December 2016 - Atlanta Falcons Wiretap

Falcons To Have Julio Jones Back For Week 16

Dec 22, 2016 11:02 PM

Julio Jones will play in Week 16 for the Atlanta Falcons against the Carolina Panthers as he works his way back from a toe injury.

Jones practiced for the third straight time on Thursday.

It is not yet clear how many snaps Jones will play as Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel have played well in his absence.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Falcons Optimistic Julio Jones Will Play In Week 16

Dec 18, 2016 10:43 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are optimistic Julio Jones will play in Week 16 after sitting out Week 15 with a toe sprain.

Jones also sat out Week 14.

"I'm hopeful that he's back," Quinn said of Jones. "So, I think that he will [return]. We're going to take it all the way through, practice Tuesday and Wednesday, and then we'll have a good shot. But I am hopeful for that.

"I can't say it's for sure until he can explode like he can, but I think he's a heck of a lot closer than he has been over the last two weeks."

The Falcons have received strong production from Taylor Gabriel, Nick Williams and Aldrick Robinson in place of Jones.

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Julio Jones Ruled Out For Week 15 With Sprained Toe

Dec 16, 2016 1:27 PM

Julio Jones will miss Week 15 for the Atlanta Falcons against the San Francisco 49ers with a toe sprain.

Jones also missed Week 14 with the injury.

Jones leads the league with 1,253 receiving yards.

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Julio Jones Has 'Sprain' Not Turf Toe

Dec 14, 2016 11:14 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have changed the wording of Julio Jones' injury from turf toe to a "sprain."

Dan Quinn initially called Jones' injury "turf toe" after Jones was injured a few weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs. Turf toe is a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the big toe.

"Julio has a toe sprain, it's not turf toe," Quinn said in an interview on Atlanta's 92.9 The Game radio. "But he does have a toe sprain. For him, we're going to take him day to day. He'll maybe do some of the walkthrough today, but he won't participate in the full-team activity at practice. So, he's still dealing with that sprain. It's definitely improving. But in terms of full-speed cutting on it, we're not there yet."

Medical experts say such a mild sprain typically calls for one to four weeks of recovery.

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Falcons Sign Robert Alford To Four-Year, $38M Extension

Dec 8, 2016 4:35 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have signed Robert Alford to a four-year, $38 million contract extension. The deal will contain $21 million in guaranteed money.

The Falcons selected Alford in the second round of the 2013 draft. He was in the final year of his rookie contract.

Alford has become a solid contributor at cornerback in Dan Quinn's scheme.

The Falcons paid to keep Alford off the market. Per, Alford's $38 million in total value places him tied for 15th highest paid at his position, alongside Raiders CB Sean Smith.

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