Falcons’ Smith faces difficult rebuilding task in first camp
(AP) - New Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith is taking a long to-do list into his first training camp. He’s looking to develop new starters at running back and center while almost totally revamping the secondary.
First-round draft pick Kyle Pitts must be watched carefully as he is expected to win a starting job. Finally, a new backup for 36-year-old quarterback Matt Ryan must be found. The Falcons are coming off a 4-12 season.
The offseason trade of wide receiver Julio Jones to Tennessee for draft picks helped to define the team’s commitment to rebuilding under Smith and general manager Terry Fontenot.
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