Let’s take a look at the various tweets, articles, reports, news and rumors that surfaced from the second day of Atlanta Falcons training camp:
- As usual, let’s kick things off with Jay Adam’s five takeaways from Day 2. Adams discusses linebacker Kroy Biermann’s return from injury, the team’s padded practice schedule, wide receiver Bernard Reedy’s potential emergence, the battle for the nickel cornerback spot and Julio Jones’ day off.
- ESPN’s Vaughn McClure expresses his own observations from the day including further elaboration of the battle for nickel cornerback, Reedy, and the play of the Falcons pass-rushers.
- Head over to AtlantaFalcons.com to check out today’s photo gallery from practice The posted picture above shows wide receiver Roddy White and other Falcons players interacting with the crowd as the team underwent its first-ever “Falcons Walk,” kicking off practice with a stroll through the crowd on their way to the practice field.
- The AJC provides video of today’s practice and post-practice interviews with general manager Thomas Dimitroff, head coach Mike Smith and offensive tackle Jake Matthews.
- The Falcons filled the roster spot left open from the waiving of Darius Johnson by signing wide receiver Jabin Sambrano. Sambrano is a former undrafted rookie out of Montana signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. Sambrano was put on injured reserve by the Colts in that summer after suffering a concussion in training camp. He was later released by the Colts and ended the season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. He was re-signed by the Colts the following offseason, but was cut at the end of their 2013 camp. He finished last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars on their practice squad before being released in the offseason. He has spent the past few months in Canada with the B.C. Lions before getting another chance in the NFL with the Falcons.
- Quarterback T.J. Yates donned the No. 13 jersey, formerly worn by Johnson.
- Wide receiver Harry Douglas says he’s poised for the challenge of filling the shoes of tight end Tony Gonzalez as the Falcons look for a third option in their passing attack.
- With Julio Jones sitting out practice as part of the planned schedule to rest him every other day, other receivers took advantage of their opportunities in one-on-one drills.
- It was a day in which a lot of young players managed to step up and impress. Among them were kicker Sergio Castillo, running back Devonta Freeman, linebackers Prince Shembo, Marquis Spruill and Jacques Smith, and defensive linemen Malliciah Goodman and Ra’Shede Hageman:
- With some of the young pass-rushers impressing, there were obviously some subsequent struggles from a few of the team’s blockers: