It sure was exciting to be back in the Georgia Dome last night. Football is back!
Josh Vaughn had a pretty good game, but he very nearly didn't make it into the Georgia Dome last night.
Security stopped Josh Vaughan walking in stadium because they didnt recognize him. He just comes to work every day. pic.twitter.com/13fF551eC9— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 8, 2014
Dave raises a valid question.
I don't see how a dolphin can have illegal use of hands.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) August 8, 2014
The first defensive series could be described as "not good," so obviously the season is doomed.
Per Twitter, the Falcons have the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.— Alex Welch (@alexmwelch) August 8, 2014
@alexmwelch HOW ARE WE NOT THE BEST AT EVERYTHING AFTER THE OFF SEASON?!?!?!— Matt (@FalconsM5) August 8, 2014
The first team offense looked to be firing on all cylinders.
Nice catch, HD. Nice pass, Ryan. Nice encouragement, Dave.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) August 8, 2014
Quizz out there looking shifty, nifty and ...uhh... I dunno, thrifty? He looks good. #MIAvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) August 8, 2014
It doesn't show up on the stat sheet, as his best work was negated by penalties, but Antone Smith sure did look explosive last night.
Lemme tell ya, Antone Smith is having a hell of a night in the box score unaffected by penalties in my head. #MIAvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) August 8, 2014
Antone Smith gonna get his number retired by Falcons fans despite gaining 35 yards per season— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) August 8, 2014
Only people that didn't were Smitty & Koetter @lovemefalcons: I thought Antone should've played more last year— Aaron Freeman (@falcfans) August 8, 2014
Antone Smith isn't slow. Whew. He's got to get that pass blocking down. But man, he can roll. Shifty too. Running back battle!— Jamal Anderson (@jamthedirtybird) August 8, 2014
An angel gets its wings. RT @Thad_B everytime antone smith touches the ball something good happens— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) August 9, 2014
NFL Network is re-airing the Falcons game at 10 a.m. if anyone wants to see Antone Smith get 500 yards taken back by penalties.— Alex Welch (@alexmwelch) August 9, 2014
I'm really excited for Antone Smith's 650-yard, eight carry season.— Matt (@FalconsM5) August 9, 2014
So did Devonta Freeman, actually. The rookie put up 50 rushing yards on 10 carries, as well as one beautiful 57-yard catch.
Devonta Freeman is impressive in every language.
Ojo a Devonta Freeman en Atlanta. Sigo pensando que en nada sera RB2 y que como Jackson no rinda puede acabar de titular.— Jorge Ulloa (@redjor) August 9, 2014
Falcons RB, Devonta Freeman med 107 yards totalt mot Dolphins i nattens treningskamp. Lover godt før sesongstart!— FantasyFootballNorge (@NFLfantasyNorge) August 9, 2014
Take cover, kid, what? Run for your brother, Bernard Reedy, run for your team.
Bernard Reedy's parents played Wu-Tang's "Triumph" for him 24 hours a day. While he was in the womb.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) August 9, 2014
Matt Ryan completed 100% of his passes, his receivers looked solid, the run blocking looked to be significantly improved, and several other players stood out in positive ways.
Best pressure so far from Maponga.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 8, 2014
Massaquoi with a great play on a tackle for loss.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 9, 2014
Arenas making plays tonight. Great third-down stop on the quick pass.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 9, 2014
Sean Baker made a nice play on the ball from his safety spot. Kind of play will earn you some notice.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 9, 2014
Bad snap by the Dolphins and the Falcons recover!!! What a great showing by the young defense! #MIAvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) August 9, 2014
I am a Bernard Reedy Fan™— Andrew Hirsh (@andrewhirsh) August 9, 2014
Some players did not stand out in positive ways, but hey, it's preseason.
The second-team offensive line looks about as impregnable as a wall of tissue paper.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) August 9, 2014
Jordan Mabin missed special teams tackle. Kicker Sergio Castillo had to clean it up.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 9, 2014
Coach Armstrong is probably not going to be thrilled with guys whiffing on the returner out there.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) August 8, 2014
Backup kicker Sergio Castillo is becoming a fan favorite because his name makes him sound like he belongs in a romance novel.
Sergio Castillo in for the punt. Also, he is now dating your girlfriend.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) August 9, 2014
Castillo with a nice punt. His side job is as a gondola romance singer.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) August 9, 2014
Dave warned fans of the impending doom of the third quarter, and the Falcons actually controlled the clock, scored a field goal, and did not allow any points in the third quarter. Hey, remember when Dave wanted to draft Glenn Dorsey?
The third quarter begins. Close your shutters against its chill wind.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) August 9, 2014
Maggie, I tip my cap to your dedication, and we all wish you a speedy recovery.
Clearly Steve has always had his priorities in order.
As a child, when asked where I saw myself at age 33, I probably answered at home on a Friday night livetweeting the end of a preseason game.— Steve (@SteveInBrooklyn) August 9, 2014
Yes, DW, it definitely is.
Preseason tweeting is the GOAT— The DW (@TheWalkerman) August 9, 2014
Falcons fans have seen a lot of wins in the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era, but very few of those have come in preseason. It was a welcome change after such a difficult 2013 season.
Sean Renfree in victory formation. Nice to see that after last preseason. Falcons will take the 16-10 win. #MIAvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) August 9, 2014
Did we just win a preseason game? This feels funny. Is this a bad thing? I don't know how to react.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) August 9, 2014
Glad to see a Falcons win even if it doesn't count. I've needed a Falcons W in my life for some time— Caleb Rutherford (@FalcoholicZippo) August 9, 2014
@TheFalcoholic one thing we saw this preseason that we didn't see last preseason, a W.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) August 9, 2014
1-0. WE GOIN' TO THE SHIP.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) August 9, 2014
We saw some good things, and we saw some things that need to improve, but at the end of the day, it's nice to walk away with a win.
Issues we saw in #MIAvsATL: No pass rush early, lot of sloppy penalties, poor special teams coverage. Hope to see improvement next week.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) August 9, 2014
Still some concerns about starting D, but I believe Nolan/Cox will get these things ironed out. Game 2 will be key to see progress.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) August 9, 2014
Coach Smith: 'It's fun to watch those young guys as they don't get a whole lot of snaps in practice but they stepped up and made some plays'— Reid Ferrin (@FalconsRFerrin) August 9, 2014