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Falcons' Ryan, Jones establishing connection in workouts

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By Dan Parr

While the lockout is keeping Falcons rookie WR Julio Jones from getting a chance to learn from and interact with Atlanta's coaching staff, the reviews of his performance at player-organized workouts are very positive. Sources say Jones looks way ahead of the game and that QB Matt Ryan has been in his ear often, offering instruction to the Falcons' prized prospect. Jones has been accepting of Ryan's coaching and the two appear to be building a rapport, we hear. The rookie receiver underwent foot surgery to repair a stress fracture in March, but he joined the player workouts in late May after he was cleared to resume running. GM Thomas Dimitroff traded up 21 spots in the first round to land Jones with the sixth overall pick, trading five picks, including two first-rounders, to be in position to select him. Jones is expected to start opposite All-Pro WR Roddy White and could give the Falcons one of the most dynamic receiver duos in the league.

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