In his first two training camps as Falcons general manager, Thomas Dimitroff went shopping for defensive backs. In 2008 he traded for Domonique Foxworth and signed Jamaal Fudge. After last season’s regrettable exhibition showing against San Diego, Dimitroff traded for Tye Hill and signed Brian Williams.
Foxworth became a starting cornerback here and signed with Baltimore after the 2008 season for $27 million over four seasons. (He hurt his knee in camp last month and is already lost for this season.) Williams started for the Falcons at CB last season before hurting his knee against Chicago on Oct. 19. He underwent surgery and re-upped over the winter.
The point being: In two years under Dimitroff, this team has never entered training camp loving the DB’s it had. This time is different. This time the Falcons might wind up shedding somebody they like because they have a surplus.
Dunta Robinson, the key acquisition of this offseason, is set at one corner spot. (He has missed time with a tender hamstring, but the Falcons maintain they’re not worried one bit. On the contrary, they’re making him sit out as a precaution.) Christopher Owens and Brent Grimes are dueling to be the other starter. Chevis Jackson was drafted by Dimitroff in 2008 and has been a nickel back.
Meanwhile, Williams has yet to return to full practice duty after his knee rehab, which could prove interesting. Would a team keep five cornerbacks on its active roster? Maybe not.
(At safety, the Falcons have Eric Coleman and Thomas DeCoud as starters, and they’re happy with both. They also like William Moore, the second-year man who missed essentially all of last season after an array of leg injuries. He’s currently the backup and perhaps someday the successor to Coleman.)
Barring injury, this should be the first preseason under Dimitroff where the Falcons’ haven’t been looking to buy a DB. If anything, they could be looking to sell.