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Nickel Corner Stil Up for Grabs for the Falcons

Yahoo! Sports says that the nickel corner spot is one that remains up for grabs for the Falcons as the preseason continues:

One of the subplots at the cornerback position is who is going to win the nickel cornerback position. It’s a spot that the coaching staff considers a starting position, since they figure to play nickel defense about 50 percent of the time.

Christopher Owens, who finished the season as the starting left cornerback, could end up in a battle with Chevis Jackson for the nickel back spot.

“I’m learning the nickel spot as well as the corner spot,” Owens said. “Like I said, last year I was learning and I got a couple of starts under my belt. After a year and offseason, I feel real comfortable.”

Owens played well down the stretch last season and was tough coming up in run support.

“I just feel like I have to be consistent,” Owens said. “I don’t want to have a good play on first and second down and then on third down give up a pass play. In the back of my mind I’m thinking consistency. Keep on coming up on the run. Keep on knocking down balls and everything else will play itself out.”

Owens turned some heads at practice on Friday.

“He’s gotten his hands on the ball,” Smith said. “He had a pick six in practice. He got a good jump on the ball. Those are the things that will open the eyes of the coaches and the rest of the players.”


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