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Dan Quinn, Falcons monitoring wide receivers closely

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Atlanta Falcons certainly need to find a complement to wide receiver Julio Jones, which is why Dan Quinn and his staff are taking a long look at potential free agents and wide receiver prospects at this year's combine.

Quinn said the status of veteran Roddy White remains in limbo. Meanwhile the Falcons have done their homework on a list of players with expiring contract including Cleveland's Travis Benjamin, Cincinnati's Mohamed Sanu, Seattle's Jermaine Kearse and Washington's Nate Washington, among others.

"At each position, there's always some guys that catch you like, `Man, that guy can really make a difference and make an impact,'" Quinn said. "And oftentimes some of those guys, whether they're franchised or get back to their own club ... free agency can be a little tricky. You're interested, interested, then they're back to their own club.

"We went through them all, and there were definitely some guys that had our interest for sure."

Benjamin has a natural tie to the Falcons, having thrived in Kyle Shanahan's system when the Falcons' offensive coordinator held the same role with the Browns. But keep an eye on Sanu, a play-maker in his own right who would fit the scheme.

In terms of draft prospects, TCU's Josh Doctson, Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Notre Dame's Will Fuller are guys to keep an eye on if the Falcons target a wide receiver in the second round. Quinn got a closer look at the explosive Miller last month.

"My first interaction with him was at the Senior Bowl, and just seeing him battle and compete for it," Quinn said. "I know a little bit of his history of playing two positions (quarterback, wide receiver). So, I think he's got a huge future."

More than anything, the Falcons have to find a receiver capable of establishing separation in one-on-one situations, considering the added defensive attention Jones will continue to draw coming off a 136-catch, 1,871-yard season.

The wide receivers at the combine address the media Thursday and have on-field workouts Saturday.