5 things to know about the Falcons on Thursday

img_9716FLOWERY BRANCH – Here are five things to know about the Falcons, who practice at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

1. Freeney arrives. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Dwight Freeney, who’s set to sign his contract, went to Indianapolis and is set to arrive in Flowery Branch today.

2. Ryan to talk. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was sharp in the red zone drills on Wednesday, is set to speak to the media after practice. Ryan has had a rash of interceptions early in camp, but Quinn attributed that to experimentation with route combinations.

3. Friday Night Lights.  The Falcons will travel to Grayson High School in Loganville for “Friday Night Lights.” Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the team takes the field at 7:30 p.m. The practice will be hosted by Wes Durham and Dave Archer and will feature a performance by the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, interactive games, as well as player autographs. The night will conclude with a fireworks show.

4. Julio Jones speaks. Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones spoke about his status in the league. He’s not the bragging type, but he noted that he doesn’t watch or compare himself to other top receivers including Pittsburgh’s sensational Antonio Brown.

5. Beasley hyped about Freeney signing. The Falcons plan to use Dwight Freeney as a nickel rusher. Second-year linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley can’t wait to pick his brain.

Check back to AJC.Com and MyAJC. com after practice for updates.


Freeney chart

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

August

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.

Depth chart. Here’s the updated training camp depth chart after Freeney’s deal:

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 87 Devin Fuller, 18 Jordan Leslie

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 79 Shabaz Ahmed

C   51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland, 69 Jake Reed

RG 65 Chris Chester, 68 Mike Person, 64 Collin Rahrig, Michael Huey

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris, 66 Laurence Gibson

TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Austin Hooper, 86 D.J. Tialavea, 82 Joshua Perkins, 49 Arthur Lynch

WR Mohamed Sanu, 14 Eric Weems, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 15 Nick Williams, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic, 6 Corey Washington, 89 Chris King

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub, 4 Matt Simms, 13 Sean Renfree

RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward, 35 Gus Johnson, 20 Brandon Wilds

FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 39 Will Ratelle

NICKEL DEFENSE

RDE Dwight Freeney, 99 Adrian Clayborn, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 75 Brandon Williams

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 96 Nordly Capi, 98 Cory Johnson

DT 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 48 Ivan McLennan, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr, 54 Efe Obada

LB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 41 Philip Wheeler, 46 Torrey Green

LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

RCB 23 Robert Alford, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 32 Jalen Collins (Suspended for 4 games)

NCB 34 Brian Poole,  29 C.J. Goodwin

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 25 Akeem King, 38 David Mims II, 39 Jordan Sefon

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman, 34 Brian Poole

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

BASE 4-3

RDE  99 Adrian Clayborn, Dwight Freeney, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 71 Brandon Williams, 96 Nordly Capi

DT  77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson

NT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE  90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr

WLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 46 Torrey Green, 48 Ivan McLennan

MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

SLB 44 Vic Beasley, 41 Philip Wheeler, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw,

RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon, 34 Brian Poole

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 26 Tevin Coleman, 87 Devin Fulller, 14 Eric Weems,  16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic

PR 26 Tevin Coleman, 87 Devin Fuller, 14 Eric Weems, 85 J.D. McKissic, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden

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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26 comments
Gregory Buckman
Gregory Buckman

Man he 54 years old! \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Bruce Lang
Bruce Lang

Sigh...for the last time...the offensive line was the fourth BEST in the league last year. Ryan is AVERAGE at best.

Charles Clarke
Charles Clarke

Hopefully Matt, is getting all the kinks out , cause the way how the system for Atlanta now is they will replace players in a minute, figure of speech that is , I just don't want to see the young man go and not go to the SB, he has the potential to do so

Bruce Lang
Bruce Lang

No He DOES NOT. Nine years dude,he is what he is.

Dantanya Thomas
Dantanya Thomas

Practice or not Matt Ryan has been a Interception king , he is the only remaining piece with the same results red zone trouble and 3rd down. How many offensive coordinators head coaches SOS . I'm a big falcon I'm not jumping ship nor do I have a alternate team

Daniel Follick
Daniel Follick

Thays why quinn hired schaub.. He isnt the best on the planet but he is good and hs a stronger arm.. He will be playing this year, just watch

Jacob Quigg
Jacob Quigg

Come on D. Led. Could it be that the receivers ran the wrong route? The balls not going to hit the ground in Atl. If the receivers don't catch it the DBs will.

Kamau As-Salaam
Kamau As-Salaam

Shanny was showing Austin Hooper where he messed up a route. Some people are stupid bruh

Jay Glover
Jay Glover

Man kyle caught an interception in practice today mark my words he will expose the real Matt Ryan this year I like dude but he don't have no Killer Instinct

Phil Dreer
Phil Dreer

Part of the process. He'll watch the film and try to get better next time.

Lonz Dgreat
Lonz Dgreat

I have faith in him if they've really reconstucted the offensive line then that should give him more time to make his reads because Matt Ryan can slang that B**** when he's in his zone. But nonetheless you see that guy behind you? He's one of the Falcons OG's that'll take his spot.

Bo Swanson
Bo Swanson

People this is training camp, they all trow picks in camp, come-on already

Steve Capozello
Steve Capozello

If we suck this year we better draft that kid from Clemson We're going to have to have the number one pick but it might be time to move on from Ryan if that's the case

Gregory Keith Duncan
Gregory Keith Duncan

Either Matt Ryan is still having problems figuring out Shanahans offense or the defense is getting really good in the secondary.

Ryan Heisserer
Ryan Heisserer

In the words of Allen Iverson "We Talking about practice" "PRACTICE" LOL

Bryan Newman
Bryan Newman

I'm a huge Matt Ryan fan, but didn't he "address" enough INTs last season? Time to get it right, get it tight!

Michael Carr
Michael Carr

He will be a third down back and able to teach Vic how to move and pass rush