Leonard Hankerson impresses during Falcons' Training Camp

FLOWERY BRANCH — Prior to the start of Friday’s training camp, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told the media to look out for wide receiver Leonard Hankerson.

“Hank I thought has really jumped out to me on the offensive side with some big catches throughout the OTAs,” Quinn said in June.

During the first day of training camp Hankerson impressed again. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound wideout made a handful of impressive grabs.

“He did good,” fellow receiver Roddy White said. “He made a lot of plays today. Especially on the bench he caught over (near the sideline) and an over the middle route. He did a lot of good things today.”

Hankerson played in just one game last season for the Washington Redskins as he recovered from knee injury suffered during the 2013 season.

The former University of Miami star said he feels comfortable in Atlanta after signing with the team in March.

“Definitely,” he said. “I’m good, man. I’ve been working. Working hard in the offseason, doing what I’ve got to do, putting in work, and that’s what it’s all about. Coming in and doing your job and doing it consistently and making things happen.”

Hankerson does have a bit of a level playing field when it comes to competing for playing time with the other receivers, in that the Falcons are installing a new offense with coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

The Falcons are playing faster on offense now than they were during the first series of OTAs with the new system Hankerson said.

“Yeah, of course,” he said. “Everybody knows it now, so we can go out there and be comfortable. We complete passes, we can do what we’ve got to do and make the plays.”

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