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Grady Jarrett? Check.Deion Jones? Check. No check yet.The Falcons have taken care of significant business this week Kyler Murray Jersey , signing two key defensive players, but still no business has been done between the Falcons and one of their most significant players, receiver Julio Jones.He has been jostling for a big-money deal for more than a year, but he still hasn’t gotten one. In 2018, a holdout was avoided by an eleventh-hour Band-Aid along with a presumption that, come 2019, the situation would be addressed with a new, long-term contract.Training camp opens in three days, and Jones previously has said he won’t hold out. But he based that vow on the vow that was made to him by owner Arthur Blank.“Mr. Blank gave us his word. . . . That’s golden ,” Jones said earlier this month. “[Blank’s] word is that it’s going to get done. . . . There’s no stress on my end. I’m not thinking about it.”He may be thinking about it plenty if the deal ultimately offered by the Falcons is less golden than Jones expects it to be. Indeed, it’s one thing to intend to sign a player to a contract; it’s another to commit to giving the player what we wants. And it remains unclear what Jones wants, other than: More.Jones seems to be sensitive to the fact that fans resent players who play hardball to get paid, even though players have no equity, experience limited careers, and endure all of the physical risks. Fans never get mad at teams for squeezing players, but fans hate it when players squeeze teams. Upside-down as that concept may be, Jones seems to be keenly aware of it, while nevertheless attempting to get what he deserves: More.For the Falcons , the challenge becomes paying Jones more but not so much more that they’re paying for more than what he currently can do. Teams don’t pay for past performance, but in this case that’s precisely what Jones may want — a correction to what has been a below-market deal in recent years, even if that means the Falcons will within the next year or two (or sooner) conclude that they’re paying more than they should be paying for a guy whose best days as a player may be behind him.For now, a holdout may end up being in front of him, if the Falcons don’t literally put in front of him the kind of more that will get Jones sign his name and move forward. LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Howard picked the perfect time to break through for the Chicago Bears.The running back was at his best on a night when quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled, running for a season-high 101 yards to help the NFC North leaders beat the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams 15-6 last week.Yes, the defense dominated, stopping Jared Goff and a high-powered offense.But the Bears also got their ground game going. And that was no small development for a team that’s had its ups and downs running the ball.With three games left in the regular season and the playoffs approaching , the Bears would welcome more of that.“That was nice to get that going the other day,” coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday. “We need to build off that. I feel like it was one step forward. Now we got to make sure we … continue with that next step going forward.”The Bears (9-4) could take a huge step this week by clinching the NFC North championship and their first playoff appearance since the 2010 team won the division. Even sweeter for them, they have a chance to do it against rival Green Bay when they host the Packers on Sunday.Chicago would clinch the North with a victory or a loss by Minnesota to Miami. Ties by both the Bears and Vikings would also do it.The Bears could also secure a playoff spot this week even if they don’t win the division. A tie gets them in, as does a loss or tie by Washington against Jacksonville.Considering Chicago came into this season with four straight last-place finishes, this is quite a change. In their first season under Nagy, the Bears are already assured a winning record for the first time since 2012. They’re doing it with a dominant defense and a creative offense, overcoming some inconsistent play at quarterback as well as in the run game.But against Los Angeles, Howard had all the right moves.“It feels very encouraging because we knew what type of team they were,” he said. “They’ve been No. 1 all year and they have some very good players on defense Cullen Gillaspia Jersey , with Aaron Donald and (Ndamukong) Suh and a lot of other players. So it feels very encouraging.”Chicago ranks 13th in yards rushing per game (121.5) and is tied for 18th in yards per attempt (4.2). Whether it’s been the play-calling, scheme or simply poor execution, the run game really hadn’t clicked.Though he’s the team’s leading rusher with 713 yards, Howard has been in more of a secondary role at times behind Tarik Cohen. But with Trubisky throwing a season-high three interceptions and posting his lowest rating (33.3) of the year in his return from a shoulder injury, the Bears needed to run.The offensive line held its ground against Donald and Suh and Howard hit his holes. None of his 19 attempts was for a loss, and he wound up with his first 100-yard game in 364 days. He ran for 147 at Cincinnati on Dec. 10, 2017.“We got into a good rhythm,” Howard said. “We did some good run schemes and stuff.”If Howard is frustrated with his role, well Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , Nagy understands. But more important to him is how his running back has handled it. And to that end, the coach is pleased.“I’m OK with guys being frustrated throughout the year, because that means they care,” Nagy said. “But you handle it the right way and that’s what he’s done from the very start. And I appreciate that. You tell him … two things — we’re going to get this thing figured out, and on top of that, it’s just going to happen where it’s going to be your time.”Last week, it was Howard’s time. And he took advantage of his opportunity.“I feel like winning makes a lot of things easier,” Howard said. “So it’s really easy to deal with. So I didn’t really think about it too much.”NOTES: The Bears placed CB Bryce Callahan on injured reserve because of a broken left foot. Nagy said Callahan will need surgery after getting hurt against the Rams. Chicago also signed CB Marcus Williams. … WR Allen Robinson (hip) sat out practice on Wednesday.

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