Injuries are piling up in Falcons training camp. It's like Braveheart out there, without the cool face paint and airy bottoms. While depth has us not hitting the panic button in most instances, safety is a different story. Per Vaughn McClure, the Falcons are now cross-training nickel back extraordinaire Robert McClain at free safety.
The reason is obvious. The Falcons lack depth at safety right now with projected starting free safety Dwight Lowery's status in doubt following his third NFL concussion and second-year player Zeke Motta unlikely to play this season coming off neck surgery. Not to mention rookie Dez Southward suffered a left knee injury, although Southward was back to practice on Sunday in a very limited role. So the coaches decided to cross train both McClain and rookie cornerback Ricardo Allen at safety.
Sure, it's a solution. But so was signing veteran safety Tyrell Johnson. Something has to give, because at this point, Thomas Decoud isn't looking like such a horrible option. And now I'm going to jump off my roof for actually typing that.
At this point, looking forward, this may be the single greatest flaw of Thomas Dimitroff's off-season. It could be a real shame because he did so much for the offensive and defensive lines. On the other hand, one of the available options could pan out. Kemal Ishmael could suddenly evolve into a Pro Bowler. Southward and/or Lowery could come roaring back from injury. Johnson could've been a free agent 1 week into the pre-season because he has a crappy agent. The possibilities are endless!
It's hard to feel good about this situation. Your thoughts?