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5 things we learned about the Falcons this week

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Here are five things we learned about the Atlanta Falcons this week:

1. Jones is top 10.  Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones will be revealed as one of the top 10 players in the league on the NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2016, which concludes a 8 p.m. Wednesday

The popular offseason list is determined solely by the votes of current players.

This will mark Jones’ fourth appearance on the list and he is the second Falcons player listed this offseason. Running back Devonta Freeman was 50th.

    “Your coach can’t coach you on anything. You’re in position – there’s nothing you can do about it. Julio is just more blessed than you are at this moment.” – Malcolm Jenkins

The following players, listed in alphabetical order, will be revealed between numbers 10 and 1:

 Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants, WR

Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB

Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR

Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE

Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons, WR

Luke Kuechly – Carolina Panthers, LB

Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB

Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB

Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB

J.J. Watt – Houston Texans, DE

2. Go West. The Falcons requested and received back-to-back games out West this season. The team is looking into staying out west, possibly in Seattle and practicing at the University of Washington, the week after they face the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 9. They play the Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 16.

3. Neal isn’t going to quit.  Falcons safety Keanu Neal is a pretty focused young man.

4. Falcons youth clinic. Youth football season is right around the corner. Some programs are already getting the kids together for workouts. The Falcons have two youth coaching clinics coming up in Valdosta on July 16th an in Gwinnett at Meadowcreek High on July 23rd. Registration is required. CLICK HERE

5. Falcons on YouTube. The votes have been counted.

Three historic Falcons game will be uploaded in August during the exhibition season.

It was no surprise that Falcons' 1998 NFC championship game win over Minnesota to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl found the No. 1 spot with 29 percent of the vote.

In second place was Matt Bryant’s overtime kick during the 2012 NFC divisional round against Seattle which earned 25 percent of the vote. This team was led by coach Mike Smith. The Falcons earned their third appearance in the NFC championship game. Jim Mora also guided the Falcons to the NFC championship game in 2005.

In third place was Michael Vick leading an upset win over the Packers at historic Lambeau Field during the 2002 NFC wildcard round to give Green Bay its first home playoff lost. Head caoch Dan Reeves led this victory.

Check back later for the dates of when the games will be posted.


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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.