FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s what Falcons All-Pro wide receiver had to say after practice on Saturday.
On how he’s feeling:
“I feel great.”
On whether he’s worried about the tweak he suffered:
“Definitely nothing to worry about. You know precautionary reason, but I’m good to go and I’m one hundred percent and just taking it slow, that’s all.”
On knowing nagging injuries will happen during the year:
“Correct. You know I’m just so explosive, so I always get something that’s tight or something. I mean it’s good. I just keep getting treatment, especially now. I’m eating right and I’m hydrating. I’m good. It’s nothing serious or anything like that.”
On what he banged up:
“I didn’t bang anything up. You didn’t miss it. I didn’t bang anything up.”
On how he felt running routes today:
“It was hot. First day in pads, it’s a little hot, but it felt great. Just being out here with my teammates. Hard work we did out in minicamp and coming out here and still having the timing. It was pretty good today.”
On what he learned about the team after the first day in pads:
“We’re going to be a physical team. In some areas we got to stay up off the ground, protect the team, and we just got to learn how to practice. And we got a lot of new guys, a lot of rookies on the team and a lot of new additions to the team, and it’s all about protecting the team first. We’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to be a physical team, but also we got to learn how to practice. Just those little things.”
On Keanu Neal:
“Oh, he looks great. He’s a very physical and very strong guy. He can do whatever. I mean he can do it all. He has good speed.”
On the depth they have at receiver:
“The depth at receiver, it can be pretty deep, but we’re all in there together. I feel like it’s not who’s going to play, who’s starting. We’re all just trying to help each other out. They might not be here with the Atlanta Falcons, but we still want to try to push those guys up to the best of their abilities and make those guys go out there and understand what it takes to be a great receiver.”
On if he sees Justin Hardy taking a step up this season:
“Yeah, it’s all about confidence. Hardy’s always had it and that’s about young guys as well, just getting them to believe in themselves. The NFL, that’s the next level, but you still have to be able to do what you do and just be as aggressive as you can. When you come out here and second guess yourself is when you’re going to play slow, you’re not going to be great.”
On what he tells the new guys as a veteran on the team:
“Like I said earlier, we just work them. We’re just trying to achieve our goal and that’s win a Super Bowl. Just come out here and be aggressive. Don’t worry about nothing else.”
On how Mohamed Sanu compliments him differently than Roddy White:
“I don’t know. We’re out here now, you got to get to the game and see. But Sanu, he’s a great addition to the team and we’ll see that when the season comes around. He looks great out here with his route running ability, running little routes, short routes inside, choice routes and those things.”
On how the conversation went with Dan Quinn when he decided to keep him out of team drills:
“I’m Julio. I was like ‘No, I think I’m good.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, I know you can, I don’t doubt you at all, but we’re just going to be on the safe side.’ You know Quinn, he has the best interest at heart. You can be somewhere else at another ball club and those guys will be like ‘Go, go, go.’ I think I can, but he still wants me to just take it slow. We’re not trying to prove anything right now. It’s a long training camp and we got a season coming up that we have to be ready for.”
On if there’s a learning curve with new receivers:
“That’s just part of the reps we do during practice. My thing is I just try to give these guys advice. Roddy passed that on to me, so I pass it on to those guys when I was in that position. They’re the new guys. Sanu, he’s a new guy, he’s been in the league for four years, but he’s a new guy. I got to teach him how they expect things and we expect things here. For us it’s the tempo, the way we’re going to practice, and protecting the ball. Just little things, but he has everything. “
On if Kyle Shanahan’s offense is second nature now in his second year in the system:
“I’ve always been comfortable. The communication is so much better now. We just overemphasize it and that’s good.”
On if he’s coming to practice tomorrow:
“I was here today.”
31 – Sunday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.August
1 – Monday, no practice.
2 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
3 – Wednesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
4 – Thursday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
5 – Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Grayson High School
6 – Saturday, players off.
7 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
8- Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
10 – Wednesday, public practice 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).
12 – Friday, closed practice.
13 – Saturday, players off.
14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
PROJECTED TRAINING CAMP DEPTH CHART
WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 87 Devin Fuller, 18 Jordan Leslie
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton
LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 79 Shabaz Ahmed
C 51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland, 69 Jake Reed
RG 65 Chris Chester, 68 Mike Person, 64 Collin Rahrig, Michael Huey
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris, 66 Laurence Gibson
TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Austin Hooper, 86 D.J. Tialavea, 82 Joshua Perkins, 49 Arthur Lynch
WR Mohamed Sanu, 14 Eric Weems, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 15 Nick Williams, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic, 6 Corey Washington, 89 Chris King
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub, 12 Sean Renfree, 4 Matt Simms
RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward, 35 Gus Johnson, 20 Brandon Wilds
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 39 Will Ratelle
RDE 99 Adrian Clayborn, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 75 Brandon Williams
DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 96 Nordly Capi, 98 Cory Johnson
DT 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes
LDE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 48 Ivan McLennan, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr, 54 Efe Obada
LB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 41 Philip Wheeler, 46 Torrey Green
LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds
RCB 25 Akeem King, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 32 Jalen Collins (Suspended for 4 games)
NCB 23 Robert Alford, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke
LCB 21 Desmond Trufant,, 38 David Mims II, 39 Jordan Sefon
FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman, 34 Brian Poole
SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms
RDE 99 Adrian Clayborn, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 75 Brandon Williams, 96 Nordly Capi
DT 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson
NT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes
LDE 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr, 54 Efe Obada
WLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 46 Torrey Green, 48 Ivan McLennan
MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds
SLB 44 Vic Beasley, 41 Philip Wheeler, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw,
RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II
LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon, 34 Brian Poole
FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman
SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms
K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 14 Eric Weems, 26 Tevin Coleman, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic
PR 14 Eric Weems, 26 Tevin Coleman, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher, 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub
PROJECT PASS RUSH
90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS — POSITION BY POSITION