Minicamp is officially underway! That means a closer look at 2019’s rookie crop, and some of the battles that may emerge in training camp later in the summer. Dive in to today’s Falcoholinks for notes on minicamp and more.
The Falcons reported to mandatory minicamp this week, and yes, that includes Grady Jarrett, Julio Jones, Deion Jones, and Vic Beasley. Obviously positive developments (not that we expected otherwise), although Beasley was the only of that group to actually hit the field. Jarrett was present after practice, while the Joneses are both nursing respective foot injuries and were held out.
Julio also came in at a disconcerting weight, but with his work ethic we’re certain he will be ready to go once he sheds the extra nugget pounds this summer. Twitter voters also just (rightfully) crowned him the best wide receiver in football, and we’re confident he could continue to torch cornerbacks at 282 pounds.
Roddy White welcomed into Falcons Ring of Honor
Through his well-known preferred medium of communication, Falcons all-time leading receiver Roddy White announced on Twitter that he is headed to the Falcons Ring of Honor. Roddy retired in 2015 after spending his entire career in Atlanta, and as a playmaker that has done so much for the franchise, it’s only right that he take his place among the team’s greats.
Matt Ryan makes the machine go
A frankly ridiculous assertion that Matt Ryan is a system quarterback is an (unfair) criticism that has followed him throughout his career. Our Adnan Ikic rips away that notion in his latest piece, where he breaks down Ryan’s performance across his time in Atlanta under four different offensive coordinators.
Impressive stats, and an impressive read that puts to bed this unfounded critique of Matt Ryan’s career. So what’s a realistic prediction for his performance under the Dirk Koetter redux? The Falcoholic’s David Walker takes a stab at that, as well.
Takkarist McKinley is approaching a pivotal season in his young career, and head coach Dan Quinn is vocally optimistic that it’s going to be his best year on the football field so far. Let’s hope that confidence is well placed, because the Falcons desperately need Takk to take the next step in his third year and provide increased production on the defensive line.