Third-year linebacker Stephen Nicholas, who was promoted to starter at outside linebacker over the offseason, had high praise for his teammate, Coy Wire, after Wednesday’s practice.

“It is great to see God use him, God is almighty and Coy is a blessing man,” Nicholas said.

When introducing Wire for the On The Fringe series, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche wrote that the Falcons linebacker is deeply spiritual, and one of the more respected and inspiring players on the team.

“I’ve always lived my life as a man of faith, and for me to doubt and not trust in God now, who had gotten me this far … would be an insult to Him,” Wire told NFL.com. “We are more capable than we know. We are capable of so much more than we think is humanly possible.”