Posted: 12:35 pm Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

OTA: Roddy White returns to practice sessions 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons cornerback Robert McClain shaking wide receiver Roddy White's hand on his return to the team. White had been out after the shooting death of his brother recently. (D. Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons cornerback Robert McClain shaking wide receiver Roddy White’s hand on his return to the team. White had been out after the shooting death of his brother recently. (D. Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Roddy, who had missed most of the OTA sessions because of the shooting death of his brother, was back at work on Tuesday.

He chatted briefly with head coach Mike Smith before heading to the practice field. Several players came over to welcome him back.

“It’s was nice to see Roddy back out,” Smith said. “He’s been through a lot through the last three or four weeks. He and has family. It was good for him to be with his football family today. He looked great.”

White appeared to be his jovial self throughout the workout, but is not scheduled to speak to the media until next Tuesday during minicamp.

Check back later for a story on wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s battling back from right foot surgery, and video of quarterback Matt Ryan and others.

Here are 7 quick observations from the last OTA session that’s open to the media:

1. Jones, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, Safety Zeke Motta and defensive tackle Corey Peters worked out with the trainers off to the side.

D. Orlando Ledbetter doing a one-on-one interview with Julio Jones on Monday.  We'll have the story posted on MyAJC.com later today.

D. Orlando Ledbetter doing a one-on-one interview with Julio Jones on Monday. We’ll have the story posted on MyAJC.com later today.

2. During the two-minute drill with the first-team offense, running back Steven Jackson didn’t appear happy as Davonte Freeman took the snaps. He stood behind the crowd with his helmet off.

3. Quarterback Sean Renfree took the second-team snaps during the two-minute drill ahead of Dominique Davis.

4. Robert McClain, who was playing behind Josh Wilson at nickel back, made an interception of Renfree to get the second-team defense off the field during the two-minute drill.

5. In one-on-one passing drills, Davis completed a nice bomb to wide receiver Dominique Croom, who had gotten behind cornerback Jordan Mabin.

6. Right guard Mike Johnson, who was playing behind Jon Asamoah, looked good as he pulled outside to his right and make a seal block on a sweep.

7. Undrafted rookie defensive tackle Donte Rumph (Kentucky) caught the ire of defensive line coach Bryan Cox after he got pushed back about 6 yards off the ball. Cox rudely advised the young lad that the play was unacceptable.

PHASE THREE OF OFFSEASON PROGRAM

–Wednesday, June 11 – OTA No. 8.

–Thursday, June 12 – OTA No. 9.

–Friday, June 13 – OTA No. 10.

–Monday, June 16 – Physicals.

–Tuesday, June 17 — Day One: Mandatory minicamp (5 practices over three days)

–Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp.

–Thursday, June 19 – Day Three: Mandatory minicamp. (Offseason program ends for veterans).

TBA – Rookie Symposium

TBA – (Late July) – Report to Training camp.

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THE ATLANTA FALCONS 2014 DRAFT CLASS

Round 1 / 6 — Jake Matthews, RT, 6-5, 308, Texas A&M

Round 2/37 – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, 6-6, Minnesota

Round 3/68 – Dezmen Southward, FS, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin

Round 4/103 – Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-8, 206, Florida State

Round 4/139 – Prince Shembo, LB, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame

Round 5/147 – Ricardo Allen, CB, 5-9, 187, Purdue

Round 5/168 – Marquis Spruill, LB, 6-1, 231, Syracuse

Round 7/253 – Yawin Smallwood, LB, 6-2, 246, Connecticut

Round 7/255 – Tyler Starr, LB, 6-4, 250, South Dakota

11 comments
Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

And the AJC is last to report breaking news yet again. I know it can't be delayed because Ledbetter is running spell check......

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Braking news! Witherspoon out 4 he year. 


Anoter injruy prone fist round bust!

NajehDavenpoop
NajehDavenpoop

Sean Weatherspoon out for 2014 season with Achilles tear. Ouch.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

IF Steven Jackson wasn't upset about Freeman getting the first team snaps I'd be angry. He's been the guy for so long. But reality is, he's on the short end of the stick. But I will predict that he will have a very successful year.

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

I guess it was easy for Mike Johnson to pull outside on a seal block with no pads and you can't hit!

Leviathan
Leviathan

Lol at Jackson being mad that Freeman got 1st team reps. Jackson you got 1 more year and it's a wrap so let the future get some reps without having a tantrum..

JSSN
JSSN

Wow Ledbetter, they are out in spades today!

Positive or negative, why can't you folks stick to football? 

Leviathan
Leviathan

@DarlaLewis  The reality is SJax carries should reduce at his age but his game only excels if he gets 25+ carries IMO. Either way this is probably his last season in Atl and also I thought he said he welcomed competition? Why is he upset? He's a short yardage back with good hands at this stage of the game. He'll be 31 in July and really needs to perform well to see the 3rd year of his contract in Atlanta. I do hope he is able to perform. We had a terrible O-line last year but my concern was that if he is still a better back than Quizz, Smith or Snelling then why could he not separate himself from them statistically. Are we saying that last year was the first time Steven Jackson had a poor O-line in front of him? He played for the Rams.