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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, July 6

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Welcome to another offseason Monday! We hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July weekend, Falcoholics. We’re back at it to kick off your week with a fresh batch of Falcoholinks. Read on for the latest news, notes, and narratives.

Player profiles

In the thick of offseason #content season, we’re providing you with profiles of all of the presumptive starts — tracking their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to their respective side of the ball. Today we’ve got:

Rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson

Run-stuffing defensive tackle Tyeler Davison

All-world defensive tackle Grady Jarrett

EDGE Allen Bailey

More operational changes

We’ve learned of yet another league-wide change as the NFL grapples with planning a season in the middle of a pandemic: Changes to media access.

The NFL has announced that it will restricting media access to teams during training camp and preseason in its effort to protect players and personnel. This will likely make for a less news-y run up to the start of the season.

Over/Under

We are massive fans of gambling here at The Falcoholic. Some of us writers have even lost our homes putting it all on black. It happens and I’ll get it back, Debra. But this offseason we’re putting our wagers on the performance of Falcons players, taking the over or under on specific stats for the 2020 season.

Will Todd Gurley eclipse 1,080 rushing yards in 2020?

Will new addition Dante Fowler tally eight or more sacks?

What could have been

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is one of the best to ever play the game. Full stop. Playing his college years at Georgia Tech, Johnson was a fixture of Atlanta sports — and if he had it his way, that would have continued. On a recent episode of Glover Quin’s YouTube program, Megatron stated that he had hoped the Falcons would trade up for him in the 2007 NFL Draft.

The Falcons instead held firm and took defensive end Jamaal Anderson, widely regarded as one of Atlanta’s biggest draft busts.