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Falcons training camp notes and quotes, Day 4

Here’s a rundown of Thursday’s training camp practice.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons-Training Camp Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

I wasn’t able to attend Thursday’s practice, because of flimsy excuses like “my day job that I need to pay my bills” and whatnot. But that doesn’t mean The Falcoholic is going to leave you hanging.

Thursday was the team’s second padded practice, and Dan Quinn said Wednesday that the team would only be in pads for a portion of it. Let’s dive in for a recap of what went on during Thursday’s training camp.

Day 4 notes

  • Most alarmingly and most importantly, Calvin Ridley tweaked his hamstring and was pulled from practice. Dan Quinn said after practice that pulling him was just a precaution, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Just like Wednesday, Julio Jones ran some routes and caught some balls, though he didn’t have pads on, also per D. Led.
  • Jason Butt of The Athletic reported that Jamon Brown got plenty of work with the first team offensive line at left guard. James Carpenter has gotten most of those first-team reps to this point. I’d expect to see both guys getting their opportunities, especially in padded practices, so the coaching staff can evaluate the best fit.
  • Mohamed Sanu may have some competition ... for trick play quarterbacking.
  • Speaking of Sanu ...
  • And Pastor Troy was at practice.

Russell Gage is shining so far, and this may have something to do with it.

Day 4 quotes

  • This is good news about Ridley. Fingers crossed he is back at it on Saturday morning.
  • Austin Hooper is on the Dirk Koetter hype train:
  • And you know Dan Quinn likes to be fast and physical, so here he is talking about the up-tempo offense.
  • Now we officially know the reason behind Kemal Ishmael’s move back to safety.

The team is off on Friday. David Walker will be joining me at camp on Saturday, so keep an eye out for coverage and analysis from us.