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Hageman gives Falcons new look at defensive end
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 5/16/2014  at  6:27:57 PM
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Mike Smith says he doesn't want his Falcons defense to be predictable or easily labeled.

Second-round draft pick Ra'Shede Hageman is a very big reason Atlanta may no longer rely on four-man fronts in its base defense.

The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Hageman played nose tackle at Minnesota and was drafted as a defensive end. That's a strong signal there will be an increased emphasis on a 3-4 scheme. Players who look like offensive tackles don't often play defensive end in four-man fronts.

Following Friday's first session of the three-day rookie minicamp, Hageman gave an even stronger signal of the changes when he casually said ''We play a 3-4.''

Whatever the scheme, the Falcons need to improve a pass rush that produced the league's third-fewest sacks last season.

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