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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Justin Hardy doesn't know yet where he will fit in with the Atlanta Falcons. He's learning that whomever the team deploys next fall had better be ready to work quickly.

Hardy is not known for his speed, yet that's not why the rookie wide receiver had hard time keeping up Saturday in the second day of the Falcons' rookie mini-camp.New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn wants to pick up the pace.

It was warm and humid at the Falcons' headquarters outside of Atlanta, and Hardy - a fourth-round draft choice out of East Carolina who set an NCAA career record with 387 career receptions - and other players were made to work at a brisk pace.

Quinn and new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan don't want to waste time.

''It's definitely fast. I guess that's the tempo of the NFL,'' said Hardy, who caught a whopping 121 passes for 1,494 yards last season for ECU. ''(And) it's hot out here. You've got to stay hydrated.''

The temperature was around 83 degrees Saturday with 49 percent humidity as nearly five dozen recently drafted players, college free agents and tryout players worked out for two hours without pads.

One player missed the workout after being taken to the hospital on Friday. Former Louisville safety Terell Floyd, who left practice a day earlier when he became dehydrated, was held out and will not participate Sunday.

At 5-feet-10, 192 pounds, Hardy does not cut an imposing figure, yet he believes that that his skill set will make him a capable accomplice to Atlanta starting wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White in the slot. If asked to work on the flanks, Hardy said he can handle his business outside.

''Definitely,'' he said. ''I'm doing that right now. I'm learning all the positions.''

The Falcons' second-round draft choice, former LSU defensive back Jalen Collins, was held out again seven weeks after surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, whom the Falcons traded up to take with the first pick of the fifth round, is settling in. Eight days earlier, as he and several dozen family members and friends were watching the draft, his home caught fire.

A significant part of the house where he grew up outside of Atlanta was destroyed, and he lost clothing and memorabilia from his days at Clemson.

''It's great to be here with a defense-minded head coach,'' he said. ''(The house fire) is a difficult situation, but everybody is safe and that's the most important thing. With all the things going on, and (Sunday) being Mother's Day . . . I'm just trying to do what I can, focus on getting better.'' Perhaps the Falcons' two most far-flung draft choices endured the most.'

Offensive tackle Jake Rodgers said he spent about 16 hours traveling from Spokane, Washington, when the seventh-rounder from Eastern Washington suffered flight delays, and said the pace came as a surprise.

Defensive back Akeem Rodgers of San Jose State, another seventh rounder who grew up in Nipomo, California, agreed. ''I'm from Cali, so at some point the humidity kicks in,'' he said.

Quinn was pleased with the second of three workouts, especially since tryout quarterbacks Caleb Berry of Lamar and Austin Dodge of Southern Oregon were better taking snaps from under center - unlike in their college careers.

''I really felt the effort. We had a terrific day,'' said Quinn, the former defensive coordinator who helped guide Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowls in two seasons with the Seahawks. ''Defensively, the effort was better, the speed to the ball. We were really emphasizing that this morning in meetings.''

NOTES: Quinn, who was defensive coordinator and line coach at the University of Florida in 2011-'12, called former Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., the No. 3 overall pick of the draft, after Fowler tore an anterior cruciate knee ligament Friday in the Jaguars' rookie workout. ''I let him know I'm thinking about him,'' said Quinn, who helped recruit Fowler in 2012. ''His attitude was terrific. I know how tough he is, and how hard he'll rehab. He'll come back stronger and better.'' . . . Five of the Falcons' seven draft choices - Collins, Hardy, Jarrett, Rodgers and King - have agreed to contracts, leaving defensive end Vic Beasley (first round) and running back Tevin Coleman (third) yet to sign. . . . Quinn said that Floyd underwent testing, and is expected to join the Falcons' offseason workout program Monday.

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Just for clarification, Your summer is not "Hot", it's Gross. I have lived in VA, was born in and have family in GA and currently live in Phoenix AZ. You don't know hot until your approaching 120. for another clarification, I'll take our hot over your gross any day.

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I've worked outside for 5 straight summers. I'll admit last week felt hot as ****. They'll get used to it.

I've worked outside for 10 of my 14 years working full time as an adult and last week wasn't shit.I dread four months out of the year and they're December,January,July and August.May is like a stroll through the park compared to July or August.There is no getting use to July or August in Georgia because they are as close to hell as I can imagine.That being said I'll take them over the Winter because the freaking cold hurts all day long.

Before the Yankees jump in about the cold weather hurting in Georgia.....**** you.

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It was definitely hotter than 83 degrees Saturday. I'm pretty sure it got close to 90 degrees, but they might have been practicing in the morning. I was working outside Friday and sweating like crazy. It was mid 80's Friday, but that was the hottest it's been this spring so my body had not adjusted yet.

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Just for clarification, Your summer is not "Hot", it's Gross. I have lived in VA, was born in and have family in GA and currently live in Phoenix AZ. You don't know hot until your approaching 120. for another clarification, I'll take our hot over your gross any day.

I grew up in Polk County Florida-land locked w 120 lakes. It was 96 thee today and the humidity is off the chart. Atlanta is hot for 2-3 months. Real heat is inland Florida.
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Just for clarification, Your summer is not "Hot", it's Gross. I have lived in VA, was born in and have family in GA and currently live in Phoenix AZ. You don't know hot until your approaching 120. for another clarification, I'll take our hot over your gross any day.

**** I've been to Phoenix az and let me tell you it sucked the streets were flooded cause of a storm and then it was hot and sticky the whole way back to Cali
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I've worked outside for 10 of my 14 years working full time as an adult and last week wasn't ****.I dread four months out of the year and they're December,January,July and August.May is like a stroll through the park compared to July or August.There is no getting use to July or August in Georgia because they are as close to **** as I can imagine.That being said I'll take them over the Winter because the freaking cold hurts all day long.

Before the Yankees jump in about the cold weather hurting in Georgia.....**** you.

You get freezing temps, what, 5 days a year? pls ;)

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I've worked outside for 10 of my 14 years working full time as an adult and last week wasn't ****.I dread four months out of the year and they're December,January,July and August.May is like a stroll through the park compared to July or August.There is no getting use to July or August in Georgia because they are as close to **** as I can imagine.That being said I'll take them over the Winter because the freaking cold hurts all day long.

Before the Yankees jump in about the cold weather hurting in Georgia.....**** you.

Nah you get used to constant heat in the summer.

First hot week after winter and spring is a biitttcchh

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This thread reminds me of the scene from Jaws where Quint and Hooper were comparing shark bite scars on the boat. Hey you think it's hot there? Look at this! Shortly afterwards a great white put a hole in their boat and said shut up mofos and look at this!

I grew up in Atlanta. Without central air by the way. July and August suck monkey balls. Trust me. But I would say South FL, AL, MS, LA and TX are worse. Hotter and more humid. I remember sitting on a plane years ago listening to two women sitting behid me talking about how hot Tampa was. I rolled my eyes the whole time thinking, please I grew up in Atlanta with no air conditioner. When I showed up at the building for my 8am meeting the glass doors were already sweating and so was I. It sucked. Some of those Carribbean countries are worse. It could be 90 degrees with 99% humidity. At midnight!

Nothing beats the time I got off a plane in Singapore late one night. As soon as I walked out of the airport terminal my glasses fogged up. I was like WTF? That was the worst I've ever experienced. Fifty miles from the equator. Nasty.

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One more thing about that Arizona heat. I remember one time we were going out there to play the Cardinals and some ARI fan was on our board all week telling us we were gonna suffer because it was gonna be 115 degrees and they were making us wear our black jersies. We practiced in the 90 degree ATL heat all week with high humidity. We showed up in ARI that Sunday and ran circles around them all day until their tongues were hanging on the ground. Dry heat aint got nothing on humid heat. Aint even close. Not even 120 degree dry heat.

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I'm excited to see how the Falcons run their practices under Quinn, seems like they will work harder this training camp !

Reminds me of the year Mora came in here. Same thing. Quick practices. Sprint to each station. Get hands on instruction. Lots of rah rah bush it. Seemed to work that year as we went to the NFCCG. Quickly fell apart the next two years (15-17). Mora got shipped out the following year when he yapped about wanting to be a Huskie Man and got replaced by Pig Souhey.

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One more thing about that Arizona heat. I remember one time we were going out there to play the Cardinals and some ARI fan was on our board all week telling us we were gonna suffer because it was gonna be 115 degrees and they were making us wear our black jersies. We practiced in the 90 degree ATL heat all week with high humidity. We showed up in ARI that Sunday and ran circles around them all day until their tongues were hanging on the ground. Dry heat aint got nothing on humid heat. Aint even close. Not even 120 degree dry heat.

Humidity is a bitch.You just shouldn't be able to feel the air around you but I'll be damned if you can't some days like a hot ass wet blanket.

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One more thing about that Arizona heat. I remember one time we were going out there to play the Cardinals and some ARI fan was on our board all week telling us we were gonna suffer because it was gonna be 115 degrees and they were making us wear our black jersies. We practiced in the 90 degree ATL heat all week with high humidity. We showed up in ARI that Sunday and ran circles around them all day until their tongues were hanging on the ground. Dry heat aint got nothing on humid heat. Aint even close. Not even 120 degree dry heat.

That's like when UGA played Arizona State in Arizona. All we heard about was the heat blah blah blah and we kicked their ***.

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Humidity is a *****.You just shouldn't be able to feel the air around you but I'll be damned if you can't some days like a hot *** wet blanket.

You are so right bro. I have another humid story for you. It was around 1994 and we had a family reunion that summer here in ATL. Several relatives flew in from Fresno, CA which is another dry heat 100+ territory similar to Vegas and Phoenix. It was a nasty week with daily spot showers. I remember my Fresno cousins looking out the window after a spot shower at the steam coming off the asphalt. They were like you gotsta be freakin kiddin me. We're goin back to Fresno. One of my relatives slept on an AC floor vent the whole week. True story. LMAO

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