Tomorrow the Falcons will kick off two days of joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars. On Monday and Tuesday, the two teams will hold morning and afternoon practices which are open to the public in Flowery Branch.
Combining practices makes sense for the two teams due to their regional proximity as well as giving both teams players a chance to redirect their aggression towards non-teammates. Both coaching staffs are very familiar with one another as Falcons head coach Mike Smith spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville under Jack Del Rio.
There will be some familiar faces across the sidelines. Current Falcons Mike Peterson, Brett Romberg, Brian Williams, and Joe Zelenka all are former Jaguars that played under Del Rio. Also last year’s fifth round pick, cornerback William Middleton is currently a Jaguar. As is linebacker Tony Gilbert, who the team signed earlier today.
The Falcons will get another opportunity to see the Jaguars on their own turf this summer when they close out their preseason schedule on September 2 with a game in Jacksonville. The Falcons will use these two days of practices and scrimmages to gear up for their preseason opener later this week against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
The Falcons will also have joint practices later in the month against the New England Patriots before their second preseason match up on August 19.