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What to look for as Atlanta Falcons OTAs wrap up today

A guide to the close of OTAs and looking ahead to Falcons minicamp

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons are wrapping up OTAs today, which means we are getting very close to training camp, which is the next best thing to preseason, which is the next best thing to regular season football. Hooray!

Here's what you should be looking for today:

  • Injury progress of any kind. Devonta Freeman was out with a mild strain and should be back for minicamp, but we're still waiting to see Adrian Clayborn, Grady Jarrett, Devin Hester, and Chris Chester return to the field. I'd settle for some hopeful reports about those guys, myself.
  • Look to see who has some momentum heading into minicamp. Deion Jones getting first team reps at middle linebacker in this final session, for example, or Akeem King continuing to build on a solid start. It's only so relevant in OTAs, but it may indicate a longer look in training camp.
  • Any random, creative usages of players. This OTA season has already brought us Vic Beasley at linebacker, Courtney Upshaw exclusively at defensive end, Brooks Reed at linebacker and defensive end, and both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman returning kicks. Give us more!
  • Look for Dan Quinn to talk about tackling after this one. It's been a huge point of emphasis for the Falcons this offseason, and we're not going to see a whole hell of a lot of it until later on. I'd still like to hear his thoughts on progress.
Of course, the media isn't going to be at this last session, so we'll have very limited reports. We'll take what we can get, and embrace the incoming end of the NFL's dullest period.

What are you hoping to learn from OTAs today?