Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Update for July 26, 2013
On the 26th, I focused on linebackers, safeties and specialists.
Jeremy Shelley is a nice addition to the Falcons training camps. It has been some time since I seen a good competition for our kickers. The kid was a undrafted free agent, but he has a lot of potential.
First. let me say that he made all of his field goals, but so did Matt Bryant. And Bryant stepped back further. But I look forward to seeing in the next few days how far back Shelley will launch a kick from.
Second, let me say that I am not impressed with his form. I feel this is something he will need to learn. Looking at the pictures below you see a few things. He stays focused. Looking at the picture he has his eyes at the ground after the ball is kicked. And if you are a golfer, you know how important this is to do.
A big thing is how hard and fast he hits it. For instance, the ball is in the air, yet the holding piece has yet to fall. And that is something I do not see from Bryant as much. For his down side, look at the way he holds his arm. Yes, you will catch Bryant do this sometimes, but it is seldom. Almost every time, Shelley had his left arm way out there. So he needs to improve on this.
Continuing on with our kickers. Matt Ryan was holding the ball for Bryant. We also see later some trick plays taking place.
He stayed on form and is doing what he always does in training camp. He also continues to play in different positions. One thing that has caught my eye is that he looks he might have lost weight.
Today was the first time I had to force myself to watch him. Right now, it is about form and reading plays. Banks has his form decently, but lacks reading plays. For instance, Banks was in the schemes where there is no O-line/D-line. He was placed at the MLB position and failed to cover the RB. Furthermore, a few times he looked lost and confused.
He may have the flashes, and right now without pads, it is hard for a lot of these guys to show flashes. But he has his form and seemed to have a good understanding on reading the plays coming at him.
I usually try to stay away from starters and reporting what they do. It is a given they are great, but Nicholas did something a lot of people questioned. And that was, “can he cover a tight end?”
Well today, I received my answer. That answer was yes. Not only did he stay on the tight end. Not only did he slap the ball down, but he did it to Tony Gonzalez of all tight ends. And to me that is very note worthy.
So let the conspiracy begin. Zeke caught my eye in the schemes that had no offensive or defensive line players. The reason he caught my eye was where he was placed—at the middle of the field up close.
He went in and then covered the running back while watching the field and quarterback. So could he have been playing a middle linebacker position? Ha, I doubt that. But I do believe it was a form of a blitz.
Again, only talking because he had a flash. Basically, he was going for the ball and smacked the heck out of Chase Coffman. Coffman went down and DeCoud stayed up. Also, DeCoud did help him up and said something nice.
Notes: Desmond Trufant had his first interception of training camp. He was on the outside of a cross route. He noticed the quarterback starting to bring his arm back and looking in his direction. So Trufant cut to the inside and snagged the ball in front of the wide receiver. So as of right now, I will say that Trufant has an edge over Alford, just cause he shows a very slightness of reading a play better in the cross.
Robert Alford is doing very well. And it is a constant battle of flashes going back and forth between Alford and Trufant. In fact at times, people forget that we still have Asante Samuel. But, people do not forget that McClain is on the field.
Enjoy & Namaste’,
Jonathan “Fibonacci” Mashburn