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7-9, 2nd in NFC South

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn didn't express too much concern about the players missing from Thursday's open session of OTAs: Julio Jones, Deion Jones, Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett, and Adrian Clayborn. Both Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett have unresolved contract issues, while Quinn also noted that both Julio Jones and Deion Jones are rehabbing. Beasley's absence seemed to catch everyone off guard, but Quinn indicated Beasley would be back for mandatory minicamp (June 11-13). “Of course, there's nothing like on-the-field stuff,'' Quinn said when asked if he was disappointed about Beasley not being at the voluntary OTAs. Beasley's status worth watching since Quinn seems determine to get the best out of the slumping pass-rusher while taking over a defensive coordinator. Falcons already thin at defensive end with backup Steven Means lost for the season with an Achilles injury on Monday. Jack Crawford played some on the edge Thursday opposite Takk McKinley.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Falcons defensive tackle Terrell McClain is signing a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, source tells me. McClain played in 13 games for the Falcons last season and started five. His best years came with the Dallas Cowboys between 2014-2016. The 30-year-old McClain, a former third-round draft pick, started his career with Panthers and also played for the Patriots, Texans, and Redskins. He has history with new Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones told ESPN in April, ``Mandatory stuff, I'll be there,'' so Jones not expected at voluntary OTAs this week and beyond. Next ``mandatory'' event is minicamp June 11-13. I asked GM Thomas Dimitroff if there's a sense of urgency to get Jones' contract issue resolved by mandatory minicamp. ``I would like to get him done, of course, as soon as possible,'' Dimitroff said. ``I'm not stressing about it because I'm very confident that we are having really good conversations. And so again, as I say, there's no time frame on it. But, the sooner the better.'' When pressed on if it's important to get a deal done by mandatory minicamp, Dimitroff responded, ``Not necessarily.'' Jones skipped mandatory minicamp last season but came to training camp after the team adjusted his contract, netting him an additional $2.9 million for 2018. Now he's due for a lucrative extension that should make him the league's highest-paid receiver.

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The XFL filled its last coaching vacancy on Monday when June Jones was introduced as the coach/general manager of the league's Houston franchise. Jones, 66, joins Bob Stoops (Dallas), Winston Moss (Los Angeles), Kevin Gilbride (New York), Jonathan Hayes (St. Louis), Jim Zorn (Seattle), Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay) and Pep Hamilton (Washington D.C.) as coaches in the eight-team league, which begins play in 2020. Jones has been head coach of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats the past two seasons, going 20-22. He also has been a head coach in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons (1994-96) and San Diego Chargers ('98). He had a 22-36 record as an NFL coach.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan is 34 today. When I asked him back in December if he plans to play into his 40s, Ryan responded: ``Yeah, I think so. I think, No. 1, I've got a long way to go until I get there. But if you can stay healthy, and you're still playing at a high level and all those things, I don't see why not.'' Ryan enters his 12th NFL season with 46,720 career passing yards (295 TDS/133 INTs) and eight straight seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards. He's missed only two games, back during the 2009 season (turf toe).

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Scott Pioli resigns as Falcons' assistant GM

Before joining the Falcons, Scott Pioli served as the Patriots' vice president of player personnel and the Chiefs' general manager.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Pioli's full quote on stepping down from Falcons: “After careful consideration and ongoing dialogue with Thomas over the past year I have decided to step away from my position as the Assistant General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons to pursue other potential opportunities. I want to thank both Arthur and Thomas for bringing my family and I here in 2014. When I accepted this position more than five years ago, we all believed this would likely be a two or three-year working relationship. I came in to work closely with Thomas on personnel structure, processes and decisions. I loved the concept, was confident I could provide value and have enjoyed the challenge. Now, after more than five years with the Falcons, I am ready for a change. I want to thank all of my co-workers at Flowery Branch as it has truly been an honor to be a part of this organization and I am thankful to have been a part of this football team and the Falcons family.”

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

A follow-up from Arthur Blank's quote to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, from the team: “I'm feeling very good about what Thomas [Dimitroff] and Dan [Quinn] have done this offseason. We have some key guys getting healthy again, the draft picks are getting up to speed, the new coordinators are meshing well and I'm confident we're going to be ready to go for a very competitive training camp. I like where we're going.”

Graziano: Falcons are very committed to Matt Ryan at QB (1:56)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

New Falcons CB Kendall Sheffield to me on practicing against WR Calvin Ridley at Alabama. Ridley was the top-ranked recruit in Alabama's 2015 nation's best recruiting class while Sheffield, who transferred to Blinn junior college before landing at Ohio State, was No. 2 in that Crimson Tide class. “It was a good matchup. He won some; I won some. He's a very good receiver. He's fast coming in and out of breaks, faster than anyone I've seen. I'm happy to go up against him anytime.'' Facing Julio Jones and Ridley in practice to start his NFL career should help the speedy Sheffield grow immediately.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons first-round pick Kaleb McGary, who said his goal on Day 1 of rookie camp was not to look like an "idiot" appears to bring a lot of personality to the ballclub while playing right tackle. It was hard to get a real feel for McGary's ability just yet, but it will be interesting to see him perform vs. Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley when the rookies join the veterans. McGary's goal as an offensive lineman is to "throw people on the ground."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons first-round pick Chris Lindstrom, the offensive guard from Boston College, came to Atlanta at 308 pounds. The Falcons want him to put on a little more weight, which he has no problem doing. "I've been comfortable at so many weights," Lindstrom told ESPN. "I've been up to 317 in camp last season. I started at 230 in high school, so I've been all over the place. But I feel really good around 310." Lindstrom moved around well during the first two days of rookie minicamp. He lined up at right guard and worked well in unison with fellow first-rounder Kaleb McNary, who lined up at right tackle.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

From what I undestand, don't expect Falcons' first-round draft pick Christopher Lindstrom to agree to contract terms until sometime next week. The offensive guard will still participate in rookie minicamp this weekend as the lone Falcons' draft pick yet to agree to terms on a contract. Lindstrom expected to sign an injury agreement to participate. Falcons agreed to terms Thursday with their other first-round pick, offensive tackle Kaleb McGary. Lindstrom was the 14th overall pick and McGary the 31st overall pick. Falcons agreed to terms with fourth-rounders Kendall Sheffield and John Cominsky, fifth-rounders Qadree Ollison and Jordan Miller, and sixth-rounder Marcus Green. Rookie minicamp kicks off on Friday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announce release of guard Brandon Fusco, who started at right guard for seven games at the beginning of last season but then was lost for the season with ankle injury. Falcons initially signed Fusco to a three-year, $12.75 million contract with $5.5 million guaranteed. His release saves $3,293,750 against this year's cap. Falcons drafted guard Chris Lindstrom in first round to be a starter then added James Carpenter, Jamon Brown, and Adam Gettis in free agency.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards290.84th
Rushing Yards98.327th
Points For25.910th
Points Against26.425th