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ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 20: Mike Peterson #53 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after a defensive interception against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Falcons' first workout in full pads brought a sense of relief to veteran linebacker Mike Peterson. With the NFL's year-old collective bargaining agreement limiting how many times teams can hit in practice, Peterson liked the spirit he saw from his teammates. Until Sunday, Peterson, a 13-year veteran, felt as if training camp had yet to start. ''It's been a cakewalk, man,'' he said. ''You have to get your extra work in the film room or studying a little more, but as far as the physical part of it, it's been a cakewalk.'' The Falcons are trying to gauge their nasty factor six months after losing 24-2 to the New York Giants and dropping to 0-3 in the playoffs under coach Mike Smith. A first day in pads was traditionally one of training camp's toughest, but the new CBA eliminated two-a-day practices and lessened the number of times players will collide in pads. Such changes mean that players and coaches must carefully balance the tempo of practice. Be smart. Be aggres...
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