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5 things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday

1. Practice today. The Falcons will hold a walk-through that is closed to the media and the public today. The Falcons open the exhibition season against Washington at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

2. Keanu Neal may not play. Falcons first-round pick Keanu Neal worked out with the training staff for most of practice on Tuesday. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team will make a decision today or on game day on his availability.

3. Ric Flair in the house. The players got a kick out of  Ric Flair, who was at practice on Tuesday.  He helped the Falcons break it down after practice with a "1-2-3- Wooooooo!"

4. Levitre having strong camp. Falcons left guard Andy Levitre is having a strong training camp, according to Quinn.

5.  Hageman adjusting. Falcons defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman i s adjusting to his new role as a backup defensive end.   " He’s done a good job in that transition,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Right now, he’s playing really solid ball and I think he’s an improved player from the 2015 season at least now in training camp.”

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With the Falcons opening the exhibition eason on Thursday, which position will be most closely analyzed under the microscope? Watch AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov for the answer.



10 - Wednesday -- Walk through -- closed to public

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 for Washington game. The Falcons, who open the exhibition season against Washington at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Georgia Dome released their first official depth chart for the 2016 season.

(The team calls it an ‘unofficial’ depth chart. But if they are releasing it, for our purposes, that makes it pretty official.)

While rookie linebackers Deion Jones and Dominique Campbell have been receiving most of the first-ream action at middle and weakside linebacker, veterans Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon are listed as the starters.

Also, rookie tight end Austin Hooper is listed as the No. 2 tight end ahead of veteran Levine Toilolo.

Recently acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney is listed as the third defensive end behind Adrian Clayborn and Brooks Reed.

On special teams, Tevin Coleman is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner and Eric Weems as the top punt returner.

Here’s how the depth chart is stacked heading into the exhibition opener:


WR Julio Jones, Justin Hardy, Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, Jordan Leslie, Corey Washington

LT Jake Matthews, Tom Compton, Laurence Gibson

LG Andy Levitre, Wes Schweitzer, Collin Rahrig

C Alex Mack, Ben Garland, Jake Reed

RG Chris Chester, Mike Person, Michael Huey

RT Ryan Schraeder, Bryce Harris, Shahbaz Ahmed

TE Jacob Tamme, Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo, D.J. Tialavea, Joshua Perkins, Arthur Lynch

WR Mohamed Sanu, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Williams, J.D. McKissic, David Glidden

FB Patrick DiMarco, Will Ratelle

QB Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Sean Renfree, Matt Simms

RB Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Terron Ward, Gus Johnson, Brandon Wilds

FB Patrick DiMarco, Will Ratelle


DE Adrian Clayborn, Brooks Reed, Dwight Freeney, Nordly Capi

DT Tyson Jackson, Jonathan Babineaux, Cory Johnson, Brandon Williams

DT Grady Jarrett, Courtney Upshaw, Joey Mbu, Chris Mayes

DE Derrick Shelby, Ra'Shede Hageman, Malliciah Goodman, Efe Obado

LB Vic Beasley, Philip Wheeler, Tyler Starr, Ivan McLennan

LB Paul Worrilow, Deion Jones, LaRoy Reynolds

LB Sean Weatherspoon, De'Vondre Campbell, Matt Wells

CB Robert Alford, Jalen Collins, C.J. Goodwin, David Mims II, Jordan Sefon

CB Desmond Trufant, Akeem King, Brian Poole, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Devonte Johnson

FS Ricardo Allen, Robenson Therezie, Sharrod Neasman

SS Keanu Neal, Kemal Ishmael, Damian Parms


K Matt Bryant, Nick Rose

KO Matt Bosher

P Matt Bosher

KR Tevin Coleman, Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, J.D. McKissic

PR Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, J.D. McKissic

LS Josh Harris

H Matt Bosher


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