“I’ve known him a long time,” Nolan said. “He’s missed some of the OTAs, and we are a little bit at an advance state as far as the language. … Right now, John is kind of going a little bit slower. He’s having to ask more questions because he wasn’t here for those classes. But, nonetheless, John is a good player.”
Nolan said he wasn’t worried about Abraham catching up to the group.
“The problem is that if a guy is thinking too much on the field because of terminology, then he’s not playing fast,” Nolan said. “That’s a lot of what the OTAs and minicamp try to get out of the way. When they come back at training camp, a lot of that is behind them and hopefully, they can just concentrate on trying to be a better player as opposed to ‘what’s that call mean.’ ”
Abraham is pleased to be reunited with Nolan.
“He drafted me,” Abraham said. “That was one of my main reasons for coming back, also. I know what kind of coach he is. I know what kind of guy he is. They do a great job of bringing people around here who have great character and great character coaches. Me and Mike have been friends ever since he drafted me in my rookie year until now. I’m glad to be back with him and glad that we have the opportunity to do some great things together.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog