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I always love to see and read about two teammates who otherwise may never have met if not for sports yet have developed a great relationship because of that common bond.

The Associated Press' George Henry wrote recently about the budding relationship between Falcons quarterback and wide receiver and first-round selection Julio Jones, and the two have been nearly inseparable since Jones' name was announced in New York City.

The friendship has been crucial on and off the field thus far, as Jones seems to be soaking in as much knowledge as he can from Ryan.

It's always been an interesting intangible. Does an off-field relationship affect an on-field relationship? Can it?

I would assume the more you're able to guess what someone's thinking the better you're able to anticipate what to do in certain situations, and I can't think of a place that would play out better than on the football field. I'm sure some would disagree with me, but I personally think it can end up being a factor.

If it wasn't, think about how much the problems Terrell Owens has caused for quarterbacks on his team wouldn't really have mattered. I don't think off-field relationships directly determine the success or failure of a team, but I'm sure something like that can be a catalyst one way or another.

What do you think?

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