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Good morning, Atlanta Falcons fans. The first day of OTAs is in the books, and head coach Dan Quinn is pleased with the progress made by the players. Vic Beasley and Julio Jones, both with questions over their contract, practiced, and there was plenty of positivity coming out of Flowery Blanch.

Five things learned from day one of Falcons’ OTAs — Andrew Hirsh of AtlantaFalcons.com

"The environment at Flowery Branch has transformed considerably since Dan Quinn took over, and it’s palpable on the field. Quinn said he doesn’t want to have “clean” practices in which everything goes smoothly; instead, he wants to foster an intense atmosphere similar to what they’ll experience on Sundays. So far, the players seem to be embracing this change."

Vic Beasley takes part in OTAs, despite no contract — D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC.com

"Falcons first-round draft pick Vic Beasley, who remains unsigned, took part in the team’s first organized team activities non-contact practice on Tuesday."

Dan Quinn praises pass rushers — Vaughn McClure of ESPN

"Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn singled out several pass-rushers while reflecting on Day 1 of organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday.Quinn mentioned Adrian Clayborn, Kroy Biermann and rookie Vic Beasley as players who caught his eye in third-down situations."

Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle breakdown — Joe Soriano of NFL Spin Zone

"The Atlanta Falcons offensive line has been one of the worst units in the league over the last couple of seasons, and even the addition of the sixth overall pick in the draft, Jake Matthews, didn’t help Matt Ryan and the rest of the offense much."

Julio Jones practices without new contract — FOX Sports

"While multiple veterans are skipping out on OTAs in an attempt to land new deals, Julio Jones will apparently not be one of those players. The ridiculously talented wide receiver from the Atlanta Falcons is ready to let the contract work itself out while doing what he does best."