Player News - Falcons

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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

Falcons signed DT Terrell McClain to a one-year, $4 million contract.

McClain also had interest from Dallas, Miami, and the 49ers. Coming off a failed one-year stint in Washington, McClain is a sub-package flyer on a deep defensive line. He'll compete for a role behind Grady Jarrett, Jack Crawford, and third-rounder Deadrin Senat.
May 11 - 5:21 PM

Falcons sixth-round WR Russell Gage practiced at cornerback on Friday.

Coach Dan Quinn said he'll move back to receiver for Saturday's practice, though it sounds like the Falcons plan to continue using him at both positions. Gage was a gadget player at LSU, amassing 487 yards and four touchdowns on 46 touches last season. In addition to his duties at receiver and cornerback, the 22-year-old will also play a role on special teams.
May 11 - 3:22 PM

Free agent DT Terrell McClain is visiting the Falcons on Friday.

McClain has been a hot option on the open market since his release from the Redskins following the draft. He's also visited the Cowboys, 49ers, and Dolphins. McClain turns 30 this summer and is merely a rotational piece inside.
May 11 - 10:29 AM

Falcons signed third-round DT Deadrin Senat to a four-year contract.

Senat (6’0/314) tested as a 13th-percentile SPARQ athlete, but his game tape shows a persistent disruptor. Senat may max out as a two-down run stopper in the pros, but he has a high floor. The Falcons needed a space eater next to three-technique DT Grady Jarrett.
May 10 - 4:10 PM

Falcons signed fourth round RB Ito Smith to a four-year contract.

A three-year starter, Smith set records for scrimmage yards and all-puropose touchdowns at Southern Miss. He confirmed his production at his Pro Day, running 4.45 with 22 bench-press reps. Smith's path to playing time is blocked in Atlanta, but there's potential for a rookie-year impact should injuries arise.
May 9 - 4:34 PM

Falcons signed second round CB Isaiah Oliver to a four-year contract.

Oliver elevated his draft stock with a strong junior season, earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors. He has the measurables to play outside but may need time to develop after only starting one year in college. The Falcons also signed RB Ito Smith, WR Russell Gage, and LB Foyesade Oluokun to four-year deals.
May 9 - 4:16 PM

Free agent DL Terrell McClain has a visit scheduled with the Cowboys.

McClain spent three seasons with the Cowboys before his disappointing one-year stop in Washington. He visited the Dolphins last week and met with the 49ers on Monday.
May 8 - 10:12 AM

Free agent DL Terrell McClain is visiting the 49ers on Monday.

Cut by the Redskins last week, McClain has already met with the Dolphins, but he left without a deal. The former Cowboys disappointed during his only season in Washington.
May 7 - 11:01 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said DT Grady Jarrett is next in line for an extension following Matt Ryan's deal.

Dimitroff said the same is true for LT Jake Matthews. A fifth-round pick in 2015, Jarrett has developed into one of the best interior linemen in the game. He is set to earn just $1.907 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
May 7 - 10:31 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said LT Jake Matthews is next up for an extension following Matt Ryan's deal.

Dimitroff also said they are focused on a new contract for DT Grady Jarrett. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Matthews is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal. While he has not been an elite option, Matthews has been a solid starter since his rookie season and just turned 26 in February. He is scheduled to earn $12.496 million this year.
May 7 - 10:29 AM

Free agent DL Terrell McClain is visiting the Dolphins on Friday.

McClain has made several visits since being released in April but is still looking for work following a disappointing one-year stop in Washington. Despite his lackluster performance last season, he would be an immediate help on the Dolphins' interior line. McClain would likely compete with Jordan Phillips, Davon Godchaux, and the recently acquired Akeem Spence at defensive tackle.
May 4 - 11:20 AM

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