BACK TO OTA TOWN — The Falcons returned to Organized Team Activities on Tuesday.
The rain pushed them inside, according to a tweet from their Web site writer J. Michael Moore. (The “media” isn’t allowed at all of the practices.)
We’ll have to update everyone tomorrow if defensive end John Abraham, tight end Tony Gonzalez and cornerback Chris Owens are participating.
Gonzalez is expected to do some of the workouts. Owens has to wait until his class graduates from San Jose State.
Abraham is likely just doing his offseason core maintenance program. He’s found a workout plan that works for him and is sticking to it. He knows what he’s doing by now and problem doesn’t really need the OTA activities.
Also, with Abe missing OTAs action, the Falcons can give more snaps to Jamaal Anderson, Kroy Biermann, Chauncey Davis and fourth-round draft pick Lawrence Sidbury.
“John is one of the smartest guys in the league,” defensive line coach Ray Hamilton said. “We are just going to hold John. We drafted a guy in the fourth round. We just want to look at some of these young guys.”
Hamilton is pleased with the offseason work of defensive tackle Jonthan Babineaux.
“We have to be sudden with all of our moves and Babineaux is one of the quickest guys in the league,” Hamilton said. “He has very quick feet and hands. He’s started to get more violent also. I hate to say violent and good in the same tense, but he has a pretty good violent side. That’s a big part of being a defensive lineman.”
Hamilton is stressing versatility.
“We coach guys on every position,” Hamilton said. “They have to know all of the positions. We do drills were they have to know what the end does, what the tackle does, As a defensive lineman, besides being violent, quick, nasty and all of that stuff, how smart you are the better off you are going to be.”
Also, first-round pick Peria Jerry was not practicing with the team last week after suffering a mild knee sprain in mini-camp. Hamilton can’t want to get him on the field.
“We saw an aggressive player,” Hamilton said. “A quick and disruptive player. In our scheme, that’s how we play. That’s what we need. . . . We saw a good combination of run (stopper) and a good pass rusher. We saw all of that in him. We were very happy that he was there when we got our chance to pick.”
IN THE COMMUNITY . . .
LEARN HOW TO THROW LIKE MATTY ICE: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is holding a young football clinic on Saturday, June 6 at Centennial High School in Roswell.
He’s bringing along guard Justin Blalock and tackle Sam Baker for the event which is sponsored by Topps.
The non-contact clinic is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14 and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There is a $99 cost. Additional information and registration is available online or call 513-793-CAMP.
BLANK FAMILY OF BUSINESSES AND PARK PRIDE TEAM UP: Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Mayor Shirley Franklin will attend the grand opening ceremony for Vine City Park on Friday.
More than 100 volunteers from the Blank Family of Businesses and Park Pride will move to three area parks for a day of community service. Throughout the morning, the volunteers will provide a helping hand to revitalize and beautify nearby Vine City Park, Washington Park and Cleopas Johnson Park.
Among the volunteers, Falcons head coach Mike Smith and president Rich McKay will lead their team in renovations to Cleopas Johnson Park (Fair St. and Northside Dr.), and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff will work at at Washington Park (Ollie St. at Lena St. NW). The renovation projects at all three parks will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at approximately 12:30 p.m.
So let’s get back to some Falcons football. Is Babineaux ready to turn in a monster year? Happy that Abe is working on his core in the offseason? How about the Sidbury kid, is it a good thing that he’s getting extra reps? Worried about Jerry’s injury?