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Owens leaves Falcons with corner concerns heading into offseason

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Dan Parr
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By Dan Parr

Some league observers are wondering if the Falcons need to make finding a new nickel back a priority following their loss to Green Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs. Chris Owens, who was filling in at the position for the injured Brian Williams, committed two costly penalties on a second-quarter touchdown drive that allowed Green Bay to tie the score, and he struggled in coverage throughout the game. It was an awful finish to a rough sophomore season for Owens. Williams is due to become an unrestricted free agent in March and the nine-year veteran isn't a long-term solution at the nickel spot. The Falcons are pleased with starting CBs Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes, and they tend to exercise patience with their draft picks — there is no indication that they're ready to give up on Owens. Improving their depth at corner, however, might help the Falcons get over the hump in 2011.

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