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Falcons Camp Report: Day 5


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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- A daily review of the hot topics from Atlanta Falcons' training camp:

  • The news of the day was the absence of running back Steven Jackson, who apparently tweaked his knee during Monday's first padded practice. Although coach Mike Smith said he fully expects Jackson to be ready for the season opener against New Orleans (Sept. 7), Jackson had a right hamstring injury that lingered longer than expected last season and kept him out four games. Jackson just turned 31 last week so there are obvious questions about his durability. At least the Falcons have a backup plan with veteran Jacquizz Rodgers and rookieDevonta Freeman. Smith said Antone Smith and Josh Vaughan also would get longer looks with Jackson out.
  • Quarterback Matt Ryan praised the play of rookie right tackle Jake Matthews, who continued his seamless transition to the NFL. Matthews rarely let's anyone get by him with his sound technique and stout frame. "I think Jake, his size and he's very strong, very athletic," Ryan said. "And he's smart. I think that's a great combination. When you talk about a guy who is drafted early and is going to be a cornerstone of the organization for a long time to come, it's a great combination to have. He's done it the way rookies should do it: kind of kept his mouth shut and handled his business the right way." Matthews hasn't shut it completely, however. "But then we got him up there singing last night in front of everybody, and he was pretty good," Ryan said with a laugh. "Probably the thing that has impressed me the most in the first week is his ability to sing. He's not scared to get up there and (let) a little bit of personality show through."
  • Veteran Osi Umenyiora, who has slimmed down, has shown a lot of speed a good hand movement with his rushes during pass-rush drills and full-team work. He even dropped into coverage on at least one occasion, showing his willingness to step out of his comfort zone to make the team. Umenyiora wondered about his role this offseason as the team transitioned to a 3-4 base defense, but there's plenty of room for him as long as he can get to the quarterback. And he's showing some young legs for a player set to turn 33 in November.
  • The offense didn't exactly shine on a second consecutive day of padded practice. In fact, there was some noticeable drops and some mistiming between Ryan and his receivers, even with Julio Jones back on the field after a day off. "We need to execute much better than we have," Ryan said. "But the effort's there. And I think that's been encouraging."
  • Linebacker Pat Angerer left practice early and did not return. Smith did not provide an update. ... Defensive tackle tackle Travian Robertson made his presence known in one-on-one pass-rush drills, obliterating center Peter Konz with a bull rush. Robertson has stood out in drills in an effort to earn a roster spot. ... Rookie defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman got some revenge on guard Harland Gunn during one-on-one pass-rush drills, swinging Gunn to the ground a day after Gunn stood him up twice.

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Matt Ryan is in such shock and awe with the amount of time he's getting in the pocket that it's throwing off his timing. Ryan is used to being forced to get rid of the ball extremely quickly, and told reporters that he "forgot what it was like to have a pocket" and that he "almost forgot what one looked like".

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"obliterating Peter Konz"....That's all you should see on the back of his football card...If any company has even bothered to make one.

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I'm at the point with Konz where I sincerely believe if Mike Tice can turn him into a stud center OR guard it would be similar to Jesus turning water into wine.

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Matt Ryan is in such shock and awe with the amount of time he's getting in the pocket that it's throwing off his timing. Ryan is used to being forced to get rid of the ball extremely quickly, and told reporters that he "forgot what it was like to have a pocket" and that he "almost forgot what one looked like".

Yesterday Ryan looked horrible and the line was not holding up at all. All QB's looked awful so it is probably not all on Ryan but Ryan was over throwing people got picked off by Mcclain and would have been sacked a few times in what amounts to about 10 mins time.

The OL was getting destroyed and their was a lot of pressure up the middle. Also the Amoeba was confusing the heck out of Ryan.

I literally shook my head a few times and said to myself WTF is going on here?

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I saw this and had to share LOL

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Glanville on toughness: We caught up Jerry Glanville the other day to talk about Claude Humphrey’s enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. He brought up the Falcons’ “Toughness Crusade” unsolicited.

“I heard the owner say our team has got to get tougher. We’ve got to hit harder. You think anybody in the NFL or Atlanta, Georgia said that about that group (the 1977 Grits Blitz defense?)

“Could you imagine that team simply saying I wish Claude Humphrey and those guys would hit harder. That never came out of anybody’s mouth. Everybody that played us, pretty well knew before the game started that physically they were in for a butt kicking.

“What was amazing when we gave up 129 points, on offense our longest run was the huddle break. We had no help. Leeman Bennett could coach, but he didn’t have any players over there and Steve (Bartkowski) got hurt. He went to surgery.

“Our MVP for that season was our punter.”

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I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Smith used a tiny little injury to put Jackson on the shelf in the preseason, considering Jackson's age and experience, he probably doesn't need training camp to get ready to play New Orleans. It also give the Falcons a great opportunity to evaluate Freeman, Quizz, Smith, and Vaughn.

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I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Smith used a tiny little injury to put Jackson on the shelf in the preseason, considering Jackson's age and experience, he probably doesn't need training camp to get ready to play New Orleans. It also give the Falcons a great opportunity to evaluate Freeman, Quizz, Smith, and Vaughn.

Good point.

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I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Smith used a tiny little injury to put Jackson on the shelf in the preseason, considering Jackson's age and experience, he probably doesn't need training camp to get ready to play New Orleans. It also give the Falcons a great opportunity to evaluate Freeman, Quizz, Smith, and Vaughn.

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Yesterday Ryan looked horrible and the line was not holding up at all. All QB's looked awful so it is probably not all on Ryan but Ryan was over throwing people got picked off by Mcclain and would have been sacked a few times in what amounts to about 10 mins time.

The OL was getting destroyed and their was a lot of pressure up the middle. Also the Amoeba was confusing the heck out of Ryan.

I literally shook my head a few times and said to myself WTF is going on here?

Hopefully it speaks more about our defense than out offense :(

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Yesterday Ryan looked horrible and the line was not holding up at all. All QB's looked awful so it is probably not all on Ryan but Ryan was over throwing people got picked off by Mcclain and would have been sacked a few times in what amounts to about 10 mins time.

The OL was getting destroyed and their was a lot of pressure up the middle. Also the Amoeba was confusing the heck out of Ryan.

I literally shook my head a few times and said to myself WTF is going on here?

Takes a few practices before the O gets their timing down and everyone on the same page, it's expected.

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