Falcons set to open ‘private’ minicamp tomorrow

Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons will open their unofficial minicamp on Tuesday at an undisclosed site. The camp is closed to the public.

The players, who are locked out and can not use the team’s facilities, will hold their own seven-on-seven drills.

Last season, the Falcons held their minicamp May 7 through 9.  The team’s organized training activities were held May 25 through June 17.

Most of the players have been participating in a strength and conditioning program in Cumming since early March. Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White are expected to participate in the minicamp. It is not known if rookie Julio Jones will attend.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Here We Go Again Flacons

May 9th, 2011
4:27 pm

ajc freak

May 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

Football Maniac!

May 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

Football Maniac!

May 9th, 2011
4:37 pm

ok Third!! I’m glad the players are taking the initiative to do this on their own! I can’t wait for FOOTBALL SEASON!! I’m BORED!!!

Beckzhere

May 9th, 2011
4:37 pm

Julio BETTER be there! He needs to fully understand what this franchise sacrificed to bring him here and do everything humanly possible to justify it.

Rikus

May 9th, 2011
4:43 pm

Julio needs to find himself a house. It’s not like he has nothing to do between now and September but practice. Of course it would be great if he made these unofficial practices, but give the guy a break!

DawgFalconFan

May 9th, 2011
4:46 pm

Just to be clear. Who’s running the minicamp? The players correct?

Durtyburd

May 9th, 2011
4:47 pm

Is the “minicamp” being organized by some of the players or what?

Common Sense

May 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

Durtyburd,

No, the Falcons orginization is holding an illegal mini camp to spite Goodell and all the owners including their own.

falcon forever

May 9th, 2011
4:54 pm

Julio is not under contract yet so don t look for him to be there

Cornerback Smurf

May 9th, 2011
5:03 pm

Julio shouldn’t be there to risk injury and millions of dollars if he has any sense. Now if he plans to attend to start learning the plays, then that’s different.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2011
5:03 pm

DawgFalconFan — Correct. The players.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2011
5:05 pm

Falcon forever — Julio could come and take out an injury policy. Several players without contracts are expected.

Ball Hawk

May 9th, 2011
5:48 pm

I hate reading the comments here because folks douche it up with that 1st, 2nd, 3rd crap. Aaaaaaanyway…. I’m loving the fact that our guys are doing this.

Durtyburd

May 9th, 2011
5:56 pm

Common Sense,
The falcons are holding an illegal minicamp? That sounds unethical. Maybe the birds should call up Thomas Paine.

Get it?!

terrance X

May 9th, 2011
5:56 pm

i second that emotion regarding, Julio. the man does not have a contract, so if he injures himself what then. Beckzhere why don’t u cover the premium on an insurance policy since he better be there. :)

on another note i’ve sent email’s via the falcon website asking that Blank and other owners end the “lockout” while still negociating.

good luck with that i know – but perhaps fans from all over should do the same.

Falcon Fan

May 9th, 2011
6:02 pm

Its funny how much it bothers people to read first, second, third. If you don’t like it then skip them. What’s the big deal? People on blogs get bothered over the smallest things like first second third, or when a noob comes in a forum and ask a question. Chill out already!

tim

May 9th, 2011
6:06 pm

Did Da Falcons unofficially contact you so you can officially tell us that the are unofficially practicing at an unofficial undisclosed site??

Hamp

May 9th, 2011
7:31 pm

The haters live. Damned if u do damned if u don’t! Find another team!

TC

May 9th, 2011
8:43 pm

Julio needs to be cleared by doctors before he can participate people. No he does not need to risk further injury at this point…..my gosh

Saabotager

May 9th, 2011
9:15 pm

This is too dangerous for all involved.

Greg Mendel

May 9th, 2011
9:34 pm

Oh, for heaven’s sake! It’s football, not baseball. If the Braves did a voluntary mini-camp they’d all be on the DL. And, yes, I oppose disallowing deck chairs during games for major league position baseball players.

Falcons fan also

May 9th, 2011
9:57 pm

I have to agree withe poster at 6:02 who stole my highly original name. Who cares if someone wants to say first etc… The AJC blog bosses encourage this big time. If you want to get whiney about something focus on all the pathetic losers who live to post negative comments on message boards for teams they hate. These pitiful morons have to be some of the saddest people on the planet.

hiramsaint

May 9th, 2011
10:04 pm

hi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Firstsecondthird

May 9th, 2011
10:21 pm

The “first”, “second”, comments are childish and those who persist in it are immature and have nothing better to do.

Therefore: LAST!

JB

May 9th, 2011
10:21 pm

I want to read about football, not juvenile “first, second…” stuff.

SeenThisB4

May 9th, 2011
10:36 pm

The Saints will be FIRST, the falcan’ts will be LAST!!!

DirtyBird

May 9th, 2011
11:23 pm

Anyone have any ideas where this minicamp will take place? Gotta be somewhere up by FB, you’d think.

moe

May 10th, 2011
1:26 am

you are so right seenthis b4 the saints will be first. the first to lose and the falcons will be the tEAM TO LOSE .

moe

May 10th, 2011
1:26 am

OPPS THE FALCONS WILL BE THE LAST TEAM TO WIN.

it's still me!!

May 10th, 2011
1:54 am

chem

May 10th, 2011
1:58 am

That’s precisely why Julio left Alabama just before earning his degree — so he could play pickup football for free! I wonder what the premium on a $60,000,000 insurance policy would be.

Past Falcon Faithfull

May 10th, 2011
3:03 am

Gentlemen, plan on watching college football only in the fall. The NFL will be the No Football League in 2011 and Tony G will be history in 2012. So same ol, same ol Falcons.

Monday NFL Wrap

May 10th, 2011
6:25 am

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2011
7:41 am

I’m hearing that Julio will be there and that he’s already been working out with Ryan and the WRs. I need to confirm this.

DirtyBird

May 10th, 2011
7:48 am

D-Led, are you going?

Dawgy Style

May 10th, 2011
7:55 am

An insurance policy would make sense. What if he trips getting off of the toilet?

BULLDOGMANIAC

May 10th, 2011
8:22 am

Julio MUST be there!! After the Falcons giving so much up to get this guy he had better be doing as much as possible.

Chickenman

May 10th, 2011
8:25 am

Julio ooooooooooooo

nes

May 10th, 2011
8:39 am

What is wrong with this picture on players scheduled private practice? Owners and players please reach an agreement and lets play football! Mr. Blank, use your influence with the other owners and bargain in good faith with the players. Players, use some common sense in your demands, after-all, you are working for your franchise owners and that is not going to change. All i can add to this is: don’t let the actions of a few on both sides keep the majority from reaching a new agreement both sides can live with! This is driving us football fans crazy who work for pennies a day but love our football games!

RonnieMackATL

May 10th, 2011
8:55 am

Now is when a team will win the Super Bowl. The team that has guys sit around and not go to camps like this aren’t going to be ready. Hopefully, the Falcons will all be there and will do what they need to do to be ready for Week 1 in Chicago. Hopefully, the Falcons have enough good leadership to run an effective camp. Hopefully….

#10Fan4Life

May 10th, 2011
9:22 am

I am just happy there is football news to read about! Thanks DOL.

ddawgdavis

May 10th, 2011
9:44 am

I hope the AJC is covering this workout. I want to know who showing up and putting work in. I see on Twitter that Lofton, Weatherspoon, and Peters are asking other folks if they are coming.

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (take painkillers) B4

May 10th, 2011
10:03 am

Da Saynts wil win evry super bowl for da next 20 years.

Barkin'Dog

May 10th, 2011
10:12 am

I hate reading comments here about people hating people saying they’re 1st, 2nd, etc.
Sports fans are here to read about competitors, and competition… and (of course) many themselves are competitive. A race to be 1st, 2nd, etc. is a form of competition. So, get over it and have fun with it… or just ignore it… but don’t hate it. Go Dawgs, Falcs, Braves and especially, tonight, GO HAWKS!

You Cheap Dime Store Hood

May 10th, 2011
10:18 am

Yawn. Big deal. It’s 7-on-7.

Casey

May 10th, 2011
10:21 am

Why do you have to single out Julio like that?? Why not “It is unknown if (insert any other player’s name here) will attend? Give me a break!

Chucktown38

May 10th, 2011
11:22 am

The problem with first second and third is fools do it while trying to bag groceries and fetch carts from the parking lot. Then try to make stupid points about something they know nothing about

Chainman

May 10th, 2011
11:23 am

Yesssssss! Let’s get it started in here!!!!

chem

May 10th, 2011
11:25 am

I hate reading comments here about people hating other people that are hating people saying they’re 1st, 2nd, etc.