Atlanta Falcons Bird Droppings: New WR in Camp, Rookie Smack-Talk, and a New Way to Rise Up

Hello again football fans! Once again it’s time for a weekly screen splatter of Atlanta Falcons “Bird Droppings”.  Little tidbits, rants, factoids, and snippets from around the Falcons camp and the rest of the NFL.

The Falcons have signed former Syracuse WR Marcus Sales to the training camp roster. Sales was undrafted but attended multiple rookie minicamps earlier in the summer, with Atlanta being one of those camps. Sales caught 64 passes for 882 yards and eight touchdowns last season at Syracuse.

Falcons linebacker coach Glenn Pires is pleased with the progress of rookie Brian Banks, and feels he is on par with the other rookies who have played college football. Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter did an excellent story on this.

Rookie CB and Falcons first round draft pick, Desmond Trufant, has spent the first part of camp playing the right corner and nickel back positions. “Things are definitely moving pretty fast out there, but the more that I’m learning the playbook, the more comfortable I’m getting,” Trufant said. “I’m feeling good out there.” Trufant is expected to compete for the open starting cornerback position.

The Falcons have announced a “Rise Up & Recycle” campaign, which will encourage fans to join in on the team’s efforts to support green initiatives in Atlanta. The campaign kicked off this past Saturday, and is focused on promoting recycling, a cause important to the entire Falcons organization. Click here for more details from AtlantaFalcons.com
The Falcons fifth annual “Friday Night Lights” team scrimmage will be held at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga. The event will take place on Friday, Aug. 3. The team will take the field at 6:45 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m.  Click here for more details.
Wide receiver and renowned trash-talker Roddy White says that the rookie DBs are coming along well with the verbal rebuttles and smack-talk out on the field. “I absolutely love that,” he told the AJC. “Any time you get guys out there that want to talk and go out there and compete, you have got to love guys like that. We’ve got a lot of competitors on our team and as long as they come every and bring that kind of energy, they will be fine throughout the season.”
 
Falcons rookie DE Stansley Maponga, who suffered a foot injury similar to the one Lamar Holmes had last season, is moving around well in drills and seems to be on target to play in several preseason games.
Michael Collins is an Atlanta sports humorist, columnist, radio host and owner of Georgia Sports Craze. He is a member of the FWAA and eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Follow on Twitter @GaSportsCraze on Facebook here or on Google here
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