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A thread for everyone to deposit and discuss the news and notes from Day 1 of OTA's that we see.

 

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#97 Jarrett looks a bit larger than the 311 pounds he played at last season. Looks like he's been preparing for that NT role well.

 

Hey, hey. Who has been saying Upshaw would be getting some looks at DE? :dealwithit:

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7 quick takes from the first day of Falcons’ OTAs

http://atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com/2016/05/23/7-quick-takes-from-the-first-day-of-falcons-otas/

 

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons just completed their first day of OTAs on Monday.

Here are seven quick takes from the first session, which was attended by owner Arthur Blank:

1. Injury update. Returner Devin Hester (ankle/foot), right guard Chris Chester (shoulder) and center James Stone (knee) did not participate in the practice. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was at the session early according to a team official. But we didn’t see him until near the end of practice without his helmet.

2. Second string. Quarterback Matt Schaub took the snaps with the second string offense.

3. Right guard. With Chester out, Mike Person took the work with the first team at right guard. (I like how DLED just assumes it's not Person's spot to begin with. I suspect it will be Person who wins the RG job in the end anyway)

4. Right cornerback. Robert Alford lined up at right cornerback with the first team’s base defense. (DLED has been pushing that agenda for a while now, that Alford would only be a nickel back this year. Haha @ DLED)

5. Punt catchers. Wide receiver David Glidden and J.D. McKissic were back catching punts early in practice.

6. Where’s Hooper. Tight end Austin Hooper wasn’t at the session. There’s likely a graduation or academic conflict that we’ll ask Coach Dan Quinn about.

7. Defensive front. With Jarrett out, the defensive line was defensive end Tyson Jackson, nose tackle Joey Mbu, defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman and defensive end Vic Beasley. Brooks Reed, Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon were the linebackers.

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3 minutes ago, RandomFan said:

7. Defensive front. With Jarrett out, the defensive line was defensive end Tyson Jackson, nose tackle Joey Mbu, defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman and defensive end Vic Beasley. Brooks Reed, Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon were the linebackers.

Well, that's interesting, with Shede and Jackson back in their spots from last year.  Interested to see where both these guys end up.

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3 minutes ago, takeitdown said:

Well, that's interesting, with Shede and Jackson back in their spots from last year.  Interested to see where both these guys end up.

It's not surprising really. It's just the first day of OTA's where they are integrating the rookies with the vets. More than anything it's just establishing how the coaches want practices to look and getting things to run smoothly. Having people in their familiar spots just helps that along. The looking at position changes will likely come later after the initial indoctrination period for all the new players.

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A bit concerned over the Jarrett report.  Knee tendinitis.  I mean what's special about his game is his ability to move quickly for a big guy and his low center of gravity.  

Bulked up would do nothing but put added stress there.  He does look like a big boy there.  Don't recall him having guns that big.  

Hoping it's nothing to worry about man.

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ESPN: Watch Tevin Coleman, Brooks Reed, Paul Worrilow in OTAs

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There are a great many things worth watching this week as the Falcons take to their practice fields for OTAs, but it helps to narrow down who you'll be keeping an eye on today, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Vaughn McClure at ESPN has a list of players and subplots to watch, and we'll highlight a few here that we just so happen to agree with. I like things I agree with.

  • Tevin Coleman, who "the team still firmly believes...has big-play ability." Coleman has a lot to clean up from an up-and-down rookie season, but we're big believers in the talent here at The Falcoholic (or at least I am), and I do think he'll wind up splitting carries more evenly with Devonta Freeman than a year ago, even if Freeman will dominate passing down work.
  • Brooks Reed, who McClure somewhat hilariously writes that the team is excited about, "for some reason." Reed has come in healthy and with a little less bulk, likely because the team projects him to rush the passer more in 2016 than he did in his lost 2015 season. With some coverage ability and a little pass rush skill, Reed can be used creatively while guys like Courtney Upshaw, Paul Worrilow, and the beefy guys up front worry more about the run. That assumes he's effective, of course.
  • Speaking of Worrilow, he'll be locked into a battle with rookie Deion Jones at middle linebacker. Jones should be considered the favorite to win with his speed and coverage ability, but McClure notes that even if he doesn't win the gig, he could carve out a role on third downs, where Worrilow has traditionally gone from steady starter to active liability due to limitations in coverage. This is our top camp battle to watch, and it begins here in OTAs.
Who will you have your eye on?
 
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