FLOWERY BRANCH Calvin Ridley Jersey Super Bowl , Ga. (AP) r12; The Atlanta Falcons have started their offseason conditioning program without wide receiver Julio Jones for the second straight year.Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett also did not attend the launch of the offseason program, which started Monday and continued Wednesday. The Falcons placed a $15.209 million franchise tag on Jarrett and hope to negotiate a new long-term deal with the leader of the teamr17;s defensive front.Jones, 30, also missed last seasonr17;s offseason conditioning program and mandatory minicamp while seeking a new contract. He reported for the start of last yearr17;s training camp following an adjustment to his five-year, $71.5 million contract, and he led the NFL in yards receiving.General manager Thomas Dimitroff said recently he has had productive talks with Jones and his agent and said there is r0;no timeliner1; on his hopes for an agreement.r0;Wer17;ll continue to talk with both Julio and his representation Calvin Ridley Jersey For Sale ,r1; Dimitroff said. r0;Again, we have really good conversations with them. So therer17;s no particular time on that. Ir17;m not concerned on that, nor is he. I know wer17;ll get that figured out. I know therer17;s interest because of what has gone on with the receivers in the league. Therer17;s some big numbers talked about.r1;Jonesr17; base salary for 2019 is $9.6 million, which according to Spotrac ranks only 15th among NFL wide receivers. Tampa Bayr17;s Mike Evans leads the position with his $17 million base salary in 2019.Jones is set to earn $11.4 million in 2020, the final year of the contract.He was an AP All-Pro second-team selection last season, when he had 113 catches for 1 Calvin Ridley Jersey On Sale ,677 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones has reached 1,000 yards in five straight seasons. He has been named to five straight Pro Bowl teams, and six overall.Jarrett, 25, was seen as one of the top free agents at defensive tackle before given the franchise tag.Jarrett was a bright spot in the Falconsr17; disappointing 2018 season. He set career highs with six sacks and three forced fumbles. Dimitroff said talks with Jarrett could extend to the start of training camp in July.3 takeaways from Falcons vs Bengals The 2018 version of the Atlanta Falcons are what wer17;ve always known as fans: continual promise interrupted by depressing heartbreak. The game against the Bengals said it all, as the offense looked amazing yet again Calvin Ridley Jersey Sale , only for the game to be lost by one single point. Good grief. Here are some key takeaways from the game.Offense is great, but not enoughIn the NFL, scoring 30 or more points should be a guaranteed win. Scoring 35 or more should never result in a loss and yet thatr17;s what wer17;ve gotten for two straight weeks. This offense is currently operating at a ridiculous rate that is probably not sustainable, but itr17;s fun to watch nevertheless. The red zone woes from 2017 are a distant memory and Matt Ryan arguably looks as good as he did in 2016 when he won the league MVP. Yet, itr17;s not enough. The injuries to the defense are squandering what could be another record setting year for Ryan and this offense. Itr17;s amazing and depressing and disheartening. Defensive adjustments were overlookedThe Falcons defense gave up a depressing 28 points in the first half against the Bengals. Whatr17;s being overlooked in the loss is the fact that they held the Bengals scoreless in the third quarter and to only 9 points in the second half. The coaching staff made adjustments that appeared to work and the unit seemed to be ... not god awful. While they did give up the go-ahead TD at the end of the fourth quarter, therer17;s reason to think this may be the worst performance wer17;ll see from them this year.If Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley can build off their performances today Replica Calvin Ridley Jersey , the pass rush could help compensate a little for the issues in the middle. This defense is not going to be good this year, but therer17;s some hope they can avoid being the worst in the league.Playoffs slipping awayUnfortunately, statistics tell us the Falcons playoff hopes took a devastating uppercut today. Teams that have gone 1-3 in the past have less than a 15% chance to make it to the playoffs. Going 2-2 would have given them over a 50% chance, so the impact of this loss was pretty significant. The Falcons can still crawl back out of this hole, but dropping two straight means you have to win several on the road going forward. Itr17;s going to be a big, uphill battle to be relevant in January.