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Former Falcons receiver turned cornerback impresses Quinn


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By GEORGE HENRY

3 hrs ago

 

 

GRAYSON, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Dan Quinn likes what he has seen from C.J. Goodwin, a former receiver turned cornerback.

With Desmond Trufant held out of Friday night's practice at Grayson High School because of a hip injury, Goodwin manned the starting job at left cornerback.

It's been a considerable climb up the depth chart for Goodwin, who spent 2014 as a receiver on Pittsburgh's practice squad and joined Atlanta's practice squad last November.

Last year in practice, Quinn wanted to see what would happen if he lined up Goodwin at cornerback a few times opposite All-Pro receiver Julio Jones. Goodwin made enough plays on the ball for Quinn to move him to defense earlier this year.

He had an interception in the end zone Friday against No. 2 quarterback Matt Schaub on a pass intended for tight end Austin Hooper in a two-minute situation.

"We know Goodwin has the ball skills," Quinn said. "We're anxious to see him this preseason. He's got length. He's got speed. He's got some of the prerequisites. He does not look out of place playing defensive back. Marquand has done a good job training him."

 

BACK IN THE SADDLE

Former Saints receiver Lance Moore signed Friday to compete for the No. 5 spot at his position.

Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy are Nos. 1-3. Rookie Devin Fuller, a seventh-round draft pick, is an option at No. 4 because he was a standout return specialist at UCLA.

Moore spent eight years with New Orleans and 389 career receptions for 4,816 yards and 44 touchdowns, but he also has to beat out Eric Weems, a former Pro Bowl selection on special teams. Weems has played in 16 games each of the last seven years.

Aldrick Robinson is on the depth chart, too, and caught 30 passes for Washington in 2012-13 under Falcons and former Redskins offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan.

Moore had a combined 43 catches the last two years with Pittsburgh and Detroit.

"It's an opportunity to extend my career, to play some more ball and play for a great franchise," Moore said. "Great quarterback (in Matt Ryan) and definitely some awesome pieces on this offense. I'm definitely going do whatever I can, not only to make this team but to make this team better."

 

DEPTH CHART SHUFFLE

Veteran linebackers Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon worked with the No. 2 defense as Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell manned starting jobs along with strongside starter Vic Beasley.

Jones, a second-round draft pick from LSU, worked as the starter at middle linebacker. Campbell, a fourth-rounder from Minnesota, worked as the weakside starter.

 

INJURY UPDATE

Running back Tevin Coleman returned to practice after missing two days with a sore foot

 

 

 

 

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/former-falcons-receiver-turned-cornerback-impresses-quinn/article_11076c03-00e7-5293-ad6a-0fffec05d933.html

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I'm so excited about this defense. Collins seems to be having a great camp, could be a factor when he comes back. We know what we have in Neal and Allen.

We have three young backers with great athleticism and pass rushing ability.Our dline consists of a bunch of blue collar players who can get upfield. Add in Dwight freeney and this could be a pretty solid defense this year.

We will have the fastest, most athletic group of LBs in the league this year. Hopefully they can catch on and group up quickly.

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