The Falcons never mind bold moves, and they made another one this offseason. GM Thomas Dimitroff engineered a trade with the Eagles for interception-happy CB Asante Samuel, giving them a playmaker in the secondary.
After being kinda out of place in Philadelphia in his last season there, where will Samuel fit in for the Falcons? Well… Coach Mike Smith mentioned an interesting option on the driving range here in South Lake Tahoe.
“I think his production on the ball has been outstanding throughout his career – 40-plus interceptions,” Smith told me, explaining what he likes about Samuel. “He’s a guy that you can play on the No. 1 receiver and match him, so that’s going to give us some flexibility that way. Got Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, so… it’s becoming a three-wide receiver league, no doubt about it, and you’ve got to get guys in there who can match those guys. Asante had an outstanding career in Philadelphia and New England, and we’re looking forward to having him.”
Will the Falcons simply point Samuel to a team’s top weapon and tell him to cover him?
“Well, I think it gives us that option,” Smith said. “We have that option in play.”
I mentioned that Samuel would like the challenge, and Smith started nodding.
“Asante is one of the most competitive guys,” he said. “I’ve only been around him for about 10 practices, but he makes the practices lively. He’s very outoing, he’s been a great addition into our locker room.”