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Atlanta Falcons Training Camp 2012: Position Battles Will Begin This Week

The Atlanta Falcons training camp is about to begin. As the 2012 NFL season approaches, there are still plenty of questions that will need to be answered about this year's team.

Daniel Cox at the official Falcons website took a look at five different positions that will likely have intense battles for roster spots this fall.

Cox notes that while the starting safeties are set with Thomas DeCloud and William Moore, there are a five players -- including a pair of rookies -- that will be battling it out for the two backup spots.

Likewise, there are a whole host of players looking to be tapped to round out the final two to three defensive line spots. You can bet that you'll be seeing plenty of linemen going all-out before the final roster cuts are made.

Sam Baker, Will Svitek and third-round pick Lamar Holmes will be vying for the starting left tackle position. Svitek shone in his chance to start in place of the injured Baker in 2011, but we'll have to see what this season brings.

Eric Weems will no longer be here to serve as the kick and punt returner. Harry Douglas appears to be the frontrunner for the job, but he'll be competing with a few others who may get a chance to stand out before the season begins.

Finally, the right guard position may be the most key of all. The position was in flux last season between Garrett Reynolds and Joe Hawley, but those two will have to compete with Vince Manuwai and second-round pick Peter Konz.

The whole article is well worth checking out, so click through to give it a read.

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