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Falcons Training Camp 2015: William Moore, RaShede Hageman injury updates

The Falcons broke camp today, and Dan Quinn provided injury updates on William Moore, who has a calf strain and is day to day, and RaShede Hageman, who has a concussion and has entered the league's protocol.

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The Falcons weren't in pads or helmets for their last day of training camp, and Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Brooks Reed continued working in 11-on-11s, which signifies that there haven't been any injury setbacks for those three. After practice, Dan Quinn said that Freeman, Coleman and Reed are considered day-to-day, and the team continues to monitor soreness.

Quinn also confirmed that William Moore has a calf strain and is considered day-to-day. RaShede Hageman suffered a concussion in yesterday's practice and is currently under the league's concussion protocol. He's not expected to be ready to play on Friday against the Jets. Peter Konz is dealing with some knee soreness and was held out of practice today, and Desmond Trufant (shoulder) and Antone Smith (hamstring) also did not participate.


  • The Falcons have so much depth at receiver. Roddy White, Leonard Hankerson, Justin Hardy, Bernard Reedy, Eric Weems, Marquez Clark and Nick Williams all stood out today. Granted, this was a no-contact practice, so that's something to take into consideration.
  • Terron Ward continues to get some first-team reps. Quinn said after practice that the way Ward has responded to the challenge of stepping into first team reps with a next-man-up mentality has stood out to him.
  • The first team offensive line makeup has remained consistent, with Jake Matthews, James Stone, Joe Hawley, Chris Chester and Ryan Schraeder. The second team consisted of seventh rounder Jake Rodgers, Eric Lefeld, Mike Person, Jonathan Asamoah and Tyler Polumbus today.


  • Robert Alford again took snaps with the first team in the nickel, and Jalen Collins and Phillip Adams played outside.
  • Kevin White's technique is pretty refined for an UDFA rookie, and he has great awareness. He was catching everything in individual drills today.
  • Kemal Ishmael filled in for William Moore again today. After practice, Ishmael told us he hopes Moore is back on the field soon, but he's ready to fill that role in the interim. "Like Coach says, it's always the next man up," Ishmael said. "I'm hoping that Mo gets healthy and gets back. He's a leader on this defense, and I just have to step in like I did last year and do what I have to do until he gets back."

Fan Questions

I think Starr definitely has a shot at the final 53. Dan Quinn said after today's practice that they're trying Starr in various defensive roles and have been pleased with his development. Bartu really may be the odd man out here. He still looks good in special teams work, so it's possible he carves out a role there.

I think an MRI on any injury in the NFL is pretty standard procedure.

I get the feeling that, although they seem to be working with a consistent lineup along the offensive line these past few days, they're not necessarily settled on the starters for the season just yet. I don't expect any imminent moves involving Asamoah.

Too many.

This question would be easier to answer after preseason wraps, but right now I'd say the most surprising cut may be Dezmen Southward, who just isn't catching on to the cornerback position. I don't think it will qualify as a surprise when he makes the 53, but Ricardo Allen emerging as the best candidate for the starting free safety role after being cut last season and then added to the practice squad has certainly been an interesting development.

Yeah, Hester has looked solid. I think there's a role for him in this offense, and I still think he has significant special teams value.

I think this team is going to be in the top third of the league for turnovers this season. I love the way the defense attacks the ball in practice, and we definitely saw that carry over to the field last Friday night.

Brooks Teed.

The coaching staff likes the speed Colin Mooney shows coming out of the I formation. I'm going to give Mooney a slight edge, though I believe it's pretty close.

Yes. (These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.)

He's taken plenty of first team snaps and has played well. It's hard to quantify how good I think he'll be, but I certainly think he's exceeding expectations for an undrafted free agent at this point.

Yeah, Ishmael isn't as complete of a player as Moore, but he is a great fit for the scheme and should be able to fill in adequately.

Great question. I really enjoyed seeing all the changes on the field from the previous regime and talking to players about the scheme changes and how they're adapting. I just honestly enjoyed training camp in general.

I actually do think he's made a strong case for consideration as TE2. He's been a more consistent receiver than Tony Moeaki.

The team has shored up depth so much across the board, and it feels strange to not instantly think of almost every position when asked this question. I still feel like depth is a little thin at safety and inside linebacker.

I think he's fighting for a practice squad role at this point.

I do, actually. Pass protection has been pretty consistently decent. I'm still most concerned about run blocking.

I think he'll be great, too, but it's hard to tell right now after he's missed so much time due to injury. The team is kind of easing him back into it. I'll keep you posted!

I am way too tired to answer questions about the 2016 season today, haha.

For Coleman in particular, it would be nice to get the experience of actually playing in a game against actual NFL competition. Quinn did have the guys dress last week and go through warmups to get a feel for the routine, and Coleman told me earlier this week that was helpful.

It's nice. I like it here.

Matt Ryan, hands down.

I'm only superficially familiar with Star Trek, but I'm going to go with Star Trek Q simply because the Bond Q doesn't seem like a fit at all.

He's day-to-day. I'll let you guys know if he practices tomorrow.

I feel like I need to go sit in the cold tub after answering today's questions.

It's possible, but there are so many variables that go into those decisions and there's so much that can happen between now and then. It's hard to say at this point.

Weigh in with your thoughts on training camp as a whole in the comments.