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Falcons counting on more from Weatherspoon

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By Dan Parr

The Falcons didn't ignore their defense in this year's draft, but the emphasis was on adding explosiveness to the offense with the selection of WR Julio Jones. Some observers were wondering if the team would have been better served by adding a defensive playmaker in the first round — the Falcons didn't view it that way, and part of the reason is they think they're going to get more out of one defensive player who already is on the roster.

SLB Sean Weatherspoon, a first-round pick in 2010, had his rookie season derailed by injuries after a strong start. After winning a starting job, he hurt his ankle in Week Three and a knee injury he suffered in Week Five nagged him the rest of the season. We hear the Falcons believe they were a better, more active defense early in the season when Weatherspoon was healthy and they expect he'll provide more of a boost in Year Two.

A source said he appeared to be in good physical condition in seven-on-seven drills during recent player-organized workouts.

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