- Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A daily review of the hot topics from Atlanta Falcons training camp:
SAFETY FIRST: The big news to come out of Friday night's scrimmage at Archer High School was starting free safety Dwight Lowery exiting with a head injury. It's unclear how it happened, but Lowery missed most of last season with a concussion. Coach Mike Smith wasn't in a panic. "I don't know anything right now," Smith said. "We took him off the field. And I'll get a full report, probably in the morning. It looks like it was a head injury. We'll see. But nothing serious." The Falcons already are down two safeties with rookie Dez Southward sidelined a week with a left knee injury and second-year player Zeke Motta likely to miss the season coming off neck surgery. Kemal Ishmael replaced Lowery Friday night.
SPEEDY REEDY: Once again, undrafted rookie receiver Bernard Reedy made his presence felt, burning defensive backs during one-on-one drills in press coverage. Reedy wowed the crowd with his blazing speed and soft hands. His last blow by against Javier Arenas was a thing of beauty. Reedy continues to show why he might deserve a spot on the 53-man roster. "I mean, it gives you like an opportunity to showcase your skills, show what you can do, show how you can help the team," Reedy said. "I just go out there and do what the coaches say. If you execute what the coaches tell you to do, you'll be in good shape." Reedy also made a solid catch in traffic during the scrimmage that drew praise from receivers coach Terry Robiskie.
GOOD IMPRESSIONS: Smith said he wanted to see which players would step up when Friday's scrimmage really went live in the second half, with the second and-third teamers going at it as the starters rested. Some of the players who appeared to take advantage were running back Josh Vaughan, rookie linebackers Prince Shembo and Jacques Smith, rookie receiver Tramaine Thompson, and safety Sean Baker. Baker put a punishing hit on running back Devonta Freeman. "Sean was a guy we added late last season on our practice squad," Smith said. "He's gotten an opportunity to learn our system and he's getting an opportunity to show what he can do."
EXTRA POINTS: Receiver Jeremy Ebert got quite a reaction when he beat starter Desmond Trufant in one-on-one drills. Trufant got more physical in the drill after getting beat but then picked up a flag for holding Roddy White. ... Cornerback Josh Wilson had an interception during situational drills. ... Both Lamar Holmes and Terren Jones had some bad moments during the scrimmage but fought back. ... Receiver Geraldo Boldewijn hurt his cause with a drop of sure touchdown. ... Wide receiver Julio Jones sat out the scrimmage as part of his day-on, day-off schedule. ... Newly signed defensive tackle Theo Agnew took over retired Peria Jerry's No. 97.
NEXT UP: The Falcons return to Flowery Branch Saturday for practice at 3:30 p.m.
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