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Notes from Falcons OTAs

It was a gorgeous day in Flowery Branch for the last day of media availability during OTAs.

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It was a perfect June day in Flowery Branch. It was hot, but there was a consistent breeze as players went through drills on the last day of OTAs.

Next week, the team will be required to report for minicamp. Attendance isn't mandatory for OTAs, though it seemed like the majority of the team was on hand today. Devin Hester, Chris Chester, James Stone, Grady Jarrett and Devin Fuller were again held out of practice. Devonta Freeman went through some individual drills, but was relegated to the sideline for team drills due to a strained muscle. Quinn said after practice that the strain wasn't serious, and that Freeman could have participated fully today, but the team wanted to make sure he is fresh for Thursday's practice.

Deion Jones did take some first team reps at middle linebacker over Paul Worrilow. Mohamed Sanu had a really beautiful catch during team drills, and Justin Hardy reeled in a nice one as well.

After practice, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones fielded a number of questions about last year's offensive struggles. Jones said that communication is key.

"We were everywhere," Jones said. "Our job is to make sure that we are on the same page with the quarterback because Kyle is coaching the quarterback. He's coaching all of us, but if you're telling the quarterback one thing and our receivers coach is telling us another thing, we are going to be off."

Ryan thinks another offseason in the system will help the team settle in and play more effectively when the season rolls around.

"We're a lot further along than we were at this point last year. There's no question about it," Ryan said. "Just being comfortable within the offense, guys being on the same page. I think we've gotten some really good work. The effort's been there. I feel like guys are flying around, and that's what we want this time of the year. I think we've been improving, so overall I'm pleased with how we've practiced these last couple weeks."

Dan Quinn emphasized the importance of communication in order for the team to improve, also.

"For me it started, number one, with communication and my articulating exactly to the staff what we want from the players," Quinn said. "Communication with the players—can that be better? Can we bridge that better so we all have a clear vision of how we want to play? I've been working hard on a lot of things, too."

Quinn was also asked what he thought about some pundits projecting the Falcons to finish with as few as three wins. He said the team doesn't allow outside voices to change their outlook or approach.

Your thoughts on the Falcons as they wrap up OTAs and look toward minicamp?