Falcons release training camp practice dates

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, left, talks with head coach Mike Smith during the morning session on the second day of NFL football minicamp at the team's training complex in Flowery Branch, Ga., Saturday, May 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, left, talks with head coach Mike Smith during the morning session on the second day of NFL football minicamp at the team's training complex in Flowery Branch, Ga., Saturday, May 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

BIRDLAND – It’s 35 days before the Falcons are due to report for training camp.

But go ahead and get your digital and paper calendars out. (Some of us old-schoolers still write stuff down on old paper calendars and planners! Some of you big-timers, can call your executive assistants into your swank offices and have them set your calendars.)

The team released the practice schedule and 20 of the sessions, including the practices with the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars, are open to the public.

In addition to the 18 practices, the team will hold its Falcons Allstate All-Access “Friday Night Lights” scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 6 at North Gwinnett High school.

Also the public will have access to a Mock Game at Flowery Branch at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 7.

The Falcons will conduct 31 practices, including 15 two-a-day sessions, at their training facility.

The combined practices with New England and Jacksonville will be the first for the Falcons in six years.

Jacksonville will visit Atlanta for practices on Monday, August 9 and Tuesday, August 10; and New England will head to Flowery Branch for practice on Tuesday, August 17, two days before the teams battle in a preseason meeting at the Georgia Dome.

The last time Atlanta participated in combined practices was when they traveled to Tennessee during training camp in 2004.

Below are the details of the Falcons 2010 training camp practice schedule. Dates and times are subject to change. For additional information regarding changes in practice times or weather delays please call: 770.965.2752 or visit the Falcons mobile website at www.atlantafalcons.mobi.

Date Practice Times (public availability)

New England coach Bill Belichick won't need his hoodie for August practices in Flowery Branch. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

New England coach Bill Belichick won't need his hoodie for August practices in Flowery Branch. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Friday, July 30 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Saturday, July 31 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public).

Sunday, August 1 — Practice 9:35 – 10:30 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:55 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 2 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 3 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Wednesday, August 4 — Practice 1:30 – 3:40 p.m. (open to the public).

Thursday, August 5 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 6 — Practice 10:15 – 11:55 a.m. (open to the public)

Falcons Allstate All-Access “Friday Night Lights”

Team Scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School – 7:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 7 — Mock Game at Flowery Branch – 12:00 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 8 — No Practice.

JACKSONVILLE COMBINED PRACTICES

AT FLOWERY BRANCH

Wonder how Jack Del Rio would look with my teal bow tie?
Wonder how Jack Del Rio would look with my teal bow tie?

Monday, August 9 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (open to the public).

JACKSONVILLE COMBINED PRACTICES

AT FLOWERY BRANCH

Tuesday, August 10 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public).

Wednesday, August 11 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Thursday, August 12 — Practice 8:50 – 10:55 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 13 – Preseason Week 1 vs. Kansas City 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 14 –No Practice.

Sunday, August 15 — Practice 9:30 – 11:35 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 16 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

NEW ENGLAND COMBINED PRACTICES

AT FLOWERY BRANCH

Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public).

Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).

Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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156 comments Add your comment

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
10:10 am

I can’t wait!!!!!!

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

Football is just around the corner and Obama is one day closer to getting out of office. Ah, what a beautiful day!

Terrell

June 23rd, 2010
10:16 am

Yep FalconFan284 and then we can get a real nut job to run the office as effectively as Bush.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

This is a football blog. Obama does want a college playoff system for college football and he has a nice jumpshot.

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Some Sense

June 23rd, 2010
10:55 am

Check it out D Led…he actually shortarms his jumper.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
10:58 am

I’d take any nut job over Obama. Come on, you see the light as we all do two years later. A community organizer can’t run the country. I see alot of nut jobs (including Obama) in his cabinet. However, they’re all the same, reguardless of what badge they wear. I just want to see someone step up and lead this country back to greatness, whether he/she is a democrate or republican.

Oh……….GO FALCONS!!!!

truth

June 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

It’s funny how if you don’t agree with Obama you’re assumed to be a Bush supporter. He’s gone and we still need leadership.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

Some sense — It looked fine during the Marv Albert interview. Will go on youtube to see if the Commander-in-Chief is short-arming his Jumpers!

truth

June 23rd, 2010
11:02 am

sorry DLed…………..it’s just when you see this country in the mess it is in, football seems so minuet(sp?).

GO FALCONS!!!

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
11:05 am

truth — Didn’t Bush and his folks get us in this mess? Either him or Clinton? Going to take time and talent to fix it. Bush had time, but arguable no talent. BETTER get back to football.

Mike

June 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

Any chance the Falcons take a look at Bobby McCray, given he played for Coach Smith in Jacksonville?

truth

June 23rd, 2010
11:13 am

As with Obama…..you need to let go of the past and take care of the present. And yes it will take time to fix the problems but adding more debt than all the previous presidents combind won’t do it. I guess playing more golf in two years than the past three presidents combind will give him the talent he needs to fix it. Drop the kool-aid……we need a leader. I’m over the blame game.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

Never said I was a Bush supporter. You are assuming. I vote on principle not political party. I vote on a persons character, not the color of their skin.

blord

June 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Geeez guys, I was all pumped after i read DOL’s article and was excited to see the comments. Then this turned into a political discussion. I am sure that there are many of us that disagree politically yet we are united by a common love for the birds. Can we please just keep it at that? Sports is where I go to forget about the junk going on in the world. Politics are important but football is an escape and it would be great if we could just keep it that way. With respect – lets just get excited about being able to see Brady, Moss, Jones Drew, Ryan, Turner, and Spoon. :)

robertussen

June 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

if you vote for a president youre dumb. there is two party puppet system set up. mccain would have been no better. they are all the same. we havent had a real pres. sense kennedy who spoke out against secret groups. the only way to fix things is with a revolution like the french did. but you arent gonna do that youre just gonna sit on your butt in front of the computer and complain. so keep it to football dude.

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

DLED—Since you asked, the entire thing started durring the Clinton Administration when they demanded Banks to lend money to people with questionable credit. In 2004, Bush called for hearings into the housing committee to see if the practice should end. However, Ben Bernakey told then President Bush that there was nothing wrong with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. He repeated those sentiments in 2007 and 2008, shortly before the housing collapse. Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd and Harry Reid all agreed with him. Obama also agreed with Bernakey and sat on the housing committee. Since, that is where the economy began to falter then it is accurate to point at Obama’s lack of credible leadership when he is blaming Bush for this mess.
I’ll also point out that Obama has had 67 days to address the Gulf Oil Spill, has turned down 13 nations that offered help(including Denmark that had ships capable of containing the spill less then 1,300 miles from the Gulf), has established no plan to deal with the spill, points his finger at BP and Bush and is now receiving from within his own Party. I haven’t even talked about him taking over the banking industry, GM, Chysler or healthcare. Let alone the fact that Americans are having major set backs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Or that the national debt has tripled within his first two years in office. He’s created a permanent bailout for his supporters on Wall Street, that our children and grand children will have to pay for, in the future. He’s also passed the single largest tax increase in History and let the Bush tax cuts fall away. Unless I’m missing something, asking who’s ass to kick is not very Presidential.
Obama’s had the time but, as the Japanese Prime Minister once put it, “Obama is taking the American people on a path to Hell.” With talent like that we can ill afford much more of his time!

Now, back to football. I am really looking forward to the practices with the Pats and Jags. They should give us a good indication of where the Falcons have improved and where they need to improve.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

robertussen……want some cheese with that whine? Why is McCan’t even brought up? And I agree they are all the same…….politicians. Like wrestlers, after the fight they go out to eat and laugh at those who cheer or jeer them.

Anywho, looking forward to a great season from the bords and I will leave politics out of it from now on.

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Blord—Well said. I hope that I can restrain from talking about football for a little bit. I’m sorry I even started it.

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
12:04 pm

My bad, it was Barney Frank that was the head of the Housing Committee that Obama sat on for two years.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
12:06 pm

FalconFan284…….you have hit the head on the nail. We need a leader not a blamer.

GO FALCONS!!!!

truth

June 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Ok…..I’ll stop, promise. Don’t want to hurt feelings or start a fight.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
12:10 pm

It’s OK to have a little political discussion. Everybody seems to agree that we’ve got problems and they need fixing.

waynester

June 23rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Man-O-Man it’s hot out here today–guess that’s why all the political talk. Both major political parties are equally responsible for the mess we’ve been in for over a century and yet we continue to let them play keep-away with our government. Unimaginably wealthy and powerful individuals have always been able to manipulate us and our “representatives” with ease. The founders of our Republic warned us that these things would happen without constant vigilance and guess what…. Literally, generations of Americans have grown up believing that this is the way things ought to be, virtually insuring the contiuation of our sorry condition. Every time signifigant opposition to the status quo arises, a manufactured “crisis”will distract us enough to sap the energy building toward real change. It’s been working for hundreds of years. I had hoped that the relatively free exchange of ideas via the internet would be the vehicle for America to break free from our collective programming and actually overcome the obstacles placed in the way of true Liberty (and perhaps it will) but I remain pessimistic.
I am, however, optimistic about our Falcons’ upcoming season…bread and circuses for all!

JB FALCON

June 23rd, 2010
12:31 pm

If ya’ll want to talk politics, why don’t you go to a political blog? Personally, I talk football, as said previously, to keep my mind off of the political mess we are in.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

We don’t need to keep off mind off the political mess. I have two children who will suffer from political decisions that are being made. We, plain and simple, need true American leadership, whoever that may be and from whatever party they may be from.

ATLDAWG

June 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Thanks waynester enough said!!! GO FALCONS!!

dub366

June 23rd, 2010
12:49 pm

truth you need to get a life

Blue Fender

June 23rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Can’t we all just get along?

truth

June 23rd, 2010
12:59 pm

dub366…………trying to but the current administration want let go of it.

GO FALCONS!!

truth

June 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

dub366….it’s apparent you want nor will be affected by whats going on or you too would realize how your life is also slowly being taken away.

I don’t want what others have worked hard for, I want what I’ve worked hard for.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
1:12 pm

Some dude named “Blangadanger” just tweeted this to AJCFALCONS: “This just in: Obama names Landon Donovan new commander of US armed forces stationed in Afghanistan.”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Falconsfan284 — Thanks. Some folks want to blame Lil’ Bush and the misguided Nancy Reagan years. (They are certain she was running the country!!!) and now blame all of those messed-up Republican years on Obama. Just saying . . . BACK to football.

WHO’S going to the Patriot practices. (Speaking of tea parties and all!) Will Belichick get to set up as many cameras as he wants?

truth
– That “real” American leadership talk could easily be misconstrued.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
1:25 pm

DLed………are you still drinking the kool-aid? This country is on a fast downward spiril and our “leaders” don’t know what to do……well they play a good golf game and have a good lay-up. Oh…I forgot, that’s all they need. I’ve been complaining about leadership in the White house since George Sr. was in office……just wait’n for a leader like Kennedy or Reagan.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
1:26 pm

DLed…..you are correct about the “real” comment but it’s not intended that way. We haven’t had “real” leadership in the White house in a long time.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
1:32 pm

That’s another problem…..why all of a sudden when you talk politics anything said is looked at for racial divisions. IDK?????? Do we not all bleed the same color blood? Do we all not have problems that need sound leadership, local or federal goverment? When will we all get tired of both parties playing the blame game? GO FALCONS!!!!!! However, we can still blame ref’s. :)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
1:33 pm

BREAKING: Obama relieves the zany Gen. McChrystal of Afghan command, will install Gen. Petraeus in his place, AP reports — tweet from FOX

BACK TO FOOTBALL — Wonder how much Tom Brady will practice when the Pats come to town.

F4L

June 23rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Guys….we all know the answer…

Landon Donovan for President!!!

F4L

June 23rd, 2010
1:35 pm

We accumulates more debt from 2000-2006 than from 1776 to 2000…of course it’s going to take a while to fix the mess.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 23rd, 2010
1:37 pm

truth — When it comes to politics aren’t you supposed to Draft the Best Player available? Just like in the NFL. Clearly, Obama could take Bush on the court.

F4L
– Let’s wait for Landon to bring home some gold, first!!!

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
1:42 pm

Dled—-And people were convinced Hillary was running the country while Billy Bob was running after girls. And the only ones blamming the “messed up” Republican years on Obama, is Obama!!!! Facts are facts, the economy collapsed based on the housing industry, causing the banks that lended money to fall into trouble and Obama sat on the housing committee. Now, he has done nothing but put the country into hock and jeopardize our future standing due to his incredible lack of leadership.
Leadership, like Matt Ryan displays on the field every Sunday. Standing poised in the pocket while defenders are zipping by his head and still winning the game!!!!

ocee

June 23rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Truth, Obama is not so bad. Things may not be much better but that are not worse. We are better than when Mr. “What Recession” Bush left office. I’m ready for some Football.

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
1:46 pm

DLED—You don’t elect a President because they have a nice jump shot. You’re supposed to elect the individual that you believe will do the best job for America and protect our interests. Clearly, you are an Obama supporter. Which is great. We all make mistakes but knowing when you do and turning a blind eye to them marks the difference between a leader and a guy with a nice jump shot. Just think, have you ever heard Obama take the blame for something or has he just said Bush did it? You’ve heard him take plenty of credit without saying Bush did it though.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
1:48 pm

284……they don’t want facts, they want to blame. Isn’t Petraeus the same general Obama and his donkey friends call General betrayus a few years ago? They can’t even stand by their own convictions. Typical politics….whatever suits the mood.

DLed…..what has Obama done in two years that we should praise? All I know is the unemployment in my area is over 12% and has been for 2 years.

truth

June 23rd, 2010
1:50 pm

Againwe haven’t had true leadership in awhile.

eplayerj

June 23rd, 2010
1:53 pm

I am ready for Falcon Football, but I will bleed blue on 9/2. Go Georgia State.

high hopes

June 23rd, 2010
1:55 pm

when people like the truth do have a pot to piss in then they will see things differently. Until then just keep pointing fingers.

FalconsFan284

June 23rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Truth—–Yes Obama did refer to Gen Petreaus in some very derogatory ways, in the past, then he praised him until Petraeus disagreed with him. It’s the same old political BS that has been going on since the Grant administration.

Sick & TIred Of Being Sick & TIred

June 23rd, 2010
2:03 pm

I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming Falcons’ football season. I’m one who thinks that 4 pre-season games are a rip-off for the fans. GO FALCONS!!!!

I started to stay away from all the political stuff being thrown around on this blog, but in the vein of being “Sick & Tired”…..to those who don’t like the way the country is being run or the current politicians who are running it, then YOU RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE!!! It is so easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize…HELL…even a moron can do that because it is easier to point fingers than to effectively put in the time and effort to make things better. I still see people pumping gas at BP stations and going to Walmart to make substantial purchases weekly putting many of the local neighborhood stores out of business. I mean really…..GET REAL!!!! It is a lot more complex than those like “Truth” want you to believe. It took years to get where we are as a country.