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What They Said: Falcons vs. Bengals

Head coach Mike Smith on the first team's reps: "We got the number of reps we wanted that we had marked for those guys. I thought that on the offensive side of the ball we have to be more efficient in the red zone. We had the opportunity to put seven on the board when we got in the red zone; we ended up kicking a field goal. I thought defensively the first group held its own. I don't believe they gave up any points in the ball game. For the limited number of snaps they participated in tonight, I felt it was pretty good. I did like some of the young players that played beyond the first quarter; they did some nice things."

Smith on standout linebacker Paul Worrilow's game: "Paul has done a very nice job for us. He can play all three positions which is great for a rookie. He had an opportunity there in the red zone, had a pass breakup, and had a couple of really nice tackles, and I think he did some really nice things on special teams as well."

Matt Ryan on the first preseason game: "Solid. We did some things well as an offense on the first unit but we need to improve, and that's what training camp and the preseason is all about. It's about getting better and trying to improve as a team and as an offense and as an individual as well."

Ryan on facing pass rush on screen to Harry Douglas: "We prepare for pressure in practice everyday, we see a lot of that in practice. We know we're going to see a lot of that during the year too. We just have to prepare. So we did a good job on that particular play and Harry had a really nice run after the catch."

Linebacker Brian Banks on crowd's reception: "It was definitely a good feeling. It was one of those things where, coming from where you're coming from… just to have people support you chasing a dream. I mean these guys have been working on this all their life. From pop-warner to high school to college, this is what they've been doing. For them to accept me, and let me be a part of it, and just get out here and play and show what I can do is more than I can ask for. I was just really excited to see these guys play today. I really was."

Running back Jason Snelling on lessons learned against the Bengals: "The phase one of the beginning of the game was perfect tonight. We just need to get back to square one, keep playing physical, eliminate mistakes, that's pretty much it. But we still have got a lot of work to do."

Running back Steven Jackson on getting started:"I think particularly what you take from three series is trying to see the timing with the offensive line. You want to see how my vision is and make sure I'm seeing things and trusting what I see."

Offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder on the Georgia Dome: "I had a blast, to be honest with you. It's fun playing in front of a bunch of people. It's probably the most people I've ever played in front of. It's fun to go out there and show them what you can do. I enjoyed it. I've got some things to fix. You can always get better and I'm looking forward to the next game."

Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi on the young D-line: "For us, as sophmores and juniors, Cliff and I, Travian, myself and other guys that have come in, it's a responbility. You have to be ready and know that at any moment, this isn't like last year. There isn't a guy in front of you, you are the next guy."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on combined practices: "We got a lot of good video for the guys that played and have a chance to work against them all week and have a chance to play with them. It gives a lot of young guys a chance to play it gives some of our rookie guys a chance to understand what it is to play in a game, playing on defense, playing on special teams."

Bengals QB Andy Dalton on penalties: "There was one where the crowd noise got to us. We got everything communicated well, they were just loud. I need to try and be louder. Other than that I thought we did a good job."

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