Robinson Shines:Last week, Julio Jones told reporters that Aldrick Robinson could be a valuable deep threat for Atlanta's offense, and the free agent signing showed fans why Thursday, hauling in three catches for 118 yards — the longest being a 68-yard reception. Robinson, who's familiar with Kyle Shanahan's offense from their time together in Washington, could be a valuable addition during the regular season.
"It was big for me," Robinson said. "I've been making a lot of big plays down the field at practice and it was good to transition it to the game. It helps a lot (to know Shanahan's system). Knowing the plays, it helps you play fast. Knowing the offense already, I was able to transition better, and I knew it was easy for me."
Weatherspoon Brings the Hammer: Sean Weatherspoon said last week that he felt 100 percent healthy, and in his first game as a Falcon since 2013, he looked like his old self. The veteran linebacker made three tackles, all solo, the first of which sent RB Matt Jones flying backward and, of course, drew "Spoon" chants from the crowd.
Football is officially here and the 2016 preseason got underway for the Falcons on Thursday night as they hosted the Washington Redskins at the Georgia Dome
"It felt great, man. I'm blessed," Weatherspoon said. "I feel great. I'm looking forward to some more work. … I'll have to watch the tape, but I think I did a pretty good job. I'm just grateful to be on the team, grateful to have a chance to go out and play."
McKissic Takes One to the House: College free agent signing J.D. McKissic, out of Arkansas State, made the highlight of the night when he opened up the second half by scoring a touchdown on a 101-yard kick return. If this play had occurred during the regular season, it would have been the second-longest kick return in franchise history.
"I was just nervous and I was just running," said McKissic, who also returned a punt for 14 yards. "The other 10 guys on kickoff return did a great job knowing the scheme and double-teaming who they had to double-team.
"Special teams is the way for a guy like me (to make the roster). The main thing, I just want to trick myself mentally and just go hard on special teams and show (special teams coach) Keith (Armstrong) I can help in any one of those special teams (roles).
Jones, Campbell Impress Again: Rookie linebackers Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell built on their XFINITY® Training Camp momentum by performing well against Washington. Jones tied for a team lead in tackles with five, Campbell added four of his own and each registered a tackle for loss. The two looked poised from their first snap to their last and showed they've developed a lot of chemistry on the field.
"(Thursday), I turned a lifelong dream into reality," Campbell said. "I just want to keep continuing on this journey. I've always felt comfortable with any situation in life. I think that's one of the big things I have going for me that I think Coach (Quinn) really likes. I don't get nervous about a big moment. I don't really show too much emotion. I just go with the flow."
Injury Update: Strong safety Kemal Ishmael injured a shoulder during the game but could return to practice Sunday, according to Quinn, as the Falcons continue training camp in Flowery Branch. Keanu Neal (trunk) and Levine Toilolo (hand) are expected to participate in some fashion.