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Falcons have several options at corner spot opposite Robinson

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By Dan Parr

The Falcons landed a talented, expensive cornerback when they signed Dunta Robinson in March, and there could be an intriguing training-camp battle to decide who gets the starting spot opposite him. Brent Grimes, Chevis Jackson, Christopher Owens and Brian Williams each might get a shot to claim the spot if head coach Mike Smith doesn't name a starter before camp begins. Smith is very high on Grimes and Owens, and Williams was a serviceable starter before a torn ACL brought his 2009 season to an end after Week Six. Grimes, who started 14 games over the past two seasons, is the likely front-runner in the battle, although some observers say he would fit better as a nickel back. He led the team with six interceptions in 2009. Whoever emerges from the crowd of potential competitors will be targeted frequently by opposing quarterbacks looking to avoid Robinson, who has quick hands, although he didn't make a single interception last season.


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