With training camp now in full swing, the Atlanta Falcons will play their first exhibition game of the preseason against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. Here' s a quick rundown of what you need to know:
Game Time: 7:30 PM, EST
TV Coverage: CBS (Atlanta) and ABC (Baltimore)
Radio: 790 The Zone AM (Atlanta) and WBAL 1090 AM
Odds: Atlanta favored by 2.5 points
Players To Watch: Julio Jones, Akeem Dent, Peter Konz, Lawrence Sidbury
This only being a preseason game, we obviously won't put any stock in the final score. Rather, it's an opportunity for the guys a couple of slots down on the depth chart to see some playing time (and perhaps even win a roster spot for themselves).
For the Falcons, it will obviously be interesting to see how Julio looks after having a full offseason with his coaches and quarterback to prepare and improve. Several writers and columnists around the internet have already named Jones a potential breakout player in 2012.
Dent and Konz, two young players who have legitimate (some would say almost guaranteed) shots at starting jobs, should also draw their fare share of attention. And then there's Sidbury, who's having himself an impressive camp showing and could be in for a breakout season as well.