The Complete Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Guide

Scott CarasikContributor IIJuly 18, 2013

The Complete Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Guide

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    Training camp is right around the corner, and the Atlanta Falcons are gearing up for what will hopefully be another playoff run.

    They made some big changes this past offseason, and training camp will be crucial for the success of this year's team.

    Follow along as we guide you through the most important parts of this year's training camp action.

Training Camp, Preseason Schedule

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    Training Camp Schedule

    (Courtesy of Atlanta Falcons.com)

    DatePractice TimesLocation
    Thursday, July 253:30-5:50 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Friday, July 263:30-5:50 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Saturday, July 273:30-6:05 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Sunday, July 283:30-6:05 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Monday, July 293:30-6:05 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Tuesday, July 303:30-6:05 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Wednesday, July 31Player Day OffN/A
    Thursday, August 13:30-6:05 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Friday, August 26:45-9:10 p.m.Kia Motors Friday Night Lights, Bobby Gruhn Field at City Park Stadium
    Saturday, August 3Player Day OffN/A
    Sunday, August 43:30-6 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Monday, August 53-5:30 p.m.Flowery Branch (Combined practice with Bengals)
    Tuesday, August 63-5:20 p.m.Flowery Branch (Combined practice with Bengals)
    Thursday, August 88 p.m.Georgia Dome, Preseason vs. Bengals, ESPN
    Friday, August 9Player Day OffN/A
    Saturday, August 103:30-6:05 p.m.Flowery Branch
    Sunday, August 113:30-6:05 p.m.Flowery Branch

     

     

    Preseason Schedule

    August 8: vs. Bengals at 8:00 pm on ESPN

    August 15: at Ravens at 7:30 pm on CBS Atlanta and NFL.com Preseason Live

    August 24: at Titans at 8:00 pm on CBS Atlanta and NFL.com Preseason Live

    August 29: vs. Jaguars at 8:00 pm on CBS Atlanta and NFL.com Preseason Live

Roster Breakdown

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    The Falcons have the maximum 90 players available for training camp this season. These players have backgrounds that range from first-round draft picks and high-dollar free agents to undrafted free agents and street players.

    Atlanta will have to trim 37 of the 90 players from the roster completely by the opening game. They will also have to sign an eight man practice squad after the fact. To see the complete breakdown of the training camp roster, click here.

Burning Questions

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    When a team loses in the NFC Championship game in the manner that the Falcons did last season, it leaves some question as to what the team needs to do in order to finally take that next step. 

    Atlanta made some unique moves this offseason that only enhanced what the burning questions about the team would be in 2013. For the complete analysis on these burning questions, click here.

Biggest Camp Battles

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    What is training camp about? Positional battles!

    So who will win the big jobs that are up for grabs in Atlanta? What will the right side of the offensive line look like when all is said and done?

    To check out these positional battles and more, click here.

Rookie/UDFA Watch

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    The Atlanta Falcons were very active in the 2013 NFL draft. While they headed in with 11 picks, they wound up using only eight of them after trades and the like. 

    Atlanta decided to go with the "take two of each" method in order to improve their depth on defense. They got Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at cornerback, Kemal Ishmael and Zeke Motta at safety and Stansly Maponga and Malliciah Goodman at defensive end. 

    They also brought in a backup quarterback and tight end through the draft, and that's not including the 20-plus undrafted free agents the team brought in this offseason. 

    For the complete breakdown of the Falcons' draft picks and undrafted free agents, click here.

Bubble Watch

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    The Falcons go into training camp with anywhere from 43-45 spots locked up on the roster already. That means that there's 8-10 spots that are still available for the Falcons to fill with bubble players.

    The fringe players are all over the roster, and the Falcons bubble will only expand as training camp starts. There are always guys who will earn their way higher on the roster than expected, and it should be exciting to watch.

    To check out who is on the Falcons' bubble as we head into training camps, click here.

Projected Final 53-Man Roster

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    Training camp is all about developing that final 53-man roster. The Falcons will try and use it to teach their players about the game as they also build what is arguably a Super Bowl-caliber roster.

    While there are a ton of battles still left to be decided, it's never a bad time to try and project who will be on the final 53-man roster. 

    For the complete breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons' final 53-man roster projection, click here.

     

     

    Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.