Falcons coach Dan Quinn elated at the start of rookie minicamp

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VIDEO: Falcons coach Dan Quinn speaks after the first day of rookie minicamp. Video by. D. Orlando Ledbetter.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, coming off a 7-9 campaign, was elated to get back on the practice field.

“It was a lot of fun to see the draft picks, the signed free agents and quite a few guys who are here on a tryout,” Quinn said Friday. “Each of the interactions you try to find a little moment to get to know somebody and find out a little bit about their ‘why.’ The first practice, from my experience, everybody is a little tight.”

Quinn thought the players did well.

“I was pleased with the effort and thought the guys did a good job working today to get it started,” Quinn said.

It also was the revamped coaching staff’s first time working a practice together.

“It was good to get on the field all together,” Quinn said.

They weren’t strict on the first-year players.

“For the coaches and the scouts, we are looking for the things guys can do,” Quinn said. “That’s why we had eight to 10 guys back there catching punts.”

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