Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 5/31/12
As personalities go, Curtis Lofton's and Asante Samuel's couldn't be much more different. Lofton, the former Falcons middle linebacker and a leader of the defense, was as serious as a heart attack, as the saying goes. Lofton departed via free agency to Atlanta's NFC South rival New Orleans and his absence left something of a leadership void on the defense. The Falcons also have not re-signed veteran linebacker Mike Peterson, a vocal leader of the defense over the last three seasons who will soon be 36, even if he played a diminished role last season. Enter Samuel, the four-time Pro-Bowl cornerback for whom the Falcons traded a seventh-round pick to Philadelphia following the draft. He wasn't even starting in the team's base defense on the first day of offseason team activities on Tuesday, but, my, did he make his presence felt -- both in terms of plays and by injecting a heavy dose of personality into the unit. It wasn't just that he had two interceptions in that session. It was ...
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