8:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
There was an innate physical quality to the first of the Falcons two Monday workouts. Said Falcons head coach Jim Mora of his players following practice: "I loved the way they worked today. They came out here and sometimes it's hard to get them going in the morning, and they were in it from the get-go. It was good to see. It was physical, it was intense, they were into it and I think we got a lot of work done."
In the beginnings of practice, the Falcons went through what Jim Mora called a 'three-part-pod' drill. Mora explained that the focus of the drill was to introduce the Falcons up-front players on offense and defense to the sting of the shoulder pads popping in the early goings of practice.
LB Ike Reese displayed impressive athleticism half-way through practice, dropping back in coverage against TE Alge Crumpler, who was running a post corner to the back left corner of the end zone. Riding Crumpler's inside hip, Reese noticed an underthrown pass and leaped, got full extension with his right arm and nabbed the rock with one paw for a pick.
CB Jason Webster, in his second practice back from a lingering foot injury, was on-point on Tuesday morning, making no less than two pass deflections during his reps of one-on-one work.
LB Jordan Beck displays an impressive knack for shedding blocks at the point of attack, and seems to have honed the art of throwing oncoming blockers by the wayside in a timely fashion.
For the second straight practice, Deion Sanders lent his wealth of knowledge to the Falcons cornerbacks.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
"There we go, Jordan! Nice stop," linebackers coach Chris Beake congratulated LB -Jordan Beck as the Falcons second-year linebacker moved up to fill an open hole the offensive line just parted, successfully nullifying a run play during 11-on-11 work.
Knocking the rust off: During a team period, S Chris Crocker took an angle to the sideline and ran through WR Kevin Youngblood after Youngblood made a catch on a deep fly route down the left sideline, knocking the receiver clear out of bounds.
"That's a straight tackle," LB Ike Reese argued after FB Kevin Dudley took down LB Travis Williams during a period in which the Falcons backs focused on their blocking acumen.
RB Jerious Norwood experienced a solid day in practice defending rushers off the edge in individual and team periods.
Tip drill: As practice was winding down, S Nick Turnbull made an excellent play to tip a pass intended for TE Eric Beverly, and LB Jordan Beck turned it into a great play when he dove to catch the ball to secure the interception. But that wasn't enough. The Falcons coaching staff was immediately barking at Beck and his fellow defenders to make sure they attempted to return the ball.
"Injury timeout for the quarterback. Broke a few ribs," DE Patrick Kerney said after taking an angle to the sideline to stop QB Matt Schaub in his tracks at the line of scrimmage as Schaub scrambled outside of the pocket to the right in a rep near the end of practice.
Former Dallas Cowboys great DT Russell Maryland was on hand at Falcons practice on Monday evening, and spent a great deal of time talking to the Falcons interior defensive linemen following the session.
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