Falcons kick off training camp with fast-paced practice

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During the late stages of spring and the early stages of summer, fans got a chance to get a glimpse of what the 2015 Falcons will look like under new head coach Dan Quinn. The tempo of the practices was fast, energetic and the atmosphere was a lot better than what it was in the past.

On Friday, the trend continued when the Falcons took the field for the first practice of training camp. And the pace of practice was even faster as the players flew though the individual drills and the 11-on-11 scrimmages. That is what Quinn wanted, and it only looks like the pace will only get faster as camp rolls on.

“It’s high,” Vic Beasley said when talking about the energy at the first practice of training camp. “You can tell that everyone is ready to go. In a few weeks we’ll be fully established.”

Beasley is one of the many young players on the team that have to get used to the speed of the veterans as well as the pace of practice. But for players like Tevin Coleman, the pace the Falcons are going at is nothing new.

“That’s what we did in college,” Coleman said who played college ball at Indiana. “I’m still trying to get adjusted to the speed of the players. It’s another thing I got to get adjusted to.”

The pace of practice is one of the themes of training camp going forward. But another theme is competition, and Coleman is in one with Devonta Freeman for the starting running back position. Freeman worked with the first team in the first practice, and he looks to hold on to that spot all year.

“My mentality is I don’t want to come off the field,” Freeman said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”

The running back position is one of the few position battles that will be up for grabs at training camp, and for that reason, there’s thought that the team is rebuilding since they have a new coaching staff and a new offensive and defensive philosophy. Roddy White could not disagree more.

“We don’t need much,” White said. “We got all the people that we need to be better football team. So we just got to go out there and execute and just find a way to win ball games.”

Quinn also believes that this team is not in rebuild mode and not worry about the expectations put on this team.

“Everything we are doing is about right now,” Quinn said. “It’s about having the best camp that we can have and leave all other expectations outside.”

The Falcons will continue training camp practice on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before taking the day off on Tuesday. They will be back at it on Wednesday and Thursday before they head to Buford High School for Friday Night Lights. All practices will start at 10 a.m. and the Friday Night Lights Event will begin at 7:20 p.m.

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