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  1. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Camp-Report-5-Things-to-Know-from-Day-9/7732625a-59a4-45bc-9136-615f7010055a
  2. Note the bolded portion. Coaches have to give the GM and scouts a clear vision of what they want in a player. That happened this year, hence the great draft. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/QA-With-NFL-Network-Analyst-Charley-Casserly/326e9ccc-5aa8-4aa3-a4f4-fca7aa6426b1
  3. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Hankerson-Tamme-Impressing-Early-On/8348be0b-35ed-4385-9af7-f629775b8f97
  4. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Antone-Smith-Healthy-Confident-Heading-into-2015/e809956b-6c15-4928-a8fe-7f8e3510bc3e
  5. Hankerson Impresses: Leonard Hankerson was Atlanta’s best wide receiver on Friday. The former Miami Hurricane who signed a one-year deal in March, hauled in more than a handful of impressive catches, appeared comfortable in his new surroundings. He displayed versatility by flourishing out wide and in the slot and his teammates certainly noticed. “(Hankerson) did good, man,” Roddy White said. “He made a lot of plays.” Health Improving: Some of the guys were limited, but the only notable face missing wasLamar Holmes, who is on the PUP list with a broken foot. Offensive linemenJake Matthews and Joe Hawley participated in all activities, and neither appeared hurt. Running back Antone Smith looked sharp and didn’t seem to be affected by the broken leg he suffered in November. Smith believes he’s at 100 percent health and is almost in regular season shape. William Moore, Jalen Collins, Peter Konz,Malliciah Goodman, Marquis Spruill and Jon Asamoah all participated, too.Ryan Schraeder strained a muscle at one point during practice and was held out, but Quinn said the right tackle is fine. Health on the offensive line is especially important after last year, when the unit was decimated by a glut of injuries. Well aware of this, Dan Quinn and his staff are trying to build player chemistry while avoiding any physical setbacks. Of course, it’s a difficult balance to find. “The first thing is for the players first,” Quinn said. “Let’s make sure that we’re going to ease them back in terms of a rep count. So they’ll go just as hard on the plays — they may not go as many. Then we’ll add to them as we go.” RBs Involved in Passing Game:Back in minicamp, Dan Quinn said running backs would be important to the passing game, and so far, that appears to be the case. Atlanta's quarterbacks consistently utilized their running backs — namely Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman — and were able to gain a lot of yards that way. Freeman was a reliable target in college, and Smith, who is a home run threat every time he touches the ball, can collectively change the dynamic of Atlanta’s offense. Players Happy with Shanahan’s System: Speaking of the running backs, Antone Smith, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman all expressed delight with the new playbook, which includes an outside-zone blocking scheme known for enhancing the ground attack. Smith went as far as to say the offense is “a running back heaven.” The wide receivers, including Rhoddy White, are encouraged as well, and believe a greater sense of equilibrium will benefit everyone. Goal is to Win Now: With a new head coach in place following two consecutive losing seasons, many around football expect the Falcons to be in a rebuilding mindset. This is not the case. Although long-term success is undoubtedly the most important goal, Quinn stated that he's focused on prospering in 2015. “This is not a rebuild in any way,” he said. “Everything we’re doing is about right now.” http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Camp-Report-5-Things-to-Know-From-Day-1-/dc2a6027-99a0-4613-b8fc-9b5e6c2afc36
  6. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/2015-Training-Camp-5-Guys-with-a-Lot-to-Gain/b395298b-2586-4a16-8066-80c6b32f42be
  7. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/2015-Training-Camp-5-Changes-to-Look-For/c4b24ad9-af2e-46b1-9ef0-bc7a55c85cf0
  8. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/2015-Training-Camp-5-Players-Who-Can-Surprise/0246c752-4efe-49c3-be09-2cc6eceaaaaa
  9. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Alum-Finneran-Takes-Pride-in-Whites-Growth/20db544e-95e0-43cf-a22d-b5d54afc3712
  10. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/News-and-Notes-from-2015-Minicamp/ed9dfad9-4248-431b-bd03-8125ea91f65e
  11. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Five-Things-to-Know-From-First-Day-of-Minicamp/c79c29ab-f693-4c43-9ef7-2119b32402bf
  12. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Tight-Knit-Staff-Making-Transition-Easier/db40cdba-e15a-4337-a3e4-c23b6f3db84f
  13. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Five-Things-From-State-of-the-Franchise/3d6c44db-2a0f-4a6d-a301-b8b624f39f1a
  14. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Falcons-Looking-to-Evolve-at-Tight-End/ca903176-1508-4760-835a-211fbf7f118b
  15. Players fighting for a position will only make everyone better. Good to know there will be an actual competition rather than having Freeman anointed the starter just because he is the vet. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/article-1/Freeman-Vows-to-Play-Second-to-No-One/44c14993-de3b-49c8-bdc1-75eace384522
  16. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/article-1/Five-Things-From-Week-2-of-OTAs/f4190171-577b-4c00-bb9d-e9daf6e8621d
  17. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Five-Things-to-Know-About-Chris-Chester/c83ff7bf-058a-4b39-8552-66050d1c65a3
  18. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/article-1/Motivated-Godfrey-Ready-to-Own-FS-Position/bb99b923-6018-45e4-8ef4-9e62c3c8f0e1
  19. A new culture: The environment at Flowery Branch has transformed considerably since Dan Quinn took over, and it’s palpable on the field. Quinn said he doesn’t want to have “clean” practices in which everything goes smoothly; instead, he wants to foster an intense atmosphere similar to what they’ll experience on Sundays. So far, the players seem to be embracing this change. “[Practice is] definitely fast,” safety Charles Godfrey said. “That’s what we’re going to be. When people watch us, they’re going to be like, ‘Golly, they run. They run to the ball and they get the ball.’ That’s our focus; that’s what we pride ourselves on. The practice speed is fast so when we get out to the game everything is slow, but we’re still fast because we’re used to practicing that way. It’s good for us.” Applying new knowledge: After months of meetings and playbook study, the Falcons were excited to get on the field and immerse themselves in game situations. “It takes time when you’ve got some new concepts and new things,” Matt Ryan said. “Obviously you want to get those reps under your belt. You can work in a meeting all you want. There’s nothing like getting actual reps in practice … It’s a progression to each thing as you learn new concepts, but I thought it was a good start.” Embracing competition: There will be a number of intriguing position battles to monitor during training camp, and OTAs are giving us a small preview of these contests. Devonta Freeman, who will compete against rookieTevin Coleman at running back, believes these situations help him reach his potential. “I’ve been in competition my whole life — especially with great athletes, even in little league,” Freeman said. “I was going to elementary class and there were guys who were real good, faster than me, stronger and bigger. I feel like it developed me. It gives me that drive knowing there’s another guy just as good.” Pass rush a focus: The Falcons ran a lot of third down plays Tuesday and placed a heavy emphasis on rushing the passer. Quinn mentioned that Vic Beasley, Adrian Claybornand Kroy Biermann fared particularly well during these drills. "The big thing that we're going to preach is trying to move the quarterback off the spot. How many times can we get that quarterback to move?" Quinn added. "So the speed and the effort and the way that we come off the ball, that's some of the things that you try and implement on third down.” Injury Update: Injured players Joe Hawley (knee), William Moore (shoulder),Brooks Reed (groin), Jake Matthews (foot), Antone Smith (leg), Jalen Collins(foot) and Peter Konz (knee) were sidelined during practice. Sam Baker (knee) andDezmen Southward (knee) rehabbed indoors. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/article-1/5-Things-We-Learned-From-Day-1-of-OTAs/9a31d7b6-e029-4603-aaa6-923de5c1ca34
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