Mike Smith: Position Battles Taking Shape

June 6, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith blows his whistle on the field during organized team activities at the Falcons training facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

After only one day of mini-camp and about a month's worth of OTAs, the Falcons have a good sense of how some position battles are going to shake out.

That was the word from Smitty, though it was couched in the usual vague language and our favorite famously folksy yet quiet coach didn't let anything particular slip. The fact that there's some clarity to any position this early can only be a good thing, especially if you're like me and you like your battles settled as early as possible so the starters can pull down their reps and get comfortable.

The most interesting tidbit from this little interview? The fact that the offensive line is apparently one place where that battle is taking shape. We should have a clearer idea sooner rather than later of how the right guard battle will shake out and who might be on the roster bubble. Considering that's the one definite contested position along the line, that's a good thing.

Ultimately, it's still too early to even begin to decide this stuff, but I like that there's already a few players distinguishing themselves. And that's with Cliff Matthews just returning from injury and Will Svitek out during these mini-camps due to an illness in the family, too.

Your thoughts on mini-camp thus far?

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