Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff joined The Morning Show with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas Thursday in advance of the team’s first preseason game of 2017 in Miami against the Dolphins.

Here are a few of the topics discussed (click above to hear the entire interview):

  • Dimitroff reiterated the fact that at no time were the contract negotiations with running back Devonta Freeman a distraction to the team
  • Dimitroff joined the Falcons in 2008 and said the 2017 roster, as currently constructed, is the best roster he’s had since his arrival.
  • In the preseason game versus Miami, Dimitroff said he’ll focus mostly on the position battles on the field.
  • Then Dimitroff spoke to Fricke and Douglas about Jalen Collins, who will serve a 10-game suspension to start the 2017 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Dimitroff said he and Quinn continue to discuss Collins, but the third-year cornerback will play Thursday in Miami.

“Jalen’s on this team now,” said Dimitroff. “Dan and I have a lot of discussions; we continue to have around this topic. I don’t know exactly what the rep breakdown will be, but he will be playing in this game. It’s important for him, I know.”