The Falcons camp at their facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., and anybody who doesn't think this is getting away has clearly never been to Flowery Branch. The bedroom community is about 50 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, which likely puts the Falcons among the teams farthest away from their representative city. Still, that's not to say the hour-plus drive isn't worth making.
In his second year out of Bethune-Cookman, Weems was a star in practice and a special teams standout for the Falcons last year. It's unlikely Weems will beat out NFC Central alums
Abraham carried a reputation as being a bad locker room guy when he came to the Falcons via trade from the Jets two years ago. There's been no such talk since he's been in red and black. He spends a lot of time talking to the Falcons' young players. But nothing he says to them resonates as much as his mere presence on the field. "When I was a rookie, I looked up to a lot of players," he said. "They might not have been great leaders, but you know if a guy is 31 years old and he's been in the league 10 years, 11 years, he's gotta be doing something right. I've known better athletes than me. I've known people that have done a lot better things, made more money -- but they're not in the league right now."
What's to prevent history from repeating?
For as big a boon as the trade for All-Pro tight end
If you're looking to figure out why the Falcons got rid of five of their defensive starters, look no further than their rookies in their secondary. Between hard-hitting safety
Probably the one tacked on the back wall of Dimitroff's office, of his son,
• Given the abundance of platooning in the NFL, I asked Dimitroff how long it would be before teams started platooning cornerbacks in red zone and goal line situations the way they do linemen. (Maybe use smaller corners beyond the 20-yard-line and sub in taller ones as you get closer, to protect against fade patterns and the like.) Here's what he said: "I think the concept sounds interesting and creative, but I think people will realize that quickly. If they see that big corner out there who's a jump ball guy, they'll multi-move him with someone like
• Part of the Falcons walkthrough practice before last Saturday's preseason game at the Lions featured a receiving drill for the offensive linemen. There were a lot of one-handed attempts -- and plenty of drops.
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