Posted: 12:03 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014

10 quick observations from Falcons’ minicamp 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons head coach Mike Smith talks with the media during the minicamp. Atlanta Falcons players workout during the second day of mini-camp at the team's facilities in Flowery Branch, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Falcons head coach Mike Smith talks with the media during the minicamp. Atlanta Falcons players workout during the second day of mini-camp at the team’s facilities in Flowery Branch, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons held their final practice of minicamp on Thursday morning.

The official training camp schedule will be announced today or Friday, but we know the rookies report on July 22 with the first practice set for July 23.

Check back later for blogs, videos and stories from today’s events.

Matt Ryan is set to speak after practice and the Falcons have a presser set up with owner Arthur Blank, HBO’s president Ken Hershman and NFL Films supervising producer Ken Rodgers.

For now, here are 10 quick observations from the practice:

  1. Falcons safety William Moore was back at practice. He missed Wednesday’s practices for personal reasons.
  2. Wide receiver Julio Jones (right foot) was running at full speed while working out with the trainers. He was running sprints with safety Zeke Motta (neck) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (Achilles tendon). He was about 15 yards ahead of Motta and 30 ahead of Peters.
  3. The Falcons spent part of the practice working on the pass-rush attack. The front featured all defensive ends in sort of a NASCAR package. Jonathan Massaquoi, Mallician Goodman, Jonathan Babineaux and Osi Umenyiora were used.
  4. The Falcons also went through a rugged short-yardage period.
  5. Several members of Auburn’s football staff were on hand to watch the practice.
  6. Wide receiver Dominique Croom was not at practice.
  7. Newly acquired linebacker Tim Dobbins and quarterback T.J. Yates were traveling in route and missed the practice. They were set to undergo physicals.
  8. Cornerback Desmond Trufant was held out of most of the practice. Robert McClain took over at right cornerback.
  9. Big boys Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson had most of the practice off.
  10. After one period, Umenyiora and Jackson had to up-downs for an unknown violation of the rules as set forth by defensive line coach Bryan Cox.

SCHEDULE

June 22 through 28 – Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.

July 22  – Rookies report to training camp.

July 23 — First practice of training camp.

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

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VIDEO CORNER

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 DRAFT CLASS STORIES

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Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

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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

7 comments
Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Can you explain the NASCAR package?

Can you detail the trade from yesterday?

DirtyBird504
DirtyBird504

WOW!!!...  Bryan Cox is not playing around...  Had the Vets doing up/down drills... Ouch!

DirtyBird504
DirtyBird504

@Rory_Bellows 

Not sure, but I think it means during obvious passing situations, they will load up the D-line with guys with pass-rush ability.  They will take out the 300 lbs. run stoppers (Soliai, Jackson, Peters, Babineux).  Hense NASCAR or Cars with speed...  However, Babineux does have pass rush ability, and so does Peters. I hope it works!!! 

Regarding the trade....  Obviously, they had no faith in Dent and thought they could use him as trade bait for a viable back up QB.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@DirtyBird504


Looks like a little bit of accountability might be going around!? You mess up and you are not exempt to being put through the process! I might like this a little bit! Can it wear thin on vets? Yes but if you dont fudge up you dont have to do it!