5 things we learned about the Falcons this week

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones goes up over Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly for a long touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to take a 14-10 lead over the Panthers during the third quarter in a football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons ended the Panthers perfect season with a 20-13 victory. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones goes up over Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly for a long touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to take a 14-10 lead over the Panthers during the third quarter in a football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons ended the Panthers perfect season with a 20-13 victory. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — With Independence Day in our rear view mirrors, the countdown to training camp can officially start.

The Falcons report to training camp on Wednesday, July 27. The first practice is set for  Thursday, July 28. Here’s the training camp schedule with the list of practices that will be open to the public.

Here are five things we learned about the Atlanta Falcons this week:

1. Julio Jones ranked No. 8. Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was revealed as the 8th  ranked in the league on the NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2016, which aired Wednesday.

The popular offseason list is determined solely by the votes of current players.

This will mark Jones’ fourth appearance on the list and he is the second Falcons player listed this offseason. Running back Devonta Freeman was 50th.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who’s still being knocked for not diving on a loose ball in the Super Bowl, was voted the top player in the league.

With Newton heading up the list, the  top 10 also included (in descending order): Odell Beckham Jr., Rob Gronkowski Jones, Luke Kuechly, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Antonio Brown, J.J. Watt and Tom Brady.

2. Ryan’s jersey to get retired.  Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will have his college jersey retired by Boston College during the upcoming football season, the school announced on Tuesday.

Ryan, who holds several of the school’s passing records, will be honored during the November 18th game against Connecticut. He was at the school Wednesday to take part in a press conference.

The school will also retire Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly’s number this upcoming season.

“Boston College is an amazing place,” Ryan said in a statement. “I am very fortunate to have had so many great memories during my college years at BC. I continue to be so fortunate with the retirement of my jersey and I am humbled that it will hang in Alumni Stadium with BC legends Doug Flutie, Mike Ruth and now Luke Kuechly.”

3. Ryan Cameron to co-host pregame show. The affable Ryan Cameron will join Mike Conti as a pre-game host for Atlanta Falcons games this season on 92.9/The Game.

The V-103 morning host is an Atlanta native and big sports fan who already joins various shows on occasion on the Game, which is owned by the same company CBS Radio.

Cameron, during the basketball season, has been the in-game announcer at Philips Arena for the Atlanta Hawks since 2004.

The radio host’s first appearance on the pre-game show will be August 11 for  an exhibition game.

In an interview, Cameron, who went to Campbell High in Smyrna and University of West Georgia, said he was interested in doing more sports and both the Falcons and his boss Rick Caffey agreed.

4. Alford working with Ryan Clark. Falcons cornerback Robert Alford has been working out with former NFL cornerback Ryan Clark at Traction Sports in Baton Rouge, La.

5. Stickers are on the helmets. Falcons long snapper tweeted out a picture on the helmets and shoulder pads being ready and stacked in the lockers.



TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Here’s a closer look at the training camp schedule:

July

27 – Wednesday, team reports for camp.

28 – Thursday, practice open to public, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

29 – Friday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

30 – Saturday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

31 – Sunday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

August

1 – Monday, no practice.

2 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

3 – Wednesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

4 – Thursday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5 – Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Grayson High School

6 – Saturday, players off.

7 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

8- Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

9 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

10 – Wednesday, public practice 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).

12 – Friday, closed practice.

13 – Saturday, players off.

14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

16 – Tuesday, public practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS — POSITION BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Running backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Tight ends

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive line

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Linebackers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Specialists

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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Matt Ryan’s film session with AJC columnist Jeff Schultz

Alex Mack, Falcons looks good for one another

PROJECT PASS RUSH

Dan Quinn pressing all buttons to create a pass rush

How does drafting Keanu Neal help the pass rush?

DL line coach Bryan Cox: Hageman needs to improve his play

LB coach Jeff Ulbrich: ‘Cream will rise’ at linebacker for Falcons

Defensive coordinator Richard Smith pleased with early progress of the defense

Falcons still have a spot for DT Jonathan Babineaux

Dwight Freeney 95 percent certain that he will play in 2016

Falcons working 80 percent of time on pass rush

Weatherspoon on Freeney: ‘He still has it’

FALCONS’ OFFSEASON SPOTLIGHTS

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: OG Wes Schweizter, sixth round pick

Falcons offseason spotlight: LB De’Vondre Campbell, fourth round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: TE Austin Hooper, third round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: LB Deion Jones, second round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: SS Keanu Neal, first round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: DE/SLB Vic Beasley

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: DT Grady Jarrett

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: FS Robenson Therezie

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: CB Jalen Collins

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: RB Tevin Coleman

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: WR Justin Hardy


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