5 things to know about the Falcons this week

Falcons running back Warrick Dunn gains ground against the 49ers on Nov. 4, 2007. CURTIS COMPTON / Staff

Falcons running back Warrick Dunn gains ground against the 49ers on Nov. 4, 2007. CURTIS COMPTON / Staff

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are five things you need to know about the Atlanta Falcons this week:

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.

1. Dunn’s statement. Falcons minority owner and former running back Warrick Dunn expressed his feelings on the shootings in his hometown on Sunday. Here’s his statement and the story.

2. Sideline reporters. Veteran broadcaster Laura Okmin has found a new niche within the changing landscape. She is taking it upon herself to help prepare the next wave of young women reporters. They will interview Falcons coach Dan Quinn, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and a handful of players.

3. Georgia National Guard honors Blank. The 121st Infantry Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard, hosted a military ball Saturday at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel to celebrate its storied history.

Arthur Blank, owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United, chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and co-founder of The Home Depot attended as the guest speaker for the event and was made an honorary commander of the regiment.

Georgia National Guard’s Adjutant General, Brigadier General Joe Jarrard was grateful for Mr. Blank’s attendance and his long-time support of the military.

“Mr. Blank and his businesses have supported our nation’s military throughout the years, and we’re proud to have him here with us,” said Jarrard.  “Through initiatives like the Atlanta Falcons’ player visits to our military bases and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s donations to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, he has demonstrated his love and commitment to our men and women in uniform as well as our military families.”

4. Offensive line honored. The Falcons offensive line, which added center Alex Mack over the offseason, is the fifth-rated unit in the league heading into training camp according analytics website profootballfocus.com.

5. Ojinnaka signs wrestling deal. Former Falcons lineman Quinn “Moose” Ojinnaka (2006-09) has built second career for himself in professional wrestling. He’s signed with TNA.

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

 

 

 

 

Offensive line honored. The Falcons offensive line, which added center Alex Mack over the offseason, is the fifth-rated unit in the league heading into training camp according analytics website profootballfocus.com.

 

https://twitter.com/PFF/status/754698773629136896

 

Ojinnaka signs wrestling deal. Former Falcons lineman Quinn “Moose” Ojinnaka (2006-09) has built second career for himself in professional wrestling. He’s signed with TNA.

 

 

 

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