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Falcons testing young corners every day

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The Falcons went from having an experienced and expensive secondary to a younger and cheaper one.

And how those kids hold up will determine in part whether or how much the Falcons improve as a defense.

Last year, the Falcons went with the veteran trio Brent Grimes, Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel and the paychecks that went with them. Only Samuel remains of the trio of veteran corners.

The Falcons used their first two picks this year on cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, and they’re going to test them early.

“I think our two corners, they’ve got the skill-sets to be very good players for us,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said, via the team’s official website. “They’re going to get a chance to get lots of reps early on in the preseason.”

Of course, the biggest tests they’ll get might come in practice. Working against wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White will represent as tough an assignment as they’ll see anywhere else.

“It’s a learning lesson each time they go against them,” Smith said.

Both the rookies are rotating reps with the first defense. Samuel and Robert McClain are also getting looks, but if the Falcons can trust the kids through the week, they should be able to hold up on Sundays.

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17 Responses to “Falcons testing young corners every day”
  1. breakingb says: Jun 25, 2013 10:37 AM

    Matt Ryan is shocked..

  2. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 25, 2013 11:10 AM

    Drew Brees laughs at this explanation.

  3. daknight93 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:11 AM

    these rookies will be under intense pressure to produce and will be tested against the best qbs in the league…long season for these corners

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 25, 2013 11:15 AM

    Matt better get used to throwing deep because these newbies are going to make the offense score 28+ per game.

  5. beckzhere says: Jun 25, 2013 11:24 AM

    I am excited about these guys. Practicing against one of the best WR tandems in the NFL will pay huge dividends for them come September.

  6. nirvana504 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:38 AM

    Falcons, lol

  7. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    nawwww, These guys are covering average receivers at best. If they really want a great workout they should practice against Colts receivers, especially Lavonne Brazil.

  8. scubasteve4930 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    Its between the Bucs and Falcons for the division title…you heard it here first

  9. nbarber2013 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    Bucs and Saints for the division title. You heard it here first.

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    Saints for the division title. You heard it here first.

  11. SeenThisB4 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    It’s between the bucks and falcan’ts for second and third, Saints got it won already.

  12. jimmyt says: Jun 25, 2013 1:39 PM

    The Saints will continue their current pace of division titles started in 1967 (which aint many). You heard it here first.

  13. mrgroovesd says: Jun 25, 2013 1:40 PM

    How can you not test these corners in practice? They’re going to be covering one of the best receiving corps in the NFL in practice, White and Jones.

  14. kane337 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:40 PM

    The Falcons are an awesome team. Those guys will fit in nicely.

  15. kane337 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:32 PM

    More interceptions for Drew Brees

  16. jml62593 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:59 AM

    If we had kept Grimes instead of Samuel i would feel way more comfortable with our secondary. It won’t matter much if the the two youngsters are legit and produce immediately.

  17. zeebounds says: Jun 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    Essentially, these two are competing against one another for the starting job at the corner opposite of Samuel. IF that were the case, I would feel a lot better about this defense and the Falcons chances of competing for a Super Bowl. However, I have a strong suspicion that Asante Samuel will not play all 16 games this season. His body is old, and he showed signs of breaking down last year. We could see a lot of 2 rookie situations at cb for the Falcons this year, and in the NFC South…that’s not something you aim for. Also, what baffles me is that the falcons didn’t move up in the draft to get one of the more premier corners, like Dee Milliner. Instead that have Trufant and Alford. The falcons better HOPE that Asante Samuel stays healthy, or they may be making a move during camp for a vet.

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