Atlanta Falcons: 5 things to look for at today’s OTA

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel gestures after making an interception during practice Tuesday, May 29 in Flowery Branch, Ga.

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel gestures after making an interception during practice Tuesday, May 29 in Flowery Branch, Ga.

BIRDLAND – The Seattle Seahawks got in trouble with Commissioner Wyatt Earp, oops, I mean Roger Goddell on Tuesday.

Here’s the joint statement from the league and the NFLPA:

JOINT STATEMENT ON CBA VIOLATION BY SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have determined that the Seattle Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s offseason workout rules on the prohibition of live contact during one of the club’s organized team activity days (“OTA days”).

As a result, the Seahawks will forfeit two of their scheduled OTA practices (June 6 and 7) as well as an additional offseason workout day on Friday, June 8. Seahawks’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.

Ol’ Pete Carroll seems to have a “rules” problem given his “NCAA issues” at USC.

The Falcons will hold their second “open” organized team activities today at Flowery Branch.

Actually, the league watches film of practice to determine if the contact is in violation of the non-contact rules. So, that won’t be on our list of five things to watch.

Here are the five things to watch during today’s offseason NON-CONTACT practice:

1. Check attendance. Last week, defensive end John Abraham and tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Michael Palmer were not present at the “open” voluntary OTA on May 29. Palmer was on a mission to Serbia. I can’t wait to hear more about this from him. We’ll certainly share that with you all.

2. Watch the cornerback rotation. Coach Mike Smith and Mike Nolan know we are watching and they like playing musical chairs in the name of cross-training. So, I expect to see Asante Samuel at left and right corner. Dunta Robinson was at right corner and in the slot. Grimes stayed at left corner during last week’s open session.

3. Check out rookie Peter Konz. He should start getting his feet underneath him. He looks awfully good in shorts and a t-shirt. He’s going to be a load when director of athletic perfomance (strength coach) Jeff Fish gets finished with him in the weight room.

4. Check out the depth at linebacker. Spencer Adkins and Robert James have been around for a while now. They must be able to take the field in a pinch. Adkins made a strong showing in the playoffs last season.

5. Check out rookie safety Charles Mitchell. He got a pick last week and looked real fluid back there at free safety.

Check back in the afternoon, we’ll start posting some updates from the session. I’ll be able to shoot some tweets out right at 12:30 p.m. or so.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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ronhen24

June 6th, 2012
6:04 am

First
Looking forward to seeing how all of this plays out. I just hope everyone stays healthy this year for a strong playoff run.

Marcus

June 6th, 2012
6:44 am

On comment No. 4:

Will that LB depth also include cross-training of the smaller DEs like Biermann, Sidbury, and Massoquoi?

Paddy

June 6th, 2012
6:48 am

DOL……good stuff!

nash

June 6th, 2012
7:04 am

How is the TE out of UGA White looking if you have seen him. He had the prototypical size for for the position.

Sly Boarders

June 6th, 2012
8:04 am

Why is Robert James still on this team? What’s the over/under on the number of practices before he gets hurt?

tgueboy

June 6th, 2012
8:06 am

what will the passing game look like since we moving to a more vertical offense

Jimmy Crack

June 6th, 2012
8:24 am

There are some really strong young players competing this go around. Let’s see if Smitty & Company can make the hard decisions of releasing players like Perry, James and Schillinger in favor of solid new faces like Robertson, Harris and Faulcon. It is time this time around for some ties to be cut.

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The Real FAlcon

June 6th, 2012
8:41 am

Fish better start with Konz soon. His 225’s at the combine were awful!

Whadda Ya Know?

June 6th, 2012
8:51 am

Who cares about Palmer’s mission? I’d like to see Charles Mitchell take Decoud’s position (he’s had enough time to show what he can do). Tell us how Willie Mo is looking as the roving safety. Ask them when are they going to get a back up QB that can win us a game in Ryan’s absence. Tell us what are they doing with Harry Douglas, Owens and Franks. Who are the DEs that are making the most impact on the field? How do the LBs look? This is the kind of info Falcon fans want Dled.

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SeenThisB4

June 6th, 2012
9:05 am

DLed: Pay particular attention to your bullet number 4, linebacker depth, or better put: lack thereof. At this point, that seems to be the weakest, most vulnerable area of the falcan’t defense. BTW: I hear that Drew and the Saints are getting ever so close…

Nique

June 6th, 2012
9:19 am

D-Led

Of course we also expect you to give us some updates on theO- line as a whole. When is Holmes suppose to hit the field? How’s Mike Johnson looking post injury? Do you think Vince will just be a camp body, or is he around to stay & a real factor in the RG battle? What’s the KR/PR battle looking like?

Section 322

June 6th, 2012
9:27 am

DOL is also Dept of Labor

Section 322

June 6th, 2012
9:28 am

DLed- Please give us some news on the O-Line.

Bullseye

June 6th, 2012
9:33 am

I’m pulling for Sam Baker to regain form. Hope he is healthy this year.

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eddog345

June 6th, 2012
9:50 am

A couple of players I would to know their progress, DE: Cliff Matthews, MLB: A Dent, what is their changes of starting or having significant amount of playing time.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:01 am

eddog345 — Just arrived to the Branch. OTAs start at 10:30. Matthews was injured and didn’t practice last week. I don’t think he has chance of start. He will have to beat out Massaquoi and Sidbury for a roster spot. He’s likely a rotational player and not a starter. Dent will have to beat out Lofa Tatupu to start at MLB.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:01 am

Section 322 — We’ll check out the oline for you.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:05 am

Nique — Holmes has a broken toe. We don’t expect to see him until minicamp. Mike Johnson was fine last week. Vince is a potential starter. We had the KR/PR battle for you last week. That’s not likely to change.

“… Brent Grimes, Harry Douglas, Dominique Franks and James Rodgers worked on kick returns as the Falcons search for a replacement for Eric Weems.”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:06 am

SeenThisB4 — OK, on No. 4. I hear Chase Daniel is looking pretty good.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:10 am

Whadda Ya Know? — As you may know, I covered Palmer at Parkview High and love the kid. So, I want to hear about his mission. I’m thinking the same thing about Mitchell. Willie Mo will be fine at SS. We’ll check him out though. They like Chris Redman and think he can win in Ryan’s absence. (Sorry, that you don’t, but you’re not the coach.) I don’t have to ask them that for the 1,000th time. Harry Douglas is playing the slot. It’s a non-contact drill. Hard to tell who’s making an impact in shorts. They all look good in shirts. Heck, I even look good in my shorts!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:11 am

tgueboy – We are checking out the vertical game. They didn’t flash it much last week.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:12 am

Marcus – Good point! Last week, we didn’t see that. They sat in base for much of the practice.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 6th, 2012
10:13 am

nash – I’ll try to get you a note on Aron White.

thouhtful

June 6th, 2012
10:24 am

If given a good chance Aron White will make this team

ATLJBO

June 6th, 2012
10:25 am

Yes D-Led …. Greg Cosell seemed to really like Charles Mitchell…. http://alturl.com/h7bxm ….. In his NFC Draft podcast he seems to think Mitchell coul;d be a starter in this league (wasnt to high on Decoud) ….

What TE is running with the 1st unit with Tony G and Palmer not there.

The things im interested in.

How is Sidbury looking ?

Who is lining up where in the 3-4 formations ? (Is Sid,Abe,Kroy and Ray Edwards standing up)

Whats young WR is impressing ? (Behind Roddy, Julio, and HD… Its open positions)

How is our young players on the O-Line looking ?

ATLJBO

June 6th, 2012
10:48 am

Also Spencer Adkins is a interesting guys… He has 3-4 OLB pass rushing skills… I remember reading an article during his draft year.. The steelers liked him.. One of the steelers ppl said he was built like a tank similar to James Harrison

North FLA Falcon

June 6th, 2012
10:50 am

Konz was a great pic. You don’t hear about him getting a DUI. He is out there busting his butt. Nice job by the front office on this guy. Look for more screens and sweeps by a versatile, flexible Oline and backfield this year.

yeahsure

June 6th, 2012
11:13 am

I’m waiting to hear something about RayRay being in shape, healthy, and ready to pick up where he left off in MN.

How’s Tatupu and Dent looking?
Turner looking in shape?

Jeff B

June 6th, 2012
11:23 am

DOL, where do we look for the answers to these “five things” you’re watching? Last week, you gave us a bunch of articles and videos and I saw some of those five points touched on… but wasn’t really sure where to find all of them. Can you update this article later maybe, with a quick summary of what you learned for each topic??

Thanks D-Led!

Bullseye

June 6th, 2012
11:37 am

I agree with ATLJBO, Spencer Adkins has been allowed to develop and could be a polished jem by now.

JoeS

June 6th, 2012
11:39 am

How is the back up MLB/OLB competition looking?

Michael

June 6th, 2012
12:19 pm

DLed, ask the coaching staff why they are so hard headed? They have an excellent return man in Chris Owen who should have had the spot last year. He has amazing speed and field vision and showed both last season at corner and in preseason returning punts. Is the coaching staff that stupid when it comes to evaluating talent. If so, it explains much.

Chub Rock

June 6th, 2012
12:35 pm

I remember draft info about Adkins also saying he looked like Tarzan but hit like Jane. LOL If Adkins makes the roster again he will be no more than a backup like he has been. Adkins has never displayed a pass rush skill set..not in college or NFL. It takes more than a good 40 time to be a pass rusher. I get the feeling the TE will be used a lot less in Koetter’s scheme. TG88 will get a lot of looks because he is TG88 but going forward Palmer may be all Koetter needs to fill the new role of the TE. It’s OTA’s so you can’t really tell a whole lot about guys getting better. The only thing at this point is are all the guys present.

Shady

June 6th, 2012
12:35 pm

I know, I know don’t feed them….

Section 322

June 6th, 2012
12:37 pm

They should televise the OTAs… I would watch it, DVR it, study it. Bottom line is that I need some football

panic fan

June 6th, 2012
12:40 pm

I am sure your intrest in palmers mission is good stuff, but not football related unless he and tony g were together working on 2 TE SETS IN THE RED ZONE—- PLZ STAY ZOOM FOCUSED ON WHAT FANS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT OUR OTA PRACTICES WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO RISE UP !!!

old qb

June 6th, 2012
1:12 pm

DOL–Am I the only Falcon fan that thinks we’re thinner than Charmin when it comes to TE? Tony G is great, but Palmer is the only other TE on the roster that’s above pedestrian. Any rumors about picking up another TE body in free agency?
Also, I guess I was the only fan to think Antone Smith had real potential and excellent speed. I know he fumbled and was sent to the doghouse, but is he even going to get a look this year?
Finally, I think Redman is one of the very best backup QB’s in the league. I don’t know where his detractors get their anger.

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June 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

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canadian falcon

June 6th, 2012
2:01 pm

for anyone looking for a football fix before nfl starts, The cfl is starting soon. inferior football for sure, but football none the less. Still very entertaining

95 More Days

June 6th, 2012
2:08 pm

Down goes Peyton! Down goes Peyton! (in Howard Cossell’s voice)

Section 322

June 6th, 2012
2:09 pm

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Gumbo

June 7th, 2012
8:41 am

Is there ANY chance that Mitchell beats out DeCoud? Please….please?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 7th, 2012
8:44 am

Gumbo — He looks good, but it’s early.