Good morning, Falcons fans. There’s plenty of reaction today after the Atlanta Falcons’ began the second phase of OTAs yesterday. Also, will Devin Hester factor into Kyle Shanahan’s plans?
5 quick takes from OTAs — D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC.com
"The Falcons are revamping the running back position this season after releasing Steven Jackson and not re-signing Jacquizz Rodgers. They drafted Devonta Freeman in the fourth round in 2014 and picked up Tevin Coleman in the third round of the 2015 draft."
Falcons start second set of OTAs — John Buhler of ATL All Day
"Smith made his first return to the practice field today after breaking his leg during the 2014 season. He said that though he has been able to run for the last few months, Smith enjoyed being able to cut and receive the ball out of the backfield for the first time since November’s injury."
Atlanta Falcons try to move on from Shembo arrest — George Henry of Gainsville Times
"New coach Dan Quinn believes the Atlanta Falcons made the right decision to cut ties immediately with Prince Shembo after the linebacker was arrested last week for killing a dog."
Falcons 2015 roster review: Safeties — Dave Choate of The Falcoholic
"The secondary promises to be a strength for the Falcons, and while there’s a question mark or two at safety, expect these guys to be a big part of what makes this Atlanta defense effective in 2015."
Will Devin Hester factor into Kyle Shanahan’s plans? — John Buhler of ATL All Day
"Last year’s free agent acquisition of Devin Hester by the Atlanta Falcons was one of the smartest moves the front office made in 2014. Hester’s reputation as an elite return specialist while with the Chicago Bears instantly improved the Falcons’ special teams play. On Thursday Night Football in Week 3, Hester broke his idol Deion Sanders’ return touchdown record with Prime Time at the Georgia Dome."