Falcons Countdown to Camp: LBs

Falcons Countdown to Camp: LBs

Jay Adams

Published July 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Russell Athletic Atlanta Falcons Training Camp is around the corner, beginning July 25, and AtlantaFalcons.com will take you through some of the need-to-know information for all position groups, including additions, departures and key battles.

LINEBACKERS
Sean Weatherspoon, in his fourth year, will be looked at as not only the leader of the linebacking corps, but also of the entire defense. Without Mike Peterson to provide veteran leadership, the reins have been passed on to Spoon, who has said he embraces the role.
Veterans: Sean Weatherspoon, Stephen Nicholas, Akeem Dent, Robert James, Pat Schiller
Departures: Mike Peterson
Additions: Brian Banks (free agency), Nick Clancy (college free agent), Joplo Bartu (college free agent), Paul Worrilow (college free agent)
Key Battle: Depth at this position is young, but plentiful, and determining who stays and who goes could be a difficult decision for the coaching staff. The sentimental choice is Banks, who is easy to root for with his incredible story of how he got here, but he’s shown an impressive amount of growth since he signed with the Falcons in March. But Schiller, who spent last year on the practice squad, will be looking to take a step in his second season in Atlanta. College free agents Clancy, Bartu and Worrilow all looked solid during OTAs and minicamps. But for all these players, special teams could be the proving ground to determine who ultimately stays and who goes.

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