Which Falcons Are Having Worst Training Camps?
The Falcons are rolling toward their next preseason game. The following players have had bad camps and will need to improve to either retain their starting job, or unfortunately, have been shelved for a season.
FB Bradie Ewing
Unfortunately, Bradie Ewing has torn his ACL and was put on injured reserve which means he will be missing the 2012 season. He tore his ACL on a special teams play, and up until then, he was having a solid training camp.
However, he was still the backup at fullback, and it was questionable as to whether he was going to beat out Mike Cox before the season started.
OT Sam Baker
Sam Baker is apparently back to being fully healthy (via Fox Sports). Unfortunately, he still isn't very good. In the first preseason game, he was getting manhandled by the combination of Paul Kruger and rookie Courtney Upshaw.
He would get repeatedly pushed back and didn't look like the starting-caliber tackle whom the coaching staff says he is. It wouldn't surprise anyone to see him cut this offseason.
OG Garrett Reynolds
Garrett Reynolds looked much better this offseason. However, he still allowed too much push in the passing game. He is just too tall and long to play the starting right guard position effectively.
His base was way too high, and the only time he looked anywhere close to effective against the Ravens was pushing forward in the running game. Peter Konz should beat him for a starting spot at a minimum.
DT Corey Peters
Corey Peters has missed the first part of training camp with a nagging foot injury, and Peria Jerry has performed admirably in his absence.
Once Peters returns, he will still have to completely integrate into the team with the new playbook.
He shouldn't have too different of a role as he did last year, but missing time sets him behind the 8-ball in Atlanta.
S Suaesi Tuimaunei
There is a huge battle for roster spots at safety. However, Tuimaunei has looked terrible both in camp and on the field. He got beat multiple times in the first preseason game and isn't looking to be on the roster when the season starts in September.
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