Falcons conclude OTAs, get ready for minicamp


The OTAs are now over for the Falcons, and it’s now time to get ready for minicamp which will begin on Tuesday. There won’t be too much of a difference from OTAs to minicamp, but unlike OTAs, minicamp will be open to the public, so fans will have a chance to see what the Falcons look like under new head coach Dan Quinn.

During the final week of OTAs, the Falcons concluded their second part of the installation phase on offense and defense. Players were learning how to practice under the new regime and what types of plays they will run. Now that OTAs are over, Quinn expects his team to take the next step.

“These last couple of days will be the last part of learning it from the classroom and taking in it out on pads,” Quinn said after the Tuesday OTA session. “The minicamp will be the final closure before we have that time on a break before we come back to camp. When this camp ends next week, we’ll have a pretty good sense for the guys of what they can do. It will be up to them to have the best training camp they ever had.”

One player that looks to have a great minicamp (and training camp) is this year’s No. 1 pick Vic Beasley, who playing a different position than when he did at Clemson.

“I think I’m doing pretty good,” Beasley said talking about his progression during the OTAs. “Playing the LEO position is not too much of a transition from what I did in college.”

Beasley will be one of the players fans will pay close attention to this week, because he’s expected to give the Falcons a lift when it come to the pass rush.

Another player that fans will look forward to seeing is Devin Hester who is coming off a solid 2014 season as the Falcons fourth receiver and kick returner.

“My role will be about the same,” Hester said. “I will do a little bit of offense and do the return game.”

But one of the things fans will pay close attention to is the entire defense. The Falcons ranked last in the NFL in total defense, but Quinn likes the way the group has picked up his system.

“In terms of assignments, that’s down,” Quinn said. “Now it’s just how fast can we play and the attitude that we can go after the ball. That’s where the real challenge lies.”

Quinn has loved the work ethic of the entire team, and he said that the group has had the best offseason they ever had. He also mentioned defensive back Ricardo Allen and a few more players stood out during the workouts, voluntary minicamp and OTAs.

Minicamp will start on Tuesday and will conclude Thursday morning. The Tuesday and Wednesday practice will start at 1:30 p.m. while the Thursday one will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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