Falcons Samuel putting team first

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday September 6,2012

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta's Asante Samuel says he doesn't care if he starts at cornerback Sunday against Kansas City.

His stance isn't much different from Week 1 last year in Philadelphia after the Eagles acquired Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Samuel was initially the odd man out in Philadelphia, but didn't publicly complain until October -- after the team got off to a poor start. Then he said management initial desire was to reduce his role.

Even though he started the 14 games he was healthy, Samuel didn't leave the Eagles on good terms.

With the Falcons, the label of being a starting cornerback is somewhat less relevant. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is likely to use more schemes with three cornerbacks and two linebackers than he deploys in the base 4-3 scheme.

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