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Dan Quinn not ready to pick on Matt Ryan about interceptions

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he is not overly concerned with the handful of interceptions thrown by Matt Ryan through five training camp practices.

Ryan had two interceptions during Tuesday’s 11-on-11 drills. Cornerback Robert Alford stepped in front of a Ryan pass to Julio Jones in the flat, a pass Ryan didn’t appear to put enough zip on as Jones came out of break. Later, Ryan lofted a ball down the field to Jones, resulting in an interception by free safety Ricardo Allen.

On Saturday, Pro Bowler Desmond Trufant intercepted Ryan during 7-on-7 drills on a ball deflected by Alford. Ryan has had at least five interception total in various drills.

"No I’m not, to answer your question," Quinn said when asked if he was concerned about Ryan. "I know this is the time to try everything, whether it's a different route or a different look. It’s also an important part for the defense, too, like how they can get after the ball. So, no, for us this is what this time is all about in terms of getting timing down, getting the routes right. Some of that happens in training camp practices.

"For us, it’s about the ball. We know that. But I’ll have to go back and look and see if there was the decision that was one that we didn’t like."

Both Quinn and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan previously emphasized how much turnovers negatively impacted last year’s 8-8, postseason-less season. Ryan had 16 interceptions and five lost fumbles. Four of his interceptions came in the red zone.

"You don’t want to turn the football over, but you want to play aggressive," Ryan said of his mindset going into this season. "You have to play aggressive. And we need to do a little bit better job in that department -- be a little bit more secure with the football."

Ryan is getting accustomed to new weapons in wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and Aldrick Robinson, along with tight end Austin Hooper. To Quinn’s point, the defensive secondary has shown some improvement so far through training camp with the addition of strong safety Keanu Neal, the first-round draft pick out of Florida. And the defense typically looks better at this juncture of training camp with the offense being installed.

It will be worth monitoring to see if Ryan plays turnover-free football during his limited action in the preseason games.

At least Ryan had Jones back for a full practice Tuesday after the Pro Bowler was limited for four days as a result of an undisclosed injury.