5 things to know about the Falcons this week

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (81) takes part in drills during NFL rookie minicamp football in Flowery Branch, Ga. Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (81) takes part in drills during NFL rookie minicamp football in Flowery Branch, Ga. Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

FLOWERY BRANCH – One of the good things about the Falcons signing their rookie class so early is that they can jump in and get started with the team’s offseason program.

The team signed all of their rookie draft picks on Thursday, before they hit the field for the rookie minicamp on Friday.

Here are five things to know about the Falcons this week:

1. Rookies to work: The Falcons rookies will participate in the offseason program this week. They have two weeks before the start of organized team activities.

2. Hall to sign?: The Falcons were reviewing the medical reports from Leon Hall’s physical.  After signing three tryout players and releasing four undrafted rookies, they have an open roster spot.

3. Debo is on board. Falcons second-round pick Deion Jones, who’s competing at middle linebacker, was nicknamed “Debo” by his father. The name is derived from his dad’s two favorite players, Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson. Here’s our Sunday story on Jones.

4. Campbell feeling good. Falcons fourth-round pick De’Vondre Campbell felt he had a strong rookie minicamp.  “I can guard tight ends, running backs and also get in those passing windows and a lot of stuff other people can’t because I’m a lot taller than the average linebacker,” said Campbell, who is listed at 6-foot-3. “Everything’s moving so fast right now because we’re (intensifying) every day, but I’m just trying to pick up on everything I can, and I think I’m picking it up pretty well. I’m just trying to go out here, take the coaching and go learn (by watching video) from the mistakes today … and just try to get better.”

5. Fuller is hurt. Falcons seventh-round pick Devin Fuller, a wide receiver, suffered a hamstring injury and didn’t fully practice on the second day of the rookie minicamp.

 


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