Posted: 9:06 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Falcons return to the practice field today 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – After taking a mandatory day off, the Falcons return to the field with a 10 a.m. walk-through and a full practice that is open to the public at 3:30 p.m. today.

Here are five observations from the first five days of training camp as the Falcons are trying to rebound from a 4-12 season. It should be noted that owner Arthur Blank was at practice on Monday and Tuesday.

That’s normal. He regularly comes to practice, but he was watching the practices as intensely as I’ve seen over the years. It was clear that he wanted to see if the adjustments and all the money he spent in free agency is going to help turn around the franchise. (Here’s our “Falcons spent $80 million in free agency to buy some toughness” story from back in March.)

After the walk-through today, linebackers coach Glenn Pires, who has one of the most important units this season, and defensive backs coach Joe Danna, will be available to the media. Wide receiver Julio Jones is also set to address the media for the first time since training camp started.

The Falcons wide receivers will be back on the field today. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

The Falcons wide receivers will be back on the field today. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

The Friday Night Lights event is set for 6:45 p.m. Friday at Archer High in Lawrenceville.

It’s going to be a big weekend for the franchise as defensive end Claude Humphrey will become the first Falcons player who played most of his career here to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Also, Falcons president Rich McKay has his second draft pick, Derrick Brooks, going in to the Hall of Fame. His first pick as a general manager for the Tampa Bay Bucs, Warren Sapp, went in last season.

Mrs. Kroy Biermann has been in the news lately. Somthing about six kids and a swimsuit. Nothing, about Kroy’s swim move.

I’m off to Canton in the A.M. and will cover Humphrey’s induction. Mike Cunningham, Chris Vivlamore, Erica Hernandez and Tanya Sichynsky will cover the Falcons over the weeked for Team AJC. (My posse is deep!!!)

After the busy weekend, the Tennessee Titans come in for practice on Monday and the first airing of Hard Knocks is at 10 p.m. next Tuesday.

Check back later for notes, stories and videos from today’s practice.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Osi Umenyiora tells us where’s the pass rush going to come from

Dwight Lowery fitting in at free safety

Left tackle Sam Baker is off to strong start

Steven Jackson: “I kind of believed my own hype”

Roddy White not worried about his legacy, he wants Super Bowl rings

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                                                      Practice Times (public 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

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                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

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                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)

                                                                Break Camp

12 comments
AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Please tell me I just did not read a tweet from you DLed that said Peria Jerry is retiring?

RONSNO
RONSNO

The" toughness campaign" wow trying hard to convince themselves to be tough....one fight breaks out in camp and they are nasty.....lol.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Keep deleting my posts, and I will just make more noise.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

I guess that feeling of impending doom for the falcan'ts season is starting to build now.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

@JSSN @AnsweredTHIS Yup he done retried finaly realisin he was a total bust. Thanks 2 Dummytroff the Flacons had 2 pay this bust money they culd of had of spend on a beter palyer. 

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS @SeenThatB4

AT, you got to admit that was a good one! Let there be peace in the valley!

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

You tell me! LOL! Heck of a day today for the falcan'ts, huh?!

JSSN
JSSN

@Rory_Bellows 

No you didn't roll the "Internet tough guy" line out? Seriously, he's just calling your bluff.