On rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport: "He's doing well. He's getting more and more playing time. He's strong. I like the way that he pursues and runs. Obviously, he'll be an important part of what we are going to do defensively throughout the year."
On facing Falcons center Alex Mack: "That's a great question especially with the way they run the ball and where they like to target the runs. He's clearly one of the better centers in the (NFL). He can target certain blocks that maybe some guys normally can't. He's very smart. He's strong in pass (protection) with anchor. It's such a vital part of the offensive line. You see that weekly when you are watching the Atlanta cutoffs. We study their offense not just when we play them, but we'll always kind of peek week to week at their numbers and look at certain runs and passes. You see that consistently from him. He's certainly a huge part of what they do."
On the Falcons' rushing attack: "They landmark their runs so well. They've got a great play-action passing game off of those same runs. It forces you defensively to set an edge properly. There is a lot of stress involved when that ball either hits the outside or also cuts up. When you have the talented running backs and you have a line that's been together now, I think it becomes problematic. You have to look closely at how you want to defend that. All the while, you're thinking of the receiving corps and what they can do coming off of those run looks."
On Falcons middle linebacker Duke Riley: "We get an in-depth scouting report. We take a look at all of the film that we can. I know this, there are, just like very defense there are some key principles that Dan (Quinn) and his staff hold close to and value. Obviously, we are in the business where the next man is up. He's having that opportunity now. It's a limited exposure relative to the snaps that we've seen him play. We understand where he's playing in the base and in the (nickel). We saw a little bit more last week of maybe some more nickel to some personnel groupings they might have played base to. I don't know if that was a result of the depth at linebacker of by choice. We've got to look at that when we get into the game. How much base? How much nickel? He's someone that is smart and clearly knows their defense well. I can't speak on behalf of (linebackers coach) Mike (Nolan's) workout, but I'm familiar with the players."