Falcons Day 4 training camp winners: Defense, Beasley

Savannah Richardson
July 31, 2018 - 9:26 am
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley

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The Atlanta Falcons returned to Flowery Branch Monday for Day 4 of Training Camp. Atlanta split the team up into the Red and White squads for the first live scrimmage of training camp. The White team appeared to be part of the first team offense while the Red defense was the first string defense.

After the two periods, the Red squad defeated the White team 14-0. Defense prevailed throughout Day 4 of camp and shut down Matt Ryan and company.


Atlanta’s wideouts continue to be the strongest part of the offense. From minicamp to now, Calvin Ridley has grown so much as a player. He’s a playmaker and had multiple catches. The staff worked him on kickoff returns as well. Granted he had some drops and mistakes, but he’s one of the most improved rookies on the team.

Mohamed Sanu and Julio both made catches today that makes you think. Regardless of where the ball is, those two will make the catch. Devin Gray caught the sole offensive touchdown for the red team and had multiple catches on the day.

The right side of the White team’s offensive was what you want to see from an offensive line. Jake Matthews and Andy Levitre manhandled defensive linemen all the way to the ground. The two were gritty and nasty, which according to Jarvis Davis is what you want to see in a lineman.


Before the scrimmage, while the team ran through some drills, I noticed was how much Grady Jarret and Deadrin Senat look alike in pads. Knox Bardeen commented that both of them looked like “fridges on wheels.” I  have to agree. The two seem like they could fill any hole asked of them.

During the scrimmage, Jarrett made a statement right away and had multiple tackles for a loss. He’s so lethal on the line, and no one seems to be able to stop him.

Ricardo Allen picked up the first interception off a trick play and returned it for some yardage. The defense read the trick play like a book and Allen made a great catch.

Ryan never seemed to get into a groove as the defense pressured him and forced him to make throws. At one point he hurried up a pass as Robert Alford chased him down trying to avoid a sack, and Blidi Wren-Wilson took full advantage of it and picked it off.

Damontae Kazee snagged the final interception and took it to the house giving the Red team its final score of the scrimmage. He picked off second-year quarterback Garrett Grayson.

Vic Beasley had a good day too. He seemed to be everywhere and in on every play. At one point he rocked one of the running backs so much that everyone close by could hear the pads hit.

The whole defense appeared to be fired up and ready to play. Fans shouldn’t worry about the lack of offense production today because the defense is that good.