The Falcons held their first padded practice of training camp on Sunday. Here are some of the main bullet points from observers:
- Rookie defensive end Stansly Maponga was cleared to return to team drills today, and showcased some athleticism indicating that he appears to be 100% recovered from off-season foot surgery that forced him to sit out OTAs and only get work in individual drills the first few days of camp.
Stansly Maponga just jumped in the air and almost picked off a screen pass. #aftc13
— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) July 28, 2013
- Desmond Trufant is getting work at right cornerback as expected, but also working inside in the slot at the nickel spot. Yesterday, Daniel Cox noted Trufant’s growing confidence which seemed to be echoed in the following comments from the young cornerback:
“I’m a young player. It’s my first camp. I’m going to make some mistakes, but I’ve got to move on. You’ve got to take the hard coaching and never take (anything) personal because they are just trying to get me better.”
- Check out Daniel Cox’s five daily observations from the fourth day of camp.
- Here’s the transcript from the post-practice interviews conducted by Mike Smith and Roddy White.