With the first week of Falcons training camp nearly in the books, every fan is likely wondering what players have stood out - both good and bad. We all know that Julio is a beast and we feel pretty confident that guys like Trufant and Ryan will also be fine. It’s the other guys - the ones we need to step-up - that most fans are concerned with. Here are some names to keep an eye on.
The free agent signing from last year has had a very good camp so far. Reed has dropped some weight and appears to be fully healthy. He’s shown good burst and looks to be a potential contributor in the pass rush. If he keeps it up, he could be one of the more surprising turn-arounds for this season.
After a rough rookie year, Tevin Coleman has made a huge splash in camp thus far. He’s shown off his impressive speed, but has surprised many with his receiving chops in camp. While it’s still likely Devonta Freeman is the “lead” back, Coleman could etch out a significant role in this offense as well.
Even after missing most of mini-camp, Hooper is showing why the Falcons used a third round pick on him. He’s shown impressive hands and body control and could be a factor in the passing game sooner rather than later.
Of the defensive rookies, Campbell has had the most consistently impressive camp thus far. His speed and athleticism has made him shine in coverage. Whether he notches out a starting position or not will remain to be seen, but he’s already far exceeding expectations as a fourth round rookie.
If the Falcons are going to score points this year, they need consistency out of their #2 wide receiver. Sanu has shown flashes of greatness in camp, but has also dropped some balls as well. It’s not the end of the world, but Sanu was already fighting an up-hill battle with many fans. Let’s hope he can stabilize the early issues.
Many fans thought Wheeler would be in-line to start at the WLB spot to begin the season. But with Campbell stepping up and Sean Weatherspoon looking as healthy as ever, Wheeler has kind of disappeared into the crowd. It’s not entirely clear what LB position he’s going to compete for, but it’s looking like he’s already taking a back-seat to the other guys on the roster.
Toilolo was effectively put on notice once Austin Hooper was drafted, and this camp is showing why. While Hooper has been impressive as a receiver, Toilolo has been anything but. Dropping passes in traffic isn’t helping his case for more playing time, and if the trends continue, Hooper may pass him quickly for the TE2 spot on the roster.
What are your thoughts on these players?