Hey, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the Falcons are still practicing. We’re still hearing a lot of good things out of camp, as you’d expect this time of year, and we’re still massively excited about the potential of this roster. Let’s break out a few observations from yesterday, then.
The #Falcons back returning punts right now are Justin Hardy, Marvin Hall, Reggie Davis and Calvin Ridley.— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) August 3, 2018
These are just about the four suspects you’d expect for the punt returner gig, minus maybe Ito Smith. I doubt Ridley will actually be in contention for the gig when we get closer to the season, meaning this is likely a three man battle between young receivers. Hall is still my pick to get the job.
Quinn said Isaiah Oliver is mostly playing outside. Quinn also said he’s been surprised at Oliver’s ball skills and his ability to track the ball. Really likes the way he competes— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) August 3, 2018
This is about what we expected to hear regarding Oliver, who is still the odds-on favorite to be the nominal nickel cornerback and to play opposite either Desmond Trufant or Robert Alford when the team utilizes three cornerbacks. If he’s settling in nicely, which it appears he is, then you can probably write that down in pen.
Keanu Neal could play defensive line if he wanted to, and maybe he wants to. It’d help him avoid running into trouble with the new helmet rule, at least.
Otherwise, it was a day where Eric Saubert made some nice grabs, the Falcons made progress in their red zone drills, and Calvin Ridley burned some poor defensive backs badly. You know, the usual.
Here’s our daily tracker. Enjoy today, as the Falcons will be taking a day off from practice tomorrow.