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07/31/2014 LB Sean Weatherspoon, who is recovering from Achilles surgery, is roommates with quarterback Matt Ryan.

"He's in good spirits," Ryan said. "He's always in good spirits. He's a positive guy. I know that it hurts him. It stings that he's going to miss this season."

Weatherspoon has been present at the linebacker meetings and has helped Paul Worrilow get used to calling the signals.

----------------------------------------------- QB Matt Ryan who after going 4-12 and suffering though his first losing season, completed some cognitive work on his brain through a company called CogniSens, Inc. over the offseason.

The firm, which uses a NeuroTracker, which uses some 3D cognitive training technology, to increase players' awareness and focus.

"It's been pretty good," Ryan said. "It's for special awareness. It's for trying to train your vision. It's been something that I've worked really hard on this offseason."

----------------------------------------------- DE Osi Umenyiora said he feels a responsibility as the team's best pass rusher to help improve the team's pass rush.

"Yeah, no question," Umenyiora said. "But we have some young guys that can do it. We've got some young guys who can play, but they are going to have to step up. The pass rush can't just be one guy; it has to be a collective thing. As a group, we are going to be much better than we were last year."

----------------------------------------------- NT Paul Soliai invited all of the defensive linemen to his house for big cookout.

"I had my bar-b-cue chicken, cow peas and some short ribs," said Soliai, who's 6-foot-4 and 345 pounds. "All of the boys showed up and we got to talk more. We caught up and got to know each other. It was a good thing. It was something that I did in Miami. I had every rookie and all of the defensive line players over just to start creating that bond that we'll need not only off the field, but on the field."

Soliai, a former Pro Bowler, signed a five-year, $33 million contract with the Falcons in March.

----------------------------------------------- LT Sam Baker is off to a strong start after recovering from right knee surgery over the offseason. Some of the other players coming back from injuries -- wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive end Kroy Biermann -- are on limited practice schedules. "I'm feeling good," Baker said.

----------------------------------------------- OT Jake Matthews knew how to win over the vets. He got tips from his dad, uncle and cousins.

"My main goal, like I said from day one, is to prove that I'm worth that pick," Matthews said. "I just think that I'm with a great organization. I'm glad to be here and I'm just going to keep working."

Matthews is getting a lot of help from the veterans.

"(Left tackle) Sam Baker is a guy that I've been talking to a lot," Matthews said. "He's done it a long time and has done it the right way."

----------------------------------------------- RB David Wilson is out indefinitely and will not play in Sunday's Hall of Fame preseason opener and his football future is in question.

Wilson awaits an appointment on Aug. 4 with Dr. Frank Cammissa at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Dr. Cammissa is the surgeon who performed Wilson's spinal fusion.