The Atlanta Falcons held a special Salute to Service day at 2015 XFINITY Training Camp on Sunday. Kids from military families marched in the Falcons March and fans participated in fun activities before watching practice.
Military Day a Success: The Falcons hosted members from all five branches of the U.S. military, giving veterans and their families a chance to take in XFINITY® Training Camp, meet the team and receive complimentary tickets to the upcoming game against Baltimore on Thursday, Sept. 3. In total, more than 3,900 fans attended the morning practice.
"It gives an opportunity to acknowledge in words the feelings we have about our military," said Arthur Blank. "For the fans to come out the way they did was magnificent. You can't say enough about our military guests."
Front Office/Coaching Dynamic Working Well: In addition to hiring a new coaching staff, Blank recently altered the responsibilities of general manager Thomas Dimitroff and assistant general manager Scott Pioli. Moreover, Dan Quinn has been given the final say on the 53-man roster. Blank is happy with the new dynamic in place and believes it'll help Atlanta take the next step as an organization.
"I think it's going great," he said. "They have a wonderful partnership. They have from the first time we did with (Pioli). They hit it off, and the connection was there. And that's just built further through the offseason and free agency and the draft. I'm excited about where they are; I'm excited about where the team is."
Worrilow Constantly Improving: The Falcons asked Paul Worrilow to drop some weight and get faster this offseason and, based on camp performance, has exceeded expectations.
"(Worrilow is) a guy you'd think would be maxed out because he doesn't leave a stone unturned, but he's found a way to get better every day here, which is unique for a guy like him" said linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich. "He will do whatever you say. He's very trusting; he's very hard-working."
Robiskie Discusses Hester: Prior to the start of camp, Devin Hester said he was unsure what his part would be in the new offense. The plan for him is still unclear — however, Terry Robiskie delivered a clear message for the gifted return specialist.
"Tell Devin Hester his role is to win the game," the wide receivers coach said. "That's all. Tell him I said so."
Injury Update: A minor toe injury sidelined Hester, but he's expected to return on Monday or Tuesday. Devonta Freeman (hamstring), Tevin Coleman (hamstring), Cliff Matthews (ankle) and Brooks Reed (hip/groin) were held out, as well. Lamar Holmes remains on the PUP list with a broken foot.