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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons dig deeper into kicker situation by signing 2012 Vikings Pro Bowler Blair Walsh (29), last with the Seahawks. Coach Dan Quinn vowed to continue evaluating the kicking situation after Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 39-yarder Thursday night vs. Redskins. Tavecchio still on the roster, and no immediate indication that will change before upcoming preseason finale at Jacksonville. But Falcons surely won't keep two kickers on final 53-man roster. Tavecchio's remaining confident despite four misses in the preseason. “I go back to my spirituality, and I know God has a plan,'' the 29-year-old Tavecchio told ESPN. ``My job now is to discern what I'm supposed to learn from these experiences. ... You have to flush kicks in the preseason, when there's not as much on the line, so that if and when it happens in the regular season, you have those game reps already and how to handle the adversity.'' A little bit of a hitch has been discovered in Tavecchio's technique as compared to last year, a source told ESPN. We'll see if Tavecchio gets that cleaned up in time, or if the Falcons proceed with someone else, such as Walsh. There is no immediate indication of the Falcons having any intent to bring back Matt Bryant, 44, who still has a desire to kick and is the franchise's all-time leading scorer. One NFL assistant coach said he expects Bryant to be back on a roster after Week 1. His salary would be fully guaranteed if on a roster leading into Week 1.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Qadree Ollison led all Falcons running backs with 20 snaps vs. Redskins. He had 12 carries for 42 yards, including a tough, 8-yard run on fourth-and-2. Ollison, who lost one fumble, also played 10 snaps on special teams. Ito Smith played 17 offensive snaps and ran the ball 5 times for 23 yards and a TD; one catch for 9 yards. Smith also was back for a few kickoffs. Brian Hill played six snaps on offense and ran 4 times for 7 yards. Hill played 10 snaps on special teams. Dan Quinn said Ollison really "played behind his pads" and is letting folks feel his physicality and size.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian Blake played most snaps for Falcons receivers Thursday night with 25. Had one target from Matt Ryan but couldn't come up with diving catch. Still has a chance to catch on the 53 as another fast, big target, although he's not in the return mix. Rookie receiver Marcus Green, who played four snaps on offense and five on special teams, hurt his chances with the fumbled punt return. Falcons coach Dan Quinn expressed confidence that vet Kenjon Barner will "lead the way" in the return game.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn talks about still evaluating the kicking situation with Giorgio Tavecchio missing a 39-yarder Thursday night. Tavecchio has missed four this preseason with one blocked.

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Rookie Haskins leads Redskins past fumbling Falcons, 19-7

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins led Washington to three second-half scoring drives, including two set up by Atlanta's lost fumbles while attempting to field punts, and the Redskins took a 19-7 preseason win over the Falcons on Thursday night.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones stops to talk with honorary game captain D'Eric, who was born without a right leg. Jones extended the invitation to D'Eric during training camp.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons long snapper Josh Harris stops to take a photo with 17-year-old Chase McDaniel from Carrollton High, the same school Harris attended. McDaniel has Stage 4 lymphoma, but the cancer is shrinking, his mother told ESPN. McDaniel's high school coach firmly believes he will play DL/LB again.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

As Falcons face Redskins in preseason tonight, one thing to watch is the O-line after last week's shaky effort vs. Jets. A lot of eyes on second-year player Matt Gono at right tackle with the other two RTs, Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) and Kaleb McGary (heart procedure), recovering. Hard to imagine Gono starting the opener vs. strong Vikings defense with no career game experience, but he has a chance to show he's up to that possibility against Ryan Kerrigan and a solid Redskins' front. No doubt the 6-4, 305-pound Gono has physical tools, but can he handle the mental load? Not picking up the mental aspect in practice kept him from playing in a game last year, though the team prepared him to play. The left guard spot also one to watch with James Carpenter coming back from a quad injury to compete with Jamon Brown. Brown got pushed around by Jets rookie Quinnen Williams last week. Carpenter/Brown can't have the same physical issues against Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen. Said Falcons O-line coach Chris Morgan, “We've got a couple battles going on. We've definitely got to be better than we were the other night. We've got to be better with our sets. We've got to be better with our hands. We've got to be better protecting the QB as a group, period.''

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn didn't put a timetable on a full return, but rookie first-round draft pick Kaleb McGary is working his way back from a heart procedure starting with participation in walkthrough. McGary underwent a third cardiac ablation procedure July 31. Now, McGary's going through the return-to-play guidelines, which means easing into individual work. He has not be cleared for full contact and won't play in Thursday's preseason game vs. Washington. McGary, when healthy, is expected to compete with veteran Ty Sambrailo for the starting role at right tackle. Quinn revealed that Sambrailo is banged up as well coming off a shoulder injury following last week's exhibition vs. the Jets. Matt Gono listed as the third string right tackle, while veteran John Wetzel listed as the backup left tackle to starter Jake Matthews.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he doesn't believe nickel backs Damontae Kazee (ribs) and Kendall Sheffield (hamstring), along with wild receiver Russell Gage (hip). are believed to not have suffered long-term injuries. Hard for the Falcons to see top two nickelbacks go down, but Chris Cooper was the third guy up in that spot. Cooper practices at nickel and free safety.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn talked about possibility of keeping seven WRs on the 53-man roster. Last year's final depth chart had six WRs: Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Justin Hardy, Marvin Hall, and Russell Gage. Hall and Hardy were the return guys. Hall now in Chicago. Christian Blake pushing for a roster spot, while rookie Marcus Green trying to catch on as a return man despite battling hamstring injury. Whether Green makes it beyond practice squad will depend on how he shows rest of preseason, with RB Kenjon Barner making a case to handle returns after strong outing in Miami. Blake's speed can't be denied as an underdog to make roster. Teammates constantly talk about Blake. Olamide Zaccheus also impressive in camp.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons GM on DE Austin Larkin, who had a sack, five tackles, a tackle for loss, two QB hits, and a special teams tackle vs. Miami Thursday night: “Nice quick step. Gets around the corner well with athleticism. ... He's not the fastest guy, but he plays fast.'' Larkin has been in some practice packages with Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett. Larkin's uncle is baseball Hall of Famer and former ESPN analyst Barry Larkin.

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