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One Falcon To Watch: William Moore

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ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19:  William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals at Georgia Dome on September 19 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19: William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals at Georgia Dome on September 19 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Every week before the Falcons game, I'll be selecting one player to keep an especially close eye on. This week, it's safety William Moore.

To say that the man we like to call "C4" Moore has been good since taking on a starting role would be an understatement. He's rushed the passer, he's picked passes, he's been a force in run support and he's done it all a short time after recovering from a major injury. I know I've said it before, but that's damned impressive.

The Falcons could have any number of defensive players having heroic days against the Cleveland Browns, but I suspect Moore will be the one to watch most closely. Peyton Hillis will be running hither, thither and yon, and Moore's proven he's willing to mix it up in those situations. More importantly, he's playing against Jake Delhomme and a passing game that leans heavily on its tight ends. That means opportunities for Moore to get in front of Delhomme passes, which as of late have spiraled gracefully through the sky like shotgunned ducks.

I'm going to predict another high-quality game from Moore, and I'm willing to spot him five-six tackles, a couple of quarterback pressures and a pick, which would be a great performance. If that happens, Erik Coleman better carve out a comfortable spot on the bench for the rest of his Falcons career. He should probably just plan to do that anyways.

Watched C4 does explode, so keep your eyes glued on Moore.