Falcons rail: Day 4

The Falcons put on the pads for the first time in training camp Monday morning and there was some major hitting. The afternoon practice, performed in shorts and helmets, was much tamer. Here's a quick look at the fourth day of training camp.

Three scenes

-- Wide receiver Roddy White had the day's strongest fashion statement with some loud red and black socks.

-- A practice hasn't gone by without cornerback Brent Grimes making a spectacular play. This time he was in coverage against White, when a pass hit White's shoulder pads and popped up in the air. Grimes swooped in, tracked the ball and made the interception.

-- The offensive linemen showed off their agility during the stretching period. Todd McClure, Harvey Dahl and Joe Hawley did a flying three-man weave. One man would dive to the ground and roll, while the other two would dive over the rolling player. Who says the big guys can't move? --

Today's Profile


Jamaal Anderson, defensive end

-- Born: Little Rock, Ark.

-- Status: Single

-- College: Arkansas

-- What books are your reading? I was checking out this book called "The American Dollar." I just just purchased that on my iPad. Then my mom sent me a book called "Have a Little Faith." Those are the two books that I'm checking out right now.

-- What's your favorite restaurant in Atlanta? I love Bones, the steakhouse right there in Buckhead.


"We left Louisiana about a week before training camp started and that was the most depressing drive I've ever been on."

Veteran center Todd McClure on traveling to his 12th training camp.


-- Defensive tackle Peria Jerry (knee), wide receiver Harry Douglas (knee) and cornerback Brian Williams (knee) were limited to one practice. Douglas is scheduled to fully participate by the end of the week. Jerry's rehab plan calls for more activity later this week with a goal of having him fully participating by next week.

-- Wide receiver Brian Finneran (back spasms) worked out with the trainers and was running.

-- Safety Matt Giordano (back spasms) returned to practice.

-- Tight end Colin Peek (right knee sprain) is expected to miss one to two weeks.

-- Cornerback Dunta Robinson (hamstring) did not practice and is listed as day to day.

Today's schedule

The first practice is scheduled from 8:30–10:40 a.m. and is open to the public. The second practice is scheduled from 3:45–4:40 p.m. and is not open to the public. Practice lengths and times are subject to change based on weather and head coach Mike Smith’s discretion. Call ahead at 770- 965-3115.

How to get there

(from I-85)

• Exit onto I-985 toward Gainesville.

• Take Exit 12 (Spout Springs Road/Flowery Branch).

• Turn left off the exit ramp onto Spout Springs Road.

• Go under I-985 and travel one-quarter mile and turn right on Thurmond

Tanner Road.

• Proceed on Thurmond Tanner Road for about one mile and then

turn right on Atlanta Highway (Ga. 13).

• Go about one-half mile on Atlanta Highway (which becomes Falcon

Parkway) past the Wrigley Plant on your left.

• The Falcons' training complex will be on your left.

D.Orlando Ledbetter