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Takeaways: Returning starters give Falcons’ first practice a ‘family reunion feel’

 

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Will McFadden

ATLANTAFALCONS.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – A number of familiar faces rejoined their teammates for the first day of AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp.

 

As promised, star receiver Julio Jones was out on the practice field Monday morning catching a few passes from Matt Ryan as he and the team continue to go through contract negotiations. Once practice fully kicked into gear, Jones went off to the side to go through individual workouts alongside linebacker Deion Jones, who recently signed a new contract extension prior to the start of camp.

That Julio Jones was off to the side had nothing to do with the status of his contract, coach Dan Quinn said after practice, but was rather a precaution as both he and Deion Jones are coming off of foot injuries.

Perhaps the biggest positive surprise for Falcons fans was the sight of safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen back out on the field and participating in team drills. Both players missed the vast majority of the 2018 season due to early season-ending injuries, and it was unclear whether they would be ready for the start of camp.

“It’s a bit of that family reunion feel of seeing the guys and the intent and the work to get going,” Quinn said. “I have been as excited as I’ve been for a long time to get rolling, because of what I thought the group could be together.”

 

Chris Lindstrom continues to work with starters

As organized team activities (OTA) progressed back in late May and early June, it became clear that rookie first-round pick Chris Lindstrom was getting more opportunities to work with the starting offensive line. That continued during the first day of training camp, as Lindstrom was once again out there for much of the time with the first group while Matt Ryan was under center.

Flanking Lindstrom to his right for much of the afternoon was Ty Sambrailo, who continues to work as the first-team right tackle. Fellow rookie first-rounder Kaleb McGary did rotate in at times to work alongside Lindstrom, but he was seen mostly with the second unit. At the left guard spot, it was veteran James Carpenter who was most often seen with the first team.

“It’s an indicator of where we see him starting right now,” Quinn said of Lindstrom working with the first team. “He had earned a lot of that through the spring, about where his performance was. You’ll still see some work as we’re going through – different combinations of people – it wasn’t exclusive to that way (Lindstrom working with the starters) but that’s how we began.”

A few early injuries to keep an eye on

After an injury riddled 2018 season, the Falcons had a trio of players dinged up on the first day of camp. The most notable injury occurred early in practice when backup safety J.J. Wilcox went down while trying to change direction and had to eventually be helped off the field by Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal. Wilcox was limping noticeably and was later taken to the locker room by trainers.

The other two injuries of note that occurred during practice were to defensive lineman Michael Bennett and wide receiver Shawn Bane. Bennett had to be helped off the field late during the practice session while Bane limped off after making a catch.

Quinn did not have any information regarding the status of any of the injured players after Monday’s practice, but explained he would provide an update at a later point.

 

Falcons like depth and talent in backfield

The Falcons are looking to replace the productivity of Tevin Coleman out of the backfield in 2019, but that may not be a one-man job. Devonta Freeman’s role as starting running back is unquestioned, and he looks good back out on the field, but the Falcons may get creative in utilizing the diverse skill sets of their other running backs.

“It’s a position that has good talent for us,” Quinn said of the backs. “And now to be talented as a group, it may be a combination of those roles and featuring what those guys can do best … That’s deeper than we’ve been at that position for a while, and I’m looking forward to the unique stuff that the guys do have.”

Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison all had their moments to shine during Monday’s practice. Smith made a few nice grabs out of the backfield, and all three have made pretty good decisions with the ball in their hands.

Other observations from practice

  • Kendall Sheffield intercepted Matt Ryan during 7-on-7 and may have taken it to the house in a game.
  • Russell Gage continues to look sharp this offseason and ran a polished curl route against Desmond Trufant.
  • It was a bit of a rough one for Trufant on Monday. In addition to Gage catching a clean ball against him, Justin Hardy and Calvin Ridley also had nice grabs while working against the Falcons’ top corner.
  • Grady Jarrett says he’s more “motivated” after signing his new contract with the Falcons, and he certainly looked like it on the field. Jarrett blew up a couple of plays and looks as disruptive as ever.
  • Ricardo Allen wasn’t playing cautiously on his first day out on the field. Very early in practice, he set the tone with a bit of a shoulder hit on a receiver coming across the field. It was certainly within the non-contact spirit, but Allen seems chomping at the bit to put the pads on.
  • As noted above, Chris Lindstrom looks very smooth out there for a rookie. He’s been impressive early on thus far for Atlanta.
  • Marcus Green, Kenjon Barner and Olamide Zaccheaus were the three players back returning punts at the start of practice for Atlanta.

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15 minutes ago, Flyin' In DC said:

Hopfully just an off day for Tru, if Hardy is making catches on him

I'm just not confident Tru gets back to shutdown form. Corners flash a lot and fall off a lot. I'm nervous that may be what happened, post injury. He just hasn't been the same. 

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15 minutes ago, Flyin' In DC said:

Hopfully just an off day for Tru, if Hardy is making catches on him

Hoping Gage steps up and can take over Hardy's spot, and can hopefully give  us what we were hoping to get out of hardy over the past few years. Other than a few timely catches, hardy has vastly underperformed, imo, since drafting him. 

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21 minutes ago, Clark Kent™ said:

Good to hear about Sheff making some plays. Hope he continues and proves me wrong about him. 

Why were you doubting him? I am hoping the long term plan is to have kazee at FS, and Sheff at NB. You can't teach his speed and stuck to his receiver like glue alot of the time in college. 

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48 minutes ago, athell said:

field intercepted Matt Ryan during 7-on-7 and may have taken it to the house in a game.

  • Russell Gage continues to look sharp this offseason and ran a polished curl route against Desmond Trufant.
  • It was a bit of a rough one for Trufant on Monday. In addition to Gage catching a clean ball against him, Justin Hardy and Calvin Ridley also had nice grabs while working against the Falcons’ top corner.

Trufant is one of my main worries, I know its early but I hope its not another horrible season for the horse faced one.

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I am curious how Lindstrom earned a starting job through his activity in OTA’s if there is no hitting etc.  I didn’t think anything was decided in OTA’s

And I thought Carpenter would get first crack at LG.  Makes the James contract look odd

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8 minutes ago, jdawg4876 said:

I like shef but the int was more of the wr running the wrong route and matt just throwing it to him lol

Ah you were there?  What else did you see?  Thoughts?

 

2 minutes ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

I am curious how Lindstrom earned a starting job through his activity in OTA’s if there is no hitting etc.  I didn’t think anything was decided in OTA’s

And I thought Carpenter would get first crack at LG.  Makes the James contract look odd

Lindstrom has been penciled in as the starter since he was drafted.

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Just now, athell said:

Ah you were there?  What else did you see?  Thoughts?

 

Lindstrom has been penciled in as the starter since he was drafted.

naw was not there today will be wed but here is the clip. just seems to me the wr ran the wrong route and matt let it go anyway

 

 

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31 minutes ago, Osiruz said:

Trufant is one of my main worries, I know its early but I hope its not another horrible season for the horse faced one.

You know you're reaching when you gotta go after a dude's looks lol

Tru owns you

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47 minutes ago, vel said:

I'm just not confident Tru gets back to shutdown form. Corners flash a lot and fall off a lot. I'm nervous that may be what happened, post injury. He just hasn't been the same. 

Hopefully it’s just tru adjusting to the way Quinn will be playing the corners this season and not a call off. 

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10 minutes ago, athell said:

Ah you were there?  What else did you see?  Thoughts?

 

Lindstrom has been penciled in as the starter since he was drafted.

This you don't take a guy at 14 to sit him.

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2 minutes ago, TheFatboi said:

Hopefully it’s just tru adjusting to the way Quinn will be playing the corners this season and not a call off. 

Hopefully. Obviously it's day one and they've praised Tru for his offseason so far. But I'm very cautious about him going into week one. Diggs and Thielen will be chomping at the bit. Those guys are miles better than Gage and Hardy. 

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11 minutes ago, jdawg4876 said:

naw was not there today will be wed but here is the clip. just seems to me the wr ran the wrong route and matt let it go anyway

 

 

lol, oh.  That's nothing but a busted *** lazy play.  Ok then, next topic.

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1 minute ago, athell said:

lol, oh.  That's nothing but a busted *** lazy play.  Ok then, next topic.

yep if he threw it in there he would have lead 13 into a disater

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56 minutes ago, vel said:

I'm just not confident Tru gets back to shutdown form. Corners flash a lot and fall off a lot. I'm nervous that may be what happened, post injury. He just hasn't been the same. 

Be careful,, I said that a couple of weeks ago and got a trashing from his boys... Hey, I hope he can get back to form.. But as I've said,, I'm not sure he can.. It's like he's lost a step.. and that's all it takes as a CB in the NFL to get let go.  As another one said on this post,, Sheffield is the player I'm most excited about.

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1 minute ago, Draftnut57 said:

Be careful,, I said that a couple of weeks ago and got a trashing from his boys... Hey, I hope he can get back to form.. But as I've said,, I'm not sure he can.. It's like he's lost a step.. and that's all it takes as a CB in the NFL to get let go.  As another one said on this post,, Sheffield is the player I'm most excited about.

You said we would cut him. Not that you don't think he's good. We asked why you think we keep Beasley but cut Trufant when cutting him makes zero sense. Stop being sensitive.

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1 minute ago, Yo_Lover said:

You said we would cut him. Not that you don't think he's good. We asked why you think we keep Beasley but cut Trufant when cutting him makes zero sense. Stop being sensitive.

I said I think we might ,, and it might even come during the season.. Hey man,, I'm not going to argue,, think and write what you will and I'll say what I think may or may not happen,,,  Your not me, and I'm not you.. so I'd appreciate it if you'd just take care of yourself.

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1 hour ago, Stray Dog THA GAWD said:

Family reunion.  I hope they spend less time hugging and more time staying off the IR.

Don’t forget the school photos

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