We officially have a team in place for the new season of Hard Knocks.
The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday they have agreed to take part in the ninth season of the acclaimed HBO documentary series.
NFL Films confirmed the partnership and added a nice graphic on their Twitter page to boot:
The Falcons are taking part in the series by choice. Under new bylines adopted by the NFL last year, the Falcons could've ducked the show because they qualified for the postseason in the last two years. Teams can also decline if they have a new coach or have been the subject of Hard Knocks in the past 10 years.
The Cincinnati Bengals were featured last summer, with the Miami Dolphins serving as the focal point in 2012. This will be the Falcons' first Hard Knocks appearance and the first appearance for an NFC team since 2008.