After a less than stellar last season and the hype around a new stadium, Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons are going prime time. The team’s training camp will be featured in the next installment of HBO’s Hard Knocks.
“We are excited about the opportunity to give our fans a behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare an NFL team for the rigors of a 16-game regular season and beyond,” said Falcons owner and chairman Arthur M. Blank. “This marks the first time that our franchise will be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ and we look forward to showcasing our great players and coaches to football fans all across America.”
According to the press release, the training camp will include a number of intriguing story lines, including the return of Julio Jones from season-ending foot surgery, the beginning of Jake Matthews‘ NFL career as the new starting right tackle, and the switch to a 3-4 base defense with the additions of nose tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Tyson Jackson up front.
“We are looking forward to connecting with our fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2014 training camp,” Smith said. “The series will give fans a behind the scenes look at the competition between players as we build our roster and prepare for the season. We are looking forward to the start of camp in late July.”
“Hard Knocks” with the Falcons will debut on August 5. No training camp schedule has been released as of yet, but the Falcons will be traveling to Houston to practice against the Texans on Aug. 13 and 14 in preparation for a preseason game at Reliant Stadium on Aug. 16. Your Jersey Girlfriend, Marcelle English