By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Falcons were given the unusual go-ahead to tackle to the ground on the first day of full pads in training camp, and even rookie Prince Shembo could see that players were too excited to finally be hitting.
Shembo, the linebacker from Notre Dame, says players were "over-amped" as two fights broke out during the intense practice.
Shembo has good reason to be amped for his first training camp. He has an opportunity to push second-year player Joplo Bartu for a starting job. The two are competing to join Paul Worrilow as the starters in the base defense.
It's an important competition as the Falcons must replace Sean Weatherspoon, who was lost to a season-ending Achilles injury last month.
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