Practice report: Falcons drop the gloves in heated battles

After order was restored, the Falcons took off their pads at practice today.

After order was restored, the Falcons took off their pads at practice today.

FLOWERY BRANCH — In their last padded practice of the exhibition season, the Falcons’ energy spilled over into some major hits and two fights on Monday.

On the first play, linebacker Mike Peterson set the tone with a hard hit that dropped running back Michael Turner.

A few plays later, right guard Garrett Reynolds had his helmet ripped off when he was in the middle of fight.

The final straw came when safety William Moore made a big hit on running back Antone Smith and a wild melee erupted, forcing head coach Mike Smith to call the team into a big circle.

“I just needed to politely remind them of the number one goal of our training camp is to make sure that we get everybody to the first game healthy,” Smith said. “I love their enthusiasm. I love their energy. I love their passion. But it was just something that I needed to remind them about.”

There were no apparent injures from all of the extra pushing and shoving. After 45 minutes, they took off the pads and finished the practice.

The Falcons close out the exhibition season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Jacksonville. They open the regular season at Kansas City on Sept. 9.

Smith wasn’t overly concerned about the fights.

“I think we are ready to play,” Smith said. That’s what I think.”

Peters update

The Falcons will not reveal the specific injury to defensive tackle Corey Peters, who was placed on the non-football injury list with a foot injury.

When asked if Peters was injured in a fall at his house over the offseason, Smith didn’t confirm or deny that story.

“He’s on non-football injury,” Smith said. “That’s the designation.”

He will be out for six weeks and then the Falcons will have an evaluation period before they can put him on the roster.

Holmes shines

Rookie left tackle Lamar Holmes played well in his first NFL action against Miami.

“I thought Lamar, for his first time out there, did a nice job,” Smith said. “He’s going to get extended playing time this week.”

Ewing update

Rookie fullback Bradie Ewing, who’s out the season with a knee injury, is adjusting to being away from the team.

“Bradie is doing good,” said rookie right guard Peter Konz, who’s lives in the same apartment complex with Ewing. “I’ve been able to see him. When for most of your life you’ve been battling with the guys or you’re training with guys, it’s hard. So when he’s not here, he’s kind of isolated. He wants to be back here with his brothers and with the team. That’s a little bit of hardship, but he’s doing good.”

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30 comments Add your comment

Jarhead

August 27th, 2012
5:57 pm

Jarhead

August 27th, 2012
5:58 pm

Sorry guys had to say it before seenthisb4

Runner-

August 27th, 2012
6:08 pm

Lamar was great against Miami, looks like Matt will finally have sone protection!!!

falconfansinceprime

August 27th, 2012
6:15 pm

I hate to say it but that’s prob what this team needed a good fight..they need to get rid of the nice guy image

coleski

August 27th, 2012
6:24 pm

You bird brains knock me out. Why should they be fighting among themselves? Someone could be
injuried seriously and miss games. If you want fighting, watch boxing or ultimate fighting. When
practicing or in a game, let them concentrate on playing football.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 27th, 2012
6:33 pm

COLESKI – Ditto on your comments. Even the “BIRD BRAIN” comment.

Would be really stupid if one of the key players is injured fighting with a teammate during a practice!!!!

Robin

August 27th, 2012
6:45 pm

If we were the Jets, these “fights” would have been on the main page of ESPN. Dang!

fanATicaL

August 27th, 2012
6:47 pm

Sam Baker I hope you don’t have alot of stuff in your locker.I feel Matt had sufficient time to throw the ball this presason.Which showed in his completion percentage.But if Holmes pans out just solidifies the Falcons ability to control the line of scremage.Which in turn ,turns into a win on the schedule.Looking forward to the season.
Go Falcons

Nique

August 27th, 2012
6:57 pm

Thx for Smith’s perspective on Holmes D-Led.

I think the next thing we want to know is if Davis will start Thursday & then I’m interested in if you see Jonathan Massaquoi making the 53 man roster?

Mikey

August 27th, 2012
7:07 pm

Its interesting to me that some Falcons fans see boneheads fighting as some sign of virtue. This is a mental game more than it is a physical game. The best players know full well how to channel their energy into the few minutes when the clock is running and they will never hurt their team by fighting. That is the behavior of a loser. Fights in football are penalized and often cost their team a win. Wins are important in the NFL and anything that detracts from a win is BAD! I so respect an intercepted pass , a great run, a pancake block or a devastating tackle. I so think a fighter is mentally deficient. GO FALCONS! CONTINUE TO SHOW US HOW YOU’VE LEARNED TO CONTROL YOUR TEMPER TO AVOID 15 YARD PENALTIES!

Bird

August 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

Not good for them to fight but hopefully this makes someone mean and nasty. There is not enough nastiness on this defense, nobody has that intimidation factor. There isn’t one player on defense that strikes fear in opposing teams. Some of the receivers are more physical than the guys on defense.

Michael M.

August 27th, 2012
8:07 pm

Laughing about the fighting here………………..way everything is these days you have to fight tooth and nail for those greenbacks and that includes sports but I am sure some don’t feel that way…………………………………………………

carnage

August 27th, 2012
8:13 pm

i think the saints never have nor ever will deserve that ring.
if you can’t beat em take em out for the game and/or the season!!!!!
(SAINTS OATH TO FOOTBALL)
!!!!!FALCONS FAN FOR LIFE!!!!!

SirReal

August 27th, 2012
8:14 pm

Ummm….I think its all about time actually. No I dont like our guys in-fighting that could have caused a doofus injury, BUT guys dont you remember when we had this choir boy perception pretty much over the whole Smith-Dimitroff era?lol Its good that we’re feeling hotblooded like this. Should translate to the field and also indicates an aggression we haven’t seen in a while. Nothing wrong with a few dust ups. We’re just ready to go play some real ball.

carnage

August 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

I’m just glad to some fire in the team

Decon

August 27th, 2012
8:21 pm

I’m tired of the “nice guy” image this team has. We need some meaness on it. Aggression. Passion is always good. Hit hard!

Falconfiend

August 27th, 2012
9:00 pm

Defense is starting it hard. I like it. Holding the dolphins to 6 points. I like this

Just Sayin.....

August 27th, 2012
9:16 pm

I wonder how Ryan will manage vs the Wide 9. Those guy have about 6 ends that can start for other teams.

I mean Belichek didn’t even let Tom Brady play against them. Even their
DT’s get pressure on the qb. I would be concerned about that game and Ryan staying off the injury list.

Matty Muscle

August 27th, 2012
10:07 pm

The Wide 9 did not seem to pose too much trouble for Ryan last year, no reason to believe it will be any problem this year. I wonder how that rookie Eagle QB is going to handle Jerry gashing the A gap, cause their all pro QB sure looked stupid last year, but he will be out for the season by the time we play them….

Just Sayin.....

August 27th, 2012
10:46 pm

@Matty Muscle

This is what you fail to take into consideration:

The players didn’t have an off season to fully learn the wide 9.

They were missing a real middle linebacker, now have Demeco Ryan, a tackling machine from the Texans.

Drafted linebacker Hendricks, another tackling machine that runs a 4.5 forty and covers tight ends like a blanket.

Corner backs will be playing press coverage and not a zone like they did last season, which means Julio and Roddy will be knocked off of their routes at the line of scrimmage, which means Ryan will have about 2 seconds to make a decision or get crushed in the pocket. Their link is now on the Falcons team.

The drafted Fletcher Cox, the best DT in the draft and has been a standout.

What all this means? Ryan will have absolutely zero time to pass, which will mean a long night.

Just Sayin.....

August 27th, 2012
10:49 pm

It’s time for Dom Harris to turn this franchise around.

Ryan had 4 seasons and didn’t get it done once in the playoffs.

Just sayin…..

Falcon James

August 27th, 2012
10:53 pm

So you have a geriatric LB fighting with a slow overweight RB. That must have been hillarious. I would give my last $2.00 to see a video.

LOL at the Aints

August 27th, 2012
11:53 pm

STB4 is being kinda quiet,, he’s planning a sneak attack,, lol,, Either that or he’s just freaking out cause the Aints are going too Su== this year,,,,, LOL

DR. FALCON

August 27th, 2012
11:57 pm

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH A COUPLE OF TRAINING CAMP FIGHTS! I LOVE THE NASTINESS, AND BEING ON EDGE! THAT’S WHAT WE NEED! A COUPLE OF TEAMS, HAVE LABELED US AS “SOFT”! THAT WILL CHANGE THIS YEAR, UNDER MIKE NOLAN! WHO SAYS, FIGHTS AT THE END OF A TRAINING CAMP, IS A DETRIMENT? IT’S LIKE BEING IN THE MARINE CORPS! YOU FIGHT WITH YOUR BROTHER, BUT IN BATLLE, YOU FIGHT ALONG SIDE OF HIM!

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DBN11

August 28th, 2012
1:15 pm

I like this aggression and anger……No More Nice Guy……

takebadwithgood

August 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

for all you wimps that dont know that know inhouse scuffles breeds mean and nasty on the playing field no more nice guys,lets continue this agressive style of play,average score 2012 birds 32/opp.12 just ,saying,just,sayin, just say,shut the he– up just saying

Esquire

August 28th, 2012
8:36 pm

Jarhead
August 27th, 2012
5:58 pm

Sorry guys had to say it before seenthisb4
_________________________________
Amazing……………you can’t say anything against suxthisb4…………..

Surg

August 28th, 2012
10:45 pm

Lmao at just sayin… Roddy White and Julio are two of the most physical when it comes to getting off the line of scrimmage. Tony G slings LB’s off of him. Wide 9 does add a lot of pressure but Matt is a dink and dunker so I think we can do alright or let the run game get going with the shifty quizzy.