Posted: 5:10 pm Monday, July 28th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith was serious about seeing some real football during the first padded practice on Monday.
About halfway through the practice with owner Arthur Blank on hand, the Falcons went into three stations for the Oklahoma drill.
The wide receivers had to block the defensive backs.
The interior offensive and defensive linemen went against each other.
The tackles and tight ends went against the defensive ends and outside linebackers.
After a short break, the Falcons went to a 9-on-7 blocking and tackling drill.
Here are some of the highlights from the Oklahoma drill:
–Cornerback Robert Alford played off a block well and made a stop.
–Offensive lineman Mike Johnson had a good block on linebacker Paul Worrilow. The win went to Johnson.
–Linebacker Joplo Bartu defeated a block attempt by tight end Mickey Shuler.
–Center James Stone created a hole by blocking linebacker Prince Shembo. Running back Steven Jackson run through untouched.
–Defensive end Osi Umenyiora stuffed a block and stopped the running back in the backfield. His stopped led to cheers from the defensive players.
–Wide receiver Courtney Roby had a nasty kick-out block on cornerback Josh Wilson as he drove him several yards away from the ball.
–Tight end Levine Toilolo stuffed linebacker Tyler Starr on a strong block.
–Wide receiver Bernard Reedy handled cornerback Jordan Mabin with a strong block.
During the 9-on-7 drill, newly acquired defensive linemen Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai showed that they are going to be tough to block.
Rookie right tackle Jake Matthews handled himself well and had several key blocks.
Also, the offensive line showed some quickness by being able to pull out of in front of an outside run.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
PROJECTED 2014 TRAINING CAMP DEPTH CHART
WR 11 Julio Jones, 15 Courtney Roby, 89 Bernard Reedy, 18 Freddie Martino, 8 Jabin Sambrano
LT 72 Sam Baker, 76 Lamar Holmes, 74 Terren Jones
LG 63 Justin Blalock, 68 Gabe Carimi, 67 Adam Replogle
C 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 62 James Stone, 69 Harland Gunn
RG 75 Jon Asamoah, 69 Harland Gunn
RT 70 Jake Matthews, 79 Mike Johnson 73 Ryan Schrader
TE 80 Levine Toilolo, 86 Bear Pascoe, 82 Mickey Shuler, 81 Jacob Pedersen, 49 Brian Wozniak
WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 14 Geraldo Boldewijn, 16 Julian Jones, 87 Tramaine Thompson, 7 Jeremy Ebert,
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 13 T.J. Yates, 12 Sean Renfree, 9 Jeff Mathews
RB 39 Steven Jackson, 32 Jacquizz Rodgers, 35 Antone Smith, 33 Devonta Freeman, 30 Josh Vaughan, 34 Jerome Smith
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 45 Maurice Hagens, 43 Roosevelt Nix
3-4 DEFENSIVE FRONT (We just have the two-deep so far)
LOLB – 71 Kroy Biermann, 49 Tyler Starr
LDE – 99 Tyson Jackson, 97 Peria Jerry
NT – 96 Paul Soliai, 92 Travian Robertson
RDE – 95 Jonathan Babineaux , 93 Malliciah Goodman
ROLB – 94 Jonathan Massaquoi , 50, Osi Umenyioria/90 Stansly Maponga
ILB – 59 Joplo Bartu, 53 Prince Shembo
ILB – 55 Paul Worrilow, 44 Pat Angerer
4-3 DEFENSIVE FRONT
RE 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 50 Osi Umenyiora, 96 Jonathan Massaquoi, 90 Stansly Maponga
DT 99 Tyson Jackson, 97 Peria Jerry, 65 Donte Rumph
DT 96 Paul Soliai, 92 Travian Robertson, 98 Cliff Matthews, *91 Corey Peters
LE 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 49 Tyler Starr, 64 Nosa Equae
OLB 71 Kroy Biermann, 48 Brenden Daley, 45 Jacques Smith
MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 44 Pat Angerer, 52 Tim Dobbins, 54 Yawin Smallwood
OLB 59 Joplo Bartu, 53 Prince Shembo, 51 Marquis Spruill, 46 Walker May,
RCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Javier Arenas, 37 Ricardo Allen,
NB 26 Josh Wilson, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas, 41 Dezmen Southward
LCB 23 Robert Alford, 24 Jordan Mabin, 43 Devonta Glover-Wright
SS 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Kimario McFadden, 22 Zeke Motta
FS 20 Dwight Lowery, 41 Dezmen Southward, 29 Sean Baker
K 3 Matt Bryant, 6 Sergio Castillo
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 17 Devin Hester, 28 Javier Arenas, 14 Courtney Roby
PR 17 Devin Hester, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Date Practice Times (public availability)
Monday, July 28 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, July 29 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Wednesday, July 30 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Thursday, July 31 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Friday, August 1 “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)
6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)
Saturday, August 2 Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
Sunday, August 3 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Monday, August 4 Combined Practice w/Tennessee 3-5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, August 5 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Wednesday, August 6 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Thursday, August 7 Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)
Friday, August 8 Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins
7:00 p.m. ET – CW69
Saturday, August 9 Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)
Sunday, August 10 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Monday, August 11 Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, August 12 Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)
Wednesday, August 13 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)
Thursday, August 14 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)
Friday, August 15 Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)
Saturday, August 16 Falcons at Houston Texans
8:00 p.m. ET – CW69
Sunday, August 17 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Monday, August 18 Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)