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Dan Quinn names six Falcons players who have stood out so far 

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Prior to the start of the Falcons’ offseason program, Dan Quinn named the five players he was hoping to see step up.

On offense, it was Jake Matthews and Calvin Ridley. On defense, it was Takk McKinely, Vic Beasley and Isaiah Oliver. 

Four out of five of those players were present for the entire offseason program. Beasley opted to not attend any of the voluntary workouts but was present for mandatory minicamp. 

Quinn and his coaching staff spent the last two months working with the players on and off the field, teaching the new wrinkles that will be added to their schemes. This time is also important for the players acquired in free agency and the draft to begin working with their new teammates.

It’s worth noting the restrictions of the offseason workout program. No live contact is permitted and the coaching staff is only allotted a certain amount of time with the players.

Overall, Quinn was happy with what he saw from his team during organized team activities (OTA) and minicamp.

There were six players who especially caught Quinn’s attention and here’s what the Falcons coach had to say about each one of the players.

On offense, it was running back Devonta Freeman and receiver Mohamed Sanu.

On Freeman:

“He was another one who had so much to prove and to get back out on the field and to recapture his energy and style so quickly. I was very happy to see that. He looks so much like himself. For him coming back off an injury, it takes a lot of physical toughness and it takes a lot of mental toughness. He’s shown a lot of mental toughness during this rehab process.

On Sanu: 

“He came in so fit, so ready. I think his game got sharper. He was already at a good level so when you’re already performing at a good level, it can get more challenging to get to the next level and I thought he clearly showed he was ready to get to the next level. I think [with] the things he can bring to the team, he looks as quick and as fit as he ever has.”

Switching over to the defensive side of the ball, Quinn was impressed with a pair of defensive linemen, Tyeler Davison and McKinley.

On McKinley:

“I think he’s lighter, his speed and versatility seem ramped up. For him to go through his first offseason, as you know he missed with his left shoulder, his second year with his right shoulder. To see him lighter, faster and more explosive, that to me was someone who jumped out.

On Davison:

“He was somebody who I thought was better than advertised and really consistent and really showed what he was capable of.”

Quinn also said cornerback Desmond Trufant and linebacker Foye Oluokun stood out as well.

“Those were the few who stood out to me as leaders amongst a group that really did a nice job,” Quinn said.

The next time Quinn and the Falcons will be back on the field together will be for the start of training camp on July 22.

https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/dan-quinn-names-six-falcons-players-who-have-stood-out-so-far

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In one of the interviews he called Kazee out too as having a good offseason.  I certainly see Takk's intensity.   Nice to see Davison getting along with the program.  Really hoping he can be the (or close to) the guy we didn't chase in FA.  I will admit I am secretly hoping a pissed off and ready-to-prove-to -the-world-wrong Shede impresses enough to stick but even if he is good, I'm pretty sure by cuts, I will likely want to keep a promising young player over a guy who disappointed before and cannot even play to start the season.

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13 hours ago, ya_boi_j said:

Takk has all the potential in the world if he doesn’t lose steam at the halfway point. Hopefully coming in lighter means better conditioning as well

Eh...he had sacks in his last 2 games last year. Likely more minor injuries slowing him down than conditioning.

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2 minutes ago, Duff_Man said:

Eh...he had sacks in his last 2 games last year. Likely more minor injuries slowing him down than conditioning.

If you watched last season you would know it was more conditioning than anything. He was gassed by the halfway point of the season 

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2 minutes ago, Duff_Man said:

He had a the second highest pressure rate in the NFL. 1.5% higher than Kahlil Mack and Aaron Donald. I assure you, he was playing hard.

Who said he wasn’t playing hard? I’ve stated numerous times that he was the only player on defense giving 1000% each play. That doesn’t mean the guy wasn’t gassed. But of course. Live off of stats and not what you see from the player. 

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1 hour ago, g-dawg said:

Two years ago, DQ raved about Wes Schweitzer winning the off-season.  Just sayin’

It’s great if someone is off to a good start - but it doesn’t really mean anything.   We do this every year. - useless offseason banter.

No people just have to actually read what he is saying.

When he raved about Wes he basically was saying that he was giving it all that he got. Not that his technique was sound or he really increased his core strength or whatever.

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11 minutes ago, ATLFalcons11 said:

No people just have to actually read what he is saying.

When he raved about Wes he basically was saying that he was giving it all that he got. Not that his technique was sound or he really increased his core strength or whatever.

No that’s not what DQ was saying at all on Wes - but if you need that, then go with it.

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On 6/21/2019 at 6:58 PM, Monolith2001 said:

In one of the interviews he called Kazee out too as having a good offseason.  I certainly see Takk's intensity.   Nice to see Davison getting along with the program.  Really hoping he can be the (or close to) the guy we didn't chase in FA.  I will admit I am secretly hoping a pissed off and ready-to-prove-to -the-world-wrong Shede impresses enough to stick but even if he is good, I'm pretty sure by cuts, I will likely want to keep a promising young player over a guy who disappointed before and cannot even play to start the season.

I wonder, do we get any kind of exemption on the 53 for Shede missing the first 2 games?

In other words, can we keep him on the team until after week 2 in case of injury?

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