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Falcons Announce Partnership with Army

Today was Military Appreciation Day at Falcons Camp and the team took their time to honor the active duty, reservists and retired members of the armed services.

Also, Steve Cannon, formerly CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA and currently CEO of AMB Group, LLC announced today the Falcons and the U.S. Army will partner on many initiatives and programs.

“We want to make reaching out to the military, honoring the military a core part of our brand,” Cannon said. “We live in the state of Georgia with Fort Stewart, Fort Benning and Fort Gordon. We have a higher concentration of soldiers and families living in our state than really any other state in the Union maybe with the exception of Texas.”

Cannon is a West Point graduate and strongly believes the military can benefit from partnering with the Falcons.

We have an amazing platform and we are going to use that platform,” Cannon said. “We haven’t figured out all of the ways that we are going to mutually benefit each other, but the cool part is that we are aligned from the top part of our organizations from Arthur to me to Coach Quinn, from the top of the Army’s command structure, including Eric Wesley (commanding general of Fort Benning) and I am 100 percent convinced that through this alignment, great things will come.”

Also, quarterback Matt Ryan believed his team had a nice performance Thursday however there are areas that need improvement.

“I thought our team did a nice job, obviously finishing with the end of the game. Our defense did a great job getting off the field when we needed it, coming up with the big sack on 4th down. I thought we have a lot of things to clean up from the first game, but the effort was really good. I thought our young guys did a nice job and the key is to be better this week when we go play in Cleveland.”

Running back Tevin Coleman, who is a carrier of the sickle-cell trait, did not finish practice Sunday as a precautionary measure because of the extreme heat’s effects on his blood disorder.

“You always want to take every precaution,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said of Coleman. “There are guys all over the league that have it. For him, yeah, it’s something that we’re aware of. It’s like having something to monitor. But he’s really fit, man. He’s having an awesome camp. We just always want to take precaution on the side of player safety.”

Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said safety Kemal Ishmael (shoulder) and running back Terron Ward (ankle) sat out practice Sunday and will be likely held out all week. Kicker Matt Bryant sat out with muscle tightness and is considered day-to-day.  Safety Keanu Neal (trunk) and tight end Levine Toilolo  (hand) returned to practice and should be ready to play on Thursday night in Cleveland.

The Atlanta Falcons will finish break from Camp Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday practices are open to the public and will begin at 10am. The Falcons will play the Cleveland Browns Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8pm Eastern Time at FirstEnergy Stadium on the banks of Lake Erie.

Also, the Atlanta Falcons have released their depth chart ahead of Thursday’s game.

Offense Depth Chart

POS First Second Third Other
WR Julio Jones Justin Hardy Eric Weems Devin Fuller
Jordan Leslie
Corey Washington
LT Jake Matthews Tom Compton Laurence Gibson
LG Andy Levitre Wes Schweitzer Collin Rahrig
C Alex Mack Ben Garland Jake Reed
RG Chris Chester Mike Person Michael Huey
RT Ryan Schraeder Bryce Harris Shahbaz Ahmed
TE Jacob Tamme Austin Hooper Levine Toilolo D.J. Tialavea
Joshua Perkins
Arthur Lynch
WR Mohamed Sanu Aldrick Robinson Nick Williams J.D. McKissic
David Glidden
QB Matt Ryan Matt Schaub Sean Renfree Matt Simms
RB Devonta Freeman Tevin Coleman Terron Ward Gus Johnson
Brandon Wilds
FB Patrick DiMarco Will Ratelle
Special Teams Depth Chart
POS First Second Third Other
K Matt Bryant Nick Rose
KO Matt Bosher
P Matt Bosher
KR Tevin Coleman Eric Weems Devin Fuller J.D. McKissic
PR Eric Weems Devin Fuller J.D. McKissic
LS Josh Harris
H Matt Bosher
Defense Depth Chart
POS First Second Third Other
DE Adrian Clayborn Brooks Reed Dwight Freeney Nordly Capi
DT Tyson Jackson Jonathan Babineaux Cory Johnson Brandon Williams
DT Grady Jarrett Courtney Upshaw Joey Mbu Chris Mayes
DE Derrick Shelby Ra’Shede Hageman Malliciah Goodman Efe Obada
LB Vic Beasley Philip Wheeler Tyler Starr Ivan McLennan
LB Paul Worrilow Deion Jones LaRoy Reynolds Dominique Tovell
LB Sean Weatherspoon De’Vondre Campbell
CB Robert Alford Jalen Collins C.J. Goodwin Jordan Sefon
CB Desmond Trufant Akeem King Brian Poole DeMarcus Van Dyke
Devonte Johnson
S Ricardo Allen Robenson Therezie Sharrod Neasman
S Keanu Neal Kemal Ishmael Damian Parms

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