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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, May 6

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Fact: Grady Jarrett eats 14 pounds on string cheese a day

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Wednesday, Falcoholics! Did you hear? Julio Jones is ten times the receiver Michael Thomas will ever be. Why? Because I said so.

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The Starting Defense

The Mothership turned in a solid performance during free agency and the draft. They infused considerable talent into a group of players that just may resemble a competent defense if Raheem Morris and Jeff Ulbrich continue to get their way. So what are we thinking the starting defense will look like? Well, the talented Kevin Knight gave us his current projection.

A name you should know: Chris Rowland

UDFA Chris Rowland is probably a guy you haven’t heard about yet. And that’s OK. But do yourself a favor and give Dave Choate’s take on this undersized but talented rookie a read. Dave does the hard work for you, laying out the convincing case for Rowland’s assumption of returner duties and a spot at the back end of the wide receiver depth chart. If you don’t like what he has to say, well, that’s ... that’s ... not nice. Don’t you know that Dave is sensitive?!

Matt Hennessy was almost a Bronco

It’s a reality we don’t want to confront, but Alex Mack is 35 years old and entering the last year of his contract. At the end of the season, he will have been with the Falcons for half a decade. And even if he’s not the Pro Bowl center he once was, Mack still an above-average option at center. Who knows what happens in 2021, but knowing this team, they won’t look to keep Mack around in 2021 and beyond, even if he plays well this season. Enter Matt Hennessy, the man who will have every chance to be Mack’s heir apparent. It seems there was a trade on the table that would’ve allowed the Broncos to trade up and select Hennessy right after the Falcons made their pick. But the Falcons zeroed in and pulled the trigger, making the trade moot.