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Falcons Training Camp: Ray Edwards Rounding Back Into Form

The 2011 season was a disappointment for defensive end Ray Edwards as he was hampered by a knee injury that required offseason surgery. Edwards is close to 100 percent now and hoping for a bounce back season in 2012 for the Falcons.

"It's getting there," Edwards said after a recent training camp practice. "It's still a process. I'm only a couple months out of knee surgery but it's getting there."

The Falcons will be looking for more of a return on their $30 million investment they made in Edwards in 2012 after he posted just 3 1/2 sacks during his first season with the team. Edwards spent the offseason recovering and also learning the ends and outs of new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's system. He hopes that the result will be more of a return to the kind of numbers he put up in Minnesota.

"I'm just getting back to being me. I put a lot of pressure on myself last year coming to a new team, trying to prove myself, trying to prove myself and my contract. Now, I'm going to go out there and have fun and hopefully it rubs off on the guys and it shows the kind of person I really am."

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