Falcons Day 3 training camp winners: Julio, Sanu

Savannah Richardson
July 29, 2018 - 8:39 pm
Atlanta Falcons training camp, Day 3

Knox Bardeen-ENTERCOM ATLANTA, 92-9 The Game

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The Atlanta Falcons hosted fans at Mercedes Benz Stadium Sunday in an afternoon of firsts. Fans got to witness the first-ever two-hour training camp session inside the new building and see the roof open, and fully functional, for the first time.

Both sides of the ball appeared to focus on fundamentals. However, the defense stayed headquartered on the basics most of the practice session while the Falcons offense seemed like it had worked a lot with the receivers and appeared to have done a lot of work this offseason.

The Offense:

Matt Ryan and company worked with various routes and challenged the defensive backs during a few periods. The wideouts looked a lot farther along than the secondary did as majority of the receivers caught passes with ease.

Julio Jones looked to be in incredible shape. He wasn’t huffing and puffing after drills. He’s stayed in shape this offseason despite not showing up for minicamps and other offseason events.

Two other wideouts that impressed on Sunday afternoon were Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley.

Ridley worked on both the inside and outside during practice today and I don’t think Sanu dropped a pass the entire time. Despite being a little beat up, Ridley looked a lot more comfortable than he did back at minicamp.

The Defense:

Atlanta’s defense appeared to be in full fundamental mode. Every position group did heavy drill work, whether it was footwork, speed, or just execution, each group hammered down on its foundation.

Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley both looked like studs running through the drills. They both looked to be in great shape and worked through the drills with ease.

One weak area to note was the secondary. As mentioned above, the defensive backs struggled to keep up with the wideouts to make those important plays. However, strong safety Keanu Neal did get his hips turned in an end-zone drill and pick off a pass intended for tight end Austin Hooper. That was the only interception I saw throughout the afternoon.