Wide receivers Julio Jones Brian O'Neill Youth Jersey , Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Quarterback Matt Ryan.
The safety said facing those playmakers is like a bad dream he must revisit every practice. But Allen also smiled because that’s good news for Atlanta’s 2018 outlook.
”Oh, man, you’ve got Julio, you’ve got Sanu, you’ve got Ridley on the field at the same time and you’ve got those running backs,” Allen said Saturday. ”Who do you match up against? Who do you put your best players on? It’s like a matchup nightmare.”
The front office has taken action to make those playmakers happy – and safe.
Ryan has a new five-year, $150 million contract extension. Jones was given an adjustment to his five-year, $71.5 million contract and a promise the deal will be renegotiated after the season. Left tackle Jake Matthews agreed to five-year Brian O'Neill Vikings Jersey , $75 million extension on Friday, and the team’s top offseason acquisition was right guard Brandon Fusco, adding more stability to the offensive line.
Ridley, a wide receiver from Alabama, was the team’s first-round draft pick .
Ryan is 33. Jones is 29. Coleman can be a free agent after the season. The Falcons are attempting to seize this opportunity to take full advantage of this offense – most of the unit led the league in scoring two years ago.
”To go up against it every day, I personally don’t think any other offense that has this many weapons from sideline to sideline to give us that much pressure,” Allen said. ”Then you’ve got Matty Ice out there putting the ball anywhere he can. It’s a hard matchup and every day is a challenge and that’s a good thing.”
The Falcons led the league with 33.8 points a game in their 2016 Super Bowl season with former coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now San Francisco’s coach Mike Hughes Vikings Jersey , in charge of the offense. In Steve Sarkasian’s 2017 debut as offensive coordinator, Atlanta fell back to 15th in scoring, at 22.1 points per game.
Center Alex Mack says the Falcons are starting faster in their second year with Sarkasian.
”I just see it as a way to start fast and build,” Mack said Saturday. ”As an offense in training camp, you can start at a more advanced point than you started the year before, so you can get into the details and work on the little things and be really on the same page.”
The Falcons opened training camp with Freeman and Jones at full health.
Jones played every game but dealt with a long list of injuries last season. Freeman missed two games with his second concussion of the year, including one last preseason, and also was slowed by a knee injury at the end of the season.
”It is awesome to see Free back Cheap Marcedes Lewis Jersey , feeling like himself,” coach Dan Quinn said. ”His aggressive nature always comes out and he’s off to a great start.”
Quinn said the familiarity that comes with the offense’s second season with Sarkasian is crucial.
”I think anytime you’re around guys for more than a year, he has such a clear vision of what guys can do,” Quinn said. ”As small as that may sound to you, it’s a big deal.”
NOTES: DE Takkarist McKinley left practice with an apparent right shoulder injury. He has had surgeries on both shoulders the last two years. Quinn said Saturday’s injury is not believed to be serious. … The Falcons have sold all 60,000 tickets, at $5 each, for their practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. It will be the team’s first practice in pads.
A second person has accused former NFL Network analyst Eric Davis of sexual harassment Baker Mayfield Jersey , according to TMZ Sports.Erin McParland says she received unwanted advances since being hired by the network in 2014.The former NFL player was also part of a harassment lawsuit against NFL Network in December, which also named Marshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb and others. Davis and McNabb were fired from their jobs at ESPN.While the previous allegations mostly involved comments made by Davis against fellow employee Jami Cantor, there were more physical complaints this time.In the lawsuit raised by McParland, she says he rubbed his genitals on her leg and grabbed her butt.She also says she raised the complaint to HR, but Davis was allowed to confront her following his termination from the company.Prior to his television career, Davis spent 13 years in the NFL as a defensive back from 1990 to 2002..