Julio Jones: No bad blood between me, Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones doesn’t want skipping organized team activities to be construed as meaning he’s upset with the Atlanta Falcons organization.

When Jones opted to miss voluntary workouts, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported part of the reason was because the All-Pro receiver would like a reworked contract. Speaking with TMZ over the weekend, Jones dismissed that he’s dismayed about his deal.

It’s not even about that, Jones said. Everyone wants a story right now. There’s no story to be told. I’m just working on getting myself better. I’m just working on myself right now. That’s all that is. There’s no bad blood between me and the team or anything like that.

Many days, Lewis turns the key of his car, starts driving to school, to work, anywhere, and completely forgets where he’s going. It’s a normal thing,he says. Like, Where am I at?When this happens, he tries to stay calm, keep driving in the same direction, and usually a light bulb turns on eventually.

He still suffers momentsof depression about twice a week, describing them as plunges into a blank sadness.

In person, Lewis appears A-OK. His mind is sharp, and physically, he moves without any aches or pains. But that’s the scary part: The problem is what you don’t see. His brain. His future. What he’ll resemble five, 10, 15 years from now.

The Falcons ‘ defense surged down the stretch last season when Beasley spent more time as a pass rusher than working in space. With a linebacker group of Deion Jones, Duke Riley and De’Vondre Campbell, moving the team’s best pass rusher back to DE was a logical move for Dan Quinn.

If Beasley recaptures his 2016 form and Takkarist McKinley makes a jump in his second season, the fast Falcons defense could be scary good in 2018.

Behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, both of whom missed games due to injury last season, sits a thin outside linebacker group composed of Kyler Fackrell, Vince Biegel and Reggie Gilbert.

Well, I wasn’t surprised with the first two picks; I’ll go ahead and say that, Matthews said of the Packers taking corners with their top two draft selections, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

But obviously, you look at the depth at the outside-linebacker position, and it’s not that great. That’s not a slight to the guys who are behind Nick and myself, but you look around the league, a lot of times they’re rotating in pass-rushers. You can look a couple years ago when we had Mike Neal and Julius [ Peppers ] here, Datone [ Jones ] as well. We had a pretty good rotation. Sometimes I’m sure it doesn’t work out the way in which [the front office wants], and obviously they only get so many picks and only have so much cap money to spend.

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