Here are five things to know about how the Falcons played in their exhibition finale against the Baltimore Ravens on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
1. Ryan and Jones make quick cameo appearance. Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones started and played for one play before making a quick exit. Sean Renfree took over for Ryan and finished the nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the team's first possession. He led the Falcons on two field-goal drives. He appeared to under-throw rookie wide receiver Justin Hardy, who had gotten behind the Ravens' defense. But the play did draw a pass-interference call when Hardy tried for an acrobatic catch. Renfree was 6-of-8 passing for 25 yards.
2. Rushing attack found. The Falcons, who entered the game averaging just 1.9 yards per carry, started their opening drive with rookie Tevin Coleman ripping off runs of 5, 15 and 26 yards. Backup Terron Ward then blasted through the defense for a 12-yard gain. Devonta Freeman, who's still recovering from a hamstring injury, didn't play in the finale. Coleman rushed eight times for 56 yards. Ward finished with 69 yards on 18 carries. The Falcons rushed 31 times for 127 yards for an average of 4.1 per carry.
3. William Moore returned. Falcons safety William Moore, who missed the past two games with a calf injury returned and started. Moore helped the first-team get a stop on the Ravens' first possession. Former Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub started for the Ravens. He couldn't convert a third-and 11 play from the Ravens' 30, and they were forced to punt.
4. Rookie watch. Cornerback Jalen Collins, the team's second-round pick, who coach Dan Quinn said had two strong game after a shaky opener, was beaten on a deep pass by former Georgia standout Marlon Brown for a 42-yard gain. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, the team's fifth-round pick, came up with a tackle for a loss on third-and-1 from the Falcons' 8 to force the Ravens to settle for a field goal. Hardy, the team's fourth-round pick, took a big hit, spun out of it and raced 70 yards on a punt return in the second quarter.
5. Offensive line atones: The offensive line, which had a porous showing against the Dolphins, was reconfigured to play the Ravens.
Tyler Polumbus started at left tackle for Jake Matthews, who was out with a back injury. Mike Person started at left guard, James Stone at center, Chris Chester at right guard and Ryan Schraeder at right tackle.
The unit was down the field blocking and opening holes for the first time in the new outside-zone blocking system.
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