The Atlanta Falcons came back from their bye week ready to work at the practice facilities in Flowery Branch. Here are photos of practice during Week 11.
Cathy R.: When is Hester coming back?
Devin Hester is eligible to return in Week 13. That would be on Dec. 6 in Tampa Bay. He spoke to the media Monday and thinks, as of now, he'll be ready for that matchup against the Bucs. Hester has stayed in shape throughout his stint on the IR and should be able to contribute as soon as he's allowed back.
Morris B.: Will Roddy get the ball more?
There's a good chance he gets more involved in the offense. Although White's role has diminished since his prime, Dan Quinn said the veteran receiver remains an important part of the team and will continue to get opportunities in the second half of 2015. White, who remains as confident as ever, still believes he can be an integral part of Atlanta's offense.
Scott H.: What are you doing to get the offense back on track?
According to the players and coaches, there are three main points of emphasis: Protect the ball better, cut down on turnovers and convert at a higher rate in the red zone. If they improve in these areas, Atlanta will, more likely than not, become one of the NFL's most dangerous offensive attacks.
Michael H.: Can we expect to see Jake Long incorporated into the offense?
Jake Long may get an opportunity to play, but right now the Falcons are happy with Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder at the tackle positions. Matthews has only allowed one sack; Schraeder, who's played every regular season snap thus far, is responsible for just two sacks and one other QB hit. Both have been good in the ground game, too, especially Matthews. The second-year player has the fifth-best run block grade on Pro Football Focus among NFL tackles. So, all things considered, the Falcons aren't compelled to make a change on this front. Long is nice insurance to have, though.
@andrewhirsh How has the mentality in the locker room changed after the bye week? #Riseup — Andy Main (@AndyMain_) November 16, 2015
Based on Monday's media availability, the team is recharged and in high spirits following the bye week. Two straight losses negatively affected morale, but after some time away, everyone seems to have put those trying matchups in the rearview mirror. The team is healthy—only Robert Alford and Robenson Therezie missed practice Monday—and can get right back on track with a win against Indianapolis.
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