The secondary, in particular, knows that the onus is on them to step up and pick up the slack now that the Pro Bowl cornerback is on the shelf for the year.
“It’s hard. He’s one of my closest friends on the team. We spend a lot of time together,” safety
“It’s not going to be a problem, but it’s gonna be hard looking over there and not seeing 20.”
That’s the sentiment a lot of Falcons fans have expressed since head coach Mike Smith made the announcement during his Monday news conference, but Smith isn’t dwelling on the loss, and he doesn’t expect his team to, either.
“You’ve got to approach it with a little bit of excitement. It’s a Monday night game, so you’ve got to be excited about that,” Owens said Tuesday. “I’m excited about the opportunity, and it’s all about being focused and we’ve got a great challenge with Peyton (Manning) ahead of us, so it’s gonna be a good one.”
Since Day 1, the three have been cross-trained at all the CB positions so that there’s a level of comfort and familiarity there.
“We’ve taken a lot of snaps with the three of us being on the field at the same time, and now it’s just two of us on the field at the same time,” Robinson said. “We’ve had a lot of snaps with each other. We’ll continue to do the things that we’ve done and just try to go out there and execute. No matter who’s on the field, everybody wants to go out and do the same thing, and that’s execute and make plays.”