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Do Da Dirty Bird: Projecting the Falcons' Projects

This isn't a slideshow for NFL headline-skimmers. If you're on the edge of your seat regarding Favre or Vick's destinations, click away from this page.

However, if you're a true Falcons fan, or the sort who celebrates Christmas in July with the arrival of training camps, you may want to read on. With GM Thomas Dimitroff looking like he absorbed everything in his time with the Patriots organization and Mike Smith a proven developer of late-round and undrafted talent (see Adalius Thomas, Bart Scott, and Bobby McCray), Atlanta's projects warrant monitoring.

The fellas you'll see on the following slides are those I feel have good chance or good reason to break out in 2009. Obviously, not all of them will; with veteran acquisitions kept to a minimum this summer ("just" Tony Gonzalez and Mike Peterson), it's practically unavoidable that one of these guys will burst forth from their humble pro beginnings.

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