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Atlanta's reserve DE has carved out a significant role on their special teams units.
In his fifth year out of Montana, Falcons DE Kroy Biermann has become a favorite of the coaching staff for his ability to handle multiple responsibilities during the week on defense and special teams.
In his weekly press conference, Mike Smith talked about what Biermann has meant to the team in 2012 (courtesy of AtlantaFalcons.com):
"Kroy's got tough duty every week when you see how much he's in the rotation every week," Smith said. "Defensively, he's getting quite a few snaps there. He's one of our best special teams players. Kroy does a good job with us on teams. He's on the Big-4, which means he's on both coverage and both return units"
While Biermann doesn't start on defense, he has appeared in 68% of Atlanta's defensive has snaps in 2012.
The 6'3 255 DE has 14 tackles through the first four games of the season and has averaged a little over 3 sacks a season in his NFL career.