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Five questions for reporting Falcons rookies
July, 21, 2014
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By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com
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The Atlanta Falcons are set to begin training camp on Friday, and the process begins with the rookies scheduled to report Tuesday.

First-round draft pick Jake Matthews should have no problem making the adjustment. Here are five questions for some of the other rookies as they head into their first training camp:

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1) Will Prince Shembo take full advantage of his golden opportunity? The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout could earn a starting role at inside linebacker following a season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles). Coach Mike Smith said Shembo will get every opportunity during camp and said the coaching staff is excited about his potential. Now, it's up to Shembo to continue his transition from outside linebacker to inside. Physically, it shouldn't be a problem. But he has to be on top of his game, mentally, to bump Joplo Bartu aside.

2) Can Devonta Freeman truly push Steven Jackson for carries? Freeman has to worry about holding off Jacquizz Rodgers first as the No. 2 guy behind Jackson. Freeman looked more than capable in shorts, but let's see how he fares with the pads on. One thing you immediately respect about Freeman is his willingness to work and learn. If he can prove himself to be an adequate blocker in terms of picking up blitzes, then he'll get on the field sooner rather than later.

3) Will Dez Southward put some heat on veteran Dwight Lowery at free safety? Southward didn't really stand out this offseason despite the coaches raving about his potential. The most impressive thing about him from first glance is his attention to detail and tendency to ask questions. Now he has to show the ability to make plays. He lined up at both free and strong but, again, his best chance is to challenge Lowery at free because William Moore is the defensive leader at strong.

4) Can Tyler Starr turn heads again like he did during rookie minicamp? The outside linebacker showed a burst upon arriving from South Dakota. But once Starr lined up against the veterans, he didn't have as much success. Regardless, you can't help but like his energy. And he should be a standout on special teams no matter what. But the Falcons need capable pass-rushers to emerge, so Starr has a shot to make an impact.

5) Will undrafted receiver Bernard Reedy make it hard on the Falcons to cut him? If Reedy shows the speed and deep-threat ability he displayed this offseason, he just might. The 5-foot-7 dynamo gave Matt Ryan all the credit, but Reedy was the one who kept blowing through the defense and catching long balls. Of course, that's going to be Julio Jones' main job once the regular season arrives, but it wouldn't be so bad for the Falcons to have another deep threat at their disposal.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:56 pm 
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The 5-foot-7 dynamo gave Matt Ryan all the credit, but Reedy was the one who kept blowing through the defense and catching long balls.

yeah, 'cause this is what we need. a short speedy guy who cant jump up and wrestle the ball?

As Pudge has already documented : one thing Ryan will not do is tight window long balls.

right?

cannot wait to see Webster/Tatoo on Hard Knocks :roll:

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The 5-foot-7 dynamo gave Matt Ryan all the credit, but Reedy was the one who kept blowing through the defense and catching long balls.

yeah, 'cause this is what we need. a short speedy guy who cant jump up and wrestle the ball?

As Pudge has already documented : one thing Ryan will not do is tight window long balls.

right?

cannot wait to see Webster/Tatoo on Hard Knocks :roll:


Some guys play bigger than their physical stature, look at Andrew Hawkins who the Browns just swiped from the Bengals. Hawkins was the last speedy undrafted WR out of Toledo to make it to the NFL. if Reedy looks anything close to Hawkins when the pads go they better find a spot for him.

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fun gus wrote:
The 5-foot-7 dynamo gave Matt Ryan all the credit, but Reedy was the one who kept blowing through the defense and catching long balls.

yeah, 'cause this is what we need. a short speedy guy who cant jump up and wrestle the ball?

As Pudge has already documented : one thing Ryan will not do is tight window long balls.

right?

cannot wait to see Webster/Tatoo on Hard Knocks :roll:


Some guys play bigger than their physical stature, look at Andrew Hawkins who the Browns just swiped from the Bengals. Hawkins was the last speedy undrafted WR out of Toledo to make it to the NFL. if Reedy looks anything close to Hawkins when the pads go they better find a spot for him.


we have not used a 'small speedy WR/ slot guy' since Tim Dwight? All our deep threats were big guys

the thought here is if Ryan is comfortable throwing deep into traffic it needs to be to a guy who can 'jump up and get it'. right? downfield? we need a TALL guy. I may be wrong here.

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If Reedy is the next Andrew Hawkins, then God Bless Atlanta. Andrew Hawkins and I are going all the way in the FalcFans fantasy league this year!

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The Mattural wrote:
fun gus wrote:
The 5-foot-7 dynamo gave Matt Ryan all the credit, but Reedy was the one who kept blowing through the defense and catching long balls.

yeah, 'cause this is what we need. a short speedy guy who cant jump up and wrestle the ball?

As Pudge has already documented : one thing Ryan will not do is tight window long balls.

right?

cannot wait to see Webster/Tatoo on Hard Knocks :roll:


Some guys play bigger than their physical stature, look at Andrew Hawkins who the Browns just swiped from the Bengals. Hawkins was the last speedy undrafted WR out of Toledo to make it to the NFL. if Reedy looks anything close to Hawkins when the pads go they better find a spot for him.


we have not used a 'small speedy WR/ slot guy' since Tim Dwight? All our deep threats were big guys


We used Darius Johnson last year :dance:

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