Falcons’ player development under new direction

This is a 2013 photo of Kevin Cone of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Monday, June 17, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP)
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This is a 2013 photo of Kevin Cone of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Monday, June 17, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP)

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Brynlee Forik was named the director of player development after four seasons as player-affairs coordinator, and former Falcons wide receiver Kevin Cone, who had been working at Georgia Tech, was named Thursday as the team’s player-development coordinator.

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“Establishing a culture of development not only as a player but as a person is a priority for our organization. It is imperative we provide an opportunity for individual growth both on the field and off to help players throughout their career and after,” Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said. “We are excited to have Brynlee step up and take the lead on this important initiative while teaming up with Kevin Cone, who has experience not only as a former player but in the player-development field as well, to help set our players on their best path forward.”

Forik, who replaces Kevin Winston, will work with players in both life-skills development and post-NFL career development, including leading the rookie-development program, as well as overseeing the Falcons Legends Community. Forik joined the Falcons organization in 2016 as a player-affairs seasonal assistant before being promoted to player-affairs coordinator in 2017.

Cone, who played for the Falcons from 2011-13, was the assistant director of football operations at Tech, where he played from 2009-10. He appeared in 29 games for the Falcons.

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