FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Up and down the Falcons offense and defense, the units are stacked with players who possess experience as NFL starters.
Only one spot on the field does not: middle linebacker, where Akeem Dent, in his second season out of the University of Georgia, will make his NFL debut as a starter on Sunday in Kansas City.
I have butterflies each game, said Dent, an indication that this game would not be terribly different. Its just anticipation and ready to get out there and play a football game. Its more excitement than anything.
In an organization whose philosophy is built on drafting and developing players, the Falcons are not shy about starting rookies or players without previous NFL experience, which is relatively common in a league with so much player turnover from season to season. Last season, the Falcons started wide receiver Julio Jones and right guard Garrett Reynolds.
On 2010s 13-3 team, William Moore, without any prior experience, started 15 of 16 games at ...