Friday’s Early Bird Report includes the Falcons’ hangover cure and the Lions’ plan for Julio Jones

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons (2-0) are busy putting the final touches on their preparations for the Detroit Lions (2-0), a matchup that will kick off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. With the weekend nearly upon us, here are the final pieces of news for this inter-divisional showdown.

Today’s Early Bird Report includes the Falcons’ hangover cure; the Lions’ plan for Julio Jones and the two teams’ different approaches to injury reports.

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FALCONS HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

 

Sports Illustrated: Falcons not suffering from a Super Bowl hangover

Remember that hangover everyone expected to have after last year’s Super Bowl? Turns out the Falcons didn’t get the memo. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer wrote a piece about Atlanta avoiding any type of let-down over the first two weeks of the season.

Breer believes there’s one key reason why the Falcons have continued to roll right along:

“They did what few NFL teams have the stomach to when things go sideways — behind the GM they’ve stuck with for a decade and a head coach they’ve invested in, they believed in their course and stuck to it.”

ESPN.com: Lions’ plan for Julio? Know where he is every play

Containing Julio Jones is a nearly impossible task for NFL teams, and the Lions are the next team who will attempt to do so. Former Atlanta linebacker Paul Worrilow is now in Detroit, and he spoke with ESPN’s Michael Rothstein about some of the things Jones can do.

“The way he’ll go after a long ball, you think it’s out of reach, you know,” Worrilow told Rothstein. “You wouldn’t just think much if he didn’t go after it, because it might be too far away.

“But he’s taking off. He’s going for it. He might lay out in practice, just athletic stuff like that.”

Sports Illustrated: Julio named one of the top 50 fittest male athletesFalcons fans have known for a long time just how incredibly athletic Jones is. Everyone else has caught on. In a recent feature, Sports Illustrated ranked the top 50 fittest male and female athletes in sports and the Falcons’ star receiver came in at No. 18 on the list.

Said SI, “Who can’t Julio Jones outrun? The man is a Speed Machine, making him even more of a nightmare for opponents who are already dreading his incredible ball control and vertical abilities that contributed to his 1,409-yard season in 2016. (Mohamed Sanureferred to the 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver as an ‘alien,’ which would honestly explain a lot.) If there’s some kind of physical talent that Matt Ryan‘s most lethal weapon does not possess, then, well, you could’ve fooled us.”

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