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Takeaways: Falcons players Dan Quinn will keep a close eye on in first preseason game


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The team held its second to last open practice of AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp on Tuesday, and now all eyes are turned towards their first preseason game on Thursday.


The Falcons will square off against the Denver Broncos in the NFL's annual Hall of Fame Game, and the extra preseason game provides the coaches a vital opportunity to get better evaluations on players.

But who exactly will coach Dan Quinn and his staff plan on paying a little extra attention to?

After practice, Quinn mentioned the running backs group and the group of returners as two units he's keen on seeing in a game. Quinn is also looking forward to watching the guys who have been with the team for about a year now, hoping to see a level of growth.

"Anybody really from the practice squad from last year," Quinn said. "What does it look like now, a whole year later? If you went back to their last preseason game, that was their last game they played. Last August, at some point."  

Some of the notable players who would fall under that description are quarterback Kurt Benkert, wide receivers Christian Blake and Devin Gray, and offensive tackle Matt Gono.

Atlanta had a short, crisp practice on Tuesday and fine-tuned some reps of Thursday's game. The Falcons final open training camp practice will be Sunday Aug. 4 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


Open Practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The team wrapped up Tuesday's practice and are all set for their preseason opener. Here are the best snapshots from Day 8 of camp.

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