The Atlanta Falcons’ training camp is only a few days old, but the cornerback battle is already in full swing. Coach Mike Smith has spent a significant amount of time over in the secondary for drills because there are a number of guys competing for the starting spots. Most of the other positions on the team are essentially decided headed into camp.
Chevis Jackson is the closest thing to a lock in the starting lineup. That could change, but he showed promise in the nickel role last year and has improved since January. He lined up as the #1 corner a bunch.
Chris Houston has all the tools to play tough and physical on any receiver in the NFL, but he has a reputation (that’s valid) for the pass interference penalty because he just can’t get his head around when the ball is in the air. He either makes a great play or it’s a huge, drive-altering penalty against Atlanta.
Brent Grimes is a great young corner that plays physical with good instincts. Watch the tape of the 1st Carolina game last year, he played Steve Smith very well.
Chris Owens is another physical guy for his size. A rookie that will probably get worked in like Jackson last year, but if you play well enough in camp – who knows….