2005 Fall camp: Falcons near end of camp

Posted Aug 16, 2005

FLOWERY BRANCH - News and notes from Atlanta's practices today.

ACHES AND PAINS: One of Brady Smith's temporary replacements, Khaleed Vaughn (turf toe), returned to practice Tuesday night for the first time since the Aug. 6 exhibition game in Tokyo. ...

Rookie receiver Roddy White (high right ankle sprain) remains in a walking boot and won't return until next week, at the earliest. ... Cornerback DeAngelo Hall (hip), defensive end Patrick Kerney (groin), guard Michael Moore (shoulder) and linebackers Keith Brooking (foot), Ed Hartwell (knee) and Ike Reese (knee) were held out of contact work.

TAKE THAT: Rookie linebacker Jordan Beck flew so quickly past Dwayne Blakely in a blitz pickup drill that the tight end never touched him. Beck was less fortunate when he lined up against DeAndra Cobb.

Both players collided and locked into each other before Cobb, a rookie running back, planted Beck on his back.

"Whoa, way to go (No.) 34!" shouted offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. "That's how you do it!"

SHUFFLIN': Coaches moved Moore behind right guard Kynan Forney so he can have a chance to learn the position better. Forney, the Falcons' best lineman, needs some quality depth behind him, and Moore continues to battle Matt Lehr to start at left guard.

"With (Matt) Lehr and (Michael) Moore, we have been trying to figure out the best combination," head coach Jim Mora said. "Mook can go over there and play some right (guard) if Matt wins it. We are just moving guys everywhere."

HE SAID IT: Quarterback Michael Vick has watched as coaches give several veteran players an occasional practice to rest their bodies. None of the quarterbacks, however, has missed one session.

"Yeah, it's working in my favor," Vick said. "Every time I step out on the field and every time I take a snap, whether it is in practice or the game, I feel like it is another opportunity to learn something. Especially as a quarterback, I don't do as much running as the other guys, so my body isn't as beat up as theirs. There is really no need for me to sit out. I go out there and try to take care of every snap and opportunity."

Those words sounded good to Mora.

"At the quarterback position, there is some fatigue because there are so many practices and with the schedule, you get mentally fatigued as well as physically fatigued but they don't take the pounding that the other guys take," Mora said. "It's interesting that you asked because when we were warming up today I thought if haven't given Mike (Vick) a day off. I wonder if we should give him a day off, but I am glad to hear that he doesn't want one."

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