Early Bird Report 1/24: Quinn excited about Knapp hire; Senior Bowl prospects to watch

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Today's Early Bird Report includes comments from Dan Quinn on new quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp as well as a few Senior Bowl prospects to keep an eye on.

FALCONS HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

*Atlanta Journal-Constitution: *Quinn elated with hire of Greg Knapp

The Falcons turned to veteran coach Greg Knapp to fill their vacant quarterbacks coach position after Bush Hamdan accepted an offer to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Washington. Knapp comes to Atlanta after serving as the Broncos' quarterback coach from 2013-16. He also spent three seasons as the Falcons' offensive coordinator from 2004-06.

D. Orlando Ledbetter caught up with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and asked him about the recent hire.

"He's got real experience not only coaching quarterbacks, organizing an offensive game plan and then also he's got experience in our system," Quinn told Ledbetter. "His time spent with (Gary Kubiak) both at Houston and in Denver certainly, there is a lot of language that would be the same."

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Sports Illustrated: Mayfield, Allen and the Senior Bowl prospects to watch

For most of the NFL, this week's Senior Bowl marks the beginning of the rapid march towards April's draft. NFL coaches get the opportunity to scout some of college's top seniors up close and with a hands-on approach. In previewing the Senior Bowl, MMQB's Albert Breer provided a few prospects that fans should keep an eye on.

There are some names on Breer's list that most fans should already be familiar with, such quarterbacks Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, but many of the seniors playing in the game are also deserving of attention. Pass-rusher Marcus Davenport, tight end Mike Gesicki, defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand and Uchenna Nwosu are some of the prospects who Falcons fans may want to keep in mind.

Here is what Breer had to say about Davenport:

"Don't be surprised if we leave here talking about Davenport as a potential Top 10 pick, like we did with Aaron Donald in 2014. He's 6' 6", 260 pounds, a physical freak with a premium skill (pass rushing), and this week will go a long way in proving how he'll hold up against a higher level of competition."

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