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FLOWERY BRANCH — Finally, training camp is here.

The team takes the field this morning and holds an afternoon practice that will be open to the public.

We’ll have updates throughout the day, so feel free to check back at AJC.com for updates.

We started our countdown 10 days out.

Countdown to camp: Day 10 – The new coaches

Countdown to camp: Day 9 – Special teams

Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

Countdown to camp: Day 7 — Linebackers

Countdown to camp: Day 6 — Defensive line 

Countdown to camp: Day 5 – Offensive line

Countdown to camp: Day 4 — Wide receivers

Countdown to camp: Day 3 — Tight ends

Countdown to camp: Day 2 — Running backs.

Countdown to camp: Day 1 — Quarterbacks.

Today, we’ll look at the quarterbacks.

Here’s our projected depth chart for the quarterbacks.

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 T.J. Yates, 12 Sean…

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Tyler Dawgden looks at the transition from Grantham to Pruitt and sees this as nerve calming:

One other thing to be hopeful for about this season: Pruitt won’t likely do much different, alignment wise, than Grantham did with the front seven. Much of the heavy lifting will be done with the DEs and NG filling gaps, with the line performing nearly the same role of preventing easy inside yards, while pushing the pocket back into the QB on pass plays. The big difference will come from philosophy after the snap with the LBs, as Pruitt’s system is both simpler from an execution standpoint and more reliant on the LBs to blow up plays with speed. In that regard, I feel pretty good about our talent.

I don’t disagree, but I think I’d go one step further.  I don’t think we’ll see Herrera and Wilson on the field in coverage together…

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Originally posted on The Sports Fan Playground:

The Atlanta Falcons are one of those teams, similar to the Houston Texans, that can go right back into the elite of the NFL in 2014. Injuries to both Roddy White & Julio Jones & Stephen Jackson getting used to the new offense coming over from the St. Louis Rams, derailed the Falcons run back to the NFC Championship game, where they were in 2012 before losing to the eventual SuperBowl 47 champion San Francisco 49ers.

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a big year ahead & has to show that he is ready to be a true elite quarterback by taking the Falcons deep into the playoffs.

On offense, the team has Jones & White back fully healthy & they are without question, the best receiver duo in the entire NFL, hands down. Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery are close, but Jones & White are incredibly explosive…

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Atlanta Braves TV Analyst for Fox Sports South, Joe Simpson, joined the show to discuss the Atlanta Braves, Homerun Derby, and the All-Star Game.

When asked how important was the week going into the All-Star game was, Simpson answered “John Smoltz described it best. The two weeks going in and coming out are vital to your season. There may be some mental fatigue. The club won 9 in a row and dropped 3 in a row, hopefully that’s over tonight.” Simpson also shared his thoughts on MLB marketing the All-Star game earlier. “From a promotional standpoint, major leaugue baseball likes to throw it out there. Theres a lot going on and it could be a distaction” said Simpson

Asked if he believed any Braves were snubbed from this year’s All- Star team, Joe Simpson responded, “I think Evan (Gattis) would’ve been if he were’nt on the DL list. I also…

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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson at Bruce Arians' golf fundraiser on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson at Bruce Arians’ golf fundraiser on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

GREENSBORO – Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones recently laid claim to him and Roddy White being the top wide receiver tandem in the NFL.

Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, arguably the best pure cornerback in the league, agreed with Jones before playing in the Celebrity Golf Classic at the Reynolds Plantation on Monday.

“The best duo in the NFL, I’d probably have to say that’s pretty accurate,” Peterson said. “Both of those guys are Pro Bowl caliber receivers, both of them are All-Pro caliber receivers. Both of them do a lot of good things for Matt Ryan to make his job a little easier. But to say they are the best tandem, I’d probably have to say that he’s probably right.”

Peterson is also a fan of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the former Georgia Tech…

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Buck Belue seems to think so.

Bet that game in South Bend will be a tough ticket to get a hold of.

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UPDATE:  It’s on.

Over/under on number of games VanGorder coaches?

Also, maybe I’m guessing wrong, but does it look like Georgia will face Notre Dame and South Carolina on back to back weeks in 2017?

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Originally posted on Atlanta Falcons blog:

Falcons rookie QB Jeff Mathews looks to throw during the minicamp. Atlanta Falcons players workout during the second day of mini-camp at the team's facilities in Flowery Branch, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

Falcons rookie QB Jeff Mathews looks to throw during the minicamp. Atlanta Falcons players workout during the second day of mini-camp at the team’s facilities in Flowery Branch, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Normally, there is an inordinate amount of attention flashed upon undrafted rookie free agents.

A lot of the “Twitter GMs” obsess over these roster-lottery-longshots. The “Message Board Moguls” ponder possible fantasy football implications.

It’s normally a futile excercise as most of them will back on the streets in a few weeks. Mostly, they will have stories to tell their grand children about going to training camp with an NFL team.

Projecting the players who have a legitimate chance to make the 53-man roster is like picking a needle in a haystack.

A few years back, former Falcons scout Bruce Plummer tipped the AJC off on Brent Grimes. Plummer, a former NFL defensive back, was…

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Originally posted on Atlanta Falcons blog:

20140624-162411-59051008.jpgFalcons rookie Jake Matthews, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, has written a blog from the NFL’s Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio.

His blog is titled “Life Lessons To Remember.” Here’s the link!

So far, it’s been a humbling experience for Matthews, who was moved by Donte Stallworth’s speech.

One quote that I heard today that really resonated with me was: “A fool learns from his own mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” Donte Stallworth said that during his presentation about his DUI charge and that whole incident.

There has been some emotional and financial advice.

Also, the talk about the financial stuff has really stuck with me. I can probably guarantee that most of the rookies here don’t know much about finance, so having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of it has been helpful. Surround yourself with people you…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Doug Fister pitched eight shutout innings, and Anthony Rendon had three hits and two RBI for the Washington Nationals, who beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 victory on Saturday night.
Washington took a half-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East after dropping the first two games in the series. Ryan Zimmerman also drove in a run for the Nationals.

Coming off his second loss of the season, Fister (6-2) allowed five hits — three over his final seven innings — with three strikeouts and one walk. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

Rendon’s RBI single in the third gave Washington its first lead of the series and his run-scoring double in the seventh made it 3-0.

Braves starter Julio Teheran (6-5) struck out a season-high 10 batters. He allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

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The Falcons will break out the footballs for practices with the Tennessee Titans and hold their Friday Nights Lights scrimmage at Archer High in Lawrenceville. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

The Falcons will break out the footballs for practices with the Tennessee Titans and hold their Friday Nights Lights scrimmage at Archer High in Lawrenceville. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

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 2010, traveled to Jacksonville in 2011, held a combined practice with the Titans in Dalton in 2012 and hosted…

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