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Falcons training camp notes from Sunday, Aug. 4: Brian Hill and Vic Beasley stand out

Military appreciation day at Mercedes Benz made for a nice afternoon out.

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For those who remember the Friday Night Lights events that the Falcons used to hold, they were fun but incredibly difficult to get to and insanely crowded once you got there. Those have been eliminated in favor of having a practice held at Mercedes Benz stadium, with this being the second consecutive year. Tickets for the event were only $5 and all proceeds (over $200k) went to Veterans Empowerment Foundation.

As for the event, here are some of the updates and takeaways from the event


  • James Carpenter ended up leaving practice early after what was apparently a hip flexor injury. We’ll know more about how serious it is later in the week. This will give Jamon Brown an opportunity to prove that starting left guard spot should be his.
  • Marcus Green and Ra’Shede Hageman both were injured in Thursday’s game and neither practiced on Sunday.
  • Desmond Trufant, Foye Oluokun and Duke Riley didn’t practice either.

Stand outs

  • Brian Hill was the easy standout player of the day. He looked decisive and explosive on several runs, including one that could have been a legitimate touchdown in a real game. Hill also stood out in the Thursday night game, and has been drawing the praise of coach Dan Quinn lately. If he keeps this up, don’t be surprised if he gets a lot of snaps behind Devonta Freeman this year
  • Russell Gage continues to stand out as well. He continues to make significant strides as a receiver. His position in the offense will be very interesting to watch as we inch closer to the regular season.
  • Vic Beasley also jumped out on several plays during the day, as his insane speed was evident on the field. On one of his plays, he cleanly beat the right tackle for what would have been an easy sack.

If you were able to make it to Mercedes Benz on Sunday, let us know what stood out to you in the comments below.