OTA Report: Julio Jones shines, Hill on Konz



FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons finished up a spirited two-hour OTA practice early Wednesday afternoon.

Wide receiver Julio Jones continued to shine in the workouts.

“There is a little less weight on the top of his head with his dreads gone, but he’s had a very good camp for us as you saw today,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He made some very nice catches and he’s been making those types of catches all through camp.”

For Jones, cutting his hair was about more than just a new look.

Gone are the dreadlocks that were a trademark for the Falcons wide receiver through his first year in Atlanta and his collegiate career at Alabama.

Jones cut his hair and donated it to a charity that helps children with cancer.

“We do a lot of community service here, and from going to a lot of hospitals and seeing all the kids who are fans of mine, I just cut my hair and donated it for leukemia patients,” said Jones.

Jones said he has run into a number of people who double-take in his direction,

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones sports a new look. Jones shed his long dreads in favor of shorter hair. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones sports a new look. Jones shed his long dreads in favor of shorter hair. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

unsure if he is really the Falcons receiver. There are no plans to grow his hair out again.

“I like the new look,” he said.

Here are some of the other highlights:

– Smith gave an updated injury report. The big news is that offensive tackle Lamar Holmes (toe) will not be available until the start of training camp. The Falcons were hoping that their third-round pick would get some action late in the OTAs and definitely by the minicamp (June 19-21).

“We don’t have to give an injury report, but we want to give up an update on where we are,” Smith said. “Corey Peters has not been able to participate and he will not participate in our offseason program. The first time that we’ll get him back out on the field is when we start training camp in July. We had follow-up appointments with a couple of guys here earlier in the week and we made a couple of decisions. Lamar Holmes will not participate in the rest of the offseason program. We are going to be very precautionary. You saw he was walking around, he was out of his boot. So, we are going to be very precautionary.

“Stephen Nicholas (toe) is still progressing with his procedure where he missed some time last season as well.”

Also, defensive end Cliff Matthews was out with an undisclosed injury.

Attendance: Cornerback Asante Samuel, who had a previous engagement, was not at practice along with defensive end John Abraham and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Samuel took part in the Tuesday’s session.

– Early in the session, the offense came out on the attack, but couldn’t score against the first-team defense. The best play was a screen pass out to Michael Turner.

Cornerback rotation: With Samuel out, Brent Grimes played the left side. Dunta Robinson played the right. When the team went to the nickel, Robinson went inside and Christopher Owens went to the right side.

Dominique Franks and Darrin Walls were the second-team corners.

Robert McClain and Marty Markett were the third-team corners. Markett made a nice interception of a tipped pass, but got “coached up” when he tried to reverse field instead of streaming up the sideline.

Offensive line rotation: Left tackle Sam Baker, left guard Justin Blalock, center Joe Hawley, right guard Garrett Reynolds and right tackle Tyson Clabo ran with the first unit.

Left tackle Will Svitek, left guard Andrew Jackson, center Peter Konz, right guard Vince Manuwai and right tackle Mike Johnson made up the second line.

Left tackle Bryce Harris, left guard Phillip Manley, center Tyler Horn, right guard Peter Konz and right tackle Andrew Jackson made up the third line.

When the Falcons used their first two draft picks this year on offensive linemen, McClure didn’t waste any time offering his help to the rookies.

The center, entering his 15th NFL season, is used to competition for his job. It’s been that way since he entered the league. Nevertheless, he understands the plight of Konz and Holmes.

“I’ve dealt with it my whole career, young guys coming in, and I’ve always said I’ll try to teach as much as I can,” McClure said. “Kind of pay it forward. I told those guys when they came in, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask because we are making our team better. If I can teach those guys a little thing that can help this team win games, that’s what I’m here for.”

Staff writer Chris Vivlamore contributed to this report.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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June 6th, 2012
2:25 pm

KC

June 6th, 2012
2:31 pm

Ah.. I would’ve just gone with the shaved look… not a great cut..

KC

June 6th, 2012
2:33 pm

Come Julio, you’ve got money. Leave Great Clips and Sports Clips to us ordinary folks.. That must’ve been the $5.99 haircut special.

tgueboy

June 6th, 2012
2:52 pm

Since the 1st team offense couldnt score against the 1st team D…is it because the offense was just horrible or is the D that much improved?

Chub Rock

June 6th, 2012
2:53 pm

Interesting McClure is not running with the 1st team…I know it’s early still. Konz is running as 2nd team center instead of guard is mildly interesting. They really seem to want Owens to be the guy ahead of Franks. Are they even allowing poor Sidbury to get any snaps?

Joe Tess Fish House

June 6th, 2012
2:56 pm

No mention of Perrier Jerry? Does that mean the Flacons cut him already? Or is it cuz he sux so bah he is not wroth riting about?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
3:13 pm

Chub Rock — I think just think McClure was getting a break today.

Mikefalcon63

June 6th, 2012
3:14 pm

Joe Tess… Just my .02 cents… The team has close to 90 players out there. Can’t write about them all. My guess is Jerry will get cut in camp if he fails to take a massive leap forward.

I am most interest in the OL and DL since that is where games are won or lost; with the aecondary being a close 2nd. Baker and Reynolds running first team scares me more than anything in this article. I really hope Pat Hill is not still in college mode. He has his work cut out for him with those 2 guys.

Joe Tess Fish House

June 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

THey should have done cut him by now. The money there are spenting on him they could of had sighed some 1 else far beter.

jay

June 6th, 2012
3:23 pm

The film of Julio’s dreads being cut have been all over the internet for a a while. And man I hope they know what they are doing with Baker. I just can’t see him being a left tackle after his performance last season.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
3:24 pm

Joe Tess – We didn’t get to Peria today. He was on the list, but we had a lot of other major action to get to.

Falcon Jim's stalker should be BANNED

June 6th, 2012
3:26 pm

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Sun Tzu 7

June 6th, 2012
3:30 pm

“Corey Peters will not participate in our offseason program” just sounds bad.

I guess this means we’ll get more work from the DTs at the bottom of the depth chart like the kid we just drafted from SC.

Hope the delay doesn’t hold back Peters when camp starts.

Joe Tess Fish House

June 6th, 2012
3:32 pm

Ill save U the truble. Perrier Jerry is a waisted draft pick.

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

June 6th, 2012
3:38 pm

They need 2 cut him now. Give the rooster spot 2 a beter player.

Nique

June 6th, 2012
3:49 pm

Why not let Hawley, Vice,or Mike Johnson run with the 1st team at RG & put Reynolds at RT on the 2cnd team where he actually has a chance to get some pt if Clabbo goes down, after last years showing there’s no way in hell he has a shot at getting any playing time at RG!

Sir PostALot

June 6th, 2012
4:02 pm

O-Line play will be the key to postseason success. Confident in Peter Konz but still unsure about Lamar Holmes. If either of these two picks pans out well be in a much better position.

Gregory

June 6th, 2012
4:15 pm

“Joe Tess Fish House

June 6th, 2012
2:56 pm
No mention of Perrier Jerry? Does that mean the Flacons cut him already? Or is it cuz he sux so bah he is not wroth riting about?

Read this mess. And you have the nerve to post it. First od ALL, this is not tweeter or a text. Please read, before you HIT enter.

WOW

G MAC

June 6th, 2012
4:19 pm

wow, HERE YOU ARE AGAIN!

“THey should have done cut him by now. The money there are spenting on him they could of had sighed some 1 else far beter.

1danielbell

June 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

Jones and McClure are just more examples of a classy group of guys.

Junkyard Dawg2011

June 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

Worry about who’s running with the first team right now isn’t that important… Many of these guys will be switched in and out of the first team so the coaching staff will get a feel of who will be running with the first team offense and defense when Training camp starts up.

Falcon James

June 6th, 2012
5:50 pm

Nice update DOL> Thank you kind sir!

Falcon James

June 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

You actually made my day.

'"Explosive Offense"'

June 6th, 2012
6:14 pm

Julio is even faster with that heavy hair gone .

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
6:25 pm

Falcon James – You are welcome my friend.

Falconsrightwing

June 6th, 2012
6:45 pm

Seems to me Atlanta Falcons will be just fine this with 12 wins again.

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

June 6th, 2012
8:20 pm

I got a questio how many TDs will Donto Roberson give up this year?

My guess is at least 20

Whadda Ya Know?

June 6th, 2012
9:12 pm

I’m sorry but isn’t that the same sorry azz first team OL that got Matt beat up all of last year? Where’s the competition we keep hearing about? Oh, I guess it’s only select positions.

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June 6th, 2012
9:19 pm

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hind tit

June 6th, 2012
9:58 pm

Getting those things cut had to have cleared up his head.

Michael M.

June 6th, 2012
11:07 pm

Gone are the locks of hair and now we will see a even better receiver on the playing field this upcoming Season in the likes of Julio Jones………it will be fun to watch !

torgo

June 6th, 2012
11:23 pm

Nice to hear Konz is getting reps at center. Now we’ll just have to wait for the exhibition games (with real contact) for Manuwai to get his chance to beat out Garrett Reynolds and others at right guard.

Last year’s interior had McClure and Hawley – both under 300 pounds. Konz is 315, with Manuwai at 333. That could make a significant difference in the inside running game. Manuwai next to the 330-pound Clabo would also make those fourth and inches situations a lot easier.

panic fan

June 7th, 2012
12:18 am

Great update — dont worry about who is where in these ota”s This is the year of new looks of the plug and play style i feel we will see thru out the year, we have ability to make changes on the fly for better match ups.I hope as games are being played coaches make adj of players on the field to exploit other teams scheme and weakness, its just june— relax we got this going in correct form with lots of players to evaluate.

redcoat

June 7th, 2012
6:38 am

Peria Jerry suffered a serious injury…….He may not be able to get back to his full potential. That his not his fault or those who drafted him. So why do you hate Peria Jerry?

Greg Mendel

June 7th, 2012
8:03 am

“The best play was a screen pass out to Michael Turner.”

A screen pass! Finally! And to Michael Turner! That single sentence cancels out any negatives in the report.

78dawg

June 7th, 2012
8:41 am

I like Julio much more now. Now if Dunta and the other “dreads” would get a respectable look….

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

June 7th, 2012
9:11 am

His injruy was a long time a go. He should of have ben 100% last year. If that is 100% for him then he was aweful. If he was not 100% then he is lazy. Either way he shoold be cut now. Give his rooster spot to a beter palyer.

Section 322

June 7th, 2012
9:52 am

Thanks DLed. Good to see Konz getting reps at Center and Guard. Also, Michael Turner is fat again…any comments??????????

Saints R.E.A.M.

June 7th, 2012
9:54 am

I guess Julio is trying to get in on those endorsement $$$$$$. Unfortunately, the cutting of Dreads will make him more marketable to the conservative fan/consumer. Look for him to get more tv spots.

I usually just read but....

June 7th, 2012
10:19 am

Good haircut. Look like a man, be a man. Glad we got him but I don’t understand how. He didn’t miss nearly enough games in college due to injury to be on TD’s radar.

Redcoat

June 7th, 2012
10:41 am

@ No More……If Peria doesn’t make the standard or if better talent wins, changes will occur…..But your comments and others seem so unnecessary and swallow. With a new DC, we’ll all have to wait on that assessment. The Falcons are still heading in the right direction and if you have been a fan of many years you would know that.

zorro

June 7th, 2012
10:42 am

And the hits just keep on coming. Only in this culture would these comments be made. All of you that have something to say about a person appearance. You are showing your true colors very tranparent. Down,set,snap talk football and stop the hate or just go away.

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June 7th, 2012
11:04 am

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U Cant B Serious

June 7th, 2012
11:17 am

Dreads are not respectable?! What about excessive mousse and dusty beards and tattoos?

Jean Claude Killy

June 7th, 2012
12:18 pm

Give his “Rooster” spot to someone else.. Whaaaaaa

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

June 7th, 2012
1:45 pm

Redcoat
June 7th, 2012
10:41 am

@ No More……If Peria doesn’t make the standard or if better talent wins, changes will occur…..But your comments and others seem so unnecessary and swallow. With a new DC, we’ll all have to wait on that assessment. The Falcons are still heading in the right direction and if you have been a fan of many years you would know that.

What do U mean by swalow?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 7th, 2012
3:11 pm

Section 322 — You’re welcome. Mike looks to be in fighting trim to me.

[...] is a little less weight on the top of his head with his dreads gone, but he’s had a very good camp for us as you saw today,” coach Mike [...]

Redcoat

June 7th, 2012
4:52 pm

@ No More………..Sorry, shallow was the word……..I’ll swallow my pride an admit my mistake. I’ll admit also Peria has not produced as advertised, but you have to let the coaches do their jobs and give Peria every benefit of doubt. Go Falcons! All The Way!

truefalconfan

June 7th, 2012
6:16 pm

any news on Travian Robertson?????????????????/