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James Sanders To Compete For Atlanta Falcons Starting Spot, According To Report

Most Atlanta Falcons fans were pleased with the acquisition of former New England Patriots safety James Sanders, even though he'd been expected to provide a utility backup role throughout the secondary. Now it seems he's in line to push to start, as Thomas Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [Tweet since deleted, but Falcons fans are discussing the report at the link.]

Sanders has played both strong safety and free safety, and I agree with Dave Choate that Thomas DeCoud's free safety position could be a likelier fit than William Moore's strong safety spot. DeCoud has made at least a couple of visible mistakes this preseason -- not that you'd base such a thing strictly on preseason performance. Moore adds value as a run defender and over-the-middle enforcer, meaning his own middlin' pass coverage isn't all that noticeable.

At minimum, this is a little bit of tough talk meant to put some fire into DeCoud and Moore, and that really can't be a bad thing. From what we've heard, if Sanders has to step up, Falcons fans have reason to be confident he can handle just about anything.

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