The Falcons closed out their first week of training camp on Sunday with a good bit of scrimmage play, which undoubtedly went over well with the fans that showed up to watch from the hill. Score was kept for the contest and once again, the defense appeared to have a leg up early in camp.
Here are the notes and quotes from Day 6.
Day 6 notes
- As of this writing, there is still no news on a Julio Jones contract, though it does seem like a deal will be done in the very near future.
- Calvin Ridley, Deion Jones and Julio Jones were still not full participants on Sunday
- Duke Riley also did not practice due to a hip flexor and groin injury
- Recent signee Stephone Anthony took place in practice today, wearing #61
- The Falcons will be simulating a game over Sunday and Monday
- The starting offensive line for Matt Ryan was Matthews, Brown, Mack, Lindstrom and Sambrailo
- Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus continues to have a strong camp, pulling in a nice throw from Matt Schaub
- Ricardo Allen continues to defy the odds and has another strong day at camp, intercepting Matt Ryan
- In fact, the Falcons secondary has been quite good early in camp, with Desmond Trufant also snagging a pick on Sunday
- The offense wasn’t hopeless though, as Matt Ryan connects with Austin Hooper. Something we’ll probably see a good bit of in 2019
- At the end of practice, the Red team (first team defense) led the White team (first team offense) 13 - 6.
Day 6 quotes
On Brian Hill as a pass catcher: “To see the difference take place where now it’s a strength for him. You can imagine the work that had to go into that for him to feel confident and quarterbacks also have the confidence to rip it to him. Credit to him over the last two years I couldn’t have been more encouraged by the progress he’s made.
On Devonta Freeman: “His explosiveness, his strength, his game is really on point right now.”
On the left guard competition: “I can tell you it hasn’t separated itself just yet...let’s take our time.”
On why he chose Atlanta: “I heard a lot of good things about DQ...we had Bob Sutton that came in as well...it made it a little easier to transition when I got here.”
On getting along with the DLine group: “Great. Actually, the DLine is easy to get along...the first couple of days, I pretty much had things rolling with them. First name basis and stuff. Nicknames, etc.”
On his role: “Big end, a little nickel. Scheme-wise, luckily Bob came over so I understood a lot of his scheme...Everybody’s helping me, DLine is helping me out with everything I need.”
On the scrimmage: “Putting us in that game time environment. Just having fun...to see guys flying around and just making plays, it was fun.”
On if this training camp is sweeter after the last year: “I’m always having fun. I’m always up, excited. Especially when it comes to football. This is the most exciting thing to me. This is my dream. I’ve been dreaming it since I was 7, 8 years old. I get to come to work and live out my dream every single day. It’s always been fun. I’m never going to take it for granted.”