There's not much to report from today's Falcons practice. Players warmed up and stretched and worked on punt coverage. It's essentially the same thing the media sees each day.
The team did, however, release the very first official injury report of the 2015 season, and that's newsworthy.
Prior to practice, Dan Quinn told the media that Brooks Reed (groin surgery) and Devin Hester (toe) would not participate in practice. Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and Jake Matthews (back) were limited on Thursday, while Roddy White, coming off of elbow surgery, was a full participant.
Matt Ryan spoke to the media during open locker room before the team hit the practice field, and he sounds pretty confident in the new-look offensive line's ability to protect him on Monday night. Ryan also said that the shuffling along the offensive line these past two seasons, a necessity due to injuries, has helped prepare the team for this situation. Ryan said he'll do what he can to help this unit adjust and be prepared.
"Any little tidbits or anything that I can pass along, whether it's going to be different, how we're going to do things in the huddle, at the line of scrimmage — all of those kinds of things, that's where you try and help them out the most," Ryan said. "Those guys are working really hard — really, really hard, and it's fun to see."
Based on all accounts, it sounds like Andy Levitre is fitting right in with this unit and getting up to speed quickly. He has certainly impressed Ryan so far.
Levitre has been in the league since 2009, and it's the combination of experience and intelligence that has impressed Ryan to this point.
"Andy Levitre is a guy that has played a lot of ball and has played a lot of ball at a high level, and so you know that once he goes out there he's going to compete and he knows what it takes in order to be successful," Ryan said. "I think scheme-wise, he's a smart guy. In the three days that I've kind of had to be around him a little bit, we've kind of talked a little bit, and he's picked up a lot pretty quickly. And we get out to our walk-throughs and do those kinds of things, and he's been on point."
Your thoughts on the injuries and the offensive line?