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News and Notes from 2015 Minicamp

• As a team, the Falcons were moving around faster than they were during OTAs. Quinn believes this is a sign the guys are starting to absorb the playbook and feel more comfortable on the field. Although there remains plenty of room to grow, the amount of second-guessing and confusion has waned considerably.

• Wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Justin Hardy looked good throughout minicamp. Hankerson, who worked with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington, said he's made a smooth transition to Atlanta. Hardy has impressed several veterans — including Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Ricardo Allen — with the way he's taken advice and consistently developed.

• Speaking of Jones, the superstar WR said he never considered holding out for a contract extension. He plans on letting the team and his agent handle negotiations while he focuses on his game.

• Allen continued to receive first-team reps at free safety. The converted cornerback hauled in two interceptions on Wednesday and hasn't looked out of place at his new position. He credits coaches Marquand Manuel and Raheem Morris for helping him adapt to an unfamiliar role.

• Undrafted free agent signing Jonathon Mincy looked solid at cornerback — especially on Wednesday, when he broke up three passes and held his own against Jones. Fellow undrafted rookie Damian Parms, listed as a safety, performed well and registered an interception.

• William Moore returned to practice on Thursday, looked healthy and made his presence felt by swatting down a pass over the middle. The 30-year-old strong safety is pleased with how the team is coming together and is confident it'll improve in 2015. Moore added he's been watching lots of Seahawks film to learn how Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas operate in Quinn's defense.

• As someone who played for Quinn in Seattle, O'Brien Schofield has embraced a leadership role here in Atlanta. The former Seahawks has experience at numerous positions — both on the D-line and at linebacker — and has been helping his teammates digest the system. Presently, he's seeing time at strongside LB.

• Jake Matthews returned to action on Tuesday and is recovering well from the foot injury that nagged him last season. He's excited about playing the outside zone and believes he has the skill set needed to thrive in this new scheme.

Atlanta Falcons Minicamp, built by The Home Depot, came to a close on Thursday after three days of workouts in the Georgia heat. Fans came to Flowery Branch for one more look at the team.

• Quinn is happy with the progress of Vic Beasley Jr. and the rest of Atlanta's Rookie Club. Their raw skill is undoubtedly visible — now, it's about getting into NFL shape. Conditioning will be a point of emphasis for the rookies during training camp.

• The tight ends collectively had a strong minicamp, as Jacob Tamme, Tony Moeaki and Levine Toilolo all made impressive catches throughout the week. Quinn is excited about their versatility, height and speed.

• During OTAs, Quinn said he'd like to get Devonta Freeman more involved in the passing game. The Falcons accomplished that in minicamp. The second-year pro made a few nice grabs out of the backfield and displayed impressive route-running ability.

• Roddy White sat out on Tuesday and Wednesday to prevent a flare up from getting worse. He rejoined practice on Thursday and is on track for a normal training camp regimen, according to Quinn.

• The Falcons are dealing with several other injuries. Lamar Holmes broke a bone in his foot on Tuesday, and the team is waiting for a detailed prognosis before deciding on a recovery schedule. Malliciah Goodman didn't suit up on Thursday because of a knee strain. Additionally, Tevin Coleman, who's dealing with a groin strain, did light running on Thursday but wasn't a full participant. Devin Hester isn't hurt but missed time for personal reasons.

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