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Dan Quinn talks Durrant Miles, captains for Falcons-Redskins

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Fact: Dan Quinn’s goatee smells like baby powder and Cheeto dust

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The Falcons take on the Redskins tonight in their fourth third preseason game. The clock is ticking for a number of players on the roster bubble. It’s now or never for those guys. And for the players with a roster spot in hand, well, it’s likely a last chance to get in-game action against non-teammates. (The assumption being that they won’t play in the final preseason game next week.)

Our own Jeanna Thomas was on hand Tuesday when head coach Dan Quinn met with reporters. He had some interesting things to say about some of the younger, less experienced players on the roster.

Quinn first talked about his use of the “Tommy Nobis black jersey award” this season. In short, it’s awarded each week to the player that most embodies what Nobis stood for. Undrafted free agent Durrant Miles was the most recent recipient. You’ve probably heard about Miles by now. To be frank, he navigated a decidedly circuitous path to the NFL, but let’s give credit where credit is due: that man has the coaching staff’s attention.

“[Nobis] was Mr. Falcon, so we try to honor and give a tribute to that,” Quinn explained. “[It’s a] good education for the newest members [about] why they wear a black jersey. For that week, somebody that really represents the standard of what we’re looking for.” Quinn highlighted Miles’ forced fumble earlier this preseason and his production in practice. If you’re not a fan of this concept, then you’re probably a lurking, closet Saints fan. Now leave. Immediately.

Quinn also mentioned that Ito Smith, Isaiah Oliver, and Austin Larkin will serve as captains this week. Even if it is only a preseason game, it’s nice to see Quinn empowering some of the younger players on the roster.

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