Falcons 2015 Training Camp: Day 13 Report

The Atlanta Falcons had two days off following their preseason-opening win over the Tennessee Titans, but were back at practice this morning. Here are the collected and collated headlines emerging from a rainy 13th day of practice:

Early Returns From Injuries

Running backs Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and Tevin Coleman (hamstring)were padded up and participated in individual drills today. Today’s session also saw the return of linebacker Brooks Reed (groin) and defensive end Cliff Matthews (ankle), although they too were held out of the team portion. Wide receiver Devin Hester also returned to practice after missing Friday’s game. Running back Antone Smith (hamstring) and cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder) were not practicing today. Smith suffered his injury in the game, while Trufant went down earlier in the week.

There seems to be a lot more optimism that both Freeman and Coleman will return sooner rather than later. Both have been making the most of their time off.

With Freeman and Coleman out of team drills, undrafted rookie Terron Ward continued the trend of taking first-team reps.

Cornerback Shuffle

The Falcons had newly signed cornerback Travis Howard getting reps with the backups at right cornerback. Starter Robert Alford saw reps today in the slot with a combination of either Jalen Collins or Kevin White flanking him across from Phillip Adams. Adams appears to be the settling in as Trufant’s primary backup at left cornerback.

Renfree Gets a Short Promotion

After a strong fourth quarter of work against the Titans last week, backup quarterback Sean Renfree leapfrogged T.J. Yates for a portion of practice as the team’s No. 2 quarterback. But Yates did get some work with the second team towards the end of today’s session.

Odds and Ends

  • Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith was at practice, helping out defensive line coach Bryan Cox work with some of the Falcons’ young pass-rushers. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn tried to glean all he could from the former NFL legend.
  • Falcons had a visit from former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, father of offensive coordinator Kyle. The elder Shanahan served as a head coach for 20 years with the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.
  • Even though the rain had stopped by the time kicker Matt Bryant started booting field goals, he wasn’t able to make a pair of 58-yard kicks in practice, as they fell a few yards short. He did nail a couple of 52-yarders though.
  • The Falcons featured the same starting lineup along the offensive line as they did on Friday night with Jake Matthews, James Stone, Joe Hawley, Chris Chester and Ryan Schraeder starting from left to right across the unit. Quinn made note of commending Chester’s work from the game after practice.

 

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