5 things we learned about the Falcons this week

Who among you will Rise Up? (Curtis Compton /AJC)

Who among you will Rise Up? (Curtis Compton /AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The countdown to training camp is in high gear.

The Falcons report to training camp on Wednesday, July 27. The first practice is set for  Thursday, July 28. Here’s the training camp schedule with the list of practices that will be open to the public.

Here are five things we learned about the Atlanta Falcons this week:

1. Quinn wants fans to step up. Falcons coach Dan Quinn came from Seattle where their 12th man fans are a clear advantage. Falcons fans are known for arriving late and bailing early if things are not going well. Quinn would like to develop some rabid fans, who arrive on time, stay for the whole game and cheer loudly. 

According to a study by a pair of Emory professors, Atlanta fans are middle of the road.

Through a calculation called the “Dynamic Fan Equity,” which takes into account fans’ willingness to spend and social media banter — read, 15 years of attendance figures, plus 4 years of social media mining — the professors pit Falcons fans as 19th best (of 32 teams) in the NFL.

2. Neal working with Chancellor. Falcons first-round pick Keanu Neal has been working out with Seattle safety Kam Chancellor.

@BamBamKam wrote: “After a long day of working with the kids and getting drained by the sun. We still got back in the Lab and worked on technique and fundamentals. It’s about longevity, keep your eyes on the lookout for @keanu_neal. Humble and Hungry is all we know. There is no limits for this young man.” #NFL #BigSafeties #HeavyHitters #Humble #Hungry #FXF #EachOneTeachOne

3. Freeman’s carries to decrease. Much to the dismay of fantasy football owners, Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner wants to decrease Devonta Freeman’s carries this season. Tevin Coleman opened last season as the starting running back.

4. Ranking the newcomers. Center Alex Mack is the most in important newcomer. Here’s our ranking of the top 10 newcomers to the Falcons this offseason.

5. Youth Coaching Clinics. The Falcons will host a youth football coaching clinic at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also host a youth football coaching clinic at Meadowcreek High on Saturday, July 23. Registration is required.


TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Here’s a closer look at the training camp schedule:

July

27 – Wednesday, team reports for camp.

28 – Thursday, practice open to public, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

29 – Friday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

30 – Saturday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

31 – Sunday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

August

1 – Monday, no practice.

2 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

3 – Wednesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

4 – Thursday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5 – Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Grayson High School

6 – Saturday, players off.

7 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

8- Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

9 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

10 – Wednesday, public practice 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).

12 – Friday, closed practice.

13 – Saturday, players off.

14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

16 – Tuesday, public practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

PROJECT PASS RUSH

Dan Quinn pressing all buttons to create a pass rush

How does drafting Keanu Neal help the pass rush?

DL line coach Bryan Cox: Hageman needs to improve his play

LB coach Jeff Ulbrich: ‘Cream will rise’ at linebacker for Falcons

Defensive coordinator Richard Smith pleased with early progress of the defense

Falcons still have a spot for DT Jonathan Babineaux

Dwight Freeney 95 percent certain that he will play in 2016

Falcons working 80 percent of time on pass rush

Weatherspoon on Freeney: ‘He still has it’

90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS — POSITION BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Running backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Tight ends

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive line

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Linebackers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Specialists

 

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