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5 Things To Know From Preseason Opener


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Falcons Embrace Quinn’s Style: Since his introductory press conference, Dan Quinn has steadfastly preached the importance of playing a fast, physical, in-your-face brand of football. The Falcons certainly made their new coach happy on Friday, as every unit brought a tough, high-energy attitude to the Georgia Dome turf.

The defense in particular subscribed to Quinn’s philosophy: Marcus Mariota’s first two NFL possessions ended with turnovers—an interception to Justin Durant and a fumble picked up by Paul Worrilow, who took it to the house for six points. Durant’s interception, which he returned for 21 yards, came as a result of the pressure from Vic Beasley, Jr.; DT Jonathan Babineaux helped create the fumble by disrupting Mariota deep in Tennessee’s backfield.

Beasley Shows Out: Durant’s interception wasn’t the only time Beasley made his presence felt. The first-round pick started for Atlanta’s defense and, an early offsides penalty notwithstanding, looked as good as advertised.

“I think it went pretty well,” Beasley said of his professional debut. “I think we got off to a good start as a team. Just looking forward to getting started this week coming up.”

The Clemson graduate played on both sides of the D-line and appeared especially active on the right, where he and Adrian Clayborn wreaked havoc during their brief appearances. Quinn said those two should continue to spend time next to each other during pass-rush situations.

“I think Coach Quinn has a great scheme set up here,” said Beasley. “I’m just buying into it and looking forward to what he has planned. Quinn emphasizes getting the ball back, and I think we did a pretty good job of that tonight. We just want to do that every time we take the field.”

First-Team Offense Gets It Done: The Falcons’ offense wasted no time moving down the field. Matt Ryan went 6-6 for 86 yards on the opening drive, which ended with a 13-yard touchdown strike to Julio Jones. Seemingly impossible to defend, Jones, who’s still working on a contract extension with Atlanta’s front office, hauled in all four passes that came his way for 61 yards.

“Julio is such an amazing player,” Ryan said. “Again (he) showcased how talented he is.”

Rookies Rebound: While Beasley shined, fellow Rookie Club members Justin Hardy and Jalen Collins dealt with a bit of adversity. Hardy in the second quarter dropped a tough pass that led to a T.J. Yates interception; Collins got beat on several deep throws, including a 30-yard TD in the second quarter. But neither dwelled on his shortcomings: Hardy finished the night with three catches for 41 yards and Collins eventually broke up a deep pass from Zach Mettenberger, which allowed Robenson Therezie to pick it off and kill a promising drive.

“I think that’s going to happen. There are going to be bad plays that are going to happen,” Quinn said. “How fast can you get back in the present moment? We saw that with both those guys … You found out the competitors they are.”

Injury Update: Antone Smith pulled a hamstring during a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and didn’t return. Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, two other running backs dealing with hamstring injuries of their own, didn’t play. Devin Hester (toe), Cliff Matthews (ankle), Desmond Trufant (shoulder) and Brooks Reed (hip/groin) sat out, as well.

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Didnt really see much from Beasley to say that he showed out. I guess people still subscribe to the Kroy Biermann school of qb pressures reign supreme.

And of course he'd get pressure on the QB during s screen pass. Most linemen do.

I give him a C for his efforts.

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There are foods to take and supplements to take to curb Hamstrings injury, Sounds like they are not stretching enough and eating and drinking enough of the right fluids . That problem can be fixed if they would do this.

Yeah... old folks cure.. Pickle j/k... yeah those hamstrings injuries are starting to bother the team, they need to spend more time stretching and what not.

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I have only watched the game once for entertainment, and haven't gone back to try and analyze anything, but did anyone else see what Hageman did on the first snap?

Hageman absolutely blew up the OG he was against on that first defensive snap. (I think it was Warmack). He was in the backfield quickly, but the run was an edge run to the left and he didn't get the tackle (if I remember correctly).

I also saw Babineaux, Solai, Jackson, and Goodman blow up their blockers in various one on one situations. And while I didn't see Beasley really get much push, i saw him get double-teamed. If he draws double teams and leaves our other guys to have one on ones in the middle, we should get some up the gut pressure like we saw last night.

Overall, I was very pleased with the play of the DL.

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I have only watched the game once for entertainment, and haven't gone back to try and analyze anything, but did anyone else see what Hageman did on the first snap?

Hageman absolutely blew up the OG he was against on that first defensive snap. (I think it was Warmack). He was in the backfield quickly, but the run was an edge run to the left and he didn't get the tackle (if I remember correctly).

I also saw Babineaux, Solai, Jackson, and Goodman blow up their blockers in various one on one situations. And while I didn't see Beasley really get much push, i saw him get double-teamed. If he draws double teams and leaves our other guys to have one on ones in the middle, we should get some up the gut pressure like we saw last night.

Overall, I was very pleased with the play of the DL.

I was actually surprised to see Goodman blowing his guy up at least twice. Dude has some power...looks like hes been working on his technique.
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There are foods to take and supplements to take to curb Hamstrings injury, Sounds like they are not stretching enough and eating and drinking enough of the right fluids . That problem can be fixed if they would do this.

not necessarily. You can overexert yourself and pull your hammy. Don't matter what you heat or how much fluids you put in your body
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Yeah... old folks cure.. Pickle j/k... yeah those hamstrings injuries are starting to bother the team, they need to spend more time stretching and what not.

You;d be surprised how many old time remedies are way better than modern meds.. There is a book on 3 best old time remedies. Top two is Pure Apple cider vinegar with the Mother still in it, and Un-Sulfured Black strap molasses can cure cancer because of the high amounts of potassium that will keep you from cramping also.

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I was actually surprised to see Goodman blowing his guy up at least twice. Dude has some power...looks like hes been working on his technique.

Yes, I saw Goodman blow up his guy twice as well. I didn't have a clue of who it was, so I had to look up his number. I was like, "Goodman?? Really?? Awesome!"

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Good to see all the old TD signings and picks showing up with a new staff. Haters can go take a hike.

I'm not anti-TD, but i don't see where you came from on this one.

We've got one clueless player from this year's draft (Collins who will hopefully develop into a decent player) and two from last year's draft (Southward, Shembo) that appear to be bad picks. 2013 looks pretty solid in retrospect. 2012 is absolutely terrible with none of the players drafted contributing to the team in any meaningful way.

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