Matt Ryan to round up a dozen Falcons for off-site passing camp, including Julio Jones
June 13, 2018 09:38 PM | Kelsey Conway
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The conclusion of mandatory minicamp means school's out for summer in the NFL world. Falcons players will be off duty until they report for training camp at the end of July.

But ... that doesn't mean Matt Ryan and Co. won't be working on their craft on their own time.

In fact, Ryan said he and 12 other players will get together in an undisclosed location for a passing camp, similar to what they've done in previous years.

This will be the third passing camp Ryan has thrown, the last two were held in Miami.

After the 2015 season, Ryan wanted to get a group of players together to get some extra work on the field in as well as some team bonding events to get closer as a unit. The next year, several defensive players joined in, making the group extend to about 40 players.

"We have a group of guys that are going to get together in the month of July," Ryan said. "We'll have an extended period where we'll get some work together and that's something that we've done in the past. This year is a little bit later due to my offseason but we'll still have that chance to work together and I think it will be really productive for us. This timing will be really good too, closer to training camp. A lot of the things we'll work on will carry over and we'll be able to apply those things as we get into the season."

Ryan said he expects wide receiver Julio Jones to "certainly be a part" of the passing camp with his teammates. Running back Devonta Freeman said he'll be in attendance as well.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn challenged his team to become a more player-led group at the end of the season, and this an example of how his players are trying to ensure that happens.

"I think it can help because they no part of our program is the competition and them looking out for one another," Quinn said. "Every player that's playing receiver or quarterback, all of them have an extra set of eyes. It's a real technique time. The reason I like it so much is that it's player led. It's not where the directions or the initiative is coming from the coaches, but from the players themselves. They are the ones inside the white lines. It's one of my favorite times for them to spend time together."

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