Dan Quinn: Julio Jones contract situation not distracting Falcons

Dan Quinn: Julio Jones contract situation not distracting Falcons”

Minnesota (8-7-1) reached the NFC Championship game in 2018, and paid quarterback Kirk Cousins boatload of money (three years, $84 million) to take them to the Super Bowl.

He was more than happy to hand the ball off and get out of the way. As long as we win the football game, that's all that matters to me. Adam Thielen remains a strong WR1 on Sunday.

There were untimely penalties - two in the defensive backfield that extended Minnesota's third touchdown drive - and costly turnovers - two devastating drive-killers deep in Vikings territory - that contributed to this defeat. Even as the Falcons slumped to a 7-9 record, he had 113 receptions for an NFL-leading 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I'm coming back from injuries and things like that, but the ultimate thing is being ready when my number is called". Head coach Dan Quinn's squad started 0-4 before beating Jacksonville 31-12 last Thursday. Cousins is now working in a new zone-scheme system under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, with help from adviser Gary Kubiak.

"We know that's the strength of our team".

The NFL season is back and you know what that means: Spartans are scoring touchdowns.

A year after the offense was criticized for being too pass-heavy, did the pendulum swing too far the other direction in Week 1? That came after Jones missed the Falcons' entire offseason program and threatened to hold out into training camp.

Jones has two years and more than $21 million remaining on his current contract.

Lindstrom, the 14th overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Boston College, started at right guard in his National Football League debut. DeFilippo was sacked with three games left in the season and Stefanski was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

Falcons: WR Russell Gage was removed from the game on the final drive of the first half with a concussion, after converting a first down and being levelled by Vikings FS Harrison Smith.

Vikings: Nickel CB Mackensie Alexander injured his elbow in the second quarter and did not return. He had two catches for 37 yards.

The Falcons' season was ruined a year ago when they lost several key defenders, specifically Deion Jones, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen in September. Where he is wrong is in the fact the Vikings might play a 52-51 game.

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