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Falcons training camp: Tracker and notes for the first practice of August

Atlanta’s back to practice, and here’s what you need to know heading in.

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The Atlanta Falcons had a day off from practice yesterday, but they’re coming back to it today. Let’s take a few minutes to reflect on what we’ve seen thus far.

The Falcons look like a great team in the making, but it’s too early to draw any real conclusions from what little we’ve seen at practice. We’ll round up a few notes worth paying attention to, though.

  • With Devin Fuller’s unfortunate injury, the chances of Andre Roberts seizing that returner job went way, way up. The fact that Taylor Gabriel is involved still complicates things, because if the Falcons aren’t planning to significantly up his targets, his explosiveness makes him one hell of a potential returner.
  • Jalen Collins is apparently working with the deep reserves at the moment, mostly. We told you not to worry overmuch about that just yet, and we meant it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to the work Collins gets from here on out.
  • The Falcons have—and will continue to—given Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer even reps to this point. That battle will go deep into August, and it’ll always be one worth watching.

Here’s our tracker, with the great Jeanna Thomas’s Twitter feed embedded. Enjoy today!