Falcons next on NFC South Blog Tour

BUFORD, Ga. – Don’t let the dateline fool you. I’m about seven Matt Ryan throws away from the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch.

I’ll be over there Monday morning when the Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars practice together. By the way, you’re going to see a lot more of these joint workouts if the NFL goes to an 18-game regular season and cuts out two preseason games. I suspect practicing with other teams would be very popular with coaches. You can probably accomplish a lot more in those settings than you can in preseason games, which are largely worthless.

It should be a relatively quiet Sunday because coaches and players around the division are getting the day off. I’ll be in and out throughout the day. But let’s look ahead to tomorrow a bit.

Some issues I’ll be paying close attention to with the Falcons:

  • Are the rumors that defensive end Jamaal Anderson is having a really good camp true?

  • What does John Abraham have left physically?

  • Are Kroy Beirmann and Lawrence Sidbury stepping up as pass rushers?

  • Is defensive tackle Peria Jerry at full strength after last year’s injury?

  • Who’s emerging as the leader for the starting cornerback spot opposite Dunta Robinson?

  • Is rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon going to take Stephan Nicholas’ starting job?

  • Is receiver Harry Douglas ready to be what the Falcons thought he was going to be before he got hurt last year?

  • Is Ryan ready for the breakout season everyone seems to be expecting?

Those are just a few ideas. If you’ve got something you’d like me to keep an eye on or ask the coaches or players about, go ahead and send it to my mailbag.