MC Day 3: Weatherspoon working out at both OLB spots

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is learning both -- weakside and strongside -- outside linebacker positions. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is learning both -- weakside and strongside -- outside linebacker positions. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The energy level was high during the Falcons last practice of the minicamp on Sunday.

After the team finished stretching, there were yells and other assorted noises of glee as they ran to their drill stations. Most clearly sensed the end of minicamp and were thinking about those plane trips to a variety of destinations.

Rookie wide receiver Kerry Meier, who suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday, was held out of practice. Also, defensive end Chauncey Davis suffered a mild right knee injury and was also held out.

The rookies will be brought back for a four-day minicamp that will be held May 17 through the 20. The team’s organized team activities will start on May 25.

Here’s a look at a few of the highlights from the final practice:

  • Rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon spent time working at the weakside and strongside linebacker position. The Falcons are asking the rookie to learn both spots. “I thought Sean did a very nice job,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “They are interchangeable in our system. That even makes it a little tougher for him to play both. But in the long run, we know that it’s going to pay off.”
  • Tight end Tony Gonzalez made a juggling catch near the right sideline.
  • Wide receiver Eric Weems got behind rookie cornerback Dominique Franks and caught a deep bomb from quarterback John Parker Wilson. The offense was clearly working on the deep passing game.
  • Linebacker Coy Wire sniffed out a screen play and would have blown up the play.
  • Quarterback Chris Redman tossed a nice pass to tryout player wide receiver Arman Shields.
  • In the offensive linemen drills, Jose Valdez was getting real nasty with his techniques.
  • Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury had a couple of nice rushes upfield when going against the linemen in drills.

27 comments Add your comment

lanier

May 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

thanks for being out there D Led

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

You’re welcome!

waynester

May 9th, 2010
2:36 pm

Also curious about B Woods performance–you blogged earlier him working at MLB, is he cross-training also?

waynester

May 9th, 2010
2:41 pm

I’ve read some conflicting reports on Meier’s performance over the 3 days, some praising his hands and some bashing him for dropping balls and falling down a lot on his routes. What did he look like to you? I heard DeCoud saying that they keep stats on the MC performances–are those strictly in-house? Thanks mucho…

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shank

May 9th, 2010
3:41 pm

How did the rookie invites look? You think we get a signing from any of them?

Sly Ty

May 9th, 2010
7:22 pm

Im confident that the falcons will be much better this season, and they weren’t far away last season.

dsgbncali

May 9th, 2010
7:45 pm

are Coach Smith and TD shooting us a fast one when talking about Jerry? I mean I have never seen a knee injury take this long. Unless he tore his ACL/PCL which they’re saying is not the case. so what gives? What type of knee injury are we talking about here?

Falcons Fan

May 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

Bring on FOOTBALL!

Techbuzz

May 9th, 2010
8:52 pm

I see that Rookie Sean Witherspoon is wearing Keith Brookings old number, No. 56. That tells me that they have no intention on placing a “banner” in the Dome for Keith…mixed thoughts on that, but outside of Keith’s 11 year tenure here and leading the team with tackles four years straight, what did he really do besides being the only hold over (until last year), from the Super Bowl team back in 1998?

I was just a die hard Brooking fan, until I saw him in Dallas last year having all this energy, firing up the D and playing like a “fresh” player. Had he STILL had that fire before he left, he’d still be here, but under producing, to a degree.

Randy

May 9th, 2010
9:00 pm

I was a Brooking fan too. Until the Dallas game last year. He showed no class. Let them hang a banner for him in Dallas.

Scott Case's Moustache

May 9th, 2010
9:35 pm

preeshiatecha Led — Weatherspoon is going to be excellent for us. Kid can run, cover & tackle.

McBubba

May 9th, 2010
9:36 pm

Loserville USA

May 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

Good to see news on the one Atlanta team that hasn’t quit.

Can’t wait for Pittsburgh.

Loserville USA

May 9th, 2010
9:48 pm

Seriously…

Hawks… Who cares about the fans?

Braves… We’re trying our best…

Falcons… We’re good enough to win 12-13 games.

Culture.

F4L

May 9th, 2010
10:49 pm

DOL what’s the deal on the undrafted big WR you were talking about in your MC day 2 article? Can you elaborate on him a bit more?

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JMG21

May 10th, 2010
9:02 am

FIRST OFF ITS TIME FOR JOE JOHNSON TO PART WAYS WITH THE ATLATA COMMUNITY FOR THE AWFUL COMMENTS HE MADE ABOUT THE ATLANTA FANBASE!!! MATT RYAN IS A HELL OF A QUARTERBACK FOR THE ATLANTA FALCONS MIKE VICK WOULD HAVE NEVER EXCEEDED WHAT MATT RYAN BRINGS TO THE TABLE FOR THIS ORGANIZATION!! SUPERBOWL IN 2011 IS HOW IM GOING TO WRAP THINGS UP!! 13-3

Enz

May 10th, 2010
10:21 am

We just need to get back to pounding the football with Turner, let Matt pass it around the field about 20 times per game, and stop the big play on defense…This team can do it! So let’s back them…

And Weatherspoon and Lofton can team up to be vocal leaders. From what we hear Weatherspoon is a talker, which I think is good. Our defense needs a bit of swagger!

Falcon57

May 10th, 2010
12:01 pm

Hey guy’s I’m excited to see this group hit the field this year. I think TD & MS are pretty confident with the majority of the roster. When you use as many draft picks on linemen as we did this year it tells you that you are really starting to build for the long term. I am concerned with this injury deal with Jerry and Moore though. That’s the top two picks from a year ago and they are both already limping and training camp hasn’t even started. But, if the two of them can get on the field this year along with the addition of Robinson, Spoon, and either Williams back or year two for Owens, we may actually have a pretty stingy defense. A good defense and a solid running game will get you deep into the playoffs and that’s all we can ask for in year three!!!!

Boston College Falcon

May 10th, 2010
12:34 pm

Nice to see Atlanta becoming one of the NFL’s most respected teams.

Very classy organization – a big change from when MV7 was at the helm.

Go Birds!

Singletary

May 10th, 2010
1:33 pm

Very happy about the Falcs right now. Can’t wait to see the end product come out of training camp!

now that's funny

May 10th, 2010
4:05 pm

We need more speed on offense. We have absolutly no homerun threat. Norwood is not the answer.

gman

May 10th, 2010
7:49 pm

D. Led, heard any thing on Trey Lewis? they say it takes 2 season to really get back to form. he was very promising. do you think, or have you heard anything on him? hows he moving around?

GHunt

May 11th, 2010
3:11 pm

DOL, what do you think about the free agent kicker signed by the Falcons this year? I have read that he has a strong leg and consistently make field goals beyond 50 yards. Do you think he can beat out Matt Bryant?

fruitbowljoe

May 11th, 2010
11:37 pm

Screw Keith Brooking. Weatherspoon will bring honor back to the #56!

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