Spare A Nickel For Dunta Robinson

FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons runs drills during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons have said repeatedly that they plan to use Dunta Robinson at the nickel, and they've wasted little time showing they meant it.

After getting some run outside in OTAs, Dunta is playing more or less exclusively in the slot. This is huge news for the Falcons, his value and the collective frustration level of the rest of the NFL.

Dunta hasn't lived up to his pricey contract the last couple of years with Atlanta, but I really do believe his physicality will play well enough inside to help erase that particular memory. With Brent Grimes and Asante Samuel manning the outside and providing what we can only hope is close-to-shutdown coverage, this is Dunta's chance to shine.

It's both an opportunity and a last chance. If he can excel inside—and it's worth noting that Robinson has lobbied for this outcome—then he'll be a key piece of what should be an excellent secondary. If he falls flat on his face, it's possible the Falcons could wash their hands of him in 2013. I'd term it a make or break year.

The important thing is that we now have final confirmation that Dunta's going to be primarily in the slot, and I do think that will be for the best. Do you agree?

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