Posted: 5:20 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Day One: 10 observations from minicamp 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White throws to fellow receiver Darius Johnson during mini-camp Tuesday June 17, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White throws to fellow receiver Darius Johnson during mini-camp Tuesday June 17, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons opened their minicamp with a morning walk-through and an afternoon practice on Tuesday.

Wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones (right foot), safety Zeke Motta (neck) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (Achilles) did not practice. White was held out for unspecified reasons.

We’ll find out later from coach Mike Smith.

Also, with the practice being open, myself and Tanya Sichynsky we were able to live tweet. Below find a collection of our observations.

Come back later for stories, blogs and videos on AJC.Com and


–Today — Day One: Mandatory minicamp (Open to Public, 3:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.).

–Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp (Open to Public, 3:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.).

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

–June 22-28  – Rookie Symposium

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

PRACTICES WITH TEXANS — Wednesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 14.


Sean Weatherspoon suffers season-ending Achilles injury

What’s next for Sean Weaatherspoon?

What’s next for the Falcons at linebacker?

Javier Arenas gets to watch longtime role model

Falcons cut Szczerba, Yoklic

Falcons minicamp is open to the public


Sean Weatherspoon to miss 2014 season

Matt Ryan on Harry Douglas’ contribution to the offense

Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox

Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo

Falcons assistant head coach Terry Robiskie on Devin Hester

Falcons coach Mike Smith on OTAs


Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of FSU’s Devonta Freeman

Falcons signed 20 undrafted rookie free agents, 5 from SEC 

Falcons invite 24 players in for tryouts

NFL Draft 2014: ESPN’s Todd McShay on the Falcons’ draft class

VIDEO: Reaction to 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



@ConfederateFlagBurner I think you are being a bit hasty with your judgment...  Although I do understand your skepticism, this is not the same roster as last year.  We have some studs up front (Jackson, Soilia, and Babineux are proven run stoppers).  At corners, Trufant and Alford will be fine.  They did a pretty good job last year considering there was NO pass rush, and they were rookies.  I dont recall them getting burned.  Also, Moore is pro bowl caliber.  Decoud is gone (Addition by Subtraction).  And best of all we have a pretty good defensive coordinator.  I know the lack of a pass rush was a very big issue last year, but I think with the upgrade at defensive line, we will be able to generate a rush with our linebackers. 

Also, lets not forget, if our offensive line comes together, that will help the defense out.  We will increase time of possesion which will give the defense longer recovery time during the games.

Dont get so caught up into last year.  It was an aberration.



Sounds good to me. I agree. The added defensive front should keep the offense occupied enough to allow our DE a better opportunity to harrass the passer.   last year was a hiccup.  ( Like the ring.)