The Atlanta Falcons don't begin OTAs until after Memorial Day, but since we're all probably going through a little football withdrawal, there's no better time to preview next week's practice sessions and discuss some of the storylines to keep an eye on.
It should be noted that the NFL's collective bargaining agreement imposes some strict rules on teams during OTA sessions. ProFootballTalk.com recently highlighted the key provisions of those rules, namely that the players are not allowed to wear full pads and no live contact is permitted. That means you won't see blocking, tackling, pass-rush drills or even one-on-one drills between receivers and defensive backs.
Indeed, offenses and defenses are allowed to compete against each other in 11-on-11 drills, but only within the confines of the aforementioned rules.
With that understanding, I'm not going to mention any offensive or defensive linemen in this piece because I don't think it's practical to expect to learn much about what any of the young players on the line can do until the team starts practicing in pads.
Even still, there will be plenty to watch for as the 2013 Falcons take their first steps toward what they hope will be a Super Bowl run this year.
Let's begin our preview of the Atlanta Falcons' OTA sessions with a look at one of the Falcons' prized free-agent additions, Steven Jackson.