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Falcons return to the practice field today

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FLOWERY BRANCH – After taking a mandatory day off, the Falcons return to the field with a 10 a.m. walk-through and a full practice that is open to the public at 3:30 p.m. today.

Here are five observations from the first five days of training camp as the Falcons are trying to rebound from a 4-12 season. It should be noted that owner Arthur Blank was at practice on Monday and Tuesday.

That’s normal. He regularly comes to practice, but he was watching the practices as intensely as I’ve seen over the years. It was clear that he wanted to see if the adjustments and all the money he spent in free agency is going to help turn around the franchise. (Here's our "Falcons spent $80 million in free agency to buy some toughness" story from back in March.)

After the walk-through today, linebackers coach Glenn Pires, who has one of the most important units this season, and defensive backs coach Joe Danna, will be available to the media. Wide receiver Julio Jones is also set to address the media for the first time since training camp started.

The Friday Night Lights event is set for 6:45 p.m. Friday at Archer High in Lawrenceville.

It's going to be a big weekend for the franchise as defensive end Claude Humphrey will become the first Falcons player who played most of his career here to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Also, Falcons president Rich McKay has his second draft pick, Derrick Brooks, going in to the Hall of Fame. His first pick as a general manager for the Tampa Bay Bucs, Warren Sapp, went in last season.

Mrs. Kroy Biermann has been in the news lately. Somthing about six kids and a swimsuit. Nothing, about Kroy's swim move.

I'm off to Canton in the A.M. and will cover Humphrey's induction. Mike Cunningham, Chris Vivlamore, Erica Hernandez and Tanya Sichynsky will cover the Falcons over the weeked for Team AJC. (My posse is deep!!!)

After the busy weekend, the Tennessee Titans come in for practice on Monday and the first airing of Hard Knocks is at 10 p.m. next Tuesday.

Check back later for notes, stories and videos from today’s practice.


Osi Umenyiora tells us where's the pass rush going to come from

Dwight Lowery fitting in at free safety

Left tackle Sam Baker is off to strong start

Steven Jackson: "I kind of believed my own hype"

Roddy White not worried about his legacy, he wants Super Bowl rings


Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

Thursday, July 31                              Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Friday, August 1                              “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)

                                                            6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 2                          Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 3                             Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 4                           Combined Practice w/Tennessee  3-5:30 p.m.                                                (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 5                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Wednesday, August 6                    Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 7                         Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Friday, August 8                                Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                7:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Saturday, August 9                          Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)

 Sunday, August 10                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

 Monday, August 11                         Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

 Tuesday, August 12                         Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)

 Wednesday, August 13                 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Thursday, August 14                       Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Friday, August 15                             Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                        Falcons at Houston Texans

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

                                                                Break Camp

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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.