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Falcons want big improvement from guys up front

By Paul Newberry | 7/31/2014, 1:16 p.m.
Through the first two days of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons look just fine along the offensive line.
Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith

"There's a ton of playmakers on this offense,'' he said. "My job is just to give them an opportunity to go out there and make plays.''

NOTES: With a roster spot to fill, the Falcons signed WR Jabin Sambrano. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has been on the practice squad with Indianapolis, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville but hasn't played in a regular-season game. Atlanta had an opening after waiving Darius Johnson on Friday, just hours before the first practice. Smith said he hasn't decided whether the team will carry five or six receivers. ... The coaches and staff were all wearing lime-green T-shirts during Saturday's practice to promote the organization's "Rise Up and Recycle'' campaign. ... Atlanta is planning to use more formations along the defensive front, hoping to confuse offenses and make up for what appears to be a lack of big-name talent. Early on, the Falcons have been using a 3-4 alignment with Tyson Jackson, Paul Soliai and Jonathan Babineaux as the down linemen, with Kroy Biermann and Jonathan Massaquoi as hybrid outside linebackers-ends. The team also is trying out four down linemen _ three of them natural ends _ for passing situations, with Biermann, Mallicah Goodman and Osi Umenyiora teaming up with Babineaux. ... Biermann, coming off a torn Achilles, is on a schedule where he practices two out of every three days.