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Matt Ryan, Julio Jones regain chemistry quickly
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons receiver Julio Jones was back in pads Tuesday for the first time since his 2013 foot surgery, and he was clicking with quarterback Matt Ryan, according to the team's website.

"I felt like watching Julio and Matt work together, it’s like they hadn’t missed a beat," coach Mike Smith said. "Julio looks like he’s comfortable out there, getting back into the action. We are having him on a prescription of work one day, off one day, and we’ll make a determination as we get further into training camp, whether that’s going to change or not, but it’s worked well for us up to this point in time and when he and Matt have had an opportunity to get some snaps together, they’ve been productive and efficient."

Ryan said it's great to have Jones back.

"He’s an unbelievable player, such an incredible talent," Ryan said. "I can’t believe he’s in year four, now. He’s so much more mature, has such a better understanding of our offense at this point that he’s teaching a lot of guys that are here. He’s a big help for me in terms of getting some of our new guys on board and up to speed, but watching him out there, he looks great. He looks really healthy and I’ve been really impressed with how he’s come back from the injury."

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Steven Jackson out with hamstring injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed practice Tuesday with a hamstring injury he suffered Monday, the team announced. Coach Mike Smith provided no timetable for Jackson's return, other than to say he'll be ready for the season opener.

Smith said Jackson hurt his left hamstring; last year, Jackson was plagued by a right hamstring injury.

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Steven Jackson misses practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed Tuesday's practice, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team has not said whether Jackson is hurt or just getting a day off.

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Julio Jones shows 'explosion' in most extensive work to date
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons receiver Julio Jones saw his most extensive practice action Sunday since undergoing right foot surgery and "looked like the Jones of old," reports ESPN.com. "His explosion was evident with every step, and he blew past [corner] Desmond Trufant on a play during one-on-one drills."

Trufant sounded impressed. "He's looking good, man," Trufant said of Jones. "To come back like he did ... he didn't do any of the (organized team activities). He was just doing rehab. He didn't miss a beat. That's exactly what we want to see. And he's going to definitely have a comeback season this year."

Jones, the report concluded, "was spectacular and in sync with Matt Ryan." Jones is off Monday as the team tries to manage his comeback.

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Jabin Sambrano hooks on with Atlanta
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Falcons have signed free agent wide receier Jabin Sambrano. This will be his fourth team in four years if he makes the cut. He has yet to play a game in the NFL.

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