FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith was upbeat after Saturday morning’s practice.
He spent part of the practice discussing matters with general manager Thomas Dimitroff. He also payed close attention to new secondary coach Tim Lewis working with the defensive backs during the installation period.
Here’s his media briefing after practice.
Q: How did things go for you this morning?
A: It went very well. The weather cooperated. We got a nice front come through and the weather was nice. We had a spirited practice and I thought the guys learned from some of the mistakes they made on day one. Especially some of the rookies. We definitely saw already, them progressing in the direction that we want them to go.
Q: Any of them jump out at you?
A: I don’t want to single any of them out just through three practices, but I jus think as an entire group the guys have really done a nice job. They have been exposed to quite a bit of verbiage, information and terminology. I thought that they’ve done a very nice job.
Q: How about the Brandyn Harvey kid from Villanova. Several members of the media believes his play is standing out? Has he caught your eye?
A: Yeah, he has. He has very good length and height. He’s done some nice things catching the football.
Q: A lot has been made of your defensive ends. How has that group of Beirmann, Sidbury and Jamaal looking opposite of Abraham so far in your offseason workouts and minicamp?
A: Biermann and Sidbury are both guys that we think are going to continue to develop. I think that Kroy has done a nice job, being a fifth round draft pick to have the production that he’s had his first two years. We really anticipate that Lawrence will take a big step here this season in year two. Jamaal will probably spend more time playing defensive tackle in our sub package and play defensive end in our base package.