Falcons Countdown to Camp: DBs

Falcons Countdown to Camp: DBs

Jay Adams

Published July 13, 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.

There were several key departures at this position and it perhaps has the most question marks on the defensive side simply because of the youth that replace veteran experience here.
Veterans: Asante Samuel, Robert McClain, Dominique Franks, Peyton Thompson, Terrence Johnson
Departures: Brent Grimes, Dunta Robinson, Chris Owens
Additions: Desmond Trufant (first-round pick), Robert Alford (second-round pick), Saeed Lee (college free agent)
Key Battle: The spot across from Samuel is the one all eyes will be on as Trufant and Alford likely battle to see who takes it, but don’t count Franks out there. McClain is more likely to stay at the nickel position, but could there be a rookie, or even Franks, who challenges him for that spot? Thompson comes back in the fold after a year on the practice squad and he had a good offseason preparing for training camp. The numbers at this position, like several others, could again prove to make for difficult decisions come the end of August when the final cutdown to the 53-man roster happens.

With two Pro Bowlers at the starting spots, it’s safe to assume William Moore and Thomas DeCoud’s positions are all but locked up. Behind them, however, will be what could be the most competitive battle in all of camp.
Veterans: William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, Shann Schillinger, Charles Mitchell
Departures: None
Additions: Kemal Ishmael (seventh-round pick), Zeke Motta (seventh-round pick), Troy Sanders (college free agent)
Key Battle: Special teams is likely where the battle to back up Moore and DeCoud will be won. Schillinger, who missed most of last season on injured reserve, and Mitchell, a rookie and sixth-round selection last year, will be trying to defend their spots, but the two upstarts who were selected in the seventh round this year have turned some heads during the offseason. This one could come down to the finer details of both special teams and the safety position, and the two best will come out on top. Stay tuned for this battle, which is sure to be a good one.

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