FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Rookies are not the only Falcons players going through their first minicamp this week.
This also is the first offseason program for such second-year players as receiver Julio Jones and running back Jacquizz Rodgers who had no minicamp or organized team activities last year due to
the NFL lockout.
Jones, Rodgers and other second-year players are making up for lost time with the valuable intense lessons with their position coaches that began with OTAs in May.
Falcons coach Mike Smith says he's expecting "real quick" maturation for the 2011 draft picks. Some played key roles in 2011 despite missing the normal summer preparation.
Rodgers was the team's second-leading rusher in 2011 but says he wasn't confident he knew all the plays until the fifth or sixth week of the season.