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Takeaways: Turnovers fuel Red team to huge lead in first Falcons scrimmage


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Will McFadden AtlantaFalcons.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – For the first time during AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp, the team split into two units and held the first half of a scrimmage.

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The second half of the scrimmage will take place during Monday’s practice, but the White team will have some catching up to do. Led by a pair of interceptions from Ricardo Allen and Desmond Trufant, the Red team, which consisted of the starting defense and the second-team offense, jumped out to a 23-7 halftime lead.

Brian Hill and Christian Blake both caught touchdown passes from Matt Schaub, and rookie running back Tony Brooks-James scored on a goal-line run to give the Red team their halftime lead.

Although he didn’t get into the end zone on Sunday, rookie Olamide Zaccheaus was the brightest star offensively for the Red team. He made the play of the day right at the start of the scrimmage to draw the loudest cheers from the crowd.

The White team consisted of the starting offense and the second-team defense, but Ryan’s uncharacteristic interceptions stalled two drives, one of which ended at the goal line. Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith saw several targets coming out of the backfield as the Red team did a good job generating pressure with the defensive line.

It’s also worth noting that coach Dan Quinn appeared to be calling the defensive plays for the Red team.

Ryan did ultimately connect with Austin Hooper in the second half for the White team’s first touchdown. On the game’s final play, it appeared Ryan hit rookie Kahlil Lewis in the back of the end zone for a second score, but Lewis was ruled out of bounds.

Other observations

  • Rookie Marcus Green was the starting returner for the Red team, while Kenjon Barner was the starting returner for the White team.
  • Rookie offensive linemen Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary were split up for the scrimmage. Lindstrom played with the starting offense on the White team while McGary was with the Red team offense.
  • Both James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, who are competing for the left guard spot, were with the White team offense. They had almost an even split of snaps during the scrimmage with Carpenter getting 17 snaps to Brown’s 15.
  • Hill was one of the standouts of Sunday’s scrimmage, and he’s putting together a really good camp thus far. Quinn praised Hill’s growth as a receiver after practice, and the running back has shown a welcome combination of agility and strength.
  • Zaccheaus came very close to another big-time play during the scrimmage, but a really well-timed punch by rookie corner Jordan Miller knocked the ball loose. The Falcons’ secondary, as a whole, has been playing well in camp.
  • In addition to his touchdown catch, Hooper made a nice contested catch over the middle on a crucial third down for the White team. His chemistry with Ryan is one of the underrated strengths of this offense.

 

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It's expected for the defense to be ahead of the offense at this point in Training Camp. What I didn't like seeing was the bad pass that was Intercepted by Rico or 1st team offense stall on the goal line. 

Again, it's still very early, but I expect Matt to sharpen up on those passes and the O-Line to create more push 

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1 hour ago, red falcon said:

in other threads people are like "oh offense is always ahead this time of the year." I'm glad Quinn is the puppet master this year, should make for an exciting year.

Those people are just wrong, its a well known fact that offenses typically take a little longer in  preseason to click as the players get their timing down. 

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13 hours ago, Precyse said:

Quinn takes over the starting defense play calls, they keep the starting offense to 7 points in 2 halfs. Coincidence? I think NOT

Maybe but offense always takes longer to come together than defense.  Would anticipate the team with 1st team defense would have distinct advantage this early.

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Starting offense: without seeing the game I can’t provide insight.  I’ll credit Quinn and just hope Koetter & company get it together.

• Love seeing Tru & Rico with iNT’s

• I liked Bryan Hill on inside zone late last year.  He was averaging 8 ypc iirc. I think he has solidified #2 RB status and sees lots of action this year.

• I don’t care how good the defense is playing, 7 points is simply unacceptable.  But we are a timing offense so it may take a bit.  Would love to know yardage output and sack numbers

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12 minutes ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

Starting offense: without seeing the game I can’t provide insight.  I’ll credit Quinn and just hope Koetter & company get it together.

• Love seeing Tru & Rico with iNT’s

• I liked Bryan Hill on inside zone late last year.  He was averaging 8 ypc iirc. I think he has solidified #2 RB status and sees lots of action this year.

• I don’t care how good the defense is playing, 7 points is simply unacceptable.  But we are a timing offense so it may take a bit.  Would love to know yardage output and sack numbers

Very encouraging to see the D getting turnovers right from the get-go. That's what makes this defensive scheme viable.

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13 hours ago, MD-FalconFan13 said:

It's expected for the defense to be ahead of the offense at this point in Training Camp. What I didn't like seeing was the bad pass that was Intercepted by Rico or 1st team offense stall on the goal line. 

Again, it's still very early, but I expect Matt to sharpen up on those passes and the O-Line to create more push 

I don’t think it was a bad pass. I think Rico cane from a place Matt didn’t think he could cover. The video looks like Rico came from across the field. Matt tried to fit it in a spot and Rico stole it. That’s more encouraging than Matt made a bad pass. 

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Takeaways: Turnovers, Luke Stocker’s nastiness stand out at Falcons scrimmage 

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Will McFadden
 
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – After scoring a combined 30 points during Sunday’s portion of their team scrimmage, the Falcons combined for only seven points on Monday.

We’re nearing the end of AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp, and the preseason games are quickly approaching. Atlanta’s Red-White scrimmage was an opportunity for the coaches to evaluate the players in a controlled scrimmage environment, and the Red team cruised to a fairly easy 23-15 win.

Coach Dan Quinn attributed a portion of that difference to turnovers. The Red team jumped out to a 23-7 lead on Sunday thanks to interceptions by Ricardo Allen and Desmond Trufant, and the White team never managed to close that gap.

“In the secondary, obviously making two big takeaways yesterday (was huge),” Quinn said. “When that doesn’t happen, obviously that’s one of the reasons their team was so ahead … So, creating takeaways, why are they ahead 23-7 at the half, that was a big part of it.”

Quinn, who is also taking over as the Falcons’ defensive coordinator this season, preaches the importance of securing the ball on offense and taking the ball away on defense perhaps more than anything else. He wants his defense to have a “ball-hawk mentality,” and after watching the first half of the scrimmage on Sunday and the second half of the scrimmage on Monday, it’s clear why.

Other observations

Mohamed Sanu scored the only touchdown of the Monday's portion of the scrimmage. It was the second touchdown pass for Matt Ryan in the scrimmage; he also tossed two interceptions.

  • Giorgio Tavecchio will handle kickoff duties for the Falcons in 2019. Punter Matt Bosher had previously handled the role while Matt Bryant was on the roster, but the Falcons believe Tavecchio can do that job well.
  • Calvin Ridley was back on the sidelines and suited up, but he went through stretches with the team before heading off to the side for rehab work with Julio and Deion Jones. Still, seeing Ridley, who is coming off a tight hamstring, back on the field is a good sign.
  • Luke Stocker brings a nasty edge to this Falcons offense. He made his impact felt after catching a pass on Monday, lowering his shoulder pads a couple of times and delivering some hits.
  • The White team had a chance to chip away at the Red team’s lead after moving the ball to the 15-yard line. Matt Ryan threw three catchable balls to Kenjon Barner, Russell Gage and Justin Hardy, in that order, that were dropped and resulted in a turnover on downs.
  • Atlanta’s starting defensive line continued to play well on Monday; Grady Jarrett, Adrian Clayborn and Allen Bailey were three who especially stood out at times.

 

https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/takeaways-turnovers-luke-stocker-s-nastiness-stand-out-at-falcons-scrimmage

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29 minutes ago, TheFatboi said:

I don’t think it was a bad pass. I think Rico cane from a place Matt didn’t think he could cover. The video looks like Rico came from across the field. Matt tried to fit it in a spot and Rico stole it. That’s more encouraging than Matt made a bad pass. 

Nah, even if Rico didn't get it Trufant was all over the pass too. It was simply a bad pass.  No zip, wobbly and 2 separate defenders had a beat on the ball

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40 minutes ago, VTCrunkler said:

Sounds like Bailey is working his way up the depth chart. Like to hear that about Stocker. 

If you recall that thread I started on the OL, Stocker was part of the new nasty I was talking about.  I’m stoked we are going to start banging some heads at the LOS on offense....about darn time too!

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21 minutes ago, gazoo said:

If you recall that thread I started on the OL, Stocker was part of the new nasty I was talking about.  I’m stoked we are going to start banging some heads at the LOS on offense....about darn time too!

I’m with you on your thought train re: bigger and nastier o line is the key to the offense and the team really. It will have a ripple effect.  Being bully’s. I co-sign. Love the plan so far and the depth is being covered as adequately as possible. 

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I would slow your roll on the defense being all world. Lets face it Ridley, Julio, Freeman were out and Coleman is no longer here so it was almost all backups in the skilled positions they were playing. I am sure Ryan has not gotten into a good rhythm with them in such a short time. 

You can hype them up and have fun doing it. I myself am going to hold out till I see the product in the real games. With starters on the other side of the ball.

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7 minutes ago, VTCrunkler said:

I’m with you on your thought train re: bigger and nastier o line is the key to the offense and the team really. It will have a ripple effect.  Being bully’s. I co-sign. Love the plan so far and the depth is being covered as adequately as possible. 

You see, that’s it right there. It’s more than just winning a one on one battle at the LOS, it’s an “attitude”, an “identity” that we’ve lacked.

As you elude  to, I strongly believe this new team identity of toughness is going to permeate the entire team on both sides of the ball. Your identity starts on the LOS, and I like both sides now. 

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