Fullback Bradie Ewing has one of the biggest opportunities during rookie camp due to the Falcons' release of fellow fullback Ovie Mughelli. Smith told reporters on Friday that he sees Ewing as a player that is more than a blocker and one that can be effective catching passes coming out of the backfield.
"Bradie is a guy that's very athletic, can adjust and he is a guy that has pretty good hands," Smith said. "He doesn't have the statistics in college, as far as running the football so you think he is just a lead blocker and that's all he does. He does catch the football, catches it very well and he has good hands."
Ewing will compete with former Georgia Tech fullback Mike Cox for the starting job in 2012. Ewing's ability to catch passes out of the backfield could prove to be a valuable safety outlet for Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense.