FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons move into the third phase of their offseason program with the start of organized team activities at 12 p.m. today.
Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Monday:
1. OTAs start. Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the offseason program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. The Falcons hold OTAs sessions today, Tuesday and Thursday this week.
2. Minicamp. The offseason program will close with the team’s mandatory minicamp June 14-16. The Collective Bargaining Agreement also gives clubs the right to hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players, but this minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.
3. Go vote: Do you like the move of Vic Beasley to the strongside linebacker position in the team’s base defense?
4. Owners’ meeting starts today. The NFL owners’ meeting start today and runs through Wednesday in Charlotte. Tim Tucker will be on hand for the Super Bowl vote which is scheduled for Tuesday. Each bid city will get 15 minutes for a presentation. Atlanta’s will be delivered by Equifax chairman and chief executive officer Rick Smith and United Distributors president and chief executive officer Doug Hertz. Then Falcons owner Arthur Blank will have five minutes to make a final pitch, as will the owners of the teams in the other bidding cities.
5. Boykin to visit on Monday. Former Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, of Fayetteville, is set to visit the Falcons today. The Falcons are down a corner after not re-signing Philip Adams and with Jalen Collins set to serve a four-game suspension to start the season. The Falcons are currently and 89 players, one under the offseason roster limit of 90.
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