After several playoff disappointments, the Atlanta Falcons will begin their quest for a Super Bowl on Monday when the team can officially begin voluntary workouts. But Monday's workouts will be without at least one key player, Brent Grimes, who has not reported to practice after being franchised by the team in March.
Offseason work opens at facilities around NFL but as I've been reporting franchise guys like Brees, Forte, Rice, Grimes, Spencer, Goldson..— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 16, 2012
Campbell, Avril dont intend to sign tags and report right away. Welker likely to sign at some point, possibly soon, but 2day may b a stretch— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 16, 2012
Grimes had 49 tackles and one interception for Atlanta last season.
Also to watch is how the new collective bargaining rules affects the Falcons. Under the new CBA, teams with new head coaches began practice two weeks ago in order to help implement new offensive and defensive schemes. While Atlanta does not get this additional time, it will be performing a similar task as the team will be welcoming aboard a new offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, and a new defensive coordinator, Mike Nolan.
Aside from revamping the offensive and defensive playbook, the first practices of the season should provide injury updates. Most notable will beon defensive end Ray Edwards, who underwent a knee operation during the offseason, and fullback Ovie Mughehelli, who tore his right MCL in October of last season.