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.
“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.”
“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.