Today's practice was short. We spent about 45 minutes on the field watching the team work though some scenarios in shorts and hats. There isn't much to report, honestly.
One thing that does really stand out in these non-padded practice situations is the focus on instruction. Young players seek out correction from coaching staff after plays. Dan Quinn and his staff have fostered an environment that's conducive to learning.
At this point, I wouldn't expect Devonta Freeman (hamstring), Tevin Coleman (hamstring), Brooks Reed (hip/groin) or Cliff Matthews (ankle) to play tomorrow evening. Brooks Reed did tell AtlantaFalcons.com reporter Andrew Hirsh that he expects to be fully ready to go by week one of the NFL season.
Desmond Trufant was out today, and Quinn confirmed after practice that Trufant has a shoulder strain. Quinn said the team is taking Trufant's injury day by day, but at this point, he would lean toward not expecting Trufant to play tomorrow.
The first team offensive line makeup was the same today, with Hawley getting reps at center. Mike Person and Jonathan Asamoah were running with the second team.
With Trufant out, Phillip Adams was getting first ream reps outside in Tru's spot. Kevin White took first team snaps in the nickel. After practice, Quinn mentioned that Adams, White and Jalen Collins may all get first team looks against the Titans on Friday night.
Yeah, the whole atmosphere is different. One thing we see more of consistently is coaching staff correcting players immediately after a play. There's a real emphasis on teaching. The players seem to have really bought into Quinn's philosophy.
I don't let myself get too attached to the idea of any player making the roster. I hate roster cuts, anyway, after watching these guys fight and fight for a spot all summer. I try to make it as easy on myself as possible.
@jeannathomas Will any roster moves be made for tomorrow's game?— Alexander Jones (@ATL_Jonesin) August 13, 2015
I doubt it. I think we could see some moves this weekend.
@jeannathomas how severe is Tru injury?— max contreras (@maxcontrerasg) August 13, 2015
It doesn't sound severe at all. I don't think it's cause for serious concern.
@jeannathomas what's the music of choice today? Hip hop little a R and b— Big Corp (@bigcorpny) August 13, 2015
Mostly hip hop today. We had a little Jay and Ye. The clean version of In Paris is missing a lot of words.
@jeannathomas Do you think Brooks Reed is going to be able to play in any preseason games?— Cano (@DavidVCano) August 13, 2015
Quinn said last week that he believed Reed would be ready to come back before Freeman and Coleman. I think he'll be healthy enough to play in some preseason games, but we'll see.
@jeannathomas Do you believe in the multiverse theory? Is our universe just one tiny, insignificant speck in the grand scheme of things?— Andrew Hirsh (@andrewhirsh) August 13, 2015
Of course I do. I believe there's some alternate reality where you believe hot dogs are not sandwiches, Andrew.
@jeannathomas is gravity still the same? Footballs still coming back to earth right?— Cole Williford (@ColemanUWG) August 13, 2015
As far as I can tell, there's been no significant change in Earth's gravitational pull.
I liked it better when you guys just asked me where Falcons babies came from.
@jeannathomas What's a better condiment: Miracle Whip or Mayo?— Sky L (@skyy843) August 13, 2015
@jeannathomas who is your money on for OSU starter at QB?— j_playz (@j_playz) August 13, 2015
I'm a huge fan of both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett (and I love Braxton Miller, but he's transitioning to a different offensive role). I just don't see how the team could start anyone but Cardale after he just won a National Championship. My money's on Cardale.
@jeannathomas how long do you think Tru will be out?— Shedrick Carter (@shedrickcarter2) August 13, 2015
Probably just a few days. It doesn't sound serious at all, but we will keep you posted.
@jeannathomas how long will the offense play tomorrow?— Shedrick Carter (@shedrickcarter2) August 13, 2015
Quinn doesn't have a set number of snaps in mind for the first team, and he said that some guys will get more snaps because they need more snaps. It seems like they're tailoring the plan to each player's unique situation.
@jeannathomas when is the first round of team cuts?— j_playz (@j_playz) August 13, 2015
The team has to cut from 90 to 75 by 4:00 p.m. on September 1. They'll cut from 75 to 53 by 4:00 p.m. on September 5.
@jeannathomas how does DQ account for the unbalanced proportion of matter vs antimatter in the observable universe?— j_playz (@j_playz) August 13, 2015
He just gets fast and physical with it and he approaches the situation with a lot of grit and toughness.
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