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Brett Favre comes out to throw to Robert Alford

Falcons cornerback Robert Alford, who returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl LI, is working out with Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.

We don't know if Alford was working on covering receivers out of the slot, but the Falcons want to look at option again this offseason.

Favre, a failed Falcons draft pick in 1991, went on to fame after he was traded to the Green Bay Packers.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was impressed with how cornerback Jalen Collins came back from his suspension and turned into a major contributor down the stretch last season.

“We were really pleased with his development,” Quinn said. “Guys going into Year 2, 3 and 4: We have a lot of guys who can make a big jump.”

With Desmond Trufant and Collins, the Falcons can revisit last offseason’s plan to move Robert Alford to nickel back. They had to ditch that plan once Collins got suspended for four games for using performance enhancement drugs.

Quinn also said that Brian Poole, last season’s nickel back, will get some work at free safety.

“We’ll let them battle,” Quinn said. “As much nickel as we play, with his speed and length, we’ll find our spot.”

But what about Alford inside?

“That’s definitely stuff that we’re going to look at to see how best to feature the guys,” Quinn said.


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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.