Posted: 3:58 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters has style.
He drove into training camp with a new ride, a Kia Soul!
The youngsters love the hip care, but after signing a new $1.5 million contract this offseason he could have went the sports car route.
“It has plenty of room,” said Peters, who’s 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. “It rides good.”
Peters, who’s coming back from a ruptured Achilles surgery, was plenty early for the 5 p.m. team meeting. He was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list.
He was injured in the 15th game of the season against San Francisco.
“It’s just snapped,” said Peters, who had a career-high five sacks before the injury. “After it was over, it’s not bad.”
Falcons coach Mike Smith said Peters’ recovery has been strong. Peters is hoping to be ready for the start of the season.
“That’s the plan,” Peters said. “I’m optimistic about it. But it’s just going to all depend on how these next few weeks play out.”
If he’s not ready, the Falcons could place him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and he could miss the first six games.
But Peters believes the surgery went well.
“I feel good,” Peters said. “I’m very excited about everything moving forward. It’s been a long process. This will be the seventh month. That’s right at the end of the timeline of what we talked about after surgery.”
He will start training camp conditioning on the side with the trainers.
“I’m excited about it,” Peters said. “Now, it’s just a process of working my way back into football shape. I’m getting ready to get back out there.”
Over the past two seasons, the Falcons have had four players suffer ruptured Achilles tendons. Cornerback Brent Grimes, defensive end/linebacker Kroy Biermann, Peters and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon have all suffered the same injury.
Grimes made it back last season and went to the Pro Bowl for Miami. Biermann is trying to come back this season and Weatherspoon suffered his injury in June.
“I think that more than anything, the previous guys have been like a shoulder to lean on,” Peters said. “They’ve been able to be very supportive toward me. Everybody has a better understanding of it because they’ve dealt with it.
“For me, it’s a very important tendon. We are trying to get it very strong. It’s probably stronger than my other one at this point. It’s definitely something that I wouldn’t recommend anybody to go through.”
PROJECTED 2014 TRAINING CAMP DEPTH CHART
WR 11 Julio Jones, 13 Darius Johnson, 14 Courtney Roby, 18 Freddie Martino, 89 Bernard Reedy,
LT 72 Sam Baker, 76 Lamar Holmes, 74 Terren Jones
LG 63 Justin Blalock, 68 Gabe Carimi, 67 Adam Replogle
C 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 62 James Stone
RG 75 Jon Asamoah, 69 Harland Gunn
RT 70 Jake Matthews, 79 Mike Johnson 73 Ryan Schrader
TE 80 Levine Toilolo, 86 Bear Pascoe, 82 Mickey Shuler, 81 Jacob Pedersen, 49 Brian Wozniak
WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, Jeremy Ebert, 15 Geraldo Boldewijn, 16 Julian Jones, 87 Tramaine Thompson
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 T.J. Yates, 12 Sean Renfree, 9 Jeff Mathews
RB 39 Steven Jackson, 32 Jacquizz Rodgers, 35 Antone Smith, 33 Devonta Freeman, 30 Josh Vaughan, 34 Jerome Smith
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 45 Maurice Hagens, 43 Roosevelt Nix
4-3 DEFENSE (with an extra line for the nickel back)
RE 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 50 Osi Umenyiora, 96 Jonathan Massaquoi, 90 Stansly Maponga
DT 99 Tyson Jackson, 91 Corey Peters, 92 Travian Robertson
DT 96 Paul Soliai, 97 Peria Jerry, 98 Cliff Matthews, 65 Donte Rumph
LE 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 98 Malliciah Goodman, 49 Tyler Starr, 64 Nosa Equae
OLB 71 Kroy Biermann, 48 Brenden Daley, 45 Jacques Smith
MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 52 Tim Dobbins, Pat Angerer, 54 Yawin Smallwood
OLB 59 Joplo Bartu, 53 Prince Shembo, 51 Marquis Spruill, 46 Walker May,
RCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Javier Arenas, 37 Ricardo Allen,
NB 26 Josh Wilson, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas, 41 Dezmen Southward
LCB 23 Robert Alford, 24 Jordan Mabin, 43 Devonta Glover-Wright
SS 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Kimario McFadden, 22 Zeke Motta
FS 20 Dwight Lowery, 41 Dezmen Southward, 29 Sean Baker
K 3 Matt Bryant, 6 Sergio Castillo
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 17 Devin Hester, 28 Javier Arenas, 14 Courtney Roby
PR 17 Devin Hester, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Date Practice Times (public availability)
Tuesday, July 22 Rookies report
Thursday, July 24 Veterans report
Friday, July 25 Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)
Saturday, July 26 Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)
Sunday, July 27 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Monday, July 28 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, July 29 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Wednesday, July 30 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Thursday, July 31 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Friday, August 1 “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)
6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)
Saturday, August 2 Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
Sunday, August 3 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Monday, August 4 Combined Practice w/Tennessee 3-5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, August 5 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Wednesday, August 6 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Thursday, August 7 Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)
Friday, August 8 Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins
7:00 p.m. ET – CW69
Saturday, August 9 Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)
Sunday, August 10 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Monday, August 11 Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, August 12 Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)
Wednesday, August 13 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)
Thursday, August 14 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)
Friday, August 15 Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)
Saturday, August 16 Falcons at Houston Texans
8:00 p.m. ET – CW69
Sunday, August 17 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Monday, August 18 Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)
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