PRACTICE REPORT: McClure returns, White out with bruise



Falcons center Todd McClure returned to practice on Sunday. The 12-year veteran received some "veteran rest time" from head coach Mike Smith. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Falcons center Todd McClure returned to practice on Sunday. The 12-year veteran received some "veteran rest time" from head coach Mike Smith. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/


FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons finished their morning practice around 10:57 a.m. this morning.

It was the last open practice for the public to attend.

The afternoon session is set for 4:45 p.m. and is closed to the public.

Falcons coach Mike Smith and the coaching staff took a long look at cornerback Dominique Franks against the Jaguars, but they are not ready to declare a winner in the nickel back competition.

“He was definitely one of the guys that we wanted to get a longer look at in terms of the number of snaps,” Smith said. “He handled some things well. Again, it’s a learning experience. In week one, he didn’t get that many exposures. This week he did. He showed up on the stats chart.

“But in terms of the competition between he and Christopher Owens, all precincts have not reported. It’s still open.”

Here’s some of the highlights from practice:

Garrett Reynolds and Mike Johnson are competing for the starting right guard spot. Reynolds is getting most of the work with the first-team. But all of the precincts are not in for this one, either.

“Right guard is still open as well,” Smith said.

–Defensive end Ray Edwards will continue to get his practice time increased  and the team will make a decision later in the week on if he will play against Pittsburgh on Saturday. (BEAT GUY OBSERVATIONS: He’s looking good in practice and appears ready for action. But we’ll just wait for Smitty’s decision later in the week.)

–Wide receiver Roddy White didn’t practice. He took a helmet shot to his thigh against Jacksonville and suffered a minor bruise.

–Quarterback John Parker Wilson, who was out with a concussion, returned to practice.

– Defensive tackle Vance Walker, who was out with an ankle injury, returned to practice.

–Center Todd McClure, who received some time off from Smith, returned to practice.

“Smitty has always taken care of us,” said McClure, who’s set to enter his 13th season in the NFL. “Especially, the older guys. When they give you a rest, you don’t fight it.”

–Quarterback Matt Ryan was sharp in the seven-on-seven passing drills.

–You can tell that rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers  is starting to pick up the offense. He’s playing much faster. He was zipping around the field and beating linebackers on his pass routes during the seven-on-seven session. The beauty of Rodgers is that he’s going to be tough to cover in the passing game and he can run the ball between the tackles.  

– One of the defensive backs got busted by defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder for looking at the quarterback when he was in man-to-man coverage. His eyes are supposed to stay with the man he’s covering. You couldn’t tell who the culprit was. Probably one of the young guys.

Matt Hansen, a rookie free agent safety from Rhode Island, had two interceptions. He picked off Wilson and later jumped a pass thrown by Adam Froman.

–Linebacker Youri Yenga, a rookie free agent linebacker from Southern Methodist, had a rough day with his assignments and drew the ire of BVG. Yenga later was cramping and got some attention from the training staff.

–Wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie kept the receivers after the practice. He had his two former college quarterbacks, Tim Buckley and Kerry Meier, throwing passes to the receivers.

–The offense worked on moving the ball out from inside their on 5-yard line. On one play, they were about to get the defense to jump offsides.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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23 comments Add your comment


August 21st, 2011
12:51 pm


August 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

The Falcons uneven effort sure is less concerning after watching the Aints first team defense last night. I think the Texans just scored again. The rush defense must have given up 150 yards in the 1st half and Marshawn Lynch doesn’t even play for the Texans. LOL – Falcons will score 100 points combined in the two games against this defense.


August 21st, 2011
1:30 pm

Matt R. and the O-line concerned me, although Redmen looked good.

Sly Ty

August 21st, 2011
1:35 pm

@HeardthisB4: You see how this guy BC says that MR2 and the O-line concerns him. Hey BC you should go to a Bears site and see how much their O-line concerns them. The Bears actually have an O-line issue….WE DON’T!!!

Sausage King of Chicago

August 21st, 2011
1:50 pm

Can’t believe Froman got intercepted again…sheeeesshhhh!


August 21st, 2011
1:50 pm

Seriously, BC… And the back up center Hawley looked pretty good by the way.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

Is the picture of Todd big enough?

Brian Hunt

August 21st, 2011
3:23 pm

Yeah D.Lo, the picture of Todd is bigger than him. LOL

Seattle Falcons Fan

August 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

I’m starting to have a concern at the nickle db….

(cursed) of rotton roddy white

August 21st, 2011
4:45 pm

the curse is still on failcants watch u see u all will see everything , rotton roddy white touches will have the curse just watch and 19 more days??????????

Reality Check

August 21st, 2011
4:48 pm

Window of opportunity is usually around 3 seasons.

Just sayin………………….


August 21st, 2011
4:59 pm



August 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

@bethelboy, 11, just miss the playoffs, and Redman, he showed good stuff on Friday


August 21st, 2011
6:39 pm

Steelers will own both lines of scrimmage!! Game over! Ugly!


Bring back Chris Chandler! He can still go deep!


August 21st, 2011
6:48 pm

Falcon For Life

August 21st, 2011
9:20 pm

DLed Please explain to me why we have stephen nichols and brent grimes playing special teams as starters on defense. I saw it last year and i see it even in preseason. What in the hell are we thinking about, help me understand the rational in doing that?????



August 22nd, 2011
4:53 am

Falcons need a QB bad. When you got wideout out running the football ,because your quarterback CAN’T get the football to them weak arm it pitiful just to watch.


August 22nd, 2011
6:57 am

Maybe its my imagination but comparing Ryan to Brady or P. Manning, he does seem to be much more indecisive about what to do with the ball and ends up throwing the ball away much more than they do. Of course they have much more experience.


August 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

I like what I saw of Jacquizz Rodgers…Jerious Who?


August 22nd, 2011
12:19 pm

No doubt fsjr, I wonder if Norwood is already injured for the Rams.

Falcon James

August 22nd, 2011
1:39 pm

What is it with the falcon player? every article is about how the defence is so improved. Is they watching the game the fan watching?


August 22nd, 2011
3:55 pm

watched the game the offense was slow motion. I hope when we game plan this week they look better.


August 23rd, 2011
4:14 pm

calm down …dfense looks good only a few series teams scored on 2nd and 3rd team defense, starting offense has manhandled both teams…neither team was game planned against…matts arm is weak? all i can say is… hater’s….. the league is scared and u can hear the whispers…”julio and roddy, edwards and abraham, turner and rogers”…haters hate on b/cuz here we come!!!