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Falcons LB Justin Durant being tried at Mike and Will LB spots

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One of Atlanta's offseason additions may get a shot at multiple positions.

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The Falcons quickly addressed their atrocious linebacker depth at the very start of free agency. New Falcons Brooks Reed and Justin Durant were both expected supplement  Paul Worrilow.

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio, Durant suggests it may not be that clean cut.

Perhaps new coach Dan Quinn is looking to replace the 59th best inside linebacker (out of 60 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus) in the league last year. Worrilow was misused and poorly utilized, but failed to take any semblance of a step forward in 2014 and remained a glaring weak spot on a terrible defense.

Durant, on the other hand, has played mostly at the Sam position while with the Dallas Cowboys. Due to his three year, $10.8 million contract, he has almost certainly locked up a starting position on the defense. His exact fill will likely be determined through camp and preseason, but he appears to be challenging for Worrilow's starting position.

Thoughts on the impact of Durant's cross training?