Atlanta has had a lot of new additions and should put together a remarkably different team than they did in 2013. Here is how it looks so far.
Someone named Julio Jones is looking healthy. This guy may contribute early on in 2014.
Julio Jones did some cutting on the field today. Great sign. Roddy White and Lamar Holmes missing at practice— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) June 4, 2014
The Falcons are understandably moving slowly with bringing back Julio. Cutting is a pretty awesome indicator of his health and Julio should hit training camp at full speed if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.
We have heard that Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson were big. Monsters. Giants. Colossal. Thanks goes to Jay Adams for helping give us a bit of an idea for how big.
Sam Baker is healthy & ready to return in 2014 (with a little extra weight): http://t.co/g26yqeVA8p #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/AsDGNLS4UZ— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) June 4, 2014
Sam Baker has put on weight and looks healthy. Cue your jokes.
@TheFalcoholic Oh yeah? Here's the same pic with a dollar bill for scale. pic.twitter.com/TWwmMBIVkl— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) June 4, 2014
Both are huge players. After watching the Atlanta defensive line get shredded through all of last year, the addition of two 6-foot-4 linemen with a combined weight of nearly 650 pounds should help Atlanta dominate the line of scrimmage.
Safety William Moore is excited to play with these two big bodies.
.@WillyMo_25 thinks the additions of Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai will lead to more INT's for the back field. #Falcons— Dan Mathews (@DanMathewsATL) June 4, 2014
The 2013 defensive line didn't do a whole lot to help out the secondary and the first thing Atlanta did in free agency was sign Jackson and Soliai. Hopefully the added size, height and physicality help create more turnovers.
6th overall pick Jake Matthews is thankfully not terrible, making him better than any Atlanta offensive lineman in 2013. Specifics are short but the only observations about Matthews have been positive.
O-line drills at OTA's led by new coach Mike Tice - Matthews once again VERY impressive #Falcons pic.twitter.com/XPjayXA2Ws— Robbie Rosenhaus (@robbierosenhaus) June 4, 2014
These results should be expected, as Matthews was considered by most as being easily the most polished and pro-ready offensive lineman in the draft. I would imagine Matthews will practice at both tackle positions before starting at right tackle to start the season.
If you were wondering if Atlanta would play only 10 people on defense, Smitty will help straighten you out.
Mike Smith. "Everyone is talking 4-3, 3-4. We are going to be an 11 man defense when we step on the field this year. I will tell you that."— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) June 4, 2014
Thank you Smitty for the most Smitty quote in the history of Smitty quotes. I'm hoping to see some more exotic formations now that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has gotten a drastic infusion of talent to work with.
Also, this is not a bad indicator of what our new defensive line is playing like.
#Falcons DC Mike Nolan says the offense is telling him the DL is being more violent w/ their hands.— Dan Mathews (@DanMathewsATL) June 4, 2014
This is either a great sign about our defense or a terrible sign about our offensive linemen. Lets hope for the first.
Lastly, linebacker Paul Worrilow is working hard to prove Dave wrong about his roster predictions.
Paul Worrilow looking to improve on a great year one at LB with the Falcons out of Delaware #Falcons pic.twitter.com/xcd0YlsWjL— Robbie Rosenhaus (@robbierosenhaus) June 4, 2014
Worrilow has reportedly been working out and adding weight, likely hoping to start at inside linebacker next to Sean Weatherspoon.
Also, Kroy Biermann is out there working out, specifically at outside linebacker.
Not a bad day in Flowery Branch, despite waiting on 3rd round safety Dezmen Safety to sign his contract and Roddy White out.
Who else are you interested in hearing about during OTAs?