Good morning, Falcons fans. We’re 96 days away from the Atlanta Falcons’ season opener against the Giants. Here are today’s morning news and links.
Falcons coach wants Julio Jones to stay as he is — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
"Jones, fresh off his second Pro Bowl selection, finished last season with a franchise-record 1,593 receiving yards despite missing one game with an oblique injury. Jones led the league with 31 receptions of 20-plus yards. He was third in the league with 104 receptions, right behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (129) and Denver’s Demaryius Thomas (111)."
Beasley held out with shoulder strain — D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC.com
"Falcons first-round draft pick outside linebacker Vic Beasley, the eighth overall pick, was held out of some OTA non-contact drills with a shoulder strain on Tuesday."
Jake Matthews returns to practice after surgery — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
"Atlanta Falcons starting left tackle Jake Matthews, who underwent surgery in January to repair a torn Lisfranc ligament in his foot, was back on the field for Tuesday’s session of organized team activities."
Five things from Week 3 of OTAs — Andrew Hirsh of AtlantaFalcons.com
"Desmond Trufant has already established himself as one of the more promising young cornerbacks in the NFL. Now a veteran, expectations have been raised considerably — both in terms of what he’s capable of on the field and what he can offer his teammates. With this in mind, coaches are asking him to focus on improving himself rather than worry about the competition. It seems he’s taken their advice to heart."
Ryan Schraeder is Falcons secret superstar per PFF — The DW of The Falcoholic
"Going into this off-season, many Falcons fans have had concerns about the offensive line. After a horrid 2013 and an inconsistent 2014, it’s easy to understand why. But per PFF, one of those young players on the line is the secret superstar for the Atlanta Falcons: right tackle Ryan Schraeder."