THE BRANCH – Just four days into training camp and the battle to replace Lawyer Milloy at strong safety is starting to take shape.
“I think the safety position is one where there is a good battle,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday.
DeCoud has major range and the striking ability his flashed on special teams last season appears to translate.
“Thomas DeCoud is coming back from a good year last year where he had an opportunity to compete and play on special teams,” Smith said.
For William Moore, the second round pick from Missouri, it’s a matter of how quickly he pick things up. He’s physical and has helped his foot speed by losing 10 pounds.
“William Moore is just learning our system, but he has the skill set that we are looking for in a safety,” Smith said. “Not necessarily a strong safety, but the safety position.”
It’s not wise to look past some of the reserve safeties. Von Hutchins is getting some run at safety.
Jamaal Fudge and Eric Brock came away with interceptions in drills on Monday. Antoine Harris is battling back from groin surgery.
“Von is very valuable guy for us because he can play corner, nickel and we are working him at safety,” Smith said. “He could be a utility player if he doesn’t win the starting position.”
It’s plenty early, but it looks like DeCoud is trying to put a stranglehold on the open spot.
“Again, we are going to put a good eye on all positions,” Smitty said. “The best 53 are the guys who are going to make our roster.”
FUNNY STUFF: You need to check out Jeff Schultz‘ digi-blog. He got escorted around the building by Arthur Blank and came up with some hilarious stuff.
CHEER MEET AND GREET/FUNDRAISER: Funds raised from the event will benefit “The Rally Foundation.” There will be a fashion show and performances by the Atlanta Falcon Cheerleaders on Thursday. Here’s the ticket info.
RODDY CORNER: It’s Day Four in Roddy White’s holdout. Discussions are ongoing, with the Falcons apparently set to increase their offer.
Don’t know if the Falcons are ready to put White in the $9 million a year neighborhood where Green Bay’s Greg Jennings, Buffalo’s Lee Evans and Tampa Bay’s Antonio Bryant reside.
The thing to file in the back of the mind is that when players come back from holdouts, especially wide outs, you have to ease them back in. You can’t run them too much, too fast and lead to a hamstring injury.
The Falcons are fining White $15,888 per day. He’s up to $63,552. Wonder where the fine money goes?