Atlanta Falcons: Seven Intriguing Position Battles for 2010

June 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 2010 Atlanta Falcons will open camp next month with 21 of 22 offensive, and defensive starters from last season still on the roster.  The lone exception is Chris Houston, who has departed for Detroit and been replaced by Dunta Robinson. 
Despite the continuity of the Falcons roster, several starting positions figure to be up for grabs this preseason as Mike Smith and company look to make the squad Super Bowl worthy. Here are seven position battles that will be worth watching.
Outside Linebacker
Popular wisdom is that the Falcons will want to get the first round draft pick Sean Weatherspoon on the field immediately because of the speed and athleticism that he brings at the linebacker position. The question then becomes which current starting outside linebacker will be headed to the bench.
Veteran Mike Peterson outplayed first year Stephen Nicholas in 2009 by a fairly wide margin, so at first glance Nicholas wou...

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