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Julio Jones remains in coach Dan Quinn's good graces even after missing the opening day of the Atlanta Falcons' mandatory minicamp.Quinn said Tuesday he thought Jones http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-warren-sapp-jersey , who missed voluntary offseason workouts , would participate in the minicamp. The coach said he found out Monday that Jones would skip the minicamp.Quinn wouldn't share details of his conversation with Jones but said "Sometimes football and business intersect and that's OK and that happens a lot."Jones has three years remaining on his five-year, $71.3 million deal with $47 million in guaranteed money but could soon have the deal tweaked. Quinn said the team is "right in the middle" of talks with Jones, a five-time Pro Bowl selection.Quinn has emphasized "brotherhood" and making sure players do everything as a team. Players stood together as a team on the sideline during the national anthem for all games after two players kneeled in protest early in the 2017 season.Could Jones' absence hurt the Falcons' unity?"No," Quinn said. "I recognize the question, for sure. Do we want everybody here all the time? Hell yeah, like all the time. ... What I'd say is if you ask to a man, the guy is a hell of a teammate and the time he spends here, the way he mentors people, how hard he plays, there is plenty of brotherhood in Julio."Receiver Mohamed Sanu said he and other players were not impacted by Jones' absence."Whether he's present or not, we were just focused on what we have to do today," said Sanu, the team's No. 2 receiver behind Jones.Jones Adarius Glanton Jersey , 29, remains one of the league's top receivers. He earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl berth last season when he had 88 catches for 1,444 yards. It was his fourth straight season with at least 80 receptions and 1,400 receiving yards.Jones' salary cap figure of $12.9 million for 2018 ranks seventh among NFL receivers, well behind recent deals signed by Tampa Bay's Mike Evans ($18.252 million in 2018) and Cleveland's Jarvis Landry ($15.5 million).Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Monday he has been in talks with Jones and Jones' agent, Jimmy Sexton.Sexton did not return a message from The Associated Press.Jones' holdout comes after the Falcons made quarterback Matt Ryan the league's top-paid player this offseason with a five-year extension that could be worth $150 million.Quinn said he was not disappointed in Jones' decision to miss minicamp because Jones remained in constant communication and explained why his plans changed."Sometimes circumstances change and as long as players communicate with me on why circumstances change, then I never am disappointed as long as communication with me is very clear," Quinn said. "... The things that jam me up are when people don't communicate."Quinn wouldn't say if Jones will be fined for missing the first day of the three-day minicamp.Without Jones on the field, Ryan's top targets included Sanu, rookie first-round pick Calvin Ridley and Justin Hardy. Like Jones, Ridley played at Alabama.An undrafted rookie, Christian Blake, from Northern Illinois, reached up to make an impressive catch over the middle."All those guys Cameron Brate Jersey , Calvin, Christian Blake, it was good to see those guys make plays and do what they do," Sanu said.Quinn praised the rookies' speed and said the class "has a chance to be an excellent one."NOTES: The team waived S Quincy Mauger, who spent his 2017 rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was an undrafted free agent from Georgia. ... RB Devonta Freeman, who was slowed by a sprained right knee late last season, appeared to be fully recovered on his runs with the first-team offense. Tampa Bay now knows who it will be facing in its four August exhibition games."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmBuccaneers’ 2019 preseason opponents releasedNew,2commentsTampa Bay now knows who it will be facing in its four August exhibition games. EDTShareTweetShareShareBuccaneers’ 2019 preseason opponents releasedIt’s April, which means schedules for the upcoming NFL season start to trickle out little by little. On Tuesday, the league announced matchups for all four weeks of the preseason, withfull details of exact dates and times to be announced at a later date.The 2019 preseason schedule for the Buccaneers is as follows:Week 1 (Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.): at Pittsburgh SteelersWeek 2 (Aug. 15-19): vs. Miami DolphinsWeek 3 (Aug. 22-25): vs. Cleveland BrownsWeek 4 (Aug. 29-30): at Dallas CowboysThat preseason opener in Pittsburgh on Aug. 9 will give new Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians a special re-debut, as he is a native of York, Pennsylvania and also won two Super Bowls an assistant with the Steelers. In week two Demar Dotson Jersey White , the Bucs will meet up with the Dolphins in Tampa. That matchup has been a common one throughout the years as far as preseason goes, and it will give the two teams a chance to run joint practices leading up to the exhibition. Tampa Bay will also host the Cleveland Browns in preseason action, marking the fourth time in the last five years that the two have met in August. This time will be a bit different, as the Browns could be a hot pick to win the AFC North after making some big moves — including making a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. — in the offseason. Of course, Beckham and the other new additions join an already-impressive core of young players that helped Cleveland to a 7-8-1 record in 2018, just one year after the team went 0-16.The Bucs round out their preseason with a first, as they will meet the Dallas Cowboys in exhibition play for the first time ever. After that trip to Dallas, the Bucs will return home to prepare for the 2019 regular season. All four preseason games will be televised locally by WFLA-TV. Exact dates and times for weeks two through four, as well as the regular season schedule, should be available as the month rolls on.
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