Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Robert McClain making an impact in Atlanta

Former UConn defensive back Robert McClain is certainly making the most of his opportunities with the Atlanta Falcons.

With All-Pro CB Brent Grimes out for the season and then Asante Samuel temporarily forced out of Monday night's game against Denver, McClain got his chance to shine in national television. Almost immediately McClain intercepted future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to help the Falcons to a 27-21 win.

Today Falcons coach Mike Smith was asked about McClain's impact and Smith made it clear that he expects him to play a bigger role this week when Atlanta plays San Diego.

“Robert McClain is a guy that’s very feisty," Smith said. "I think you saw that in the preseason. Every time he’s gone out on the field, he’s made something happen. He did that again last night. He got in for a couple snaps and had the nice interception and nice return. He’s a guy that has played a little bit in this league, but doesn’t have a whole lot of experience. His role is probably going to change some this week because of his play and because of other circumstances with our defensive group.”



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