REPORT DATE: July 25th
SITE: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, GA
CAMP OBJECTIVES: The Falcons have already had to make some adjustments even before stepping out to the field for their first practice, as expected starting middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu suffered a season-ending pectorals tear while lifting weights just prior to the outset of camp. That leaves unproven second-year man Akeem Dent as the favorite to claim the position, though the team did re-sign 13-year vet Mike Peterson as insurance in case the Georgia product isn't quite ready. The offensive line will also need to be sorted out prior to the season opener, as two spots have unsettled situations at the moment. Former first-round pick Sam Baker enters drills as the No. 1 left tackle, but is coming off back surgery and briefly lost his job to journeyman Will Svitek last season. There'll be an open competition at right guard, where neither Joe Hawley nor Garrett Reynolds distinguished themselves in opportunities a year ago, prompting Atlanta to spend a second-round pick in April's draft on Wisconsin's Peter Konz and sign former Jaguars starter Vince Manuwai after being out of football in 2011. This will also be an important camp for second-year running back Jacquizz Rodgers, whom the club would like to utilize more frequently to help keep workhorse Michael Turner fresh over the course of the season.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug. 9 - vs. Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 - vs. Cincinnati, 8 p.m. Aug. 24 - at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 - at Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m.