5 things to know about Falcons’ minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH –  The Falcons are anticipating near 100 percent participation in their mandatory minicamp, which starts today and runs through Thursday.

Here are five things to know about the minicamp:

1. Minicamp is open to the public. The Falcons minicamp will be open to the public. The practices will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday.

The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders gathered on Sunday morning for a photoshoot. Here's a look at the behind the scenes action. (Courtesy of The Atlanta Falcons)

2. Kid’s Day on Wednesday. The team will hold Kid’s Day on Wednesday, which will include giveaways,

prizes and appearances by the cheerleaders, Freddie Falcon and mascot friends.

3. Hooper is back. The Falcons will have rookie tight end Austin Hooper back.

Hooper, a third-round draft pick in 2016, couldn’t take part in the three weeks of OTAs because his Stanford’s academic calendar was not complete, per NFL rules. Final exams at Stanford were recently completed and commencement was held on Sunday.

Hooper, who attended the rookie minicamp in May, received digital updates and phones calls from the staff in order to keep him in the loop.

4. McLennan watch. Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith said that undrafted rookie outside linebacker Ivan McLennan has some pass rush ability. Add him to the list of players to watch at minicamp.

McLennan played two years of junior college football before playing two seasons at Washington State. He amassed 15 sacks and 34.5 tackles for losses over his career.

5. Position battles. Some of the key position battles to watch include right cornerback, backup quarterback, right guard, middle linebacker and strong safety.

Also, the returner position is up in the air because of Devin Hester’s offseason surgery and Devin Fuller’s hamstring injury that’s slowed him during OTAs.


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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.