FLOWERY BRANCH — It was rather quiet at practice on Wednesday, the first day at training camp that both practices were closed to the public.
There were some sponsors and a few special guests, but the media had the “media box” all to itself for the most part.
But on Tuesday, Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan were on hand to broadcast the “Movin’ the Chains” show on SIRIUS NFL radio.
Well, I’m a big fan the show and got to tell Kirwan, the former NFL exec, so when he was flashing through the media room. I said, “Mr. Kirwan, I really enjoy the show.” He said, “Pat’s fine. We have a lot of fun with it.”
Later, I jumped in the batmobile and got to hear the closing minutes of the show.
Kirwan , who has worked for the Jets, Cardinals and Buccaneers, stated that he thought Matt Ryan was a “franchise” quarterback and would be in the top five or six quartebacks in the league. He expects him to throw 25 to 28 touchdown passes this season. (fantasy tip?)
He compares Ryan to New England quarterback Tom Brady, who’s guided the Patriots to four Super Bowls with three wins.
Kirwan also said that he felt the Falcons hit on draft picks linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, defensive tackle Corey Peters and wide receiver Kerry Meier. He said he’ll take a “wait and see” approach for the rest of the 2010 draftees.