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The Eagles are the best team in the NFL, per ESPN's Football Power Index. Changes to the vig on Philadelphia's season win total earlier this offseason bumped the defending champs over New England. However, the Patriots (17%) and Steelers (13%) remain more likely to win the Super Bowl than the Eagles (13%) because there are fewer contenders in the AFC. Note: these numbers were run before AJ McCarron's injury, which will affect the Bills' rating.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn on conference call about SS Keanu Neal being whistled for lowering-the-helmet Friday after hitting Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt on a screen: ``That was a classic hit that we train Keanu in. I'm anxious to hear what the league says. ... I thought in the way that we teach it; it was a pretty classic, lower-the-shoulder hit. I think the hardest ones that we're going to put on to the officials are the ones that are going to be judgment calls when the running back is really low, and you have to get down low to meet that person. I think that was an example of that. When I looked at the play, it felt like a really, good, typical, hard Keanu hit.'' Quinn won't send the play into the league for clarity but expects it to be part of the league's teaching tape.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Although the Falcons lost their second straight preseason game, 28-14 to the Chiefs, the starting offense showed glimpses of what coach Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian hope will be a resurgent year. Matt Ryan has more than enough weapons to help the Falcons overcome last year's shaky offensive output if his line holds up. Friday night, Ryan found maturing TE Austin Hooper for a 4-yard TD and hooked up with electrifying rookie Calvin Ridley on a 36-yard deep ball, all with Julio Jones & Devonta Freeman sitting out. Ridley also scored a TD from backup Matt Schaub. Ryan completed 5 of 7 passes for 90 yards and the score and made a nice play with feet on a third-down completion. The offense, though still vanilla in the preseason, showed a lot of pre-snap motion and play-action off an effective run game. Once Ryan has his full arsenal together, it could be a 30-point explosion any given week in Year 2 under Sarkisian.

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3dDarren Rovell

Falcons WR Jones, Under Armour part ways

An Under Armour spokesman confirmed the company had mutually parted ways with Julio Jones with one year left on the Falcons receiver's endorsement contract.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Recapping the Falcons' offensive standouts Friday night vs. Chiefs: QB Matt Ryan, 5-of-7, 90 yards, 1 TD, 153.3 QBR; WR Calvin Ridley, 3 catches, 49 yards, 1 TD, 6 targets, 2 kickoff returns, 52 yards, long 34; TE Austin Hooper, 2 catches, 33 yards, 1 TD, long 29; RB Tevin Coleman, 5 rushes 35 yards, long 15; QB Matt Schaub, 7-of-10, 75 yards, 1 TD, 125 QBR.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons rookie RB Ito Smith was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness after a lowering-the-helmet infraction while blocking in last week's preseason game against the Jets. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he urged Smith to lower the shoulder next time.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn responds to Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey's trash talk about Matt Ryan and other QBs.

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5dMichael DiRocco

Ramsey on QBs: Allen 'trash,' Ryan 'overrated'

Jalen Ramsey didn't hold back when asked his opinions of the NFL's quarterbacks, telling GQ magazine that Josh Allen is "trash" and Matt Ryan is "overrated."

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6dTim McManus

Wentz: It will be close call to play Week 1

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hasn't been cleared for contact yet and says the decision on whether he'll play Week 1 against the Falcons is "going to be close."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Naturally, Falcons wanted a better offensive showing than to be shut out 17-0 in first half of preseason opener vs. the Jets. Not much to say about the offense until Matt Schaub hit promising TE Eric Saubert with a couple passes near the end of the half. Of course, the playbook is vanilla in the exhibition season, and Falcons sat Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman tonight. Still, one expected a little more than an array of penalties and missed short-yardage situation. ... On defense, DB Damontae Kazee showing he deserves playing time despite picking up a penalty for lower the head. He's all over the field.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones talks red zone and defensive coverages

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones reiterating today what he has said in the past about opportunities in the red zone: ``It's very important for me and Matt to be on the same page down there in the red zone. Over the years, I have the ability to make plays, and he has the ability to put balls there. But it's all about us being on the same page, not having to think when we get down there, knowing where he's going to put the ball, and knowing what I can do before he puts the ball in there.'' Jones emphasized that there's no need to force the ball and that defensive coverages have taken away plays such as the fade. Jones had nine receptions on 24 red-zone targets last season (including playoffs) with a pair of touchdowns against the Patriots and the Rams (postseason). Falcons have put a renewed emphasis on red zone work during practice and even afterward.

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14dVaughn McClure

Falcons, Allen agree on three-year extension

The Falcons have given safety Ricardo Allen a three-year, $19.5 million extension, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move comes after Allen signed a restricted free-agent tender this offseason.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen gets three-year, $19.5 million extension, according to Adam Schefter. Allen had signed a one-year tender as a restricted free agent worth $2.914 million. Important part of the unit as the last line of defense and "eraser'' in the defensive backfield. Former fifth-round draft pick from Purdue was once on the practice squad. Next up for Falcons is extension for nose tackle Grady Jarrett.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Wrapping up today's practice for Falcons: More work in the red zone and scoring situations, with Matt Ryan hitting rookie Calvin Ridley in the corner of the end zone to end practice. ... Rookie LB Foyesade Oluokun continues to impress playing backup at base Will and nickel Will. Oluokun picked off a Matt Schaub pass off a deflection during 11 on 11. ``He's in that mix,'' LBs coach Jeff Ulbrich said. ... The Falcons ruled out K Matt Bryant (undisclosed) and OL Ty Sambrailo (hand) for Friday night's preseason opener vs. the Jets. The 43-year-old Bryant likely just getting rest, with rookie David Marvin handling the kicking. ... DE Takk McKinley, who had surgeries on both shoulders and then a bruised right shoulder, has not been ruled out for Friday but was limited in practice again Monday. ``It always sucks when you're not out there on the field,'' McKinley said. ``I play football. I'm not trying to be on the sideline. I'm trying to be out there on the field in the action. It sucks, but I just have to take it day by day.'' ... Fellow DE Vic Beasley Jr. had an outstanding bull rush in drills that knocked rookie OL Matt Gano on his back.

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