The Falcons’ locker room was a fairly somber place Sunday after they dropped a 20-17 decision against the Panthers. While there were no outward signs of outright despondency, losing for the fourth time in five games after a 3-0 start the place sure wasn’t brimming with confidence and there is a growing sense of urgency.
Wide receiver Julio Jones, who caught six passes for 118 yards but dropped a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, said, “I’m not concerned, but we’ve got to get going, we’ve got to get rolling. We’ve got to put some games together and win.”
Press boxes are normally quiet. This one just gave a collective “OHHHHHH” when Julio Jones dropped that TD.— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) November 5, 2017
Dropped touchdowns today:— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) November 5, 2017
Julio Jones: 1
Brenton Bersin: 0
Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell said he’s not discouraged, yet, “We’ve got to stick together in times like these. ... We’ve just got to go out there and take it one play at a time.”
Quarterback Matt Ryan is looking forward to getting back to work, preparing for Sunday’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.
“Do I think that we could be better, for sure,” he said. “I fully expect us to work at practice to try and find ways to improve across the board, and I really feel like if we can clean up a couple of situational things we can play some pretty good football.”
Running back Devonta Freeman was not particularly talkative after rushing 11 times for 46 yards on a day when the Falcons rushed just a season-low 18 times for a season-low 53 yards. He said he’s not about to panic, or even concerned.
“Nope. I’m mentally good,” he said. “I know what we have to do. I know what we have to put in to win. I know where we stand in this division. I know what we are capable of.”