On whether he’s seeing continuity start to grow on the offensive line:
“I think back to last year, I mean Andy [Levitre] came in after the preseason and was starting week one. I tip my cap to those guys. They did a great job of handling a lot of change and turnover in a short amount of time. I think this year, there’s a little bit more continuity there. There are guys that have been in the system a little bit longer. Guys that have played next to each other longer. All those kind of things help especially when it comes to that run game or pass protection. I mean when guys can trust each other and trust the guy next to them that’s when you start playing good football, and I think we’re off to a good start.”
On having an experienced receiver in Mohamed Sanu:
“He played in a similar type system in Cincinnati, so a lot of the routes that he’s being asked to run, he’s run before. I think it’s just for him getting comfortable in this environment around the new guys, and I know that everyone has a lot of respect for him. We’ve all been impressed with the way he works and the way that he performs in practice. I think as he gets more comfortable he’s going to continue to showcase what a great player he is.”
On how he felt on day two after a rough first day:
“Everybody has ups and downs. It’s me, it’s everybody. You know there are things that you’re working on, you’re trying to get better at, and you’re pushing yourself in certain things. That’s part of the deal. That’s why we get out there and we practice every day. It’s to try to continue to improve and the good thing about training camp is you get right back on the field tomorrow and get after it.”
On the speed on the team:“It’s good to see. I mean De’Vondre [Campbell], he’s an athletic guy and he’s long. Big, athletic, fast, good change of direction. He’s done a great job coming in here as a rookie and that was a great play he made on the ball yesterday. I mean going up and playing it like a DB. That’s how athletic he is. At linebacker, he looked like a DB playing that ball in the air yesterday. It’s good for us. It’s good. That competition is key. When we can have Tevin [Coleman] going against him out there competing and battling and making each other better, that’s going to serve us well during the season.”
On having Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman lining up as receivers:
“Yeah, both those guys are capable of getting out of the backfield and catching the ball. I think they both showed that last year. Devonta had more opportunities, he was healthy longer throughout the season. He showcased what he can do. We knew that even before the year when Devonta was a rookie. He showcased what he could do out of the backfield. I think Tevin is going to do the same. Those guys are three down guys. You can put them in on first, second, third, goal line, whatever, short yardage. They’ll get it done, and we’re lucky to have both of them.”
On if he felt sore waking up on day two:
“I felt great. I felt great today. Slept great last night and woke up ready to go.”
On if he feels any pressure this year if this could be a make or break season:
“No, I think that’s the expectation that you put on yourself every year. This league is extremely competitive, and it brings out every ounce of competition that you have in you. You need to be your sharpest and your most competitive every year, every week, every day. That’s always the mindset that I’ve had, and I think that’s the mindset of this team. I think everybody’s in a good spot. We’ve got a long way to go during training camp, but we need to take care of our business today and worry about that.”
On how exciting it was to see Justin Hardy make a great catch today:
“He’s done that for the last two years for us. Last year he made some big plays for us and did a lot of really good things and he’s continued that trend during camp.”
On how he prepared this offseason:
“I think just trying to get us strong and as physically prepared as you can. Trying to get your mechanics just where you want them in terms of throwing and getting your feet right and working through all those things. I think having experience within the system really allowed me to work on specific things that I wanted to tweak and try and get better. I spent a lot of time just, whether it’s on your own or with the other guys, trying to get those things just right and I think we came in in a good place. We’re doing some good things early, but we got to pick up our execution and we got to be better.”
On if it’s now just about getting the reps now that he’s in his second year in the system:
“I think that’s it. I mean experience and being comfortable and seeing every look you can with every play that you can and being able to understand when things are there and when they’re not there. That’s huge. That’s why this time of year is so critical. You’re trying to get every rep that you can. I know when I’m out there I think practice is key. You have to soak up everything that you can during those practices this time of year so that you’re prepared when things come up throughout the season.”
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
30 – Saturday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
31 – Sunday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
August1 – Monday, no practice.
2 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
3 – Wednesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
4 – Thursday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
5 – Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Grayson High School
6 – Saturday, players off.
7 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
8- Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
10 – Wednesday, public practice 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).
12 – Friday, closed practice.
13 – Saturday, players off.
14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
16 – Tuesday, public practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Depth chart. Here’s the projected training camp depth chart.
WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 87 Devin Fuller, 18 Jordan Leslie
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton
LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 79 Shabaz Ahmed
C 51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland, 69 Jake Reed
RG 65 Chris Chester, 68 Mike Person, 64 Collin Rahrig, Michael Huey
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris, 66 Laurence Gibson
TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Austin Hooper, 86 D.J. Tialavea, 82 Joshua Perkins, 49 Arthur Lynch
WR Mohamed Sanu, 14 Eric Weems, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 15 Nick Williams, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic, 6 Corey Washington, Chris King
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub, 12 Sean Renfree, 4 Matt Simms
RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward, 35 Gus Johnson, 20 Brandon Wilds
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 39 Will Ratelle
RDE 99 Adrian Clayborn, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 75 Brandon Williams
DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 96 Nordly Capi, 98 Cory Johnson
DT 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes
LDE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 48 Ivan McLennan, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr, 54 Efe Obada
LB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 41 Philip Wheeler, 46 Torrey Green
LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds
RCB 25 Akeem King, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 32 Jalen Collins (Suspended for 4 games)
NCB 23 Robert Alford, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke
LCB 21 Desmond Trufant,, 38 David Mims II, 39 Jordan Sefon
FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman, 34 Brian Poole
SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms
RDE 99 Adrian Clayborn, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 71 Brandon Williams, 96 Nordly Capi
DT 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson
NT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes
LDE 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr
WLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 46 Torrey Green, 48 Ivan McLennan
MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds
SLB 44 Vic Beasley, 41 Philip Wheeler, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw,
RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II
LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon, 34 Brian Poole
FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman
SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms
K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic
PR 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher, 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub
PROJECT PASS RUSH
90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS — POSITION BY POSITION