5 things we learned about the Falcons on Thursday

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the five things we learned Thursday  about the Falcons (6-5), who play at Tampa Bay (5-6) in a big NFC South game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

1. BEASLEY UPDATE: The Falcons first-round pick is a work in progress, according to defensive line coach Bryan Cox. Beasley, the eighth overall pick in the draft, hasn't had a sack since Week 3.

2. HANKERSON EXPECTED TO BE DECLARED OUT: Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson didn't practice on Thursday. He'll likely be declared out on Friday.

3. DEVIN HESTER DECISION TIME: Devin Hester said he's playing, but the coaches have to make the decision. Coach Dan Quinn sounded more upbeat, while  special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong wasn't as optimistic.

4. SHANAHAN ON TURNOVERS: Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan discussed how they work on ball handling drills daily with the hopes of eliminating the turnover problem. (WATCH VIDEO BELOW)