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2005 Atlanta Falcons Training Camp

Published:  07-12-2005

For the first time in the 40-year history of the franchise, the Atlanta Falcons (see map) will conduct training camp at their sparkling Flowery Branch in-season team headquarters located off Interstate 985, just northeast of the Atlanta metro area.

Head coach Jim Mora and the rest of his coaching staff will welcome returning Pro Bowlers QB Michael Vick, LB Keith Brooking, TE Alge Crumpler, DE Patrick Kerney and PR/KR Allen Rossum, along with new additions in LB Ed Hartwell, LB Ike Reese, G Matt Lehr, S Ronnie Heard, DE Brandon Mitchell, K Todd Peterson, T Barry Stokes, and the rest of the Falcons on Monday, July 25 when the club begins its initial quest of capturing Super Bowl XL to be played at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on February 5.

From July 25 through August 20, the Falcons will train at Flowery Branch “ only leaving the facility to head to Tokyo, Japan for five days (two days in transit) in early August for the 2005 Tokyo American Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Falcons return from Japan on August 7 and resume their normal training camp schedule on August 9 with a afternoon workout. All practices (weather permitting) will take place on the Falcons practice fields at their Flowery Branch facility.

Moving training camp here is one more way to reinforce that the Falcons are not only Atlanta’s team, but the entire state of Georgia’s football team said team Owner and Chief Executive Officer Arthur Blank. We hope that more fans will find it easy and convenient to attend our practices, to get to know our players and to enjoy themselves with their family and friends. We promise a great Falcons experience for all of our fans.

Blank’s level of commitment to the success of the Falcons was on display late last season when the team decided to move its in-season training camp from Furman University to Flowery Branch. Blank constructed five dormitory-style units at Flowery Branch for players, coaches and administration. Blank designed these new additions to take advantage of the state-of-the-art facility already existing in Flowery Branch and to bring the Falcons home to Georgia and closer to their fan base for training camp. Each housing unit has living space that includes individual bedrooms, a common area, kitchen, and two bathrooms. An amenities building is equipped with pool tables, a video room complete with a big screen television, and a large leisure area. The five buildings were constructed just beyond the practice fields for easy access for players and coaches to the locker room, meeting rooms and offices.

TRAINING CAMP

Where¦¦¦¦¦¦.Falcons Headquarters
4400 Falcon Parkway
Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542
Phone: (770) 965-3115

When¦¦¦¦¦¦Players Report - July 24
First Practice - July 25 (2:30 - 5 p.m.)

2005 ATLANTA FALCONS TRAINING CAMP

The Falcons will assume the same 1-2-1 practice schedule used in their 2004 training camp. Each practice session will last between 90 minutes to two hours. The schedule and length of practice is subject to change based on weather and the head coaches discretion, so please log onto www.atlantafalcons.com for continual updates.

Following is the practice schedule for the Atlanta Falcons 2005 Training Camp. Please note that gates open one (1) hour prior to the time listed. Admission is free and all workouts are open to the public unless otherwise determined by the Atlanta Falcons Football Club. In the case that inclimate weather forces the team to move over its the indoor practice facility, practice will be closed to the public for safety reasons.

For daily Falcons updates, please log onto www.atlantafalcons.com.

Date Practice Times

  • July 25 2:30 p.m.
  • July 26 8:45 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • July 27 2:30 p.m.
  • July 28 8:45 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • July 29 2:30 p.m.
  • July 30 8:45 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • July 31 2:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 1 1:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 2 No practice - American Bowl in Tokyo
  • Aug. 3 No practice - American Bowl in Tokyo
  • Aug. 4 No practice - American Bowl in Tokyo
  • Aug. 5 No practice - American Bowl in Tokyo
  • Aug. 6 Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts in Tokyo
  • Aug. 7 No practice - American Bowl in Tokyo
  • Aug. 8 No practice
  • Aug. 9 4:00 p.m.
  • Aug. 10 8:45 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 11 1:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 12 10:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 13 Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome
  • Aug. 14 No practice
  • Aug. 15 2:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 16 8:45 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 17 2:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 18 10:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 19 Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans at Georgia Dome
  • Aug. 20 No practice
**PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PRACTICE TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FIVE FALCONS PRO BOWLERS RETURN FOR 2005

Keith Brooking.LB Keith Brooking

  • Earned Pro Bowl honors for a fourth consecutive season.
  • Led the team in tackles for the fourth consecutive season with 144.
  • Tallied 10 or more tackles nine times in 2004, including a season-best 11 tackles on five occasions.
  • Recorded a career-best three interceptions to go along with 2.5 sacks.

TE Alge Crumpler

  • Alge Crumpler. Posted the best season of his four-year career, recording career-bests in receptions (48), receiving yards (774), touchdowns (6), single-game receiving yards (118), single-game receptions (7) and single game touchdowns (2). The 48 receptions and 774 receiving yards both led the Falcons.
  • The 48 receptions set a new team record for the most receptions by a tight end.
  • Finished the 2004 regular season ranked eighth in receptions (48), sixth in receiving yards (774) and tied for fifth in touchdowns (6) among NFL tight ends.
  • Finished the 2004 season as the tight end with the highest per-catch average in the NFL (16.1 yards).

DE Patrick Kerney

  • Patrick Kerney.Led the team with a career-best 13 sacks. Tallied more than one sack four times in 2004 and had seven sacks in the season's first four games.
  • Tied for fourth on the team and finished first among defensive linemen with 81 combined tackles to go along with one interception, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed.
  • Recognized by the NFL as the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month (September) as he tallied five sacks in helping the Falcons get out to a 3-0 start.

KR/PR/CB Allen Rossum

  • Allen Rossum.Tied for first in the NFL with seven punt returns of 20 or more yards.
  • In the Falcons 34-31 overtime win against Carolina (Dec. 18), Rossum surpassed former Falcon Billy "White Shoes" Johnson as the Falcons’ all-time leading punt returner.
  • Earned NFL Special Teams Player of the Week honors after setting an NFL postseason record with 152 yards on punt returns in the Falcons 47-17 NFC Divisional Playoff win against the St. Louis Rams.

QB Michael Vick

  • Michael Vick.Vick's 11-4 record as a starter was the third-best record for a starting quarterback in team history behind Chris Chandler (13-1 in 1998) and Steve Bartkowski (12-4 in 1980).
  • Vick was named the NFC's Player of the Week twice in 2004.
  • Set the NFL record for the most 100-yard rushing games for a quarterback in a career with five.
  • Set an NFL playoff record for a quarterback with 119 yards rushing in the Falcons 47-17 NFC Divisional Playoff win over the St. Louis Rams as he completed 12 of 16 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.


 

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