The gauntlet has been laid out. The Atlanta Falcons have put multiple veterans on notice with some of their acquisitions this offseason. They have chosen to give some of their longest tenured players the toughest competition for not only a potential starting or key reserve role, but for their roster spot in general.
Unrestricted free agents who signed with the Falcons like Devin Hester, Paul Soliai, Tyson Jackson and Jon Asamoah could give Atlanta four new starters right away. Add in the Falcons' top three draft picks in Jake Matthews, Ra'Shede Hageman and Dezmen Southward, and they now have at least seven new starters.