Last year we were happy to see Matt Ryan hold his first offseason passing camp, but shrugged off any impact it may have in the season. How much good could possibly come from a few days of tossing around the football? Ryan had an MVP season and broke a handful of passing records, including things like the highest number of players to catch a touchdown pass.
The players attributed the better relationships and performances to the passing camp, and they are ready to hop back to it only a few months after the Super Bowl incident.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that players are leaving to Florida for camp.
A lot of #Falcons have already left for Florida for the team's players-only camp a.k.a. "Camp Brotherhood."— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) April 10, 2017
Are they taking the U.S.S. Brothership to Camp Brotherhood? Unclear from the current reports.
Apparently "Brothership One" has left. Matt & Matt (S) are here to golf and leave later today. https://t.co/Eyx7kluYZz— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) April 10, 2017
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reported Julio Jones will not be participating, thanks to foot surgery.
Matt Ryan flying out tomorrow to hold another team passing camp/practice session with his Falcons teammates, like he did last April in south Florida. . . . Julio Jones can't participate coming off surgery on left foot.
Jones was not expected to participate, and could probably be the best wide receiver in the league without practicing the entire offseason. Jones is widely expected to be healthy by training camp. The brotherhood camp is best with developing relationships between newer players, so Jones isn’t necessarily needed.
It was previously reported that camp will be bigger, and will include more defensive players. This is a great way to start the season off on the right foot, and ensure the team doesn’t have a hangover after the Super Bowl incident.