Team Notebook: Atlanta Falcons
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Falcons | Tevin Coleman set to return kickoffs
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman will receive a shot at being the primary kickoff returner, according to head coach Dan Quinn. "It was the ability to break the long runs and the explosive plays and his ability to stick his foot in the ground and go," Quinn said Tuesday, July 26. "And the guys who go, 'I want to make a bigger difference, I want to make an impact on the team.' He's the one that wanted to start if off and say, 'There is more I can do. When a player has something to prove with a chip on his shoulder… that's certainly the way he's approached this off season and I've admired that."
Falcons | Devin Hester released
Falcons | Several Falcons competing for return job
Atlanta Falcons WRs Devin Fuller, Aldrick Robinson and Eric Weems and RBs Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward are all under consideration to serve as the team's primary returner on kickoffs and punts if WR Devin Hester (toe) is unable to return to form in 2016.
Falcons | Akeem King working to make transition
Atlanta Falcons CB Akeem King continues to make the transition from wide receiver in college to cornerback in the pros. King is considered raw, but expected to have an opportunity to win a starting job during training camp and the preseason.
Falcons | Austin Hooper is solid blocker
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper drew comparison to fellow Stanford alum and current New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener when coming out of college. However, he is viewed as a much better blocker, and the rookie should help spring RB Devonta Freeman in the run game.
Falcons | James Stone waived
Falcons | Mohamed Sanu bonding with QB
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has bonded with QB Matt Ryan, working together at Ryan's passing camp in Orlando, and throughout June minicamp. The duo built chemistry as the practices wore on. "He's got great hands," Ryan said. "One of the things I noticed right from the start is how strong his hands are. He's a really good worker. I think he can really help us."
Falcons | Tevin Coleman will be more involved
Falcons | Devonta Freeman may receive less touches
Falcons | Keanu Neal's coverage impressing
NFL | Roddy White still wants to play
Free-agent WR Roddy White (Falcons) said he still wants to play in the NFL. White and his agent have received interest and have been going over his opportunities. The veteran receiver added that he wants to play for a winner at this point in his career and still feels like he can play at a high level.
Falcons | Mohamed Sanu impressing Matt Ryan
Falcons | Keanu Neal impressing coaches
Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal was impressive during offseason workouts, according to defensive coordinator Richard Smith. "He's extremely focused, he's very mature, he's very, very talented. I love his demeanor and his work ethic. He's the first one in the building trying to get more coaching; he wants to be coached so much. I think he's going to be pretty special," Smith said. Neal is expected to compete for the starting strong safety job during training camp.
Falcons | Chris Chester, Mike Person up for RG job
Falcons | Atlanta could sign Connor Shaw
Falcons | Atlanta won't go for two all the time
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn understands that attempting two-point conversions is becoming a bigger part of the game but indicated that the Falcons probably will not attempt two-point conversions often. Quinn said sometimes it is a gut decision on whether or not to go for two points.
Falcons | Austin Hooper making good impression
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has impressed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with his route-running ability and ball skills. "He really comes off the ball hard," Shanahan said. "He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's fast enough. He's got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes."
Falcons | Matt Ryan working on feet
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.
Falcons | Akeem King projected to start
Falcons | Deion Jones bulking up for role
Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones has put on weight, checking in at 230 pounds for the team's minicamp. He is in line to serve as the team's starting middle linebacker, and is bulking up in preparation for his first NFL campaign.
Falcons | More deep balls for Julio Jones?
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to see a lot more work down the field this season, as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan anticipates taking more deep shots. The team added WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy continues to develop, and Shanahan is hopeful their addition will help keep added defensive attention off of Jones.
Falcons | Tom Compton, Wes Schweitzer battling
Falcons | Chris Chester returned to practice
Falcons | Deion Jones, De'Vondre Campbell working with first-team
Atlanta Falcons rookie LBs Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell worked with the first-team defense in practice Tuesday, June 15, with LB Philip Wheeler lining up at weakside linebacker. Jones was in the middle and Campbell was at the weakside spot.
Falcons | Justin Hardy set for big role?
Falcons | Austin Hooper to participate in minicamp
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will take part in the club's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 14. He was unable to participate in three weeks of organized team activities because Stanford's academic calendar had not been completed.
Falcons | Fewer touchdowns recently for Julio Jones
Falcons | Devonta Freeman limited Tuesday
Falcons | Ricardo Allen packs on pounds
Atlanta Falcons FS Ricardo Allen is up to 196 pounds from 187 pounds last season and said he's eating six or seven times a day to retain the weight.
Falcons | Vic Beasley will still be pass rusher
Falcons | Vic Beasley works at SAM
Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley was not working at SAM linebacker with the first-team in a base package during practice Tuesday, May 31. LB Philip Wheeler took those snaps instead and Beasley worked as a nickel edge rusher off the left side. Beasley did play SAM in the base with the second unit, though.
Falcons | Keanu Neal running with first-team
Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal has been running with the first-team defense in organized team activities this week, along with LB De'Vondre Campbell at Will linebacker. LB Deion Jones, a second-round pick, remained with the second-team at middle linebacker, and LB Paul Worrilow continued with the first-team.
Falcons | ATL passing on Dwight Freeney
The Atlanta Falcons have decided not to sign free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) at this point, although they could revisit the idea of adding him down the road, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Falcons | Devin Hester not at full health
Falcons | Waive Cody Elenz
Falcons | Not signing Brandon Boykin
Falcons | Dwight Freeney to visit Atlanta
Falcons | Jalen Collins will not appeal
Falcons | Courtney Upshaw to try defensive end
Falcons | Ra'Shede Hageman, Tyson to change positions
Falcons | Sign Laurence Gibson
Falcons | Vic Beasley's shoulder a non-issue
Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley's (shoulder) torn labrum in his shoulder is a non-issue this offseason. He was able to take part in practice and received snaps in the regular season last year while playing through it. Beasley said his shoulder is now at full health, and he's also added some upper-body weight in the last few months with the help of a nutritionist.
Falcons | Jalen Collins may start in 2016
Falcons | Robert Alford to have new role
Falcons | Brandon Boykin to visit