The Falcons ran an extended onside kick interval close to the beginning of Thursday’s minicamp follow requiring gamers from most place teams. The quarterbacks clearly weren’t concerned and did not have receivers out there, so that they took some goal follow on the sphere subsequent door.
Matt Ryan, A.J. McCarron and Feleipe Franks alternated working by way of a footwork drill designed to refine motion inside the pocket earlier than firing a move right into a web with three home windows. Then they took one other ball and tried to hit a tackling dummy on shifting throughout the top zone on a cart.
If this appears like an odd option to lead a follow recap, effectively, it’s. It was additionally fairly enjoyable to observe. Remember that head coach Arthur Smith stays in OTA mode, which means there have been extra instructing durations than intense work at full velocity. And never all minicamp moments contain severe soccer enterprise.
This was a pleasant change of tempo. Make enjoyable of me in order for you, however I took play-by-play throughout your complete factor and do not remorse a drop of ink misplaced whereas doing so.
Let’s put these notes to good use:
All three quarterbacks have been lifeless on hitting stationary targets. The one which moved, nonetheless, was a bit trickier. The cart driver wasn’t as constant because the quarterbacks would really like, leaving Ryan to demand (jokingly) he drive on the identical freaking velocity. Solely he did not say freaking.
The dummy received tagged typically as soon as the cart eradicated the begins and stops. Franks hit the shifting goal. Then McCarron. And, after getting shut so many occasions, Ryan hit it with a walk-off shot to finish the interval.
Smith talks “genuine” management
The Falcons head coach used a strong phrase throughout his pre-practice press convention to explain the very best group leaders. It is not about being vocal or setting an incredible customary. Smith is correct: there’s one trait that unifies all efficient leaders.
“They’re genuine,” Smith mentioned. “The gamers see and listen to every thing. The know what’s actual and what’s not. If a man posts his exercises on social media and hashtags that he is grinding or no matter, after which is available in right here and gamers have a look at him and see he is not what he presents on social media. It must be genuine. The identical goes for coaches. In case you act like someone you are not, gamers aren’t going to purchase it. It is about being your self and proving it. If a man says he is going lead by instance after which works exhausting, guys will get in line. If he would not, guys will tune him out no matter what he posts on-line.”