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After an injury-plagued rookie season, 2020 second-round pick Marlon Davidson appears to be impressing the coaching staff early in OTAs as he returns to full health.

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Things are just getting started for the Falcons as the players take to the practice field for the first time since the end of the ill-fated 2020 season. Arthur Smith brought in an almost entirely new coaching staff, and Atlanta has added 20 UDFAs along with 9 drafted rookies to the roster. With rookie minicamp and the first few OTAs (Organized Training Activities, for those who are unaware) in the books, we’ve started to hear a few interesting details that are worth discussing.

From free agent addition Fabian Moreau starting at outside CB across from A.J. Terrell, to veteran Josh Andrews getting the first shot at left guard, we’ve begun to see some of the most important training camp battles take shape. Another player we’re all itching to hear about is 2020 second-rounder Marlon Davidson, and so far the news appears to be quite positive.

Arthur Smith has reportedly been impressed by Davidson’s progression through the early part of the offseason as he works to return to full health. It’s not much to go off of, but any positive news on a high draft pick who has yet to make a big impact is welcome. Davidson will hopefully have a chance to start the season off healthy—something he didn’t get to do in 2020.

Davidson was drafted by the Falcons with the 47th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to play on the interior next to Grady Jarrett, but didn’t see the field much due to an unfortunate set of circumstances. A knee injury in training camp limited his reps significantly, and he didn’t see the field for the first time until Week 3 against Chicago. Davidson then wound up on the reserve/COVID-19 list for most of October, and wouldn’t make it back on the field until Week 11. He re-injured his knee against the Chargers in Week 14 and missed the next two games, before making a brief appearance in Week 17 against the Bucs.

 

Davidson was hot and cold in limited action during the 2020 season, with a solid debut against the Bears (4 tackles, 2 solo) and a decent game against the Raiders (4 tackles). In the remaining six games he appeared in, Davidson logged just one statistic: a pass deflection in Week 5. He played just 123 total snaps throughout the year.

We’ll hope Davidson can turn an early positive impression on the new coaching staff into a significant role in 2021. The Falcons will be depending on Davidson, John Cominsky, and other young holdovers from the previous regime to revitalize a defensive line that has struggled mightily in recent years—particularly when rushing the passer. Davidson could be an excellent fit in Dean Pees defense due to his versatility: he played just about everywhere on the line at Auburn, including on the interior, at 5T EDGE, and even as a stand-up pass rusher.

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42 minutes ago, PointSwayzee said:

Meh, get back to me at the end of camp. Not just for Marlon, but for every single player. Last 3 years we should have been Superbowl locks if you read how "good" everyone looked in these OTA's and Mini-Camps. 

Mini-Camp Legends 2021.

Should probably stay off message boards if you feel this strongly about that...

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On 6/4/2021 at 8:58 AM, TheTrue7 said:

Geezus.. 

you’re such a badass 

Sorry if everything is not Skittles and Rainbows there champ. Not every signee and draft pick is going to be all-pro, as the team was 4-12 last year. Called reality there sport, not trying to be a pessimist, just not buying into anything said this time of the year.

But, keep gunning for that "Best Fan Award", I'm sure its in the mail.

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1 hour ago, ADAMSVILLE GYM said:

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After an injury-plagued rookie season, 2020 second-round pick Marlon Davidson appears to be impressing the coaching staff early in OTAs as he returns to full health.

 

1 hour ago, ADAMSVILLE GYM said:

Arthur Smith has reportedly been impressed by Davidson’s progression through the early part of the offseason as he works to return to full health. It’s not much to go off of, but any positive news on a high draft pick who has yet to make a big impact is welcome.

OK so the gist of the entire article is quoted above.

Two blurbs that boil down to what "appears" & has "reportedly" been happening...  Uh, where's the beef?   

No details whatsoever as to what he's done, why he looks good, or what exactly AS said about him.  This sort of underwhelming, lazy reporting with zero substantiation means nothing to me unless it's supported by something.  Right now this is the equivalent of innuendo.  As per the usual, our coverage/reporting/journalism is lacking. 

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1 hour ago, PointSwayzee said:

Meh, get back to me at the end of camp. Not just for Marlon, but for every single player. Last 3 years we should have been Superbowl locks if you read how "good" everyone looked in these OTA's and Mini-Camps. 

Mini-Camp Legends 2021.

Reminds me... my brother is a Lions fan. The year they went 0-16, I bought him a Lions 4-0 Preseason Champions shirt 😂

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48 minutes ago, PointSwayzee said:

Sorry if everything is not Skittles and Rainbows champ. Not every signee and draft pick is going to be all-pro as the team was 4-12 last year. Called reality there sport, not trying to be a pessimist, just not buying into anything said this time of the year.

But, keep gunning for that "Best Fan Award", I'm sure its in the mail.

Ah the double down

Congrats 

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51 minutes ago, PointSwayzee said:

Sorry if everything is not Skittles and Rainbows champ. Not every signee and draft pick is going to be all-pro as the team was 4-12 last year. Called reality there sport, not trying to be a pessimist, just not buying into anything said this time of the year.

But, keep gunning for that "Best Fan Award", I'm sure its in the mail.

and yet everything you said is... and lol I'm glad I'm not in that type of mood that early in the day. Cheer up man its just football right? :tiphat: 

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1 hour ago, HASHBROWN3 said:

Another article that 

 

OK so the gist of the entire article is quoted above.

Two blurbs that boil down to what "appears" & has "reportedly" been happening...  Uh, where's the beef?   

No details whatsoever as to what he's done, why he looks good, or what exactly AS said about him.  This sort of underwhelming, lazy reporting with zero substantiation means nothing to me unless it's supported by something.  Right now this is the equivalent of innuendo.  As per the usual, our coverage/reporting/journalism is lacking. 

Agreed, but if AS doesn't give them anything, and A LOT of folks on these boards are lauding him for not giving the press anything, then is it really their fault for adding fluff?

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1 minute ago, Boise Falcon Fan said:

Agreed, but if AS doesn't give them anything, and A LOT of folks on these boards are lauding him for not giving the press anything, then is it really their fault for adding fluff?

No way.  The guy made an assertion about things with NO backup.  So you're saying he made it up.  Pure lazy.  Good journalism involves digging their ***-es off, finding inside info, and at least backing up their findings with at least some details.

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1 hour ago, PointSwayzee said:

Sorry if everything is not Skittles and Rainbows champ. Not every signee and draft pick is going to be all-pro as the team was 4-12 last year. Called reality there sport, not trying to be a pessimist, just not buying into anything said this time of the year.

But, keep gunning for that "Best Fan Award", I'm sure its in the mail.

 

Maybe you missed the memo, but sports are supposed to be fun. 

 

You don't seem like you're having much fun.

 

Maybe take up watching cricket? 

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1 hour ago, PointSwayzee said:

Sorry if everything is not Skittles and Rainbows champ. Not every signee and draft pick is going to be all-pro as the team was 4-12 last year. Called reality there sport, not trying to be a pessimist, just not buying into anything said this time of the year.

But, keep gunning for that "Best Fan Award", I'm sure its in the mail.

So, you p***ed cause you'll never get one? We'll have your participation trophy in the mail.

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1 hour ago, HASHBROWN3 said:

Another article that 

 

OK so the gist of the entire article is quoted above.

Two blurbs that boil down to what "appears" & has "reportedly" been happening...  Uh, where's the beef?   

No details whatsoever as to what he's done, why he looks good, or what exactly AS said about him.  This sort of underwhelming, lazy reporting with zero substantiation means nothing to me unless it's supported by something.  Right now this is the equivalent of innuendo.  As per the usual, our coverage/reporting/journalism is lacking. 

You’re right. You should have written an article. I’m thinking you’re more qualified. No cap. 

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9 minutes ago, Williamb said:

So, you p***ed cause you'll never get one? We'll have your participation trophy in the mail.

 

13 minutes ago, Drunken Minotaur Zebra said:

 

Maybe you missed the memo, but sports are supposed to be fun. 

 

You don't seem like you're having much fun.

 

Maybe take up watching cricket? 

So reality means no fun, I will fall in line. Any pre-season pessimism will not be tolerated, despite not actually trashing anyone, and simply wanting to "see the results" and not hear the skittles report about how wonderful everything is.

The best player on the Falcons doesn't think the team will be worth a **** and wants out, but fan-boys know better from OTA reports. Same fan boys that labeled Quinn the "best coach in Falcons history" are literally the same who blame him for everything now. 

Fun, for me at least, is derived from winning or making a notable improvement from the prior season. But you want to jet jacked up because of the reports on the Cole Mangers of the world, then knock yourself out. 

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19 minutes ago, ADAMSVILLE GYM said:

You’re right. You should have written an article. I’m thinking you’re more qualified. No cap. 

I’m just a peanut gallery critic, but if I were the reporter, I’d be digging my butt off to report some details...I know that much.

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