Atlanta Falcons Defense Flying Under Rader, Ready To Show They Can Keep Up
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With all the talk in Atlanta about Matt Ryan, a healthy Michael Turner, and what could be a prolific offense in 2010, the defense has flown under the offseason radar.
Perhaps the biggest offseason move to bolster the Falcons’ vulnerable defense was the free agent acquisition of Dunta Robinson from the Texans. Robinson signed a six-year in the offseason, including about $22.5 million in guaranteed money. Robinson, a Georgia native, will aid a Falcons’ secondary that gave up 3,871 yards through the air in 2009, good for 28th in the league.
Veteran defensive end John Abraham, who had 5.5 sacks last season, said the improved secondary will help the defensive line get pressure on the quarterback.
“For us, secondary is big, and for the secondary, we’re big,” Abraham said on 103.3 WVEE in Atlanta Friday. “I’m feeling really confident this year. We definitely upgraded this year in the secondary... If I have 5.5 (sacks) this year, that will be totally my fault, not theirs.”
Robinson, sidelined with a hamstring injury for much of the preseason, sat out all four preseason games despite practicing regularly as of late. He is expected to play Sunday, and is eager to take the field for the first time with his new secondary unit.
"I think we have all the tools," Robinson said in an offseason interview. "We have the physical attributes to go out there and dominate football teams. Now we've got to believe we can do it."
The Falcons travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in their season opener at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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