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Five Things To Know From First Day Of Minicamp


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Getting faster: Now that the Falcons have had time to absorb their new systems, the speed of practice has begun to pick up considerably.

“That’s a sure sign to me that the install is fully understood,” Quinn said. “At this point, we should know the assignment — now, it’s about making that call come to life. By the speed of the game today, that was an important one for me to see the install is getting down.”

Ricardo Allen adjusting to free safety: Ricardo Allen received more first-team reps at free safety and appeared to hold his own. He’s among those who feel the action slowing down as he learns the new scheme and gains comfort at an unfamiliar position.

Allen credits the coaching staff, especially Marquand Manuel and Raheem Morris, for getting him aptly prepared.

“They’ve been amazing,” he said of Manuel and Morris. “Without them, I really couldn’t do much.”

Matt Ryan ahead of the curve: When Quinn came to Atlanta, he knew Matt Ryan possessed a lot of talent. What Quinn didn’t know is how competitive the Falcons quarterback is and how quickly he can learn an offense.

“It’s kind of like the equivalent of when you’re ready for English 102 and you’re still in 101,” Quinn said. “Matt’s wanting 102 bad. He loves the challenge; he loves finding a better way, finding new things.

“One of the things I admire most about Matt is how hard he’s willing to work to find the little edge, the little detail for him to get better. Honestly, it’s one of the things I love him as a competitor.”

Jake Matthews progressing: Left tackle Jake Matthews returned to action on Tuesday and said he’s recovering well from the Lisfranc foot ailment that plagued him throughout much of his rookie campaign. Now tasked with learning a different offense, the second-year pro believes he has the lateral quickness needed to thrive in Atlanta moving forward — and Quinn agrees.

“It was great for us to have him back on the field,” the head coach said of Matthews. “You’ve probably heard me say it before: good players can play in a lot of systems. He’s one for sure.”

William Moore, Brooks Reed return: Along with Matthews, William Moore and Brooks Reed are recovering from injuries and have healed enough to see the field. Quinn likes the intensity Reed brings to the table and thinks Moore’s size will make him a good fit at strong safety.

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Wow, really looks like Ricardo has a legit shot at starting if he got a bunch more first team snaps today. Wouldn't this be one of the big surprises going into next season if he wins the job.

He's defeinitely a ball hawk and will fight like crazy for the ball; we haven't had a legit ball hawk on the backend in some time.

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Wow, really looks like Ricardo has a legit shot at starting if he got a bunch more first team snaps today. Wouldn't this be one of the big surprises going into next season if he wins the job.

He's defeinitely a ball hawk and will fight like crazy for the ball; we haven't had a legit ball hawk on the backend in some time.

Yea, I definitely didn't expect him to even be back. But I'd gladly take a ball hawk back there. It falls on if Quinn can teach him to tackle. Not saying he can't, but safeties have to be a good bit more physically filling alleys compared to corners. I saw something the other day that had him at 196 lbs. If that's true, I think he should be fine.

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