OC Posted August 1, 2015 Share Posted August 1, 2015 http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Camp-Report-5-Things-to-Know-From-Day-2/ab68dd68-be31-4687-ac04-2bb65406cd2fJake Matthews Looking Sharp: Prior to the start of camp, it was unclear how much time Jake Matthews would need to regain his form. While hes not 100 percent healed from a recent foot surgery, the former Texas A&M Aggie, now entering his second NFL campaign, looked solid and took plenty of first-team reps. His improved health was evident during one of the mornings first drills, when Atlantas offensive linemen were pinned against each other in one-on-one scenarios. Matthews displayed sound technique and attacked the line of scrimmage with great force a sign he isn't severely hampered by the lingering foot injury he suffered in 2014.Opportunities Abound: Fans in attendance may have noticed a lot of depth players receiving snaps alongside starting units. This was not an indication of how the hierarchy is forming, but rather a chance for coaches to see how everyone fares when surrounded by top-level talent.Early, we actually want to play guys with the first-team, said Quinn. Thats our chance to evaluate the guys. 'Can you handle it? So its really by design, how many guys can we put in that mix? In the first meeting, we told them, Youre going to play. Its part of the system to show you can do it. So I love that part of it too for the guys who like to get up and have that challenge.Robert Alford Finding Consistency: Third-year cornerback Robert Alford has built on his strong offseason with a productive start to camp. Hes still lining up opposite Desmond Trufant, and despite competition from rookie Jalen Collins, is on track to retain a starting job.Ricardo Allen Enjoying New Role: Like Alford, Ricardo Allen has created some momentum by following up a solid minicamp with a good weekend here at Flowery Branch.I always just look to learn anything I can, look to make myself more valuable any way I can, he said. Any way I can help this team out, any way I can help this team be great, Im here to do it.Allen, 23, is currently Atlantas top free safety, an indication that hes made a successful transition from cornerback. Trufant in particular likes what hes seen from Allen, and said his teammate is a natural fit at FS. Quinn expressed a similar opinion.(Allens) worked extremely hard at it, said the head coach. So hes taken to the principles of playing free safety. And I think more than that than anything its that communication that hes working on day in and day out. At that free safety spot, youre farthest from the ball, but you see the most. So that communication is key.Health Still In Tact: As was the case on Friday, Lamar Holmes, who is on the PUP list with a broken foot, was the only missing player. Ryan Schraeder left the first practice early with a muscle strain but was back in action; as previously mentioned, his ailment isn't believed to be serious. Quinn, who is still gaining familiarity with his roster, was pleased to see many injured players return.Its great to have some of the guys whove been injured (at camp), he said. Not necessarily a surprise, but its so nice to see Jake Matthews and Joe Hawley and Peter Konz and Brooks Reed and some of the guys who missed such a big portion of our OTAs I knew how good some of them were from watching tape, but I didnt get a chance to be out on the field with them. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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