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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, July 29

We’ve got football* this week!

NFL: Atlanta Falcons-Training Camp Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The first week of training camp is in the books, and we’ve got all the #links to get you up to speed on the battles and storylines. The Falcons head to Canton on Thursday to take on the Broncos in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game, so we’re a mere four days away from football*. Get excited, and read on for Monday morning’s edition of Falcoholinks.

Breaking down Debo’s deal

The Atlanta Falcons signed star linebacker Deion Jones to a shiny new four-year deal last week, ensuring that he will remain in red and black through at least 2023. It was the second such contract doled out during the week, as Grady Jarrett was locked up a few days earlier.

So now that the contract figures are in, it’s time to break them down. The Falcoholic’s David Walker did just that, taking a magnifying glass to Debo’s new deal and the numbers.

Stephone Anthony signed

Apparently not content with their linebacking corps, the Falcons went out and signed former first-round pick Stephone Anthony. Anthony, yet another Clemson Tiger on Atlanta’s defense, was drafted by the Saints 26th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, before being traded to the Dolphins in 2017.

It’s a solid depth addition on defense.


It’s unofficial, but the Falcons have released their first depth chart as we look toward the Hall of Fame Game this Thursday. Some interesting nuggets here.

Second-year wide receiver Russell Gage is listed as Julio Jones’s primary backup, and free agent add James Carpenter is slotted in as the starter at left guard.

The Falcoholic Podcast - Camp Edition

We’ve dispatched a few of our intrepid reporters to cover training camp, and David Walker and Jeanna Thomas discuss some of the takeaways from the first week on The Falcoholic Podcast.

Jeanna and our Kevin Knight have also been dropping news and notes from each day of camp, and you can get all caught up below:

O-line observations

With free agent additions and two first-round picks spent on the unit, the battle for offensive line spots highlight training camp. David Walker (who is all over this links post) takes a look at who’s up, who’s down, and the outlook for Atlanta’s offensive line as we move to the regular season.