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 Post subject: Veteran LB Nick Barnett still on Falcons' radar
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:48 am 
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Veteran LB Barnett still on Falcons' radar
July, 31, 2014
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By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com
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Veteran inside linebacker Nick Barnett worked out for the Atlanta Falcons in June but wasn't signed. That didn't mean he fell out of consideration.

In fact, the 33-year-old remains on the Falcons' radar and could be brought in, depending on how the linebacker situation plays out through training camp. The team apparently was most impressed with Barnett's workout but signed veterans Tim Dobbins and Pat Angerer instead.

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Angerer's status is in question after he exited practice on Tuesday complaining of headaches. He might have sustained a concussion, although coach Mike Smith didn't immediately update Angerer's status.

There is no doubt the Falcons want a veteran presence to help guide an inexperienced group of inside linebackers. Sean Weatherspoon, the leader of the defense, was lost for the season with an offseason Achilles tear.

Second-year players Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu have continued to run with the first team with rookie Prince Shembo also getting a close look at the start of camp. Dobbins is more of a special-teamer while Angerer would be a solid upgrade inside if not for injury concerns.

As for Barnett, he was a first-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2003. He has 139 career starts and has recorded 100-plus tackles in eight of his 11 NFL seasons.

Barnett played with the Washington Redskins last season but was placed on injured reserve in December after tearing the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee against the Dallas Cowboys. All indications are his knee is fine now.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:59 pm 
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I'd be good with Atlanta signing Barnett. He might be able to serve the same role that Peterson did when he came over from Jacksonville. Bring some leadership and serviceable talent to the roster.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:12 pm 
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IMHO, the Falcons should've signed Nick Barnett 2 years ago when they first were going with Akeem Dent as a possible starter at MLB. I remember watching him in Buffalo, and he was a good 2-down run defender, but was a liability in coverage. Basically Mike Peterson v2.0. Not sure how much is left in the tank.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:14 am 
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The team apparently was most impressed with Barnett's workout but signed veterans Tim Dobbins and Pat Angerer instead.


Which means he wasn't all that impressive.


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