FLOWERY BRANCH – The Baltimore Ravens got busted violating the organized team activity workout rules and will forfeit their final week of practices.
In the two practices that the media has been allowed to witness, the Falcons are not coming close to violating the non-contact rules. There was a little dust-up between Tyson Clabo and Kroy Biermann, but that was about as physical as the practices got.
The Falcons coaches seem to be stressing tempo. Getting in and out of plays and drills with some degree of offseason urgency.
The Ravens “violated the rules concerning the intensity and tempo of drills,” according to the NFL.
There is a fine line that head coach Mike Smith and the coaching staff must not cross.
“Coach is not killing us out here,” Falcons running back Michael Turner said. “We are just getting the timing down right. The more we can do, the better we are going to do once the season starts.”
Veterans John Abraham and Tony Gonzalez have been the only veterans who have missed some of the OTAs. Abraham hasn’t attended either of the two open sessions. Gonzalez was on hand for the first open session.
The more senior veterans are generally excused by the other veterans. But, there is still a part of the team that would like to see 100 percent attendance.
“It shows each other that we are committed and that we are on the same page and are trying to do something special,” Turner said. “We know that we have a lot of talent on this team. We just have to put the work in. Just having talent on
paper doesn’t mean anything.”
STILL NOT 100 PERCENT: Turner is using the offseason to round back into shape. He was fully recovered from his high ankle sprain in mid-April.
“I wouldn’t say 100 (percent),” Turner said. “I would say 90. I’m well enough to play some games and not worry about it.”
Turner has remained upbeat this offseason.
“I’ve had high ankle sprains before but for me to go back out there and keep repeating it and hurting it over and over again, probably made the healing process a little bit longer,” Turner said.
SOMETHING TO PROVE?: Although Turner was on pace for another mega-season, some believes he still has something to prove in 2010.
“I just want to stay healthy,” Turner said. “I didn’t think I was having a bad season. My yards per carry was still pretty good and I was scoring touchdowns. I just needed more big plays for the team. But other than that . . .. It was rough. It was rough going down like that and getting hurt.”