FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons safety William Moore forgot about the no-hitting lecture that coaches gave the players on Saturday.
He leveled wide receiver Marcus Jackson with a big hit, causing Smith to remind his safety about the hitting rules.
“No, Will, no” Smith said.
Cornerback Asante Samuel chimed in, “We just wanted to let y’all know that we had on some pads over here.”
Smith said he wants all players left standing after a play.
“Our No. 1 goal as a staff and football team is to get to the opener as healthy as we can,” Smith said. “We know that is impossible to have everyone healthy, but we’ve got to limit those exposures and limit the chances of a guy getting hurt.”
But he wasn’t too upset about Moore’s hit.
“There are some guys that you have to remind them,” Smith said. “It’s like your children. You have to stay on them. Guys get ramped up and they get going and that’s a good thing.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog