Day 2 of training camp is in the books, and Day 3 is already underway. If you’re at the facility for it, you know how packed it is today. If you haven’t been to training camp yet and are planning to come, just know that you need to get there early.
As an example, I spent 40 minutes trying to park with a credential, and it was impossible. The media lot was full, the public lot was full, and they’re bussing people over from a nearby Home Depot. I’m sitting in Starbucks because I really needed to get this written, and then I’m going to Uber over there.
It’s a good problem to have. People are interested in the team because the team is great. But get there early if you’re planning to go.
Here are five things we learned from practice yesterday.
1. Reggie Davis is standing out.
Georgia fans, you’ll like this. Reggie Davis, an undrafted free agent wide receiver out of UGA, had himself a day on Friday. He pulled in a couple of stellar catches and got some opportunities with the first team.
“His opportunity is now here,” Dan Quinn said about Davis after practice. “He can really go. He had a nice catch today on a deep ball. When guys prove that they can handle it and have a bigger role, we give them more reps.”
2. Deion Jones is awesome.
The most important takeaway from @AtlantaFalcons practice today in my opinion: @debo doing the 'Thriller' dance. pic.twitter.com/i0lQc9Uah8— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) July 28, 2017
3. Picks on picks on picks.
Both Damontae Kazee and Robert Alford had interceptions late in practice. Kazee’s was on a tipped pass from Matt Ryan, but he demonstrated the awareness that had him tied with first round pick Malik Hooker for second in the NCAA last year with seven interceptions.
4. Devonta Freeman’s contract situation isn’t a problem.
Freeman spoke to the media after practice, and he made it clear that his agent is handling things and he’s focused on football.
Quinn also addressed Freeman’s contract, and said he has spoken to the running back about it, even though it wouldn’t have been necessary because of how well Freeman is handling it.
“I didn’t have to, but I definitely did,” Quinn said. “The reason I’m saying that one is it’s not someone who got sideways. It’s not like I had to. For most of the guys who are in that contract time, I’ve definitely had discussions with them and talked it through. I want to have open lines of communication with them if there’s something that’s jamming them up or something that I can assist with.”
5. Taylor Gabriel is getting a shot to earn the punt return role.
“It creates more touches,” Quinn said after practice. “If that’s an option to get more touches for him, it’s something we definitely want to look at.”
6. The special teams guys love “Despacito.”
The playlist was typically eclectic, bouncing from Migos to Kriss Kross to 2 Chainz to Coolio. But there was one song Matt Bosher and Josh Harris wanted to hear, and it didn’t happen.
"You just played Baller Alert and you can't play Despacito?" - @MattBosher5— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) July 28, 2017
These guys really love this song.
I've had Despacito in my head all day and y'all are to blame @aujharris @MattBosher5— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) July 28, 2017
there's 2 types of people-those who like that song and liars.— Josh Harris (@aujharris) July 28, 2017
You are welcome!— Matt Bosher (@MattBosher5) July 28, 2017
Keep up with the latest from today’s practice right here.