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Five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday

The Falcons took a break over the long Memorial Day weekend and will return to Organized Team Activities (OTAs) this week.

Here are five things to know as the Falcons head into the second week of OTAs: 

1. Ryan to speak: Quarterback Matt Ryan is set to address the media along with head coach Dan Quinn on Wednesday for the session that will be open to the media.

2. Jones spoke to TMZ: Wide receiver Julio Jones spoke to TMZ in Hollywood late last week and said that he doesn’t have any issues with the Falcons and that the media was fishing for stories in the wake of social media scrub down and the fluctuation in the wide receiver market.

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3. Dimitroff and Rodgers: Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed fitness, the Falcons and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers during an appearance on Andrew Brandt’s The Business of Sports podcast.

4. On the rookies: Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel was asked if any of the rookies have jumped out to him yet. (It’s a bit early and they haven’t even put on pads, but who’s judging.) That didn’t stop Manuel from giving a good non-answer-answer. “I wouldn’t just say one,” Manuel said. “There’s a combination. All of these guys came in from the first meeting, these guys have been hungry. I’m not just giving you the playbook version of my answer. These guys have been hungry. They have been consistent. Guys coming by your office before they should, sometimes walking with their breakfast in their hands just ... to see the coach. Guys that are taking being a professional serious.”

5. Mallory passes: Bill Mallory, the winningest coach in Indiana University history, died peacefully Friday, according to the school.

Mallory, 82, who also was a head coach at Colorado, is the father of Doug Mallory, the Falcons’ defensive backs coach. He had brain surgery after a fall Tuesday and did not recover.  

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

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