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11-5, 1st in NFC South
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Falcons' Freeman playing contract long game

Without a timeline in place for a new contract, running back Devonta Freeman says he is willing to wait to get the deal that will make him a "Falcon forever."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff with good friend R.C. Buford, the GM of the San Antonio Spurs, after today's practice. The two met at a leadership conference years ago. Asked Buford where an athlete such as Julio Jones could play in the NBA. "Julio? He'd probably play wherever the hell he wants. He could defend a lot of positions with the athleticism in our game today. I would love to see Julio out there. "

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Defense wins championships

Despite the Falcons' impressive run in the playoffs and their near-victory in Super Bowl LI, their defense ranked well in the bottom half of the league in multiple categories last season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons Training Camp Day 1 recap Best play: Undrafted rookie S Deron Washington leaped in the air and snatched a Matt Simms play-action pass intended for undrafted rookie WR Reggie Davis in 11 on 11. Rookie report: First round pick Takk McKinley, who had pre-draft shoulder surgery, looked "strong" according to coach Dan Quinn as he went through individual drills. The DE from UCLA was able to punch with his right hand without issue and said it was "great" to be back on the field. ... Third-round pick Duke Riley, the LB from LSU, made a cameo with the first team defense in the nickel package during 11 on 11. He lined up next to former college teammate Deion Jones, dropped back into coverage, then ran up as if to strike RB Tevin Coleman, who caught a screen. Star watch: RB Devonta Freeman, still awaiting a contract extension, left the field for a moment but returned. He received treatment after practice and the team said he was feeling a little sick. We'll see what his status is for Day 2. Eyeing Competition: At right guard, Ben Garland got the bulk of the first team reps ahead of Wes Schweitzer. Quoting: "I don't know what y'all talking about. I'm just in camp. I didn't even hear about it. My ears ain't even pierced, so I don't even know what happened." Mohamed Sanu on Julio Jones losing a 150K earring in the lake.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Falcons rookie DE Takk McKinley what he was able to do with his shoulder today (he's near the end of rehab following a pre-draft surgery). Doctors last week cleared him to do everything in individual drills today. "The doctor told me we'll take it slow, so we're slowly progressing." More than anything, he was glad to be back playing. Hasn't been around football in this capacity since November.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons first round draft pick Takk McKinley is participating in defensive line drills coming off right shoulder surgery. Coach Dan Quinn said he would be limited.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones may have lost a 150k earring, but that wasn't going to keep him from handling his business on the field. Jones expected to be limited at camp coming off left foot surgery but has healed well, according to GM Thomas Dimitroff.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn told ESPN that defensive tackle Dontari Poe met his 330 pound or less weight limit upon reporting to camp, meaning Poe will collect the second of four 125k workout bonuses.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

No new contract just yet but Falcons two time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman back to work, as expected. Never threatened to hold out and remaining patient about his contract situation.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The quarterback is at Falcons camp.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons have taken the practice fields for a pre-practice walkthrough. In the backfield: RB Devonta Freeman.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons fans got up early for the first practice of camp. Long line as they wait for gates to open in moments.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

The Falcons staff puts the finishing touches on things as training camp begins today.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Coach Dan Quinn doing a radio interview before the Falcons start their first practice.

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Falcons' Riley discusses viral video (0:34)
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A new era is dawning

The Falcons' preseason home opener against the Cardinals on Aug 26 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one month away. Workers have already replaced the Georgia Dome sign at exit 252 on I-75 in Atlanta. (Photo: @GAFollowers/Twitter)

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Team Stats

Passing Yards295.33rd
Rushing Yards120.55th
Points For33.81st
Points Against25.427th

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