Franks struggles lead to nickel concerns
Aug20

Franks struggles lead to nickel concerns

Dominique Franks did not have an impressive outing against the Jacksonville Jaguars last night. While Chris Owens got the start in place of an injured Dunta Robinson at right corner, Franks got his opportunity to work with the first team as the nickel/slot corner. He proceeded to have a night where he was picked on several times. In re-watching the game this morning, I paid close attention to Franks, tracking how many receptions he...

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Camp Battles 2011: Cornerbacks

It has been rumored that the Falcons might pursue a free agent corner on the open market, but it would appear that only a low-level signing is in the books as the team wants to stress fiscal responsibility. But that won’t mean that there won’t be significant competition at this position during camp. As the team will be primarily looking for someone to step up and fill the void at nickel cornerback. That role is likely to...

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Will the real Chris Owens stand up?
Jun06

Will the real Chris Owens stand up?

A little more than ten months ago, a lot of expectations were heaped onto cornerback Chris Owens. And Owens failed to live up to those expectations in 2010. Last summer, Owens was expected to compete for a starting job, but Brent Grimes did not relent and did not look back. While Owens struggled, Grimes flourished as a starter and made his first Pro Bowl. Owens began the season as the team’s nickel back and slot corner, but he...

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Finneran and Williams won’t be back
Mar01

Finneran and Williams won’t be back

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Falcons have informed two impending free agents wide receiver Brian Finneran and cornerback Brian Williams that they will not be re-signed. Both players had their contracts expire at the end of the season. Free agency is supposed to begin on Friday on March 4, but will be delayed, if not outright cancelled if the league and the players union cannot come to a new agreement in regards to the...

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Owens could be tested vs. Packers

Falcons cornerback Brian Williams was listed as doubtful for tomorrow evening’s playoff matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Williams missed the entire week of practice due to a knee injury and very likely will miss the game. In Williams likely absence, Chris Owens will likely get the majority of reps at nickel cornerback. Owens last extensive playing time came in a Week 7 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, in which he...

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