1. Sheffield, Green injured. Cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a fourth-round pick from Ohio State, and running back Marcus Green, a sixth-round pick from Louisiana-Monroe, participated in the walk-through portion. Both were out with injuries.
Sheffield suffered a torn pectoral muscle a the scouting combine. Green was out with a strained hamstring. The Falcons are hoping they’ll be ready for the start of OTAs.
2. Brooks-James added. The Falcons signed running back Tony Brooks-James and released running back Jeremy Langford on Saturday.
Brooks-James, who was here this week for the rookie minicamp on a tryout, played at Oregon.
Brooks-James, who’s 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, rushed 283 times for 1,863 yards and scored 18 touchdowns for the Ducks. He also caught 40 passes for 392 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also returned 44 kickoffs for 1,047 yards and one touchdown.
Langford was signed late last season to help provide depth in the backfield after Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith were injured. He played in the season finale against Tampa Bay.
3. Morgan starts project. Falcons offensive line coach Chris Morgan, who's in his sixth season with the team, has been entrusted with the development of first-round picks Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary.
Some are projecting Lindstrom, the 14th overall pick, and McGary, the 31st overall pick, to be opening-day starters. Lindstrom worked at right guard and McGary at right tackle during the rookie minicamp.
Morgan wore a microphone during Friday's first practice.
4. Stanley to cornerback. Former Georgia wide receiver Jayson Stanley started his transition to cornerback for the Falcons. He's still working on his backpedal, but is embracing the position switch.
5. Ollison leans on his faith. Rookie running back Qadree Ollison, a fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh, discussed how he was able to forgive the man who murdered his brother.
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