Falcons Rookies Have Mettle Tested in Loss

Falcons Rookies Have Mettle Tested in Loss

Jay Adams

Published August 10, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Any expert, coach and veteran player will say that preseason results are meaningless. For rookies, however, the losses sting just as much as they would if they counted.

After Thursday night’s loss, it was unanimous amongst the Falcons’ youth: They can’t make the mistakes they made against the Ravens.

“This was a lot of guys’ first experience on this level — all of us,” rookie defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi said. “It’s important for us to take everything back to the film room, back to practice and apply everything we’ve learned from our mistakes. I believe that we’re going to come out here in the next preseason game, ready to roll and know what’s coming and be able to play together as a unit.”

Taking up all of the second-half snaps and a good number of those in the second quarter, the rookies had a chance to maintain a lead and follow through with a win as the starters and backups left them with a 17-7 lead.

A few mistakes — turnovers in particular — began to mount and allowed the Ravens to get back into the game, eventually taking a 14-point lead, which was the difference in the final score.

Two fumbles and one interception gave the Ravens the opportunity to overtake the young Falcons and leave the Georgia Dome with the win.

“(The coaches) told us that we’re not going to be able to practice every situation that we’re going to be in in a game,” rookie wide receiver Marcus Jackson said. “We came out today and we had our backs against the wall and we just tried to go out and continue to make plays.

“We weren’t too successful tonight, but we’re going to go back to practice on Saturday and try to get those things corrected.”

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