Smith talks limiting Jones, Biermann


Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith made the radio rounds Friday morning with the team set to begin training camp in the afternoon.

In discussing the health of his team, Smith talked about the practice plan for wide receiver Julio Jones coming off foot surgery and outside linebacker Kroy Biermann coming off an Achilles tear.

"You're going to see Kroy Biermann and Julio Jones participating in practice today," Smith told 92.9 the Game. "Those guys have worked extremely hard getting back. We're going to limit their snaps. They will be as close to full participants as they can.

"Kroy will work two days and take a day off to start with. And we'll evaluate after Week 1. And Julio, we're going to give him a day off every other day to start with. We should have those guys by the beginning of the season at 100 percent and ready to go, and that's the No. 1 goal. We want to be as healthy as we possibly can."

The Falcons have three players starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list: receiver Drew Davis (foot), defensive tackle Corey Peters (Achilles), and safety Zeke Motta (neck surgery). Motta is not expected to play this season.

Smith sounded optimistic about Peters.

"We anticipate Corey Peters to hopefully get off of (PUP) very quickly," Smith said. "He's been working extremely hard off of his Achilles."