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2012 Atlanta Falcons OTAs: Stories To Watch

The Atlanta Falcons continue 2012 OTAs on Wednesday, and though practice (where's Allen Iverson?) isn't particularly exhilarating to fans, there's certainly stories to watch for the Falcons. D. Orlando Ledbetter gave his opinion on five things to look for during OTAs -- and they are certainly worth paying attention to.

Check attendance. Last week, defensive end John Abraham and tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Michael Palmer were not present at the "open" voluntary OTA on May 29. Palmer was on a mission to Serbia. I can't wait to hear more about this from him. We'll certainly share that with you all.

Well, it certainly seems like Palmer had a legitimate excuse for his absence -- not that he needs one. There's no point in being worked up that he, Tony Gonzalez or John Abraham weren't at the voluntary OTA on May 29, it was voluntary after all.

Ledbetter's second story to follow is much more important to the Falcons, and probably much more interesting to Falcons fans.

Watch the cornerback rotation. Coach Mike Smith and Mike Nolan know we are watching and they like playing musical chairs in the name of cross-training. So, I expect to see Asante Samuel at left and right corner. Dunta Robinson was at right corner and in the slot. Grimes stayed at left corner during last week's open session.

Samuel certainly adds a good bit to the secondary, and his presence should allow for the Falcons to do some interesting (read: good) things on defense this year.

Ledbetter also believes that rookies Peter Konz and Charles Mitchell are worth watching during OTAs, as well as the linebacker depth.

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