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Atlanta Falcons: Team Works Out Two Defensive Backs


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FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons worked out a couple of defensive backs — Marlin Jackson and Syd’quan Thompson — today.

Neither of the players were signed. The Falcons generally consider it their due diligence to work out some of the top free agents on Tuesdays during the regular season.

Jackson, 29, 6-foot, 196-pounds, was a first-round draft pick by the Colts in 2005. He has started 32 NFL games and played in 56.

Thompson, 25, 5-9, 191 pounds, was a seventh round draft pick by the Broncos in 2010.

With the season-ending injury to Brent Grimes, Dominique Franks, who was cut at the end of training camp and later re-signed, currently is the Falcons starting nickel back.

looks like, Smitty and Nolan isn't happy with NB

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Thompson coming out of Cal had a lot of potential it seemed. But the falcons just signed a young corner when Grimes went down. If they do sign a corner I'm going to say they'll go the vet route.

Franks has sucked since they re-signed him. If the Falcons can solidify the NB spot then that would make Nolan's defense strike even more fear into opponents.

I agree that signing a vet would be the better choice.

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What I don't get is how McClain beat out Franks for a roster spot but then loses the nb spot to him after getting a pick on the only play he was on the field for.

McClain had never won the NB spot. He was filling in for Asante on the outside corner spot when he had to leave the game for a couple of plays during the Denver game. Franks was filling in for Owens at the NB spot when he got injured.

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