Let’s take a look at the various tweets, articles, reports, news and rumors that surfaced from the eighth day of Atlanta Falcons training camp yesterday:
It was an overcast day on Saturday with a few drops of rain to highlight the Falcons practice.
Reid Ferrin gives five things we learned from Saturday’s practice including update on Dwight Lowery’s concussion, Tyson Jackson’s mentoring of Ra’Shede Hageman and assistant coach Keith Armstrong’s focus on special teams, where Bernard Reedy has stood out.
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure adds five notes from practice including some of the same subjects but also adds discussion of Tyler Starr’s fight with Brian Wozniak during practice. Starr spoke to the media after practice about the event. Thankfully, safety William Moore was on hand during the scuffle to prevent both benches from clearing into an all-out melee.
McClure also gives a thorough update on Lowery’s concussion as well as the Falcons attempts to cross-train a pair of cornerbacks in Robert McClain and rookie Ricardo Allen to work at safety. Both players got work there on Saturday, while Kemal Ishmael and Sean Baker held down the starting spot in Lowery’s absence. In this video from the AJC, head coach Mike Smith provides his take on the Falcons safety depth. Speaking of McClain, it appears that he is now getting first-team reps at the nickel position.
Cornerback appears to be an area of strength for the Falcons defense thanks to the team’s offseason additions, but also the improved play of backup Jordan Mabin, who earned praised for his play yesterday.
— Reid Ferrin (@FalconsRFerrin) August 2, 2014
Of some of the lesser known guys, I think CB Jordan Mabin showing up today.
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 2, 2014
The Falcons backups are also working hard to fill the void left by injured running back Steven Jackson.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank invited a special guest to practice Saturday.
The team really likes rookie linebacker Prince Shembo’s size at inside linebacker, which could give him an advantage in his battle with Joplo Bartu for the starting position. Shembo has received praise for his work on special teams as well as in coverage throughout training camp.
Tight end Levine Toilolo also shined in the red-zone portion of practice:
Toilolo just came up with a gorgeous contested red zone catch.
— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) August 2, 2014