Dominique Franks has big pick during rookie minicamp

Dominique Franks is projected win the return duties in the three-deep depth chart. (Associated Press/ Sue Ogrocki)

Dominique Franks is projected win the return duties in the three-deep depth chart. (Associated Press/ Sue Ogrocki)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons practiced for just over an hour during the first day of their rookie minicamp on Monday.

It was a bit ragged, but that was to be expected. In minicamp, the rookies get to watch the veterans run the drills and plays first and then they can at least mimic them.

With no veterans on hand, some of the operations were a bit sketchy at best.

“This is a great opportunity for these guys, because they get an opportunity to re-learn what is taught in the minicamp,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “It’s a chance for them to get up to speed as quickly as possible.”

In the short practices, the players are trying to show they are picking up the football lessons as the rookie minicamp is heavily titled toward more classroom work than on the field work. Smith compared it to like cramming for a test in college.

“They need to really get in here for the next seven days and try to get as much information as they can about our system,” Smith said.

The team will practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, but those sessions are closed to the media.

Some of the highlights:

  • First round pick Sean Weatherspoon played strongside linebacker position on Monday. Smith said he will play weakside on Tuesday.
  • Quarterback Eric Ward looked comfortable throwing the ball.
  • Running back Antone Smith had a few nice catches and runs after the catch.
  • Wide receiver Kerry Meier, who suffered a hamstring in the mandatory minicamp, participated, but was slowed somewhat.
  • Cornerback Dominique Franks had a nice interception during the seven on seven drills.

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Tater Tot

May 17th, 2010
5:47 pm

First !!!!………Go Falcons !!!!!!

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Rod from Augusta, GA

May 17th, 2010
6:05 pm

How is for S.Car State Saftey Rafael Bush looking? Does he have a chance to make the roster? If you have not seen this guy play, please check him out on YOUTUBE. He’s FAST, has a nose for the ball, and is a THUMPER.

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May 17th, 2010
6:21 pm

Still no word on the Corey Peters kid???

With Peria Jerry still limping around and some reports wondering if he will be healthy anytime soon combined with the tidbit that Peters lined up NT, this is starting to have me a little worried about our D-Line. Interior DL especially. What do you think DOL?


May 17th, 2010
6:28 pm

D-Led: two questions question for you.

First, there were supposedly 12 players in the MMA training program, but the earlier stories have only mentioned Curtis Lofton. Who else took part?

Second, who is throwing the ball to the WR prospects during this rookie minicamp? Is Ward doing all the throwing, are assistant coaches helping out, or are there other QBs around to help with the practice sessions?


May 17th, 2010
6:34 pm

Franks is the real deal, first round talent.


May 17th, 2010
6:44 pm

What about Bear Woods. Can he find a spot behind Lofton? Do we have any MLB’s on the roster? I know we have a few guys that can play both OLB and MLB but does it look like we’ll be giving Bear a spot?

and second on the info about Bush



May 17th, 2010
6:45 pm


I agree we stole him


May 17th, 2010
7:00 pm

Am I the only one who wonders how/why Jerry is still not recovered from last September’s injury? That’s an awfully long re-hab, isn’t it? We were told last fall that the surgery was “not a re-construction,” and that a full recovery was expected.

Reid Adair

May 17th, 2010
7:45 pm

Dominique Franks is going to proved to be a steal.


May 17th, 2010
8:04 pm

‘Spoon’s going to be a stud, I think. And, whatever happened to Tony Taylor? Went from starting to gone in three days.

Sly Ty

May 17th, 2010
8:48 pm

Why so much concern for Peria Jerry. He had a history of being injured in college, and he is still injury prone now. Also, he is the same age as JA98. JA98 is a better football player than he is, and the team has several options at that position. Trey Lewis will be better this year. Peria Jerry was not a good draft choice, one of the very FEW mistakes made by TD.

Chop Buster

May 17th, 2010
8:50 pm

For sure…I’m ready to see Franks on the field.


May 17th, 2010
9:41 pm

I can’t stand ou but I’ll give franks the benefit of the doubt….he may turn into a great player…could be the next scott case…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2010
9:47 pm

Had to go over to Smitty’s event. Came home and got my 2-mile walk in!!!

Rod from Augusta, GA — Bush is doing well. He entered minicamp as one of my undrafted rookies to watch. He jumped a route today. Also, I’ve share some youtube video of him. We’re all keeping a close eye on him.

Infamous — Talked to Peters, Ray Hamilton and Smitty today. Got to talk to some more people about him. We’ll have a story on him by the end of the week. Stay tuned.

torgo — Brian Cushing was a MMA guy and was suspended for four games. I have some conflict of interests issues with that “story.” Will only do it if “ordered” by my editor.

FalconsTransplant — MLB — Peterson and Coy have played there. Bear has a shot. He’ll have to shine on special teams. Wolfe was held down to half speed today. Don’t know what’s wrong with him.

Greg — Remember the “non-reconstruction” quote from coach. But knees take a year. So he might not be ready until right before the season starts. DT will be highly competitive in training camp.

athdog — That’s a blast from the past. He spent some time with Seattle in 2009.

boiler up

May 17th, 2010
10:15 pm

Before seasons end I would expect Franks and Robinson to be the two starting corners.. We’ll find that Owens and Grimes will be getting destroyed by their lack of size. They are both nickle backs at best.. Go Falcons!!! Should have picked up David Pender who is from Georgia and of course.. Played at Purdue which makes him better.. Eagles got him… Gooo Falcons…


May 17th, 2010
10:17 pm

Thanks for the insight DOL. Looking forward to that Peters story. Maybe that can help to ease my fears because, without that push up the middle, we could be in for trouble. Thankfully we dont have many “elite” QBs to face this year. Brees twice a year is a given.

Which brings up another point. Why do we get no respect when it comes to playing the Saints. I mean the first game in NO was within reach then it sort of fell apart in the end. The second game in ATL was played by backups and, without help from the refs overturning TWO ints,we STILL should have won that game. We get so little respect that people actually think CAR has a better team. I mean really?!?!? They have been overrated ever since they made that run to the SB!! Doesn’t really matter though. We will win the South and then they will be praising us again. What a joke. I like being under the radar anyway though. Keep talking Saints and Panthers. They will be looking up to us in the standings.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2010
10:57 pm

Infamous — One thing I can tell you about Peters. He was emphatic about those late round projections being flat out WRONG! (So at least there’s not lack of confidence issue). The four games over the last two years have been of the best I’ve seen. It’s always a riot and the fans make it that way.


May 17th, 2010
11:20 pm

Thank DOL

About the QB’s;
I’m assuming unless something drastict has happened with Shockley, he’s done with the falcons by preseason.
Having said that who looks better to secure the number 3 spot? Ward or JPW
Any news how long we’re planning on keeping Redman before we cont. our youth movement? Could it be:


at some point this season?


May 17th, 2010
11:38 pm


Good info once again. I heard your post draft interview of Mike Johnson, but haven’t heard much since. I know that it’s almost pointless to analyze OL & DL without pads, but what’s your take on the guy thus far?

Mitch (the one in Rome)

May 18th, 2010
6:16 am

Loving the Falcons information. I’m ready for OTAs and Camp and the Season. Just finished 3 weeks of spring football here, and have the itch for the season to roll around. I’m jacked about the defense. The depth is coming around and competition is the best coach. We should see some real good work this summer.

South ga boy in the atl

May 18th, 2010
6:38 am

Thanks for all the info DOL. First, idk what anyone could see in Car for this yr. They have a young untested, never heard of him until Jake imploded, QB and they lost their best player on def to free agency. Can you say “look out Bucs were coming to the cellar to join ya.” Say DOL, one question. With Dahl, Blaykock, and Clabo’s contracts ending after this yr and with us drafting a Center/OG and another OG, Who do you think the odd man out will be next yr ? My guess would be Blaylock. Clabo can play OG or ROT and Dahl seems to have had better seasons over the last 2 yrs than Blaylock. It seems to me that TD will not want to pay a higher veterans salary to one of our current starting OG and start the OG we drafted this yr in 2011 along with McClure’s replacement. Am I on the right track or not ? Keep up the good work !

Case Quarter

May 18th, 2010
11:06 am

@FalconTransplant… So what you are proposing is that our main back-up QB should be a 2nd year undrafted college FA with no in-season game experience, and our emergency #3 be a 1st year college Free Agent with no pro experience either. And then consider our starting QB is a 3rd year pro, who missed some time last year with a toe injury. I know you’re drinking the Redman and Shockley hater-ade, but let’s be realistic.

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Keith Ervin

May 25th, 2010
4:56 am

Dominique Franks will prove that he belongs in the NFL as a starter for years to come. He will eventually be mentioned in the likes of Revis and Woodson.. D Franks is a football player!