Falcons training camp: Takeaways from Day 2 of practice

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The Atlanta Falcons wrapped up their second day of training camp on Thursday, and the team will be back out on the practice field again on Friday.

Not only did the players have to battle the heat, but the position battles are beginning to heat up as well. Here are the major takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

High praise for rookie Tyler Allgeier

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The Falcons have a packed running back room as a number of players are looking to compete for limited roster spots. One guy who’s earned the praise of the coaching staff is rookie RB Tyler Allgeier, the team’s fifth-round pick out of BYU. The rookie is primed to be a key figure in the Falcons offense as Cordarrelle Patterson will likely be the satellite-back and not so much a downhill runner.

Fellow running back Damien Williams gave praise to the rookie after day two.

“Tyler, we were just talking about it, he’s a very patient back. It’s good that he’s young and already has that in his game, to be patient. And the more he learns, the faster he’ll get, the more patient he will get, he’s going to be an excellent player.”

Falcons make roster moves

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As with every training camp, there will be a number of transactions as the team looks to build up its final roster. On Thursday, the Falcons released former CFL tight end Brayden Lenius, and signed free-agent safety Henry Black. The former Packers DB should add depth to the secondary and provide some value on special teams.

Drake London: A shiftier version of Mike Evans?

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Drake London has a long way to go before he can actually be compared to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans — another former top-10 pick. While the two players both tower over opposing defensive backs, fellow Falcons receiver, Bryan Edwards, adds that London could be a shiftier version of the All-Pro Bucs receiver

“On the field, he really pops out at you. He moves very well in and out of breaks. For a bigger receiver, he’s very shifty – kind of reminds me of a shifter version of Mike Evans down there in Tampa Bay. Much respect to that kid and I cant wait to see him grow and blossom into the great player I know he’s going to be.”

London isn't taking anything for granted

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With Calvin Ridley sitting out for the duration of the 2022 NFL season, London is forced into a role where he will likely become the team’s number one receiving option out wide. To become a master of his craft, he will need to hone in on the little things.

“Everything’s a first for me, so I’m excited for every little thing,” said London. “I think that’s what I took for granted in college and didn’t look at those things that much. So I’m just loving the grind and going after it every day.”

WATCH: Highlights from the Falcons second day

Photos from Day 2 of training camp

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Story originally appeared on Falcons Wire