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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Observation Deck: Atlanta Falcons

By Vaughn McClure



HOUSTON -- The return of wide receiver Julio Jones for the first time since last year's season-ending foot fracture was overshadowed by yet another key injury to an Atlanta Falcons starter.

Left tackle Sam Baker went down with a right knee injury in the second quarter of Atlanta's 32-7 preseason loss to the Houston Texans. He had to be carted off the field.

Baker, who missed 12 games last season with a left knee injury, grimaced as he was unable to put any pressure on his leg.

The last thing the Falcons needed was an injury along the offensive line, but guys like Lamar Holmes and Ryan Schraeder might get a chance to prove their value over the next two preseason games.

Jones, however, looked fine in his first action since last October coming off foot surgery. He caught a pass over the middle on the second play of the game for a 6-yard gain. Jones played four series and caught two passes for 20 yards while being targeted four times. He caught a deep ball down the right sideline but couldn't get both feet down in what would have been a long gain.

Matt Ryan completed 3 of 7 passes for 37 yards with a passer rating of 59.8 and a long throw of 17 yards to Roddy White. He was sacked once.

Yes, it's the preseason, but it's never a good thing when you lose to a team that was blown out 32-0 last week against Arizona.

Here are some other thoughts on the Falcons' second preseason game: