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Falcons OTAs notes: Vic Beasley on the field, energy and attendance high for Atlanta

An early look at organized team activities for the Atlanta Falcons, which are off to a fine start.

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I always say in these recaps from practice that it's very difficult to gauge where the team is or how specific players are performing based on watching 30 minutes of practice. Well, things changed today. The team opened up the entirety of today's practice to the media.

The key thing that stood out about today's practice is that all of Dan Quinn's talk about being fast and physical wasn't just talk at all. The pace of practice is incredibly fast compared to what we saw under the previous regime. It was also as physical as it possibly could be while operating within the league's regulations for these practices. Quinn has said all along that there would be an emphasis on attacking the football on defense, and that's definitely happening. Defenders are going for the ball on every practice snap, and nobody's quitting until the play is finished.


Although eighth-overall selection Vic Beasley has yet to sign his contract, he was on the field with the team today. He actually looked very good on the field. Generally the adjustment to the speed of the game is pretty obvious for rookies, and Beasley looks very comfortable.

Several players are still rehabbing injuries from last season. Most of the guys who weren't participating won't surprise you - Joe Hawley, Peter Konz, Sam Baker, Jake Matthews, Antone Smith, William Moore and second rounder Jalen Collins. Brooks Reed, as expected, was sidelined as he recovers from a groin injury, and Dezmen Southward was also held out as he rehabs a knee injury.

With so many key offensive linemen still out, the line we saw getting first team reps today will likely not be the final version when the team heads into the season. James Stone was getting snaps at center. Ryan Schraeder was at right tackle, and Lamar Holmes was at left tackle. Mike Person was at left guard, and Jonathan Asamoah, not surprisingly, was at right guard.

Dan Quinn's practice playlists are always entertaining. . Today's practice featured everything from Kanye's Stronger to Michael Jackson's Billie Jean to Guns 'n' Roses' Welcome to the Jungle. The music, like the practice, is always high-energy.

Tony Moeaki had a couple of really impressive catches today and Jacob Tamme looked good across the board.

Attendance is phenomenal. Veteran guys who might have take voluntary practices off under other circumstances are here and working hard. There's a lot to learn in a short amount of time, and it's certainly preferable for everyone to take advantage of this time on the field together.

It's still very early in the install process, and a lot of what the team is doing on the field is pretty generic at this point, but it's interesting to watch the schemes take shape on both sides of the ball. It's also interesting to see how engaged the coaching staff is with each other and with players.

We'll have more on what players and Dan Quinn said after practice throughout the week, so stay tuned for that.