July 31, 2018
Monday was back in Flowery Branch where the team was in full pads and played 11 on 11. One of the offensive teams scored twice while the other, did not score at all. Monday was a definite treat for fans in attendance.
Takk McKinley and Ito Smith were on the sidelines working with trainers, just not involved in the full, regular practice.
OC Steve Sarkisian seems more comfortable with the offense (so far) in year 2. Remember, although their year ones held different issues, the leap that Kyle Shanahan made from year 1 to 2 was huge and there are expectations for the same success for Sark.
Despite some offensive trickery, the always studying and football smart, Ricardo Allen had an interception. Matt Ryan pitched over to Justin Hardy, who threw up a bomb, but was very contested by 3 defenders and Rico came up with the ball. Rico was quoted, “True champions do the ordinary things right all of the time.”
Calvin Ridley and Justin Hardy were the returners for each team during the game like scrimmage. Devin Gray hauled in the first touchdown of the day. Damontae Kazee picked off Garrett Grayson.
Devonta Freeman commented that “We are getting better every day, striving for greatness.”
Grady Jarrett was getting individual work with assistant d line coach.
Overall, Mohamed Sanu, Sr. is in midseason form. He continues to make awesome catches, whether high or one-handed, contested or on the sideline, Sanu is catching everything. Mic’d up, he was heard “All I know how to do is take reps and get better.” Deadrin Senat is impressing as well. He is willing and happy to listen to all advice and feedback from the veterans, especially Jarrett, who has been telling him about hip movement and how that varies by different plays. He is honored to be learning from Bryant Young. It was noted that Jarrett has come to camp even bigger, but in the good muscular way (as I have reported in the off season).
Cover Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons