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Falcons look to move on after loss


The most notable battle will be for an offensive guard spot after Chris Chester retired.

He will likely be replaced by either Ben Garland, a backup on the offensive and defensive lines, or Wes Schweitzer, who did not play during his rookie season, but was cited by Quinn as showing tremendous improvement in practice and workouts.

Several players will be limited during the off-season.

Star receiver Julio Jones is recovering from foot surgery, while top cornerback Desmond Trufant is coming back from a season-ending pectoral injury that did not stop the Falcons from signing him to a US$69 million contract extension.

Both should be ready to go at full speed when training camp opens in late July.

Safety Ricardo Allen can not wait to get back on the field.

As disappointing as the Super Bowl was, he believes it taught the Falcons some valuable lessons about giving just a little bit more during the off-season, so they do not wilt again with a championship on the line.

“We’ve been in that moment. We got tired,” Allen said. “Everybody had plays to make. This just pushes us up to another level to be able to go make those plays when they need to be made.”

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