Middleton was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Furman. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback played at Marist High School in Atlanta and recorded 95 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions and nine pass breakups as a college senior.
Smith said Middleton pulled the hamstring in pass coverage drills.
“William has done very well,” Smith said. “We’ve been cross-training (him). He’s been playing a number of positions, not just the corner position. Today he tweaked his hamstring. Hopefully that’s something that’s not going to set him back for long.”
In other OTA news…
… Tight end Tony Gonzalez worked out with the team on Wednesday, catching passes and getting some work in the new offense in front of the media.
“I thought Tony had a good practice,” Smith said. “I thought he made a couple of really nice catches. Like all of our guys, he work extremely hard. The next three weeks are going to be crucial to setting the foundation as we head into training camp.”
… The Falcons will practice again Thursday before wrapping a second week of organized team activities.
… A handful of players were absent from Wednesday’s workout but, like last week, Smith said all were accounted for and made contact with the coaching staff.
… The team changed the pace and order of Wednesday’s practice. Smith said the workout was similar to a training camp practice to acclimate rookies and first-year players.
… Like mini camp, cornerback Brent Grimes got some time with the first team on Wednesday. More to come on Grimes and his third year with the team on Thursday but, first, a word from the head coach:
“He’s a more confident player,” Smith said. “Brent, without a doubt, is the most athletic player on our team. He has got a lot more confidence this season knowing the system and having been around Brian (Van Gorder), Emmitt (Thomas) and the defensive coaching staff.”