1. Falcons Consoling WR White: Before we get into wrapping up rookie minicamp, Falcons head coach Mike Smith again spoke Sunday about the death of
2. Starr Shining: It's not a surprise when a first-round selection comes into rookie minicamp and continues to earn the spotlight — and tackle
3. More From Starr: Starr cuts an imposing figure at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, but perhaps he's even more impressive when he's not upright. Working in at defensive end in certain defensive sets, Starr utilizes the four-point stance on the line, which stood out among his teammates. Starr says having both hands on the ground gives him much more explosion off the ball. "It gets a little bit more weight in the back of my hips and I get more torque coming out of my stance. It helps me get to that hip of the tackle a little bit quicker, close that space because it happens so fast. The quarterback's sitting there trying to get rid of it as fast as possible and I'm trying to get there as fast as possible," Starr said.
4. Rookies Are a Quiet Group: Smith tied up the end of the three-day minicamp with an assessment of how things went for the Falcons and one of the things he said stood out to him, other than the effort that the group of drafted and undrafted rookies, and tryout players, showed was just how quiet they were. He didn't mean it in a bad way, saying it was a product of just how focused they were during practices. "They understand the importance of coming out and competing every day. They've been fun to be around," Smith said.
5. Under-the-Radar Tight End?: The Falcons went through the 2014 NFL Draft without selecting a tight end, but they may have gotten a strong candidate to make the roster in undrafted free agent
6. Matthews Drawing Rave Reviews: The Falcons' first-round selection is impressive enough in the way he carries himself on the field. When he shows off the skills that earned him a top-10 selection in the NFL Draft, however, Matthews really opens some eyes. Starr has had his fill of seeing the No. 70 jersey across from him during minicamp, and while he held his own against the former Texas A&M standout, Matthews' abilities were more than evident. "You can tell that he's so patient and he's so confident and he's so relaxed and controlled. He has the strength, he has the speed, he has the footwork — he doesn't have anything to worry about. Mentally, I don't think I've seen him mess up once. He's got all the components to be a really, really great tackle," Starr said.
7. Freeman's Vision Stands Out: Rainy weather in Flowery Branch forced the Falcons rookies into the indoor facility Sunday, and while Smith said he doesn't like practicing on the Field Turf, he did get a look at how fast this group of rookies can be. No one showed that more Sunday than running back
8. Spruill, Smallwood Handle Large Workload: Being the two main inside linebackers during rookie minicamp,
9. No Slowdown in These Rookies: Matthews commented on the first day of rookie minicamp that this group of first-year players doesn't handle walkthroughs very well. Smith had to remind the rookies several times that walkthroughs are just that, but it was the one thing that just didn't hit home with this group after three days. "We don't know how to go through walkthroughs yet," Spruill said with a laugh. "It's a group of guys that's hungry. They just want a shot. They just want to live out their dream to play football in the National Football League."