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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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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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With the 21st overall pick, the Detroit Lions select linebacker Jarrad Davis.

The Detroit Lions needed help in a big way along their front seven on defense, and help is now on the way.The Lions selected Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis with the 21st overall pick in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft.

It turns out Lions general manager Bob Quinn and his staff did a lot of homework on Davis, including a trip down to Gainesville for a private meeting and workout.

“I felt like we did a really thorough job and got a player that is really going to help us,” Quinn said. “It’s a player we targeted, it’s a player we wanted and we were fortunate to get him.”

Davis notched 60 tackles, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and two sacks for the Gators last season, despite missing four of the team’s last five games, including the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 with an ankle injury.

As a junior, Davis had 98 tackles (11 for loss), 3.5 sacks and four pass breakups playing the entire season.

After sitting out of the NFL Scouting Combine to give his injured ankle more time to heal, Davis wowed scouts, coaches and personnel people at his pro day with his testing and on-field workout.

Davis (6-1, 238) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds, had a 38.5 inch vertical and 10’9’’ broad jump at his pro day.

Quinn said Davis has position versatility, and can play both the WILL and the MIKE in Detroit’s scheme.

“He’s a passionate football player,” Quinn said. “He’s got very good playing speed. Very good tackler. Good blitzer. Good coverage player. This guy is a really well-rounded linebacker. As a freshman, he was the Special Teams Player of the Year for Florida when he was a backup linebacker. So he’s got four-down value. I think he’s a real well-rounded guy with position versatility.”

Davis said he was comfortable playing both the MIKE and WILL, but played more MIKE. It sounded like it was his position of preference.

“I played strictly MIKE all the way through my junior and senior year,” Davis said via conference call. “To play that and lead the defense and have an opportunity to make almost every play, every snap, being in the middle of the defense, it was a position I really enjoyed and really thrived on.”

Davis is a sideline-to-sideline run defender with explosive closing speed, and should be a three-down player in Teryl Austin’s defense.

The Lions signed veteran linebackers Paul Worrilow and Nike Bellore in free agency this offseason, but Quinn knew he had to add young talent to that group at some point early in this draft.

“It’s a position where I really think you need a guy in the middle of your defense that can be looked upon to call the defense, hopefully become a leader in time, and really be that gel between the secondary and defensive line,” Quinn said. “It was a position of need, for sure.”

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