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Vic Impressing At Camp

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Nice to see Vic and Rico making plays together. This was a sack for Vic if it’s a real game.

VIC BEASLEY IMPRESSING:

Surprised? Look, I get the criticism Beasley has received the last couple of seasons, mainly due to the fact that he’s produced just five sacks in each of the last two seasons – and that’s on the heels of leading the league with 15.5 in 2016. And by listing him here I’m also not saying that the eighth-overall pick in the 2015 draft has turned a corner and is going to turn into a sack machine in 2019.

Not at all.

But through eight practices, I’ve seen enough good things from Beasley to think that things are at least pointing in the right direction for the Falcons’ fifth-year edge rusher. We all know that Beasley is playing out his option year and is on a one-year, prove-it deal. We also know that Quinn is taking a “hands-on” approach with Beasley and believes that he can get the most out of him (watch the video above).

If you watched Beasley closely during the Red-White scrimmage, he was playing fast and with sense of urgency. More importantly, he was in position to make a number of plays – and that’s one of the advantages of having Quinn calling the shots now. Beasley would have sacked Matt Ryan at least once or possibly caused a fumble.

Remember that interception Allen made during the scrimmage? Watch the play below as Beasley hits the brakes and refrains from hitting Ryan.

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RICARDO ALLEN:

Putting Allen on this list was a no-brainer for me. Never mind that just the mere sight of No. 37 running around and making plays on the practice fields is cause for Falcons fans everywhere to celebrate, especially considering everything the Falcons safety had to go through just to be ready in time for camp.

Allen, who missed nearly all of the 2018 season with a torn Achilles, is not only back at full speed but he’s making his presence known whenever he’s on the field – with hits, pass break-ups and interceptions. In Sunday’s Red-White scrimmage, Allen picked off a Matt Ryan pass – and players from both teams celebrated as Allen high-stepped into the end zone.

Having Allen back is real shot in the arm for this team.

Behind lead back Devonta Freeman – yet another early feel-good story for these 2019 Falcons – there is a crowded backfield. And considering the fact that this team has needed at least three running backs just to get through the last couple of seasons, that’s a good problem to have.

Enter Hill, who is finally living up to all the reasons why the Falcons drafted him out of Wyoming in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Hill not only caught a touchdown pass from Matt Schaub during the Red-White scrimmage, he’s been showing that he can catch and run after the catch throughout this camp. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Hill has worked hard at improving his pass catching and it’s certainly showing. The Falcons now possess two bigger backs in Hill, who is 6-foot-1 and 219 pounds, and rookie Qadree Ollison, standing at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds. Will the Falcons keep both or just one? That’s anyone’s guess at this point, but Hill is at least giving the coaches something to think about with his play early on.

Since the very beginning of training camp, Lindstrom has taken every single snap with the offensive starters. And, really, that was the expectation when the Falcons selected him with the 14th overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. In short, the athletic 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman from Boston College looks – and plays – like he belongs. Quinn confirmed as much early in camp.

“It’s an indicator of where we see him starting right now,” Quinn said. “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.”

It'll be interesting to see how Lindstrom performs against other teams during the preseason, but early on the rookie is checking all the boxes – and that's a good thing for the Falcons as they continue to revamp their offensive line.

Everyone knows the Falcons are stacked at receiver. Just look at the depth chart – Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage and Justin Hardy for starters. And then there’s Gray, a second-year player out of Cincinnati who spent 2018 on the Falcons practice squad. And to Gray’s credit, all he’s done is catch balls and make plays – some of the biggest ones in camps so far, too.

 

WR Devin Gray with a beautiful long TD from Matt Schaub.

 
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I don’t know how Gray will perform this preseason or what his realistic chances are of making the Falcons’ 53-man roster, but he’s certainly doing enough things right to make the coaches and personnel types think twice about him. And, remember, many of these players aren't just trying to make an impression with their current clubs, 31 other teams will be watching the preseason games as well. Every rep counts – and Gray is making the most of his.

Surprised? Look, I get the criticism Beasley has received the last couple of seasons, mainly due to the fact that he’s produced just five sacks in each of the last two seasons – and that’s on the heels of leading the league with 15.5 in 2016. And by listing him here I’m also not saying that the eighth-overall pick in the 2015 draft has turned a corner and is going to turn into a sack machine in 2019.

Not at all.

But through eight practices, I’ve seen enough good things from Beasley to think that things are at least pointing in the right direction for the Falcons’ fifth-year edge rusher. We all know that Beasley is playing out his option year and is on a one-year, prove-it deal. We also know that Quinn is taking a “hands-on” approach with Beasley and believes that he can get the most out of him (watch the video above).

If you watched Beasley closely during the Red-White scrimmage, he was playing fast and with sense of urgency. More importantly, he was in position to make a number of plays – and that’s one of the advantages of having Quinn calling the shots now. Beasley would have sacked Matt Ryan at least once or possibly caused a fumble.

Remember that interception Allen made during the scrimmage? Watch the play below as Beasley hits the brakes and refrains from hitting Ryan.

 

#Falcons - Welcome Back Ricardo Allen!!!!@Ricardo37Allen with the pick on @M_Ryan02 during today's scrimmage. HC Dan Quinn says he's bringing him back slowly, giving him more reps everyday. Looks like to the Rico of old if you ask me!!! #RiseUp #InBrotherhood #WSBTVsports

 
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51 minutes ago, athell said:

Until he puts Cousins on his ***, it's just hype.  Show us, Vic.  I hope he does.

Yeah, I have always taken impressive play in camps with a grain of salt. 

Especially when it could be bad play on the other side.

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Hill could push to stay on roster for sure. We need to see something out of Olli these next few games. Barner might push Brooks James to the PS.

Also, that 6th (7??) WR battle is FIERCE.

We got:

Devin Gray 6'0 190 has ran a low 4.4

Olamide Zaccheaus 5'8 1/2" 190 runs a 4.5

Christian Blake 6'1 180 runs a 4.5

All have shown good hands and playmaking ability. I think Hardy is a goner and at least 1 makes the PS. Possibly 2 make the 53 man.

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17 minutes ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

Should I start posting about players sucking?  lol.

Positive threads about Hill & Beasley, both turned into a negative discourse on the players.  Just be happy they are showing something.  I know I am

I like the positivity....but choose another player.....He has to show us when it counts...we have seen too much bad to get excited about practice....

 

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1 minute ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

Pelican Bay will revisit this after Week 10.  7 sacks in 10 games is my hot take

I hope so....I will give you props....cause you been beating this drum...

I care nothing about being right...I want to be proven wrong.....

I will make a thread in your honor

What do you think about the RB situation

 

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2 minutes ago, RING OF HONOR said:

I hope so....I will give you props....cause you been beating this drum...

I care nothing about being right...I want to be proven wrong.....

I will make a thread in your honor

What do you think about the RB situation

 

Being proven wrong means you’re a pessimist.... and nothing about you screams pessimist, ROH.  Quite the opposite...you’re a positive guy

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1 minute ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

Being proven wrong means you’re a pessimist and nothing about you screams pessimist, ROH.  Quite the opposite...you’re a positive guy

This the best thing anybody said about me all day

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For real though...Im burnt out...so tired

Im bout to hit the beach....Destin or Panama City and rent a boat ...relax...and fish..

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35 minutes ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

Should I start posting about players sucking?  lol.

Positive threads about Hill & Beasley, both turned into a negative discourse on the players.  Just be happy they are showing something.  I know I am

Not negative I'm just sick of talk.  I want tangible results.  Flashing in practice and against scrubs just doesn't hold weight with me, I gotta see it when it matters.  I hope all these dudes ball, but right now it's just hype and talk.

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