FIRST PRACTICE Q&A: Matt Ryan sad to see Jenkins released

After a 4-1/2-month lockout, Matt Ryan and his teammates were happy to report for the first day of training camp at Flowery Branch. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

After a 4-1/2-month lockout, Matt Ryan and his teammates were happy to report for the first day of training camp at Flowery Branch. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan met with the media after the morning practice.

Here’s the chat session:

Q: How did the first practice go?

A: It was a walk through this morning. I thought it was good. It was productive. I think with the new schedule  we’re going to have to be productive with our walk throughs. I think we did a good job out there. Guys were focused. Everybody is really excited to be back, players and coaches. There was a really good energy. 

Q: What has the week been like since learning that the lockout was lifted?

A: It’s been busy. Everybody was very well prepared. Both sides of it, players and coaches. We had a conditioning test last night. Guys came back in great shape. Everybody looked good and ran well. The coaches were prepared for the changes. I think they’ve adjusted. . . Smitty has done a great job of getting us organized with what we are going to do to get ready. Now we just have to make the most of it.

Q: What do you guys have to emphasize the most after being off for so long?

A:  We’ve got some time, but we have to be productive in the time that we have. We have to make up for what we missed in the offseason. But I think we are lucky in that we are a veteran team and we’ve got a lot of guys back. We have a lot of guys that understand what it takes to get it done and know our system. They can help our young guys out. The goal is to continue to work hard the entire camp.

Q: Was there any rust out there because of the time off?

A: We haven’t really moved at full speed yet. I’m sure there will be a little bit of rust early at the beginning of training camp. We’ll try and knock that off as fast as we can. 

Q: Are you concerned about the offensive line as it still taking shape? Are you concerned about that?

A: Certainly. They have been a staple of what we’ve done offensively. It’s great that we signed back Tyson (Clabo). I think that was really important. He’s going to help us a bunch. Hopefully we can sign the other two guys. (Harvey Dahl is reportedly signing with the Rams.) That would be nice. But you have to understand that it’s a business and other things can happen. My hope is that we can get both of those guys (Justin Blalock and Harvey Dahl) back. But if not, we’ll make the most of who’s here.

Q: What are the immediate things that you want to work worth Julio (Jones)?

A: We still have an opportunity to work with Julio quite a bit albeit not with the coaches. We had an opportunity to get some work with him during the offseason. I feel like personally I got a good feel for what he can do personally and some of the things he likes and doesn’t like. We’ve had a lot of discussions about that. I think it will be good to come out and just get to work. We have to get him acclimated to hearing the system. I think that’s always one of the hardest things for rookies. Things are said quickly and you have to be able to digest that and then go out there and play fast. I think that will be good for him for the next five or six weeks.

Q: What does he bring to you all specifically? What do you see in Julio?

A: He’s a big, strong and physical player. He’s really explosive and really fast. He’s got all of the tools that you would want from a wide receiver. I think as he continues to learn from (wide receivers coach) Terry Robiskie and the other guys, some of the veteran guys. When he gets that leadership and coaching, it’s going to help him become a little more polished. I think he’ll fit in really well for us.

 Q: How important is it for the rookies to get into camp on time?

A: I think it’s great. I think it’s great when they get into camp Day One. I think every practice you have as a rookie is important. We are lucky that all those guys got their deals done and everybody is here. Soon, we can get our free agents in and have them playing as well.

Q: How will it change having a much younger wide receiving corps with Brian Finneran and Michael Jenkins gone?

A: It’s tough because you love playing with those guys, Fin and Jenk. They did a great job for us. I hope both of those guys will get picked up and be productive somewhere else. I wish them the best because they are good friends. My first touchdown pass was to Jenks, 62 yards, I’ll never forget that.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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61 comments Add your comment

Derrick The Great

July 29th, 2011
3:24 pm

Matt will do just fine without Michael Jenkins and Finneran. Would like to have a better slot reciever than Harry “soon-to-be-a-bust” Douglas though.

Seen (SeenThisB4) This (go AWOL) B4

July 29th, 2011
3:25 pm

Good interview. Very excited for the season.

Chris

July 29th, 2011
3:25 pm

Seen (SeenThisB4) This (go AWOL) B4

July 29th, 2011
3:25 pm

What does our WR depth chart look like? White, Julio, Douglas…Meier? Weems? Who are the #4-6 WR?

Tyler

July 29th, 2011
3:27 pm

I guess the Falcons will be a different team next year. Sad to see that Dahl will not b coming back. Hopefully the other key players will be. Finneran was also a good ST player!

G

July 29th, 2011
3:27 pm

We need Moss so Jones can play the slot and dominate every nickel corner out there.

Remarkable

July 29th, 2011
3:33 pm

Hate to see Michael go too. We will miss him, even with Julio. Someone will have to step up, because I don’t think you can expect Julio to step in and be the receiver that he was.

Dr. Warren

July 29th, 2011
3:34 pm

Braylon Edwards is still available, I think.

Just Asking?

July 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

D.Led, Didn’t everyone say that the OL was too small last year? Perhaps we can get bigger?

SWAT Native

July 29th, 2011
3:36 pm

DOL, did Jenkins participate in Camp Exile? I wonder if that might also have contributed to his release.

Larry

July 29th, 2011
3:38 pm

Odd photo of Ryan. Who picked this?

Larry

July 29th, 2011
3:41 pm

When you give that much for a WR in the first round, he has to start the first game. To pay Jenkins 1st round money to be a backup simply made no since.

This was a business decision.

Larry

July 29th, 2011
3:41 pm

sense, not since.

Rod from College Park

July 29th, 2011
3:44 pm

The only question that needs to be asked of “Matty Ice” is if he can throw the ball more than 30 yards this year.

reading idiots post

July 29th, 2011
3:50 pm

SWAT Native
July 29th, 2011
3:36 pm

DOL, did Jenkins participate in Camp Exile? I wonder if that might also have contributed to his release.

Yeah thats it. Not to mention the dropped balls and inability to get open. But your probably right.

RIckey

July 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

ok so my comments dont come in but the racist guy does. real good AJC. Im done.

Hehehehehehe

July 29th, 2011
4:02 pm

Johnny

July 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

Matt will be fine without Jenkins, however Harry is not going to be a bust. He’s got great speed and quickness that makes him the ideal slot

dogegoneit

July 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

Shut up guys unless you got something good to say! Ya’ll know nothing about football! Morons! No wonder your wives divorced ya’ll!

Hehehehehehe

July 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

It’s Hot out there…..Have fun practicing in full pads next week overpayed brainless pros

falcons relax

July 29th, 2011
4:32 pm

Im not sad……………..

Fan

July 29th, 2011
4:42 pm

Dahl held too much and I hope Snelling go with him.. Goodbye.. We need people who use common sense and want too win. JA and MJ hang around for the ride they were not motivated as such too win.. Good bye

Rod from College Park

July 29th, 2011
5:01 pm

racist alert,

Put some shoes on and take those flip flops off.

Enkinan

July 29th, 2011
5:04 pm

Losing Dahl will really hurt us I think, I hope they find a way to keep him.

bigcrimson75

July 29th, 2011
5:24 pm

Keep an eye on K. Meier…I’m telling you this guy is the real deal

SeenThisB4

July 29th, 2011
5:25 pm

I see that the falcan’ts management finally admitted that they had two (at least two) number ones that were busts. I think that number is four (Jerry a Jones), but they haven’t admitted that. Cut two number ones just for cap space, and then overspend on an average DE. LOL!

Paddy

July 29th, 2011
5:37 pm

Hehehehe…..players get paid very well. They are not overpaid. Was Johnny Carson overpaid? Where have you been the last 20 yrs? In a cave. Geez!

Falcons 4 Real

July 29th, 2011
5:40 pm

bigcrimson75 what I’ve seen of Meier has been impressive, being a converted QB he already knows what’s expected from a receiver and has a few nice moves after the catch. Not to say he’s going to be the next Andre Reed, he reminds me of a young Finneran and that’s none too shabby

O. Ledbetter

July 29th, 2011
5:55 pm

I wondering whether V I c K will be able to get the falcons into the playoff pictures… I mean eagles. Do you think V will take the eagles far?

Doyle

July 29th, 2011
6:01 pm

Dahl was signed to the Rams, he got gone. Rumor has been that Snelling is going there too. Hope not but if so, TD must find another backup, can’t mitigate the risk of Turner going down with a rookie 5th rounder.

L.L.Y.F.F.

Tyrone da' Dancer

July 29th, 2011
6:26 pm

Mike V. gonna lite up da falcons in week 2. mike gonna be da man for eagles. I be happy to see falcons loose again too mike.

Terrell

July 29th, 2011
6:39 pm

Derrick The Great
Since you never tore your acl you don’t know that it’s usually in the 2nd year after the surgery that a player is back to form. HD will pick up where he left off in his rookie season

Iron head

July 29th, 2011
6:43 pm

racist alert classic banter; glad to see trailer parks have acess to the web . SeenthisB4 good to hear from sir, how are those Saints looking? I like the move in resigning Lance Moore

Colorado Bird

July 29th, 2011
6:45 pm

As a fan, I must admit, I really like the way the Falcons are handling free agency. They are not panicking and seem to be very deliberate in their signing of free agents. I hope they get the remaining Atlanta free agents signed.

As I look at the remaining free agents/some that might be available soon there are going to be good players available.

I really like the Edwards pick-up. Might we see a solid/productive running back and corner-back coming atlanta’s way?

It’s great to be an Atlanta Falcons NFC and Denver Broncos AFC fan.

Chemcat

July 29th, 2011
6:46 pm

It’s a shame about Mike Jenkins, but he dropped too many balls that were right to him. Good blocker though. I agree with Falcons 4 Real, K. Meier looks to take Fin’s place, he catches the ball in traffic (look at some of his highlights) and gets yards after the catch. It’s a shame he got hurt early last year he would’ve made our team better.

falcon

July 29th, 2011
6:56 pm

we need another RB.

Mystikal

July 29th, 2011
8:09 pm

Falcons should hustle to try to steal Antonio Cromartie from Jets. He’ll be disgruntled after the way he was treated with their recruitment of Ngamdi. Long shot, but well worth it.

falcons relax

July 29th, 2011
10:24 pm

We’ve got to go get Randy Moss. Eagles getting Nnamdi is no joke

Really?

July 30th, 2011
12:02 am

Where is Terrance Edwards when you need him?

ueeediot

July 30th, 2011
12:41 am

Forget Randy Moss…. I would so much rather have Steve Smith from the Panthers.

In the slot with a WR out side of him, 2 yds and give him the ball with a blocker? Smith can eat you up.
Smith would jump at the chance to come play here.

Gary

July 30th, 2011
12:49 am

Picking up another vet like Moss would make this already potent offense even more dangerous,he could also help J Jones ,just think of it ,White,J. Jones ,R..Moss,defense would have bad dreams preparing for this trio.come on Falcons make it happen ,

bama falcon fan

July 30th, 2011
3:04 am

I say get rid of Tony G and Michael T. and bit the bullet and upgrade those two spots. Zach Miller would be a upgrade at the TE position. At RB, with Snelling departing, maybe Ronnie Brown or some other vet could would work. Turner is beyond his prime and I don’t know why Falcons are sleeping on moving him out.

OHIOdirtybird!!!!

July 30th, 2011
5:49 am

@ bama falcon fan…..As a fellow bird I respect your opinion……but…..I just can’t see how you can justify Miller/Brown as being better than TG/Turner…..I just don’t think that is even close??

HJones

July 30th, 2011
7:33 am

Our weaknesses now appear to be Running Back and Tight End. Must wait to see how play calling may or may not change. Continuation of the awful play-calling of last year will put pressure on every position including the defensive ones.

Falcon Fan

July 30th, 2011
8:25 am

Ueeediot, Steve Smith resigned with the Panthers. I think where we are now we are ok. If I had to get one more piece it would be a cb, but probably from whoever got cut later. Maybe someone like Asante Samuel from Philly if they don’t keep him.

SeenThisB4

July 30th, 2011
8:27 am

Got that right:play calling was so predictable: Hand off to running back for 2 yds., incomplete to TE, complete to White who runs out of bounds for 7 yds, punt.

Gotta love Mularkey, he takes consistency to a new level’

T

July 30th, 2011
10:07 am

Dahl ws on my flight to STL last evening. At first I thought wtf is he going to STL for and then when we landed I saw on TV why.

Bob Lee "The General"

July 30th, 2011
10:53 am

Matty Ice is the Man in Atlanta. I do look forward to week 2 when the Eagles come to town.Should be a preview of the NFC championship game.

NOTSO FAST

July 30th, 2011
11:51 am

We may not agree with all the moves but it’s great to see the Falcon being run as a very good organization. Every team has made mistakes with high # 1 picks but the good teams correct their mistakes when they can. Go Falcons.

clay

July 30th, 2011
11:57 am

why don’t everyone on here sit back and let TD do his job since he has proved he knows what he is doing? IN TD WE TRUST