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  • Ricardo Allen began listing the weapons on the Atlanta Falcons' offense and shook his head.

    Wide receivers Julio Jones Authentic Byron Maxwell Jersey , Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Quarterback Matt Ryan.

    The safety said facing those playmakers is like a bad dream he must revisit every practice. But Allen also smiled because that's good news for Atlanta's 2018 outlook.

    "Oh, man, you've got Julio, you've got Sanu, you've got Ridley on the field at the same time and you've got those running backs," Allen said Saturday. "Who do you match up against? Who do you put your best players on? It's like a matchup nightmare."

    The front office has taken action to make those playmakers happy 鈥?and safe.

    Ryan has a new five-year, $150 million contract extension. Jones was given an adjustment to his five-year, $71.5 million contract and a promise the deal will be renegotiated after the season. Left tackle Jake Matthews agreed to five-year, $75 million extension on Friday, and the team's top offseason acquisition was right guard Brandon Fusco, adding more stability to the offensive line.

    Ridley, a wide receiver from Alabama, was the team's first-round draft pick .

    Ryan is 33. Jones is 29. Coleman can be a free agent after the season. The Falcons are attempting to seize this opportunity to take full advantage of this offense 鈥?most of the unit led the league in scoring two years ago.

    "To go up against it every day, I personally don't think any other offense that has this many weapons from sideline to sideline to give us that much pressure Jason Kipnis Jersey ," Allen said. "Then you've got Matty Ice out there putting the ball anywhere he can. It's a hard matchup and every day is a challenge and that's a good thing."

    The Falcons led the league with 33.8 points a game in their 2016 Super Bowl season with former coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now San Francisco's coach, in charge of the offense. In Steve Sarkasian's 2017 debut as offensive coordinator, Atlanta fell back to 15th in scoring, at 22.1 points per game.

    Center Alex Mack says the Falcons are starting faster in their second year with Sarkasian.

    "I just see it as a way to start fast and build," Mack said Saturday. "As an offense in training camp, you can start at a more advanced point than you started the year before, so you can get into the details and work on the little things and be really on the same page."

    The Falcons opened training camp with Freeman and Jones at full health.

    Jones played every game but dealt with a long list of injuries last season. Freeman missed two games with his second concussion of the year, including one last preseason, and also was slowed by a knee injury at the end of the season.

    "It is awesome to see Free back, feeling like himself," coach Dan Quinn said. "His aggressive nature always comes out and he's off to a great start."

    Quinn said the familiarity that comes with the offense's second season with Sarkasian is crucial.

    "I think anytime you're around guys for more than a year, he has such a clear vision of what guys can do," Quinn said. "As small as that may sound to you Authentic Trenton Cannon Jersey , it's a big deal."

    NOTES: DE Takkarist McKinley left practice with an apparent right shoulder injury. He has had surgeries on both shoulders the last two years. Quinn said Saturday's injury is not believed to be serious. ... The Falcons have sold all 60,000 tickets, at $5 each, for their practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. It will be the team's first practice in pads.

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned to Lambeau Field for Green Bay Packers minicamp after the safety cited personal issues for missing some voluntary offseason workouts.

    Clinton-Dix said that the death of his godmother following a heart attack hit him hard. She was a school principal who played a formative role in Clinton-Dix's upbringing.

    "I learned everything. I learned the principles of being a young man, not taking anything for granted," he said.

    Having the opportunity to spend time with family meant a lot to him.

    "But, you know, my family means everything to me," Clinton-Dix said after practice Tuesday. "If I have the opportunity to be home with them, I would love to be home with them."

    The safety's absence during some voluntary workouts in May and early June was notable given that the Packers have a new defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine. A Pro Bowler in 2016, Clinton-Dix is part of the core of a defense hoping to improve following a lackluster 2017 season.

    He's also entering the option year of the rookie contract signed after being drafted in the first round in 2014 out of Alabama.

    Asked why he missed some of the workouts, Clinton-Dix first said "family issues," then winked .

    Asked if his absence wasn't contract related Cheap Billy Price Jersey , the fifth-year pro replied "personal issues."

    Later, Clinton-Dix said he had no deadline to get a new deal done. He doesn't sound like someone who plans to hold out, either.

    "What would it do, though?" Clinton-Dix said. "You're just wasting your time, really. You're getting fined and fined and fined. I'm a guy that, I need my money, man. That's why I'm here now. I need my money."

    Clinton-Dix was in Green Bay for three weeks at the start of the offseason program in April. He had his team-issued tablet computer the entire time while he was away to watch practices.

    If there were any questions, Clinton-Dix would contact position coach Joe Whitt. A member of the coaching staff would get back to him with an answer, or send another video clip to help.

    "Well, you guys can take attendance. It's a mandatory minicamp, so things step up. But I feel really good, Ha Ha all the way through," coach Mike McCarthy said. "We've had change, we've transitioned through that."

    McCarthy followed recent tradition and excused 16 veterans with six or more years of experience from this week's minicamp Cheap Jaire Alexander Jersey , including quarterback Aaron Rodgers. So practices this week can especially help rookies or younger players lower on the depth chart make impressions on the coaching staff.

    Still, any time on the practice field with a player with Pro Bowl potential such as Clinton-Dix can help as the Packers hope to finish the offseason program strong before going on summer break.

    "Scheme or not, all you've got to do is (say) 'You've got this, you've got this' and he's going to go out there and play," second-year cornerback Kevin King said. "Playbook-wise, I'm not worried about that. Ha Ha is going to be Ha Ha."

    Always confident, Clinton-Dix used word play when asked if minicamp was a time when he could play catch-up. Pettine's scheme appears to play to Clinton-Dix's strength and allow him to spend more time closer to the line of scrimmage, rather than 20 yards out.

    "I love ketchup. Love it on my hot dogs, love it on my hamburgers and I love it on my fries," Clinton-Dix said. "Catch-up won't be a problem."

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