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Grimes could be Hall's replacement for Falcons

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons parted ways with former first-round pick DeAngelo Hall in the offseason and they might end up replacing him with a guy who wasn't even drafted and did a stint in NFL Europe.

That's Brent Grimes.

The Shippensburg (Pa.) University product opened practice working as a first-team cornerback.

"He's paid his dues and he's worked extremely hard to get here and he's got an opportunity to be a starter in this league,'' coach Mike Smith said.

Grimes might be untested, but his work with the starters may not be temporary. The coaching staff believes Grimes might be able to develop into a solid player after having a strong offseason. Third-round pick Chevis Jackson also will be in the mix, but the Falcons might not want to throw him into the starting lineup right away. Grimes is working ahead of a group of cornerbacks that also includes Von Hutchins, Blue Adams and David Irons.

In other news, defensive end Jamaal Anderson left the afternoon practice with a hamstring injury. The extent of the injury wasn't known right away.