Falcons secondary coach Jon Hoke: ‘You can see improvement’

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter


Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

How’s the secondary playing: “The thing they’ve done is that they’ve keep working and they’ve keep getting better every week. That’s why it’s so much fun to work with this group because they take a great approach to how they go (after it) every day whether if it’s in the meetings or on the practice field. You can see improvement from day-to-day, week-to-week with the group. That’s really encouraging.”

On backup defensive back T.J. Green: “He’s done a great job. He’s a versatile guy. He’s a big athlete. You can obviously see his physical traits. He started out at safety and then we started giving him some reps during training camp at corner. He’s done a great job. He’s embraced that change. He bounces back and forth. It’s been a lot of fun to watch him get better. Understanding really it gives him a great perspective of understanding where every one is because he did play safety. He works at safety and he works at corner.”

On T.J. Green earning those reps: “It’s just been his day-to-day preparation. Every since training camp, you’ve seen him develop, gain more confidence in himself. It’s been really fun to watch him grow as a player. He’s still growing. That’s the unique part about it.”

On his body type at 6-3, 215 pounds: “He’s got really good length. He has very good long speed. For a tall guy, I think he has really good short-area quickness. That’s always a challenge for those guys. He has really good physical traits and he understands football. He understands that he can be instinctive and that he can play instinctively. He’s still growing at the game of football from a (repetition) standpoint. We are really encouraged with him.”

On A.J. Terrell being out: “We’ll see how it plays out. It will be a next man up mentality. That’s what it is.

On there’s no such thing as a next man up: “Right, but it is what it is. Everybody has to get ready to play. You don’t know how the game is going to shake out. You don’t know how the roster is going to shake out. Everybody gets reps during the week and you just get them ready to play.”

On the difference between A.J. and T.J.: “A.J. has more experience. He’s played the position longer. That’s a real big one. I don’t really get into comparisons that way, but I know A.J. has logged more (repetitions) at the corner position.”

On T.J. Green’s background: “His story, his journey has been a fascinating one for sure. Since I’ve been with him, just to see how he’s passionate about his job. Passionate about football. Enjoys being out there with his teammates. It’s been really a cool thing to see.”

On Richie Grant’s development: “He’s going good. He’s learning every day. He’s a full of energy guy, which is awesome. He brings that to the room. He’s learning every day. He’s going to have a long productive career. He’s young though and he’s learning. You can see his growth from day to day and week to week. He’s having a big impact on us right now, on special teams.”

On how close he is to playing on defense: “You know, we’ll keep working with him. All I’m going to say is that he’s improving every week. He’s improving every day.”

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