Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm
Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. The “full” practice alleviates any concerns about the ankle. Jones is fully expected to play against the Buccaneers.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm
Coach Dan Quinn was confident in his team’s overall heath ahead of the Falcons’ first regular game against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“Other than (Jones and Ward), we’re doing well,” Quinn said. “We anticipate those two being at full strength for Wednesday’s practice and they’ll participate some today.”
Jones, last season’s league leading receiver with 1,871 yards, and Ward are still working though an ankle injuries sustained during preseason.
He didn't play Thursday night in the Falcons' 17-15 win over the Jaguars, but Julio Jones' mere presence on the field during pregame warm-ups was a good sign for the Falcons heading into the regular season.
Jones injured an ankle during last week's third preseason game against Miami in Orlando. He was nowhere to be seen during practice Sunday through Tuesday, so Thursday was his first time back in front of the public eye since the injury.
Jones went through a light workout with the other receivers, fielding passes from Matt Ryan and testing his ability to turn, pivot and accelerate up the field. He did it at half speed, but told Falcons coach Dan Quinn that he was encouraged. The team at least expects Jones to be close to a full go on Monday for practice.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 12:14pm
Falcons seventh-round pick Devin Fuller made it through the cut to 75 players, but the wide receiver won’t be on Atlanta’s 53-man roster this season.
Teammate Julio Jones was the first to say Ryan's arm is much stronger than it was last year, and Ryan would be the first to agree. After eight NFL seasons, the 31-year-old Ryan decided to step out of his normal offseason routine, in part, to enhance his ability to throw deep.
Ryan visited Tom House and Adam Dedeaux of the acclaimed 3DQB training facility in Los Angeles after hearing recommendations, the story said. House, a former major league pitcher and pitching coach, and Dedeaux, a former pitcher at USC, developed a program aimed to improve the overall throwing performance of quarterbacks by focusing on four key areas: functional strength and conditioning, mechanics and motion analysis, mental and emotional management, and nutrition. They've worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Carson Palmer, to name a few.
Coach Dan Quinn said Jones is unlikely to play in Thursday night's final exhibition against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a game where the starters typically rest. Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan played one snap in last year's final preseason game against Baltimore.
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 4:52pm
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said rookie wide receiver Devin Fuller could need surgery to repair a shoulder injury.
Quinn said Fuller was to get a second opinion on the injury Monday. Fuller suffered the injury during the exhibition game against the Dolphins Thursday in Orlando.’
The Falcons selected Fuller in the seventh round of the draft out of LSU with the hope he might provide value as a kick returner. But fellow rookie wide receiver J.D. McKissic has been the star kick returner in exhibition games. That development, plus the depth at wide receiver, makes Fuller a long shot to make the final roster.
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 4:51pm
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 4:18pm
Miami Dolphins rookie running back Kenyan Drake was asked if he might land on the short-term injured reserve list, which would sideline him until at least Week 8 and he said: “It’s not a possibility. Period.”
It’s a decision the Dolphins management will make, but Drake’s mindset is clear.
Drake is recovering from his second hamstring injury of the preseason and though he won’t play Thursday night against the Falcons in Atlanta, Drake said, “Yeah, of course,” when asked if he expects to be available for the season-opener at Seattle.
Foster was in for nine snaps and got the ball on two of them without finding much running room. Foster lost five yards while getting little help from the blocking on his two carries, leaving coach Adam Gase to make plans to extend Foster’s time on the field against the Falcons on Thursday.
“We didn’t have much to evaluate,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “Whatever carries he had, there wasn’t much there to try to create. He did a couple of things on his own. Hopefully we can take a long look at him this week. I don’t want to overdo it with him. Obviously, his resume speaks for itself.”
The story went on to say the Dolphins are expected to keep the first team in the game into the second half on Thursday, so there will be more snaps for Foster as the team works on setting up the look of their backfield for the start of the regular season. With rookie Kenyan Drake still sidelined by a hamstring injury, that look will likely come down to how they balance playing time for Foster and Jay Ajayi.
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said he will play against the Buffalo Bills on Friday. He did not suit up during Washington’s first two preseason games against the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets because of a sprained left thumb, although Reed said he’s been practicing for the past two weeks.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has been cautious with Reed’s injury that he suffered during training camp in Richmond. Reed was active during individual drills and during 1-on-1s at the start of Monday’s practice.
Reed said he feels physically fine leading up to the Bills game. It’ll be his first opportunity to face a live-tackling situation this season in what will be the offense’s dress rehearsal game. He one of our top TE picks and poised for another big season as long as he remains healthy.
Redskin running backs actually fared better than I originally thought while watching the game. Maybe that’s a function of low expectations, but in general there was more to build on than in the game against the Falcons.
That’s not to say “problem solved” but just that at least it wasn’t a lost cause. There were more yards after contact, for example. Matt Jones' biggest issue, of course, is durability. But he showed more of what he could do, less stutter-stepping through holes. There was at least one run in which Jones again opted to try to bounce rather than lower his shoulder against a defensive back; coaches don’t like that. So it wasn’t perfect and I still have big questions about the run game this season, but there were more positives than in the preseason opener.
Of course the big issues is Jones now has a banged up shoulder and the team doesn't really have a clear, proven backup. However, it's a bit of good news for the run game it made some progress in Preseason Week 2, at least according to this author. Washington isn't giving up on the run, but many feel the team is poised to throw a lot again in 2016.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:50am
The 5’9”, 192-pound Smith, a Florida State product entering his seventh NFL season, appeared in five games with the Chicago Bears last season. An undrafted free agent who spent his first five credited NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Smith has averaged 9.9 yards on his 30 NFL carries and totaled 7 touchdowns on 45 touches.