The Falcons wrapped up the on-field portion of their rookie minicamp on Saturday leaving head coach Dan Quinn impressed with what he saw over the weekend.
"It was a very productive weekend on a lot of fronts, guys were really battling for it today," Quinn said wrapping up the weekend. "The communication was better, the speed was better, we were really encouraged today."
Here are the notes from the day:
Brian Hill ready to bring 'violent' running style to Atlanta
Running back Brian Hill showcased his physical running style on numerous occasions during his prolific career at Wyoming. Before declaring for the NFL Draft, Hill recorded 1,860 rushing yards in his junior year, which was fourth in the nation.
And Quinn took note of that physicality.
"His toughness without the ball was something we noticed right away," Quinn said of Hill after in his post-draft press conference.
Hill relishes at the opportunity to show off his toughness, and he plans to bring that style to Atlanta.
"I'm a violent runner, I want to finish with contact all of the time," Hill said as for how he would describe his game. "I'm very good in the vision department, I can make the right cuts and get up the field quickly."
Quinn sees special teams — in addition to the backfield —being a place where Hill can immediately help the Falcons.
The rookies were on the practice fields Saturday for the second day of rookie minicamp. Take a look at these photos from the afternoon.
"He's got the ability to make one cut and get vertical," Quinn said of his impressions of Hill during camp. "We were happy with him coming out of the backfield. He didn't have a whole lot of pass catches in his career so we wanted to try to feature that. Is that something he can do? He did a good job on that today and then I saw him really busting it on special teams. That has to be a part of his role."
Eric Saubert's arrow pointing up
At 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds, Eric Saubert's size surprised Quinn when he first saw the tight end in person this weekend.
His speed also caught Quinn's attention this weekend – a trait Atlanta's head coach values highly.
"Number one, he's a little bigger than I thought," Quinn said of Saubert. "Sometimes, they are taller or bigger, however you feel. We knew he could run just based on times. Getting him acclimated into it today, I was pleased to see him over the last two days not only offensively but on teams. He can run. For a guy that covets that like I do, I was pleased to see that and I want to make sure the competitive side we keep ramping along. For the first two days, arrow definitely up."
Damontae Kazee focused on improving his vision in transition to free safety
Damontae Kazee is transitioning from cornerback to free safety and like any position change, a number of growing pains are to be expected.
For Kazee, the biggest area he's focused on improving is his vision.
"My eyes, [they] have to be in the right spot at all times," Kazee said of the biggest challenge he's seen so far in his position change.
Kazee believes the more he studies his playbook and a dedication to film study will help him get more comfortable with this aspect of his game.
Duke Riley 'shows up in big way'
Duke Riley made a strong debut as a Falcon.
Not only did his speed impress, his level of communication and competitive nature stood out to Quinn.
"I knew he was going to come in with a good football background," Quinn said of Riley. "I've known that about him from not only his LSU days but all the way back to his high school days. He's been a terrific competitor everywhere he's been and we got to see that on our field today. He's definitely shown up in a big way."