Arthur Smith is in the middle of his first-ever minicamp as a head coach in the NFL. He and his coaching staff have a whole roster of players eager to learn the nuances of a new offensive and defensive playbook.
Matt Ryan returns to provide stability at QB. Plenty of other returning starters on both sides of the ball are ready to put the 2020 season in the rearview mirror.
Kyle Pitts and the rest of the 2021 draft picks, along with the several free-agent signees brought in by new GM Terry Fontenot are all looking to make good impressions on the new regime of leadership.
And now that the Julio Jones trade is completed, the entire organization can get back to business as usual.
According to NFL Insider Steve Wyche, who joined Dukes and Bell Monday afternoon, the transition without Jones will be pretty easy for one reason.
“All of the guys have worked all offseason without Julio,” said Wyche during his interview.
Wyche also emphasized that Coach Smith was completely focused on the players that he knew would be on his roster, (Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts, etc.) much more than any player that more than likely would not be there by the time the Falcons begin the 2021 campaign.
The Falcons will open the season September 12 at home vs Philadelphia Eagles.