Atlanta Falcons: Friday Night Lights tonight

 

110805 Norcoss : Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (center) tries to push through during the Friday Night Lights at Norcross High School in Norcross on Thursday, August 4, 2011. "Kia Motors Friday Night Lights" is open to the public and admission is free. This grassroots event includes a fan fest with interactive inflatable games, sponsor activation, a post event autograph session and a spectacular fireworks show. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

110805 Norcoss : Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (center) tries to push through during the Friday Night Lights at Norcross High School in Norcross on Thursday, August 4, 2011. This year's "Kia Motors Friday Night Lights" is open to the public and admission is free at Peachtree Ridge High tonight. This grassroots event includes a fan fest with interactive inflatable games, sponsor activation, a post event autograph session and a spectacular fireworks show. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Falcons coach Mike Smith expects six full-speed series in the team scrimmage Friday night at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee.

“There will be some live contact tomorrow,” Smith said. “The entire session won’t be live, but there’ll be enough opportunities for the guys to go out and compete. It’s one of the most fun things for our guys, believe it or not, they love to go back to the high school fields, and get on the grass and play in a small arena. They’re going to get a chance to do that on Friday, and come back and do it on Monday up in Dalton. We’re real excited to go up to Peachtree Ridge.”

However, the quarterbacks will be off limits in the event. They will wear non-contact jerseys.

“Part of the [scrimmage] will be controlled,” Smith said. “The quarterbacks will not be live the entire practice. It’ll be a controlled practice for about the first 40 snaps. We’re planning on having about six series of full speed. What we mean by full speed is everyone but the quarterbacks.”

A score will be kept for the scrimmage, but point totals will go beyond touchdowns. Points will be awarded, to the defense and the offense, for a variety of accomplishments such as three-and-outs, turnovers, two consecutive first downs, and driving the ball inside the 25-yard line. There will be no field goals.

A look ahead:

Friday – Friday Nights Lights event at Peachtree Ridge High School, 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. The Falcons will take the field at 6:45 p.m. (Smartphone Address: 1555 Old Peachtree Road; Suwanee, Ga. 30024)

Saturday — Players’ Day Off

Sunday –  Walkthrough 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (closed to the public)

Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday –  Walkthrough 11:10 – 11:55 a.m. (closed to the public)

Combined Practice w/ Tennessee Titans

Coahulla Creek High School – Dalton, GA — 4:30 – 7:15 p.m. (open to the public)

Tuesday – Walkthrough 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (closed to the public)

Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Wednesday – August 8 Pregame Walkthrough – No Media Availability

Thursday —  August 9 Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens, Georgia Dome, 7:30 p.m.

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–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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28 comments Add your comment

Marcus

August 3rd, 2012
6:54 am

Eary bird…..

I hope we just do our thang this season ….. esp. here in Philly.

Marcus

August 3rd, 2012
6:58 am

I guess too early … forgot the ‘L’.

DOL, what is the sense nationally? … Are folks down on the Falcons due to the playoff flop, esp. since some had us pre-season favorites for SB ……….. or is it just the reality of not having won a playoff game under Smitty and that the pundits are dubious of any tangible improvement?

SeenThis B4

August 3rd, 2012
7:45 am

If it rains, will the falcan’ts cancel and scrimmage in the girl’s gym?

Runner

August 3rd, 2012
8:33 am

Ok so whats a falcon hater doing in this chat anyway?
Must be a “aints” fan

At any rate the falcons have the potential to REALLY do something this year
I for one am VERY excited at the prospect of this group of falcons and the upcoming season

Slim Junction Pedalmaster

August 3rd, 2012
8:38 am

Less than a week away from the first preseason game.

Slim Junction Pedalmaster

August 3rd, 2012
8:39 am

Oh yeah…..Just ignore the ones that irritate you. They are here to irritate and they seem to succeed. If you do not acknowledge them, their power over you is diminished.

Steamer Lane Bulldog

August 3rd, 2012
8:58 am

Hey DLED is this event going to be broadcasted, on local tv?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 3rd, 2012
9:17 am

Steamer Lane Bulldog – Not live, but the TV networks have been there in the past.

yeahsure

August 3rd, 2012
9:22 am

on the falcons website

Esquire

August 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

We had some serious injuries in years past at this event, Kerry Meier comes to mind. Who else?

Seen, you seem to know the girls gym well, you still got those peep holes in the showers? Of course that’s for you when the Falcons are in there isn’t it.

PMC

August 3rd, 2012
9:51 am

Marcus, I think a lot of people are down on them for the playoff failures, but perhaps moreso because instead of changes they pretty much stuck to thier guns and resigned the same guys this offseason.

Dimitroff believes in continuity and growth in that manner so the only substantial changes are really the coordnators, Peter Konz (R) on the line and Asante Samuel.

It’s a philosophy that has worked well for many very good teams over the years Pittsburg etc so we will see if it can work here this fall.

I think he’s a little too attached to some guys I think he missed on but maybe some of those draft misses will finally put it all together this year and play at a higher level. Let’s get through the evening healthy.

Cejay

August 3rd, 2012
9:55 am

@Runner
Seenb4 is our villiage idot….

SeenThis B4

August 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

@Esquire: So, you’re saying your team does use the girls’ showers? LOL!!!

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Esquire

August 3rd, 2012
10:45 am

Seen: Just for you baby, just for you!

to real

August 3rd, 2012
12:45 pm

I bet dem anits end up 8-8 @ best and in 3rd place in tha south u want hear much from seen by mid season

Grimey

August 3rd, 2012
2:32 pm

Can anyone post this to youtube or stream it?

hiramsaint

August 3rd, 2012
3:01 pm

lets see= the saints are playing in canton to recognize the nfl hall of famers and the failclowns are playing in gwinnett-sounds about right !

UPGRAYEDD

August 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

Ain’ts are more like Hollow Shamers than Hall of Famers.

hiramsaint

August 3rd, 2012
4:43 pm

but they are the ones that the people crave to see.

ohhhhYEAH

August 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

“Crave” to see? In what fantasy world do you live? No one outside of New Orleans “craves” to see the Saints. Now im sure youll come back with “And you think people outside of Atlanta crave to see the Falcons?” My answer is no, and that’s perfectly okay with me, because I never claimed otherwise. The only ones craving to see the Saints are Goodell and other NFL officials waiting to hand out more punishments :)

Monday Morning QB

August 3rd, 2012
6:06 pm

What an honor for the hall of famers to be recognized by the dirty, cheating disgraces of football. They should call this the Famers meet the Flamers.

hiramsaint

August 3rd, 2012
7:08 pm

just an observation- jealousy of the saints doesn’t fit you to well.

Peachtree Ridge Lioness

August 3rd, 2012
7:47 pm

It’s raining.

Peachtree Ridge Lioness

August 3rd, 2012
7:49 pm

Wait- the SAINTS are playing in Canton?!?!?! WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME.

Peachtree Ridge Lioness

August 3rd, 2012
7:51 pm

Thunder, lightning, sky just opened. Outta here.

ohhhYEAH

August 3rd, 2012
9:23 pm

lol, jealousy. Riiiight.

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