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  • Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Fine working with Koetter

    Sanu said the transition to Dirk Koetter at offensive coordinator has been smooth, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

    Koetter held the same role in Atlanta from 2012 to 2014, leaving for Tampa Bay one year before Sanu signed with the Falcons. General manager Thomas Dimitroff focused on improving his offensive line during the offseason, allowing running back Tevin Coleman to leave for San Francisco and adding minimum competition at the skill positions. Sanu is locked in for a top-three role at wide receiver in a prolific passing attack, but it's only reasonable to assume that the Falcons want to shift some targets away from the 29-year-old and toward Calvin Ridley. Sanu held a 94-92 advantage over the rookie last season, with both players narrowly edging out tight end Austin Hooper (88).

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  • Falcons' Russell Gage: Looking strong in minicamp

    Head coach Dan Quinn said that Gage's ability to contribute on both offense and special teams makes him "more valuable" heading into the 2019 season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Gage suited up for 15 games during his rookie season, with 82 percent of his 340 total snaps coming on special teams. Coach Quinn complimenting Gage's versatility is an encouraging sign, but rookie Marcus Green (hamstring) could push him for a Week 1 roster spot if the team elects to keep less than six receivers. The top four slots in the receiving corps are locked down between Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy, with Gage and Green being the most likely candidates to serve as the No. 5 option and a key special teams contributor.

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  • Falcons' Calvin Ridley: Back on the practice field

    Ridley (foot) appeared to be near full strength when participating in mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

    Ridley was back to his old self Tuesday, making acrobatic receptions look routine after sitting out last Thursday's voluntary session with a sore foot. It's evidently a boost for the Falcons offense to have the second-year wideout active and involved, as Atlanta went 4-3 last year in games in which Ridley had a touchdown catch, and 3-6 in nine appearances when he did not. Some touchdown regression is to be expected given the team's plethora of receiving options, but Ridley does offer ample upside thanks to his explosiveness, as demonstrated by his average of 5.8 yards after catch per reception last year (19th among all NFL receivers).

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  • Falcons' Austin Hooper: To be ready for training camp

    Head coach Dan Quinn said that Hooper (ankle) will not partake in mandatory minicamp this week, but he will be a "full go" for training camp this summer, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Hooper's absence from minicamp stands as a precautionary measure, with the team aiming to avoid unnecessary risk to his recently tweaked ankle. The indication from coach Quinn is that the issue is minor, and the fourth-year tight end should be fully healthy by the time team activities begin ramping back up in July. So long as he is operating near 100 percent, Hooper is likely to remain a viable starter in fantasy. Working within one of the NFL's most potent passing attacks last season, he finished tied for seventh among tight ends with 13 red-zone targets.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Nursing foot injury

    Jones won't participate in drills at mandatory minicamp this week while rehabbing a foot injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Jones did not take part in the offseason program to this point but arrived for mandatory minicamp Monday while still recovering from the foot issue, which likely is the one that forced a stint on IR last season. It's not yet known if it is expected to impact his availability for the start of training camp.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 98.3
(27th)
309.3
(4th)
389.1
(6th)
Def. 124.9
(25th)
275.5
(27th)
384.5
(28th)

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