JAX PRACTICE REPORT: Kelly on board, Edwards close

 

The Falcons are about to practice riight outside of EverBank Field. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

The Falcons are about to practice right outside of EverBank Field. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

POST-WALK THROUGH UPDATE  11:15ish

JACKSONVILLE – Newly signed Falcons tight end Reggie Kelly, wearing No. 89,  was promptly worked in at the No. 2 tight end position on Wednesday.

He’s expected to provide blocking and help keep the running game rolling.

In an exclusive interview after practice, he talked about coming back to the Falcons, his “retirement” and his days with Dan Reeves. (We’ll post all of that later).

He visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, but wanted to play with the Falcons

The Falcons during their morning walk through today in Jacksonville. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

The Falcons during their morning walk through today in Jacksonville. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

because of their explosive offense. The former Falcons’ draft pick also still lives in the “Gwinnett County area” and his kids will get to stay in their schools.

“I never retired,” Kelly said. “I don’t know where that report came from. It was a false report. It was a rumor that got started and from that point it just took off like a wild fire.

“I didn’t retire. When I became a free agent, I still wanted to continue my career. Therefore, that’s why I took a visit to Pittsburgh and also came to the Falcons. I’m glad I got an opportunity to play with such a great team here.”

After tight end Justin Peelle suffered a severe knee injury that will cause him to miss some major time, the Falcons worked out Anthony Becht, who had been out of football for a year, and Kelly. Becht reportedly weighed in at 287 pounds and was not in good football shape.

Other highlights from this morning’s walk through:

–Defensive end Ray Edwards’ practice regiment has been ramped up. He was steady and strong in the walk through. He flowed through one-on-one pass rushing drills on Tuesday and was impressive. We’ll get an update on his status for the game after tonight’s practice.

–Linebackers Akeem Dent (left knee) and Robert James (undisclosed) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (ankle) worked out with the training staff. Dent was running on his knee, which is a sign that he didn’t suffer any major damage.

–The first, second and third team offenses went through their scripts for the evening practice.

–With cornerback Dunta Robinson out with a hamstring, it appeared that Christopher Owens and Dominique Franks were splitting his reps.

EARLIER PRE-PRACTICE POST

JACKSONVILLE — The Falcons are about to hit the field for their morning walk-through scheduled for 9-10:15 a.m.

The Falcons practice schedule is reversed from their workouts in Flowery Branch. At home, the Falcons hold their padded practice in the morning with the walk-through in the evening.

In Jacksonville, they will hold the walk-through in the morning and the joint padded practice is set for 7-9:10 p.m.

They will have another walk-through practice on Thursday.

“We’ve got a really good schedule down there,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Coach Jack Del Rio and his staff, and our staff worked over the summer to put together this practice plan. I think we’re going to get a lot accomplished.”

After the Jacksonville game at 8 p.m. Friday night at EverBank Field, the Falcons plan to break training camp after Sunday’s practice.

They will shift to their regular-season schedule on Monday in preparation for the third exhibition game against Pittsburgh.

“They’ll all be out of the dorms, except for our rookies,” Smith said.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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56 comments Add your comment

The Real Falcon

August 17th, 2011
8:46 am

Hope to hear a later report with specifics.
Maybe Sidbury reports?

big ron

August 17th, 2011
9:16 am

is the practice session in jacksonville open to the public

Bird Backer

August 17th, 2011
9:39 am

Any truth, DLed, behind the Beau Bock tweet about the Falcons talking to a major player?

ken herock

August 17th, 2011
9:54 am

Beau Bock hasn’t been relevant since 1980. Of course, he and I were such good friends..

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 17th, 2011
9:59 am

I don’t see how they would have cap room to sign a major player and what major player is available? I don’t think they could absorb Samuel’s salary without cutting someone they need. I don’t think there is anyone else that would be considered a major player.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 17th, 2011
10:02 am

I think this will be a good practice week for them because of Smith’s close relationship to Del Rio and the Jags organization. I think Del Rio will allow his players to tell our players what they see and vice versa. Will be good to get that kind of feedback.

SPS

August 17th, 2011
10:36 am

With JAX on our regular season schedule, I’m surprised we have a joint practice and a preseason game with them too. I’m afraid they see too much.

TLH

August 17th, 2011
10:43 am

What ever happened to Lawrence Sidbury?

Jeff

August 17th, 2011
10:56 am

Any chance the falcons go after Stinchcomb?

SirReal

August 17th, 2011
11:17 am

I think after Del Rio gets canned this year that we should bring him here and ditch BVG. Wouldnt that be something if Del Rio became Smitty’s D-Coord?lol Talk about reversal of fortunes….lol

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 17th, 2011
11:26 am

The Real Falcons — Just updated after practice 4 U!

big ron — The practices here are not open to the public. Which absolutely baffles me. They are trying to give away tickets. Everything they do should be open to the public. Should let the public call some plays and run some wind sprints, too.

Bird Backer — I talked to TD at practice today. Asked him about a “big move.” He debunked that there is a big move on the horizon. Found the notion absolutely hilarious. BUT I LOVE THE DEAN!!! Something has to happen with Justin Peelle, though.

TLH – Sidbury, having a quiet camp. ZZZZzzzzzzzzz.

Jeff — Doubt it, unless they take on some injuries at some point.

SPS – More than half of the players here will not be on the field when they meet in Game 14 on Dec. 15. Most will have forgotten these sessions by then.

Sausage King of Chicago

August 17th, 2011
11:27 am

Can’t believe Dunta hurt his hamstring again…gawd!

BazookaJoe

August 17th, 2011
11:36 am

Is Darrin Walls practicing at NB?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 17th, 2011
11:42 am

BazookaJoe — Walls was at left corner today.

BazookaJoe

August 17th, 2011
11:45 am

I’ve got a feeling we’re going to see good productivity out of Walls in the future

honest_abe

August 17th, 2011
11:50 am

dled: can you ask coach smith how changing the offensive philosophy might affect the rest of the team? seems like this regime built this team on ball control on offense and bend but don’t break on defense. now that they publicly saying they are trying to throw more and look for more big plays, can’t this have a negative impact on the d. and a huge impact in w’s and l’s?

Oh yeah!!!!

August 17th, 2011
11:57 am

Yes. I want to hear how DE Sidbury is coming along, he looks like a beast, I just hope he can develop, looked decent on last Friday, but I want to know more!

Chess

August 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

DLed – We seem thin a the nose guard/tackle position. I love The Dean as well,

SeenThisB_Falcon

August 17th, 2011
12:01 pm

wHERE IS SEENTHISB4

SeenThisB_Falcon

August 17th, 2011
12:03 pm

Damnit see that why we need another corner!!!

The Real Falcon

August 17th, 2011
12:06 pm

I heard that from Beau yesterday as well. I love the guy
but what was he thinking?
Also if we were working on something I don;t think TD would spill the beans.

BazookaJoe

August 17th, 2011
12:07 pm

So, Franks and Owens are rotating out at right, Walls and Grimes rotating at left?
Bush involved at nickle at all?

torgo

August 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

When I saw Dunta hit the deck while covering Julio in practice on Monday, my first reaction was “please don’t let it be his hamstring”. We all know how those can drag out all season long, and we’re already looking at undrafted prospects taking the #5 CB spot as is.

D-Led, is there any news on John Parker Wilson?

SeenThisB_Falcon

August 17th, 2011
12:32 pm

This is BS Ellis Hobbs and Lito sheppard could help@

SeenThisB_Falcon

August 17th, 2011
12:35 pm

Why don’t we try and get another corner? Anyone? I’ll be in Section 132 Friday I need autographs please!!!!

SeenThisB_Falcon

August 17th, 2011
12:35 pm

PICK SIX

August 17th, 2011
12:37 pm

9-18-11…Enough said..

Falcons4Eva

August 17th, 2011
12:39 pm

DLED – “Everything they do should be open to the public. Should let the public call some plays and run some wind sprints, too.”

LOL funny line. Totally agree. For a franchise that is starved for fans and attendance at their games, that would be a no brainer!

welikebaseball2

August 17th, 2011
12:41 pm

CB depth is not looking good at all. In a pass happy league, how can Owens be your #3 CB? So, the same guy that got torched against Green Bay is one starter’s injury away from being our starting CB? Ugh. I’m loving our LB group & the D-line depth, but to go into the season without even minor changes made to an already suspect CB unit is unnerving. Not even a veteran to push Owens & Franks for the nickel spot? Really?

SeenThisB_Falcon

August 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

Bring Brian Williams back!

KJ

August 17th, 2011
1:14 pm

they helped the secondary by adding Edwards…a lot of the problem with the secondary was no heat on the QB.

KJ

August 17th, 2011
1:17 pm

PICK SIX: 09/11/11 is the only game that matters now…we’ll worry about the over hyped eagles when they get here

Chess

August 17th, 2011
1:19 pm

We should have kept Foxworth

DC Dirty Bird

August 17th, 2011
1:26 pm

At this stage, I’m not sold on Owens. I’m all for giving him a second chance but, after he got toasted against Miami, I’m starting to believe that he’s just not what we need. We need to start drafting more guys like Franks. Excellent athletes that just need coaching. Drafting guys because they are “solid” doesn’t work for skill positions.

honest_abe

August 17th, 2011
1:29 pm

dc: chris owens is an exceptional athlete. so your theory is moot. he just hasn’t been able to put it together at this level, but his talent is undeniable.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 17th, 2011
1:40 pm

Owens is a great athlete, I think his problem is above the shoulders. I am just not sure he has the football IQ to cover the more complicated route running in the NFL. I think Walls is a guy who could put it all together

Jimmy Crack

August 17th, 2011
1:42 pm

Dunta is gonna bogart that hammy sandwich all the way to the Bears game. Get Williams back.

DC Dirty Bird

August 17th, 2011
1:46 pm

I haven’t seen a practice so those that have may have a better perspective than me, but I haven’t seen anything preseason or regular season that indicates that CO is an above average athlete for a corner. Can he do the things that Grimey does?

SeenThisB_Falcon

August 17th, 2011
1:58 pm

Dunta is steady at the position but needs to be more aggressive!

good old joe

August 17th, 2011
2:06 pm

I GOT HIGHT HOPE’S THAT THIS IS THE FALCON’S YEAR IF WE DONT HAVE A LOT’S OF INJURYS
I BELEAVE WE HAVE THE PLAYERS, TO MAKE THIS SEASON A GOOD ONE.GO FALCON’S

big ron

August 17th, 2011
2:08 pm

falcons/jags practice ia open to jags season ticket holders. i will be there with my buddy who has tickets

Michael

August 17th, 2011
3:00 pm

We need to get a veteran CB. PLEASE

GDawg

August 17th, 2011
3:05 pm

Please don’t make our team look stupid in the playoffs again by getting burned at CB. Or in the regular season for that matter.

BigHittas

August 17th, 2011
3:23 pm

I’m available at CB! I’m in my mid-fifties, but can cover better than 21! I got the bump-n-run ready for S Smith and Colston!

J.J.M.

August 17th, 2011
3:34 pm

we need to re-sign va tech saftey jimmy williams(sarcastic)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 17th, 2011
3:54 pm

torgo — Northing to report on JPW. He’s in the concussion protocol.

big ron — That’s not open to the “public.” That’s open to “season ticket holders.” See at practice though.

You all might be over-reacting on the cornerback. The coaches like the corners they have. But I understand the concern.

Terrell

August 17th, 2011
4:12 pm

For those knocking on Owens. As a rookie he did well. Last year he adjusted to playing NB and there were growing pains to be had especially when at NB you’re expected to play zone and he’s prefers to play man. That’s what he did and San Jose St. Other than that blown coverage he played well against Miami. As a matter of fact if you look at that play there wasn’t there a safety there as well? Shouldn’t he had provided help for Owens? Owens looked good playing with the 1st team defense as the NB and he will be better this year. Now, if we could get Ashante here I won’t be complanning.

ohhhhYEAH

August 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

yes Terrell, we all saw how well he did NOT in the nickel last week against the DOLPHINS. im sorry, but after Green Bay and even last weeks poor showing, the kid has got to do something REALLY spectacular to make up for it, and i dont see that happening

travis b

August 17th, 2011
5:14 pm

d.led is there any chance the falcons will let brandon harvey play with matt ryan i dont think it fair that he playing with the third and fourth team qtr back he have super potential.

Mo

August 17th, 2011
6:12 pm

So Dunta is getting his excuse ready early this year I guess.