I had a football coach who used to preach that "Football's a contact sport. Either you hit somebody, or your butt (clean version) gets hit."
My appreciation for that simple logic is part of what keeps me from getting too excited about the organized team activities (OTAs) that NFL teams engage in every year, but since I'm a football addict like you, I still can't help but keep up with what's happening as the teams practice in jerseys, shorts and helmets.
The Atlanta Falcons' OTAs may not include contact drills, but they still present players with an opportunity to get noticed by the coaching staff heading into training camp next month because coaches are always evaluating players in the offseason.
Join me as I look at five Atlanta Falcons' players whose stock is heating up with the weather, as the team concludes it's second week of OTA sessions.
Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all analysis in this article is based on coach and player interviews found on AtlantaFalcons.com Media Lounge, the AtlantaFalcons.com FalconCast with Jay Adams and Daniel Cox and reporting by D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.