On the road to Flowery Branch

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

I'm about to begin the trek from Tampa to Flowery Branch, Ga., where I'll be covering Falcons' minicamp, which begins Friday morning.

Some story lines I'll be following:

  • Tony Gonzalez's first practice with the Falcons.

  • What Atlanta's defense looks like after a massive overhaul in the offseason.

  • How Matt Ryan is looking to beat the "sophomore slump.''

  • A look at the safety position after the departure of Lawyer Milloy.

  • And I'll be looking to see if there are any signs of the Falcons looking to give Jerious Norwood a few more carries to ease the load on Michael Turner.

Also, for those in the Tampa Bay area, I'm scheduled for an interview on the NFC South on ESPN Radio Tampa Bay on Friday at 10:10 a.m. The interview will be with "The Fabulous Sports Babe'', which you can find at 1040 on your AM dial.