The Atlanta Falcons continue to put the pieces together in what they believe can be a Super Bowl caliber team. Here are some of the news and notes for Week 2 of Falcons Training Camp.
Defensive Rookies Progressing Quickly
Teammates of rookie cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford have sung the praises of how well these two players are coming along. Through two weeks of camp they have shown progress each day according to the players and coaches. Roddy White, one of those players trying to beat these two on every play, commented that Trufant and Alford have become more vocal and physical in practice. In a combined practice with the Cincinnati Bengals, second-year Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said that they both look like they know what they are doing and understand what is going on. We’ll have to see if one or both of these players is able to beat out Asante Samuel at corner.
Opportunity Arises for Holmes
Right tackle Mike Johnson suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula on Tuesday. With the injury, second year player Lamar Holmes has taken a lot of snaps with the first team and now has the spot in his sights. Holmes played only one game last year, due to his own injury and he says that that injury gave him time to observe the differences between the college and pro games. Holmes is now ready for a full time role and it seems that he will get it sooner than later.
Charity Work Is Ongoing For Falcons
On Monday, defensive tackle Cory Peters hosted families from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. The event invited young cancer patients and their families to attend the Falcons practice and to meet some of their favorite players. The Falcons have been a partner with this organization in years past and continue to work to increase awareness of the many cancer diseases that affect both young and old patients.
Jackson Still Under The Radar?
Are fantasy football fans taking note of Steven Jackson or are they still hoping they somehow win out in the Adrian Peterson lottery in their draft. During camp, Jackson has been lining up all over the place. He is obviously going to run the ball, but the Falcons also have him in mind when it comes to the passing game as they have been getting him the ball through the air on multiple occasions during practice. Jackson says that during camp he has been reminded of his younger years in St. Louis when he was sometimes used as another receiver.
Gonzalez’s Absence Opens The Door For TE Spot…Only During Camp
With Tony Gonzalez absent from practice due to family reasons, the backup tight ends have been given the opportunity to get in a lot more reps. Chase Coffman has certainly taken advantage of this opportunity. Before Gonzalez left he told the tight ends to make sure to get their catches in during each day of practice and Coffman has done just that, adding it to his practice routine. While no one expects Gonzalez to take a back seat to any of the other tight ends, it’s no secret that this is his last year and the Falcons will have to replace him next year. Now is a great time for the back-ups to try and make a name for themselves and to possibly be the first number called when Gonzalez needs a break during a game this season.
Not Just A Football Player
William Moore is not only a safety for the Atlanta Falcons, but apparently a rap artist in the making. Last year Moore released a single titled “W.A.R.”, which included almost the entire Falcons roster. On Sunday he released the sequel to last years song titled “World War II”, which includes updates to the Falcons offseason additions. Hopefully for Falcons fans, Moore is more focused on football than his rap career.
Jones Injury A Concern?
Julio Jones will not play in Thursday’s preseason game for precautionary reasons due to a hamstring injury. This doesn’t seem like a serious issue and Jones should be ready for the last few preseason games and the regular season. Speaking of the regular season, when asked about his goals for this year, Jones said he didn’t have any and just wanted what the team wanted. He also stated that this year, he “didn’t want to sell himself short”. If Jones, one of many stars on the team, is truly about putting the team goals ahead his own, he and the team will most likely have an unbelievable year.