The cloud cover made for a cooler day in Flowery Branch as the Atlanta Falcons took the field for practice during 2015 XFINITY Atlanta Falcons Training Camp. Here are pictures from the day.
Relaxed Atmosphere: XFINITY Training Camp has been more intense than in the past, but on Thursday, the players went back to shorts and focused on some of the basics.
"Awesome day today," said head coach Dan Quinn. "I thought one of the first things when we went out, we had a real emphasis on the line of scrimmage. So we had a long team run … I thought, for the line of scrimmage, and that part of practice, it was the best one we've had so far."
Shanahan Discusses Accountability: Kyle Shanahan addressed the offense's recent struggles and how he deals with individual mistakes:
"You just have to address it, stay on guys. Nobody wants to fumble; nobody wants to turn it over. It's not that you have to grab them or yell at them or anything. It means as much to them as it does to you.
"[Accountability is] a big part of our program. [Football] means the world to someone, so you try to find out why they fumbled. Was it a lack of concentration? Was it a technique issue? What was the problem? It's your job as a coach to find out what the problem was and see how you can help them. It's the player's job to not let it happen again, and if it happens too much, you have to go in a different direction."
Collins Playing Catch-Up: Jalen Collins' raw athletic ability is impossible to deny. But, as a relatively inexperienced player who missed offseason workouts because of a foot injury, he's a little behind the curve. There's no reason to be concerned about his long-term viability; however, he's probably not going to be someone ready to assume a significant role off the bat.
"First of all, great individual," defensive coordinator Richard Smith said of Jalen Collins. "I love his demeanor as a corner. He's got a little bit of a swagger. He's got that size and the length we're looking for. The thing with him, it's unfortunate he missed all those OTA practices and things like that. You get in the classroom, but more importantly, you have to get out on the field. So every day is a developing system for him where he's developing and getting better."
Clayborn Making Noise: Adrian Clayborn had yet another tremendous practice. The 27-year-old D-lineman, now training with former Falcon Chuck Smith, continues to excel at numerous spots and flashed the kind of explosiveness that is rarely seen from athletes of his size. Defensive coordinator Richard Smith had good things to say about Clayborn — as did Quinn, who pushed for Thomas Dimitroff to sign the 2011 first-round pick.
"(Clayborn) has such quickness in his lower body and can really jump the count," Quinn said. "He's got a lot of stuff. That locked in, that mindset. You know when a guy has a look about him when he's locked in (when) we just know it? He's certainly one of those guys."
Injury Update: Jon Asamoah, Brooks Reed, Vic Beasley, Jr. and Justin Hardy were sidelined for the morning practice due to a stomach bug moving through the locker room. Reed is also dealing with a groin and hip strain. Tevin Coleman sat out for the second straight day with a pulled hamstring; Devonta Freeman damaged a hamstring of his own and, despite a willingness to fight through the pain, was taken out as a precaution. Beau Gardner suffered a knee injury on Wednesday, and the team is still waiting to hear back from doctors on his condition.