It’s Thursday which is kind of a mini-Friday, so start it off by diving in to today’s edition of Falcoholinks.
The Falcons brought in offensive guard Jamon Brown as a new bodyguard for quarterback Matt Ryan, but will he truly be the answer at a position that’s been a weak spot since Harvey Dahl? Allen Strk ponders that question as he breaks down the tape on one of Atlanta’s new faces.
There are some brand new mocks on deck for today’s Falcoholinks — and they all focus on the Falcons’ biggest area of need: the trenches.
Dan Kadar’s latest mock draft for SB Nation sees Atlanta snagging a couple of ACC standouts, and Mel Kiper’s third mock brings a brand new, never before seen name to the Falcons in the first (just kidding).
Peter Schrager, NFL sideline analyst and co-host of Good Morning Football takes a different tack in his latest, seeing the Falcons take a highly-touted offensive lineman.
Best Laid Plans
The NFL’s annual meeting is currently underway, and there’s already been one major rule change to come out of it. The league has announced that it will implement a new rule in 2019, allowing the official review of pass interference calls and non-calls. While that’s a move in a positive direction (as Julio Jones would certainly tell you), the NFL has a way of consistently shooting itself in the foot. Dave Choate expounds on that in his latest column, one that concedes the NFL has got it right — but will inevitably get it wrong in the long-term.
New contracts for Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett are tops on the priority list for the Atlanta Falcons, and while he has zero ability to manipulate the cap number, owner Arthur Blank has signaled that the Falcons are making progress on both fronts.
In his own words, Blank said he expects Jones and Jarrett to be “Falcons for life.” Take from that what you will, but when the guy who signs the checks is optimistic it usually bodes well for hoped-for outcome — which is Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett playing their careers in red and black.