What Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had to say on Saturday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is shown during an NFL football practice Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is shown during an NFL football practice Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)



FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s what Falcons All-Pro wide receiver had to say after practice on Saturday.

On how he’s feeling:
“I feel great.”

On whether he’s worried about the tweak he suffered:
“Definitely nothing to worry about. You know precautionary reason, but I’m good to go and I’m one hundred percent and just taking it slow, that’s all.”

On knowing nagging injuries will happen during the year:
“Correct. You know I’m just so explosive, so I always get something that’s tight or something. I mean it’s good. I just keep getting treatment, especially now. I’m eating right and I’m hydrating. I’m good. It’s nothing serious or anything like that.”

On what he banged up:
“I didn’t bang anything up. You didn’t miss it. I didn’t bang anything up.”

On how he felt running routes today:
“It was hot. First day in pads, it’s a little hot, but it felt great. Just being out here with my teammates. Hard work we did out in minicamp and coming out here and still having the timing. It was pretty good today.”

On what he learned about the team after the first day in pads:
“We’re going to be a physical team. In some areas we got to stay up off the ground, protect the team, and we just got to learn how to practice. And we got a lot of new guys, a lot of rookies on the team and a lot of new additions to the team, and it’s all about protecting the team first. We’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to be a physical team, but also we got to learn how to practice. Just those little things.”

On Keanu Neal:
“Oh, he looks great. He’s a very physical and very strong guy. He can do whatever. I mean he can do it all. He has good speed.”

On the depth they have at receiver:
“The depth at receiver, it can be pretty deep, but we’re all in there together. I feel like it’s not who’s going to play, who’s starting. We’re all just trying to help each other out. They might not be here with the Atlanta Falcons, but we still want to try to push those guys up to the best of their abilities and make those guys go out there and understand what it takes to be a great receiver.”

On if he sees Justin Hardy taking a step up this season:
“Yeah, it’s all about confidence. Hardy’s always had it and that’s about young guys as well, just getting them to believe in themselves. The NFL, that’s the next level, but you still have to be able to do what you do and just be as aggressive as you can. When you come out here and second guess yourself is when you’re going to play slow, you’re not going to be great.”

On what he tells the new guys as a veteran on the team:
“Like I said earlier, we just work them. We’re just trying to achieve our goal and that’s win a Super Bowl. Just come out here and be aggressive. Don’t worry about nothing else.”

On how Mohamed Sanu compliments him differently than Roddy White:
“I don’t know. We’re out here now, you got to get to the game and see. But Sanu, he’s a great addition to the team and we’ll see that when the season comes around. He looks great out here with his route running ability, running little routes, short routes inside, choice routes and those things.”

On how the conversation went with Dan Quinn when he decided to keep him out of team drills:
“I’m Julio. I was like ‘No, I think I’m good.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, I know you can, I don’t doubt you at all, but we’re just going to be on the safe side.’ You know Quinn, he has the best interest at heart. You can be somewhere else at another ball club and those guys will be like ‘Go, go, go.’ I think I can, but he still wants me to just take it slow. We’re not trying to prove anything right now. It’s a long training camp and we got a season coming up that we have to be ready for.”

On if there’s a learning curve with new receivers:
“That’s just part of the reps we do during practice. My thing is I just try to give these guys advice. Roddy passed that on to me, so I pass it on to those guys when I was in that position. They’re the new guys. Sanu, he’s a new guy, he’s been in the league for four years, but he’s a new guy. I got to teach him how they expect things and we expect things here. For us it’s the tempo, the way we’re going to practice, and protecting the ball. Just little things, but he has everything. “

On if Kyle Shanahan’s offense is second nature now in his second year in the system:
“I’ve always been comfortable. The communication is so much better now. We just overemphasize it and that’s good.”

On if he’s coming to practice tomorrow:
“I was here today.”

July

31 – Sunday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.August

1 – Monday, no practice.

2 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

3 – Wednesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

4 – Thursday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5 – Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Grayson High School

6 – Saturday, players off.

7 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

8- Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

9 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

10 – Wednesday, public practice 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).

12 – Friday, closed practice.

13 – Saturday, players off.

14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

PROJECTED TRAINING CAMP DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 87 Devin Fuller, 18 Jordan Leslie

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 79 Shabaz Ahmed

C   51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland, 69 Jake Reed

RG 65 Chris Chester, 68 Mike Person, 64 Collin Rahrig, Michael Huey

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris, 66 Laurence Gibson

TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Austin Hooper, 86 D.J. Tialavea, 82 Joshua Perkins, 49 Arthur Lynch

WR Mohamed Sanu, 14 Eric Weems, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 15 Nick Williams, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic, 6 Corey Washington, 89 Chris King

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub, 12 Sean Renfree, 4 Matt Simms

RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward, 35 Gus Johnson, 20 Brandon Wilds

FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 39 Will Ratelle

NICKEL DEFENSE

RDE 99 Adrian Clayborn, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 75 Brandon Williams

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 96 Nordly Capi, 98 Cory Johnson

DT 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 48 Ivan McLennan, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr, 54 Efe Obada

LB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 41 Philip Wheeler, 46 Torrey Green

LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

RCB 25 Akeem King, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 32 Jalen Collins (Suspended for 4 games)

NCB 23 Robert Alford, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant,, 38 David Mims II, 39 Jordan Sefon

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman, 34 Brian Poole

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

BASE 4-3

RDE  99 Adrian Clayborn, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 75 Brandon Williams, 96 Nordly Capi

DT  77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson

NT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE  90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr, 54 Efe Obada

WLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 46 Torrey Green, 48 Ivan McLennan

MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

SLB 44 Vic Beasley, 41 Philip Wheeler, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw,

RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon, 34 Brian Poole

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 14 Eric Weems, 26 Tevin Coleman, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic

PR 14 Eric Weems, 26 Tevin Coleman, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic

LS 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher, 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub

PROJECT PASS RUSH

Dan Quinn pressing all buttons to create a pass rush

How does drafting Keanu Neal help the pass rush?

DL line coach Bryan Cox: Hageman needs to improve his play

LB coach Jeff Ulbrich: ‘Cream will rise’ at linebacker for Falcons

Defensive coordinator Richard Smith pleased with early progress of the defense

Falcons still have a spot for DT Jonathan Babineaux

Dwight Freeney 95 percent certain that he will play in 2016

Falcons working 80 percent of time on pass rush

Weatherspoon on Freeney: ‘He still has it’

90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS — POSITION BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Running backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Tight ends

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive line

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Linebackers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Specialists

 


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