The Falcons are making some major scheme adjustments on defense and are incorporating new players on the line and at free safety. Bartu, who played mostly outside linebacker last season, is playing inside in the team’s nickel and 3-4 defenses this season.
“We’re just out there trying to get better as a team and individually,” Babineaux said. “It’s been awhile since we competed with another team on the field at a high level. Every week we need come out with a goal to improve.”
Once the reserves came in, linebacker Prince Shembo and cornerback Javier Arenas made big plays.
Shembo finished with three tackles and had the team’s only sack. Arenas busted up a wide-receiver screen with a strong open-field tackle.
“There were a lot of young players that stepped up tonight and made plays for the team,” Babineaux said. “It creates great competition for the defense this year. We have a lot of youth on defense and we’re expecting them to help us win ball games.”