The fourth day of training camp is complete, and we saw the offense shift a little back toward competent after a couple of rocky days. Julio Jones was still limited, though he did get some work in team drills, which was significant progress. The team was back in pads today, which gave us an opportunity to get a better sense of how both lines are shaping up.
The team will be off tomorrow, and on Tuesday, they'll commence three straight days of practice. The upcoming four-day cycle of camp will culminate in Friday Night Lights at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga. on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Here are some key highlights from today's practice.
- The offense seemed a little more settled today, which is what you want to see after a couple of rocky days. The team, of course, reviews each practice and works to correct mistakes and improve, and the timing between Matt Ryan and his receivers seemed much more consistent today than it had been over the previous two days.
- Mohamed Sanu had a few drops today. Austin Hooper also had one drop that I saw, but that's unusual. While the timing did look better, it wasn't a perfect day.
- Don't write Sanu off yet because of a few drops.
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- Tevin Coleman continues to look very consistently good from day to day. It doesn't matter if it's individual drills, team drills, pads or no pads. He looks consistently good, and his progress as a receiver has been particularly impressive. Through the first four days, I -- along with a couple of my media friends -- would award Training Camp Offensive MVP to Coleman.
- Desmond Trufant looks excellent. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, but he does.
- Vic Beasley told us after practice that he's settling into the linebacker role well. When asked about the new players who landed in Atlanta this offseason, Beasley singled out Derrick Shelby as "a great addition to the team."
- My media colleagues and I would identify De'Vondre Campbell as the Training Camp Defensive MVP. He's really exceeding expectations and, like Coleman, has been consistently good.
- Keanu Neal stood out on the defensive side of the ball today. He was lighting people up out there, and he ended up in a bit of a scuffle with Jacob Tamme. Neal said after practice that he needs to remember to protect the team, including the offense, even when there's contact, but the energy he's playing with and the ferocity he's hitting with certainly bode well for what we can expect this season.
- Sean Weatherspoon looks healthy and ready. He also seems very happy to be back, and it was clear fans felt the same way when Spoon broke up a pass and the whole hill yelled, "SPOOOOOOOON."
- Nick Rose missed two field goals today.
- A bunch of guys are getting return reps, but it seems like Tevin Coleman and Devin Fuller are getting the closest looks from the coaching staff. When we spoke to Coleman earlier in the week, he seemed genuinely excited about the possibility of winning the returner job.
- No practice tomorrow.
- Julio Jones should be a full go when practice resumes on Tuesday.