Falcons 2015 Training Camp: Day 15 Report

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The Atlanta Falcons held their final open practice of their 2015 training camp today, with their remaining practices this month being closed to the public. But here are the collected headlines emerging from today’s session:

Injury Update

As usual, things begin with updating everyone on the status of certain players. Safety William Moore (calf strain) and defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman (concussion) were injured yesterday in practice and sat out today. Cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder) and running back Antone Smith (hamstring) were also out for the third day in a row. Center Peter Konz (knee soreness) was also held out of session. Defensive end Malliciah Goodman was also seen a practice sporting a brace on his right knee.

Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em For Jets

Continuing along the lines of injuries, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn expressed which players were (and were not) on schedule to play in Friday night’s preseason game against the New York Jets. Linebacker Brooks Reed, who returned to practice this week from a groin injury is on pace to play on Friday night. Hageman will not play, while running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman (both with hamstring strains) will likely be a game-time decision.

Alford in Nickel

All week long, the Falcons have worked starting right cornerback Robert Alford in the slot during their nickel sub-package, suggesting that it’s likely that he’ll serve in that same capacity on Friday night in New York. Phillip Adams started in place of Trufant last week against the Tennessee Titans at left cornerback and likely will do so again versus the Jets. It would appear that rookie Jalen Collins will get his opportunity to work with the first team after a rough first outing against the Titans instead of Kevin White.

Camp Nuggets

Tidbits on the improvements made by defensive end Stansly Maponga and safeties Kemal Ishmael and Ricardo Allen:

Odds and Ends

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