Good morning, Falcons fans. Anticipation is building for the Atlanta Falcons’ second preseason game Fridat at the New York Jets, and our preview for the game begins today. Today’s Dirty Bird Daily stories include a look at a fantasy sleeper, Julio Jones’ improvements and the Falcons’ banged up secondary.
Hankerson: Fantasy receiver nobody is talking about — Joel Childers of NFL Spin Zone
"2015 may be the year that Leonard Hankerson finally emerges as a star player, not only for the Falcons, but for fantasy owners as well."
Julio Jones: Growth through student mentality — John Buhler of ATL All Day
"Julio Jonesmet with the media after Tuesday’s practice to discuss the continuing development of the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line and running backs, his pride in his student mentality for the game of football, and a bit of everything, just not his ongoing contract negotiations with the Atlanta Falcons front office."
Robert Alford: Versatility key in secondary improvement — John Buhler of ATL All Day
"Robert Alford begins his third NFL season in the Atlanta Falcons secondary. After an up-and-down first two years in the League, Robert must use his versatility to his advantage to help get Atlanta’s defensive backfield back on track in 2015."
Falcons banged up in secondary — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
"Cornerback Desmond Trufant was sidelined again with a shoulder strain he suffered last week. And then during Tuesday’s practice, strong safety William Moore exited the field with a strained calf and didn’t return."
Prince Shembo settles case but Falcons still aren’t interested — James Rael of The Falcoholic
"Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo never quite reached his potential. Notwithstanding a character-related red flag or two during his time at Notre Dame, the Falcons took a chance and drafted Shembo in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft."