FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: Head coach Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
There won't be a ton of news from this early rookie mini-camp. It's basically just a chance for coaches to get an early look at young players, figure out who's going to get a shot where and let all those new coaches get acclimated to doing things the Falconly way.
That said, there's plenty to observe. The first and most important thing to emerge from yesterday's camp opening was that Lamar Holmes, the team's latest walking controversial firestorm of a draft pick, has a "minor" foot injury and won't be participating in rookie mini-camps.
This is not something worth freaking out over, but it does ruin his chance to make a favorable early impression. Admittedly he's probably done that just by standing around and being an enormous human being, but it would have been nice for him to get out there and do some work for the coaches. Alas.
Keep an eye out in case this lingers, but otherwise just hope for a swift recovery and utter domination when OTAs start.
Other quick highlights:
- Peter Konz is training to play at both guard and center. That was not bluffing, just in case you thought so. He'll be gunning for the starting right guard job out of camp, assuming nothing happens to Todd McClure.
- As I suspected, the team is already talking about Bradie Ewing as if he's going to be an integral part of the offense. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he gets a handful of short yardage carries, a dozen or so receptions and plenty of opportunities to block. Well-rounded kid.
- There's good...energy? That's nice.
Alex Welch will have something from the ground, hopefully later today. Stay tuned and discuss rookie mini-camps in the meantime.