Here are five things to know about the Atlanta Falcons, who face the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. Sunday in Soldier Field in their regular-season opener, on Thursday:
1. Practice. The Falcons practice at 2:20 p.m. Coach Dan Quinn will speak to the media at 1:30 p.m. The open locker for media access will also start at 1:30 p.m.
2. Offense questions. The biggest question entering the season for the Falcons is can Steve Sarkisian keep Kyle Shanahan’s offense rolling. Sarkisian meets with the media today after practice.
3. Special teams concerns. Andre Roberts will replace Eric Weems as the kickoff and punt returner. Special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will address that change today after practice and give a scouting report on the Chicago special teams units.
4. Social media shutdown. If you’re looking for insight from Falcons rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley, don’t go to his social media accounts. To focus on football, McKinley imposed a “social media shut down” on himself.
5. Spiral notebook man. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn’t use his team-issued iPad to take notes. He keeps them in and old-fashioned notebook in the digital era.
ATLANTA FALCONS 2017 EXHIBITION SEASON
GAME FOUR: JAGUARS 13, FALCONS 7
GAME THREE: CARDINALS 24, FALCONS 14Report card: Cardinals 24, Falcons 14
GAME TWO: STEELERS 17, FALCONS 13
GAME ONE: DOLPHINS 23, FALCONS 20
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