Falcons 2014 Training Camp: Day 10 Report

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Let’s take a look at the various tweets, articles, reports, news and rumors that surfaced from the tenth day of Atlanta Falcons training camp yesterday:

The Falcons gave their official update on the statuses of offensive tackle Terren Jones and defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman this morning. Head coach Mike Smith indicated that Jones was released from the hospital late Sunday and is currently in the league’s concussion protocol after a scary incident Sunday afternoon in which he was carted off the field and taken away via ambulance. Smith also confirmed what various reports indicated in that Hageman did not suffer any break in his hand or wrist, but did not specify the exact nature of whatever hand injury Hageman sustained that forced his exit from practice Sunday.

Clearly, the injury wasn’t that serious as Hageman did participate fully in Monday’s combined practice with the Tennessee Titans.

Jay Adams gives us five takeaways from the day’s work, including Kemal Ishmael’s preparation, Jacquizz Rodgers’ superior pass protection skills and an injury update.

To no one’s surprise, the Falcons and Titans got into it early during practice on special teams, with a fight that involved cornerback Robert McClain. Center Joe Hawley was ejected from practice not long after for fighting and would spend the rest of the day in the locker room. Titans safety Bernard Pollard had choice words for the Falcons during practice. His attitude towards the Falcons seemingly even bothered his own teammate.

Falcons offensive lineman Gabe Carimi also left practice, but his was due to an undisclosed injury he suffered. According to a tweet by FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez early this morning, the team is cautiously optimistic that Carimi only suffered an ankle sprain. How severe that sprain is is not yet known, but it doesn’t sound like Carimi’s season is over. But in the competition for a reserve spot, any missed time will hurt him.

Offensive line coach Mike Tice seemed to show some praise for the offensive line’s work against the Titans Monday. Tice was a bit more effusive in praising young right tackle Jake Matthews and his work thus far in camp. Tennessee Titans defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Morgan referred to Matthews as a “solid, solid guy who is going to be pretty good” in this video from the AJC.

FOX Sports Knox Barden gives four observations from Monday’s combined practice, including his take on the state of the Falcons free safety and center positions, as well as praise for standout young wide receiver Bernard Reedy.

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure posted his takeaways from the practice this morning. You can also check out his ESPN cohort, Paul Kuharsky’s take from the Titans perspective.

McClure and others seemed to focus heavily on the play in the trenches between the Falcons and Titans on Monday:

New Falcons safety Tyrell Johnson spent his year out of football staying in shape and is optimistic he can get up to speed quickly in Atlanta. Apparently, the Falcons dusted off their old 2008 scouting reports of Johnson when the time came to find a veteran safety to shore up depth at that position.

In light of Claude Humphrey’s recent Hall of Fame induction, the Falcons got a visit from another former Falcon great in linebacker Tommy Nobis.

There were several reunions at practice with wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie seeing his son, Brian, who was at wide receiver for the Titans. Robiskie briefly was with the Falcons in 2013. Matt Ryan also reunited with former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who is working as the Titans tight ends coach.

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