D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Falcons held second-round cornerback Jalen Collins out of practice today as he recovers from offseason surgery on his foot. Per Jeanna Thomas of The Falcoholic, Collins is expected to be fully ready for training camp in July. The Falcons began practices for their rookie minicamp earlier today.
The injury to Collins’ foot was discovered during the medical checks at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis back in February. It’s been seven weeks since Collins had surgery to repair an incomplete fracture in his right foot, and his limitation in practice appears mostly precautionary. Per Ledbetter, Collins intimated that he is “100 percent and ready to roll.” Collins is expected to compete for the vacant nickel cornerback position upon his healthy return.
Today’s minicamp practices also included a few second-year players such as cornerback Ricardo Allen, who is now expected to enter the competition to win the starting free safety position. Allen briefly cross-trained at safety last summer when injuries sapped the Falcons of depth.
In other news in the secondary, undrafted rookie safety Terell Floyd was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance during practice. He suffered from dehydration and fainted during practice. His trip to the hospital was precautionary. Floyd spent the bulk of his career at Louisville playing cornerback, but along with Allen is expected to play free safety for the Falcons.