Kickoff time: Falcons begin Day 1 of Training Camp with lots of new faces

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — It’s the end of July and temperatures are in the mid-90′s as the Atlanta Falcons take to the field for their first official training camp practice of the 2021-22 season.

Those would be three of only a handful of things this year that will be similar to Falcons training camps of the past few seasons.

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Gone are former head coach Dan Quinn, former general manager Thomas Dimitroff and most of their respective staff. In are new head coach Arthur Smith, new G.M. Terry Fontenot and their staff.

Gone are last years lead running back Todd Gurley, star wide receiver Julio Jones and most of the defensive backfield. In are new RB Mike Davis, top draft pick Kyle Pitts and a slew of new defensive backs.

Matt Ryan is back under center at quarterback, Calvin Ridley is back at wide receiver and most of the offensive line returns along with Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, A.J. Terrell and other defensive stalwarts.

The Falcons of 2021, will be a little different that the 2020 version.

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This year, the Falcons will have five practices open to the public in Flowery Branch. The team will also hold an open scrimmage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 7. You’ll need to get tickets to those practices in advance from the Falcons website.

The preseason kicks off Friday, Aug. 13 with a game vs. the Tennessee Titans in Atlanta. The Falcons will play the Dolphins, in Miami on Aug. 21 and host the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 29.

The 17-game regular season will kick off, Sunday Sept. 12 when the Falcons host the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Here’s the Falcons regular schedule for 2021:

  • Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. Philadelphia in Atlanta
  • Sunday, Sept. 19 at Tampa Bay
  • Sunday, Sept. 26 at New York Giants
  • Sunday Oct. 3 vs. Washington in Atlanta
  • Sunday, Oct 10 vs New York Jets (9:30 a.m) in London
  • Sunday, Oct. 24 vs. Miami, in Atlanta
  • Sunday, Oct. 31 vs. Carolina in Atlanta
  • Sunday, Nov. 7 at New Orleans
  • Sunday, Nov. 14 at Dallas
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 vs. New England in Atlanta
  • Sunday, Nov. 28 at Jacksonville
  • Sunday, Dec. 5 vs. Tampa Bay
  • Sunday, Dec. 12, at Carolina
  • Sunday, Dec. 19, at San Francisco
  • Sunday, Dec. 26 vs. Detroit in Atlanta
  • Sunday, Jan 2 at Buffalo
  • Sunday, Jan 9 vs. New Orleans