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    The Falcons will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks

    The Falcons will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks this summer.
    The Falcons could have declined participation because they made the playoffs two years ago. Instead, they chose to volunteer. Hopefully, we'll get a glimpse into Julio Jones' rehab off another right foot surgery and rookie RB Devonta Freeman's progress. The show premiers Aug. 5.
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    Re: The Falcons will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks

    Good. No more unnecessary distractions for the Rams, and I don't have to pick up HBO.
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    Re: The Falcons will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks

    Great for the Rams! I would bet we're on it next year. It will be the year after Sam makes the roster they'll have a field day with how the locker room has acclimated to the media pressure and attention. We will be a winning team for the first time in ages. That will create more buzz around the team. It all adds up to the Rams being the 2015 team.

    plus it'll be great to see SJax39 on it. That alone might make it the only time I've watched it.

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    Re: The Falcons will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    I would bet we're on it next year.
    No we won't! Playoff teams can opt out of doing the series.

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    Re: The Falcons will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks

    Seven things to watch on this season's 'Hard Knocks'


    By Gregg Rosenthal
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    The speculation is over. The Atlanta Falcons will be the team featured in this year's season of Hard Knocks, the NFL Films-produced show that appears (somewhat) annually on HBO.

    Our reaction to the return of the show, in a nutshell:

    It's an intriguing choice for a number of reasons. The Falcons generally fly under the radar despite being one of the best teams in the NFL since Matt Ryan, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith arrived in 2008. But they were one of last season's biggest disappointments.

    Let's count a few reasons we're already looking forward to one of the best shows on television:

    1. A franchise trying to rebound: The Falcons are a lot more interesting than they were a season ago. After reaching the doorstep of the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, the Falcons were among the league's worst (and unluckiest) last year. The bad luck has followed them into 2014 with the loss of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

    No one expects a shakeup in Atlanta anytime soon, but this is an organization that grew used to winning records under Dimitroff. There is a lot of pressure on them to rebound big this year or changes could come. Pressure makes for better television.

    2. Roddy White: He's consistently one of the most overlooked and entertaining voices in the league. This is his time in the spotlight.

    3. Bryan Cox and Mike Tice: The Falcons just so happen to have two of the most entertaining assistant coaches in the league. We haven't had nearly enough Tice in our lives since he was the head coach in Minnesota. Cox is full of fire on and off the field.

    "I only lost two fights out of about 60, 70," Cox said of his days growing up in East St. Louis this week. "If I thought I was fighting, I was getting the first lick. Just know that."

    4. Atlanta nightlife: Training camp is not the time for partying, but let's just say we hope the NFL Films cameras track the players on some nights out on the town at some point.

    5. Thomas Dimitroff, breaking the mold: He cuts a different figure than most general managers. Dimitroff doesn't eat meat, is an extreme sports enthusiast and rides a motorcycle. He thinks about the NFL from a different angle and has a hard time saying anything uninteresting. His relationship with his former boss, Scott Pioli, should also be interesting to watch. Dimitroff brought Pioli back into the league this offseason, and documented his first ride to work. Appearing on Hard Knocks is a long distance from "The Patriot Way."

    6. Reality shows colliding: One of the great things about Hard Knocks is that it's not like other reality shows. The drama is real. The stories are not manufactured. This season, we'll get a little clash with the other kind of reality show. Sources familiar with the situation tell Around the League that Falcons defensive line Kroy Biermann is a part of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and he's not camera shy. (That source: Dan Hanzus' wife, Emily.)

    7. Steven Jackson: Like Roddy White, he's a veteran that deserves some time in the spotlight. He came to Atlanta to chase a ring, and landed at the bottom of the standings again. It will be fun to follow Jackson as he tries to fend off challengers to his running back throne.

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