The 5 Biggest Atlanta Falcons Rumors Before Training Camp

The 5 Biggest Atlanta Falcons Rumors Before Training Camp

Paul Worrilow
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With training camp right around the corner, here are five last-minute rumors that are surrounding the Atlanta Falcons. Some will prove legitimate once the season arrives; others won't.

5. Julio Jones, Roddy White Ready for Monster Bounce-Back Season

Julio Jones and Roddy White
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5. Julio Jones, Roddy White Ready for Monster Bounce-Back Season

Julio Jones and Roddy White
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After being plauged with injuries in 2013, a key reason why the Falcons stumbled to such a miserable season, Julio Jones and Roddy White are said to be 100 percent healthy again and ready to take the league by storm. When healthy, Jones and White have arguably been the NFL's top one-two punch at receiver, but Chicago's Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery captured that distinction last fall.

4. Paul Worrilow Becoming Leader

Paul Worrilow
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4. Paul Worrilow Becoming Leader

Paul Worrilow
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With Sean Weatherspoon out for the year with an Achilles' injury, second-year inside linebacker Paul Worrilow is said to be assuming a leadership role in Atlanta. Improvement as a run defender and in coverage is what Worrilow must exemplify to become an effective starter, but developing as a leader doesn't hurt.

3. Joe Hawley is Lock to Start at C

Joe Hawley
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3. Joe Hawley is Lock to Start at C

Joe Hawley
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Although he hasn't officially earned it yet, some close to the team believe Joe Hawley is a virtual lock to start at center come Week 1. He's said to be battling Peter Konz for the spot, but Hawley was by far and away the superior center in 2013, especially as a run blocker.

2. Peter Konz is on Roster Bubble

Peter Konz
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2. Peter Konz is on Roster Bubble

Peter Konz
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Speaking of Peter Konz, the former second-round pick has been pushed around blocking for the pass and run through two seasons. Don't be surprised if the Falcons remove him from the roster this summer. Giving up on a high draft choice after only two seasons is usually premature, but if Konz doesn't upset Hawley to win the starting center job in August, Atlanta won't have much use for him.

1. Devonta Freeman Primed to Unseat Steven Jackson

Devonta Freeman
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1. Devonta Freeman Primed to Unseat Steven Jackson

Devonta Freeman
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When the Falcons pounced on running back Devonta Freeman in the fourth round of May's draft, some suggested that they picked up the starting running back of the future. But the future might become the present in 2014. Freeman has an all-around skill set, and last year's starter, Steven Jackson, is far from untouchable after a measly 3.5 yards-per-carry average.


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