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SNEAK PREVIEW: Falcons final Hard Knocks episode tonight

  • 12:07 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The fifth and final installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set for 10 p.m. tonight.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan holds a meeting that Roddy White is three minutes late to and then yawns when quizzed about his assignment.

Also featured in the episode is the exhibition season coming to a close and the coaches evaluation of player performances before the cut down to the 53-man roster.

FINAL EXHIBITION GAME: Falcons 24, Jaguars 14

Yates leads Falcons to victory over Jaguars

PHOTO GALLERY from the win over Jacksonville

Falcons convert in short yardage situation

Falcons [More]

SNEAK PREVIEW: Falcons on Hard Knocks at 10 p.m.

  • 6:31 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – HBO Sports president Ken Hershman was at practice on Tuesday.

The third installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set 10 p.m. tonight.

“So far, it’s been great,” Hershman said. “The shows have been terrific. The story lines have been great. The cooperation from the team has been unparalleled. The ratings are really, really strong. They are up double-digits compared to last season.

“The Atlanta market is up over 200 percent from the normal ratings period. It’s firing on all cylinders.”

Spotlighted on tonight’s show is how a new quarterback absorbs a new offense, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry [More]

Hard Knocks open thread: Smith, Dimitroff and Weatherspoon to be featured

  • 9:30 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — Checking in for our Hard Knocks open thread.

After the show, we’ll post a video recap.

HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.

It show Falcons coach Mike Smith telling the team he’s tired of hearing that the Falcons aren’t tough and that they are a tough football team.

The Toughness Crusade continues. . . .

He lauded Joe Hawley for defending the honor of a teammate, which resulted in him getting expelled from the practice with the Tennessee Titans. He thought that was a good penalty and hey, who wants to argue with that.

Smith talks about the [More]

Hard Knocks sneak preview: The Toughness Crusade continues

  • 1:03 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.

It show Falcons coach Mike Smith telling the team he’s tired of hearing that the Falcons aren’t tough and that they are a tough football team.

The Toughness Crusade continues. . . .

He lauded Joe Hawley for defending the honor of a teammate, which resulted in him getting expelled from the practice with the Tennessee Titans. He thought that was a good penalty and hey, who wants to argue with that.

Here’s how this “toughness” issue got out of control.

Former Saints Heath Evans was saying he thought the Falcons [More]

D. Led: ‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 1 Recap

  • 12:52 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Well, what did y’all think?

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

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 [More]

Falcons make Hard Knocks debut tonight at 10 p.m.

  • 8:01 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons, who are having their most spirited and colorful camp in years, are set to debut on HBO’s Hard Knocks at 10 p.m. tonight.

Rob Gehring, who has worked the last 20 years for NFL and is the supervising producer and director of HBO’s Hard Knocks reality show, and his crew have been hard at work.

Before shooting they did some background work on Falcons running back Steven Jackson and rookie linebacker Tyler Starr, a seventh-round pick and longshot to make the team. Jackson suffered a hamstring injury early in camp, so it will be interesting to see [More]

Falcons to practice with Titans, Texans in training camp

  • 10:57 am Friday, June 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons will report for training camp on July 22 and July 23 and will take the field for their first practice on July 25 at the team’s Flowery Branch headquarters.

The Falcons will conduct 34 sessions and will hold combined practices with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans during training camp.

The Falcons will practice with the Titans in Flowery Branch, on Monday, August 4 and travel to Houston to practice with the Texans on Wednesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 14.

The Falcons hosted combined practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots in Flowery Branch in [More]

Falcons to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks

  • 1:26 pm Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons will be featured on HBO Sports’ award-winning documentary series Hard Knocks, the team announced Thursday.
 
The Falcons, HBO Sports, and NFL Films will team up for an all-access, behind the scenes look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons debuts on August 5.

The Falcons have been approached before, but have been reluctant to appear on the hit show.

The Falcons turned down an offer from HBO a few years ago.

The sports documentary chronicles the team’s training camp. Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals [More]