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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons at Ravens


Head coach Mike Smith spoke to the media Saturday about how players graded out after watching film from Thursday's preseason loss to Cincinnati. He pointed out that Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant, in particular, had solid games.

Cornerback Asante Samuel also pointed out Trufant and Alford's progress, saying the tough competition the two are in will only help them succeed later on and that he's made sure to help the two by giving them advice.

To fully catch up with coverage from Saturday's practice, you can read Five Things We Learned and view that day's photo gallery here.


Wide receiver Roddy White spoke to the media Sunday and said that given the amount of talent they have and the impressive rate the rookies have improved at so far, he's confident in this year's team.

Head coach Mike Smith once again stressed the importance of every player to play at their highest level as the preseason is all about the evaluation process, along with confirming that Julio Jones was back at full participation on Sunday.

Sunday's practice marked the final session of practices open to the public, and photos from that day can be found here, while Five Things We Learned can be found here.


Coach Smith gave updates on several players Monday, including an injury update on Sean Weatherspoon, who was dressed out but will likely not play Thursday's game against the Ravens, and Julio Jones, who had been back in full participation during practice the last two days.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora said that he has noticed improvement throughout the team and that he looks forward to even more progress as the team heads into their second preseason game.

The team released their second unofficial depth chart on Monday, which can be found here. To read Five Things We Learned, which includes Smith saying that the team has to be better disciplined and avoid more penalties at Thursday's game, you can click here. Photos from Monday can also be found here.


Smith said Tuesday that the team's starters would see more playing time at Thursday's game against the Ravens, but he wasn't disclosing how much more time.

Meanwhile, Steven Jackson commented on how he's learned to adapt to playing with the Falcons, a team he said he had always admired for their success.

One important piece of important we also learned was that although Tony Gonzalez hasn't physically been in Flowery Branch, he has been watching film from every practice and sends tips to the young tight ends. To read the rest of the Five Things We Learned, click here.


Although the team had Wednesday off from practice, there was still plenty to talk about. This includes Levine Toilolo![](/team/roster/levine-toilolo/aefb77fc-3737-453f-9262-beadcf1ed864/ "Levine Toilolo")'s goal to improve each day and Harry Douglas![](/team/roster/harry-douglas/48dde161-6657-4df6-b0cc-0c1e02b8dcc3/ "Harry Douglas") saying he starts this season in the best shape of his career.

For a fun segment, you can also check out Justin Blalock letting know five things fans should know about his teammates.


The Falcons find themselves in Baltimore on Thursday ready to face the Ravens for their second preseason game. To prepare for the game, you can read Eight Players to Watch, which includes last week's standout, Paul Worrilow, and offensive lineman Phillipkeith Manley.

If you live outside of Georgia, you can still watch the game with Preseason Live. Also, to stay connected during the game, make sure to check out our Social Media Hub.

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