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Banks should play a lot in Falcons' final preseason games

Linebacker freed from prison hoping to bolster his roster chances. Terry McCormick

Print This August 22, 2013, 05:10 PM EST
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Brian Banks, the wrongly accused former college propsect who spent five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, has not played a lot in the first two preseason games for the Atlanta Falcons.

But that could be about to change, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Banks, trying to make the Falcons as a backup linebacker, should get a lot of playing time in the second half against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night after the starters have exited.

And since the starters don't play much in the fourth preseason game, Banks will get a long look in the preseason finale next Thursday when the Falcons play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“In these last two preseason games he will play a whole lot,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “I think that will be a determining factor in terms of where he fits in our plans in terms of a roster spot or practice squad.”

So Banks will get his opportunity to see if he can complete the unlikely odyssey of going from Division I prospect, then wrongfully to prison and then to the NFL.

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