Postcard from camp: Falcons
This is the Falcons fourth training camp at their pristine practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., which is a 45-minute drive up I-85 from Atlanta. The atmosphere is carnival-like in a good way, with hundreds of kids lining the field in face paint and waving Falcon fans under their chins in the 92-degree heat. It beats the circus that descended on the Branch last year. "Do you see PETA protestors in red paint lined up at the gates? Do you see any planes with banners flying overhead?" asked team president
Smith will most likely start Redman, especially with unproven rookie
Take your pick. New coach, new QB, new CB, new TE, new RB, but the Falcons also have a new face in old, reliable Broncos kicker
While most prognosticators are predicting the Falcons to be this year's Dolphins, they could squeak out a few home Ws early and surprise people -- especially Week 1 against the Lions, who have only won once in the Georgia Dome, and in Week 3 versus the Chiefs. Their strength of schedule is in the middle of the pack, and while this will still be a rebuilding year for the Falcons, they won't be as horrendous as people think if they jell early.
In the "Oh no he didn't!" moment of camp, rookie wideout
• This team has sweet living quarters. Blank built four condo complexes off the far edge of the practice fields four years ago that are only used for training camp. Each player gets his own room in the four-bedroom, two-bath pads, plus access to an amenities building with pool tables, ping pong and Playstations, as well as a lake to fish from off the side and a pool to jump in off the back.
• Besides a QB competition there's competition in the secondary. It looks like