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10-6, 3rd in NFC South

What Will Come Of The Next NFL CBA?

Bomani Jones & Pablo Torre discuss NFL players wanting to get paid more, the chances that they will in the next CBA, Marvin Bagley's big shoe deal, Michael Porter Jr canceling his pro day and more.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons' 2018 training camp schedule:

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Falcons report for training camp July 26. First practice is July 27, 9:20 a.m. and open to the public. Gates open at 8:20 a.m. in Flowery Branch.

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Falcons' Ryan expects Julio at July workouts

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan says he expects receiver Julio Jones to be among the dozen or so teammates attending his annual July "passing camp" before training camp.

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Matt Ryan says the Falcons will get together for workouts in July and Julio Jones will be a part of it. Jones has skipped mandatory minicamp this week and voluntary workouts while dealing with a contract issue.

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn explains why he's not totally disappointed with Julio Jones' decision not to attend mandatory minicamp. Jones is dealing with a contract issue.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn on WR Julio Jones being missing from minicamp while dealing with a contract issue. ``You guys know how I am in terms of conversations staying private, and I don't have any answers for your today. We're right in the middle of those conversations with Julio and the team. When we do have answers, you'll certainly have some.'' Quinn said he's not too disappointed in Jones because there's been communication, which is key. He also said Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan get time to work together.

Jones not attending Falcons' mandatory minicamp (1:01)
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WR Jones won't attend minicamp, Falcons say

Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones has informed the Atlanta Falcons that he will not be attending the team's mandatory minicamp, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement released Monday.

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff announces Julio Jones will not attend mandatory minicamp.

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Falcons FS Ricardo Allen has signed his restricted free-agent, second-round tender worth $2.914 million. ``Coming from Pick 147 to being cut and spending a whole year on the practice squad, then next switching positions and playing something I've never played before to securing at least $3 million this year for my family,'' Allen said. ``I don't think there is anyone around that doesn't think I can/shouldn't make more, but I'm grateful.'' Falcons still could sign Allen to a longer-term deal before the start of the 2018 season.

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Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian addresses the last drive against the Eagles in the divisional playoff loss.

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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan already is impressed by rookie WR Calvin Ridley.

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QB Ryan: Absent Jones always well-prepared

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan says he has "no concern" about Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones being away from the team during voluntary OTAs.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan on Julio Jones' absence: ``Ju and I keep in touch all the time. He's in great shape and he's going to be well-prepared and ready to go for the season.''

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Julio Jones' comments to TMZ while in Hollywood the other night suggest the Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl WR will be back for mandatory minicamp (June 12-14), as coach Dan Quinn said the other day. Jones didn't specifically address anything related to his contract but said ``we good'' when talking about his relationship with the Falcons. ``Everybody wants a story right now. There's no story to be told,'' Jones told TMZ. ``I'm just working. I'm getting myself better. I'm just working on myself right now. That's all it is. It's no bad blood between me and the team or anything like that. It's just everybody, man, on the outside trying to look in to try to destroy what we've got, what we've built there. ... I'm not going nowhere, man. I love the team. I love the organization. I love everybody there. We're good.'' Jones has not been with the team during organized team activities or the offseason program, working out with ex-NFL WR Terrell Owens instead at the University of Alabama. Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have expressed little concern about Jones' status, although there has been talk of Jones wanting a raise with three years and almost $35 million left on his deal. The Falcons are willing to work with Jones' camp on the contract.

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Officials announce the final construction phase for the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium is set to begin May 29. Roof to be open in a locked position for 10 days to complete automation process, meaning it will be open during the Atlanta United soccer match against the Philadelphia Union, June 2. Falcons played with roof open only for last year's home opener vs. Green Bay. NFL wants to see roof open for Super Bowl LIII at the stadium in February, weather permitting.

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SportsBusiness Journal names Falcons owner Arthur Blank the Sports Executive of the Year. Blank was the mastermind behind the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium that will host Super Bowl LIII. ``We're humbled and honored by this recognition,'' Blank said after receiving the honor. ``It's an honor for all our businesses, our leadership team, and our associates to be recognized in this way.'' Blank, the co-founder of Home Depot, now has a net worth of $4.1 billion with franchises in the NFL (Falcons) and the MLS (Atlanta United).

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2018 Draft Picks

1(26)Calvin RidleyWRAlabama
2(26)Isaiah OliverCBColorado
3(26)Deadrin SenatDTSouth Florida
4(26)Ito SmithRBSouthern Miss
6(20)Russell GageWRLSU
6(26)Foyesade OluokunSYale

Team Stats

Passing Yards249.48th
Rushing Yards115.413th
Points For22.115th
Points Against19.78th