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Takeaways: Falcons wrap up training camp with an emphasis on red zone

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp officially wrapped on Tuesday, and the team spent the majority of practice working in the red zone.

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As has been the case for much of camp, the emphasis during practice was on the younger players with many of the veterans getting limited-but-intentional reps. This attention to specific situations and details such as field position or communication has been a common theme throughout camp for the Falcons.

“I’m sure you saw us focusing a good bit on the red zone today,” coach Dan Quinn said after practice. “… Couple of things I noticed from this block, as you’re going to recap, I thought defensively there was a good awareness of the ball. We’re going to keep working hard on that. You’ve heard me talk about communication; we’ve had more guys mic’d up, they’re going to be in the meeting room today. What was the communication, what did it sound like?”

That communication will be tested on the field Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins in the Falcons’ second exhibition game of the preseason. While very few veterans saw the field against the Denver Broncos in the Hall of Fame Game, Quinn explained that there will be more familiar faces out there in Miami.

James Carpenter is one veteran who will not be playing against the Dolphins, however, as he was ruled out due to a hip flexor injury that has sidelined him all week. Outside of Carpenter, Quinn said there would be 8-10 players who likely wouldn’t play on Thursday, although he did not provide specific names.

Other observations

  • Rookie receiver Olamide Zaccheaus continues to make plays in camp. He caught one touchdown pass during the red-zone portion of practice and came back with another impressive grab right at the goal line.
  • Offensive lineman Jamon Brown was on the field with the team Tuesday after getting some attention from a trainer at the end of Monday’s practice.
  • Rookie cornerback Jordan Miller has been one of the standouts throughout the duration of camp, and he made it clear from the jump that he’s not afraid to play against anyone in the NFL.
  • Second-year lineman Matt Gono received a shoutout from Quinn after practice as one player who stood out to him in camp.

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