Coming off an 11-5 season, the Atlanta Falcons open up training camp on July 28. Here is the team’s schedule prior to the 2017 regular season.
When is Falcons training camp? (All times local)
7/28 – 10:00 a.m.
7/29 – 10:00 a.m.
7/30 – 10:00 a.m.
7/31 – 10:00 a.m.
8/2 – 10:00 a.m.
8/3 – 10:00 a.m.
8/4 – 10:00 a.m.
8/5 – 7:00 p.m.
8/7 – 10:30 a.m.
8/8 – 10:00 a.m.
8/9 – 10:30 a.m
8/14 – 10:00 a.m.
8/15- 10:00 a.m.
8/16 – 10:00 a.m.
Where is Falcons training camp?
Team headquarters — Flowery Branch, Ga.
8/10 – Miami Dolphins
8/19 – Pittsburgh Steelers
8/26 – Arizona Cardinals
8/31 – Jacksonville Jaguars
DE – Takkarist McKinley – Round 1
McKinley probably winds up a Top 15 pick had he not been underwent post-Combine shoulder surgery. Fortunately for the Falcons, “Takk” slipped a bit and the club pounced on one of the trendiest pass rushers in the draft. The 21-year-old had his breakout campaign last season, totaling 10 sacks. On the opposite side of Vic Beasley, the Falcons could have a steady pass rush for years.
WR/KR – Andre Roberts – Free Agency
Not the flashiest of signings, but Atlanta got Roberts cheap on a one-year, $1.8 million deal. He’s sure to find some sort of time in the offense at wide receiver while occupying the vacancy left by Eric Weems, who signed with the Tennessee Titans, as a returner.
DT – Dontari Poe – Free Agency
Speaking of the pass rush, the Falcons lured in Poe, who had bypassed more money to join the NFC champs. He has already cashed in on weight incentives with his new team.
“The No. 1 storyline heading into this season will be how this talented young team recovers from its devastating Super Bowl loss to New England. If the Falcons can put it in their rearview mirror, they will have a chance to make a deep Super Bowl run again.
They have a terrific QB, an elite WR, a diverse run game and an improving defense that is young and athletic and has playmakers on all three levels. They have two new coordinators but the schemes won’t change, and it should be an easy transition for the players. We know this offense will score a lot of points and the Falcons are willing to ‘grow’ with a lot of young players on defense and their mistakes, and now it should pay off.” – FanRag Sports’ Gary Horton