Falcons coach Dan Quinn speaks about players missing from organized team activities. Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter.

5 things to know about the Falcons before minicamp

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Monday:

1. Attendance. Falcons coach Dan Quinn, hasn’t changed his tune from the start of the offseason program. He expects to see all of his players at minicamp.

Defensive end Vic Beasley, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Deion Jones have not taken part in the offseason program. All are expected to attend. 

“I’m expecting that,” Quinn said Thursday when asked if all players are expected to attend. “I haven’t heard otherwise and we have regular communication. Unless something changes in the meantime, I expect to see those guys here.”

However, Jarrett sounded non-committal in an interview with a television station at his charity golf event.

Beasley has said he’ll attend to three different local media outlets, while Julio Jones was expected last season and skipped the mandatory minicamp.

Julio Jones and Jarrett have contract situations, while Beasley just elected to stay away. Deion Jones is rehabbing. 

Any NFL player under contract who skips all three days is subject to an $88,650 fine, but there isn't a contractual obligation to practice, only to attend.

2. Walsh coaching fellowships. Morehouse coach Rich Freeman, Akron assistant coach Chris Cook, Virginia State coach Reggie Barlow, Clark Atlanta coach Tim Bowens, former Oregon player Will Tukuafu and Dartmouth assistant Callie Brownson will join the Falcons for their minicamp as the team’s 2019 Bill Walsh coaching fellows.

3. Backup free safety spot. One of the key position battles to watch during minicamp will be at free safety with Ricardo Allen recovering from Achilles surgery. 

4. Exhibition schedule times set. The times for the Falcons’ exhibition games were released by the league office last week.

5. Training camp. After the minicamp, the Falcons will break for five weeks. The rookies are scheduled to report on July 18, with camp starting earlier this season because they play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio. 


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