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)
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.