that was in place. It was learning the players that were in place," Sarkisian said. "[Now], I’ve got a really good understanding of every player and the things that they’re really good at, the things that they maybe need to work on, and things that I would be wrong in putting them in position to do." Sark's offense did struggle in the red zone last season, but they also finished 8th in total offense and added Calvin Ridley in the first round. A bounce back is likely.
Jun 7 - 9:29 AM

Devonta Freeman (knee) is participating in OTAs.

Freeman suffered sprains to both his MCL and PCL late last season. He did not need surgery, however, and was able to participate when OTAs opened. "I thought he put the work in to really come back strong," coach Dan Quinn said. Tevin Coleman is expected to take on a bigger role in the passing game, but Freeman remains a borderline RB1.
Jun 3 - 4:46 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Justin Hardy (shoulder) is "making progress" in his recovery from offseason surgery.

Hardy has been limited to individual drills at OTAs. He's expected to be fully cleared for training camp. Barring setbacks, Hardy will open the year as the No. 4 receiver behind Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu.
Jun 1 - 8:02 PM

Tevin Coleman expects to be more involved in the pass game this season.

Coleman had 27 catches last season, down from his 31 receptions in 2016. He was productive when targeted, averaging 11.1 YPR with three touchdowns. Coleman's role may not change much in a contract year, but he's one of the top committee backs in the league.
May 30 - 6:26 PM

Julio Jones said his absence from OTAs is not contract related and he expects to spend the rest of his career with the Falcons.

Jones is reportedly looking for a "correction or update" on his contract, but he denies those negotiations have anything to do with his decision to skip OTAs. "Everybody wants a story right now," Jones said. "I'm just working on myself right now. That's all it is. There's no bad blood between me and the team." Jones should be back for the Falcons' mandatory minicamp on June 12.
Source: TMZ Sports
May 29 - 8:53 AM

Falcons contract-year FS Ricardo Allen wants an extension.

Allen has yet to sign his RFA tender. With Jake Matthews and Grady Jarrett up for extensions, his contract may not be a priority for the Falcons. Allen will make $2.9 million if he plays out his rookie deal.
May 23 - 7:15 PM

The Falcons expect Julio Jones to report for mandatory minicamp.

Jones is skipping OTAs as he seeks a new contract. Now just the eighth-highest paid wideout in the league, Jones wants a correction as he heads into his age-29 campaign. It's the correct play from a wideout who might only have 2-3 years of his peak left.
May 22 - 2:36 PM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports Julio Jones "hasn't been seen" at the start of OTAs.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Jones was expected to skip last week. The receiver is reportedly looking for a "correction or update" to his current contract. Jones is scheduled to make $34.4 million over the final three years of his deal.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 9:12 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed Julio Jones is not expected to attend voluntary OTAs next week.

The Falcons aren't overly concerned as Jones was absent for most of OTAs while vacationing in China last offseason. Jones, who made headlines earlier this offseason when he deleted pictures of the Falcons from his social media, is reportedly looking for a "correction or update" to his current deal. Rapoport believes Jones has built up enough goodwill within the organization for the Falcons to accommodate him. The 29-year-old is due a reasonable $10.5 million salary in 2018.
May 18 - 4:37 PM

Luke McNitt and Daniel Marx are the leading candidates to start at fullback for the Falcons.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said the team's starter would be decided after exhibition games. Derrick Coleman played fullback for Atlanta last season but received only two carries and was in on 22% of the team's offensive snaps. McNitt and Marx are both rookie free agent signings.
May 13 - 4:46 PM

Calvin Ridley played both in the slot and outside during OTAs.

The Falcons have also considered using him as a return specialist following the loss of Andre Roberts, who signed with the Jets this offseason. Ridley's snaps were limited at Saturday's practice but coach Dan Quinn liked what he saw. "The first impression was that I recognized the competitor that he was because he wanted every rep," said Quinn. "That’s a good thing." Of Atlanta's six draft picks, only Ridley remains unsigned.
May 13 - 11:00 AM


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