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Coming off the back of a very bad year for the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons could be primed to make a run for the Divisional title.

Atlanta have made a big coaching change this year and with the new season just two weeks away, they are deep into their preparations.

A good choice

Decisions are being made all around the league right now as rosters are being cut to eventually meet the league recommended 53 players.


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Atlanta may be in what many consider to be the weakest division in the league, but with the likes of the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers there, it's not exactly filled with bad teams.

This year the division will see the rookie season of quarterback Jameis Winston with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers so there will be a lot of interest in the division this year.

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However for the Falcons, they will be trying to best the other three teams and could have taken their first big step towards doing so.

Atlanta have re-signed their top wide receiver Julio Jones to a big contract as he now pledges his services to the Falcons for a further five years.

The 26 year old will receive $71.25 million over the life of the deal with $47.5 million of that in guaranteed money.

Jones has shown his quality for the Falcons with two pro bowl selections in the last three years and 2014 being his best receiving season so far.

Jones had over 1,500 receiving yards last season and the team will need more of the same from him if they are to reach the play-offs in 2015.

A real chance

This year, the NFC South division is missing one significant star after the Saints traded tight-end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

With the Saints offense seemingly weakened by the absence of Graham, could this be a big chance for Atlanta to launch a play-off claim?

With new head coach Dan Quinn at the helm, the team should be set to challenge last years winners the Carolina Panthers for the division.

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