What to Watch for: Preseason Week 2 vs. Falcons

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Aug 9, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith talks to his coaches via headset from the sideline during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE


Atlanta head coach Mike Smith has stated he would like to give his starters more time in-game to work on some things, but Bengals head coach Marvin Lewiswas not as clear. It will be interesting to see how long Lewis keeps the starters on the field as a reaction to what Smith does.

Cedric Peerman ran well as he got the majority of the snaps after BJG went to the bench and he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown. Lewis did state that he would like to give Dan Herron more snaps in the backfield and he praised Marvin Jones for his play.

This brings up the last thing to look for: the position battle between receivers Ben Tate, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Andrew Hawkins, Armon Binns, Jordan Shipley and Kashif Moore. Tate made a couple nice plays and got a decent amount of looks. The same can be said for Binns and Jones. This battle for playing time could spill well into the regular season.


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