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Cornerbacks Christopher Owens and Dominique Franksare playing at Grimes’ left cornerback spot, but will battle for the nickel back position.
“It will be a good battle all the way through training camp,” Smith said.
Owens ended his rookie season as a starter at left cornerback. He opened last season at nickel back, but an injury slowed him and he was replaced by Brian Williams.
After Williams was injured, Owens played in the playoff game and didn’t have one of his better performances.
Franks, was a fifth round pick (135th overall) in the 2010 draft. He played in two games and had one interception last season.
The Falcons are counting on Owens and Franks to continue to improve under assistant coaches Tim Lewis (secondary) and Alvin Reynolds (defensive backs).
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog