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Moreau looking to help in Falcons’ short-handed secondary
 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 

Fabian Moreau did what most millennials would do when they need to solve an issue. He went to YouTube.com to for answers.

UCLA cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin approached the former high school running back about switching positions.
 

I just started watching YouTube, Patrick Peterson,” said Moreau on Tuesday. “He’s from my area (in Florida). I was like man, this is something that I can do. I made the switch.”

 

Moreau, who recently signed with the Falcons, went on to start at UCLA for former Falcons coach Jim Mora. He was considered the fifth-best cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft before he suffered an untimely injury on his pro day.

He tore a pectoral muscle and underwent surgery. He dropped from the first round to the third round (81st overall) in the draft.

“It was definitely a freak accident and the timing wasn’t all that great,” Moreau said. “I just learned that (you can make it) through anything as long as you put your mind to it. Put God first, you can get through anything. I just rehabbed well and knew that wherever I ended up was where I needed to be.”

In retrospect, he knows that the injury was costly.

“It’s the past now,” Moreau said. “I just look at it as a lesson and knowing that I can get through anything. But, yes, I do feel like things maybe would have worked out differently, but I put that in God’s hands.”
 

Moreau ended up being the 12th cornerback taken in the draft. Marshon Lattimore was the first cornerback taken in the draft, 11th overall by the Saints.

“The rehab was like five months,” Moreau said. “But honestly waking up the next day from surgery, just waking up in the morning and realizing that this was my journey and I’m going to make the best (of) it. I just put my mind into it and rehabbed well. Once we got to the season, my rookie year, I felt normal again.”

Moreau plans to step in and contribute immediately to the secondary.

“I picked Atlanta because it’s an opportunity to play and showcase my talent,” Moreau said. “To just contribute any way that I can. I just see myself as a physical corner. Just being able to showcase my ability against some top receivers. There are a lot of good receivers in this division. Just to be able to put that out there and show the world what I can do.”

The Falcons’ new regime elected to move on from the top four safeties – Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee and Sharrod Neasman -- and two cornerbacks in Darqueze Dennard and Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

There are snaps available behind left cornerback A.J. Terrell, who started 15 games as a rookie after being selected with the 16th overall pick.

Moreau, who’ll turn 27 on April 9, has been mainly a special-teams player. He’s played in 60 games and made 18 starts.

Moreau, 6-foot and 204 pounds, was drafted when new Falcons vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith was with the Washington Football Team.

Moreau played only 156 defensive snaps (15%) last season. He played 181 special-teams snaps (41%) in 2020.

Wreh-Wilson played 242 defensive snaps (22%) and 105 special-teams snaps (23%) for the Falcons. Dennard played in eight games and made six starts, mostly at right cornerback. He played 437 defensive snaps (40%) and 16 on special teams (4%).

Moreau is the oldest cornerback on the roster.

“I just look forward to being a leader if that is what presents itself,” Moreau said. “Be a guy that helps them. Help them learn how to watch film, give them tips here and there. How to see the field. How teams are going to attack you and just stuff like that.

“I was able to get that in Washington. Just being able to bring that to Atlanta would definitely be something that I’m looking forward to doing.”

Moreau can’t wait to practice against wide receiver Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

“Just going against them is practice is going to do a lot for me,” Moreau said. “I feel like they are one of the ... top duo in the country. So, just to be able to go against them ... they both run great routes. Julio is a big strong receiver. Calvin is fast and (runs) great routes, too. Just to be able to get that work in practice and translate it into the game, that would help me out a lot.”

Moreau believes he can help the defense.

“I’m a physical corner, I like to get up and press,” Moreau said. “I like to get in the receiver’s face and just disrupt them the best way that I can.”

Moreau, who plans to work in his real estate and interior design with his father when he retires, is proud of his Haitian descent.

“A lot of people see Haiti through the media,” Moreau said. “So, I just try to inform people how beautiful of a country that it is. How the people are some of the best people in the world. I just try to embrace that when people ask me questions or ask me where my family is from. Also, just showing that I’m proud of being Haitian and any way that I can to make that known, yes, I am Haitian-American.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He's starter on this team, unless a third rounder/ plus(would be amazing BTW)  takes it as dont see team picking CB 1 or 2. 

6 career INT is far from mainly special teams player DLed.  He got pushed to slot last year with stacked X WFT corners in front of him and was roasted.  

Also tape does not show a "physical" corner, not even close. Hes got some wheels.

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42 minutes ago, OrthoPTSD said:

He's starter on this team, unless a third rounder/ plus(would be amazing BTW)  takes it as dont see team picking CB 1 or 2. 

6 career INT is far from mainly special teams player DLed.  He got pushed to slot last year with stacked X WFT corners in front of him and was roasted.  

Also tape does not show a "physical" corner, not even close. Hes got some wheels.

He got pushed because a change of regime bringing in their own guys. I’m interested to see how he does this year. 

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He has a chance to be one of those young vet signings, that TFont has a track record with, that comes in and immediately contributes as a starter. Under Pees I think he and Terrell will flourish. Adding a CB or two via the draft, along with a S or two, is a must. But I like his potential as a starter for us and all the experience he's gained. Working behind Norman and Darby certainly helps.

It's exciting being a fan of a team that isn't "rebuilding" but certainly is retooling to fit the scheme while also bringing in guys that adapt to their players. Gonna be a fun season.

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56 minutes ago, Foo Falcons said:

He has a chance to be one of those young vet signings, that TFont has a track record with, that comes in and immediately contributes as a starter. Under Pees I think he and Terrell will flourish. Adding a CB or two via the draft, along with a S or two, is a must. But I like his potential as a starter for us and all the experience he's gained. Working behind Norman and Darby certainly helps.

It's exciting being a fan of a team that isn't "rebuilding" but certainly is retooling to fit the scheme while also bringing in guys that adapt to their players. Gonna be a fun season.

Agree with you, Foo. Rebuild, retool, reload, it's all semantics. It's a new start, with just enough of the core on offense and D to give the team an outside chance at being competitive right now.

But, they got to hit on the draft picks and a lot of these young vets that haven't yet made their mark in the league. I love Moreau's attitude and enthusiasm.

He and the rest of these vets are going to come in here and kill themselves trying to help this team pull itself out of its 4-12 misery. The effort will be there in spades. Will I be rooting for him and all the rest? Dam right I will ~ win, lose or draw.

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Huh. I had never heard of him until at signed him. I didn't know he was a projected first rounder that dropped to the third due to injury. 

Everything I'm reading about him is really encouraging. He really sounds like a hidden gem. He also says all the right things about being a leader and I like that he says he's a physical press corner.

Plus, his highlights are awesome.

This just smells like a good signing to me. I'm gonna keep my eye on him.

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