FALCONS COACH MIKE SMITH
ON QUARTERBACK DOMINIQUE DAVIS: We wanted to get a good long look, an extended look at Dominique. He’d played in parts of three previous games. Wanted to make sure that we get as much tape on him as we can. We played him the entire ball game and thought he handled it fairly well.
ON RUNNING BACKS DIMITRI NANCE AND ANTONE SMITH: Those are guys in the evaluation process, fighting for roster spots. So they got an opportunity to come out here and compete. That’s all you can ask as a player is a fair opportunity to show what you can do.”
ON HIS PLAY VS. JACKSONVILLE: It was a learning experience. I got to pretty much SEE everything, every coverage. I got knocked on my butt a couple of times. It was a good experience. That was something to learn from.
ON GOING AGAINST FIRST-TEAMERS: Yes you do (notice the difference). The speed of it is a lot different. I just had to try to stay within myself and keep doing the things I’ve been doing.
ON KEEPING POISE IN THE HUDDLE: I was just taking it one play at a time. I just told them, let’s try to get in that box every time.
ON HIS TOUCHDOWN RUN: It was great blocking. The touchdown was easy. It was just a walk-in basically.
ON MAKING THEM PAY AFTER A TURNOVER: That’s always big anytime that the defense makes a stop like that and they are backed up. That makes it easier for the offense because we know if we just hold onto the ball and don’t turn it over, that we were going to come away with points no matter what.
ON BEING READY FOR THE SEASON: It’s my second season. I’m more comfortable this year. Everything is slowing down for me. I’m looking to do big things.”
ON IF THE DEFENSE IS READY FOR THE REGULAR SEASON: We’ve had time to get adjusted to Coach [Mike] Nolan’s system. We feel comfortable with it. We just look forward to getting to Kansas City to see what we can do when the lights really come on.
ON THE BACKUP LINEBACKERS: I think Pat Schiller played pretty good tonight. I think he’s been getting better throughout the camp and he kind of showed that tonight. I think he played pretty good. Rico Council, Jerrell Harris and all of those guys were around the football tonight. That’s something that you would like to see from your linebackers. Hopefully, they can take that and build on it.
ON THE 31-YARD SCREEN PASS: That felt good. It was a great opportunity to go out there and show what I can do. I had to take advantage of the opportunity. He hit me with the screen and just touching the ball period was a great experience.
ON MAKING THE TEAM: The No. 1 guy is always going to be Mike Turner. We’ve got Quizz and we’ve got Snelling. However they want to use me on this team, I’m ready to do it. I’m just a workhorse. I’m ready to do everything.
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