FLOWERY BRANCH -- With Independence Day in our rear view mirrors, the countdown to training camp can officially start.
The Falcons report to training camp on Wednesday, July 27. The first practice is set for Thursday, July 28. Here's the training camp schedule with the list of practices that will be open to the public.
Here are five things we learned about the Atlanta Falcons this week:
1. Julio Jones ranked No. 8. Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was revealed as the 8th ranked in the league on the NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2016, which aired Wednesday.
The popular offseason list is determined solely by the votes of current players.
This will mark Jones’ fourth appearance on the list and he is the second Falcons player listed this offseason. Running back Devonta Freeman was 50th.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who's still being knocked for not diving on a loose ball in the Super Bowl, was voted the top player in the league.
With Newton heading up the list, the top 10 also included (in descending order): Odell Beckham Jr., Rob Gronkowski, Jones, Luke Kuechly, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Antonio Brown, J.J. Watt and Tom Brady.
2. Ryan’s jersey to get retired. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will have his college jersey retired by Boston College during the upcoming football season , the school announced on Tuesday.
Ryan, who holds several of the school’s passing records, will be honored during the November 18th game against Connecticut. He was at the school Wednesday to take part in a press conference.
The school will also retire Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly’s number this upcoming season.
“Boston College is an amazing place,” Ryan said in a statement. “I am very fortunate to have had so many great memories during my college years at BC. I continue to be so fortunate with the retirement of my jersey and I am humbled that it will hang in Alumni Stadium with BC legends Doug Flutie, Mike Ruth and now Luke Kuechly.”
3. Ryan Cameron to co-host pregame show. The affable Ryan Cameron will join Mike Conti as a pre-game host for Atlanta Falcons games this season on 92.9/The Game.
The V-103 morning host is an Atlanta native and big sports fan who already joins various shows on occasion on the Game, which is owned by the same company CBS Radio.
Cameron, during the basketball season, has been the in-game announcer at Philips Arena for the Atlanta Hawks since 2004.
The radio host’s first appearance on the pre-game show will be August 11 for an exhibition game.
In an interview, Cameron, who went to Campbell High in Smyrna and University of West Georgia, said he was interested in doing more sports and both the Falcons and his boss Rick Caffey agreed.
4. Alford working with Ryan Clark. Falcons cornerback Robert Alford has been working out with former NFL cornerback Ryan Clark at Traction Sports in Baton Rouge, La.
5. Stickers are on the helmets. Falcons long snapper tweeted out a picture on the helmets and shoulder pads being ready and stacked in the lockers.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Here’s a closer look at the training camp schedule:
27 – Wednesday, team reports for camp.
28 - Thursday, practice open to public, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
29 – Friday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
30 – Saturday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
31 – Sunday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1 - Monday, no practice.
2 - Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3 – Wednesday, public practice, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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.
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