Falcons could start 5 or more rookies on defense - KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News

Falcons could start 5 or more rookies on defense

Posted: Updated:
FLOWERY BRANCH, GA (AP) -

The Falcons are giving rookies bigger roles, especially on defense, down the stretch of a lost season.

Coach Mike Smith says the commitment to youth which was so obvious in last week's loss at Green Bay will continue this week against Washington.

Even as he continues to say his priority is to win this season and establish momentum for 2014, Smith acknowledges there could be "growing pains" as more rookies start and receive significant playing time.

The youth movement is especially obvious on defense. The Falcons could start five or more rookies on defense against Washington. Three first-year defensive backs could start against newly installed Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins -- cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford and safety Zeke Motta.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

105 West Ferguson Street
Tyler, TX 75702

FCC Public File
publicfile@kltv.com
903-597-5588
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KLTV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.