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Falcons Camp Report: Day 13

August, 11, 2014

AUG 11

8:45

PM ET

By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com


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

  • Rookie running back Devonta Freeman was on the field for the start of practice but exited early and didn't return. The initial word was the heat got to Freeman, although coach Mike Smith declined to go in detail about Freeman's status. After practice as Smith met the media, Freeman walked around and greeted a few people and didn't have any protective gear on any part of his body. "I don't think it's anything serious," Smith said. If the heat indeed got to Freeman, it might be worth monitoring because the Falcons are set to have joint practices against the Texans in scorching Houston starting Wednesday morning.
  • Speaking of running backs, starter Steven Jackson performed some agility drills on a side field for the first time since suffering a left hamstring injury on July 28. Jackson did not perform any sprinting exercises. Smith said all along he expects Jackson to be fully healthy for the Sept. 7 season opener against the New Orleans Saints. With Jackson still sidelined and Freeman exiting early Monday, Jacquizz Rodgers remained as the primary running back with Antone Smith also getting a few first-team reps.
  • Julio Jones participated in his second consecutive practice and caught a few balls. The Falcons had Sunday off, so he technically had a day of rest in between practices. It's the same schedule he's been on throughout camp and it won't change just yet. "I know we're going to go every other day," Smith said of Jones' status, "but the workload is going to be different then it was in the first two weeks."
  • Extra points: Outside linebacker Stansly Maponga got into it with Lamar Holmes during pass-rush drills and drew anger from both defensive line coach Bryan Cox and offensive line coach Mike Tice. In fact, Tice taunted Maponga by saying he could show better pass-rush moves than Maponga could, while Cox challenged Maponga to play better on game day rather than thumping his chest in practice. ... Tight end Mickey Shuler got a few reps with the first-team offense coming off a strong performance in the first exhibition. ... SafetyDwight Lowery had full participation coming off a concussion although he didn't take a hit through the course of the day as the Falcons practiced in pads and shorts. ... Pat Angereralso seemed to have full participation while tackle Terren Jones was limited as both continued to go through the concussion protocol. ... Linebacker Tim Dobbins was on the field observing, following an ankle injury. Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi (ankle) was nowhere to be seen.
  • The Falcons practice Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET before leaving for Houston for joint practices with the Texans starting Wednesday.

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In fact, Tice taunted Maponga by saying he could show better pass-rush moves than Maponga could,

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Get em!

that's funny right there! imagine having to go back to the huddle on D after everybody hearing the old man with that belly hanging telling him that, HA

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It's a different type of heat down there.

blink.png You ever been to Miami? It's humid as ****.

Average relative humidity (%) for the most humid cities City Humidity New Orleans, Louisiana 75.9 Jacksonville, Florida 75.8 Houston, Texas 74.7 Orlando, Florida 74.1 Tampa, Florida 74.1 San Francisco, California 73.7 Seattle, Washington 73.3 Miami, Florida 73.2 Portland, Oregon 73.2 Rochester, New York 72.6

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It's a different type of heat down there. It's dry heat in Mia and we have all this humidity here with a heat index.

dry heat in a city that's almost completely surrounded by water???

LOL

Arizona has dry heat, New Mexico has dry heat, west texas has dry heat, Having lived in FL for a while, I can assure you they have humidity just as bad if not worse than GA does.....

silentbob, I obviously laughed a bit more than you before typing my response HAHA

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blink.png You ever been to Miami? It's humid as ****.

Average relative humidity (%) for the most humid cities City Humidity New Orleans, Louisiana 75.9 Jacksonville, Florida 75.8 Houston, Texas 74.7 Orlando, Florida 74.1 Tampa, Florida 74.1 San Francisco, California 73.7 Seattle, Washington 73.3 Miami, Florida 73.2 Portland, Oregon 73.2 Rochester, New York 72.6

Yeah it's hot as hot can be down here for most of the year. He played in Tallahassee for college though. It gets pretty sweltering there too. In Miami there is at least somewhat of a breeze from the water being so close in a lot of places.

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dry heat in a city that's almost completely surrounded by water???

LOL

Arizona has dry heat, New Mexico has dry heat, west texas has dry heat, Having lived in FL for a while, I can assure you they have humidity just as bad if not worse than GA does.....

silentbob, I obviously laughed a bit more than you before typing my response HAHA

yeah but there's also a lot more of a breeze... so it goes in extremes regarding humidity

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opinions will always be split, but he could serve the line along time...like mud duck. holmes even has more potential...physically. i'm cautiously optimistic about holmes.

I know it's a very unpopular opinion but I think the same way about Konz. I think way down the road after several off seasons he could finally live up to his draft status. He looked like a serviceable backup in the Miami game and maybe just maybe after said years of bulking up and learning technique he could do it.

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I know it's a very unpopular opinion but I think the same way about Konz. I think way down the road after several off seasons he could finally live up to his draft status. He looked like a serviceable backup in the Miami game and maybe just maybe after said years of bulking up and learning technique he could do it.

fans have different opinions and see different things. based on his college and draft rank...i expected more from konz than holmes. hope konz undoubtably proves me wrong or right...same for holmes.

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Konz is somewhat of a mystery. I honestly don't see how he played against Northwestern, much less Carolina with the body he had before this year. There MUST be some talent, cause he hasn't been gettin by on strength in the past.

his lack of uber competiveness or uber intelligence submarines his big 10 oline pedigree. konz is easily one of the most frustrating players on the roster. i don't buy, he was good at guard rhetoric...why sign asamoah. hope he figures it out.

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I know it's a very unpopular opinion but I think the same way about Konz. I think way down the road after several off seasons he could finally live up to his draft status. He looked like a serviceable backup in the Miami game and maybe just maybe after said years of bulking up and learning technique he could do it.

I agree. Center is a hard position. Very few dominate early. I'm impressed by his strength gains this off season. If his "lightbulb" clicks on well be in great shape, from a depth perspective if nothing else.

Ditto for Holmes. Him getting better means better depth--which is critical--if nothing else

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