Falcons Countdown to Camp: Specialists

Falcons Countdown to Camp: Specialists

Jay Adams

Published July 14, 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.

The spots held by Matt Bryant, Matt Bosher and Josh Harris are all but set, but surprises have been known to occur at special teams spots during training camp. At kick and punt returner, however, things are all up in the air.
Veterans: Matt Bryant, Matt Bosher, Josh Harris, Jacquizz Rodgers, Harry Douglas, Dominique Franks, Tim Toone, James Rodgers
Departures: None
Additions: Robert Alford (punt/kick returner – second-round pick), Jeremy Shelley (kicker – college free agent), Sean Sellwood (punter – college free agent)
Key Battle: The return positions look to be hotly contested with Alford’s speed against Rodgers, Toone and Franks’ experience. Toone won out the punt return position last year but was injured during the first week of the season and thus, Franks was brought back to handle the duties. Douglas took that spot over near the end of the season, and it’s a spot that’s in flux. Is Alford the answer at that spot? What about at kick returner? Does Alford supplant Rodgers as the main return man? These questions will all get answered in training camp.

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