Falcons coach says discussions with Julio Jones have begun

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made his statement by skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp, but the team remains confident he’s not going to be a malcontent.

In fact, coach Dan Quinn said he expected Jones would be quite happy by then.

Though Gelis might get the biggest title of Wednesday’s newcomers, Stefania Rizzo might have the most familiarity. She had been a rehabilitation specialist at Fortius Sport & Health. The Vancouver-based institution is where Lin had spent this season doing more than just rehabbing from his ruptured patella tendon on opening night.

Lin’s decision to rehab in Canada instead of around the Nets raised some eyebrows, but working with Fortius co-founder Rick Celebrini, the Nets point guard also retrained muscle memory and learned to run, jump and move more efficiently. Rizzo, who regularly shares Lin’s rehab updates on social media, will replace Aisley Toolan as director of performance rehabilitation.

I don’t know. I didn’t notice that, O’Brien said, via the team. I’m sure that was cleared with the proper people. I’m not the brace doctor or the brace coach.

Watson tore his ACL last November and has been doing 7-on-7 work at OTAs as he pushes to return to the lineup for the start of the regular season. Running back Lamar Miller seems to think that’s a likely outcome as he said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com, that he doesn’t really notice any issues with his knee, other than his coaches holding him back from certain drills.

That will likely remain the case as minicamp wraps up, but it sounds like it won’t be a surprise if Watson’s doing just about everything come the start of training camp.

Daniel Liburd, replacing Meehan as head strength and conditioning coach, has an NFL background. He was the Steelers’ assistant strength and conditioning coach after nine seasons in the same capacity with the Bills.

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