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Falcons DT Corey Peters Talks Falcons D

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Falcons DT Corey Peters admits that the entire defense has to step up its game this season to replace those who left via free agency and to make another playoff run. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
Falcons DT Corey Peters admits that the entire defense has to step up its game this season to replace those who left via free agency and to make another playoff run. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

Falcons DT Corey Peters is entering his fourth season with the team and is once again expected to be part of a defensive line rotation that must create pressure for the Falcons to reach their lofty goals. Peters recently sat down with me to discuss the mindset and expectations for the 2013 season.

On Moving On From Last Season's NFC Title Game:

"First off, we wanted to make sure everyone has put last year behind us and move forward," Peters said. "We’re not 10 yards away from the Super Bowl; we’re 16 games and then the playoffs.  We’re focused on this year. I think everyone here knows we have all the pieces to be successful. I think we’ve shown that the past few years. Everybody is really excited about moving forward and making a run at this thing."

On Year Two Of The Mike Nolan Defense And What To Expect:

"Already you can see the understanding is better," Peters told me. "Some of the guys are picking up right where they left off. I look for improvement from everybody that was here last year. Bringing in a guy like Osi (Umenyiora)...Osi is a great player, great leader and great teammate. He’s somebody that’s helping out the younger guys and showing us a great way to practice and to work."  

On Replacing The Sacks Of Free Agent Losses John Abraham And Vance Walker:

"A guy like Abe, and even Vance, you know those are both great players and are hard to replace," Peters explained. "But I think that everyone just has to pick up the slack. Everybody needs to step their game up. Instead of one player getting 15 sacks, we should have everybody upping their sack total by three or four to make up the difference."