FLOWERY BRANCH – The coaching theme for the organized team activities is “consistency.”
Falcons head coach Mike Smith doesn’t want players to make one spectacular play and then have a drop off. If you can play at the spectacular level, he wants you to stay there.
Smith is a master of the simple and clear message. Now, he’ll try to get some repetition on the theme and drive his point home.
“It starts out here on the practice field,” Smith said on Wednesday. “We’re really stressing consistency with every member of our team. Not only on the field, but in the class room so that we can make sure that we are hitting on all cylinders.”
The Falcons went through their second OTA session. The team has three sessions a week planned with the final one on June 17th. The team will then break for a few weeks and reconvene for training camp on July 29th.
“I thought that we had two very good work days,” Smith said. “The guys have come out here and have been very energetic. . . You can see that it was a spirited practice and I think the guys are having fun. I think that’s important this time of the year.”
The major highlight was seeing William Moore, the team’s second round draft pick in 2008, out on the field. He hadn’t taken part in an open practice since October because of knee, hamstring and pectoral injuries.
“I’m feeling excellent,” Moore said. “I was out there running around. I’m feeling better than ever.”
Moore has stayed in the area this offseason.
“I’ve got my plays down, I feel,” Moore said. “I just feel like I’m moving better than ever. I’m getting things done, making plays.”
Moore was placed on the injured reserve on Oct. 27. He only played in two games, but was grateful to get a chance to properly heal.
“That was huge,” Moore said. “I stayed here and got in the film room every single day. I got in the weight room every day in order to just get back on the field. I’m going to take advantage of it.”
Some of the highlights from Wednesday’s session: