FLOWERY BRANCH — Some starters will play a quarter against Jacksonville, while others will get the night off.
In the last two exhibition finales under Smith, the Falcons have heavily rested their starters.
In his first two seasons, he elected to briefly play the starters in the last game.
Last season, the Falcons dropped the exhibition finale 21-7 to Baltimore on Sept. 1. Starters Matt Ryan, Dunta Robinson, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, John Abraham, Tyson Clabo, Roddy White, Corey Peters and Jonathan Babineaux did not play.
In 2010, Ryan and all 21 of the starters did not play in a exhibition finale at Jacksonville, a 13-9 loss.
In 2009, the Falcons played most of their starters in a 20-3 loss to Baltimore. Only Abraham and center Todd McClure were held out of the game.
In 2008, the starters played briefly in a 10-9 win over Baltimore.
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