Five Storylines To Watch For As The Falcons Prepare For Camp

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May 26, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley (44) warms up on the field during OTA at Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley (44) warms up on the field during OTA at Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

A new season has finally arrived. The long offseason has come to an end for the defending NFC Champion Falcons. Sure, there will be the questions, the constant reminders from detractors, and constant trolling via twitter from rival fans. Fuel for the fire! I don’t see any Falcons’ player hiding from it; in fact, I see a Falcons’ leader, Matt Ryan, doing commercials about it.


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How do the Falcons respond to their Super Bowl defeat? I for one can’t wait for regular season week one, and I’m sure the players agree. A common theme amongst the Falcons I’m sure will be to go get what is rightfully theirs. But before we get there, what are some things to watch for during the 2017 Atlanta Falcons training camp?

Takk McKinley’s Health

It’s being talked about, but people need to fill their offseason with something, I guess. Falcons’ brass knew coming out of the draft Takk would take a little extra time to be ready for the regular season, but I don’t believe they ever doubted him not being ready week one in Chicago. The story is posted like it’s “news,” but the only news I foresee is how many times Takk gets to the quarterback during his rookie campaign.

Battle at right guard

The position is still somewhat of a question mark with Chris Chester’s departure. Wes Schweitzer or Ben Garland? Pre-season games are often fun for about a quarter, and that might be pushing it. Fans’ attention spans waiver as backups and bench players finish out exhibition games. The young players, however, are always worth watching, and this duo is exactly that as they fight for the starting right guard position.

Any sleepers out there? And I’m not talking about those bored, poor fans who are twiddling their thumbs awaiting some regular season action.

Duke Riley

He certainly isn’t sleeping; he’s off pulling SUVs in his spare time.

Duke will be a welcome addition to the linebacking corp. Now, pulling an SUV isn’t really a necessity for playing linebacker, but it can’t hurt. I think I view the rest of the NFL as sleeping on Riley as he fell to late second round to the Falcons. The bayou linebacker duo, Riley and Deion Jones, will be reunited and it feels so good.

Damontae Kazee Versus The Field

This should be another interesting camp battle to monitor. There have been those who believe Kazee doesn’t have many weaknesses in his game. Ball hawking, hard hitting, safety play: sounds like Quinning to me.

Devonta Freeman’s Contract

This will be a story that is hopefully another one of those non-stories soon enough. Recent news had Falcons’ general manager Thomas Dimitroff stating he hoped for a new contract to be in place for Freeman by the time camp begins. If not, I’m sure it’ll follow shortly thereafter. Freeman will be a Falcon; no need to ruffle your feathers fellow Falcons’ fans.

 

Seven Sundays remain until regular season football. Did someone say football? FOOTBALL!

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