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Falcons OC Dirk Koetter is not known for his prowess at putting together a strong run game, so it’s a great sign that he appears unaware of the status of Todd Gurley’s health. This isn’t just on Koetter, but he happened to be the coach that said the quiet part out loud.
Essentially, the Falcons are heading into 2020 without a full grasp of what Todd Gurley is physically able to do on a football field. His talent is obviously evident, but it’s concerning from a health perspective.
Back to Flowery Branch
In a small sign of progress, the Falcons announced that they were opening Flowery Branch at limited capacity starting tomorrow. This doesn’t include players, but it’s a step in the right direction
Julio does a lot of things well. He’s a noted friend of giant chipmunks, and likes to vibe on Sundays to Bill Withers.
Julio Jones singing some Bill Withers is what you need on this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/6epz86tNCC— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) May 17, 2020
Oh, and he’s also pretty good at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Pro Football Focus doesn’t track Bill Withers covers, but they do chart the performance of football players. Julio Jones landed at No. 8 on PFF’s All-Decade List, and there’s definitely an argument that he could have been higher on that list.
Nevertheless, congrats Julio!
The returner battle
Special teams is an area that the Falcons have been desperate to improve upon in recent seasons — especially in the return spot. There will be a legitimate competition for that role in the offseason, with UDFA newcomer Chris Rowland joining Olamide Zaccheaus and Brandon Powell in the battle for the gig.