Kroy Biermann turning heads in Atlanta

A lot of the preseason is just window dressing for the real thing.

You have to sort through it to find the developments that are truly worth taking note of. There’s one you can’t miss right now in Atlanta and that is the development of defensive end Kroy Biermann.

A fifth-round draft pick out of Montana State in 2008, it looks like the light has turned on heading into his third season. He could soon push Jamaal Anderson, the eighth pick of the 2007 draft, out of a job. Now, that’s not spectacular on its own given that Anderson has been underwhelming throughout his career. But Biermann has shined through two preseason games. He’s got two sacks and two forced fumbles and he plays with a motor that will not stop.

Is he pushing for a starting gig?

“There’s no doubt about it,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the team’s loss to New England Thursday night in the Georgia Dome, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Production is what it’s all about, and Kroy is definitely making a statement with his play in these first two ballgames.”

Biermann’s climb wasn’t completely unexpected. He was used sparingly as a rookie and then worked his way into the fold last season as a situational pass rusher. He had five sacks. Now, he’s showing that he’s ready for the next step, a move into the starting lineup.

“I don't care how they want to use me. I don't care if that's special teams,” he told the AJC. “If it's on the line dropping into coverage or rushing. Whatever they want me to do, I'll do it and do it to the best of my ability."

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