Tonight is the first preseason game for the Atlanta Falcons. They take on the Tennessee Titans and the number two overall pick, Marcus Mariota. Below will tell you the information you will be looking for before tonight’s exhibition.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. EST
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Channel: CW69 or NFL Network
Radio: 92.9 The Game
“Fast and Physical”
It’s been over five months since the Falcons have played. And although it is preseason, it’s still time for some Falcons football. This is an exciting time for the organization as the team looks to get back into the swing of things. New head coach Dan Quinn has preached the saying, “Fast and Physical” and I will be looking to see if the team will play that way. Although the first team offense and defense will not be in for long, the other units should be exciting to watch in tonight’s game.
Which Players Should Falcons Fans Keep an Eye on?
This is the time to shine for players who are trying to make the 53-man roster. Some fans might tune out later in the game with the third and fourth stringers in, but these coaches will be watching their every move. With Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman out, Terron Ward and Antone Smith will look to carry the load. Smith will likely make the team as he is a legitimate threat catching out of the backfield, but Ward has also made his on case for a roster spot.
Another guy to look for is Levine Toilolo. After having a great training camp thus far, he has fallen down to the third tight end on the depth chart. It might be safe to say that his job is in jeopardy, and he will likely be playing mostly throughout the exhibition tonight.
The last player the keep an eye on throughout the preseason is Ricardo Allen. Allen is the first-team free safety, but he will likely have more reps then most other defensive players. He might be holding down his position in practice, but he needs in-game reps. Keep a close eye on this player tonight, as well as the others listed above.
Throughout training camp, fundamentals are a key element to any football team. Set your expectations low for tonight, as there will likely be loads of penalties between both teams. Last preseason, there were penalties left and right in every game. It might not be the case this year, but the yellow flags will still find a way to make an appearance.