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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Jan. 22

Fact: Julio Jones has a pet spider monkey named “Orangutan”

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, Falcoholics! How’s your week going? Have you been eating your veggies and drinking enough water? We worry about you. And while we’re on the subject, would it kill you to call home once in a while?!

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Kenjon Barner

Barner had a solid year as a returner, even earning a nod as a Pro Bowl alternate. The Falcoholic himself takes a look Barner’s 2019 and tries to answer the question that’s keeping us all up at night: Will Barner return to the Falcons in 2020? I’m not going to ruin the surprise and tell you how Dave answers that question; let’s just say it involves some dice, a fifth of vodka, and a roast beef sandwich.

Senior Bowl and the Draft

The Falcons will of course be in attendance at this week’s Senior Bowl, eager to get one more look at guys that are already on their radar and discover guys that aren’t. It’s worth remembering that the Falcons have notoriously zeroed in on guys at the Senior Bowl, which makes tracking the practices and watching the game a task worth undertaking this week.

Speaking of getting ready for the draft, Trader Thomas is being coy about whether the Falcons will stand pat at 16 when day one rolls around. Trader Thomas likes to keep us guessin’ — that’s why we call him Trader Thomas! (That and because he’s the proud owner of the world’s largest collection of novelty bike shorts.)

Trivvvvviiaaaaaaaa

If you’re a huge trivia nerd such as myself, then you will love Dave’s post about the Falcons’ record holder for most rushing touchdowns in a game. If you care nothing about trivia or the Falcons, then you may want to find a doctor, because there’s a good chance you’re already dead.

Awards

The CEO of the Falcons/AMB Group, Steve Cannon, has been nominated for yet another Salute to Service award. It’s a much-deserved distinction that really couldn’t go to a better guy. Cannon is a veteran himself and his continued recognition is just emblematic of the Falcons’ longstanding commitment to honoring veterans.

Oh, Austin

Contract negotiations with Austin Hooper’s camp aren’t progressing in any noteworthy fashion. That’s not exactly a shocking turn of events this early in the offseason. A little bit of healthy posturing might eventually nudge the Falcons and Hooper toward a deal, but it may take a while.