Identifying Potential Breakout Players for the Atlanta Falcons' 2012 Season

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Identifying Potential Breakout Players for the Atlanta Falcons' 2012 Season
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Who will emerge as breakout players in Atlanta this season?

The top of the Atlanta Falcons depth chart will look remarkably similar in 2012 to last year. There may only be two new starters on defense—corner Asante Samuel and whoever wins the middle linebacker battle—and there could be no new starters on the offensive side of the ball, although rookies Peter Konz on the offensive line and fullback Bradie Ewing could step up.

That said, there are still plenty of Falcons that could emerge this year, some even in the starting lineup.

There’s definitely room to grow on defense. The unit played well against the run, but was porous against the pass. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s new defensive looks could help a few players pop into the spotlight.

The offense moved the ball well, but injuries took their toll at times. New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will open things up vertically, and if the injury bug stays away, there are multiple players who could make their mark in 2012.

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