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Hard Knocks recap: Falcons feisty as training camp begins

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For a team coming off a massively disappointing 4-12 campaign in 2013, the opening of training camp for the Atlanta Falcons has featured some feisty moments. In the season premiere of HBO’s Hard Knocks reality show, the Falcons scrapped frequently over the first few days of training camp.

After one of many tussles broke out, offensive line coach Mike Tice exclaimed “we’re not going to get any better doing that s–t.”

Rookie linebacker Jacques Smith ruffled the feathers of veteran linemen Joe Hawley and Ryan Schraeder. Hawley took offense to the way the rookie was speaking to him after a play. Schraeder followed it up by getting in Smith’s face and shoved him multiple times. Schraeder then started throwing punches after the rookie wouldn’t back down.

“I’m not backing down from nobody. …I guess they think me being a rookie this is new? None of this is new,” Smith said.

Defensive end Kroy Biermann jumped offsides three times and was angry at himself for the infractions as it meant 30 up-downs after practice. Biermann then got into a shoving match soon after with rookie tackle Jake Matthews all on the first day of camp. He also got chewed out by a coach, who shouted “”71 your ass is getting kicked all f–king camp.”

Much like they did with linebacker Aaron Maybin a season ago with the Cincinnati Bengals, the show introduced the artistic talents of running back Steven Jackson. Jackson showed off show of his pieces in a gallery with Terrell Owens among the players, current and former, making an appearance at the show.

Some more highlights from the first episode of this year’s series…

- Jackson left practice with a left hamstring injury that will leave him sidelined for a couple weeks. Head coach Mike Smith tried to look on the bright side stressing that will give the team a better look at rookie running back Devonta Freeman.

- Rookie defensive tackle Donte Rumph picked up the nickname “cupcake” from his teammates. However, after a pair of strong practices, Rumph was able to shed the nickname.

- Defensive tackle Peria Jerry elected to retire and word of the news began to filter throughout the team’s facility. “He retired? Today? Are you serious? Can I Google it? Are you for real or are you playing?” Jackson said when being told of Jerry’s decision by a teammate.

The meeting between coach Smith and Jerry letting him know of his decision was shown with Smith trying to make sure Jerry was completely committed to his decision to walk away from the game. “He said he felt that his body was not reacting like he wanted it to,” Smith relayed to owner Arthur Blank.

- Rookie safety Dezmen Southward did an entertaining impersonation of special teams coach Keith Armstrong.

“How many receivers we got?” Southward yelled. “Juilo (Jones) and Roddy (White),” was the response. “How many balls we got?” “One.” “Well one of y’all better get your ass on special teams.”

The episode wrapped with a scrimmage held at nearby Archer High School with White getting incredulous over a dropped touchdown catch from rookie receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.

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28 Responses to “Hard Knocks recap: Falcons feisty as training camp begins”
  1. doe22us says: Aug 5, 2014 11:04 PM

    Very boring initial episode, just trying too hard.

  2. hartcarluncarlun says: Aug 5, 2014 11:07 PM

    Luv the first episode!!! Very insightful!!

  3. mrlaloosh says: Aug 5, 2014 11:25 PM

    Bottom of the barrel hard knocks…..

  4. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Aug 5, 2014 11:35 PM

    How does the coach keep his job after being one breath away from the Super Bowl in 2012, followed up with a lack luster 4-12 year? I know Jones went down but man. No way I would stand for that Micky Mouse effort if I were in charge. Falcons are bridesmaids and underachievers under that staff

  5. iamlegend1219 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:37 PM

    BORRINNNGG

  6. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 5, 2014 11:49 PM

    The Falcons are going to be awful. Bad Head Coach, and an awful defense.

    5-11

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 5, 2014 11:58 PM

    HBO seemed to be promoting and glorifying the fighting aspect in the opening moments; not good.

  8. mattryansnoodlearm says: Aug 6, 2014 12:09 AM

    Fact: Atlanta has more people with Ebola, than people with Super Bowl rings.

  9. flannlv says: Aug 6, 2014 12:23 AM

    You’re either tough or you’re not. ATL acting tough isn’t going to get it done. Saints are laughing at ATL along with the rest of the NFL.

  10. beckzhere says: Aug 6, 2014 6:42 AM

    Great first episode.

  11. trspat says: Aug 6, 2014 6:43 AM

    See its sAINTs fans like the one above that makes me hate the black and gold toilet bowl…and I live in new orleans!
    I’d give anything for the sAINTs to tank like the Falcons did last season.

  12. bmorefalcon says: Aug 6, 2014 6:46 AM

    Man, New Orleans must be a very depressing place because the people are always so angry.

  13. antispy3 says: Aug 6, 2014 7:15 AM

    So now Profootballtalk is doing promotional spots for “hard knocks?!’ Wow. . .why don’t you just endorse the product or shred it & let viewers watch 7 decide for themselves? Sheesh!

  14. therealtruth210 says: Aug 6, 2014 7:18 AM

    mattryansnoodlearm says:
    Aug 6, 2014 12:09 AM

    _______________________________

    What kind of arm do you have and what NFL team do you play for? seriously your a clown dude

  15. flexx91 says: Aug 6, 2014 7:55 AM

    trspat says:

    I’d give anything for the sAINTs to tank like the Falcons did last season.
    ___________________________________

    Well, keep hoping tool because that’s not going to happen. TWICE had home field throughout the playoffs and blew it. How pathetic…..

  16. thedownwardspiral says: Aug 6, 2014 8:16 AM

    This team always plays the injury card as an excuse. Yet they somehow forget how they traded a whole draft class and pieces of another to get Julio Jones. Duh! That’s why you have no depth. And THATS why your organization will always suck.

    Mike Smith 2-8 vs Sean Peyton

  17. mattryansnoodlearm says: Aug 6, 2014 8:28 AM

    therealtruth210 says:
    Aug 6, 2014 7:18 AM
    mattryansnoodlearm says:
    Aug 6, 2014 12:09 AM

    _______________________________

    What kind of arm do you have and what NFL team do you play for? seriously your a clown dude

    Awwww did my clever name hurt your butt?? Or the fact that the Turd Birds have wait for it…ZERO SUPER BOWLS…

  18. bmorefalcon says: Aug 6, 2014 8:31 AM

    If you want boring, try watching Treme sometime.

  19. jcmeyer10 says: Aug 6, 2014 8:42 AM

    That impersonation was priceless.

  20. mattryansnoodlearm says: Aug 6, 2014 8:47 AM

    Nice try bmorefalcon, but Treme actually won awards…and was nominated for multiple Grammy awards. But hey Falcons fans should be used to swinging and missing by now…

  21. finsbooyah says: Aug 6, 2014 8:52 AM

    I thought the most interesting part was the rookie running back finding out the hard way that he can be hit while running a route in the NFL.

  22. bmorefalcon says: Aug 6, 2014 9:25 AM

    mattryansnoodlearm says:Aug 6, 2014 8:47 AM

    Nice try bmorefalcon, but Treme actually won awards…and was nominated for multiple Grammy awards. But hey Falcons fans should be used to swinging and missing by now…
    ———————————————————-

    Nominated for some Grammys, huh? Maybe I should have watching with my eyes closed.

  23. arrowdead says: Aug 6, 2014 10:01 AM

    Steven Jackson is the man; schooling rookies in a loving way and just being a positive teammate. He told Devonta “yeah bro they do that” when he complained about getting hit running a route lol.

  24. sb44champs says: Aug 6, 2014 10:28 AM

    trspat says:
    Aug 6, 2014 6:43 AM
    See its sAINTs fans like the one above that makes me hate the black and gold toilet bowl…and I live in new orleans!
    I’d give anything for the sAINTs to tank like the Falcons did last season.
    ============================
    Please go say this same thing in the streets of New Orleans… We’ll be waiting…
    If you don’t like NOLA, then just leave lol…
    Oh, that’s right, you secretely love New Orleans

  25. I'm Judgemental says: Aug 6, 2014 11:47 AM

    The irony here is that more Saints fans probably watched HK last night than Falcons fans. Stop being so butthurt Nola, just enjoy it for what it is, a great show about football.

  26. whodatsaybaby says: Aug 6, 2014 1:15 PM

    What a crock last night! All the fights. Talk about Croys reality show with his clown of a wife. Douglas’ crib and rookies being jealous of it. Mike Smith wearing sandals at every given opportunity and constantly laughing and joking with everyone. Steven Jackson at his ”ART SHOW”… HAHAHAHAHA.. And you Falcons fan say a good year based off of this? Get real, this was a circus of a Hard Knocks.

  27. natelan says: Aug 6, 2014 3:19 PM

    You left out the hilarious juxtaposition skit on the two men, one of whom was living in an immaculate mansion and the other who was excited to lease a very generic-looking condo.

    That was my favorite bit.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2014 3:35 PM

    Poor Biermann, then he has to go home to that cray cray wife with the wig and a bunch of brats runnin’ around the house. smh

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