1. Work Against New Foes: Monday presented the first opportunity for the Falcons to see different colored jerseys across the line from them as the Tennessee Titans came to Flowery Branch for a combined practice. The spirited session offered plenty of action as the new faces across the ball presented even more competition in an XFINITY Atlanta Falcons Training Camp that so far has already been fiery.
There were a couple of scuffles in the session, and one that ended with Falcons center
“I thought the energy was good,” Smith said. “We felt the heat a little bit, as a team. This was really the first day that we’ve really worked super hard in pads, and I think we did feel the heat and we wilted a little bit.”
The heat index reached the high 90s as Monday’s session got underway and it marked the fifth straight practice for the Falcons. Four of those practices were in full pads. The team has a day off Tuesday.
2. Ishmael Ready to Play: When veteran safety
He has seen plenty of reps with the ones on defense next to
Quoting special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Ishmael says he hits the field with an “act-like-you-know” mentality, and he’s hoping it will serve him well as the preseason looms.
“Like Coach (Smith) says, you’re a shoelace away,” Ishmael said. “William Moore may go down with a broken shoelace. Kemal, you’re up. No questions. You’re up. We always talk about, when a guy is down, you have to perform at the same level or higher than they did. I’m doing the job, doing what I have to do to help the team win.”
3. Pass Blocking Looms Large for Small RBs: With
“Jacquizz may be our best (pass blocker). Antone, Devonta still need to prove themselves in game-type situations,” Brown said Monday. “We thought with Jacquizz, it would be size (that holds him back), but Jacquizz is tough now. He don’t mind mixing it up with anybody, and I think in pass protection, or really in any time of blocking, you have to be willing. If you’re willing to go in there and fight, that’s a big part of it.”
4. Robiskie Focused on Top WRs: The bottom of the wide receiver depth chart appears to be wide open at this point with veteran
“I think if you called Darius he would tell you,” Robiskie said Monday, “if you called Drew Davis and said, ‘Well, what do you think that’s going to do to Coach Robiskie? he’s gonna say, ‘Coach Robiskie’s gonna say, well, that ain’t Roddy and that ain’t Julio, so I ain’t worried yet.’ “
5. Extra Notes: Offensive lineman