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Falcons preparing Weatherspoon to play strong- and weak-side ’backer

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By Dan Parr

Falcons first-round pick Sean Weatherspoon has drawn positive reviews from coaches and observers through OTAs and minicamps, and it appears that, at the minimum, he'll be involved in the team's nickel package on defense. While Weatherspoon was considered to be the heir apparent to Mike Peterson on the weak side, he's being trained on both the strong and weak sides. Atlanta wants to make sure he's prepared in case he needs to fill in at either spot, and he's a smart enough player to work at both positions without getting overwhelmed. While it's likely that Weatherspoon will start out playing nickel alongside MLB Curtis Lofton while Peterson and starting SLB Stephen Nicholas go to the bench, don't be surprised if Weatherspoon gets a chance to challenge Nicholas for the starting job on the strong side in training camp. The Falcons aren't frustrated with Nicholas, but they may want to see how both players respond to a training-camp battle.


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