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."
@jeannathomas Tyler Starr.. Night and day from last year and does he have a shot at 53 man roster and what would that mean for Bartu? thx— stacey w. (@reni1115) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas do you think the team would consider trading Asamoah, or rather keep him in the mix for a starting job/depth?— Derrick Ligon (@DerrickLigon) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas What’s the total number of tweets you received today about misspelling Reed as Teed?— The DW (@FalcoholicDW) August 19, 2015
@jeannathomas what will be the biggest surprise as far as who makes the team and who is cut??— Shedrick Carter (@shedrickcarter2) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas ok real question. is Hester doing alright? any part of the Offense at all this year?— B17 Bomber (@b17fortres) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas with training camp over what are ur expectations on this brand new falcons? give us one bold prediction :)— max contreras (@maxcontrerasg) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas who played the fastest and the hardest?— Neil (@RealNeilB) August 19, 2015
@jeannathomas In your opinion who has the edge in the FB battle?— D Luger (@dahgrt1) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas is falcoholic a health drink?— Vinny Falcon (@Vincruze) August 19, 2015
Yes. (These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.)
@jeannathomas Is Kevin White with the 1's? How good is he gonna be?— Nate olbon (@nate_olbon) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas what was your favorite moment from camp?— Troy (@TristramLeroy) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas 1st official depth chart listed Toilolo as TE3. Today's drops aside do you think he has made a case for TE2?— D Luger (@dahgrt1) August 19, 2015
I actually do think he's made a strong case for consideration as TE2. He's been a more consistent receiver than Tony Moeaki.
@jeannathomas If you had to bring FA depth for one position what would it be?— Troy (@TristramLeroy) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas No news about Ume-Ezeoke lately. Does he stand a chance of cracking the final 53 or is he fighting strictly for a PS spot?— D Luger (@dahgrt1) August 19, 2015
I think he's fighting for a practice squad role at this point.
@jeannathomas do you think that the o-line is stout enough to give Ryan time in the pocket to utilize the talent?— Keil from FBIA (@Alaska_Keil) August 19, 2015
I do, actually. Pass protection has been pretty consistently decent. I'm still most concerned about run blocking.
@jeannathomas how does Coleman look? I think he is going to be great but I don't know where he is now?— Keil from FBIA (@Alaska_Keil) August 19, 2015
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!
@jeannathomas Sorry for all the ?s but like you said "Today's the last day of daily Q&As, so take advantage" :) Is Hester a Falcon in 2016?— D Luger (@dahgrt1) August 19, 2015
I am way too tired to answer questions about the 2016 season today, haha.
@jeannathomas Any benefit to playing Freeman/Coleman against Jets? I'd rather see em healthy & ready for the dress rehearsal game in week 3.— D Luger (@dahgrt1) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas I wanna take a trip to Atlanta one day to see a Falcons game. What's Atlanta like? I'm from NY— Chris Kurtz (@chriskurtzz) August 19, 2015
It's nice. I like it here.
@jeannathomas Kelvin Benjamin carted off today is sad news. In your opinion(IYO) who is the ONE player the Falcons can't afford to lose?— D Luger (@dahgrt1) August 19, 2015
Matt Ryan, hands down.
@jeannathomas (Reminder ;) Is Coach Q more the omnipotent-but-loveable Q from Star Trek or more the tech-savy genius Q from James Bond?— wiesengrund (@wiesengrund) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas Any word on Tru? Is he expected to play Friday?— September 14th (@NickCurray) August 19, 2015
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.
@jeannathomas based on the little weve seen this year, do you think the Falcons go with an O-lineman first round of next years draft?— Guzman (@cjtardif) August 19, 2015
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.