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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

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]

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]