Dan Quinn Excited About Connecting With Fans

Fans joined the Falcons at Buford High School in Buford, Ga., Friday night for the Falcons' annual Kia Motors Friday Night Lights practice.

The Atlanta Falcons held their eighth annual Kia Motors Friday Night Lights event on a beautiful Friday evening at Buford High School.

A practice full of 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills certainly had the crowd engaged from the beginning. To start the practice, cornerback Desmond Trufant stepped in front of wide receiver Roddy White for an interception and the crowd wasted no time bringing back the "Truuuuu" chant. Backup quarterback T.J.Yates and wide receiver Justin Hardy added to the excitement as they combined for a number of impressive plays throughout the night.

Even though the Falcons are currently without running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman —who are both nurturing hamstring injuries— the run game still impressed. The newest addition to the team, Michael Ford, wasted no time making an impression with a couple of impressive runs that showed off his speed. Antone Smith showed that he is more than capable of carrying the weight for the group with his explosive first step.

 "You have to make plays when you get those opportunities and let it go from there. It's all about patience," Smith said.

Hardy and Vic Beasley, Jr. returned to the practice field after batting a stomach bug that kept them both out of practice on Thursday. Charles Godfrey left practice with a cut on his forehead and nose, but head coach Dan Quinn said it was only for precaution and that he will be return.

Quinn was impressed with the competition at practice, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  It was obvious that the players and coaching staff were feeding off the energy of the crowd.

"I was so thrilled to get connected with the fans. I can't wait for our team to feed off their energy down at the (Georgia) Dome," Quinn said. "Coming off the ball, both sides and how loud it can be. When the team connects with the fans, it's such an awesome feeling, and I can't wait to be a part of that."

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