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5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday



 

October 23, 2016 Atlanta: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hauls in a long reception from Matt Ryan between Chargers defenders Adrian Phillips (left) and Dwight Lowery during the second quarter in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

October 23, 2016 Atlanta: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hauls in a long reception from Matt Ryan between Chargers defenders Adrian Phillips (left) and Dwight Lowery during the second quarter in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons (4-3) are set to face the Green Bay Packers (4-2) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday:

1. Practice. The Falcons will hold their final practice of the week at 11:30 a.m. today. Coach Dan Quinn will speak to the media after practice.

2. Julio to refs: ‘Do your job’: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has moved on, but clearly is not happy with the non-calls by officials on pass interference.  “I’m not out here playing around,” Jones said. “This is my job, I take this very seriously. … I wouldn’t say I was frustrated, it was just like, I’m doing my job, I want you to do your job, in a sense. But it’s over and done with. I don’t harp on it like, ‘Oh man, I can’t get through the day today because I didn’t get a pass-interference call.’ It’s over and done with, so it’s on to the next.”

3. Coleman update: Quinn must make a decision on running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring strain, grade unknown) today on the team’s official injury report. Devonta Freeman is ready to carry the load. Terron Ward will back him up.  

4. Transition period. Courtney Upshaw’s transition to becoming a defensive lineman is ongoing. He played a season-high 33 snaps against the Chargers. He’s playing defensive end in the base and defensive tackle in the nickel. 

5. Record book. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant will set a new franchise scoring record with four points on Sunday.

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