Matt Ryan likes versatility of running backs, rookies continue to impress – Atlanta Falcons News

Matt Ryan likes versatility of running backs, rookies continue to impress – Atlanta Falcons News

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The players took to the field again Sunday for their fourth practice of the 2017 AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp and second in full pads.

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As expected, there were some intense one-on-one drills that bred exciting moments, and the full-team periods looked fairly even between the offense and defense. At this point, a few players have begun to separate themselves from the pack.

But let’s be clear, it’s still early and the preseason games will reveal a lot more, but let’s dive into the takeaways from Sunday’s practice.

1. Matt Ryan likes the versatility Freeman, Coleman showing in camp

Coming off of a career season in which he was named the NFL’s MVP, Ryan enters 2017 with a new offensive coordinator to work with. The relationship between Ryan and Steve Sarkisian will undoubtedly be important, but Atlanta’s offense isn’t expected to look vastly different after the change.

The Falcons had one of the highest-scoring offenses in NFL history last season, and a vast majority of those players are back in the fold. As the quarterback, Ryan might be the central figure, but he knows just how special the players are around him, especially at running back.

“Those two guys, Tevin (Coleman), Devonta (Freeman) they’re so versatile for us,” Ryan said when asked about the value of his running backs. “When you watch those guys compete this offseason, the way that they practice at the start of camp, catching the football out of the backfield, it’s going to be critical for us. I think those guys are two of the most talented guys in the league.”

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