Good morning, Atlanta Falcons fans. We are moving closer to training camp, so today’s focus is once again largely on the upcoming battles at camp. Let’s get started with today’s Dirty Bird Daily.
Falcons countdown to camp: A look at fullbacks/tight ends — D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC.com
"New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is determined to get the rushing attack moving forward and has used double tight ends in the past to run the ball and create mismatches. Last season the Falcons averaged 93.6 yards rushing per game, which ranked 24th in the league."
Better 2015: Reed or Durant? — John Buhler of ATL All Day
"It wasn’t a headline stealing FA period for the Falcons this year, but that was fine by the folks in Flowery Branch. A new coaching regime was in town and most of their emphasis was on building through the NFL Draft."
Falcons 53-man roster projection — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
"The Atlanta Falcons open training camp on July 31 at their home facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Here’s a 53-man roster projection:"
Will Jake Matthews improve in 2015? — Brian Jones of 247Sports.com
"When the Falcons drafted Jake Matthews in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, many thought the offensive line would take a step forward and not have issues protecting Matt Ryan. However, due to Sam Baker being injured, Matthews was forced to play left tackle instead of right tackle, and he did not have a rookie season to remember."