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That being said, it's fair to wonder how long it will take Ryan and his top receiver to reestablish the rhythm they developed before Jones went down with a season-ending right foot fracture. Jones, who had his foot surgically repaired, isn't expected to be full-go until training camp. This offseason, Ryan has spent most his time throwing to guys such as Harry Douglas, Drew Davis, and Darius Johnson.
Ryan was asked if he believes he'll be back in rhythm with Jones immediately.
"Yeah, I think so," Ryan said. "Our biggest thing, and Coach (Mike) Smith talks about it all the time, is getting to Week 1 with our guys fresh; fresh and healthy. Each offseason is different. Some years, you have guys that are healthy during May and June. And some years, you have guys that are recovering from stuff from last year.
"Julio's been in this building pretty much every day this offseason. While he hasn't been able to be out on the practice field with us yet, we communicate a lot. We've talked a lot. Certainly have watched film together and tried to work on things in the classroom so that when we do get the opportunity on the field, we can hit the ground running."
In an interview with SI.com on Monday, Jones said he fully expects to be ready for Week 1, when the Falcons open the season against the rival New Orleans Saints (Sept.7). He has been declared ahead of schedule several times.
"I certainly think when he gets back, whenever that is and as we get closer to training camp, we're going to have plenty of time to gel up and make sure that we're on the same page," Ryan said.
Ryan has thrown some balls to Jones on the practice field.
"Obviously, during the (organized team activities) portion of it, he's not allowed to be on the field with us," Ryan said. "There's been different times when he's been out working on his hands and stuff like that. And, I think he looks good."