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NFC South
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Head Coach
Dan Quinn
Offensive Coordinator
Dirk Koetter
Defensive Coordinator
Dan Quinn
Special Teams Coach
Ben Kotwica
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Falcons Continue Extension Talks With Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones continue to discuss a contract extension as the 2019 regular season approaches. Experts have projected that Jones' deal will be a three-year deal worth $51.8 million, with $33 million guaranteed. He currently has two years left on his deal and is scheduled to make $9.6 million this year and $11.4 million in 2020. His age (30) will be a factor, but Jones is the consummate professional and has five straight seasons of 1,000 yards despite battling nagging injuries along the way. He's had over 1,000 yards receiving in six of his eight NFL seasons and remains an elite fantasy wideout despite the fact that he's now 30. He should remain one of the first wideouts off the board and is RotoBaller's No. 2 receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins.

Devonta Freeman Shaking Off The Rust

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had one carry for two yards in the opening series of the preseason game on Thursday against the Jets. After missing all but two games in 2018, the Falcons are easing Freeman back into action this preseason as their No. 1 running back. He was one of the biggest fantasy busts last year due to his injury, but we'd expect him to bounce back in one of the league's best offenses if he can remain healthy. The 27-year-old will be seen as a big injury risk, though, so you're much better off taking him as an RB2 with upside in the fourth or fifth round of drafts.

Calvin Ridley Back In Action

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (hamstring), who suffered a hamstring injury on July 25, was held out of practice for more than two weeks. Ridley returned to practice last Sunday and "looked good" and caught both of his targets for 28 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets. "We did a good job to make sure that he was fully himself, with his strength, his quickness and his explosion. . . . It was great to have his energy back out there, too," head coach Dan Quinn said. Ridley had a very productive rookie season, catching 64 passes for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. While reaching double-digit touchdowns again might be a tall task, Ridley could easily go over the 1,000-yard mark in an excellent offense. Take him as a strong WR2 around the fifth or sixth round of drafts.

Matt Ryan Solid In Third Preseason Game

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went 10-for-14 for 118 yards in the team's third preseason game against the Jets on Thursday. The offensive line failed to protect him, though, as he took three sacks and was hurried nine times. That's not a good sign early on, as Ryan was sacked 42 times in 2018. The offensive line is something to watch, but Ryan's fantasy stock is way up in 2019 after he accumulated 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last season. He finished only behind Patrick Mahomes in terms of fantasy points. You should be more than satisfied if you have Ryan as your starting QB with plenty of playmakers around him. RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 5 fantasy signal-caller.

Ito Smith Having Good Preseason

Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith is having a strong preseason and ran five times for 19 yards and added three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in the team's third preseason game on Thursday against the Jets. The 23-year-old had 90 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season, including 27 catches for 152 yards in 14 games. Most people are probably forgetting about Smith with Devonta Freeman back from injury, but Freeman's injury woes are concerning and the Falcons possess a high-powered offense. Smith must battle Brian Hill for touches behind Freeman, but Smith is the more attractive handcuff for Freeman owners. Consider him in the later rounds as running back depth.