Mike Smith: Final Atlanta Falcons pre-season game "very important"

Head coach Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 8, 2013
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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith says that the final game of the pre-season is important for finalising the team's roster.

Mike Smith has described the Atlanta Falcons' final pre-season game as "very important".

The NFC South champions, who are without a win this summer, host the Jacksonville Jaguars tomorrow evening.

The head coach told reporters: "It's very important. There are a handful of guys that I think are competing for a smaller handful of spots. It is going to be important to see how they finish up in this fourth pre-season game.

"They are going to get more playing time this game than they will have had in any of the other games. It is going to be a great opportunity for them, it's going to be an opportunity for us as a staff to evaluate and make decisions.

"This is a short week so we got an opportunity to go through the process we would do on a short week, in terms of our sequencing and practice. I thought it went well, the guys went through it."

The Falcons start the regular season against the New Orleans Saints.

Head coach Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 8, 2013
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