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Durant Brings Hard Hits, Leadership To Falcons


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It's been way too long since the last snap of the ball for Falcons linebacker Justin Durant. Months before signing a free agent deal with the Falcons in March, Durant suffered a biceps injury in Week 8 that claimed the remainder of his season with the Dallas Cowboys.

Following his 2014 campaign, Durant considered different teams to sign with before admitting that he joined the Falcons largely because of new head coach Dan Quinn.

"He allows his guys to make the plays," Durant said. "He puts everybody in the best position, and they just go out there and do it. It's not really too complex, but the guys just do their jobs perfectly, and I'm excited to be a part of a system like that."

Long before the ink dried on Durant's contract with the Falcons, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker endured months of rehab work to recover from the biceps injury. Weeks ago, he was medically cleared to participate in offseason activities, which begin Monday. Durant was told early by the club that he'll likely play the Will (weakside linebacker) position, something he's done a lot during his eight years in the league.

Describing himself as a "run-and-hit linebacker," Durant plays quick, explosive football. The 29-year-old star plans to be "always around the ball" in 2015, challenging his teammates to meet him there, as well.

In addition to the helping the team on the field, Durant will also be relied upon as a mentor in the locker room.

"The younger guys, they come up to me now, just wanting to know how to make it in the league," Durant said.

"It's not even about the football things all the time, it's about how to take care of your body, the best way to go about certain situations and things like that. I think me just talking to them as people will help them even more than me helping them with X's and O's."

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Go back and watch some of his games last year. Dude was all over the field. If he stays healthy he'll majorly improve our LBs as a whole.

I have a friend who is a huge Cowboys fan and we watch a lot of games together so I have seen him play and I'm very excited for him.

Also my friend absolutely hates the Cowboys lost him!! haha

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Him and reed on the outside are going to be huge for our D. Now we just need to find a mlb

I feel with these two upgrades at outside linebacker..i wouldn't mind Worrilow to man the middle...i think he will do alot better than many expect with the veteran presence on the outside

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I feel with these two upgrades at outside linebacker..i wouldn't mind Worrilow to man the middle...i think he will do alot better than many expect with the veteran presence on the outside

if it ended up with worrilow being the starting mlb I'd be OK with it but if the opportunity presents itself to upgrade the position I hope we do
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if it ended up with worrilow being the starting mlb I'd be OK with it but if the opportunity presents itself to upgrade the position I hope we do

Yea just off strength Worrilow will do better with vets around him to learn and play with this was the disadvantage of playing without Spoon

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I feel with these two upgrades at outside linebacker..i wouldn't mind Worrilow to man the middle...i think he will do alot better than many expect with the veteran presence on the outside

Worrilow will be fine now that he isn't being forced to play 4 gaps like he was last year. Ray Lewis would've looked bad in our D. Simplify the responsibilities and let him think less and play more and he's good to go.

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