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2) Star receiver cheap Julio Jones jersey is entering the final year of his rookie deal, but he is not going anywhere, and Blank sounds like he’ll be happy to pay him. Blank spoke to reporters during practice Sunday, saying contract talks are ongoing and that he expects Jones to be a Falcons jerseys “lifer.” Blank went on to praise the professionalism of Jones and talk about the good working relationship the Falcons jerseys have with his agent. When he was asked if it was realistic to expect a contract like those Cowboys jerseys receiver cheap Dez Bryant jersey and Broncos jerseys receiver cheap Demaryius Thomas jersey received within minutes of each other just before the franchise tags would have taken effect (both have an average salary of $14 million), Blank did not demur. “I think whatever the market is in the league, we look at Julio as certainly being in that class,” Blank said. “The specifics, his length of contract and where he is in his contract terms is different than those players. All of that needs to be built into the new deal. But we view him as one of the top receivers in the NFL, and I think most people do, as well.”
3) Quinn a first time head coach runs a very efficient, highly specific practice. Sunday’s edition was focused on first downs: the goal of the offense was to get 4 yards on first down, and the goal of the defense was to stop it.
cheap Vic Beasley jersey, DE: Quinn wants his team to play fast and, well, Beasley, the Falcons jerseys’ first round pick, is fast. So fast that even members of the Falcons jerseys’ staff can’t wait to finally see the edge rusher in their first preseason game, against Tennessee on Friday. Beasley believes he can be an every down player, but the Falcons jerseys had just 22 sacks last season, tied for second fewest in the league, so the early emphasis is going to be simple: get upfield.
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