Five random thoughts on OTAs

June, 4, 2014
Jun 4
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The Atlanta Falcons have their second open session of organized team activities on Wednesday, with practice set to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Here are five random thoughts on what to look for throughout the day:

1) Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is scheduled to address the media following practice. He's sure to emphasize the multiplicity theme head coach Mike Smith has preached all offseason. Nolan was very animated during last week's session. I'm sure that will continue.

2) Osi Umenyiora didn't get many reps during last week's open session. Remember, he became a designated pass-rusher at the end of last season, a move he said he sought. The coaches saw it as preserving the 32-year-old's body. It seems like they want to do the same with Umenyiora's practice reps now. Young pass-rushers such as Jonathan Massaquoi, Stansly Maponga, and rookie Tyler Starr need as many reps as possible. Umenyiora's been there already.

3) Rookie running back Devonta Freeman wasn't on the field for last week's open session as he attended the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in California. With him back, it will be interesting to see him competing for reps behind Steven Jackson. Jackson said he was impressed with how humble yet hungry Freeman was at the start of OTAs. Let's see if Freeman continues to impress on the practice field.

4) Of course, Roddy White's status remains unclear following the death of his younger brother. The Falcons won't rush him back, but White is back on Twitter chatting it up with fans. If he's on the field Wednesday, there's a chance he'll address the media afterward. If White is absent again, I'm watching to see if Drew Davis takes advantage of more work at the receiver position.

5) Tight end Levine Toilolo was significantly limited last week with an undisclosed injury. The injury was supposed to be minor in nature. If Toilolo's status is unchanged, there might be a cause for concern. Then again, it would be more of a red flag to see him held out of mandatory minicamp.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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