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.
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