Defensive end Chauncey Davis, fullback Ovie Mughelli and Atlanta native and former Baltimore Raven Daniel Wilcox are set to host the Downtown Locker Room (DTLR) and The Athletic Group (TAG) football camp on Saturday at the James R. Hallford Football Stadium located in Clarkston.
The price is right, too. It’s free.
“Instead of sitting in the house watching TV and playing video games, you can be outside doing something active and something positive,” Davis said.
They will go over comprehensive NFL football drills and conditioning for student-athletes ages 12 to 17.
“It’s a great chance to give back to the kids of the Atlanta community,” Mughelli said. “So I’m excited to work on this with my teammate Chauncey Davis and my former teammate Daniel Wilcox.”
The Falcons are planning more than just some football drills.
“We’ll also have some workshops to help them with their football skills, self-confidence and help them with things they could use in the future,” Mughelli said. “Give them some advice on how to tackle some of the obstacles that we’ve already been through that will probably be in their future.”
If you have a potential camper, you can register for the online at DTLR.com or on-site from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday.
McNAIR MUSINGS: Went to the Circle City Classic in 1991 to see Howard University take on Alcorn State at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
Had to write for USA Today and the Jackson, Miss. paper. It was either the second or third game of his career with the Braves. Back then he went by Steve “Air II” McNair. His brother, Fred was the original “Air McNair.”
The Bison hung with the Braves early, but McNair, who was tossing deep squares-ins from 40-yards away to eventual NFL player Torrance Smalls was too much to handle. The Braves won 46-27 and his legend continue to grow from there.
Mughelli was a teammate with McNair, who was murdered on Saturday in Nashville, when he played with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006.
“This is incredibly sad,” Mughelli said on Monday. “When I heard it, I couldn’t believe it.”
Mughelli played with the Ravens from 2003 to 2006. After a stellar career with the Houston/Tennessee Titans, McNair played his final two seasons with Baltimore in 2006 and 2007.
Mughelli left the Ravens after the 2006 season, when he signed an $18 million free agent deal with the Falcons.
“He’s a friend of mine,” Mughelli said. “I can remember the exact day when someone told me that the Ravens were going to get Steve McNair. I was giddy like a school girl. I watched him at Tennessee and respected him as a person. To have the chance to play with him was really a treat.”
GONZALEZ CORNER: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was recently a guest on the Jim Rhome show.
Our buddy J. Michael wrote a piece for the team website about how Gonzalez will be required to block more. He had some stuff left over from the end of OTA’s from OC Mike Mularkey. Do you think the Falcons gave up a second round pick to add a blocking tight end?
RAMS TO FOLLOW FALCONS PLAN: Chatted with former Falcons linebacker Chris Draft, who’s currently with the St. Louis Rams, recently about the Rookie Symposium. In light of the McNair and Sean Taylor killings, it’s going to be hard to talk players out of securing firearms. But hey, that’s another blog for Second Amendment day.
With Draft, we took the opportunity to see how things were going in St. Louis under first year coach Steve Spagnuolo.
The Rams are hoping to follow the turnaround model the Falcons set down last season.
“Things look really good,” Draft said. “We got a real nice overhaul, very similar to what the Falcons did last year by changing some leadership. I’m really excited about the changes that were made.
“The Miami Dolphins and the Falcons, did they change a huge amount of their teams? Not really. They added some big pieces, especially the Falcons with Matt Ryan and Michael Turner. But the thing that they did was really change around some of the leadership with the head coaching. It created a very focused approach toward what it was going to take to win. They got everybody to buy into that.
“That’s what we have right now. We had pretty much everybody at all of the workouts. It was very close to having 100 percent participation. Everybody has brought in and are committed to getting it down. With Coach Spags, it’s just a huge difference in making sure that we are right of top of understanding the situation with our jobs so that we can really just cut it loose and play together.”
TRAINING CAMP WARMUP: Just a couple more weeks until the opening of training camp. Here’s a little chat with the Football Guys (Cecil and Sigmund) on The Audible.
Here are couple of training camp facts:
The Falcons coaching staff has 207 years of NFL coaching experience.
Nine players from Georgia will enter camp on the roster. They are running back Thomas Brown (Tucker), wide receiver Harry Douglas (Jonesboro), linebacker Tony Gilbert (Macon), cornerback David Irons (Dacula), wide receiver Aaron Kelly (Marietta), cornerback William Middleton (Atlanta), long snapper Robert Shiver (Thomasville), quarterback D.J. Shockley (College Park) and cornerback Tony Tiller (Stone Mountain).
Wide receiver Roddy White will be looking to become the second player in team history to post three straight 1,000-yard seasons. He would join Andre Rison (1992 to 1994) in the exclusive club. (SOME YouTube video of Rison and Chris Miller working out of the Red Gun attack.) There’s that small matter of White’s contract extension that could get in the way. White’s camp had to like the three-year, $27 million extension that Greg Jennings signed with Green Bay recently).