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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