Let’s take a look at the various tweets, articles, reports, news and rumors that surfaced from the fourth day of Atlanta Falcons training camp:
The Falcons participated in their first padded practice of training camp today and really got after it. Notably, there were a pair of fights between offensive and defensive linemen.
The first fight occurred when offensive tackle Gabe Carimi and defensive end Stansly Maponga got into it. It then spread to center Joe Hawley and outside linebacker Jacques Smith. Hawley had some choice words for Smith afterwards. The media on hand at practice called it a draw.
The second fight involved offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder and Smith again.
Of course, head coach Mike Smith was less focused on the aggression showed in practice, but the more on technical things like pad level.
But today’s practice also meant a shift in philosophy:
The shift in philosophy and atmosphere the Oklahoma drill signifies was not lost on some observers:
Other highlights of the day included the play of defensive tackle Travian Robertson in one-on-one drills. Rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews drew heaps of praise:
The punt block drill drew some eyes as well.