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Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff insisted that he has no regrets over the team's draft-day deal to select wide receiver Julio Jones.
"We said - when we made the very aggressive move on Julio Jones - that this was not only a move for the here-and-the-now," Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "This was a move for (the) long-term success of this organization and I believe 100 percent in what we did being the right move for this organization at this time in our evolution.
"... We are very confident that he'll continue to grow with (quarterback) Matt (Ryan) in this offense. He'll continue to be a standout football player and help us produce for years to come."
The sixth overall pick of the 2011 draft, Jones had 54 receptions for 959 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
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Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith have been in nonstop meetings. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)
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