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2012 Falcons Preseason: Stephen Nicholas Makes Comeback In Mike Nolan System

Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he's been impressed with how prepared Stephen Nicholas has been in training camp. But it should be expected from a guy who missed six games last season and most of the offseason due to injuries, but in a new situation, is starting at linebacker opposite side of Sean Weatherspoon.

Nicholas has also been staying on the field in passing situations when the Falcons go to a nickel defense with three cornerbacks and no middle linebacker.

Here's a quote from Smith, via Daniel Cox:

"I think he is continuing to get better," Smith said. "He is a guy that can play all three downs for us, and he can rush the passer. He has some unique skills, and I think they are starting show even more this training camp."

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