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FLOWERY BRANCH —
It was a coach’s nightmare.

Flags were flying everywhere, and the normally sure-tackling team was whiffing at a high rate.

The Falcons needed a walk-off sack on a fourth-and-goal play Sunday to overcome and earn a messy 23-17 win over the Chicago Bears in their season opener.

Afterward, Falcons coach Dan Quinn wanted to eliminate those mistakes immediately.

He suspects that a similar effort would be unacceptable when the defending NFC champs face the Green Bay Packers at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“The fouls and the missed tackles, that was really the driving message when we got back Monday morning,” Quinn said Thursday. “That part, we know we can control. That’s why we are so optimistic about those things because they are correctable.”

The Falcons have spent a great deal of time this week working to erase those 11 missed tackles and eight penalties for 73 yards. Three of the penalties occurred on special-teams plays.

The Falcons finished the bulk of their practice Thursday. All that is left is a couple of walk-throughs and some team meetings.

Fixing the tackling was handled on the field.

“When we got back out (Wednesday), it was very much in the front of our thinking during our individual work,” Quinn said. “We tried to create as many space spots as we could.”

The Falcons used speedy wide receiver Marvin Allen, who’s on the practice squad, to get in the open field.

“We were trying to put him in space so they can make space tackles,” Quinn said. “He’s one that really jumped out. I do like those good-on-good opportunities in practice.

The linebackers worked against running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

“Although they are not going to the ground, we tried to emphasize that really hard because this team can create space opportunities as well,” Quinn said. “You better be on point in terms of tackling.”

Cornerback Desmond Trufant said the defensive players have received the tackling message.

“Just going back to our fundamentals,” Trufant said. “That’s what it comes down to. We definitely had too many (missed tackles and penalties). I was the first game, but we have to clean it up and keep pushing.”

A couple of the penalties were easy for the coaches to fix.

On the opening kickoff, Kemal Ishmael was called for a block-in-the-back penalty, but if he hadn’t push the free-running Josh Bellamy, who was unblocked, he may have blown up returner Andre Roberts at the 12.

However, Ishmael should not have pushed Bellamy because a blocker in the wedge was set to level him.

“It was a trap block,” special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong said. “It could have went either way. He was loose, but we had somebody for him. One of the guys in the wedge had him. He just didn’t get there yet.”

C.J. Goodwin and Robert Alford ere also were called for penalties on special-teams plays.

“They called them. When they call them I don’t ever get into arguments with those guys,” Armstrong said. “You are on the sidelines, and the momentum of the game is going.

“If you start arguing with the referees, you’re going to get more penalties. We’ve got to coach it better. We’ve got to take care of our business. I’ll take that one.”

Deion Jones was called for an unnecessary-roughness penalty after he flipped Chicago running back Tarik Cohen out of bounds. Jones just lost track of where he was as the play started near the sideline.

“We just have to get to our style of play,” Jones said. “It was the first game, but that’s not an excuse. Now, we get the chance to settle down. All the jitters are gone. Now, we can get back to our style of play.”

Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews and left guard Andy Levitre both had holding penalties. The Falcons overcame Matthews’ penalty and scored a touchdown in the second quarter to make the score 10-3.

Levitre helped to stall a promising touchdown drive that was at the Bears’ 10. The Falcons went back to the 20 and ended up settling for a field goal.

“Some of it’s just playing,” Matthews said. “There’s not one magic word to say. Obviously, pre-snap stuff we’re hard on ourselves about, stuff we can control, false starts and stuff like that. Just working and drills, tight hands and all that. We can improve on that.”

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ATLANTA — Dan Quinn has raved about Jack Crawford all preseason, but the offseason acquisition who played the previous three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys has been overshadowed by the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive additions of Dontari Poe and first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley.

Maybe not anymore.
Jack Crawford was slowed by a groin injury earlier in the preseason but now looks as though he can be a key piece on the Falcons’ defensive line. Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images
Crawford, a 6-foot-5-inch, 274-pound defensive lineman who was born in London and used to play basketball, showed his versatility and playmaking ability in Saturday’s 24-14 exhibition loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Crawford had four combined tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hit. His forced fumble was recovered by McKinley.

“I wouldn’t say it was anything personal. I would just say it was the whole defensive line working together,” Crawford said. “Some of it was like right place, right time. I felt like it was a group effort. We were all working together. It just came together, and I happened to make the play.”

The Falcons plan to rely heavily on reigning NFL sack champion Vic Beasley rushing off the left edge, Poe and Grady Jarrett rushing up the middle, and McKinley and Adrian Clayborn coming off the right edge. But Crawford is a guy who can line up inside and out, and plays the run and pass with the same intensity.

“Jack Crawford, for those who have been following the team [and] the activity that he’s had as a defensive lineman, it was good to see that come to life for us [Saturday],” Falcons coach Quinn said of the five-year veteran. “He’s an active guy inside. He’s taller than a lot of defensive tackles at 6-5, but he plays with the quickness of a lighter guy.”

Crawford was limited some this preseason after suffering a groin injury in practice. But he’s back healthy again, and it showed against the Cardinals.

“At the time, it did affect me, but I haven’t had an issue with it so far,” Crawford said of the injury. “Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don’t. But it’s really about the effort. At the end of the day, it’s going out there and having the same mentality and going about every game the same way. And that mentality is that we’re going to get the ball back for the offense.”

Crawford, who enters the season with 9.5 career sacks, including a career-high four with Dallas in 2015, didn’t want to take much credit for his second-quarter takedown of Drew Stanton.

“It was a group sack, really, because Takk got the quarterback off the spot,” Crawford said. “I had just kind of cleaned it up. The D-line works together. So does the whole defense.”

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August 26, 2017 Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins (32) (left) snags Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) during 2nd quarter action on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the opening of the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium and pre-season NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals. JOHN SPINK/[email protected]

FLOWERY BRANCH
After the Falcons play the Jaguars on Thursday night, they can start pointing toward the start of the regular season.

The first order of business will be to cut the roster down from 91 players to the mandated 53-man unit and what to do with cornerback Jalen Collins, who’s been suspended for 10 games.

The Falcons must be down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. They have an International player exemption for tight end Alex Gray, a developmental player from London.

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They can put Collins on the suspended list and he won’t count against the 53-man roster. After his second violation of the league’s performing enhancement drug policy, the team may elect to part ways with the former second-round pick from LSU.

Coach Dan Quinn said no decision has been yet and that the violation of trust, for a second time, has been difficult for the organization to deal with.

Collins will learn his fate on Friday.

Once the roster is down to 53, the Falcons can start to construct their 10-member practice squad after midnight on Sunday.

The Falcons can sign free agents who do not have accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season or seasons.

A player can not participate on a practice squad for more than three seasons.

“There is definitely a group already that we’ve identified that we think really has some skill development stuff,” Quinn said. “That’s why this last game, there are a few more that we have (to evaluate)… some need reps and reps and reps to get more comfortable playing ball.”

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Of all the offensive players on the roster, Falcons tight end Austin Hooper may be one of the more intriguing. A relatively strong rookie season coupled with a good off-season could lead to a nice up-tick in Hooper’s productivity. Hooper also figures to be the starting tight-end this year with veteran Jacob Tamme gone. How many yards might Hooper get in his second year? Let’s take a look.

The Average
Well, we only have one season with which to judge Hooper, so we’ll take a slightly different tact here. We will also consider Jacob Tamme’s role in this offense the past two years in determining our target. First, here are Hooper’s numbers from 2016:

2016 – 19 receptions, 271 yards

Here’s what Jacob Tamme managed in the offense:

2016 – 8 games, 210 yards

2015 – 15 games, 657 yards

Our target number
Hooper will still split snaps with Levine Toilolo, but figures to be the feature tight end in the offense this year. Given that, and Toilolo’s unremarkable abilities as a receiver, we’ll set the target number at 600 yards.

Why he’ll go under
Right now, Hooper is still an unknown. The second year for players can be a big leap year, but we’ve yet to see Hooper really take over a game. As always, the big issue is that in this offense, Matt Ryan has plenty of weapons to throw to. Hooper figures to be – at best – the fifth option in the offense behind Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and even Devonta Freeman.

Why he’ll go over
Hooper is the only decent pass catching option at tight end the Falcons have. Additionally, spending time with Ryan during the off-season has undoubtedly helped develop a strong rapport with the MVP of the league. Ryan also showed trust in Hooper as he targeted him repeatedly in the Super Bowl. When you look at the yards that Tamme put up in the offense in 2015, there’s no reason to believe Hooper can’t hit 600 with relative ease.